The Yarrawonga Mulwala Cricket Club A Grade have scored a comprehensive victory over Wangaratta Magpies in Round Eleven action.
After posting 8 for 308 last week, the Lakers tore through Wangaratta Magpies twice to score an outright victory.
The Magpies first innings got off to a terrible start when Jim Irvine took a wicket with the final ball of the first over of the day.
Andrew Nunn and Rhys Grant were able to combine for a 24-run partnership before Nunn was bowled by Angus McMillan.
With a further six runs added McMillan added another scalp.
Another 12 runs were added before Grant fell to Irvine.
At 4 for 43, the Lakers took complete control taking the remaining wickets for 26 runs to be all out for 69.
John Ferguson took 3 for 7 off his five overs.
While McMillan and Irvine took 2 for 22 and 2 for 24 respectively, Corey McIntosh took 1 for 2 off five overs which required Brock McCabe to make just two balls to take the final Wangaratta wicket without conceding a run.
With a further 44 overs to play the Lakers sent Wangaratta back to the crease and in the same start Irvine removed Bowden with the score on 1.
Irvine removed Grant with the score at 2 for 7.
A 28-run partnership advanced the score to 35 before Ferguson had Nunn LBW for 14.
Small partnerships of 15, 13, 32, 14 and finally 4 were the best the Magpies could compile to be all out for 123; giving the YMCC Lakers an outright win by an innings and 116 runs.
Irvine took 3 for 20, Ferguson 2 for 52, McCabe 2 for 31, McMillan 1 for 10 and McIntosh 1 for 2.
The A Grade moved to the top of the WDCA A Grade ladder with two games remaining.
A trip to Greta awaits over the next two weeks before hosting Benalla Bushrangers in the final game of the season.
A-Reserve completed another dominant performance in Round 11 of the WDCA competition, missing an outright victory against Rutherglen by only two wickets.
The Lakers headed into Day 2 of the clash having already secured first innings points and with the goal of getting some valuable batting practice in before finals.
The Lakers started brightly with Dan Whykes and Sam Lidgerwood picking up from where the left off the week before.
The partnership was broken at 43 when Lidgerwood was removed and shortly after Whykes clipped a ball to square leg and was unfortunately dismissed for a well-made 64.
Ned Mullins and Pat Martin came together and took the opportunity to spend some time in the middle. The partnership yielded 65 before Mullins had his stumps disturbed on 23.
The Lakers batsmen all got starts but unfortunately, were not able to bat out the day and stay out of the field.
Martin was dismissed for 58, with Lewis making 12 and Nick Irvine 6.
With 27 overs to bowl and only 9 wickets to take an outright victory was the goal for the second bowling innings.
Things started well with Heslin claiming a wicket in his first over.
Heslin and Sharp bowled great areas and are forming a great opening partnership with the ball for the A-Reserve side.
Jack Kennedy was introduced into the attack early and bowled with great control claiming 3 for 11 from his 6 overs.
With Brendan Lewis grabbing two wickets at the other end the Lakers had the outright victory insight. Nick Irvine grabbed a late wicket but Rutherglen were able to hang on, finishing the game at 7 for 50 in their second innings after being dismissed for 59 on Day one.
The Lakers will now enjoy their second bye of the year before returning to Lonsdale Reserve on March 3 for the last round of the year.
Under 14 Rams
The Rams returned to Lonsdale reserve for a match against another of the Rovers Bruck outfits.
Once again bowling first Josh Mccabe took the new ball and didn’t disappoint but it was Jobe Kennedy who stole the show bowling amazingly to have figures of 3 for 6 off 6 overs, which is even more impressive for a young leg spinner to have such control.
He was well backed up by Hudson Gillies as the ‘spin twins’ put a halt on RBUCC run rate.
Ethan Byrne Bowled outstandingly to claim 2 wickets off his 6 overs hitting a consistent line and length. Darcy Hicks kept wicket for the second period of the innings allowing Zac Fraser to come on and claim a wicket.
The rams closed out the innings well to take momentum into their run chase as Hudson Gillies took 2 ripping catches.
The rams will have to continue to work on partnership batting if they are to chase down the required 140.
Under 14 Bulls
At the conclusion of day 1 the Under 14 Bulls are in a solid position.
Sent into bat by their opponents Rovers Red, the Bulls finished 7/172 off the allotted 42 overs.
The Bulls did not have it all their own way.
Not for the first time this year the Bulls had to dig deep after a middle order collapse.
Openers Luke Phillips and Jett Peters got the Bulls off to a rollicking start.
Luke was particularly aggressive.
His was brutal off the back foot driving the ball to the boundary on multiple occasions.
His innings came to a close on 17 after promising so much more.
Jett continued to pick off the runs and with the support of Sam Wood took the score to 1/60.
Jett retirement on 19 sparked a middle order collapse with the Bulls losing 3 wickets without adding to the score.
Caleb Mitchell watching the carnage from the other end was in a class of his own.
