The Yarrawonga Mulwala A Grade have continued their run of good form with a 16-run victory against Greta. Played at the Stan Hargreaves Oval in Yarrawonga, the Lakers lost the toss and were sent into bowl.
Jim Irvine and Angus McMillan opened the attack with Irvine claiming two wickets in his third over to have Greta at 2 for 17.
Young spinner Brock McCabe replaced McMillan after three overs and claimed the team third wicket with a stumping by Josh Lawrence off a leg side wide. At 3 for 44 Greta were able to steady adding 39 runs before Corey McIntosh had O’Connor caught by Doyle.
The Lakers were able to build pressure and claimed 5 for 28 off the next 10 overs. McMillan claiming 2 for 26 off his 8 overs; Doyle 3 for 27 off 8; Irvine 2 for 20 off 7 with Brock McCabe 1 for 13 off 4; McIntosh 1 for 15 off 6 overs and the unlucky Matt McCabe with 0 for 26 off 7.
The final partnership added 30 runs for Greta closing their innings at 9 for 141.
After the tea interval, Josh Lawrence and Ben Welsh took to the wicket to begin the Lakers’ run chase and had 16 runs inside four overs before Lawrence offered a chance that was taken and he was out for 9.
Enter Matt Casey who along with Ben Welsh batted brilliantly with poise, power and patience; continually keeping the run rate ticking over.
Both were brutal on anything loose from the Greta bowlers and together they notched up half centuries and guided the Lakers to the victory with a combined 14 boundaries and 1 six. But with the victory secured, Welsh was dismissed for a game high 70 runs with the score on 144 in the 37th over.
With three overs remaining Matt Knight joined Casey and guided the team to the closure of play with Casey 63 not out and Knight 3 not out.
With one more game to go before Christmas the Lakers will next Saturday trek up to Beechworth to do battle against last season’s two-day champions.