Delatite left in the dust
THE final round of the 2018/19 season commenced Saturday at the picturesque Lords Oval.
Delatite won the toss and decided to bowl on what looked like a bowler friendly pitch.
The Wangaratta City Colts, however, took off to a flying start with the openers putting on 64 in a short time assisted by nine boundaries from J. Nanson.
Justin Deutscher was the first of Delatite’s bowlers to break through, with a fine catch via a cameo appearance from veteran Nigel Watts.
The Colts were building another partnership which included a fine captain’s knock from J Solimo (49), however, he was halted on 49 by a magnificent catch at cover by Daryl Parkinson.
Delatite kept fighting, and clawed their way back into the contest through some tight bowling from Brett Bradley and Brent Chandler.
Chandler was finally rewarded in his 15th consecutive over to remove the skipper and Delatite were back in the fight with the score on 211.
Rohan Berriman was called up to slow the ball down, and attempt to spin Delatite a few wickets and did not fail, three quick wickets for 26 brought the visitors to their knees.
The condition of the pitch was to bring the next bowling change and Justin Deutscher came back on to make use of the reverse swinging ball and ripped through the bottom order seeing the Colts loosing six wickets for only 11 runs, and the reverse swing king Deutscher finishing the day with figures of 5/46 off 12 overs.
A big thank you to Ken Cousins for his sensational pitch preparation all season, and his athletic cameo appearance in the whites for the final round with A Reserve.
His graceful diving in the field helped the score stay below 350.
Delatite will attempt to chase down 225 next week for the final day of the season.