Pouncing on anything loose he hit 3 sixes in his score of 53.
With the fall of Austin Willett for 5 and Dillon Kirchen the Bulls had slumped to 6/111 at drinks.
The team was asked to rally to ensure they bat out their overs.
Oscar Elliott heeded the call holding up an end as well as steadily turning over the score.
He was brilliantly supported by Harry Barker, Jeremy Bramich and Tanner Irvine.
Only one wicket fell off the last 21 while compiling a further 60 runs.
The tail showed maturity beyond their years applying themselves to ensure a solid team total of 172.
The Bulls will get their chance with the ball this weekend.
Under 12 Rams
On Saturday the Rams came up against Rovers Bruck Red, after losing the toss the boys were sent out to field.
Geoffery Montgomery and TJ Docking opened the bowling and bowled well both getting a wicket each. Jack Costigan and Jeremy Baer bowled next with Costigan also collecting a wicket.
Cam Ford and Lachlan Phillips came on next and kept the runs to a minimum.
Nate Kreeck and Nate Williams continued the trend with tight bowling towards the end of the innings. Jackson Purtell also did a great job with his 2 overs including a maiden.
The Rovers boys finished their innings at 3/76.
The boys then began the run chase with Jackson Purtell and Jack Costigan opening the batting and getting off to a flyer before Costigan was caught for 18, Purtell contining to bat well retiring for 19.
This bought Lachlan Phillips and Van Kreeck to the crease with Kreeck not lasting long before being bowled, Phillips continued to bat well retiring with 30.
Nate Williams and TJ Docking were next in with Williams unlucky to be out hit wicket.
TJ Docking continued his good form retiring on 4.
Nate Kreeck and Cam Ford came in next with Kreeck retiring for the second week in a row, Ford continued to bat well finding the boundary regulary.
Jeremy Baer was last in and remained 1 not out giving the boys a score of 3/124.
A good win again for the Rams.
Under 12 Bulls
The hills were alive in Wandiligong where the YMCC Under 12 Bulls took on Bright Wanderers cricket club.
Losing the toss captain Lucas Eales was told to have a bat on the dewy outfield so the young Bulls took to the crease.
In a solid team effort the score rose to 8/128 at the close of innings.
Retiring after their 20 balls were Ben Kennedy 18, Cohen Cuskelly 23, Ollie Cope 9 and Lucas Eales 6. Others who looked good with the bat were Ollie Connell who was solid at the top of the order, Maya Hargreaves who made a lovely 10 runs, Tahlia Thomson and Darby Mullins who helped hold the middle order together and Darcy Hargreaves who looked solid making 0 not out off ten balls before retiring after a knock on the arm.
Coming back to the crease, retirees Ben Kennedy and Cohen Cuskelly again looked good.
Ben taking his total to 40 runs and Cohen celebrating his birthday weekend with 24 runs in a game changing innings.
Having a bowl the Bulls struggled to get wickets against the solid Bright batting unit, but managed to keep the bowling tight and restrict the scoring to 1/107 off 20 overs.
The one wicket to fall was a run out to Ollie Cope, who also bowled well to have 0/6 off 3 overs.
A big thank you to Dimity Connell and Darcy Hargreaves who filled in due to the side being a little short. Champions in the making.
Under 12 Lakers
On a pleasant Saturday morning the under 12 Lakers took on Rutherglen United Blue at Vic Park no 2.
Jobe Fraser won the toss and had no hesitation in batting on the superb outfield, but things didn’t go the team’s way early, losing Tom Lovel on the first ball of the innings, caught by one of the team’s own players substitute fielding for Rutherglen.
Xavier Martin opened the innings and batted brilliantly, facing his 20 balls and later returning to be 22no. Tom Coffey got the scoreboard moving before Tom was bowled for five.
Riley Mitchell managed to negotiate his 20 balls for a very handy 9no and Caleb Tanner punished the bowlers making 18no from his 20 balls including three boundaries.
Daniel O’Brien probably had his best innings of the season managing 10 and Beau Birks finished with seven.
At the conclusion of the innings the Lakers managed to compile a competitive 97.
As has happened in previous weeks one person has to miss out on batting, but is compensated by bowling four overs. This week it was Jesse McDonald who decided he would just bowl and what a decision it was, taking a wicket on the last ball of his second over, then clean bowled the batsman on the first of third over.
The field was then brought for what was to be his hat-trick ball. Jesses’ ball beat the batsman and Caleb Tanner was able to produce a clever stumping. It was a great reward for someone who has improved so much over the season finishing the game with 4 wickets for 27 runs.
Everyone else bowled extremely tight as they managed to restrict Rutherglen to five for 85 with Jobe Fraser being the other wicket taker.
It was a gusty win by the boys who tried hard all day.
This weeks McDonald’s award went to Xavier Martin whose batting was the difference between wining and losing. The Yarrawonga Ice-Creamery award went to Jesse McDonald for his hat-trick, but also for his sportsmanship when asked to field for the other team.