YMCC A reserve

By Yarrawonga Chronicle

The A Reserve Lakers are back on the winners list after a dominant performance against fourth placed Beechworth Wanders. 

Hosting the Wanderers at Lonsdale Reserve, the Lakers headed into the Round 6 clash off the back of consecutive defeats and were keen to get a win on the board.

After losing the toss for a sixth time this season, the Lakers were asked to bat first by the visitors. 

The returning Ben Irvine opened the batting with Dan Whykes, and quickly looked at home out in the middle. 

On a difficult wicket, Irvine was brutal on anything loose to all parts of the ground. 

After a 51-run partnership, Whykes fell for 9 LBW, with Brendan Hill coming in at No.3 for the hosts.

Irvine continued with his onslaught, bringing up his half century in quick time, with his 12th boundary. Hill fell for 11, before Brendan Lewis was trapped LBW for 14 with the score at 3 for 115 off 20 overs. 

Captain Pat Martin joined Irvine at the crease, and after a scratchy start, helped keep the scoreboard ticking over. 

Unfortunately for the Lakers, Irvine was caught short of his century for a brilliant 87, with home side still looking for their first centurion this season.

Jacob Bartlett batted solidly again and ran well with Martin as they continued the onslaught. 

Martin lost his patience with 6 overs to go though, bowled for 34, and when Matt McCabe was bowled first ball, the Lakers looked like leaving some runs behind in their innings. 

The lower order batted well, to take the total up to 8 for 233 from their 36 overs. 

Brady Bartlett contributed 17 runs not out to lead the lower order batsmen.

Bartlett then took the new ball with immediate success, claiming a wicket in his first over. 

Bartlett claimed 3 for 16 from 5 overs and was brilliant supported by new ball partner Angus Heslin, who chimed in with 3 for 20 from 6 overs. 

The Lakers were all over the Wanderers in the field, with runs hard to come by for the batsmen, and the bowlers hitting good areas consistently.

Jack Kennedy bowled first change and spun a web through the middle order, claiming 3 for 9 from 3.4 overs to close out the innings. 

Matt McCabe grabbed 1 for 1 from 2 overs as well, with all four bowlers doing a great job to dismiss the Wanderers for 50 in 16.4 overs.

The Lakers took the opportunity to bat again, with Gus Browning the main contributor with 46 not out. The Lakers finished 4 for 97 in the second innings to gain some important extra points and time in the middle coming into two-day cricket in a fortnights time.

The final one-day game of the season is next weekend, with A Reserve enjoying their first home game at Stan Hargreaves Oval against the Benalla Bushrangers.