Yarrawonga Mulwala Cricket Club favourite Brendan Lewis led the A-Reserve side to victory over Greta in their Round 10 clash with the incredible figures of 7 for 1 from 8 overs.
Lewis was unplayable for all batsmen and recorded his first five wicket haul for the Lakers after numerous four wicket performances.
The A-Reserve side travelled to Greta for a One Day game, unsure of what conditions awaited them after rain on Friday afternoon.
In a shock to no one rain managed to get under the covers and added some additional life to an already interesting looking wicket.
Unfortunately for the Lakers, the captains long streak of losing coin tosses continued and they were asked to bat first.
Ben Irvine and Dan Whykes opened the batting and showed the rest of the order that looks could be deceiving with a pitch.
While plenty of balls misbehaved the openers started in great fashion and worked over the Greta attack nicely.
Whykes was trapped for 9 with the score on 19 which brought Ned Mullins to the crease.
Irvine continued to keep the runs ticking over on the slow outfield posting 31 without a boundary before he was bowled, leaving the score at 2 for 52 from 13 overs.
From this solid base the Lakers quickly found themselves in trouble.
Either side of the drinks break Greta found the right line and length to blast through the Lakers middle order.
From 1 for 50, the Lakers lost 6 for 28 and were struggling at 7 for 78.
This brought Nick Irvine and Pat Martin to the crease and they were able to turn the tables on the Greta attack.
Irvine played a very patient innings allowing time for partner Martin to get set while ticking the score board over.
The partnership yielded 65 runs, with Irvine dismissed for a controlled 24 in the 33rd over.
Martin capitalised on some loose bowling in the closing overs to push the score past 150 with Zac Banch before being dismissed for 52.
With 157 on the board the Lakers were confident of defending the score with the strong bowling options available.
Will Sharp made the best possible start taking a wicket with the first ball of the innings.
From there the Greta batsmen attacked which put the Lakers on the back foot early.
The game changed again with the introduction of Brendan Lewis to the attack.
Lewis also collected a wicket first ball and went from strength to strength from there.
Consistent line and length was the order of the day and with great support from all bowling partners Lewis bowled his full complement of 8 overs on the trot collecting 7 Greta wickets and his first 5 wicket haul for the YMCC.
The Lakers dismissed Greta for 65 in their chase to move three games clear on top of the A Reserve ladder.
An improved batting and fielding performance will be the goal as the season heads towards finals time.
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 for 16 with opening partner Heslin snaring 2 for 8.
Young guns Jack Kennedy and Reece Norman picked up the final three wickets with 2 for 12 and 1 for 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 January 6 and 7.
The B Grade Lakers headed off to Myrtleford to take on the Oven’s and Valley United Cricket Club.
Losing the toss again the Lakers were sent in to bat.
Openers Sam Willett and Ji Dawson strode to the crease hoping to make a good stand but it wasn’t to be as Willett was bowled in the 5th over for 5.
This started a batting collapse with the next to go, Tom Irvine falling LBW for 5.
Ted Graham was then bowled for 1 with the Lakers slumping to 3 for 18 in the 10th over.
Tom Hicks then joined Dawson and started well but was then caught for 5 with the Lakers now 4 for 23. Dawson was given LBW on 6 and the Lakers were in big trouble 5 for 23.
At this stage Preet Patel and Justin O’Brien were at the crease and started the scoreboard ticking over but then Patel went for a quick single on a misfield and was run out for 10 with the Lakers in strife again being 6 for 51.
Reece Norman then joined O’Brien at the crease with the Lakers struggling and it only got worse when O’Brien was given out LBW for 13 without adding any more to the scoreboard, the Lakers now 7 for 51 and needing a miracle.
Norman was joined at the crease by Jason Cox but this didn’t last long as Norman was cleaned bowled for a duck, the Lakers now losing 3 wickets without adding to their total of 8 for 51.
Cox was joined by Alex Lovell at the crease and after only adding another 6 runs to the total Cox edged one through to the keeper gone for 5, the Lakers 9 for 57 and needing a storm to come over the hill and halt play for the day.
Lovell was joined at the crease by Trevor Fischer before he was bowled for 2 in the 29th over with Fischer remaining 3 not out.
The Lakers only making 62 for the opposition to chase.
The Lakers then came out to bowl and were confident they could defend the total as they had already defended a total of 66 at the start of the season.
It started well for the Lakers as Lovell struck in his first over having them 1 for 4 then Norman picking up 2 quick wickets to have them 3 for 8 and the Lakers confidence growing.
But that was short lived as opener Huxtable who survived an early LBW decision cut loose and was supported well by his batting partner Piazza as the pair went past the Lakers total of 62.
Irvine finally getting the break through having Piazza caught for 24.
The Lakers then had to continue bowling out the overs for the afternoon and finally bowled the OVU side out for 194 in the 34th over.
