After a wet week the Yarrawonga College P-12 oval was looking lush for the Yarrawonga Under 12 Bulls vs Rovers United Green clash.
Winning the toss Captain for the week Cohen Cuskelly elected to bat under overcast skies.
Openers Ben Kennedy and Maya Hargreaves got off to a good start before Maya fell for 5.
Darby Mullins steadied the ship before falling unluckily for 8.
At the close of the innings 5 batters had retired not out - Ben Kennedy 36, Cohen Cuskelly 13, Tahlia Thomson 7, Ollie Connell 6 and Ollie Cope 7.
Lucas Eales and Pacey Haebich were also involved in solid partnerships taking the score to a very competitive 4/98.
The Bulls’ turn with the ball was something to behold.
Pacey Haebich’s opening spell was a delight.
Cohen Cuskelly, Darby Mullins and Tahlia Thomson all took one wicket apiece.
Ollie Connell took a fine two wickets and Ollie Cope, in a best on ground display, snared three wickets for 0 runs, including 2 caught and bowled wickets.
Darby Mullins also took a neat catch in the field.
Lucas Eales, Maya Hargreaves and Ben Kennedy were lively in the field and the team was unlucky to not get a run out on the back of some fine fielding.
Rovers United Green finished 8/22 with all batsmen giving it their all.
A fine batting and bowling and fielding display by the Bulls.
It is great to see everyone improve each week.
Awards: Ollie Cope - McDonald’s, Ollie Connell - Avalanche Ice Creamery.
Lakers dominate at Greta
The B Grade Lakers travelled back to Greta to complete the second day of the two-day match and came away with a first innings win.
Greta resumed at 9 for 64 and in the 5th over Jack Kennedy picked up the last wicket stumped by wicket keeper Jason Cox - Greta all out for 77.
The Lakers then resumed their first nnings at 5 for 125 and with Ted Graham not out from the previous week he was replaced by Justin O’Brien who joined Cory Pearn at the crease with Pearn 20 not out the first week.
O’Brien was the first to go caught for 1, the Lakers at 6 for 135.
Jack Kennedy then came to the crease and with Pearn and batted to the tea break leaving the Lakers 6 for 188.
Pearn batted superbly to bring up his first half century for the Lakers and Kennedy was like a rock at the other end once again when needed.
After the tea break the Lakers had 34 overs left to try to bat out until the end of the day.
Pearn and Kennedy began well, but in the fourth over after the tea break and on 67 Pearn miss-hit a pull shot straight to a fieldsman in the deep and was caught - his great innings coming to an end.
Pearn and Kennedy had put on a great partnership of 63 runs.
Kennedy was then joined at the crease by Alex Lovel who began with some nice shots but was then bowled for 5 runs - the Lakers at 8 for 203.
Kennedy was joined at the crease by Trevor Fischer who feathered one to the gully fieldsman and was caught for 2.
The B grade number 11 Josh Pickering then strode to the crease to join Kennedy with Pickering playing his shots but he was bowled for 3 leaving Kennedy on a well-made 11 not out and getting the Lakers to a total of 216.
With 20 overs left in the day Greta came out to start their second innings.
Alex Lovel and Reece Norman opened the bowling, both bowlers grabbing a wicket each to have Greta at 2 for 7.
Cooper Bennett then came on to bowl and in his second over the rain came down and play was called off in the tenth over with Greta finishing at 2 for 23.
A good win by the Lakers, well done to all the boys a great team effort.
Lakers remain undefeated
Yarrawonga Mulwala’s A Grade Lakers remain undefeated after grinding out a 72 run victory against City Colts at Bill O’Callaghan Oval in Wangaratta.
After posting 9 for 264 last week, the Lakers bowlers were able to bowl City Colts out for 192 after 69.5 overs.
Under cloudy skies, the Lakers opened the bowling with James Irvine and Will Sharp who bowled an excellent 8 over partnership.
Irvine claimed the first wicket of the day in the seventh over removing Willett for 4.
Spinner Brock McCabe came into the attack and pinned the Colts batsmen down in frustrating fashion.
McCabe was able to claim the second wicket with the score at 46 in the 22nd over.
Although bowling well in partnerships, City Colts were able to get to the tea break at 2 for 121 from 45 overs.
Captain Matt Knight spoke to the players about continuing to maintain pressure and assured his bowlers that wickets would come with that pressure.
Matt McCabe was able to claim the third and crucial wicket of opener Norris for 71 and the score was 3 for 143.
This wicket was the start of the decline for City Colts. They lost 8 for 49 in the next 19.5 overs.
Corey McIntosh was able to take the next wicket of key all-rounder Braden for 68 with the score on 170.
Ben Doyle who bowled 17 consecutive overs either side of tea claimed the next four wickets for 15 runs.
Matt Casey was introduced to the bowling crease and bowling mediums took a wicket with the fourth ball of his first over and claimed the final and winning wicket with the fifth ball of his second over.
The win sees the A Grade Lakers undefeated after five games as they head into a two week bye on top of the ladder.
Bowling figures were Doyle 4/43 from 17 overs; Casey 2/3 from 1.5 overs; Irvine 1/62 off 14 overs;Brock McCabe 1/28 off 12 overs; Matt McCabe 1/30 off 12 overs; McIntosh 1/13 off 7 overs; while unluckily Will Sharp 0/11 off 6 overs.
Young guns pile on the runs for A Reserve
Yarrawonga Mulwala Cricket Club’s A Reserve returned to The Gardens Oval in Benalla with only a further 70 runs required to secure another victory.
Ben Irvine and Ji Dawson resumed their partnership and had the score moving along nicely before Dawson was dismissed for 18 with the score on 73.
Irvine continued to dominate the Benalla attack, with great power and placement all around the wicket.
Captain Pat Martin was dismissed for 10, which brought Brendan Lewis to the crease, who put on a 50-run partnership with Irvine to see the Lakers secure the points.
The aim was to bat out the day, with a focus on players capitalising on good starts the focus of the drinks break message.
To the Bushrangers’ credit however, they fought back strongly with three quick wickets to see the score move to 5 for 146.
Ben Irvine and Angus McMillan stabilised the innings and just as Ben looked to be heading for another century, he was dismissed LBW for 95.
With the score at 5 for 176, Ned Mullins strode to the crease to join McMillan.
They proceeded to dismantle the Bushrangers attack, sharing a 92-run partnership before McMillan was dismissed for 61.
Another quick three wickets had the Lakers at 9 for 294, with Mullins running out of partners.
Luckily for Ned and the Lakers, veteran Gary Browning was batting at 11.
Browning and Mullins put on a further 60 runs for the final wicket, with the veteran Browning helping to guide young Ned to his first century.
Mullins has now moved to second on the league batting table, with the sparkling average of 81.5. His innings finished on 108 and included 12 boundaries.
The Lakers finished the day with a comprehensive victory and now sit a game clear on top of the ladder.
A Reserve now play Rovers Bruck United in a two-day game with the venue still to be determined.