Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Classies -

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.

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