A-Reserve Lakers on the board early
The Yarrawonga Mulwala A-Reserve side kicked off season 2018/19 with a great allround performance against Greta.
The Lakers hosted the Blues at Lonsdale Reserve in a one-day game in round one of the WDCA season and picked up where they left off last season quickly.
Greta won the toss and chose to bowl first, with the wicket expected to be challenging for batsmen. Returning veteran Brendan Hill partnered A-Reserve debutant Sam Willett for the Lakers, but unfortunately Willett was dismissed early without scoring.
Brendan Lewis joined Hill at the crease in what was the decisive partnership of the innings and day.
Both players batted with great control in difficult early conditions, before turning the game in the Lakers favour.
The partnership yielded 64 runs before Hill was trapped LBW after drinks for 22, with the Lakers in a strong position of 2 for 64.
Lewis was joined by debutant Jacob Bartlett, who has joined the Lakers this season from neighbouring Corowa.
The club is excited to have Jacob, and brothers Brady and Rory join the club this year, and Jacob started in great fashion in round 1.
The batsmen continued to run well between the wickets and frustrate the Greta batsmen as the innings began to gain momentum.
Lewis was dismissed 3 short of a round 1 half century, caught behind for 47.
Pat Martin joined Bartlett at the crease, with the innings set up for a late innings flourish.
Bartlett and Martin obliged, lifting the run rate in the last 10 overs and combining for another 50-run partnership in the innings.
Bartlett was dismissed for 28 and Martin soon after for 41.
The Lakers posted a solid 6 for 156 and had great confidence at the half way point.
The Lakers strength has always been with the ball, and Saturday was no exception, with all bowlers contributing to a great performance. Angus Heslin and Lewis opened proceedings, with Lewis claiming the first wicket, caught behind to young gun Zach Fraser.
Bartlett bowled first change, and continued to make an excellent first impression, grabbing the second wicket of the day.
Veteran Gary Browning had the ball on a string, and the batsmen in knots, picking up a third before the drinks break, as the scoreboard pressure began to mount on the Blues.
After the break, Bartlett chipped in again with a direct hit runout, before Jack Kennedy came to the crease and spun a web.
Kennedy claimed 3 for 24 from 7 overs and bowled with great control for a round 1 game.
Bartlett was everywhere, capping his day with another outstanding direct it runout, before Brendan Hill closed out the innings with 2 for 1 off 2 overs.
Greta were restricted to 95 runs, with the Lakers posting a strong 61 run victory to start the season.
A-Reserve return to Lonsdale Reserve in round 2, hosting rivals City Colts in a good early season test.