De­latite win nail-biter

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OVER the week­end, De­latite 94 de­feated Yar­ra­won­gaMul­wala 9/88 – and if you like plenty of wick­ets fall­ing and

De­latite’s A Re­serve side was ex­pect­ing a tough en­counter against peren­nial pow­er­house and cur­rent pre­miers Yar­ra­wonga-Mul­wala.

Tough it was - but played in good spirit.

De­latite won the toss and sent the vis­i­tors in to bat.

Cu­ra­tor Ken Cousins pre­pared yet an­other ex­em­plary wicket at the Lords Re­serve, and the cas­cade of wick­ets had noth­ing to do with the true pitch sur­face.

Against the hard-work­ing De­latite at­tack and en­thu­si­as­tic make head­way.

The best part­ner­ship was just 21 and only two bats­men man­aged to creep into dou­ble

Opener Ja­cob Bartlett put to­gether 18 and in the mid­dle or­der Matt McCabe held out for 14.

By the time its 36 overs were up, Yarra had me­an­dered to 9/88.

New cap Nathan Beesey made an aus­pi­cious de­but pick­ing up 3/14.

Brent Chan­dler was on the spot with 2/15, while Lachy Scales choked the scor­ing tak­ing 1/5 from his 8 overs.

Cap­tain Brett Bradley cap­tured 1/12, and more sup­port came from Justin Deutscher 1/18 and Dan Walker 1/22.

Storer dis­tin­guished him­self in

The only down side to De­latite’s bowl­ing per­for­mance was gift­ing 15 wides - for­tu­nately it didn’t prove fa­tal.

Come its turn to bat, De­latite also made a shaky start but soon re­cov­ered to reach 2/61 and look as­sured of a com­fort­able vic­tory.

Ben Martin top scored with a mighty six.

Cap­tain Bradley claimed that Martin played with a sore arm af­ter Bradley had twisted it all week so that Martin would play his in­au­gu­ral match for the De­latiters.

Bradley him­self put in a de­ter­mined 18.

In an epic col­lapse De­latite man­aged to lose six wick­ets for a sin­gle run.

There were a cou­ple of run outs and gen­eral panic en­sued.

All of a sud­den, it was 8/62 then 9/67 and De­latite was star­ing down the Yarra bar­rel.

En­ter two bas­tions of ex­pe­ri­ence, al­beit not renowned for their bat­ting prow­ess.

Justin Deutscher and Nathan Beesey seemed unfazed by the dire sit­u­a­tion and set about milk­ing runs from an in­creas­ingly frus­trated Yarra at­tack.

Ju­di­cious hit­ting and some slices of luck aided their cause.

The cli­max came in the even­tual sec­ond last over com­pli­ments of an above waist height no ball which went for four byes.

It was all cel­e­bra­tions when the win­ning runs were struck.

Hav­ing done the job, Beesey was bowled for an in­valu­able 16.

fa­mous 12 not out - their last wicket part­ner­ship yielded 27 runs.

from 32 overs.

Yar­ra­wonga-Mul­wala’s bowlers toiled hard, but came up short at the end.

Matt McCabe took 3/15, An­gus Hes­lin 2/18, Bren­dan Lewis 2/29 and Gary Browning 1/24.

De­spite the loss, Yarra re­mains top of the A Re­serve lad­der but De­latite are breath­ing down their necks just 0.33 points be­hind.

BP Van­tage Fu­els player of the day went to Nathan Beesey for his match-win­ning con­tri­bu­tions.

On Satur­day De­latite travel to Whorouly to take on Ovens Val­ley United.

PHOTO: Ken Rains­bury

IN­TENSE: It was a hard day at the of­fice for keeper Nick Fer­gu­son, who man­aged to help lead De­latite to a win in a nail-bit­ing fin­ish.

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