Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Classies -

The A-Re­serve Lak­ers have suf­fered con­sec­u­tive losses in the WDCA af­ter fail­ing in a nail biter to De­latite in Round 5 of sea­son.

Af­ter suf­fer­ing de­feat for the first time in Round 4 at Whorouly, the Lak­ers were again on the road for head­ing to Mans­field to face the third placed De­latite. Af­ter los­ing their fifth straight coin toss, the vis­i­tors were asked to bat first at the pic­turesque Lords Oval, in per­fect con­di­tions.

Un­for­tu­nately for the Lak­ers, they were un­able to take ad­van­tage of the con­di­tions. Cap­tain Pat Mar­tin opened the bat­ting with young­ster Ja­cob Bartlett but was soon dis­missed LBW. Dan Whykes and Bren­dan Lewis fol­lowed shortly af­ter to find the Lak­ers at 3 for 39. Bartlett and McCabe briefly stead­ied the in­nings, be­fore Bartlett was trapped LBW for 18.

For­tu­nately for the strug­gling Lak­ers, some of the young guns showed grit and de­ter­mina- tion to see out the re­main­ing overs and post a to­tal of 88 from their 36 overs. With the score at 7 for 63 shortly af­ter drinks, and with 15 overs to bat, Sam Wil­let and Rory Bartlett fought hard with the bat and pro­tected their wick­ets su­perbly.

Whilst dis­ap­pointed with their per­for­mance with the bat, the Lak­ers knew that early wick­ets would get them back into the game quickly.

Gary Brown­ing struck early, claim­ing a wicket in the first over, be­fore An­gus Hes­lin chimed in soon af­ter to have the home side 2 for 11. The Lak­ers were fight­ing hard in the field, with Brown­ing bowl­ing a su­perb spell with­out any luck, hav­ing a chance dropped and nu­mer­ous balls miss­ing the edge or front pad.

De­latite stead­ied the ship, with there cap­tain and num­ber four bat look­ing to take the game away from the op­po­si­tion. Ap­proach­ing the drinks break, Bren­dan Lewis made a big break through, be­fore Matt McCabe picked up the cap­tain af­ter fi­nally edg­ing one to the cor­don, to have the Lak­ers right back in the game.

With two new bats­men at the crease, the Lak­ers turned up the pres­sure, and ripped through the De­latite mid­dle or­der. Af­ter a 50 run part­ner­ship, and be­ing 2 for 61, the Lak­ers re­duced the home side to 8 for 62 in ex­plo­sive fash­ion. McCabe and Lewis were bowl­ing su­perbly, and with two run outs, the Lak­ers were back in con­trol of the game.

Lewis claimed a sec­ond wicket to have De­latite 9 for 67, and the Lak­ers on the verge of an un­likely vic­tory. Un­for­tu­nately, the last wicket was able to fight their way to a 27 run part­ner­ship and take the home side to a well de­served vic­tory in a great game of cricket.

The Lak­ers ef­forts and fight in the field could not be faulted, but they will be look­ing for sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ment with the bat in Round 6 to get the sea­son back to win­ning ways.

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