Un­der 14s post solid score

Mansfield Courier - - SPORT - By PETER SCALES

SATUR­DAY morn­ing saw De­latite’s un­der 14s team travel to Be­nalla to play Wan­garatta’s City Colts (Blue).

A late change of venue saw the game shifted to the turf wicket at the Race­course Oval.

Af­ter a close as­sess­ment of the wicket and win­ning the toss, skip­per Lachy Scales chose to bat first.

Luke Berriman opened up with Tom Dun­stan and the pair took some of the shine off the new ball, tak­ing the score to 15 be­fore Dun­stan was out, pulling the ball to mid-wicket.

A great catch com­pleted by De­clan Cal­la­han, who was sub-field­ing for Colts.

Af­ter an ex­change of ‘sorry’s’ and laughs Dun­stan was on his way, re­placed by Scales.

He and Berriman had a great part­ner­ship, mov­ing the score to 48, when Berriman was bowled for a pa­tient 12.

Cody Ge­orge came and went quickly and Sam Bell made an im­por­tant five runs, steady­ing the in­nings with his cap­tain.

Bell was caught out and Jake Berry quickly fol­lowed, with De­latite strug­gling some­what at 5/60.

The re­main­ing bats­men all put their heads down and the team did not lose an­other wicket for the day, with sev­eral play­ers re­tir­ing not out - Scales (26), Isaac Mur­ray (8), Prabh Sandhu (6) and Max Lange (10).

Round­ing out the in­nings, Billy Dun­stan and Cal­la­han made 8 and 7 not out re­spec­tively, both hit­ting pow­er­ful fours on the big Race­course ground.

As­sisted by some or­di­nary bowl­ing, with Colts yield­ing 48 ex­tras, De­latite posted 5/142 from their 42 overs.

This was a very strong bat­ting per­for­mance, par­tic­u­larly con­sid­er­ing that many play­ers have had limited ex­po­sure to turf cricket.

De­spite a num­ber of play­ers be­ing away this Satur­day, the boys should be able to de­fend this to­tal to post their third win of the sea­son.

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