YMCC - A reserve

By Yarrawonga Chronicle

The A-Reserve Lakers packed the swags and headed up to Beechworth for Round 12 of the WDCA, for a two-day game on Saturday and Sunday. 

Unfortunately, the first day was lost due to weather and some leaky covers.

After visiting the local establishments on the Saturday night, the Lakers returned to Baarmutha Park for a one-day game on the Sunday. 

The visitors lost the toss and were asked to bowl in the first innings.

Opening bowlers Brady Bartlett and Angus Heslin started in brilliant fashion, making it difficult for the batsmen to score and creating numerous chances. 

Bartlett finished with 0 for 9 from 5 overs with 3 maidens, while Heslin collected 1 for 13 from 7 quality overs.

It was clear early that the Beechworth batsmen were not placing a high price on their wicket, which played right into the hands of wily veterans Brendan Hill and Gary Browning.

Browning grabbed an early wicket to remove the second opener bowled and once the top order resistance was broken, the wickets tumbled consistently at both ends. 

Browning bowled a superb spell, collecting figures of 5 for 25 from 8 overs and was given great support from Hill who finished with 2 for 17 from 5 overs.

Jack Kennedy cleaned up the tail with two quick wickets, wrapping up the Beechworth innings for 76 after 28 overs.

The Lakers opened with Ben Irvine and Brendan Hill, who were looking to build a strong partnership coming into the business end of the season. 

Irvine looked to be back in fine form, compiling a sensible 45 before being caught. 

Irvine and Hill put on 72 for the opening partnership, which almost secured the win without any risks or concerns. 

Zach Moore joined Hill at the crease and kept the runs flowing. 

Hill was dismissed for a well-made 28 with the points secured, before Moore was trapped LBW for 31.

Matt McCabe made his return to cricket and partnered Dan Whykes for a solid batting partnership. 

The key players for the Lakers spent valuable time in the middle which will be important later in the season. 

McCabe was bowled for 14, which brought Pat Martin to the crease. 

Whykes and Martin shared a 45-run partnership, with the bowlers tiring and batting becoming easier for the visitors. 

Whykes was bowled for 15 after some crisp drives, with Martin finishing 42 not out and Jacob Bartlett 4 not out.

The Lakers remain in top spot with two rounds to play before Semi Final weekend and will be back at Stan Hargreaves Oval for a round 13 clash with Delatite.