De­latite left in the dust

Mansfield Courier - - Sport Courier - By BRETT BRADLEY

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.

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