The YMCC C Grade team took to the field for the first time this season enjoying the turf wicket and lush outfield of the Lonsdale Reserve Oval, Mulwala, in their clash with Rutherglen United Blue.
After losing the toss and being sent in, the opening combination of Josh Bozzola and Steve Lappin started the innings in sound fashion before Lappin heard the death rattle to be dismissed for 12. With the score 1/22, the Lakers were looking for a big partnership, however, a steady procession of wickets saw the lads slip to 6/70 with Bozzola out for 20 and the classy Luke Buerckner making 11 in his return to the crease from a long layoff.
With the game in the balance, it was the Mulwala legend Dennis Phibbs who entered his beloved Lonsdale arena and proceeded to destroy the Rutherglen attack.
Five blistering fours and three screaming sixes later, ‘Pickles’ had amassed 57 invaluable runs to see his team post a competitive target.
With some good late support from Jason Sharp and Adam Styles, the Lakers had put 154 runs on the board after their allotted 36 overs for the loss of 9 wickets.
It was now up to the bowlers to pile the pressure on and the opening combination of Sharp and young tyro Josh Pickering did just that.
With the score on 17, it was Sharp who secured the first breakthrough with a very ‘sharp’ caught and bowled.
From then on, Rutherglen struggled to handle the express pace of Pickering and the swing of Sharp.
‘Pickers’ claimed four of the next five wickets in a scintillating spell of bowling which saw him return the figures of 4/10 off 8 overs while Sharp was just as impressive with 2/15 off his 8.
Josh Bozzola and Marcus Hargreaves finished off the innings with one and two wickets respectively whilst Rocky Leith chimed in with a superb run out, his agility in the field defying the years. Rutherglen were dismissed for just 38 runs which saw the Lakers victorious by 116, a big win indeed.
All in all, it was a great team effort by the C Grade lads in their first hit out for the year.
Next week sees the team travel to Gapsted and no doubt they will be looking to stake their claim as a major contender for a maiden C Grade title with another resounding victory.
Bulls on top
The Under 14 Bulls were on the road again this week, travelling to Bright on Saturday.
The Bulls won the toss and had a bowl on a very damp and sluggish outfield.
At one stage Bright was 6/14 but recovered to be all out for 81 in the 40th over.
A dogged last wicket partnership of 26 ensures a tough target for the Bulls to chase this weekend.
Credit to the Bright number 3 batsman who carried his bat from the third over the day to remain not out on 38.
For the second week in a row the Bulls were excellent with ball in hand.
Sam Wood was the destroyer with 3/2 - at one stage on a hat-trick.
Tyler Norman also found himself on a hat-trick taking 2/3 as well as 2 catches.
Desi O’Kane was sublime in the field taking 2 catches including an absolute blinder at cover. Other wicket takers Caleb Mitchell, Luke Phillips, Tanner Irvine and Jyda House who had the magnificent figures of 1/1 off 5 overs.
Tanner produced another highlight throwing down the stumps from 30 metres away as the batsman came back for a second run. This was an outstanding bit of fielding contributing to the collapse of the Bright middle order.
This game is far from done. The Bulls will have to work hard and bat out the overs to ensure victory.
Young Rams enjoy a win
On a coolish morning the Under 12 Rams boys came up against Rovers United Bruck Blue.
After winning the toss the Rams elected to bowl first.
Jeremy Baer opened the bowling and kept the runs down, bowling three overs for 10 runs and taking an important wicket.
Xavier Mitchell also bowled very well.
The Rams boys worked hard in the field and restricted the runs to 54 after 20 overs.
A highlight was Cam Ford and Van Kreeck combining for a great caught behind to get the best RUBB batsman out.
The boys then had their turn to bat. Jason Purtell and Jack Costigan come out of the blocks quick, with Jackson Purtell making 23 and retiring.
Geoffrey Montgomery came and went for six.
With only four runs to make Nate Williams and TJ Docking came to the crease and assured the Rams were victors, batting very well and both retiring.
Cam Ford did some late hitting while Nate Kreeck held up the other end.
In the finish the Rams got the victory making 4/107 to RUBB 2/54.
Great sportsmanship was shown by the Rams boys as each player took a turn in the field for the opposition as they were short on numbers.