Yarrawonga Mulwala’s A Grade Lakers’ winning start to the season extended to four straight with a massive 147 run victory against Ovens Valley at Stan Hargreaves Oval on Saturday.
After starting the second day of play at 1 for 2 chasing 179, the Lakers navigated 7 overs adding 19 runs before Captain Reid Clarke fell leg before wicket with the score on 21.
Matt Casey came to the wicket making five runs before being bowled.
Night watchman and number three batsman Matt McCabe proved a thorn in the Ovens Valley side by making 21 runs before being dismissed at 4 for 58.
Josh Lawrence, coming off 128 runs in the previous game against Benalla, was joined at the wicket by Zach Moore and proceeded to accelerate the run rate with poise and power.
The pair added an even 50 runs in nine overs to see the score at 108 when Moore was dismissed for a valuable 18.
Coming off 5 first inning wickets, Jim Irvine strode to the crease and partnered with Lawrence for a 59-run partnership in 12 overs.
However, with the second ball after the tea interval Irvine was dismissed in the 45th over of play for 10 runs.
Lawrence was joined by Ben Doyle and with a brilliant drive through the covers Lawrence brought up his second consecutive triple figure score.
Lawrence’s century was achieved within 25 overs including 15 fours and 2 sixes.
Along with Doyle, the run rate was accelerated again and Lawrence scored the winning runs with another brilliant boundary.
The partnership contributed 74 runs before Doyle was dismissed for 23.
Lawrence continued to attack the bowlers and disrupt their line and length. His innings came to an end on 149 and the team total at 8 for 244.
His final tally saw 21 fours and 2 sixes and a season tally of 324 runs from four innings.
With 20 overs to bat out the day, Brock McCabe and Corey McIntosh showed the depth of talent in the Yarrawonga Mulwala Cricket Club and batted brilliantly contributing 81 runs for the ninth wicket, with McCabe not out on 39 and McIntosh dismissed last ball of the day for 36 runs.
Young gun bowler Will Sharp was next to bat at close of play.
The team tally of 9 for 325 was the Lakers’ second consecutive score over 300, with a last round 8 for 322 vs Benalla.
Next round sees another test with a trip to Wangaratta to take on City Colts over two consecutive Saturdays, with Colts coming off a strong win against Wangaratta Magpies this round.