Round six of WDCA B Grade cricket saw the Lakers take on Milawa at Stan Hargreaves Oval. The Lakers won the toss and decided to send their opposition into bat, mainly on the premise of the two sides previous encounter in round two.
The Lakers opening bowlers bowled well but were unable to make the early break due to a couple of missed chances.
The breakthrough came with the change of bowlers as young Reece Norman rattled the woodwork in his first and second over. Another bowling change bought Jack Kennedy to the bowling crease and as in the previous encounter with the Milawa side, Kennedy had the batsmen in all sorts.
In a spell of 11 overs straight, Kennedy bowled a master class of leg spin. With superb control and temperament Kennedy, only16 years old, was able to better his haul of 5 wickets against the same opposition in Round two. At the end of Milawa’s allotted overs, Kennedy had the outstanding figures of 6/11 and when play resumes next week he will have the opportunity to better those figures.
The only other wicket taker for the Lakers was Norman with 2/14.
Milawa finishing at 8/84.
In reply the Lakers did not start well with the bat, losing an early wicket and then consolidating a little with a couple of small partnerships.
But it was veteran Ted Graham and young tyro Alex Lovel who really steered the Lakers in the right direction. The pair were solid and despatched anything loose in an unbroken partnership of 50 runs. Graham finished the day unbeaten on 39 and Lovel not out 33. Lovel batting superbly under pressure and reaching his short careers highest score. Graham and Lovel’s partnership çarried the Lakers to a handy 6/130 at stumps on Day one.
The Lakers, with the upper hand going into day two, but still with a bit to do to take home the points next week.
A-Reserve in a tight contest
A-Reserve headed to Barkly Park in Rutherglen for an unusual away game against Rovers Bruck United.
The Lakers entered their round 6 clash full of confidence and 10 points clear of Rovers on the ladder. The Lakers won the toss and elected to bat in the warm conditions.
Things didn’t start well for the Lakers with Dawson removed without troubling the scorers in the second over. Angus McMillan joined Ben Irvine at the crease in a new role batting at number 3, and showed that his half century last week was no fluke. Irvine and McMillan batted well, dispatching anything loose to keep the score ticking along before Irvine was dismissed LBW for 20.
McMillan then watched on as the Lakers lost three wickets in one over to see the score fall to 5 for 43, and in real trouble for the first time this season.
Sam Lidgerwood joined McMillan, and the two led a strong counter attack against the Rovers bowlers. The partnership brought the Lakers back into the contest before Lidgerwood was caught behind for a well-made 46.
When McMillan was dismissed caught and bowled before the tea break, the Lakers had fallen to 7 for 143 after 34 overs. This was brilliant run rate, but sadly not enough wickets in hand to capitalise on the opposition’s slow over rate.
The Lakers managed to put on a further 25 runs after the tea break to finish all out for 168 after 43 overs, leaving them with 22 overs to bowl on the first day.
Unfortunately, rain intervened for the remainder of the day. With the Lakers only able to bowl a further 1.4 overs.
The Lakers will be looking for a strong bowling performance next week to keep their unbeaten record intact, and a space between them and the reminder of the A-Reserve competition.
Dad’s army’s gutsy win
With only five of the eleven players selected for C Grade cricket Thursday night available, Captain Sharp had a difficult task rounding up a side. With thanks to a few wise old men they were able to make the bus trip to Beechworth.
Losing the toss once again, the side was asked to take the field. Jason Sharp and Josh Bozzola took the new ball and struck early on. Bozzola making the batsmen uncomfortable with his pace and movement of the ball. He was very unlucky not to have had a lot more wickets due to dropped catches.
Snow Willett was having a day he would rather forget behind the stumps. The ball was then thrown to two seasoned cricketers who came out of retirement to help out. Daryl McIntosh bowled well, claiming two wickets, while Mark Irvine bowled well without luck.
Ben Pickering claimed four wickets and could of had more, only putting down a caught and bowled. Dale “Grumpy” Norman also out of Woods Point’ got amongst the wickets. Chasing 143 on a quick outfield, McLarty and Bozzola opened the batting and got off to a good start before McLarty got a bit excited and missed one, knocking over off stump. At the half way mark (drinks) ‘they were 3/102, needing only another 40 odd runs.
Mark “Skinny” Irvine was in complete control chasing down the remaining runs with a couple of partnerships. The skies opened and with one last hit to the boundary, Irvine bought up his half century, bringing the Lakers total to 6/180 with still 9 overs to be bowled. As the rain set in, this was to be the final score.
A big thank you to all the old faithfuls for putting up your hands to help out. Go Lakers!