After posting 224 in week one of their Round 9 clash with Rovers United Bruck, the A- Reserve Lakers defended the total in week two to ensure they stayed on top of the ladder for the Christmas break.
With a large amount of rain falling throughout the week, the visitors were surprised to find the WJ Findlay Oval in such good condition, and ready for play on Saturday morning.
Brady Bartlett took the new ball with Angus Heslin, with both finding control difficult to come by early.
Bartlett grabbed the first LBW, before quickly grabbing a second to have the Rovers under pressure early. The batsmen then dug in and put a high price on their wickets, putting together a 63 run partnership for the third wicket. The Lakers missed six opportunities to break the partnership, which is something they will be looking to correct in the new year.
The scoring rate never got away from the Lakers, and with the hosts needing a run a ball to get the total, Gary Browning created another chance which was taken by Brady Bartlett. Brendan Hill and Brady Bartlett then combined to dispatch the lower order of the Rovers, combining to take 7 for 5 to end the innings.
Hill bowled with great control and stuck to his plans to collect 4 for 19 from 8 overs, while Bartlett produced his best performance of the year claiming 5 for 15 from 15 overs. If it wasn’t for 8 wides early in the innings, Bartlett’s figures could have been even better.
The A-Reserve side will now enjoy a month long break before resuming the WDCA season at the Stan Hargreaves Oval against Ovens Valley United on January 1.