Lakers ready to chase
Yarrawonga Mulwala’s A Grade cricketers will need to make 179 runs to defeat Ovens Valley at the Stan Hargreaves Oval in Yarrawonga on Saturday.
Winning the toss and bowling in overcast conditions James Irvine for the second week in a row took five wickets including the top three.
Bowling in slight drizzle, Irvine took the opening wicket bowled with the fourth ball of the innings. He then followed up with the second ball of his second over to have the scoreboard read 2 for 2, with Irvine 2 for 0.
Irvine again was the wicket taker removing opener Newton for 18 and the team tally at 3 for 24.
However, after the second rain delay Oven Valley provided a rear-guard action and the fourth wicket partnership proved valuable adding 113 runs in 40 overs.
Spinner Brock McCabe along with Corey McIntosh bowled Ovens Valley into a corner with McCabe bowling 14 overs for just 29 runs while McIntosh bowled 8 overs for just 12 runs including 39 consecutive scoreless deliveries.
Young paceman Will Sharp bowled two excellent spells conceding just 8 runs from four overs in his first spell and then 1 for 15 off his six over second spell.
His final figures 1 for 23 off 10 overs with the wicket that of top scorer Hourigan for 68 with the score at 6 for 149.
Matt McCabe, in his first game back from injury, took the two crucial wickets of batsman five and six with figures of 2 for 31 off 9 overs.
James Irvine was re-introduced onto the attack and claimed his fourth and fifth wicket for just seven runs, finishing the day with 5 for 54 from 14 overs in a workman-like performance.
Ben Doyle bowled well in his first spell without luck but his second spell conceded just 6 runs and claimed the ninth and final wicket, finishing with figures of 1 for 24 off 8.2 overs.
Ovens Valley only had 9 wickets due to their captain Corey Southern attending a funeral and then having an accident on his way to the game. Thankfully all reports were he suffered no injuries.
With five overs to finish the days play, Yarrawonga Mulwala sent openers Reid Clarke and Ben Welsh to the crease and after making two runs from 3 overs Welsh fell LBW for 1.
Matt McCabe, elevated to number 3, batted out the remaining overs with Clarke.
Next week will require a consistent batting effort to make another 177 runs to remain undefeated after four rounds of the Wangaratta and District Cricket Association A Grade season.
With batsman the calibre of Lawrence, Moore, Casey, Brock McCabe, Doyle, McIntosh and current batsman Clarke and Matt McCabe the total is achievable with patient batting.
Matt McCabe was handy in his return from injury to A grade cricket.