Lakers cricket round-up

March 21, 2018

The A-Reserve team congratulate Matt McCabe for one of his five wickets for the day.

A Reserve

A-Reserve have fought back from a precarious position on Saturday, to book a place in the WDCA Grand Final this weekend.

Led by a Man of the Match performance by Matt McCabe, the Lakers turn the tables on Greta after being 8 for 113 shortly after tea on Saturday, to post 208 on Day 1.
They then made short work of the Greta line-up on Sunday, routing the visitors for 39 in under an hour.
In warm conditions on Saturday, the Lakers won the toss and chose to bat at Lonsdale Reserve against the 4th placed Greta.
The Lakers were quickly under pressure with Ben Irvine dismissed early.
Greta had definitely come to play, putting the Lakers batsmen under pressure in the field and making runs hard to come by.
Cory Pearn and Dan Whykes continued to work hard for their runs, before Pearn was unluckily dismissed for 5, the score at 2 for 15.
Brendan Lewis joined Whykes at the crease and looked in fantastic touch from the outset.
The pair added only 14 runs though before Whykes was out for 12.
Sam Lidgerwood entered the game and combined with Lewis for a 30-run stand before being caught behind, and when Lewis was caught and bowled for 33, the Lakers were 5 for 74 and in need of a partnership.
Pat Martin and Ned Mullins started to regain the momentum before tea and were looking to regroup at the break.
Unfortunately, they were dismissed in consecutive overs to have the score at 7 for 96 at the main interval.
Will Sharp and Gary Browning combined after tea and again had the game looking more positive for the hosts, before Sharp fell for 9 to see the score at a dangerous 8 for 113.
Luckily for the Lakers, their much relied on batting depth again came to the rescue, with Matt McCabe and Browning putting on a sensational 85 run partnership to tear the hearts out of their opponents.
McCabe was brutal on anything short, with Browning using all of his finals experience to manipulate the field and run hard between the wickets.
The partnership also included an all run 5, which had the home crowd in raptures.
Browning was dismissed for 31 in the 2nd last over, before McCabe was bowled off the last ball of the day for a sensational 57.
The Lakers had all the momentum heading into day 2, with victory back well within their reach.
With the much-envied new ball pairing of Matt McCabe and Will Sharp at their disposal, the Lakers were keen to get into the field on Sunday and secure a Grand Final berth.
After an expansive start from the Greta openers, which saw them reach 0 for 14 off 3 overs, Sharp and McCabe found their range and destroyed the Greta line-up within the first hour.
From 0 for 14, the visitors fell to 5 for 15 with Sharp and McCabe bowling unplayable deliveries almost every ball.
Sharp finished with 4 for 14 from 6 overs, and a run out, while McCabe capped off an excellent personal weekend with 5 for 16 from 8 overs.
The Lakers now look forward to a long-awaited clash with arch rival Rovers-Bruck United, for the WDCA A-Reserve title.

B Grade

The B Grade Lakers travelled to Myrtleford to take on the Ovens and Valley side to see who would win through to the grand final.

The Lakers took to the field first to bowl their 34 overs and started well having the home side 2 for 12 in the 7th over and then 3 for 23.
That was the last wicket to fall as the Ovens and Valley side finished their 34 overs at 3 for 106.
Jason Sharp was pick of the bowlers with figures of 2 for 36 off 17 overs, not far behind was Alex Lovel with 1 for 16 off 9 overs, Ted Graham 0 for 6 off 4 overs, Trevor Fischer 0 for 19 off 2 overs, Reece Norman 0 for 14 off 5 overs, Thomas Hicks 0 for 9 off 2 overs and Jobe Kennedy 0 for 18 off 3 overs.
The Lakers then had their turn to bat for 34 overs and in what could be described as a huge collapse where bundled out for 32 runs in 20 overs.
This left Ovens and Valley 1st innings victors.
Alex Lovel top scored for the Lakers with 9 runs, followed by Thomas Hicks with 7, Justin O’Brien with 5 and Jason Sharp with 3.
3 other team members were 1 apiece and finally the others didn’t trouble the scorer.
With 10 overs left in the day the Lakers had to continue bowling at the Ovens and Valley side who continued on with their first innings.
At the end of the day O& V side lost 1 more wicket to be 4 for 128 with Zac Fraser claiming the last wicket and finished with 1 for 6 off 2 overs.
It was decided not to travel back to Myrtleford on Sunday to continue the 2nd day as O&V side who continued on with their 1st innings, so the B grade Lakers season ended.
Thanks to everyone who played throughout the season and good luck to the A and A Reserve Laker’s teams who went through to next weekend’s grand finals.

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