A fiery final 12 overs have the Yarrawonga Mulwala A Grade team in a good position heading into Day 2 action against Benalla Bushrangers.
Played at the Stan Hargreaves Oval in Yarrawonga, the Lakers wore black armbands in honour of the passing of Phillip Beams, a former YDCA player and family member of the Beams Family who were a huge component of the Mulwala United Cricket Club.
After winning the toss, Yarrawonga Mulwala elected to bat.
The opening partnership of 24 between Reid Clarke and Ben Welsh was broken when Clarke fell for 13 and Welsh followed him with the score on 38.
Matt Casey came and went for just 8; before Josh Lawrence and Matt Knight combined for a 59-run partnership before Knight was out for 34.
Lawrence and James Irvine batted the Lakers to 4 for 132 at the tea break.
After adding 23 more runs Lawrence was dismissed for a game high 72; giving Lawrence over 650 runs for the season.
Irvine batted with great poise and patience, but lost Brock McCabe at 6 for 169.
Irvine continued to bat patiently adding power to his batting hitting five boundaries before being dismissed for 32 and the score at 7 for 208.
Corey McIntosh hit a quickfire 14, but the Lakers lost their final four wickets for the addition of zero runs.
With 12 overs to bowl out the day, Irvine bowled with venom having Benalla 3 for 1 after just 25 balls.
Irvine was unlucky not to have four wickets after having King bowled off a no ball.
Angus McMillan was great from the opposite end conceding zero runs from his three overs.
Corey McIntosh took over from McMillan and with his first ball claimed the vital wicket of Wade King for 9.
The Lakers at the end of day 1 have Benalla 4 for 18 with 75 overs to play next Saturday afternoon.
McIntosh finished with 1 for 0 off his three overs; while Irvine finished with 3 for 17 off 6 overs.
A Reserve are only four wickets away from victory after Matt McCabe and Will Sharp tore through the Colts top order late on Day 1.
In the top of the table clash, the Lakers made a big statement to the competition on day one of the Round 14 clash.
After three weeks off, the team was keen to get back into some touch before finals, and with a coin toss finally going the Lakers way, they chose to bat first at Lonsdale Reserve.
Ben Irvine and Dan Whykes opened the innings, with Irvine taking 12 off the first over.
Whykes couldn’t follow suit, dismissed in the second over.
This brought the inform Cory Pearn to the crease, and the batsmen had the score rocketing along.
With great running between the wickets and a ruthless approach to anything loose, the score moved to 98 in only 17 overs before Irvine was dismissed for 61 on the stroke of drinks.
The message at drinks was consistent all day, bat the overs and the runs will come.
Unfortunately for the Lakers, an all too common batting collapse followed with Sharp, Pearn and Lewis dismissed in quick succession.
This brought Sam Lidgerwood and Ned Mullins together with a partnership required.
Luckily for the Lakers the partnership delivered, adding a further 55 runs before Lidgerwood was caught behind for 48.
The batsmen continued to get starts, and while the scoring rate was exceptional throughout the day, the wickets continued to tumble.
Pat Martin got in before being caught behind for 20, Mullins was dismissed for 26, before Matt McCabe and Jack Kennedy were unable to trouble scorers.
Gus Browning was stranded on 6no, with the Lakers leaving 16 overs unused which will be big focus before week 1 of finals.
With 12 overs to bowl before the close of play, the Lakers attacked the Colts top order in the search for early wickets.
With the young openers grinding their way to 13 runs in 5 overs, Will Sharp and Matt McCabe found their mojo to blow the Colts off the park.
In the space of 10 balls, the openers claimed 5 wickets for 1 run, with the Colts batsmen having no answers or time to prepare.
Sharp claimed the first caught behind, before McCabe bowled an almost unplayable over.
A dropped catch by Jack Kennedy resulted in a mix up between the batsmen, with the opener sort of his ground. McCabe then had the new batsmen caught at second slip before completing a team hattrick by bowling Justin Solimo first ball.
