Heat takes toll on crick­eters

Satur­day off but T20 fi­nals played Sun­day

Mansfield Courier - - SPORT - By DAVID FOSTER

SATUR­DAY cricket - can­celled due to ex­treme heat.

Sun­day cricket - just as hot for the Divi­sion A and B Twenty20 fi­nals, but they went ahead any­way.

De­latite has swept all be­fore it to be­come the toast of Twenty20 cricket in the Be­nalla and District Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion, steam­rolling to fi­nals vic­to­ries in both Divi­sion A and B on Sun­day.

Hav­ing prac­tised as­sid­u­ously in test­ing heat con­di­tions dur­ing the week, De­latite play­ers were well ac­cus­tomed to the try­ing tem­per­a­tures that na­ture threw at them on com­pe­ti­tion day and as a re­sult per­se­vered more suc­cess­fully than their op­po­si­tion.

De­spite that, sev­eral bats­men were se­verely af­fected by the blis­ter­ing sun.

First onto the park at the Be­nalla Gar­dens Oval were the Divi­sion B teams of De­latite and Mer­ton.

The toss was called cor­rectly by Mer­ton cap­tain Ro­han Ber­ri­man who sent De­latite in to bat.

Ro­han West was the spring­board that got De­latite off to a flyer with 29 scored at a run a ball.

Cap­tain Aaron Mad­sen rat­tled up 13 at num­ber three while one fur­ther down the list Colin God­ber put in a her­culean effort to reach 30.

Dan Al­lan was ter­rific with 18 not out.

Af­ter 10 overs De­latite was on 2/64 but to Mer­ton’s credit it re­duced the run rate in the re­main­ing overs so that the fi­nal tally be­came 6/115.

Matt Storer was far and away Mer­ton’s best bowler with a telling 2/14 from his four overs.

Ken Mur­ray took 1/19 with the other three wick­ets com­ing from run outs, a con­se­quence of the bats­men’s des­per­a­tion and ex­haus­tion.

De­latite’s bowl­ing at­tack has been by far the most eco­nom­i­cal of any side this sea­son and this day proved to be no ex­cep­tion.

Mer­ton came up against a well honed plan that made run ac­cu­mu­la­tion a real chal­lenge.

The open­ers were soon sent on their way, bring­ing Ken Mur­ray and Matt Storer to the crease.

Their part­ner­ship of 61 was cer­tainly valu­able but the run rate re­mained a prob­lem.

Af­ter 10 overs Mer­ton was 24 runs in ar­rears of De­latite at the same pe­riod.

In the 17th over the pres­sure built to a crescendo and both bats­men suc­cumbed in quick suc­ces­sion for well bat­tled knocks of 35.

With 32 runs to make in three overs it was all too much for the re­main­ing com­bat­ants and Mer­ton’s in­nings ter­mi­nated at 5/104.

No bowler stood out as far as wicket tak­ing was con­cerned but Aaron Mad­sen’s 1/5 and Pa­trick Marks’ 1/14 rep­re­sented out­stand­ing con­trol.

David Foster 1/17 and Ty­lar Smith 1/22 also suc­cess­fully vis­ited the bowl­ing crease.

Pa­trick Marks could do no wrong in the field with two catches and a run out while Dan Al­lan and Ed Breadon also showed safe pairs of hands.

Per­haps in­spired by the Divi­sion B team’s ex­am­ple, the De­latite Divi­sion A lads pro­ceeded to com­pletely out­play a lack­lus­tre Vi­o­let Town which did not live up to its top of the lad­der plac­ing.

At the apex of the or­der Jack Egan spread the field with a char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally hard hit­ting 21.

The real stars of the show were cap­tain An­drew Startin and Mitch Pur­cell.

Com­ing to­gether at 2/31 the pair clicked for a dev­as­tat­ing 105 run part­ner­ship which ef­fec­tively put the out­come be­yond the reach of Vi­o­let Town.

The bats­men’s op­po­si­tion was as much the heat as it was Vi­o­let Town so it was not such a sur­prise when Startin was even­tu­ally forced to re­tire for a mag­nif­i­cent 65.

Pur­cell re­mained un­de­feated at the close with a fab­u­lous 33.

With 3/147 on the board De­latite was def­i­nitely in the box seat.

Glenn Par­man­sche led the way for Vi­o­let Town with 2/28 fol­lowed by Ryan Ari­ans 1/21.

The bowlers’ work was un­done by a prof­li­gate 17 wides.

Vi­o­let Town was never in the run hunt.

Just as in the ear­lier match, De­latite’s bowlers gave lit­tle away and in fact al­lowed only three bound­aries dur­ing the whole in­nings, due also in no lit­tle mea­sure to su­perla­tive field­ing.

Robert Saker 12 and Troy Jones 12 made some im­pres­sion although it was Ben Janis­sen who put up the best re­sis­tance with 31.

At the end of 20 overs all Vi­o­let Town could muster was 7/86, giv­ing vic­tory to De­latite by a com­pre­hen­sive 61 runs.

Dan Walker was ir­re­press­ible for De­latite as he carved up his op­po­nents for a won­der­ful 4/9 from four overs.

Ken Cousins 1/9, Matt Steven­son 1/13 and Peter Scales 1/18 also made life un­com­fort­able for the bats­men.

Jack Egan was sharp as al­ways be­hind the stumps with two catches and Luke Bur­ton, Rumesh Ranas­inghe and Peter Scales also put on catch­ing clin­ics with a catch each.

As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Trevor Saker awarded the Divi­sion A player of the day to An­drew Startin and Divi­sion B to Aaron Mad­sen.

How ap­pro­pri­ate that it was each De­latite team’s skip­per who took out the award.

Credit was given to the um­pires who coped with the bak­ing heat for 80 overs al­to­gether and to Be­nalla Cricket Club and the as­so­ci­a­tion for pre­par­ing an ex­cel­lent wicket.

Af­ter fif­teen sea­sons in the Be­nalla as­so­ci­a­tion, De­latite was well over­due to earn some sil­ver­ware so it was with great sat­is­fac­tion that this mini tsunami of Twenty20 cham­pi­onship vic­to­ries went some way to rec­ti­fy­ing the sit­u­a­tion.

It will cer­tainly give the club fresh im­pe­tus as it ap­proaches the end of sea­son fi­nals in four weeks.

In the mean­time, De­latite play­ers need to fo­cus their thoughts on this Satur­day as Divi­sion A takes on War­ren­bayne at the Race­course Re­serve in Be­nalla and Divi­sion B hosts War­ren­bayne at the Lords Re­serve.

PHOTO: Peter Hunt

BEST ON FIELD: De­latite B grade cap­tain Aaron Mad­sen took 1/5 off 4 overs and scored 13 runs to be ad­judged man of the match in the Twenty20 fi­nal.

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