Yarrawonga Mulwala A Grade have posted their highest score of the season against City Colts at Barr Reserve in Wangaratta.
After being sent into bat, the Lakers dominated the game finishing with a massive total of 311. Openers Corey McIntosh and Josh Lawrence set the platform with a 56-run opening stand before Lawrence fell on 29.
Matt Casey joined McIntosh and the pair took the game away from City Colts with excellent stroke play.
The pair contributed a 118-run partnership with both players passing fifty in style.
McIntosh fell for 83 with the score on 2 for 174.
Casey and Reid Clarke kept the score ticking over until Casey fell for 69 and then when Clarke fell for 18, the YMCC Lakers were 4 for 239.
Harry Wheeler and Sam Lidgerwood played attacking cricket and their running between wickets kept the pressure on the City Colts fielders.
Their partnership of 44 guided the team towards the 300-run mark.
Wheeler compiled 43 and Lidgerwood 23 before both fell in the push for quick runs.
Young gun Will Sharp displayed his hitting ability, scoring a quickfire 21 including multiple boundaries.
The Lakers ended the day with 311 runs on the board and will rely on their bowlers to stick to the plans in place with good line and length.
On an overcast day in Mulwala the B grade boys were taking on 3rd placed Delatite in what should be a great contest against two highly skilled sides.
Having won the toss, the Lakers chose to send the opposition in to bat first.
Rory Bartlett and Lach Phillips opened up proceedings and bowled nice tight line and length but without reward.
Going into drinks the boys hadn’t managed to break the opening partnership.
The young Lakers were asked to lift their intensity in the field at break and to their credit they did, putting some pressure back on the batsmen.
It wasn’t until self-proclaimed spin king of B grade Collins Bye broke through with a wicket off some lovely glove work by Hudson Gillies to have the first wicket of the game.
Reece Norman was rewarded for his great spell by picking up his first wicket to have 1/8 off his 8 overs.
Collins Bye picked up 2 more before afternoon tea to get a little bit of momentum back in favour of the home side, Delatite finishing on 4/72.
Unluckily this did not translate into the batting side of things, Cooper Bennett and Sam Willett got the Lakers off to a reasonable start but then Bennett left poor Willett for dead and he was run out for 8.
After this, wickets started to fall all too regularly with none of the boys sticking around to build a partnership with one another.
Credit where credit is due Delatite bowled with great control and really tested the patience of a few of the Laker young boys.
The boys finished the day 7/58, with a lot of work to do next week.
The YMCC Lakers C Grade have scored a valuable 40 run victory in their clash with City Colts at South Wangaratta Recreation Reserve.
The Lakers batted first, compiling 7 for 186 from their allotted 36 overs.
Openers Josh Bozzola and Peter Brear both passed 25 before losing their wickets.
Stephen Lappin proved the mainstay of the innings with an elegant 63 runs and was aided by a classy 30 from Jason Bassett.
Ted Graham was 11 not out while Jett Peters complied 8 not out to see the Lakers finish with 186 runs on the board.
The Lakers bowling needed quick wickets and the opening partnership yielded 33 runs before Colts fell to 2 for 35.
A 54 run third wicket partnership provided Colts a chance before they lost 7 for 48 to finish the game at 9 for 146 and give the Lakers another victory in the run to finals.
Ted Graham led from the front with the ball taking 3 for 27 off 8 overs; ably assisted by Josh Bozzola with 2 for 23 off 7, Austin Willett 2 for 21 and Captain Jason Sharp 2 for 30.
The under 16s boys took on Oven Valley United at Vic Park on Saturday and after losing the toss and being sent in to bat the boys got off to the worst possible start being 1/0 off 1 ball.
Couple of gritty innings from Hudson Gillies and Jyda House just trying to tick the runs over, took the pressure off but wickets kept tumbling and the Lakers fell to 4/17.
Rory Bartlett and Tyler Norman both went out and steadied the ship with a partnership of 51 before Tyler departed for a well fought 12.
Rory Bartlett batted well and top scored with 31.
Some pinch hitting from Darcy Hicks and Josh McCabe pushed the score to 97.
Under 14 Rams and Bulls
On a beautiful Saturday morning the crowd gathered at Lonsdale Reserve Mulwala to witness the local Under 14 derby between the Bulls and the Rams.
The Rams won the toss and elected to bowl.
Jackson Purtell and TJ Docking were given the task of opening the batting for the Bulls.
TJ was solid as a rock at one end while Jackson played some beautiful cricket shots at the other end before he was caught out for a solid 24. This brought Lachlan Phillips to the crease.
In true Lach fashion he was off the mark with a powerful hook for 6.
TJ was retired soon after which brought Geoff Montgomery to the crease who got off the mark with a textbook cover drive.
Unfortunately, an attempt to repeat that saw him bowled.
This started a mini collapse for the Bulls batting line up which only had 9 batsmen.
Will Turnell 2 and Rudi Vodusek 1 succumbed to some good Rams bowling before Jeremy Baer offered some resistance.
While it was all happening at one end Lach Phillips paved his way to 50 at the other which meant his retirement.
On his birthday Dan O’Brien was unable to alter the score being well caught first ball.
Tom Coffee added 1 to the score before he joined his teammates back in the pavilion.
This brought TJ back to the crease to join Jeremy.
They both did a great job of knocking the ball around, picking up ones and twos before Jeremy had one trickle back onto the stumps for a valuable 9 runs.
Nervous times for the Rams as Lach Phillips returned.
Some tight bowling saw the boys test their luck on a second run which saw TJ short of his ground run out for a faultless 22.
Lach finished not out on 58 after an exciting display of hitting which included 4 sixes.
At the cease of play the Bulls were all out 8/162.
A competitive score which should make for an exciting day two. Either side can win with a good team effort.
Under 12 Rams
The Yarrawonga Mulwala Under 12 Rams took on Rovers Green at the delightfully manicured Vic Park 2 oval.
Losing the toss, the Rams were sent in to bat against the very strong Rovers bowling line up. Nate Sheridan top scored with a superb 19 runs, Slater Goudie was patient batting for 25 balls compiling 8 runs and Jack Burns held the lower order together making a nice 4 not out. The young Rams finished all out for 49 runs.
With a small total to defend, the Rams bowled and fielded with enthusiasm.
Lucas Eales took a nice catch, Darcy Hargreaves took his first Under 12 catch which was a classic and Nate Sheridan got a nice run out.
Wickets went to Nate, Kade Michael, Ben Coffey and Braith Goudie.
All bowlers bowled well and have improved greatly since the start of the season.
The Rovers side finished the innings on 6/98 to record a good win in a game played with great sportsmanship and spirit.
Well done young cricketers.
Awards: Avalanche Ice Creamery - Slater Goudie, Video Land - Jack Burns, Wingates - Lucas Eales, Yarra Fish & Chips - Nate Sheridan.