Another thriller but B grade goes down
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.
HARD BALL: Lachy Millen bends his back in delivering this ball for the Delatite A grade team at Lords on Saturday.