A-Re­serve Lak­ers on the board early

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Classies -

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.

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