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.