The second week of January saw more than 300 junior cricketers from North East Victoria through to Southern New South Wales represent their respective associations at the Junior Country Week Carnival.
YMCC club had a number of participants in the carnival across all age groups with all boys impressing with their talent and manner in which they play the game.
In the U17’s the club was represented by Corey McIntosh, Jack Kennedy, Sam Willett and Coach, Brendan Lewis. Unfortunately, the U17 age group only had two teams competing so Cricket Albury Wodonga and the WDCA played three different formats during the week. Day 1 & 2 was an 80 over 2-day game held at the impressive Whorouly Rec Reserve.
Losing the toss and being asked to bat first, the boys posted 150 thanks largely to honorary Yarrawonga resident for the week, Mansfield’s Will Christopher who made a superb 63. Corey & Jack contributed 6 apiece whilst Sam finished 3no.
With 17 overs left for the day, the WDCA lads were keen to strike early and this they did with Corey opening the bowling and taking two wickets. Another fell before the close and with CAW 3/30 the game was in the balance.
Day two saw the WDCA continue to pile on the pressure and CAW wilted to be all out for 93. Corey finished with the impressive figures of 4/12 off 12 overs. Jack also bowled well taking 1/16 off 10 whilst Sam was solid behind the stumps with one catch.
Day three saw a 45 over one-day clash at the picturesque Tallangatta oval. The WDCA again batted first and after some very undisciplined batting from the top five. The team had slumped to 5/24. Sam contributed well to a fight back of sorts with a well made 15, but with Corey making 8 and Jack 2, the lads were rolled for a meagre 72 runs.
Corey again bowled well achieving an early breakthrough, but CAW had no trouble chasing down the runs for the loss of only two wickets. Corey finished with 1/12 off 5 whilst Jack had 0/14 off 2.5 with Sam completed a stumping late in the innings.
This loss meant that day four’s T20 clash under lights at Lavington was a do-or-die match for the WDCA lads. CAW were asked to bat first and this seemed a good move early with Jack effecting a direct hit run out in the very first over.
Corey backed this up shortly after, bowling the other opener to see CAW 2/18.
Unfortunately a solid partnership followed and after a late wicket, CAW had posted 3/124. Corey’s figures were 1/18 off 4 whilst Jack had 0/28 off 4.
A good opening stand from the WDCA boys provided hope before another top order collapse put paid to their chances of victory. Jack made 9, Corey 3 and Sam 1 as the boys were held to 8/98 off their 20 overs.
In the end it was a disappointing end to the week for the lads with a lack of runs from the top 5 during the week proving very costly.
In the U16’s the WDCA Gold team contained Angus Heslin, Alex Lovel and Coach, Andrew Heslin.
Their first game saw them take on Upper Hume at Benalla. Gold batted first but were rolled for just 89 runs. Alex made a solid 19 whilst Gus made 1. The boys toiled hard taking 6 wickets before Upper Hume took the win. Gus finished with the impressive figures of 1/6 off 6 overs while Alex had 0/22 off 4.
Day two saw them take on CAW NSW at Barr Reserve in Wang. CAW batted first and made 9/131 off their 40 overs. Gus again bowled very well taking 4/25 off 8 overs whilst Alex had 0/11 off 2. A good team batting display saw the lads chase down the runs with one over to go with Alex making 2.
Day three was a bye for the boys and this left Day 4 as a crucial encounter if they were to make the final. This was a trip to Albury to take on CAW Vic. WDCA bowled first and dismissed CAW for 119 in the final over with Gus again economical taking 1/6 off 8. Alex also snared a wicket taking 1/11 off 4. Unfortunately, the lads couldn’t chase down the target and were dismissed for 103 with Gus making 5 and Alex a non-batter. This meant that the U16’s missed the final, but well done on the week anyway lads!
The U15’s saw our boys represent in the WDCA Gold team which contained Zac Banch, Josh Ednie & Oscar Willis. Day 1 saw them take on WDCA Blue in Mansfield. Gold batted first and were dismissed for just 74 with Oscar the only batsman to make double figures with 14no, Josh made 7 while Zac made 4.
Blue passed the total comfortably with Oscar the only Yarra bowler finishing with 0/21 off 6.
Day two was a bye so on day three the lads travelled to Wodonga to take on CAW NSW.
