C grade has close win while A grade not so lucky

Mansfield Courier - - Courier Sport - By DAVID FOS­TER

IN a clas­sic Divi­sion C ex­hi­bi­tion, bat­ting abil­ity was in short sup­ply on both sides but ten­sion and ex­cite­ment abounded.

Trav­el­ling to the Be­nalla Show­grounds to take on Be­nalla Bushranger­s, De­latite won the toss and bat­ted.

Opener Sam Bell showed pluck for 11 runs but fel­low opener and cap­tain for the day Ro­han Ber­ri­man was not so lucky.

After half an hour’s play he pulled a calf mus­cle go­ing for a quick sin­gle and that was the end of the day for him.

In fact it was a case of cap­tains’ curse as sea­son cap­tain

Jamie Beck­ingsale had al­ready been forced to pull out of the side with stitches in a badly cut fin­ger.

Troy Ma­honey took over the reins and man­aged to sur­vive the af­ter­noon.

Bat­ting woes con­tin­ued to be­devil De­latite.

It was only Luke Jenk­ins with a stal­wart 12 and Lachie Beck­ingsale with a re­silient 10 not out who took steps to stem the tide.

De­spite their ef­forts the in­nings was ter­mi­nated in the 24th over with the score on a measly 60.

Steve McCal­lum was the Bushies’ front­line leader as he pow­ered to 3/1 from four overs.

Trevor Tay­lor was ac­cu­rate tak­ing 2/3 while Sam Cullen 1/10, Paul O’Brien 1/11 and Matt Priest 1/22 each tasted suc­cess.

60 was hardly a de­fend­able to­tal but once De­latite took the first wicket the team sensed an up­set was on the cards.

With Luke Jenk­ins snuff­ing out run scor­ing at one end, Sam Bell cashed in with wick­ets at the other.

His first spell of five overs net­ted him 3/11 and De­latite was well on the way.

Austin Scott took over and be­fore long found the per­fect rhythm.

His straight down the line bowl­ing proved a hand­ful for the hosts and he fin­ished with the tremen­dous fig­ures of 4/11.

Luke Ber­ri­man took just the one wicket but it was prob­a­bly the most im­por­tant one as Lachie Beck­ingsale snaf­fled a light­ning catch at slip from Steve McCal­lum who made a valiant 20.

David Priest was the only other dou­ble fig­ures bats­man with 10.

At 8/48 the out­come was in the bal­ance but when Sam Bell re­turned for another stint, it took a mere five balls to wrap up the Bushranger­s’ ef­forts.

His bril­liant spell at the bowl­ing crease earned him a fab­u­lous 5/12.

Be­nalla Bushranger­s ended on 54.

Mean­while in Divi­sion A it was not such a happy story for

De­latite, in fact it was a rather mis­er­able af­ter­noon.

In re­ply to Yar­ra­wonga-Mul­wala’s hefty to­tal of 194 from the first week, De­latite could man­age just 65 on day two.

Yarra then pro­ceeded to en­joy some bat­ting prac­tice in their se­cond in­nings to reach 3/130.

BP Van­tage Fuels player of the day for De­latite A was Lachie Scales.

In Divi­sion C there was no go­ing past Sam Bell for BP Van­tage Fuels player of the day.

This Satur­day both De­latite A and De­latite C teams have a bye.

RE­SULTS: De­latite 60 d Be­nalla Bushranger­s 54.

AVAIL­ABLE 27.11.19 - 03.12.19

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