DELATITE 1st XI has returned to the winners’ list with a convincing triumph over Warrenbayne in last Saturday’s round 12 of Cleary Shield cricket.
Captain Andrew Startin won the toss and elected to bat, taking the initial advantage on what is probably the most consistently even batting wicket in the Benalla District Cricket Association (BDCA) competition.
Unfortunately, the top order batsmen just couldn’t get it quite right and it was left to the middle order of James Cousins (32) and Rumesh Ranasinghe (47) to save Delatite from what could have been a quite humiliating defeat at the hands of fourth-placed Warrenbayne.
The Cousins-Ranasinghe 63 run partnership resulted in a competitive and defendable total of 9/141 from 40 overs.
Following the afternoon tea break, Warrenbayne commenced their run chase in a not too convincing manner.
Young left-arm paceman Tyler Smith opened the bowling and had immediate success with the second ball of the innings, and caused Warrenbayne opener Rhett Woolley to misjudge an inswinging delivery to be brilliantly caught by Startin, who dived headlong to send the Warrenbayne wicket-keeper back to the shed for two runs.