Gold bowled first and did a great job to dismiss CAW for 81. Oscar had 0/3 off 2 and Josh had 0/4 off 1. Unfortunately they were dismissed cheaply again with Zac making 9, Oscar 3 and Josh 0. The team were all out for 70 and a disappointing loss for the lads.
Day four and it was time to re-group. This was a clash with CAW Vic in Wangaratta and the boys were keen to claim their first points for the week. Batting first, they compiled a competitive 7/124 with Zac contributing 14, Oscar 10 and Josh was 0no. The bowling and fielding performance was terrific from the boys as they restricted CAW Vic to 8/106. Oscar finished with 0/6 off 3 and Zac had 0/2 off 1.
Whilst the Gold team did not make the final, the Blue team went on to claim the title so congratulations to them and well done to our lads also!
In the U14’s, Zac Fraser, Caleb Mitchell, Hudson Gillies and Desi O’Kane represented the club in the WDCA Blue team.
Day one saw them travel to Albury to take on CAW NSW. Blue bowled first and knocked CAW over for 92, a score that could have been much lower bar for the 49 extras! Caleb snared 1/10 off 6, Desi 1/14 off 5, Hudson 0/4 off 1 and Zac 0/1 off 1.
Blue easily chased down the target for the loss of only one wicket with Zac 37no.
Day two and it was back to Albury to take on Wagga. Blue batted first and were dismissed in the final over for 132. Caleb making 16, Desi 8 & Zac 3 whilst Hudson did not bat. In a close encounter, Wagga were dismissed for 123 with Caleb taking 2/23 off 8 and Desi 0/11 off 4.
Day three saw Blue take on WDCA Gold in Wang. Gold batted first and our ‘Blue boys’ did a great job to dismiss them for just 62. Caleb was again the pick of the bowlers with 2/4 off 3, Desi 0/11 off 4 and Hudson claimed the final wicket to have 1/3 off 0.5. Again this score was comfortably chased down with Hudson making 15 at the top and Desi contributing 12no.
Day four was Semi Final day and the lads went to Beechworth to take on CAW Vic. Things were not looking great at the halfway mark with Blue being bowled out for 113. Zac made 23, Caleb 12, Desi 8 and Hudson 7. The bowlers had to fire if Blue were to make the Final and this they did. Desi bowled superbly taking 2/9 off 5 whilst Caleb also bowled well with 0/5 off 4.
CAW Vic were knocked over for just 38 runs and confidence was high in the Blue camp heading into the last day. The final saw both Wang teams meet again with Blue batting first and looking to put a good score on the board. The Yarra boys contributed well with the bat with Zac making 37, Caleb 23, Desi 18 and Hudson 2 to see the score finish on 147.
Another great bowling performance saw Gold dismissed for 107. Desi was again a multiple wicket taker with 2/29 off 6 whilst Caleb snared 1/15 off 6. Congratulations to the WDCA Blue team for taking the U14 title, remaining undefeated for the duration of the carnival. Well done Zac, Caleb, Desi & Hudson, great stuff lads!!
The U13’s saw Jobe Kennedy, Jett Peters, Lachie Phillips, Ben Kennedy and Assistant Coach, Chris Kennedy, represent the club in the WDCA Blue team.
Day one saw the lads travel to Wodonga to meet CAW NSW who batted first and compiled a competitive 7/133. Jobe was the pick of the bowlers with 2/5 off 5, Jett claimed 1/8 off 3 whilst Ben had 0/13 off 4 and Lachie 0/1 off 1. Blue chased down the total with Ben hitting the winning runs in the final over to finish 9no. Lachie also made a great contribution with 20 whilst Jett made 8 and Jobe 3.
Day two saw Blue take on WDCA Gold who batted first and were dismissed for 118. Jett took 1/9 off 4 and Jobe had 0/16 off 4. Unfortunately Blue were then dismissed for 72 with Jobe making 2 and Jett 0. Ben & Lachie did not bat.
Day three saw the boys play CAW Vic on the sacred Stan Hargreaves oval and in need of a win. Blue batted first and managed a solid 7/148 with Jett making 18, Jobe 13, Lachie 5 and Ben 0. Unfortunately, CAW snuck past the total 8 wickets down and with an over to spare. Jobe finished with 1/39 off 8, Ben 0/9 off 2 and Jett 0/7 off 1. Again, no finals but I’m sure the lads enjoyed the week regardless!
