The Yarrawonga Mulwala Lakers A Grade have hit their third score over three hundred for the season after taking Wangaratta Magpies for 308 runs in WDCA Round 11 action.
After winning the toss at the Stan Hargreaves Oval in Yarrawonga Captain Matt Knight elected to bat in perfect conditions.
The Lakers scored quickly but lost opener Ben Welsh with the team score of 20 and then number three batsman with the score of 45.
Opener Reid Clarke and Josh Lawrence added a further 29 runs before Clarke was dismissed after playing on to his stumps.
This brought Knight to the crease to join Lawrence with the pair batting together for the first time this season.
The pair added 73 runs to take the total to 3/147 at tea with Lawrence on 50 and Knight 27.
After the duration the pair added 36 runs for a fourth wicket partnership of 109 with Lawrence out for 77.
James Irvine came to the crease but was back with the score on 187.
Brock McCabe came to the crease and settled the innings along with Knight.
A 75-run partnership came to an end with Knight caught on the boundary for a team high 91.
Corey McIntosh came and went when he was unluckily run out at the non-strikers end and then Angus McMillan was caught and bowled.
At 8 for 270 the Lakers set about aiming for 300 with Matt McCabe joining brother Brock at the crease with 8 overs remaining.
The pair scored freely adding 38 runs to guide the Lakers to 8 for 308 with Brock finishing undefeated on 55 and Matt 9 not out.
With 308 runs on the board the Lakers bowlers will look to defend the total when Wangaratta Magpies take to the crease this Saturday from 1:30pm at Stan Hargreaves Oval.
The B Grade Lakers headed off to the Benalla Showgrounds to take on the Benalla Bushrangers in the first two-day game of the year.
Losing the toss again the Lakers were sent into bat.
Openers Sam Willett and Ji Dawson strode to the crease hoping to make a good start and that they did.
Both openers playing well on a wicket that was keeping low getting the score to 21 before Dawson was bowled for 13 playing a pull shot that kept very low.
Willett was joined at the crease by Cory Pearn and it wasn’t long until Willett was caught for 6 bringing the Lakers to 2 for 23.
This brought Jason Cox to join Pearn at the crease with these two needing to make a partnership, putting on 52 before Cox was caught for 27 after playing another pull shot that hit high on the bat.
The Lakers were now 3 for 75 with Pearn batting well.
Young gun Zac Fraser joined Pearn at the crease and the pair only added 5 to the score when Pearn ran himself out for a well-made 26, the Lakers now 4 for 80.
Ted Graham then joined Fraser at the crease and these two batted out the remainder of the allotted 36 overs.
The Lakers were 4 for 84 and in good order to add to the score next week when they bat again.
It was now the Lakers turn with the ball and young Reece Norman and Josh Pickering opened up and didn’t disappoint.
Norman picked up a wicket in his fourth over and Pickering bowled tight from the other end, Norman finishing his 6 over spell with the impressive figures of 1 for 5.
Pickering continued and was joined by Thomas Hicks who bowled well for his first spell returning with figures of 1 for 4.
Pickering bowled a fine spell of 11 overs for a return of 1 for 9 which included 6 maiden overs and the Benalla side being 3 for 25 after 20 overs.
The Lakers then bringing on spinners from both ends with Pearn bowling 10 overs from one of the ends and returning with the impressive figures of 2 for 12, while at the other end another young gun in Jobe Kennedy bowled four overs of his leg spin and finished with 1 for 14.
It was then Trevor Fischer left to bowl the last of the overs with Pearn, Fischer finishing with figures of 0 for 8 of 2 overs.
The Benalla side finished the day at 6 for 58 leaving the Lakers in a good position next week.
Under 14 Bulls
The Under 14 Bulls remain undefeated but not before a mighty scare from the bottom placed Wang Magpies.
Sent into bat, the Bulls struggled to recover from a disastrous start.
A middle order partnership between Austin Willett and Jyda House gave the Bulls some respectability on the scoreboard.
Jyda played his best innings for the year showing great intent from the moment he walked to the crease where he faced just 19 deliveries for his 21.
Austin Willett on the other hand was a rock holding the innings together before losing his wicket on the stroke of drinks reaching his highest score of 26.
From there the carnage continued with the Bulls bowled out for 103 off just 30 overs.
To the boys credit the Bulls fought back hard having to bowl the last 9 overs of the day.
The new ball partnership of Caleb Mitchell and Oscar Elliott cracked open the top order with Caleb taking 2 wickets and Oscar 1 to have the Magpies reeling at 3/6 at stumps.
Resuming on the Sunday the Magpies made steady progress before a brilliant bit of fielding from Dillon Kirchen brought about the first wicket of the day with the batsman running a second short of his ground.
Harry Barker followed this up grabbing the edge of the batsman to be caught by Caleb at slip.
Jyda House and Tyler Norman put the break on the run scoring.
With the pressure building Jyda got the much deserved wicket safely taken by Austin behind the stumps.
The game turned in Wangaratta’s favour with a dogged 30 run stand.
It took a cracking Yorker from Jett Peters to break the partnership and from there Harry with three more wickets to his name cleaned up the tail to bowl out the Magpies for 90 runs.
