Day two of the Yarrawonga Mulwala A Reserve round 4 clash with the Bright Wanderers began with the Lakers in a strong position with 220 runs on the board.
With the outfield mowed and a nice wicket prepared by the curators, runs looked like they would be easier for the batsmen on day 2.
However, the Lakers bowling attack had other ideas, combining brilliantly as a unit to dismiss the visitors for 90 runs in 45 overs.
Brendan Lewis and Angus Heslin shared the new ball for the home side and immediately had the batsmen under pressure.
Heslin grabbed the first wicket, bowling the young Bright opener, and bowled a great spell of 6 overs 1 for 15.
Bright were then able to build a 30 run partnership, as the Lakers continued to build pressure with the ball.
John Ferguson and Gus Browning formed a relentless bowling partnership and eventually won the battle of wills with the batsmen to break the game open for the home side.
Browning collected 2 for 26 from 10 overs while partner Ferguson contributed 2 for 23 from 12.
Ned Mullins and Sam Lidgerwood bowled great line and length to the Wanderers’ lengthy tail and picked up 2 wickets each, before Ben Irvine closed out the innings.
The Lakers chose to bat the remaining 22 overs, posting 4 for 108 in the search for quick runs.
Brendan Lewis made a solid 52 not out, while Nick Irvine made a brisk 32.
The Lakers now head on the road for the next 5 weeks, with a two day trip to Benalla first on the agenda.
B grade Lakers take the win
The B Grade Lakers headed off to Wangaratta’s Wareena Park to take on the Wang Magpies on Saturday afternoon.
Losing the toss again for the second week in a row, the Lakers were sent in to bowl.
The two openers of Dustin Sugden and Alex Lovell bowled great line and length with Dusty rewarded in his 5th over with the batsman playing onto his stumps.
Alex was then rewarded with a wicket in his 5th over LBW, both openers bowled 6 over spells, with the Magpies on 2 for 30 after 12 overs.
Alex was to come back and bowl 2 more overs at the death of the innings to return with impressive figures of 2 for 16 off 8 overs.
Thomas Hicks and Jack Kennedy were then thrown the ball with Thomas bowling one of the best spells of bowling this year, off 6 overs he returned the figures of 2 for 7.
Kennedy chimed in with 2 wickets as well, the highlight being Lee Fraser’s outfield catch, Fraser making a lot of ground and diving to make this brilliant catch.
Jack Kennedy returned with figures of 2 for 26 off his 8 overs.
Dan Whykes was brought into the attack, as was Trevor (Jonty Rhodes) Fisher, Whykes bowled brilliantly at the death giving the batsmen nothing to hit finishing with figures of 6 overs, 0 for 20.
Trev was only given 2 overs going for 17 runs, so it was decided to bring back one of the opening bowlers, Alex Lovel, who with Whykes kept the Magpies restricted to 7 for 108 from their allotted 36 overs.
A great bowling performance from the Lakers, it was now up to the batsmen to get the team home.
Chasing 109 for victory, Sam Willett and Jason Cox open the innings and in the 2nd over Cox was gone for 1, caught playing a half heated shot.
This brought Whykes to the crease who looked good, but then hit one straight to the fielder and was gone for 4.
The Lakers slumping to 2 for 12 after only 5 overs.
This brought the ever reliable Ted Graham to the crease to join young Willett who then edged one into the slips area and was caught for 6 - the Lakers in all sorts at 3 for 19 after 9 overs.
Lee Fraser then strode to the crease to join Ted, these two then looked to get the Lakers back on track, but then in the 12th over Ted had his stumps rattled for 8 and the Lakers were once again in trouble.
So out came Thomas Hicks to join Fraser who both looked good until Fraser got a full toss and decided to hit it straight to the square leg fieldsman.
Fraser gone for 11, the Lakers struggling again at 5 for 40 after 19 overs.
This brought Jack Kennedy to the crease with Hicks and the pair batted together like seasoned veterans and put on a match winning partnership of 41 runs before Hicks was caught behind off his glove for a brilliant 28.
The Lakers required 29 to win, which was still going to be a big task ahead of them, but with Kennedy holding his end up, out came ‘Trusty’ Dusty Sugden who then proceeded to bat like a man possessed.
Both Sugden and Kennedy combined to get the Lakers home in the 34th over, the boys batted it out until the final over, finishing at 6 for 114.
Sugden making a brilliant 29 not out and Kennedy not only holding his end up, but rotated the strike when he needed to, finishing 13 not out.
A great win by the Lakers, especially to Thomas Hicks, who had an outstanding game with a man of the match performance from him.
Lakers 16s make 160
The Under 16 Lakers made the trip to Benalla gardens to take on the Bushrangers with only 10 players available.
Captain Will Sharp lost the toss and the Lakers were forced in to bat.
Sam Willett and Nick Gorman opened, with Gorman only scoring 2 runs before he was sent packing.
This brought Zac Banch to the crease but unfortunately he was also gone quickly and the Lakers looked in trouble.
This made way for Captain Sharp to head to the crease and he smashed his way to a solid 61 runs.
Willett, who batted for 24 overs, delivered a great knock of 30.
Alex Lovell and Thomas Hicks then took to the crease and they scored quickly with Hicks hitting 6 fours and finishing not out on 28 and Lovell dismissed by a super catch for 25 runs.
The Lakers finished with a credible 160 and will look to field and bowl well on a hard pitch and lightning fast outfield this weekend to secure the win.