Under 14 Bulls
In front of a huge crowd the Under 14 Bulls capped off a remarkable season with a thrilling six run win in the WDCA Grand Final.
It all looked lost for the Bulls with Greta cruising to victory but not for the first time this season the Bulls displayed great heart and character to fight back and claim the title.
The Bulls and their opponents Greta went into the decider undefeated.
There was a case of the unknown as the teams had not played each other during the home and away rounds. The Bulls won the toss and decided to bat first on what looked to be a batsman paradise.
The Bulls got off to their best start of the season with openers Jett Peters and Luke Phillips.
Jett was particular aggressive when the Greta bowlers pitched short.
Luke rode a bit of luck with a number of edges splitting the keeper and slip.
With the score on 32 Jett’s innings come to a close caught on a well compiled 18.
His dismissal saw a bit of a wobble with a succession of wickets.
Firstly Luke was caught for 7 and Austin Willett getting a faint edge to the keeper unable to trouble the scorers.
Caleb Mitchell and Jyda house steadied the Bulls putting on 44 for the next wicket.
Jyda who kept out some very good bowling eventually succumbed caught for 8 with the score on 80. Caleb continued his stellar season and with sublime touch raced to 30.
Chancing his arm once too many he came out of his crease to the spinner to be stumped for 30 with the score on 99 in the 32nd over.
Desi O’Kane was joined by Tyler Norman. Knowing now they required something big Desi and Tyler smashed their opponents all over the WJ Findlay Oval.
With aggressive running and a touch of self-sacrifice the two put on 61 off just 54 balls.
Big Desi hitting the boundary three times in his better than run a ball for 48 not out.
Out of form Tyler came good on the big occasion showing great touch to finish 14no in the Bulls score of 5/160.
The Bulls were beaming with confidence going into day two.
Greta with bat in hand got off to a steady start before Desi with his first ball of the 7th over managed to get the batsman to play a false stroke to hit is straight back to the bowler.
Oscar Elliott then produced the ball of the day catching the edge of the Greta opener to see it go into the safe hands of keeper Austin Willett.
That’s where the joy ended for the Bulls for quite some time.
Greta put themselves into a winning position despite the best efforts of Dillon Kirchen, Tanner Irvine, Sam Wood, Harry Barker and Jeremy Bramich.
At 2/148 Greta required just 12 runs off last 5 overs.
The Bulls looked down and out.
Enter Jett Peters and Tyler Norman producing one of the best five over spells ever witnessed.
Firstly Jett struck breaking a 50 plus run partnership when the batman skied a ball to Oscar Elliott.
Next over Tyler Norman took another wicket with Desi taking the catch.
The pressure was building and the Bulls belief was growing.
Jett then had the batsman hitting another catch to Desi.
With panic starting to set in the Greta batsman then found himself short of the crease.
Scorer Colin Wood was being hounded by anxious supporters with Greta requiring 9 off the last 2 overs. Jett produced the ‘over of the match’ with the support of the fielders to finish his spell with a maiden and the figures of 2/9.
Tyler Norman had the pressure of bowling the last over.
This time it was the Bulls turn to panic trying to throw down the stumps causing overthrows for the batsman to get back for 3.
With 6 to win off four balls Tyler sucked up the pressure beating the bat three consecutive times. Requiring a six off the last ball Tyler bowled a cracker to have the batsman adjudged LBW and the celebrations started.
In a cracking Grand Final Greta finished 7/154.
Both teams were brilliant.
Considering the pressure and emotion that comes with grand finals the game was played in great spirit which all the players should be commended.
Thanks to the WDCA, the umpires, Dash McIntosh and to the support of the Yarrawonga Mulwala CC. Special thanks to our wonderful sponsors Yarrawonga Fish and Chips and Crusty Loaf Bakery who have supported the boys all year.
Thanks to Hicks Butchery who donated the BBQ meat for the boys celebrations.
Lastly thanks to the boys who were lion hearted all year.
A wonderful reward for effort from a remarkable group of boys. Hopefully a final they will never forget.
The B Grade Lakers travelled to Mansfield to take on the Delatite side in the last 2 day match of the regular season.
Winning the toss the Lakers decided to bat first and openers Sam Willett and Justin O’Brien began well enough on a wicket that was doing a little bit early.
Just as they looked settled in, O’Brien snicked one to the keeper for 5 runs, the Lakers were 1 for 16. Jason Cox joined Willett at the crease and no runs were added as Willett then snicked one as well to the keeper for 8 runs, the Lakers now 2 for 16.
Zac Fraser was next in and started well, but on 4 runs Fraser snicked one to first slip, the Lakers were in trouble at 3 for 31.
Zac Banch was in next and he batted brilliantly when the pressure was on.
Cox was next to go, snicking another on to the keeper for 15 runs, the Lakers 4 for 40.
Ted Graham then came to the crease to join Banch and these two put on a good partnership of 35 runs before Graham played onto his stumps bowled for 10 runs.
Thomas Hicks then joined Banch and didn’t last too long, given out LBW for a duck, the Lakers in trouble again at 6 for 75 after 32 overs.
Michael straight then strode to the crease to join Banch and to hopefully bat out the last 2 overs.
