Be­low par bat­ting costs De­latite B in loss to Wan­garatta City Colts

Mansfield Courier - - COURIER SPORT - By DAVID FOSTER

UN­DER par bat­ting from De­latite’s B grade side proved to be the de­ci­sive fac­tor in its loss against City Colts White from Wan­garatta.

Af­ter man­ag­ing 135 on the first day of play, De­latite made the vis­i­tors work hard for runs at the Lords Re­serve on Satur­day but two key bat­ting part­ner­ships made all the dif­fer­ence.

Re­sum­ing at 0/6, City Colts White al­most put the re­sult be­yond doubt with a 49 run open­ing stand be­tween Glenn Looker 36 and Adam Looker 13.

Un­daunted, De­latite fought back with only Peter Thrum’s 12 in the up­per mid­dle or­der stem­ming the tide.

Joe Kelle­her for De­latite hit a pur­ple patch, pro­duc­ing great fig­ures of 4/27 from 12 overs.

Peter Scales also had a pow­er­ful in­flu­ence on pro­ceed­ings with 3/33 from 18 overs, while Rohan West chipped in with a handy 1/15.

At 8/124, the out­come was in the bal­ance.

Num­ber six bats­man Ross Moore had held up an end ef­fec­tively and when he was joined by son Tom, the pair took City Colts tri­umphantly across the line.

In fact they put to­gether a solid part­ner­ship of 44 to deny De­latite the points.

Moore se­nior fin­ished with a match win­ning 60, re­tir­ing hurt with an over to go, while Moore ju­nior couldn’t be dis­lodged for 10.

City Colts White’s tally af­ter 71 overs was 8/169.

Show­ing that cricket is a fam­ily af­fair, the vis­i­tors had three fa­ther-son com­bi­na­tions and two pairs of broth­ers.

De­latite’s con­tri­bu­tion was one fa­ther-son combo in the guise of Peter and Nick Scales.

De­latite B’s next con­test is away against Mi­lawa.

It will be a tan­ta­lis­ing re­match as the two teams tied in round one.

All sport­ing afi­ciona­dos should make a beeline for the Lords Re­serve on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 11 when a Vic­to­rian Coun­try Cricket XI will bat­tle against a Mel­bourne Sub-Dis­trict XI.

The match be­gins at 10am and should pro­vide some high qual­ity crick­et­ing fire­works.

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