History was rewritten at the Gardens Oval in Benalla on Saturday with centuries to both Josh Lawrence and Matt Casey for the Yarrawonga Mulwala Cricket Club A Grade team.
For the first time in the history of the Yarrawonga Mulwala Cricket Club, two players scored 100s in the same innings; Lawrence with 128 and Casey with 109 not out.
With Benalla winning the toss and batting, it was James Irvine who ripped through the Bushrangers by taking 5 for 14 off 6.2 overs including batsman numbers 2,3,4,5 and 8.
The opening bowling partnership between Irvine and Angus McMillan netted 6 for 22 with McMillan taking 1 for 8 off 4 overs.
Will Sharp again impressed taking 1 for 12 off 6 overs and partnered with Ben Doyle to see Benalla capitulate to be all out for 51 off 20.2 overs. Doyle taking 2 for 16 off 4 overs. Wickets fell steadily; coming in the second, eighth, eleventh, twelfth, nineteenth, twentieth and twenty first overs.
Wicketkeeper Josh Lawrence began the day in fine form with four catches.
The Lakers began the chase with Reid Clarke falling with the score on7; however, Lawrence and Casey joined at the centre wicket and chased down the 51 runs need for victory in 14.4 overs.
The tea break after 16 overs saw the YMCC on 1 for 70 with Lawrence 47 and Casey 16.
After tea, Lawrence showed why he is rated so highly, bludgeoning 81 runs in less than 12 overs; while Casey added another 29 runs in the same time.
Lawrence slayed the Benalla attack for 21 boundaries and 2 sixes before finally being dismissed in the 28th over for 128.
The century was his first for Yarrawonga Mulwala since crossing from the Shepparton competition and takes him to 175 runs from three innings.
His century was pure power and onlookers were impressed by his poise and power when hitting to all parts of the ground. The partnership with Casey was worth 180 runs.
Captain Matt Knight joined Casey at the crease and continued to keep the run rate at a high level adding 73 runs before Knight fell for 38 runs in the 43rd over with the score on 260. Knight scored five boundaries in a valuable knock.
Zach Moore came to the crease joining Casey and continued to turn the strike over contributing an impressive 19 runs with 3 boundaries taking the score to 300 off 50 overs. With 300 on the board, Moore fell accelerating the run rate for 19 and Casey was on 96 in a great innings.
James Irvine with 4 runs and Brock McCabe fell with the score on 307 but with Corey McIntosh at the wicket Casey made his second WDCA A Grade century.
Casey’s innings was impressive in that he batted through the innings arriving in the fourth over and bringing up his century in the fifty fourth over.
McIntosh fell with the score on 310 and McMillan joined Casey and continued to attack with McMillan falling last ball of the day for 2 - leaving Casey 109 not out.
The Yarrawonga Mulwala Cricket finished on 8 for 322, a 271 run win in the round 3 clash with Benalla.
With firstly Irvine with 5 wickets and then Lawrence 128 and Casey 109 not out showcasing a great day of cricket for the Lakers.
The Lakers take on Ovens Valley in the start to the two-day cricket format over the next two Saturdays at the Stan Hargreaves Oval, Victoria Park in Yarrawonga.
Make sure you get down and see the A Grade team play.
B Grade snare unlikely win
Round 2 of the WDCA B Grade competition saw a very youthful Lakers outfit travel to Milawa keen to avenge a first round loss at home.
Winning the toss, skipper Cox had no hesitation in batting first but the boys quickly found themselves in trouble.
After smoking one to the boundary, opener Sam Willett was dismissed with the score on only four.
Worse was to follow as new batsman Tom Hicks went for a duck.
He was soon followed by Dan Whykes for 2 and Reece Norman for 3 as the Lakers collapsed to be 4/8.
A mini fight back from Justin O’Brien and skipper Cox was short lived when O’Brien went for three and Cox for 7, the score now 6/21.
Seven seemed to be the magic number as Jack Kennedy, Max Hemphill and Ted Graham all joined Cox in the pavilion with the top score for the innings.
In what was a disappointing batting display from the boys with no batsman making double figures, it was the generous Milawa bowlers with 18 wides that allowed the extras to be the top score for the innings with 21.
With the lads all out for 66 in just the 23rd over, the start to the season was looking grim.
In a surprise move, skipper Cox threw the ball to Whykes to open the bowling with Alex Lovel.
While teammates were scratching their heads and wondering ‘why?’, Lovel struck to have Milawa 1/2.
With the boys now up and about it was Whykes who smelt blood and showed ‘why’.
Two wickets in no time had Milawa reeling at 3/8 before a game threatening partnership formed to see the score cruise to 43.
It was Whykes again who struck, removing the opposition captain for 27.
Leg spinner Jack Kennedy and left arm speedster Reece Norman then came into the attack with Kennedy claiming a quick wicket.
Norman struck soon after to see Milawa now 6/54 but still in close sight of victory.
Tensions rose when Kennedy struck again to see the score at 7/54 and the game was now on a knife edge.
With the score trickling along to 58 and the crowd on the edge of their seats, Kennedy wove a spell on the Milawa tail claiming a career first, and defining, hat trick to secure an invaluable and improbable win for his team.
Milawa had capitulated to be all out for 58 off just 16 overs and Kennedy had claimed the match winning figures of 5/7 off just 3 overs.
Whykes was the other destroyer with 3/28 off 6.
This was a confidence building victory for the young side who now take on Benalla at Vic Park 2 this week in what will be a pivotal encounter.
Congratulations to Jack Kennedy on a brilliant hat trick.