Lak­ers ready to chase

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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.

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