The Lakers bowling figures were Lovell 2 for 29, Norman 3 for 26, Patel 0 for 21, Hicks 0 for 33, Fischer 2 for 46 and Irvine 3 for 34.
Under 12 Rams
On Saturday the Rams boys made the trip to Rutherglen to take on Rutherglen Red.
After losing the toss and being sent in Nate Kreeck and Lachlan Phillips opened the batting and didn’t disappoint with Kreeck hitting the first ball for 4 but then departing 3 balls later.
Phillips continued his pre-Christmas form smashing 63 not out.
Xavier Mitchell and Jackson Purtell came and went in quick succession bringing Jack Costigan and Van Kreeck to the crease who both batted well and both retired.
TJ Docking was next in and started well before being run out for 2.
Jeremy Baer came to the middle and left just as quick after being bowled by a good ball.
Nate Williams was last in and played his best innings making 15 not out and taking the Rams score to 6/122.
The boys then took to the field with Cam Ford opening the bowling and keeping the runs to a minimum. Xavier Mitchell then came on and got the 1st wicket bowling the Rutherglen opener.
Nate Williams collected the next wicket with some tight bowling.
Jack Costigan came into the attack and bowled well.
Next to bowl was Jackson Purtell who claimed his best figures for the year claiming 4/7 off his 2 overs. Lachlan Phillips, Van Kreeck and TJ Docking bowled very well only conceding 3 runs between them. Jeremy Baer was last to bowl and collected the last wicket with a wicket maiden over.
Cam Ford also had a good day behind the stumps wicket keeping well.
Rutherglen finished all out for 41 giving the Rams a great win.
Under 12 Bulls
Vic Park Oval No.2 was in pristine condition for the Under 12 Bulls clash with Rovers United Blue. Winning the toss captain for the week Maya Hargreaves elected to bowl in glorious conditions.
The young Rovers bats applied themselves well making the Bulls work hard for their wickets.
With everyone bowling well wickets went to Pacey Haebich, Ben Kennedy, Tahlia Thomson and Ollie Connell.
Maiden overs also went to Bodhi Leonard, Cohen Cuskelly, Ben Kennedy, Ollie Connell and Ollie Cope.
A fine bowling effort which was backed up superbly by all fielders and 1st time wicket keeper Lucas Eales, who did a great job behind the stumps.
At the end of 20 overs Rovers Blue had posted a competitive total of 4 for 67, a good chase for the young Bulls.
Taking to the crease the Bulls were in serious trouble losing wickets early and in need of a partnership. Arriving at the crease were girl power duo Tahlia Thomson and Maya Hargreaves, who batted strongly hitting the ball to all areas of the ground and running well between wickets for a fantastic partnership of 48 runs.
After Maya fell for 13 and Tahlia retired for a superb 19 wickets again fell to the solid Rovers bowling line up.
Good batting saw Ollie Cope making 9 before being dismissed.
Ben Kennedy was again batting well but was running out of partners.
The Bulls had a big challenge ahead and when retired batter Tahlia was needed back in the crease the last pair where in and the scores were level.
Showing great composure both Ben and Tahlia steered the Bulls to victory in a thrilling result.
A few late hits saw the Bulls get to 8/95 managing to pass the required runs in 15 overs.
Tahlia finished with a lovely 23 not out and Ben another great job with the bat 28 runs. A good hard fought win for the team.
Under 12 Lakers
Once again the Lakers came up against a side in the top four and needed a win to stay in contention for a finals appearance. This time they had the luxury of playing on the superb Stan Hargreaves turf wicket.
Rovers United Bruck Yellow won the toss and were sent in to bat. Openers Caleb Tanner and Tom Lovel seen the new ball off which was no easy task with the ball seaming around. Tanner was able to get to 12 before being bowled.
Jobe Fraser was next at the crease and found out it was not going to be as easy as usual, but acquitted himself to the task making 20 before he was also bowled.
Xavier Martin and Beau Birks were other batsman who took a liking to the turf cricket with Martin being the mainstay of the innings and the last batsman dismissed for 8 with Birks making a quickfire 15 which included 3 fours in succession.
However the Lakers only managed to bat 12 overs out of their 20 which can be costly in most games.
The boys knew they had to bowl well if they were going to win, and bowl well they did. They managed to take wickets at regular intervals allowing on one of RUB Yellows’ batsman to make double figures.
Bowling RUB Yellow all out for 57 with three overs to go was a great result. Pick of the bowlers was Levi Saunders 2/8 from 2 overs, Jobe Fraser 1/4 from 2, Jesse McDonald 1/4 from 2, Xavier Martin 1/0 from his 2 and Daniel O’Brien who bowled 2 maidens.
This week’s McDonald’s award went to Daniel O’Brien who had a great game with bat and Yarrawonga Ice Creamery award went to Caleb Tanner for his wicket keeping and batting performances.