A special thank-you to all the parents who assisted in many ways over the week. It was a great week and the club is very proud of, not only all of the wonderful performances, but also the way in which all players conducted themselves!
Thanks also to the YMCC coaches for the week, all for the first time – hope you guys had a great week! Congratulations to all.
Lakers cricket round-up
Under 14 Bulls
The Under 14 Bulls had the daunting challenge travelling to Stanley to take on Beechworth Ovens Valley in a top of the table clash.
After five players ruled themselves out before the game the task was made even greater.
Losing the toss and being asked to bowl the undermanned Bulls took to the field with only ten players.
The opening bowlers could not make any inroads with the batsman settling in for a steady partnership. Change bowler Desi O’Kane grabbed the first wicket with the score on 22. Sam Wood crucially grabbed the next wicket when the ball was driven hard back to him only for it to deflect off Sam’s hand onto the stumps running out the non-strike batsman.
The batsmen again steadied to put together a 50 run stand broken by Tyler Norman who forced a false stroke hitting straight to the safe hands of O’Kane. Under 12 fill in Jackson Purtell then claimed his first U14 wicket bowling a beauty straight thru the batsman.
Pressure was building thanks to Geoff Montgomery, another Under 12 player filling in for the day. His pace and accuracy was outstanding producing the spell of the day. He was unlucky not to be rewarded with the Bulls dropping a number of catches.
On the back of Geoff’s spell Desi was able to again crash thru the defences of the batsman finishing with 2/9 off his six overs. Little joy followed for the Bulls having to chase the ball all over the park.
The bowling continued to be wayward and inconsistent to the end matched with very poor ground fielding. Jyda House, Austin Willett and Harry Barker all claimed wickets at the back end of the innings but the damage was done as the opposition was bowled out on the last ball of the day for 174.
The Bulls intensity will need to lift if it is going to chase down the mammoth target.
Under 12 Lakers
The 5th placed Under 12 Lakers hosted 4th placed Wangaratta Magpies on Saturday in what promised to be a great battle.
Captain Jobe Fraser won the toss and chose to bowl first.
Wickets where hard to come by as the Magpies batsman were able to protect their wicket and dispatch any loose delivery to the boundary. Our only wicket was a run out brought on by tight fielding.
Everyone bowled well and tried hard to restrict the flow of runs. It was great to see the accuracy of their bowling only conceding 1 no balls and 5 wides, which is a fantastic effort.
The Magpies finished their innings posting a very competitive 1 for 111.
In reply the Lakers got of to a off to a great start with Tom Lovel and Jobe Fraser opening the batting and both being able to retire on 9 and 33 respectively. It was especially pleasing to see Tom back after a long injury and performing the way he did.
The Magpie bowlers continued to bowl full and straight making it hard for our batsman to find the gaps in the field restricting our score to 4 for 82.
Other batsman to retire after facing their allotted 20 balls were Daniel O’Brien (2) and Riley Mitchell (1).
This week’s Foodworks award went Tom Lovel after making a successful return to cricket with both bat and ball and McDonald’s award went to Jesse McDonald who continues to improve especially with his bowling accuracy.
Under 12 Bulls
A chilly Saturday summer morning saw the Under 12 Bulls taking on Bright Ovens Valley Cricket Club.
Losing the toss, captain for the week Ben Kennedy was happy to be sent out to field on the lovely Yarrawonga P-12 pitch and outfield.
In an even performance wickets fell to Bodhi Leonard, Ben Kennedy and Ollie Cope. Nice catches were taken by Darby Mullins and Ollie Cope and also two fantastic runouts went to Mullins and Kennedy. A good effort by the Bulls with all players bowling two or more overs to the very competitive Bright batting line-up.
A score of 5 for 97 was posted and a difficult chase was awaiting the young Bulls.
After losing early wickets the Bulls had to work hard to get back in the game and this they did as a fantastic team unit. Retiring not out were Cohen Cuskelly 8, Ben Kennedy 30, Ollie Connell 5 and Ollie Cope 11.
