Violet Town overpowers Cleary Shield leaders

WELL DONE: (From left) Andrew Startin, Paul Duncan and Ken Cousins congratulate Peter Scales (red) on attaining 200 games for the Delatite Cricket Club. PHOTO: Tammy Purcell

AFTER 10 rounds, the Delatite First XI has suffered its first loss in the Benalla District Cricket Association’s (DCA) Cleary Shield competition, when it went down to second-placed Violet Town in last Saturday’s one-day clash at the Violet Town Recreation Reserve.

With the absence of regular captain Andrew Startin, stand-in captain for Delatite, Matt Stevenson, won the toss and elected to bat.

A handy 28 run partnership between Dean Shaw (17) and Lachie Christopher (34) got the visitors off to a flying start.

Mitch Purcell (15) and Christopher put on a further 32 until Purcell skied a Lachlan Ellis delivery that was easily caught by Mitchell Grant.

This fairly reasonable start was short-lived, as the Violet Town bowlers proceeded to cut a swathe through the Delatite middle order that soon saw the score agonisingly crawl to just 5 for 61 from 28 overs.

A further 37 run partnership between Christopher and 200 game veteran Peter Scales (26) showed some promise, but this came too late, as overs were quickly running out for a competitive total to be achieved.

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