The Yarrawonga Mulwala Cricket Club A Grade has been put to the sword by Beechworth at Stan Hargreaves Oval in Yarrawonga.
After winning the toss, Yarrawonga Mulwala elected to bat first in windy conditions.
After a 14-run opening partnership, the YMCC Lakers lost their first wicket and with the score on 18, the Lakers lost another three wickets without score.
A steady stream on wickets saw the Lakers dismissed all out for 61, with Will Sharp the leading run scorer with 12 runs while only three batsmen reached double figures.
With just 61 runs to defend, it was going to take accurate bowling. Angus McMillan and Will Sharp open the bowling and McMillan grabbed the first wicket and Sharp claimed the second to see Beechworth at 2 for 14.
A third wicket partnership took the score to 31 before wickets fell in a clump and Beechworth slumped to 6 for 44.
The score was slowly creeping up, but Corey McIntosh claimed the seventh wicket with the score at 55.
However, Beechworth was able to push past the Lakers total with their ninth batsman hitting 27 including 6 boundaries.
The Lakers hit back hard but now face a first innings deficit with Beechworth to continue their innings at 7 for 86 next Saturday. Wicket takers for the YMCC were McIntosh 3/31, Matt McCabe 2/18, Sharp 1/15 and McMillan 1/19.
A dominant 5th wicket partnership between Sam Lidgerwood (77) and Brady Bartlett (58) has led the Yarrawonga Mulwala Lakers to a commanding first innings score of 6 for 281 in the A Reserve fixture against Beechworth.
Lidgerwood hitting his top score for the year reminded everyone of his class and power by punishing anything that was short whilst energising the inning with strong running between the wickets.
Bartlett was able to build his innings with patience before increasing the tempo after the tea break combining brilliantly with Lidgerwood to score at nearly 6 an over in the afternoon session.
Earlier in the day Zach Moore got the team off to a flying start hitting 16 off the first over before holding out to cover whilst Pat Martin hit some lusty blows before being bowled for a well-made 25.
Youngster Caleb Mitchell and the hard-hitting Jacob Bartlett were able to come in at the end of the innings and keep the scoreboard ticking over.
The Lakers head into week confident that tight line and length bowling and solid fielding will put enormous pressure on the Beechworth batsmen to score at over 4 an over.
B Grade has entered into two-day cricket by hosting Benalla at Vic Park Oval 2.
Winning the toss and electing to bat, the small confines of Vic Park 2 were very enticing.
Whoopa Irvine, after a few weeks off was into the fray from ball one creaming a short wide delivery to the boundary. But the small confines were all too enticing and his innings was a short one as he was bowled a couple of deliveries later.
Irvine’s opening partner in Cooper Bennett was in ominous form as he blasted his way to 34 with the majority of his runs coming from boundaries.
The Lakers were capitalising on anything short and or wide.
Tom Elliott was given an opportunity at number three and took the job on with great composure.
Elliott was looking good and had put together a decent partnership with his Captain in Mitch Collins Bye, before he was crucified by him.
Doing the right thing in backing up at the non-striker’s end Elliott found himself stranded when sent back by his Captain.
The wicket ended a 76-run partnership between the pair with Elliott out for a patient and well compiled 26.
Collins Bye was then dismissed 9 runs later for another Captain’s knock of 53.
The Lakers 4/121 and well placed.
Sam Willett and Rory Bartlett then played smart cricket, defending well and taking a toll on anything loose.
The pair putting on 40 runs for the fifth wicket to move the Lakers to 4/161 at the end of their 34 overs.
The Lakers took the field after the afternoon tea break with enthusiasm.
Rory Bartlett and Tom Elliott opened the bowling and were bowling good line and length.
Bartlett was on the money from the word go, bowling 5 overs, 3 maidens 1/6.
Elliott with 5 overs, 1 maiden 2/17.
With a great start the Lakers had the Bushrangers reeling at 3/8 but they then consolidated.
But the wickets kept falling fairly regularly.
Reece Norman taking 2/25 from his 6 overs.
Whoopa Irvine was unlucky to be the only bowler not to take a wicket even though he was creating opportunities. With the Cordon not able to back him up by holding catches, although they were sharp chances!
The Captain chimed in with a wicket and Tom Hicks is shaping as the bowler to bring on when you need a wicket as he cleaned up the tail to finish with 2/8 of 2.4 overs.
The Benalla side all out for 92.
This left the Lakers 3 overs to face at the end of the day to meet the required 68 overs for the day.
Willett and Bartlett getting through the last spell to remain not out on 21 and 23 respectively.
The Lakers finishing the day 4/175 and a first innings win in the bank.
The Lakers C Grade has scored a 113-run victory in their clash against Gapsted at Lonsdale Reserve in Mulwala.
Winning the toss and batting, the Lakers got off to a flyer with a 41 run opening partnership.
Lengthy partnerships enabled the Lakers to control the momentum finishing at 7 for 177 of their allotted 36 overs.
Josh Bozzola topped the scoring with 31, with great innings by Ben Pickering 29, Sean McLarty 28 not out, Darcy Norman and Bailey Frauenfelder both 25 runs.