Tahlia Thomson looked good, as did Bodhi Leonard pushing the score higher with nice batting before being dismissed. Darby Mullins then guided the tail and finished not out 15 in a mature performance. Returning to the crease after everyone had batted Ben Kennedy again batted well before then being dismissed for the first time this season for 37 and Cohen Cuskelly added 2 more runs to finish with 10 not out.
Well done to the Bulls finishing just in front on 5/111, a 14 run victory shaking off a little rust after the Christmas break.
Awards: Videoland – Darby Mullins;
McDonalds – Ollie Cope.
Under 14 Rams
With cricket back for 2018 the Rams had a trip to Milawa to play City Colts to start the New Year period of the season.
The Rams lost the toss and were sent in to bat and Jobe Kennedy got the team off to a good start continuing his great run of form making 22. He shared a good partnership with Hudson Gillies as he made 17, Lachlan Phillips came up from the under 12s and showed his worth with the bat making a valuable 12 before there was a batting collapse seeing Will Connell and Josh McCabe at the crease for the last wicket. The pair then proceeded to put on 50 runs for the final wicket in what could be a match winning performance with Will making 22 and Josh 14.
The Rams then had eight overs to bowl at the Colts. Hugh Mullins and Josh McCabe bowled well for no reward but it was Connell who was the match winner ripping the opening batsmen’s glove through to wicket keeper Hudson Gillies.
Rudi Vodusek then had the final over and did not disappoint taking a wicket off the second last ball of the day to have City Colts 2/20 requiring a further 96 runs. The Rams will have to bowl tight lines and field well to achieve victory next week.
The return to cricket after the Christmas break saw the B Grade take on Rovers United Bruck at Stan Hargreaves Oval, Yarrawonga.
The Oval was in an impressive condition considering it had been host to games every day for the previous week. As such, the Lakers Captain had no hesitation in batting after winning the toss.
Once again the Lakers went into the match with a re-structured line-up but that didn’t worry them at all.
The Lakers got off to a good start with Ji Dawson and Sam Willett opening the batting and standing tall. The pair put on a solid 31 run stand for the opening wicket which set the foundation for the remainder of the innings. As the pair rotated the strike and worked the ball around the large expanses of Stan Hargreaves Oval. Dawson was the first to fall having made 18 and young Sam Willett continues to be the anchor of this B Grade team also combining well with Whoopa Irvine to help the total roll along.
Irvine was the top scorer for the Lakers with an accomplished 41 combining great timing and great awareness in placing the ball to the gaps.
Most of the Lakers bats got starts, which was good to see and is a positive for the team. Willett finished with 26, Tom Hicks and Ted Graham 11 and 18 respectively and Preet Patel held things together at the end being unbeaten on 28.
A solid effort by the Lakers to finish the allotted 36 overs at 8/163. Probably around the par mark for Stan Hargreaves Oval. But the bowlers would need to bowl well and stick to plans in order to get the win.
It took the Lakers bowlers a couple of overs to settle into a rhythm but once they did they didn’t look back. As once the wickets started to fall they fell at a consistent rate. Irvine was again amongst it as his pace was too much to handle for the Rovers Bruck batsmen.
Whilst his opening partner at the other end in 15 year old Alex Lovel was tormenting the bats with great line and length. At the end of their initial spells the pair had demolished the Rovers Bruck line up and had sent the first six batsmen packing. At 6/25 the Lakers were well and truly on top.
The young B Grade team continued as per their captains wishes and piled on the pressure to the opposition by bowling well, fielding well and holding everything that came their way.
Preet Patel, Reece Norman and Tom Hicks continued the good bowling by not letting the opposition score any easy runs.
Alex Lovel was then brought back into the attack for his second spell and this was the sealer for the B Grade side as Lovel was on song. Adding to his 3 wickets from his first spell, Lovel achieved what will be the first of many five wicket hauls. His figures were outstanding finishing with 5/10 from six quality overs. It is a credit to the young man who works really hard in the nets and is always willing to listen to advice and takes it all on board and puts it into practice immediately.
Lovel’s haul allowed the Lakers to rout Rovers United Bruck for a meagre 56 all out. Other wicket takers were Whoopa Irvine with 3/15 and Reece Norman with 1/9.
Overall another terrific win by the B Grade team to help keep them in the top half of the ladder.
Next week sees the B Grade take on Greta at Lonsdale Reserve, Mulwala in another one day match.