De­latite puts on a show Wan­garatta Mag­pies 9/104 de­feated by De­latite 5/136

Mansfield Courier - - Sport - By DAVID FOS­TER

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.

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