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