To top things off even further, McCabe had the chance to collect a personal hatrick with the Colts captain Scott Clayton on strike.
Much to the enjoyment of his team mates, McCabe delivered again, having Clayton caught first ball. After surviving McCabe’s final ball, another wicket fell in the very next over with Sharp claiming his second victim caught behind to see the Colts side fall from 0 for 13 to 6 for 14 in 10 balls.
The Colts staved off defeat for the remaining four overs, to finish the day at 6 for 20, with a mountain to climb on Day 2.
Under 16’s lost their semi-final on the weekend ending their season. With 154 on the board Rovers Bruck passed the score 5 down and with 3 overs still in hand.
Gus Heslin got the Lakers off to a great start with two quick wickets but with the partnership of Bailey Annet and Matt Whiten the tide had changed.
Dropped catches hurt the Lakers, especially early in Annet’s innings as he went on to make 60.
The boys fought out the game at right till the end and should hold their heads high. They played the true Lakers style cricket in not giving up until the end.
The under 16 domination has definitely not come to an end with the kids coming through from the under 12’s and 14’s the team will get stronger and stronger. Congrats to Will Sharp and Sam Willett on a great year as captain and vice-captain the boys have grown so much as leaders.
To Brock and Matt McCabe thanks a lot for helping throughout the year with umpiring and coaching especially Brock for taking training for me when I couldn’t make it. Andrew Heslin did a great job all year scoring and to Dash Macintosh for all the work he has done for the juniors over the past years we wouldn’t be a strong junior club without you mate. The under 16s side next season will be back bigger and stronger.
Under 14 Bulls
The Under 14 Bulls have charged into the WDCA Grand Final after a stellar all-round performance against Beechworth Ovens Valley United.
The Bulls lost the toss and were asked to bowl on Day 1.
The opposition got off to a solid start before Desi O’Kane struck.
With his first ball back from boarding school he had the batter trapped plumb in front with the score on 15.
From the Beechworth consolidated putting on a healthy 60 run stand.
Pressure though was building due to tight bowling from Tyler Norman.
With just 3 runs coming from his 3 overs the batsman tried to attack from the other end only for him to hold out to Sam Wood off the bowling of Jyda Hose.
Jyda combined with Caleb Mitchell to run out the next batsman.
Caleb then did it all on his own with a caught and bowled.
Beechworth tried again and again to increase the tempo but were held back by the line length being bowled by Tanner Irvine and Luke Phillips.
Desi O’Kane ripped thru the middle order to finish with the figures of 3/9 from 6 overs.
Jeremy Bramich had the huge responsibility of bowling the finals which he did with aplomb.
As one of the most improved cricketers over the season Jeremy was rewarded with a wicket in the final over thanks to a screamer of a catch taken by Oscar Elliott.
Beechworth was restricted to 7/121 of their 42 overs.
The chase got off to a shaky start with the loss of opener Luke Phillips with the score on 2.
Jett Peters and Austin Willett were sensational seeing off the new ball.
Just as they had lifted the tempo Jett was adjudged caught behind for 15.
Enter Caleb Mitchell. The form player of the competition rode his luck early but then cashed in.
In combination with Austin the two put on a partnership of 48 before Austin was run out for 19.
Jyda House played a quick cameo innings but was caught for 7 with the Bulls still needing 20 runs.
Caleb was joined by Desi O’Kane. With plenty of overs in hand the boys showed great maturity to sneak up on the target.
With only five runs required Caleb retired completing his third 50 in a row and his forth for the season with a cracking shot over mid-wicket.
Desi and Dillon Kirchen were at the crease when the winning runs were hit with six overs to spare.
The Grand Final to be played in Wangaratta this weekend promises to be a cracker.
The Bulls take on Greta. Both teams are undefeated for the season and have very classy lists.
It may just come down to a test of character which the Bulls have shown plenty of this year.
