Delatite puts on a show Wangaratta Magpies 9/104 defeated by Delatite 5/136
IT was a tortoise and the hare race in the match between Mansfield’s Delatite and Wangaratta Magpies in C Grade last Saturday.
Contested in ideal conditions at the North Wangaratta Recreation Reserve Delatite captain Jamie Beckingsale won the toss and decided to be the first to put runs on the board.
A slow and steady run accumulation ensued.
Holding on to wickets was more important than run scoring so by the halfway point at 18 overs Delatite had dawdled to 1/35.
Openers Austin Scott with 10 and particularly Jake Berry with a determined 33 provided stiff resistance against an accurate Magpies attack.
Delatite’s tortoise found an amazing new lease of life in the second half as it added a sprightly 101 runs.
Jarrad Mahoney was the chief instigator of this renewed vigour as he swashbuckled to a magnificent 74, earning the BP Vantage Fuels Delatite player of the day in the process.
Pick of the Magpies’ bowlers was Scott Marsden who took 2/21 although Joe Prestianni with 1/13 also impressed.
Delatite ended its allotted 36 overs on 5/136.
The first part of the afternoon was punctuated by the reverberation of shots from the neighbouring Wangaratta Clay Target Club.
The club was an unwilling participant in the recent sports rorts political furore.
Not only that but the sports ground soil had become contaminated from stray lead shot and had been required to be replaced at enormous cost.
The oval is fortunately now in magnificent condition.
With the addition of noise from occasional passing trains, Wangaratta Magpies took the role of the hare in its run chase.
At 0/33 from 7 overs it looked as if Delatite’s target would quickly be reeled in.
As soon as Craig Sharrock was dismissed for 17, Delatite started to bring the hare back to the field.
Rohan Berriman’s experience brought him three crucial wickets for just 16 runs from 8 accurate overs.
While not picking up a wicket Dan Walker’s effect was almost as pronounced as he smothered scoring opportunities for just 11 runs from his 8 overs.
By the 23rd over scores were at level pegging compared to the same time in Delatite’s innings.
Runs dried up, frustration and panic set in and wickets began to fall regularly.
Sam Shanley was the only Magpies batsman to show any real pluck as he made his way to 49.
Mac Sheppard produced an inspired piece of bowling for Delatite to rout the middle order, earning the fine figures of 4/23.
Chipping in were Luke Berriman with 1/20 and Aussie Scott 1/31.
Ground fielding was excellent and catching in very good order with successful grabs going to Tim Rielly, Travis Maxfield, Aussie Scott, Mac Sheppard and two into the safe hands of Luke Berriman.
Wangaratta Magpies limped to the finish line with their total on 9/104, giving Delatite a healthy winning margin.
Sitting in fourth position Delatite C continues its quest for the finals with a contest against Rovers United Bruck at the South Wangaratta Recreation Reserve on Saturday.