C Grade enjoy resounding victory
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.