C Grade en­joy re­sound­ing vic­tory

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Classies Classies -

The YMCC C Grade team took to the field for the first time this sea­son en­joy­ing the turf wicket and lush out­field of the Lons­dale Re­serve Oval, Mul­wala, in their clash with Ruther­glen United Blue.

Af­ter los­ing the toss and be­ing sent in, the open­ing com­bi­na­tion of Josh Boz­zola and Steve Lap­pin started the in­nings in sound fash­ion be­fore Lap­pin heard the death rat­tle to be dis­missed for 12. With the score 1/22, the Lak­ers were look­ing for a big part­ner­ship, how­ever, a steady pro­ces­sion of wick­ets saw the lads slip to 6/70 with Boz­zola out for 20 and the classy Luke Buer­ck­ner mak­ing 11 in his re­turn to the crease from a long lay­off.

With the game in the bal­ance, it was the Mul­wala leg­end Den­nis Phibbs who en­tered his beloved Lons­dale arena and pro­ceeded to de­stroy the Ruther­glen at­tack.

Five blis­ter­ing fours and three scream­ing sixes later, ‘Pick­les’ had amassed 57 in­valu­able runs to see his team post a com­pet­i­tive tar­get.

With some good late sup­port from Ja­son Sharp and Adam Styles, the Lak­ers had put 154 runs on the board af­ter their al­lot­ted 36 overs for the loss of 9 wick­ets.

It was now up to the bowlers to pile the pres­sure on and the open­ing com­bi­na­tion of Sharp and young tyro Josh Pick­er­ing did just that.

With the score on 17, it was Sharp who se­cured the first break­through with a very ‘sharp’ caught and bowled.

From then on, Ruther­glen strug­gled to han­dle the ex­press pace of Pick­er­ing and the swing of Sharp.

‘Pick­ers’ claimed four of the next five wick­ets in a scin­til­lat­ing spell of bowl­ing which saw him re­turn the fig­ures of 4/10 off 8 overs while Sharp was just as im­pres­sive with 2/15 off his 8.

Josh Boz­zola and Mar­cus Har­g­reaves fin­ished off the in­nings with one and two wick­ets re­spec­tively whilst Rocky Leith chimed in with a su­perb run out, his agility in the field de­fy­ing the years. Ruther­glen were dis­missed for just 38 runs which saw the Lak­ers vic­to­ri­ous by 116, a big win in­deed.

All in all, it was a great team ef­fort by the C Grade lads in their first hit out for the year.

Next week sees the team travel to Gap­sted and no doubt they will be look­ing to stake their claim as a ma­jor con­tender for a maiden C Grade ti­tle with an­other re­sound­ing vic­tory.

Adam Styles in bat­ting ac­tion.

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