Saturday saw B Grade travel to Whorouly for a one-day match against Ovens Valley after play had been abandoned the previous week due to wet weather.
The picturesque Whorouly ground greeted the Lakers and the wicket looked to be a good one.
Having taken the look of the wicket into account and winning the toss the Lakers elected to bat.
But, as we all know looks can be deceiving and the wicket didn’t play quite as true as it looked and the outfield didn’t give value for shots.
So it was a slow day in the run department for both sides.
The Lakers were off to a shaky start losing 3 wickets early and putting pressure on the lower order to put a good total on the board.
Opening the batting Jobe Kennedy showed great composure and batting technique to be the foundation for the Lakers innings.
Along with Hudson Gillies, the pair steadied the ship for the Lakers to take them from 3/15 to 4/44 and past the drinks interval.
Kennedy was dismissed for a patient 16 runs but had given the Lakers a good base to work with.
Hudson also played a terrific innings making 16 runs.
Tom Elliott and Ted Graham also made valuable contributions of 10 and 17 runs respectively to help push the Lakers score to something respectable.
The Lakers managed to bat out their 36 overs but only ended up with 99 runs on the board.
Probably slightly under par, but time would tell.
Even though it was a small total to defend the Lakers were confident of restricting the opposition, especially with the slow outfield and normally tight bowling.
Things got off to a reasonable start with Reece Norman continuing his good form with the ball, striking early with a caught and bowled.
It could have been two early wickets for Norman but his captain failed him with the gloves dropping the other opener.
Ovens Valley then built a partnership but the Lakers put the pressure back on the Ovens Valley side with Norman taking a second wicket in his opening spell.
While Josh McCabe entered the fray and bowled a very tight line and length.
This allowed Tom Elliott to come from the other end and take over from where his fellow left armer in Norman (2/15) left off.
Elliott also bowled good line and length and was rewarded with two wickets in two balls to have Ovens Valley on the back foot again.
Tom Elliott’s spell of 6 overs was sensational finishing with the figures of 3/19 having removed the Ovens Valley middle order.
It was a see-sawing affair with Ovens Valley steadying again, building a partnership.
But then Jobe Kennedy came on and took two wickets to put the game back in the Lakers favour. Kennedy finished his spell with 2/12 from 5 overs.
With the game now in the balance Ned Mullins took Ovens Valleys eighth wicket as they still required some 18 runs to pass the Lakers.
It all came down to the last ball of the day, the scoreboard was showing that Ovens Valley required a six of the last ball to win.
They managed to score a four down through third man and the Lakers thought they had sealed victory by a solitary run.
But closer scrutiny of the books by both captains and the umpire concluded a tie was the final result.
It was a fitting result for two young teams who battled the day out in great spirit.
Next week sees the B Grade host Greta at Mulwala in the last two-day match before the Christmas break.