A-Reserve headed into their top of the table clash with City Colts, after a few rain affected weeks, looking to put a gap between them and the rest of the competition.
After losing the toss, the Lakers were given the opportunity to bat first on what were nice batting conditions.
City Colts decision looked a good one when Ben Irvine was removed third ball and returning star James Jordon for 7, to have the home side at 2 for 20.
Will Sharp hit two nice boundaries before being bowled, and when Brendan Lewis was dismissed for 9, the Lakers had fallen to 4 for 51.
This brought Sam Lidgerwood to the crease who joined Dan Whykes. Whykes had been promoted to open for this week and didn’t let his team mates down, playing with great patience and control through his innings. Lidgerwood and Whykes combined for an 83-run partnership, which took the game away from Colts after it was in the balance. Lidgerwood was dismissed for a well-made 28.
Whykes continued to frustrate the Colts attack, moving past 50 as he looked to up the tempo in the final overs. Whykes finished on 67 not out, carrying his bat through the innings and helping the home side post 6 for 155 at the close of play.
After the tea break, the Lakers were focused on early wickets, knowing the Colts batting depth was questionable.
After a steady start by Colts, Angus Heslin delivered the goods and opened the flood gates for the Lakers. Heslin had the opener LBW, before bowling the number 3 batsmen first ball to be on a hat trick. Unfortunately, the thinnest of inside edges prevented Heslin from a well-deserved hat trick.
Gary Browning entered the attack and immediately removed the other opener caught behind. Heslin and Browning combined for six wickets to leave the visitors reeling, Heslin with 3 for 10 from 6 overs and Browning with 3 for 8 from 8 overs.
The Lakers kept the pressure on the opposition, creating two run outs in the field and when Lewis picked two wickets in two overs, the Colts had been dismissed for 55 inside 28 overs.
The Lakers now sit two games clear on top of the ladder with one game remaining before Christmas. The A-Reserve team will be looking forward to finishing the year with a home game at Stan Hargreaves Oval against Greta this Saturday.
Lakers B Grade returned to Vic Park No. 2 on Saturday for a one-day match against Beechworth.
With the Lakers winning the toss and having no hesitation in batting, an early wicket wasn’t quite the way the captain expected things to go. But, Sam Willett and Mitch Collins-Bye steadied and put together a 56 run partnership which gave the Lakers a solid base to build a big innings from.
With a few more good partnerships and several batsmen making good starts the Lakers were looking good. Sam Willett continues with some good form making 23, Collins-Bye made 37, stand in captain Justin O’Brien 28, Cooper Bennett 38 and the stand out was Jack Kennedy with a well compiled 40 not out.
There was also a cameo performance from Chris Kennedy with a couple of big sixes, before he missed one and was adjudged lbw. Not bad for someone who hasn’t wielded the willow in anger for about 10 years. The Lakers finished their allotted 36 overs with a reasonable total of 7/198, but would it be enough for the Lakers to be able to defend on the quick and small confines of Vic Park No. 2 oval.
The Lakers bowlers did the job, bowling to the plans and in areas to keep the batsmen tied down and force the false shot. Josh Pickering bowled two good spells to finish the day with 2/16 from his full quota of 8 overs. Preet Patel had cleared out the cobwebs from his first game and was showing glimpses of his 2014/15 Grand Final performance with two wickets in two balls, but he couldn’t get the hat trick.
Patel also finishing with 2/16. In another man of the match display, how many does he need to get a promotion, Jack Kennedy snared 4/20 from 7 overs to continue his stellar form with the ball this season.
This meant the Beechworth bats were bowled out for 113, some 85 runs short of the total required and another good win for the B Grade side.
Great to see Chris Kennedy back playing cricket and even better was the fact that his son Jobe was also in the team. Both contributed well to the team and enjoyed their cricket.
Next week sees the last game before the Christmas break and the B Grade are travelling to Wangaratta to take on City Colts.
On a beautiful Saturday afternoon C-Grade travelled to Rutherglen to take on the Rutherglen Red Side.
Captain Sharp again lost the toss and this week was asked to bat. Josh Bozzola and Nick ‘Whoopa’ Irvine opened the innings and meant business from the first ball. Bozz was the first to be dismissed in the second over of the day (by a girl) with a quick fire 11 off 4 balls with the score on 28.
Harry McLarty came to the crease and together with Whoopa got the score to 90 before McLarty was dismissed for 25. Whoopa was pleased to see Steve Lappin join him as he could now actually get some quick running between the wickets. These two batted beautifully before Whoopa was dismissed with the score on 230 for a well compiled 74.
Tom Hicks joined Lappin and continued where Nick left off.
Hicks batted well, keeping out the good balls and punishing anything loose, bringing up his first ever half century. Hicks’ confidence is starting to grow and we will be seeing many more of these sorts of scores in the near future.
