DELATITIE Cricket Club’s first XI batsmen had a virtual field day against Violet Town on day one of round four in Cleary Shield cricket last Saturday.
Delatite captain Andrew Startin won the toss, and with an expected mid-30 degree day, instructed his charges to simply occupy the crease and wear down the Violet Town bowlers.
And occupy the crease they certainly did.
Openers Dean Shaw and Lachie Christopher once again put on a great opening stand of 46 until Shaw departed after a swashbuckling innings of 37 that included seven boundaries.
Christopher continued his innings with a patient 31 in two and a half hours at the crease and surely established the groundwork for the remaining Delatite batsmen to continue what he commenced.
Following Shaw’s departure, Startin came in and let his bat do the talking and, in just over two hours, contributed 59 before feathering a catch to the Violet Town wicketkeeper.