There were some very good individual performances with Harry taking 4/10 from 6 overs.
Caleb Mitchell also took 2/3 from 6 overs, Jyda House 1/4 from 6 overs and Oscar Elliott 1/5 off 4.
Under 14 Rams
The under 14 Rams have kept their finals hopes alive after chasing Rovers Bruck United’s score of 140.
Hugh Mullins and Jobe Kennedy saw off the new bowlers Hugh Making a well complied 9.
Zac Fraser then joined Kennedy and the pair batted with class having an 80 run partnership.
Zac was ruthless on anything short before being caught for 38.
Jobe Kennedy made his first 50 which was a highlight of the day.
With 30 more runs required Hudson Gillies and Darcy Hicks had the task ahead of them.
They went at a run a ball pushing hard between the wickets before hicks was run out doing the team thing.
Enter Josh McCabe who slapped 14 quick runs to win the game for the Rams.
Hudson then put the icing on the cake slamming two monster sixes scoring 20 off an over.
Rudi Vodusek and Ethan Byrne were the not out batsmen with the Rams finishing 4/160.
Under 12 Lakers
After a mad scramble to find a ground to play on due to the scheduled ground being unusable the Lakers lost the toss and were asked to bat.
Rovers United Bruck Blue took a wicket on the second ball of our innings. This wasn’t the start we were looking for but Tom Lovel and Beau Birks got things back on track. Both retired to later come back in with scores of 23 and 26 respectively.
Daniel O’Brien (3), Caleb Tanner (9no) and ever reliable Jobe Fraser (37) were other batsman to keep the score ticking along for a very handy six for 122 at the close of the innings.
We then took to the field full of confidence as our bowling has been very good lately and that wasn’t about to change with Beau Birks picking up early wickets and returned the figures of 2 for 5 from his 2 overs.
Daniel O’Brien also topped of a great game with 2 wickets and Riley Mitchell and Levi Saunders taking a wicket each to bowl out RUB Blue for just 50 runs.
A great win for the boys who continue to improve each week.
McDonald’s award this week went to Beau Birks who had batted and bowled extremely well but also for his encouragement of the younger boys in the side. Videoland award was presented to Daniel O’Brien who continues to improve week by week.
Under 12 Rams
On Saturday the Rams took on Rovers Bruck green at Vic park.
After winning the toss and electing to bowl the boys took to the field with Xavier Mitchell and Jackson Purtell opening the bowling and kept the runs to a minimum.
Jeremy Baer and Nate Williams were next to bowl and continued the good bowling with Williams picking up the 1st wicket.
Nate Kreeck and Cam Ford then came on with Ford bowling a wicket maiden and Kreeck only conceding 10 runs from his 3 overs.
Van Kreeck and Lachlan Phillips both bowled with pace and had the batsmen jumping around before Geoffery Montgomery came on and collected a wicket from his 2 overs with Rovers Bruck green finishing there innings at 3/53.
The Rams then started there chase with Cam Ford and Lachlan Phillips opening and getting off to a quick start before Phillips was well caught in the gully for 6.
This then bought Van Kreeck to the crease and along with Ford they kept the runs ticking over before Ford was caught for 11.
TJ Docking was next in and he and Kreeck both batted well and both retired with 6 and 14.
Jeremy Baer and Geoffery Montgomery came out next and continued the good batting with both boys retiring with Baer on 7 and Montgomery on 33 which included 7 fours.
The two Nates were next in with Kreeck playing his best innings for the season retiring on 10 and Williams finishing not out on 4.
Jack Costigan came to the crease and made a quick fire 6 not out with the Rams finishing 2/106 from their 20 overs.
Another great win for the boys with everyone contributing.
Under 12 Bulls
In lovely conditions the Under 12 Bulls took on Rutherglen Blue at the Yarrawonga P-12 College oval.
Winning the toss captain Darby Mullins chose to bat with his charges bristling with confidence.
With all bats looking good the young Bulls amassed a fine total of 3/124 after facing their allotted 20 balls.
Retired batters were Ollie Cope on 9, Ben Kennedy on 14, Cohen Cuskelly on 10 and Maya Hargreaves on 10, with not out batters Pacey Haebach on 9 and Bohdi Leonard on 3 looking solid at the close of the innings.
Darby Mullins was fantastic in the middle order changing the course of the innings with his positive approach to batting.
Darby was unlucky not to retire, being caught off his 19th delivery for 20.
The young Bulls took to the field and bowled tightly with wickets going to Bohdi Leonard, Darby Mullins, Cohen Cuskelly, and Pacey Haebach.
Maiden overs were also bowled by Bohdi Leonard, Ollie Connell, Cohen Cuskelly and Ollie Cope.
The Bulls once again achieved their goals in the field of 1 run out, 2 catches and 2 bowled wickets. The catches going to Maya Hargreaves and a classic catch to Bohdi Leonard in the outfield, a run out to Cohen Cuskelly and some fine fielding in the outfield by Lucas Eales.
The Rutherglen side finishing on 5/54.
Great to see the improvement every week.