Good luck to all involved.
Under 12 Rams
On Friday night the Rams took on the Bulls in the grand final.
With a big crowd gathered the Rams won the toss and elected to bowl.
TJ Docking and Nate Williams opened the bowling with both boys bowling tight and collecting a wicket each from their spells.
Xavier Mitchell and Lachlan Phillips were next to bowl with both boys keeping the runs to a minimum and Phillips picking up an important wicket.
Geoffery Montgomery and Jack Costigan continued the trend conceding only 10 runs between them off their 4 overs.
Jackson Purtell and Jeremy Baer also bowled well with Purtell conceding 5 runs from his 2 overs and Baer 10 runs from his 2 overs.
Van Kreeck bowled next and collected a wicket with a good catch from wicket keeper Nate Williams. Some great team fielding at the end sore 3 run outs as the Bulls chased some quick runs bringing their total to 7/91.
It was now time to take to the crease with Jackson Purtell and Jack Costigan opening the batting and getting off to a good start before Purtell was caught for 6.
Costigan continued on retiring for a well-made 18.
Lachlan Phillips and Nate Kreeck were next to the middle with Phillips providing some power hitting before being caught for a quick fire 39.
Kreeck continued to deny the bowlers retiring on 2.
Geoffery Montgomery and Xavier Mitchell were next in with Montgomery showing how much he has improved making a classy 32.
Mitchell also batting well retiring on 4.
Cam Ford and Van Kreeck were next with Ford doing some lusty swinging before skying one to mid-off. Jeremy Baer then came to the crease and with Kreeck sore out the last over to finish 3/125, this making the Rams premiers for 17/18 season.
It was a fantastic game played between 2 very good teams and shows that junior Cricket in our towns is very strong and the future looks very bright for many years to come.
Man of the match was Lachlan Phillips for an outstanding contribution with the bat and ball.
Also a big thank you to Jo Ford and Lisa Kreeck for scoring during the year.
Awards; McDonalds- Lachlan Phillips and Nate Williams Yarra Ice-creamery-Jack Costigan Yarra Videoland- Geoffery Montgomery.
Under 12 Bulls
In what was a great achievement by the Yarrawonga Mulwala Cricket Club the YMCC Bulls took on the YMCC Rams in the Under 12’s Grand Final played on the amazing facilities at Vic Park Yarrawonga.
Losing the toss, this week’s captain Ben Kennedy was happy to be sent in to put a total on the board early.
With all Rams bowlers on song the young Bulls had to work hard for their runs.
All batted well under the added pressure of a Final with Cohen Cuskelly 15, Darby Mullins 9, Maya Hargreaves 10 and Tahlia Thomson 9 all retiring after their 20 balls.
Bohdi Leonard and Pacey Haebich looked solid in the opening spots.
Ben Kennedy as always looked classy and Ollie Cope and Ollie Connell looked great in the middle order. After their 20 overs the Bulls has combined for a solid total of 91 runs and looked forward to the challenge of defending with tight bowling and fielding.
With all players bowling well, wickets went to Ollie Connell and Bohdi Leonard.
Catches to Ollie Connell, Cohen Cuskelly and Ollie Cope, with Lucas Eales fielding like a star.
The young Bulls, although performing fantastically well, were unable to restrict the Rams batting with a total of 124, the premiers shield going to the Rams.
It was great to see the Bulls having so much fun even with the game in the Rams favour.
The Bulls were playing in great spirit and when young guns Darcy Hargreaves and Judd Haebich came on to bowl the support of their teammates was beyond what anyone expected, supporting all the way with Darcy a wicket off a catch and Judd a wicket to a fine stumping by Ben.
Well Done Bulls, you have had a fantastic year in which your cricket skills have improved immensely.
You have made new friends and been a pleasure to watch the way you support and back each other up, challenging yourselves, never taking the easy option and having fun the whole time.
You are the future of our club. Good luck in the coming years.