The Under 14 Bulls have set City Colts the massive task of chasing down 178 on Saturday.
Winning the toss and batting, the Bulls did not have it all their own way.
Through good bowling and lapses of concentration the Bulls lost their top order to be 4/30.
Austin Willet 4, Tyler Norman 1, Jyda House 3 and Luke Phillips 8 were all back in the shed.
Luke the best of the top four, battling hard to get through a tough opening spell, however just as he looked set to make a big score his stumps were rattled.
Caleb Mitchell and Desi O’Kane look to resurrect the innings and both were in sublime touch.
The Colts cracked under the pressure of the aggressive stroke play and excellent running between the wickets.
Caleb was especially brutal on anything full; his driving was something to behold.
Desi, while a little more unorthodox, was just as impressive.
Caleb retired on 50 bringing Jett Peters to the crease.
Jett showed maturity beyond his years turning over the strike to ensure his senior partner could continue the run fest.
Desi’s brought up his 50 which included 5 boundaries. The aggression did not stop with Desi’s retirement.
Oscar Elliott, who made 11, instantly got on the front foot smashing a boundary with his first scoring shot. With Jett they took the target beyond 150. Both boys retired with a job well done.
Sam Wood’s aggression cost him his wicket caught for 2.
Tanner Irvine didn’t trouble the scorers while Jeremy Bramich continues to prosper making a run a ball 11.
Dilllon Kirchen, batting down the order, saw out the innings remaining 4no with Jett returning to the crease finishing 19no.
Playing on a very quick outfield the Bulls cannot be complacent going into day 2. Early wickets will be the key to victory.
Under 14 Rams in tight tussle
The Rams had their first away match for the season with a road trip to Myrtleford to take on Ovens Valley United.
The Rams lost the toss and bowled first and it didn’t take long for Josh McCabe to strike in the first over.
Tight bowling from Hugh Mullins and Hudson Gillies kept the run rate down until a good partnership was formed by Ovens Valley.
It took Jobe Kennedy to break this bowling a great spell leg spin bowling.
Rudi Vodusek, Marcus Van Maanen, Sam Hemphill and Will Turnell all bowled good spells reeling in Ovens Valley to 3/100 from their 21 overs.
After losing an early wicket Zac Fraser and Jobe Kennedy steadied the ship putting a 50 run partnership together.
Zac continued his good run of form, backing it up with another 34 runs.
Hudson Gillies and Will Connell saw the innings out as the Rams finished 3/94.
The match is in the balance and will require a team effort for victory.
Youngest Lakers deliver all-round performance
The YMCC Under 12 Lakers put together the complete all round performance in round 4 action of the Wangaratta and District Cricket Association in perfect conditions at Bindall Avenue Reserve.
Skipper Jobe Fraser won the toss and elected to bowl and medium pacer Daniel O’Brien had the scorers scurrying in the third over the day capturing 2 wickets with a dynamic over directed at the base of the stumps.
Fellow medium pacers Ryley Mitchell, Levi Saunders and Tom Coffee all bowled tight line and length each of them hitting middle stump to have City Colts on the back foot early in the their innings.
The Lakers’ fielding was first class with Caleb Tanner and wicket keeper Jesse Brogan leading by example with energy and plenty of encouragement for their teammates.
Xavier Martin took the crease bowling full and straight to capture the fifth bowled wicket of the innings.
Jobe Fraser then rounded out the innings with the final wicket once again bowled highlighting a great all round bowling performance by the team.
The Lakers’ top order batsmen strode to the crease with confidence and discipline, the youngsters were able to keep out the good balls and hit the loose ones.
Caleb Tanner provided a great platform retiring on 9 runs while Jobe Fraser (14 retired not out) and Beau Birks (17 retired not out) were able to rotate the strike masterfully while still punishing anything short with powerful boundary hitting.
Birks hit 3 boundaries in a match winning performance.
Good friends Tom Coffey (8 retired not out) and Xavier Martin (14 retired not out) put on a great partnership running hard between the wickets and hitting boundaries when the opportunity presented.
Martin played brilliantly off his pads while Coffey highlighted his bright future with powerful hitting down the ground.
Special thanks to all the parents for their support on the day and the YMCC are looking forward to the local derby next Friday evening at Vic Park.
Awards: McDonalds Award - Tom Coffey, Videoland Award – Xavier Martin.