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Both De­latite teams through to the grand fi­nals next weekend

Mansfield Courier - - SPORT - By DAVID FOS­TER

DE­LATITE’S Di­vi­sion A and B teams have distin­guished them­selves by each mak­ing their re­spec­tive Be­nalla and District Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion (BDCA) grand fi­nals on Satur­day.

Di­vi­sion A for De­latite played off against top placed Vi­o­let Town in the qual­i­fy­ing semi fi­nal at the Be­nalla Gar­dens Oval.

The two sides had al­ready met five times dur­ing the sea­son with the ledger stand­ing at three to two in De­latite’s fa­vor so an en­tic­ing bat­tle was an­tic­i­pated.

As it hap­pened De­latite pulled off a com­fort­able vic­tory.

Choos­ing to bat first, Vi­o­let Town was in a sound po­si­tion at 1/54, but that was the point at which De­latite de­cided to strike back with venom.

Wick­ets tum­bled, the run rate dried up and VT found it­self dis­missed for a less than for­mi­da­ble 102.

Troy Jones pro­duced a la­bo­ri­ous but im­por­tant in­nings of 25, Rob Saker man­aged 12 and Dan Ed­wards 11.

De­latite cap­tain Andrew Startin cre­ated all sorts of mayhem as he took 3/4 from four overs.

Matt Steven­son gave al­most noth­ing away with 2/8 from eight overs.

Dan Walker was ever dan­ger­ous as he scythed to 3/20 and Peter Scales picked up the re­main­ing wicket to re­turn the fig­ures of 1/14.

James Cousins and keeper Jack Egan com­bined for a scin­til­lat­ing run out and Egan also fea­tured with two catches.

Low to­tals can be no­to­ri­ously dif­fi­cult to chase but De­latite made rea­son­ably straight­for­ward work of it.

There were a few nerves at 2/17, but from there on the bats­men held their re­solve.

Andrew Startin again led the way with an out­stand­ing ef­fort of 36 not out.

Mitch Pur­cell re­sisted gamely for 18 and Luke Bur­ton chipped in with 11.

De­latite sur­passed Vi­o­let Town’s tar­get by the end of 35 overs, fin­ish­ing on 6/103.

Lee Bren­nan 2/22 and Nathan Ab­ley 2/26 were the pick of VT’s bowlers, fol­lowed by Doug Palmer 1/6 and Ben Janis­sen 1/14.

The Di­vi­sion B De­latite team had a harder path to tread to reach the grand fi­nal.

Hav­ing fin­ished third, it had to win the elim­i­na­tion semi fi­nal then do the same in the pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal.

Both of these hur­dles were suc­cess­fully over­come.

On Satur­day pi t t e d against Be­nalla at the Lords Re­serve, the home team overwhelme­d the vis­i­tors.

De­latite ran up a com­mand­ing 5/185 and was never trou­bled in de­fend­ing its to­tal.

Cap­tain Aaron Madsen reigned supreme with 57 as opener while Michael Saun­ders was only a whisker be­hind with a trade­mark hard-hit­ting 56.

Ro­han West also looked the goods with a con­fi­dent 30.

Greg Val­len­der gave his all for Be­nalla to cap­ture 2/34.

MarkYates took 1/21 and Tate Duscher 1/24.

Be­nalla’s in­nings was ex­tin­guished in the 29th over as it crum­bled to all out 80 and a 105 run de­feat.

Der­ick Ben­jamin 15, Ricci Web­ster 14 and Tom Web­ster 11 were the only bats­men to make it to dou­ble fig­ures.

Aran Maloney hit a pur­ple patch for De­latite with a heart­en­ing 3/23.

Oliver Pear­son 2/18, Will Christo­pher 1/1, Aaron Madsen 1/7, Ty­lar Smith 1/8, Jim Chiller 1/9 and Patrick Marks 1/11 all pitched in with great enthusiasm and per­sis­tence.

In­deed De­latite’s young bri­gade re­ally made their mark in the bowl­ing depart­ment.

In the qual­i­fy­ing semi fi­nal Mer­ton made short work of War­ren­bayne to move on to the grand fi­nal.

As a con­se­quence De­latite found it­self at log­ger­heads with War­ren­bayne in the pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal on Sun­day.

Again batting first, De­latite’s bats­men were forced to bat­tle hard against a steady War­ren­bayne at­tack.

The key to suc­cess was to keep the loss of wick­ets to a min­i­mum.

Aaron Madsen again shone with a dom­i­nant 53.

James Bartlett en­joyed his batting out­ing with an as­sured 23.

Mi c h a e l S a u n d e r s knocked up 13 then Colin God­ber picked up the pace nicely with 22 not out.

Af­ter its al­lot­ted 40 overs De­latite reached a healthy 5/154.

For War­ren­bayne Tom Mack 2/26, Justin Wal­lace 2/30 and Jimmy Rathore 1/20 were suc­cess­ful.

De­latite con­tin­ued to do best what it has done all sea­son and that is to make run scor­ing a tough task for its op­po­si­tion.

Mathew Watt’s 20 as opener was use­ful but he didn’t gather enough sup­port.

At the half­way point of 20 overs War­ren­bayne was on 5/51 and the re­quired run rate was start­ing to blow out.

Andrew Rigby 17 and Jimmy Rathore 17 played their part but it was left to young­ster Wade King to show the ex­pe­ri­enced hands how to go about batting.

His pug­na­cious 51 not out rep­re­sented a beacon of hope which was even­tu­ally snuffed out as War­ren­bayne ended its overs on 9/138, still 17 runs short of vic­tory.

Jim Chiller put the cat among t he pi­geons f or De­latite par­tic­u­larly in his sec­ond spell, cap­tur­ing a whirl­wind 4/24.

Ty­lar Smith was prob­ing with 2/27.

Ro­han West 1/24 and Patrick Marks 1/30 rounded out a pol­ished team per­for­mance.

Wick­et­keeper James Bartlett gloved two fine catches and Will Christo­pher com­bined with him for a cru­cial run out.

On Satur­day De­latite takes on War­ren­bayne in the Di­vi­sion A grand fi­nal, War­ren­bayne hav­ing taken care of a lack­lus­tre Vi­o­let Town in the pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal.

Pro­ceed­ings will take place at the Be­nalla Gar­dens Oval.

De­latite has had the wood on War­ren­bayne this sea­son but as ev­ery­one knows any­thing can hap­pen in a fi­nal and De­latite will have to be on its met­tle to bring home a pre­mier­ship.

The Di­vi­sion B fi­nal will be a hit out be­tween Mer­ton and De­latite at a venue to be de­cided.

Mer­ton has eased to two wins against De­latite al­though De­latite turned the ta­bles in the Twenty20 fi­nal so it’s any­one’s pick as to who will take the tro­phy.

For those in­ter­ested, the Di­vi­sion C fi­nal will be a con­test be­tween Tungamah and Ta­tong at the Arun­del Street Re­serve in Be­nalla.

All fi­nals be­gin at 1pm.

CUT­TING EDGE:

PHOTO: Wendy Hunt

LET ME AT IT: Michael Saun­ders is ready to take to the bowl­ing on his way to a great knock of 56 on Satur­day.

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