A-Reserve have finished the year two games clear on top after handing Benalla a comprehensive loss on Saturday.
The Lakers were looking forward to playing on Stan Hargreaves oval for the last time this season, but unfortunately their opponents were unable to make the game worthy of the facilities.
The Lakers lost the toss and were asked to bowl in beautiful conditions, with Matt McCabe returning from A Grade sharing the new ball with Angus Heslin. It didn’t take long before the openers had reduced the Benalla order to rubble, at one stage having the visitors at 5 for 9.
The home side produced near floorless cricket to finish the year, dismissing the Bushrangers for 43 runs after 20 overs. McCabe was the chief destroyer with 5/16 with opening partner Heslin snaring 2/8. Young guns Jack Kennedy and Reece Norman picked up the final three wickets with 2/12 and 1/1 respectively.
Ben Irvine and Dan Whykes then secured the points in convincing fashion, taking the score to 0 for 70 at the tea interval. After the break, the onslaught continued, with Whykes and Irvine both bringing up half centuries and looking to post big totals. A mix up saw Whykes run out for a well-made 58, before Irvine was caught for 68 soon after.
The Lakers batsmen continued to put pressure on the Bushrangers fielders and after their compulsory 36 overs, declared their innings at 4 for 248. James Jordon contributed 42, with Cory Pearn and Mitch Collins-Bye not out at the completion of play.
The A-Reserve side will now enjoy a few weeks break before returning for the Toxfree T20 competition on the 6th and 7th of January.
The Yarrawonga Mulwala A Grade have lost their first game for the season at the hands of last year’s two-day premiers Beechworth.
Lakers were first to bat with Matt Knight top scoring with 34, followed by Josh Lawrence 24 and Jim Irvine 21. Lakers finished 5 for 138 off 40 overs.
In response Beechworth’s Surrey brothers again proved the difference taking the team to 1 for 141 off 34 overs, despite an early wicket by Brock McCabe.
Lakers remain on top of the ladder heading into 2018.
Lakers B Grade travelled to Wangaratta for the last match before the Christmas break. A few changes to the previous week’s team saw several players promoted and some good inclusions for the B Grade.
Losing the toss the Lakers were asked to field in the warm conditions. This didn’t worry the young Lakers side as they got on with the job right from the word go.
Pressure was put on the City Colts batsmen all the way through their innings. Left and right arm combination of Josh Pickering and Preet Patel done the majority of the damage in the opening 10 overs. Pickering continued his consistent form with the ball taking another two wickets. Patel was outstanding on a flat wicket and was getting movement in the air and off the deck finishing the day with the fine figures of 5/22 from five overs. Although the outfield was lightning quick the Lakers bowling and fielding didn’t allow the opportunity for the City Colts bats to make full use of the conditions.
Tom Hicks and Jobe Kennedy continued the pressure bowling putting the ball in the right areas and bowling to their fields. Kennedy in only his second B Grade match and bowling the very difficult art of leg spin took two wickets. A promising start for the young fella showing great control with the ball. Kennedy’s second wicket brought the City Colts innings to a close in just the 20th over. All out for 80.
A ten minute changeover had the Lakers at the crease starting their chase for victory. Sam Willett once again opened the innings with what could be about his sixth partner for the season. This time it was stand in captain Justin O’Brien. The pair took the shine off the new ball, before Willett chopped one on to the stumps to be out for 14 and almost a third of the run chase taken care of. This bought another youngster to the crease in Max Hemphill. Hemphill was solid at the crease keeping out the good balls and going hard at the loose ones. At tea Hemphill and O’Brien had fought off the Colts attack and after 16 overs had reached the Colts total going into tea at 1/80.
Shortly after tea Hemphill was dismissed for a well-made 23 sharing a 58 run partnership with his captain. With the score on 125 O’Brien was dismissed for 57 top scoring for the Lakers. This allowed a couple of young guns to come together at the crease in Zac Fraser and Jobe Kennedy and the pair played some solid cricket with enthusiasm and composure, Fraser finishing with 18 caught on the second last ball and Kennedy having a terrific day finishing 17 not out. This was another solid win by the B Grade side heading in to the Christmas break.
B Grade now have a few weeks off to re-group and focus on the run home, returning on Saturday 13th January against Rovers United Bruck at Stan Hargreaves Oval. Merry Christmas to all and a safe and happy New Year.
Under 14 Bulls
Second place Bulls took on the third place Rams is the “locking of the horns” battle last Friday evening.
