De­latite B’s bats crash

Mansfield Courier - - FRONT PAGE - By DAVID FOSTER

DE­LATITE’S di­vi­sion B side will need to be on top of its game this Sat­ur­day af­ter an or­di­nary bat­ting ef­fort against City Colts White on the first day of the lat­est round.

Win­ning the toss and de­cid­ing to bat at its Lords Re­serve head­quar­ters, De­latite was off to an in­aus­pi­cious start with the first wicket crash­ing with no runs on the board.

A res­ur­rec­tion en­sued with Al- lis­ter Ben­nett dig­ging in for 10.

Brett Bradley made a wel­come re­turn to the club and pro­ceeded to top score with a ter­rific 35 in a tick un­der two hours.

It was pa­tient bat­ting that was needed against an ac­cu­rate bowl­ing at­tack and that was what Bradley pro­vided.

At 2/44 the ship had been righted and De­latite seemed to be back on track.

Un­for­tu­nately, the Wan­garatta visi­tors thought oth­er­wise, tak­ing seven wick­ets for the ad­di­tion of just 53 runs, leav­ing De­latite on an un­healthy 9/97.

Only Ken Cousins with 12 of­fered any re­sis­tance.

Youth came to De­latite’s res­cue in the form of Nick Scales and Luke Mur­ray.

They com­bined to add a valu­able 38 for the fi­nal wicket, frus­trat­ing the op­po­si­tion bowlers.

Scales fin­ished with a pol­ished and re­silient 28 while Mur­ray’s sup­port­ing con­tri­bu­tion of 7 not out as num­ber eleven bats­man was more than help­ful to the cause.

De­latite was dis­missed in 62 overs for 135, some­what un­der par on a good pitch.

City Colts White shared the bowl­ing spoils around, with Ned Moyle’s three wick­ets lead­ing the way from Joe Moyle, Tom Ste­wart and Glenn Looker with two wick­ets apiece and Adam Looker with one wicket.

Af­ter three overs, City Colts White con­cluded the first day safely on 0/6.

PHOTO: Pam Zierk-Ma­honey

BOUND­ARY SHOT: De­latite B’s Ken Neale faces up to Nick Ste­wart from City Colts White, scor­ing a bound­ary from his shot.

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