Lappin was dismissed for a well compiled 73, whilst Hicks departed for 54. After our allotted 36 overs we compiled 7/288.
Captain Sharp threw the new ball to Bozzala and Ben Pickering, and with Pickering’s first delivery, he picked up a wicket, which was a half tracker but brilliantly caught by Irvine behind the stumps.
Bozzola was next to strike, with his pace and control. He bowled a terrific spell, although he did bowl short to some kids and got one angry, who put him over the fence. His figures 8/1/2/27.
Trevor Fischer bowled his donkey droppers to perfection and picked up 3/15 off his 8 overs. He was unlucky not to have 4, had McLarty not dropped one of the easiest catches you will see. Ben Pickering was the only other multiple wicke- taker, taking 2/31.
It was a great win going into the Christmas break putting us on top of the ladder. I hope everyone has a happy and safe Christmas and new year and look forward to continuing on in the new year where we finished off.
The under 16 boys travelled to Wangaratta rovers ground on Saturday morning for what was going to be a great battle.
Sharp won the toss and sent in the Rovers Bruck United boys and got off to a shaky start.
Josh Ednie was the first to strike getting the dangerous Bailey Annett out with the score at 1/40 after 8 overs. Brandon Einsporn then struck 27 runs later with the score at 2/67 after 14 overs.
The Lakers then put the runs to a stop with Rovers Bruck finishing on 98 after their 21 overs. Brandon being the only multiple wicket taker.
Willett and Banch got the Lakers off to a steady start before Willett was given out lbw by coach Lewis with Willett not being happy with the decision.
Hemphill came and went quickly before Sharp took the game with Banch and started smacking the ball around. The boys where looking good until Banch was forced to retire with rule stating you have to retire on 30.
This then altered the momentum for the boys and with new batsmen under pressure and unfortunately the boys fell 9 runs short. Lewis had a chat with the boys after the game and this loss won’t hurt them at all. The boys will now have to play well next week at Greta to get a win and try to regain top spot.
Award winners: One zach: Brandon Einsporn
Golf club movie deal: Zac Banch
The Under 14s travelled to the high country to take on a resurgent Delatite at the picturesque Mansfield Recreation Reserve.
Winning the toss and batting the Bulls got off to a bright start thanks to some hard hitting from Luke Phillips and Jyda House. After successive boundaries Jyda was the first to go bowled for 8. The big hitting didn’t stop there with Austin Willett smashing a boundary before attempting the same shot only to be caught for 5. Luke retired on 5 but could have been so much more if not for the brilliant fielding of Delatite.
Caleb Mitchell and Desi O’Kane combined for a run a ball partnership. Both boys ruthless on anything pitched short. The partnership yielded 8 boundaries and ensured a solid total for the Bulls. Caleb retiring for a sublime 28 while Desi retired for a swash buckling 30.
Sam Wood and Jett Peters kept the pressure on the bowlers late in the innings with quick runs while up the other Tyler Norman and Harry Barker were hitting the boundaries. Oscar Elliott finished off the innings for the Bulls with total of 102 on the board.
Jyda House claimed the first wicket with his first ball for the day with the opening skying a catch to the safe hands of Harry Barker. A solid partnership formed until Desi O’Kane produced a corker for Austin Willett to take a sensational catch at Gully. Not long after Austin took another blinder from the bowling of Barker to have Delatite reeling at 3/19.
From their Delatite never really threatened the target will all bowlers keeping it tight. Tanner Irvine could have had three or more scalps only to have the chances go down. His spin twin Dillon Kirchen came on late to pick up two wickets in an over to once again have the outstanding figures of 2/3.
Delatite in the end were restricted to just 68. The Bulls claiming their fourth win of the season.
Awards thanks to our generous sponsors; Yarrawonga Fish and Chips – Caleb Mitchell; Crusty Loaf Bakery – Austin Willett.
The win sets up a tantalising clash against the Rams this Friday evening at Vic Park. Now placed second and third on the ladder his promises to be an epic contest.
Under 14 Rams
On a perfect morning for cricket, the Yarrawonga Rams played the Wangaratta Magpies at home. All team members contributed to what was a pleasing victory for the Rams.
Wangaratta batted first and all team members bowled tightly to restrict the opposition to a score of 58. Josh McCabe, Hugh Mullins and Hudson Gillies all bowled maidens and really slowed the Wangaratta run rate.
The wickets were shared around between Hugh Mullins, Jobe Kennedy, Ethan Byrne, Marcus Van Maanen and Will Turnell, with Rudi Vodusek bowling very well to take two wickets.
Zac Fraser was sharp behind the wickets taking a catch and providing a stumping.
Ethan Byrne and Sam Hempill also chipped in by taking handy catches.
It was terrific to see the concentration and dedication of the team in the field.