The Bulls won the toss and batted in glorious conditions in front of a huge crowd on the deck.
The Rams took the early advantage with Bulls openers Jyda House and Luke Phillips back in the sheds with the score on 2. Josh McCabe and Hugh Mullins taking a wicket each while allowing just 4 runs from the first 5 overs.
Austin Willett and Caleb Mitchell led the recovery for the Bulls with a quickfire 20 run partnership before Hudson Gillies,ripped through the defences of Willett bowling him for a quickfire 14. Just when the Bulls looked in control with Desi O’Kane and Mitchell at the crease that boy Gillies turned the game on its head bowling Mitchell for 21. O’Kane didn’t last much longer edging a ball through to the Zac Fraser from the bowling of Will Connell.
The Rams gained control when Tyler Norman was stumped and Jett Peters caught from the bowling of Darcy Hicks and Sam Hemphill. Dillon Kirchen was again busy at the crease but when he was run out for 9 the Bulls had slumped to 8/65.
It took a brilliant cameo from Sam Wood and Tanner Irvine to bolster the Bulls score up to a defendable 93 off the allotted 21 overs. Sam Wood recorded his highest score in the process 13 not out.
The Rams openers Gillies and Jobe Kennedy got off to a bright start but just as they looking at ease Mitchell returned favour from earlier in the evening bowling Gillies for 2. Oscar Elliott then claimed the big scalp of Zac Fraser when he ‘skied’ a ball to the safe hands of O’Kane. The game has just ebbed in the favour of the Bulls at that point.
But just as it had all night, the game flowed back in the other direction thanks to a brilliant 50 run partnership from Kennedy and Darcy Hicks. Displaying great maturity the boys kept out the good deliveries while pouncing on anything loose. Kennedy in particular was aggressive on anything short. He was forced to retire on 30 opening the door again for the Bulls.
When Darcy Hicks was bowled by Jett Peters for a sensational 17 the game was evenly poised. Chasing quick runs the Rams succumbed to the pressure with Mitchell and House taking 2 wickets each. After a game of many twists and turns the Bulls had regained the advantage restricting the Rams to 6/73 off their 21 overs.
The Bulls remain undefeated going into the Christmas break while the Rams still remain in the top 4 representing the depth of talent in the club.
Awards to the Bulls players thanks to out generous sponsors; Crusty Loaf Bakery – Sam Wood; Yarrawonga Fish and Chips – Jyda House.
Thanks to Dash McIntosh and Justin O’Brien for all their efforts in making the night a huge success.
Under 14 Rams
In a perfect night for cricket the Yarrawonga Rams played the Yarrawonga Bulls at the Stan Hargreaves Oval on Friday night.
The Bulls batted first, compiling 93 runs. Hudson Gillies bowled well to take two wickets in his spell. Other wicket takers were Josh McCabe, Hugh Mullins, Will Connell, Darcy Hicks and Sam Hemphill. The boys also fielded well with terrific catches being taken by Darcy Hicks and Ethan Byrne. Once again Zach Fraser kept very well, achieving a stumping and a caught behind.
The boys knew they had to bat well, and began very well with Jobe Kennedy retiring for a very well compiled 30. Jobe was very measured in his batting, defending the good balls and punishing anything loose while running well between the wickets to take the valuable singles. His partnership with Darcy Hicks was a feature of the innings.
Darcy batted very well to compile a valuable 17 before being out to a very good ball. Both Darcy and Jobe hit several fours. Unfortunately for the Rams they ran out of overs at 73, falling short of the total set for them. The Bulls bowlers bowled a good line and length to restrict the boys.
It was a great team effort and the boys showed great sportsmanship in the manner in which they conducted themselves.
Both Yarrawonga teams showed great talent and skill, and it was terrific to see so many supporters down watching the boys and enjoying the evening at Victoria Park. Wishing everyone a very happy Christmas!
Under 12 Lakers
This week the Under 12 Lakers welcomed Beechworth in what loomed as a danger game for the Lakers.
Lakers lost the toss and were asked to bowl on the superb Victoria Park no:2 ground.
Beechworth openers were off to a great start, with both batsman making the most of the fast outfield.
Lakers managed to slow the run rate down during the middle overs with tight bowling and excellent fielding.
Beechworth were able to post a competitive score of three for 83 from their 20 overs with wickets going to Jesse Brogan, Levi Saunders and Daniel O’Brien who returned the figures of 2 overs 1 for 0. Xavier Martin also had an impressive bowling spell of 2 overs for 1 run.
