C grade has close win while A grade not so lucky
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.
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