Benalla Bushrangers vice-captain Rob Saker put his body in the firing line for the club during the match against Delatite on Saturday.
Saker was the Bushies’ top performer with the bat, bashing his way to 70 runs, which included six boundaries, before retiring hurt.
His score helped the Bushies to a respectable score of 155 all out, over the course of 62 overs.
Saker battled immensely during Mansfield’s 30°C scorcher.
Opening bat Vaughan Kirk went cheaply, bowled out for a duck, while his partner Tom Rigby was found leg before wicket on nine runs.
Wade King hit three boundaries on the way to 24 runs, and Dale Stratton made 13 before being caught.
After the Bushies’ innings, Delatite made 16 runs from the remaining nine overs of the day.
Skipper Sam Gladstone bowled out opener Mitchell Purcell on five, while Stratton bowled tightly to record three maidens from his four overs.
The Bushies will play the second day against Delatite this weekend, and will return to play Beechworth Wanderers at the Benalla Gardens on November 25.
Meanwhile junior cricket in Benalla is set for plenty of action this week with the start of Milo programs.
The Milo cricket programs are designed specifically for boys and girls of primary school age and provide plenty of action and fun.
Milo in2Cricket and Milo T20 Blast are the two formats played and the emphasis is on participation and enjoyment. There’s music and the kids get the chance to be involved in sport and learn some of the basics of cricket.
The Benalla Gardens will host the Milo programs, which provides a great setting for all the family to come and enjoy a pleasant evening in the shade of the trees. Play usually gets under way around 5pm and all play is supervised.
Registration is online via the website where you can search for the location ‘Benalla’ and the Milo T20 Blast and in2Cricket programs.
●For more details, phone Benalla Bushrangers secretary Mark Saunders on 0448130992 or visit www.playcricket.com.au