With the ball, the Lakers decimated Gapsted having them all out for just 64 runs off 29 overs.
Ted Graham led with the ball taking 5 for 14; while Jason Sharp took 3 for 19 and Bozzola 2 for 18 to round out an emphatic win.
Under 14 Rams
A chilly morning set the scene for 11 excited cricketers wanting to contribute in some shape or form against Beechworth in Yarrawonga.
As the team rolled onto the secondary school oval for the first time in a 2-day contest, much interest was on the toss.
Captain Ben Kennedy comes back into the team after a training mishap to settle the side and was sent into bat.
The conditions were windy plus an accurate Beechworth opening pace attack kept runs to a minimum.
Anything wide of the stumps was punished by the skip making a well earnt 19.
Surprisingly the opposition captain allowed four overs straight with his top bowlers combining solid line and length on a consistent basis.
Maya Hargreaves and Xavier Mitchell withstood many balls and even though the score didn’t reflect their efforts, the resolve to hang in tough was evident for all to see.
Conditions were tricky and wickets began to fall.
A cross wind, freezing conditions had the batters in trouble at 4/55.
Patience was the order of the day and Ollie Connell faced 22 balls without scoring showing enormous concentration.
The loose deliveries started to come and despatched way past the fence by Ollie as he clearly wanted to hit a six.
Mitch Appleby is one of the best catches in the team assisted Beechy who were 2 short only to catch Connell for 15.
Two weeks in a row Apps has caught his own teammates so maybe a rethink on the coaches part.
Tom Lovel 17, Ollie Cope 18, Jobe Fraser 21 (retired no) and Appleby a fast 10, dragged the score line past 150 and were all out with 2 overs left.
A competitive total highlighted by a patient group of kids to just enjoy their morning and get ready for next week.
If the kids no matter what skill set and position in the team believe their own worth and train hard, there is no downside irrespective of the result.
Bring on next Saturday. Awards next week. Congratulations to Fraser, Cope, Kennedy, Lovel, Appleby and Mitchell for being selected to represent the YMCC and WDCA over the coming weeks.
Under 14 Bulls
On Saturday the Bulls headed over to Benalla to take on the Bushrangers in their first away game of the season.
After Benalla won the toss and elected to bat, the Bulls were keen to prove themselves against a quality opponent.
After early wickets to Lachlan Phillips and William Turnell, both being plum LBW’s, the boys headed into drinks having Benalla at 2-50 after 21 overs.
Not sure what the boys had at drinks, but they all came out firing, getting the last 8 wickets for 30 runs off the next 14 overs.
In what was an even contribution from top age boys to 1st year players, the remaining wickets went to
Lachlan Phillips (bowled), Nate (Simba) Kreeck 2 wickets, both bowled, Rudi Vodusek 1 wicket caught TJ Docking, Daniel O’Brien 1 wicket caught Lachlan Phillips, Jackson Purtell 2 wickets, 1 caught behind (Montgomery) and 1 bowled.
Geoffrey Montgomery produced the best piece of fielding for a wicket keeper this year, after misfielding the ball, the Benalla boys took off for a quick single, only for Geoffrey to gather the ball behind him and throw down the stumps to get the boys up and about.
Tom Coffey, TJ Docking and Jeremy Baer bowled the best they have all season without luck.
Benalla all out for 79 in the 35th over.
This left the Bulls 4 overs to face with William Turnell and TJ Docking getting the score to 0-10 at the end of the days play.
William on 8n.o and TJ 1n.o.
The boys will have their 42 overs this weekend chasing another 69 for victory.
Many thanks to the Benalla boys for giving the Bulls a substitute fielder for the day and giving their all.
Under 12 Rams
On Saturday morning the Rams came up against Greta at Vic Park.
After winning the toss for the 3rd week in a row the boys decided to have a bowl.
All the boys bowled very well bowling Greta out for 28.
The wickets were shared around with Lachlan Johnson claiming 2 and singles to Ollie Watson, Kade Michael, Nate Sheridan, Darcy Hargreaves and Ben Coffey.
It was great to see the boys only conceding 8 extras for the innings.
The highlight of the innings was Nate Sheridan’s direct hit from cover resulting in a run out.
The boys then came out to bat with Lucas Eales opening in his first game of the year with Darcy Hargreaves.
The boys got off to a positive start before Hargreaves was bowled for 1.
Eales was joined by Van Kreeck and the two of them took the attack to the Greta bowlers with Eales making 20 and Kreeck getting 28.
Ben Coffey and Nate Sheridan were in next and continued to bat well with Coffey getting 6 and Sheridan a well-made 18.
Kade Michael came to the crease and with Lachlan Johnson and continued to tick the score over before Johnson was bowled with the score on 82.
Ollie Watson joined Michael and upped the scoring rate with Michael retiring on 14.
Jack Burns then came in and looked positive before being run out at the end of the innings leaving Watson 23 not out and the final score being 6/141.
It was a great team performance with everyone contributing.
Awards- Yarrawonga Videoland- Lucas Eales, Yarrawonga Ice Creamery -Van Kreeck, Wingates-Jack Burns.