An­other thriller but B grade goes down

Mansfield Courier - - SPORT - By DAVID FOSTER

THE De­latite Di­vi­sion B side seems to have taken a lik­ing to thrilling fin­ishes.

Af­ter a tie in Round 1 and a tense win by three runs in Round 2, this time it was on the wrong end of a loss to Greta by just six runs.

Played at the Moyhu Re­cre­ation Re­serve, Greta won the toss and chose the sta­tis­ti­cally more pop­u­lar bat­ting first op­tion.

At 5/34 it looked like a bad de­ci­sion.

De­latite’s bowlers and field- ers had it all go­ing their way and seemed un­stop­pable.

Only Mick Barnard with 11 for Greta had pro­vided any re­sis­tance.

When Ian Beattie strode to the crease, the com­plex­ion of the match al­tered.

Beattie started to take to the at­tack.

With Troy Simp­son (12), the pair put on a ter­rific part­ner­ship of 77 to cat­a­pult Greta well and truly back in the hunt.

When Beattie was fi­nally run out by Sam Thom­son for a de­ci­sive 71, Greta got an at­tack of the wob­bles again but man­aged to scrape to­gether 129 be­fore be­ing dis­missed.

Tyler Gottschlin­g put to­gether 11 of those fi­nal runs.

De­latite’s Ken Neale re­turned to his re­li­able best with 3/24.

Peter Scales worked as hard as ever for 2/22 while son Lachie stole the lime­light with a miserly 2/7 from five overs.

Joe Kelle­her rounded out the wicket tak­ers for 1/11.

In re­ply De­latite looked to be cruis­ing to­wards a com­fort­able vic­tory when the score was on 81 for the loss of no wick­ets.

Peter Scales and Sam Thom- son were trav­el­ling nicely.

Just when all ap­peared set for end of match cel­e­bra­tions, Thom­son was dis­missed for a plucky 27.

An­other quick wicket then Scales go­ing for a fab­u­lous 54 with the score on 96 sud­denly put the seeds of doubt into the De­latite bats­men’s minds.

With the num­ber of overs avail­able di­min­ish­ing alarm­ingly, what had been a cake­walk turned into a mud slog as pres­sure built and wick­ets tum­bled.

Only Todd How­land with 11 not out was able to hold up an end but he was help­less to pre­vent Greta tak­ing out vic­tory as De­latite fell short on 8/123 as the 36 al­lot­ted overs con­cluded.

Troy Simp­son was chief de­stroyer for Greta with 4/15.

He was well sup­ported by El­liot Sheather with 2/26 and Liam Bar­ber 1/26.

This Satur­day sees the be­gin­ning of two day matches in Di­vi­sion B of the Wan­garatta and Dis­trict Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion.

De­latite will host Ovens Val­ley United at the Lords Re­serve in Mans­field.

The vis­i­tors have the same win loss tie record as De­latite so it should be a wor­thy tus­sle.

PHOTO: Peter Hunt

HARD BALL: Lachy Millen bends his back in de­liv­er­ing this ball for the De­latite A grade team at Lords on Satur­day.

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