Delatite win nail-biter
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.
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.