Stevenson and Ma­honey star for De­latite

Mansfield Courier - - Sport - By PAUL DUN­CAN

THE De­latite 1st XI scored a com­pre­hen­sive win in last Satur­day’s round five of WDCA ‘A’ Grade cricket when they dis­missed the Wan­garatta Mag­pies for a pal­try 44 runs from just 22 overs at the Norm Minns Oval, Wan­garatta.

The Mag­pies won the toss and bat­ted on what ap­peared to be a bowler’s par­adise as De­latite speed­ster Matt Stevenson cut a swathe of terror through the hap­less Mag­pie bat­ting line-up.

Stevenson took a match-win­ning 5/6 from eight overs in what proved to be a match­win­ning per­for­mance.

He was backed up with praise­wor­thy field­ing from his col­leagues, par­tic­u­larly wicket-keeper Earl Ree-Good­ings, who seemed to have the ball on a string as he glee­fully ac­cepted four catches from the De­latite pace­men.

Wickets were also taken by Lachie Scales (2/18), Mitch Pur­cell (1/2) and Brett Ma­honey (1/12).

De­latite com­menced the run-chase but also found that the wicket was in­deed bowler­friendly as the Mag­pie strike bowler, Dy­lan Land­gren, took three quick wickets to have De­latite reel­ing at 3/22.

Brett Ma­honey had dif­fer­ent ideas though and his im­pres­sive in­nings of 68 runs was the cat­a­lyst for the Mans­field team as he oc­cu­pied the crease for nearly two hours.

De­latite fin­ished their in­nings to be all out for 128 and were eu­phoric as they achieved their sec­ond win for the sea­son to oc­cupy sixth po­si­tion on the ‘A’ Grade lad­der.

Next week sees the De­latite lads host­ing the Yar­ra­wonga-Mul­wala team in what could well prove to be an up­set should De­latite con­tinue their win­ning ways.

This week’s BP Ad­van­tage Fu­els player-of-the-match goes to Matt Stevenson with his out­stand­ing fig­ures of 5/6.

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