Yarrawonga Mulwala Cricket Club’s C Grade jumped on the bus and headed to Gapsted on Saturday.
Coming into Wangaratta the heavens opened and the boys weren’t expecting too much cricket to be played.
Arriving at the oval a few of the lads were pleasantly surprised at the uniqueness of the Gapsted ground.
The rain had held off in Gapsted and after losing the toss the Yarrawonga boys were asked to field first.
Jason Sharp took the new pill and had early success.
However dropped catches were cost the Lakers and the bowlers could have had even tidier figures if the fieldsmen had held onto more chances.
Sharp and Josh Pickering both claimed 2 wickets and were well supported with very economical figures of 1 for 14 off 8 from the veteran Marcus Hargreaves.
After the allotted 36 overs Gapsted managed 8/133.
At afternoon tea the rain that had been threatening set in and the boys thought it might have been stumps, but sure enough, it cleared again and the cricket resumed.
Sean McLarty and Cam Scott opened the innings. Scott was back in the pavilion without troubling the scores and was not only fined for making a duck he was given out hit wicket.
This bought Hargreaves to the crease and together with McLarty they began to chase down the target.
The pair put on 88 before Hargreaves was caught in the deep for a well-made 41.
Rocky Leith came to the crease and pushed the ball around rotating the strike until he played and missed one - bowled for 7.
McLarty was the next to go with the score on 130, with only a few to get, the rain stopped play for another 10 minutes.
Drew Haebich and Ben Pickering went back out to finish off the innings with 5 and 3 respectively.
It was a good team effort. C grade’s next game is in a fortnight on the turf at Stan Hargreaves Oval against Bright Wanderers and it would be great to see some people come down for support and a bit of a laugh.
Top bowling wins 16s battle
Lakers Under 16s Captain Will Sharp steered his team to victory with ball against Greta on Saturday.
The A-grade cricketer and under 16 captain had great figures of 3/2 after he bowled a spell of 4 overs. The boys had Greta in all sorts at 4/20.
Out of 9 bowlers 8 of the boys took wickets in what was a dominant performance.
Greta slumped to be all bowled out for 47.
A great job by captain Sharp who opted to share the ball around rather than go for individual glory.
Coach Lewis told the boys they would have a bat instead of putting Greta back in to give the boys who batted low last week another chance at getting a hit.
With Alex Lovell top scoring with 17 quick runs and Tom Hicks 13 not out, Yarra finished on 7/78 in what was a bit of fun for the guys.
The boys now travel to Benalla on Saturday to play the Benalla Bushrangers who sit in third spot.
This games awards; One Zach $20 was Sam Willett for his 20 runs last week.
Yarrawonga & Border Golf Club movie package was Will Sharp for his 3/2.
Rams outclasses City Colts
The Under 14 Rams emphatically defeated City Colts Blue on Saturday, chasing down their 117 with ease thanks to a Zac Fraser masterclass.
Jobe Kennedy and Hugh Mullins opened the innings and did as instructed seeing off the new ball and rotating the strike.
The pair put on 21 for the first wicket before Kennedy was dismissed for 10.
This brought Captain Zac Fraser to the crease for the first time of the year.
Fraser immediately set out with intent dispatching the loose ball and looking for quick singles, he and Mullins batted well as a pair before Hugh was out for a well-made 14.
Hugh has transformed his batting recently becoming a nice opener.
Hudson Gillies joined Zac and although given a few lifelines managed to add 11 to the total before being caught.
With the score being 3/89 Will Connell punished the City Colt’s bowlers smacking 2 fours, to be with Fraser when the required 117 was achieved.
Zac then reached a well-deserved 50 and retired. After a batting collapse Zac would come to the crease again this time with Ethan Byrne.
The pair put on another valuable 18 runs as Fraser showed his power game and Ethan showed his grit to rotate the strike and run hard between wickets.
Fraser was eventually caught for a fantastic and career high 65.
The win sees the Rams go 2 from 2 and will be faced with a the road trip to Myrtleford next week.
Thanks to the parents for their support. Awards – Yarrawonga Fish and Chips – Zac Fraser, Crusty Loaf Bakery – Marcus vanMaanen.
Cricket youngsters in action
Friday night saw the youngsters down at Victoria Park for the second week of Milo T20 blast.
The Stars played the Renegades with the Stars making a monster 278 while the Renegades made 128.
For the Stars, Maiko and Tyler had a 99 run partnership with Maiko Leith making 73 runs. Will Murphy also took four wickets and a hat trick in the Stars bowling lineup.
For the Renegades, Axel top scored with a well-made 25 runs.
In the other game the Thunder took on the Sixers where the Sixers made 229 and the Thunder made 68.
Declan and Lachie both made 44 runs for the Sixers. Joel and Ted both made 17 for the Thunder team.
Thanks to the four umpires who helped out and we will see everyone Friday night at 5pm for another fantastic night of cricket.