City Colts override Delatite C grade
Delatite 56 defeated by City Colts 7/88
SAVING up its meekest batting efforts for the season for round 14, Delatite’s C grade side has been sunk by Wangaratta opponents City Colts.
The C grade competition is generally played on hard wickets but given the opportunity to play on the superb pitch at Mansfield’s Lords Reserve, Delatite failed to rise to the occasion.
Winning the toss was the brightest spot for the day.
Batting first, Delatite’s batsmen exhibited a distinct propensity to hit the ball in the air.
Nine of them were dismissed to catches and just one to a run out.
The only player to show a modicum of batting know how was Luke Jenkins who made it to 16 before re-joining the others in the pavilion.
Delatite’s total of 56 in 30 overs showed the dominance of ball over bat.
City Colts’ fifth bowler Ryley Miller did much of the damage.
He cruised to a decisive 4/7 from his six overs.
Next best figures came from Cameron Cryer with 2/9.
Opener Cameron Lovett was the key to City Colts’ successful run chase. His 30 runs held the innings together.
Useful supporting acts Thomas Moore 20 and Ross Moore 13 consolidated the visitors’ position.
At the conclusion of the match City Colts had garnered 7/88, giving them a conclusive, although not overwhelming, win by 32 runs.
Delatite’s bowling lacked its usual incision.
Single wickets went the way of Mac Sheppard, Rohan Berriman, Cody George, Max Mahoney and Luke Jenkins.
In his first experience at the bowling crease for the season, Mitch Clarke rejoiced by taking 1/1 from his single over.
He also figured in a run out, combining with Luke Berriman.
Somehow Delatite has held on to second rung on the ladder but will need to eliminate the batting yips to be a force in the finals.
The team has relied on its bowling prowess, sitting second in bowling economy.
On the other hand it is sixth when it comes to runs scored.
Let’s hope the batsmen can iron out their technical deficiencies in time for this Saturday’s encounter against Rutherglen, once again at the Lords Reserve.
PLANNING is well under way for season 2021 with round 1 of the GOTAFE GVL’s season due to kick off on Good Friday with Shepparton Bears taking on archrivals and neighbours Shepparton United at Deakin Reserve.
However, the GOTAFE Goulburn Valley League (GVL) and the SS&A Ovens and Murray Football and Netball League (O&M) were scheduled to play an interleague clash in 2020 but the matches were called off due to the COVID-19 pandemic and season cancellations that followed.
The O&M season opens with a twilight game on March 27 with the
Albury Tigers taking on Yarrawonga Pigeons at Albury.
GOTAFE GVL chairman David Roff was excited about the planned interleague clashes.
“We were all looking forward to the opportunity to renew the rivalry between our two great leagues, both in netball and football,” he said.
“Our leagues have played each other 18 times since Country Championship Football began in 1978 with the leagues split at nine wins each.
“The snap lockdown last week reminded us of the continued threat of the pandemic and how quickly things can change.
“We agree with the O&M that the interleague round will now be scheduled as a general bye and will provide us with the flexibility to move any games that may need to be rescheduled to that weekend.”
SS&A O&M chairman David Sinclair said “the O&M were eagerly anticipating playing for the Ash Wilson Trophy and testing ourselves against the best from the GVL”.
“It’s disappointing to lose that opportunity in 2021, however, the primary focus of the board is to deliver a season for our clubs and players,” he said.
“The ability to be flexible in the current environment will be paramount to achieving this.
“We’ll continue to collaborate with the GVL throughout the year and look forward to reigniting the rivalry in 2022.”
The rivalry is alive and well with Roff saying: “We will commence planning for an interleague clash in 2022 with the ultimate aim being the return of the Ash Wilson Trophy to the GVL.”
The leagues have competed against each other since 2001 with the trophy being named after former Shepparton and Albury legend Stephen Ash and Wangaratta Rovers champion Mick Wilson.