They did this and the Lakers finished 6 for 77 after 34 overs, still with plenty to do.
Well done to Zac Banch who top scored for the Lakers with 32 not out.
It was now the Lakers turn to bowl, and it was a great start as Reece Norman grabbed a wicket with his second ball caught at 2nd slip to have Delatite 1 for 0.
This was the only highlight as Delatite finished their 34 overs of batting at 5 for 115.
Alex Lovell bowled without luck and finished his spell at 0 for 17 off 6 overs, Thomas Hicks bowled very well for his 6 over spell returning figures of 2 for 18, Trevor Fischer bowled 7 overs and returned with figures of 2 for 21, Zac Fraser also bowled well without any luck and had the figures of 7 overs 0 for 20 and Jobe Kennedy had the good figures of 4 overs 0 for 9.
The Lakers have plenty to do next week when they return to Mansfield for the 2nd day to claim 1st innings points, with a change of luck, hopefully they can secure the win. Go the Lakers!
The B Grade Lakers travelled back to Mansfield to take on the Delatite team in the second day of the 2 day match and lost on first innings.
Resuming at 6 for 77 in the first innings Zac Banch and Michael Straight strode to the crease hoping to bat out the 34 overs.
Both batsmen started well and kept rotating the strike, but in the 45th over Banch was struck on the pad and given out for LBW for 37 runs, which was the top score of the innings.
The Lakers were 7 for 105 and still needed a further 10 runs to get past the Delatite innings of 5 for 115.
Straight was then the next to go on 12 runs, caught in the gully area and the Lakers in real trouble at 8 for 106.
Jobe Kennedy joined Reece Norman, but not for long, Kennedy was bowled for 4 runs and the Lakers at 9 for 110 as Alex Lovell made his way to the crease, Lovell then got clean bowled for 0 and the Lakers finished all out for 110 runs from 52 overs.
Delatite then resumed their 1st innings at 5 for 115, and the Lakers bowled very well considering that they had already lost on 1st innings dismissing the remaining 5 batsman for 44 runs and Delatite finishing all out for 159 in their first innings.
For the Lakers, Lovell bowled 12 overs returning with figures of 1 for 28, Norman 10 overs, 2 for 33, Thomas Hicks bowled 12 overs, 3 for 26, Trevor Fischer 9 overs, 4 for 23, Zac Fraser 7 overs, 0 for 20, Jobe Kennedy 5 overs 0 for 9, Jason Cox 3 overs, 0 for 5 and Ted Graham 3 overs, 0 for 4.
With 16 over still to bowl out the Delatite captain asked the Lakers to bat again, but after checking on other results, all agreed to pull up stumps for the day.
With that loss the B grade Lakers finished 3rd on the table and take on the Ovens and Kings side at Myrtleford next week on the Saturday and Sunday.
A-Reserve has powered their way to a huge win over rival City Colts in their last game before finals. With City Colts resuming at 6 for 21, the Lakers wasted little time wrapping up the innings for the paltry total of 22.
The Lakers then took the opportunity to get some much-needed batting practice in, reaching 5 for 189 before finishing the day early.
It only took the Lakers four overs to wrap up the Colts innings, with Matt McCabe grabbing 1 wicket and Angus Heslin cleaning up the tail with 2 for 0 off 2 overs.
After their most dominate bowling display for the year, the Lakers chose to bat for a second time in the game.
Gary Browning was promoted up the order and joined Dan Whykes to open the innings.
They started well, before Browning was caught behind for 7.
Matt McCabe was also hoping to use the opportunity for some batting time, but unfortunately fell early for 2.
This brought Brendan Lewis to the wicket, who partnered with Whykes for 101 runs, which is a great sign for the Lakers leading into the first week of finals.
Wykes and Lewis were dismissed shortly after tea for 65 and 53 respectively, which brought Will Sharp to the crease.
Will showed his all-round abilities, taking the bowlers to all parts in a great innings of 40 not out.
The Lakers now look forward to hosting a home semi-final at Lonsdale Reserve against Greta next Saturday and Sunday.
The Yarrawonga Mulwala Cricket Club A Grade have completed the season with a 136-run victory against Benalla at the Stan Hargreaves Oval in Yarrawonga.
The win secures the Lakers the top position on the WDCA ladder with finals beginning next Saturday and Sunday.
The A Grade will host the semi-final against City Colts at Stan Hargreaves Oval in Yarrawonga.
After scoring 208 last week; and having Benalla 4 for 18 at the end of day 1.
Day two saw the Lakers continue their dominance with the final six wickets falling for just 54 runs.
Jim Irvine bowled another five overs today without conceding a run to finish with 3 for 17 off 11 overs.
Angus McMillan claimed the first wicket of day two to finish with 1 for 12 off 7 overs.
Corey McIntosh was unplayable with 1 for 1 off 7 overs.
John Ferguson bamboozled the Bushrangers with 2 for 17 off 6 overs. Matt Knight claimed 1 for 3 off 3 overs while Ben Doyle finished the game taking 2 for 7 off 6.2 overs.
The Lakers bowled tightly with 24 maiden overs in 45.2 overs and head into finals with confidence that their best cricket with everyone contributing will be go a long way towards success.
Play starts at 1:30pm next Saturday and Sunday.