The Yarrawonga Mulwala Cricket Club A Grade has suffered and outright defeat in their WDCA round 7 defeat at the hands of Beechworth.
After compiling only 61 runs in the first innings Yarrawonga Mulwala lost the first innings when Beechworth were able to compile 114 runs.
In the second innings, Yarrawonga Mulwala were batting well at 1 for 47 before Reid Clarke fell for 32 and a collapse ensued before Brock McCabe made a game high 42 runs batting at number 8 before being all out for 115.
With 11 overs left Beechworth required 63 runs to secure the outright victory; and for the loss of only one wicket Beechworth cruised to the win in 8.2 overs.
The Yarrawonga Mulwala outfit travel to Myrtleford for their final two-day game before Christmas and will again be challenged by another team who are striving to make finals.
On a bright and sunny day in Yarrawonga the B grade lads looked to capitalise on an early lead they had built last week.
Rory Bartlett and Sam Willett continued proceedings from the week before keeping out all of the gold balls and putting away anything loose before Bartlett fell for a well-made 30.
Unfortunately, wickets started to fall all too regularly after this, and it wasn’t until some hard hitting from Jess Koopman with a couple of big sixes pushed the Lakers to a good lead.
With a bit of confusion, the boys were made to bat their second innings after being bowled out.
With 13 overs to bat, the young B grade tried to get some quick runs which resulted in the loss of wickets at a rapid rate.
The highlight of the second innings was first gamer Austin Willett taking his chance at the top order and compiling quick fire 40 with some big bombs along the way.
Benalla were chasing 231 for victory off 34 overs, Whoopa Irvine got the lads off the flying start picking up the first wicket in the first over.
But after that there was very little for the boys to celebrate as dropped catches and missed opportunities cost the boys.
The maturity of the two senior players for Benalla showed as they batted out the rest of the day punishing anything loose.
The game was good learning experience for the young boys as nothing was just handed to them in a well fought victory.
The under 16 Lakers boys defeated Rovers Bruck United to start the season 4-0.
Batting first Zac Fraser got the Lakers off to a great start smashing every ball coming his way, going onto make 69 before being caught.
Jobe Kennedy (28) and Austin Willett (24) then steadied the ship after the Lakers lost a couple of wickets quickly, final score being 7/164.
The opening bowlers Rory Bartlett and Caleb Mitchell both looked threatening at the top with Caleb giving the batsmen nothing with 0/12 off 6 overs, while Rory claimed 3 wickets with two of them coming in 3 balls to finish with 3/23 off 6 overs.
The boys also put in a very good fielding effort with two run outs one from Jyda House and the other from Caleb Mitchell, to restrict the opposition to all out for 134.
Great win by the Lakers.
Under 14 Rams
Day 2, a small crowd witnessed the young excited Rams team defend 150 runs with 42 overs required.
The kids were pumped and primed looking forward to a great days cricket.
Beechworth loaded up their star players from the word go, selecting representative players from North East Victoria.
Get both these boys out early was a sure plan for success.
The Rams lads needed to be on with the new ball.
As always, players are given different opportunities each week whether bowling or batting irrespective of skill set.
This week Xavier Mitchell had his turn to open bowling and for a lower age player, Xavier showed bowling maturity beyond his years hitting excellent areas of the pitch with pace and seam position resulting in an LBW right in front.
Not to be outdone Ben Kennedy from the other end bowled his best spell of the year purely based on accuracy and pace.
Another LBW shout to claim a second team wicket Ben never allowed the talented batters a chance to free their arms.
Scoreboard at 2 for 7, Beechworth dug deep in a strong rear-guard performance to all parts of the ground putting on a 50-run partnership.
Twenty overs complete and a change in keepers allowed some extra firepower.
Enter Jobe Fraser!
Jobey as he is affectionaly known, snagged wickets immediately claiming 3 for 0 off 7 balls.
Outstanding game changing spell of bowling with Beechworth reeling at 5 for 80 and staring down defeat.
A few lads chipped in from excellent fielding opportunities and straight deliveries to finish the tail and all out for 92.
A strong consistent game of cricket over 2 days from the Yarra Mul team.
Awards were shared so thanks to Crusty Loaf, Wingates, Yarrawonga Fish and Chips and Subway, the players appreciate this.
A big mention to Chris and Mel Appleby for umpiring and scoring and Alaster Mitchell for setting up the ground.
Two one day games remaining, and Christmas awaits.
Under 14 Bulls
On Saturday the Bulls returned to the Benalla Showgrounds to resume their innings of 0-10 and chasing 80 for the win.
Batting was going to be difficult on a pitch that sometimes played perfectly and then wouldn’t bounce at all, so the boys knew they had to be careful and to play straight.
TJ Docking and William Turnell got the score along to 13 before TJ was undone by a beauty.
This brought Lachlan Phillips in to bat with William and together the boys piled on the runs with Lachlan making a watchful 50 before retiring and Will making a rock solid 21 before also being retired.
Geoffrey Montgomery came to the crease with Jackson Purtell and they both set about punishing anything short and wide before Jackson who was pushing hard for the team and getting run out for 10. Geoff was ticking over the scoreboard regularly until he was retired on 39 to help ensure that all boys had plenty of time at the crease.
Tom Coffey and Daniel O’Brien strode to the crease, with Tom making a rapid fire 6 and Daniel 3, Nate Kreeck, Rudi Vodusek and Jeremy Baer all came in and looked comfortable with all boys scoring a few runs.
With overs left to play William, Lachlan and Geoffrey went back in to bat, with William taking his score to 23, Lachlan 55 and Geoffrey 49 before the end of play.
With the Bulls running between the wickets proving pivotal in their total of 176 to Benalla’s 79.
Award winners were:
Crusty loaf Bakery- Jackson Purtell, Wingates Intersport - Lachlan Phillips, Subway - William Turnell,
Yarrawonga Fish and Chips - Tom Coffey.
On behalf of the YMCC the U14 Bulls would like to thank these sponsors for their ongoing support of the great club.