Jobe Kennedy and Zac Fraser both batted beautifully to set up the victory, making 24 and 31 respectively. They both retired and others then chipped in to make runs with Hugh Mullins (7), Will Connell (8) and Ethan Byrne (8) also retiring not out. The Rams ended up with a final score of 3/98 for their innings.
It was a great team effort by the boys.
Under 14 Girls
Congratulations to star YMCC girl duo Tahlia Thomson and Maya Hargreaves on being selected in the North East Knights Under 14 girls side.
Both girls have applied themselves to every task asked of them and have become solid contributors for the Under 12 Bulls this season.
Tahlia is an opening bowler who bowls a great line and length as well as a solid middle order batter capable of big scores when required.
Maya, new to the game this season is a spin bowler with great control and a top to middle order batter who hits the ball hard and is also capable of big scores.
The girls played their first match in Mooroopna on Sunday, December 10 and will now travel to Melbourne on January 9, 10 and 11 to contest the state championships. Well done and best of luck Tahlia and Maya.
Under 12 Rams
On Saturday the Under 12 Rams made the trip to Wandiligong to take on the Bright Wanderers.
After losing the toss and being sent in to bat the Rams got off to a bad start losing Xavier Mitchell and Nate Williams in the first over to be 2 for 2.
Lachlan Phillips and TJ Docking then steadied the ship both retiring with Docking on 10 and Phillips on 39.
Nate Kreeck and Jeremy Baer then came and went and when Van Kreeck was run out for 5 things looked a little shaky. Enter Geoffery Montgomery and Jack Costigan who then went about putting on a very important partnership of 37 to take the score to a competitive 112.
It was then the Rams turn to bowl with Jack Costigan and Geoffery Montgomery opening and bowling nice and straight. Xavier Mitchell and Nate Kreeck both bowled well only having 4 runs taken from there spells.
Jeremy Baer was the pick of the bowlers taking 3 wickets from his spell. Nate Williams also contributed taking a wicket and bowling with nice control. Van Kreeck and Lachlan Phillips continued the trend and bowled tight lines not conceding many runs in the later stages on the innings.
At the end the Rams ran out winners by 34 runs.
A special mention to TJ Docking who wicket kept very well only conceding 2 byes.
Awards - Yarrawonga Videoland- Jeremy Baer. McDonalds- TJ Docking.
Under 12 Lakers
The Under 12 Lakers travelled to Milawa to take on City Colts White where a win was a must to stay in touch with the final four.
The toss of the coin went our way and Jobe Fraser elected to bowl first because of a slow and damp outfield.
All the boys bowled well and kept the City Colts batsman under pressure to score. This is one area where the boys have had a massive improvement in the first half of the season, it is credit to their dedication at training.
City Colts managed to post a score of 5 for 66 from their 20 overs with wickets going to Jobe, Jesse Brogan, Tom Coffey and Riley Mitchell.
In reply we made and impressive 4 for 135 from our 20 overs, with the main contributors being Caleb Tanner (19), Jobe Fraser (35no) and Beau Birks (15no) who batted at no 9 to give other boys a chance to bat up the order.
Other batsman to retire after facing their allotted 20 balls were Jesse McDonald (6), Levi Saunders (4) and Xavier Martin (6).
This week’s Foodworks award went to Riley Mitchell who returned with the bowling figures of 1 for 2 from 2 overs and McDonald’s award went to Beau Birks who continues to impress with both bat and ball.
Under 12 Bulls
Glorious conditions awaited the Under 12 Bulls as they took on City Colts Yellow at Vic Park oval no 2.
In warm conditions captain of the day Ollie Connell won the toss and elected to bat. Maya
Hargreaves was the only unlucky wicket to fall being bowled around her legs off the pads.
At the end of the innings all other bats had retired not out in a fantastic batting display. Cohen Cuskelly 17, Ollie Connell 4, Pacey Haebich 9, Ben Kennedy 39, Darby Mullins 10, Lucas Eales 1, Ollie Cope 2 and Tahlia Thomson 3.
It was great to see the improvement of running between the wickets, something the Bulls have been working at. A fine effort; 1 for 118 after the allotted 20 overs.
Taking to the field the Bulls put in a solid display achieving a run out which was one of their goals for the day. All players bowled beautifully with maiden overs going to Tahlia Thomson, Ollie Cope and two to Cohen Cuskelly.
The City Colts Yellow side applied themselves well and although falling short of their target only lost the one wicket due to the run out. A very even batting and bowling performance from the ever improving Bulls who now look forward to a Friday night clash against the Rams to finish off before the Christmas break.
Thanks to all workers at the YMCC, the ground conditions are second to none and a pleasure for our youngest cricketers to learn the game. Bulls 1/118 def CC Yellow 1/40.
Award winners Ben Kennedy - Avalanche Ice cream, Ollie Connell - Mcdonalds.