In reply openers Caleb Tanner and Jesse Brogan has lakers off to a solid start with both retiring on 8no.
Captain Jobe Fraser continues his brilliant season with a quick fire 34no which included 6 fours and a towering six over long on. Jobe has yet to be dismissed this season and has managed to score 209 runs.
Beau Birks also continues to have a fine season with the bat adding another 24 runs (5 fours) to his season total of 182.
Xavier Martin (6no), Levi Saunders (2no) and Daniel O’Brien were other batsman who managed to get to score to 3 for 117 and will get their chances of batting higher up the order as the team push for a finals berth after the Christmas break.
This week’s McDonald’s award went to Daniel O’Brien who returned with the bowling figures of 1 for 0 from 2 overs and batting openers Caleb Tanner (Ice Creamery) and Jesse Brogan (Yarrawonga Videoland) for the way they got the team off to a great start.
The next game is a home game against a very talented Wang Magpies on January 13, so enjoy the time off and we will recommence training on Thursday, January 11.
Under 12 Rams
On a very warm Thursday afternoon the Rams took on the Bulls in a local derby.
After being sent in the Rams got off to a good start with Geoffrey Montgomery and Jack Costigan ticking the scoreboard over regularly and both retiring with Montgomery on 25 and Costigan on 28. This bought Lachlan Phillips and Xavier Mitchell to the crease with Mitchell being unlucky getting run out for the second week.
Lachlan Phillips was next to go, caught behind for 13. Van kreeck came in and showed some patience seeing his 20 balls out and retiring.
Jeremy Baer and Nate Kreeck were next in with Kreeck being bowled before troubling the scorers. Nate Williams then came and went for 0. This brought Cam Ford to the middle who remained 3 not out with the Rams putting together a total of 6/99.
The Rams then hit the field with TJ Docking opening the bowling and taking a wicket in his first over. Xavier Mitchell came on from the other end and also had success in his first over and had the Bulls 2/1.
Jeremy Baer and Lachlan Phillips continued and bowled well without luck. The Bulls started to tick the scoreboard over and looked steady before Geoffrey Montgomery collected a wicket to slow the scoring.
Jack Costigan and Cam Ford bowled next with both boys trying to stop the runs flow. Nate and Van Kreeck continued the bowling with the Bulls continuing to score runs to get closer to the total which they achieved in the last over posting a great win. A big thanks to those people who helped out.
Awards: McDonalds- Jack Costigan. Avalanche Ice Cream -Xavier Mitchell.
Under 12 Bulls
A beautiful Thursday night at Vic Park saw the Under 12 Bulls take on the all conquering Rams in a clash for bragging rights over the Christmas break.
Winning the toss, captain of the night, Ollie Cope had no hesitation in sending the Rams into have a bat.
Taking to the field the young Bulls were bristling with confidence and keen to restrict the powerful Rams batting unit. With all players bowling well, an even performance saw wickets to Pacey Haebich, Darby Mullins, Ben Kennedy, Ollie Cope and Tahlia Thomson and maidens to Ollie Connell, and Tahlia Thomson.
The fielding was superb with a catch to Maya Hargreaves and a run out to the Cohen cuskelly, Maya Hargreaves combination. It was a good effort by the Bulls who achieved there fielding goals of 1 catch, 1 run out and 3 bowled wickets a sure sign that they are bowling both straight and full.
The Rams innings ended on 6/99, a solid total and a hard chase for the Bulls.
Taking to the crease Bodhi Leonard took on the quicks but the Bulls were in early trouble with wickets falling regularly until Ben Kennedy and Cohen Cuskelly steadied the ship both retiring after there 20 balls.
Lucas Eales hit a lovely 4 before two more quick wickets saw Maya Hargreaves and Pacey Haebich at the crease where they put on a good partnership of 25 before Maya was dismissed for a nice 9 runs and Pacey retired after a lovely 14.
This brought Kennedy and Cuskelly back to the crease where they batted beautifully to guide the Bulls to victory in a close hard fought game. Ben Kennedy finishing on 42 not out and Cohen Cuskelly not out 27.
The Bulls finished 6/107 in a good win.
It was a fantastic result for the YMCC with both junior sides showing the up and coming talent and future of the club.
Well done Under 12 Bulls and Rams a big thanks to all who have helped out during the season so far. Award winners: McDonalds - Ben Kennedy. VideoLand - Cohen Cuskelly.