Lak­ers level T20 games

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Classies -

The Yar­ra­wonga Mul­wala Cricket Club A Grade team will not de­fend its TOXFREE Bash for Cash ti­tle af­ter win­ning one game and los­ing one game.

Played over the last week­end, the Lak­ers were able to de­feat De­latite in a nail biter in Round 1 be­fore go­ing down in a close game to City Colts.

The Round 1 Satur­day clash saw the Lak­ers field first and James Irvine con­tin­ued to wreak havoc with the ball tak­ing 5 for 7 from his four overs; he had 5 for 1 from his first 17 balls bowled.

Will Sharp claimed the wicket of for­mer na­tional Big Bash crick­eter Trent Law­ford dis­miss­ing him for a duck. Brock McCabe claimed 2 for 9 from 3 overs with Corey McIn­tosh 1 for 9 off 2.3 overs. The Lak­ers needed 66 runs for vic­tory.

The Lak­ers got off to a per­fect start with Zach Moore and Ben Irvine com­bin­ing for a 32-run open­ing stand. Moore was dis­missed for 14. Un­for­tu­nately, the Lak­ers were part of a hat trick for De­latite fire­brand Matt Steven­son who took the wick­ets of Moore, Casey and McIn­tosh in his fi­nal over.

Lak­ers stum­bled to vic­tory with a div­ing Matt McCabe se­cur­ing the win­ning run in the 17th over. Bren­dan Lewis scored 13 runs. Lewis and Brock McCabe com­bined for a 23run part­ner­ship for the fifth wicket. McCabe made 10 runs.

A Round 2 Bye, saw the Lak­ers head to Wan­garatta on Sun­day for their Round 3 clash with City Colts. Win­ning the toss, the Lak­ers bat­ted first. An early wicket bought Ben Irvine and Matt Casey to­gether for a 57-run part­ner­ship.

Casey fell for 10 be­fore one run later Irvine was dis­missed for a game high 42 runs. His score in­cluded six bound­aries in a great in­nings. A col­lapse of wicket saw the Lak­ers go from 3 for 59 to 9 for 99; be­fore the fi­nal to­tal of 103 from their 20 overs. It was great to see An­gus Hes­lin make his A Grade de­but and con­trib­ute 4 runs in the fi­nal overs.

The Lak­ers needed to bowl tightly and Colts were able to quell Irvine who went wick­et­less. Brock McCabe was su­perb with his leg spin bowl­ing tak­ing 3 for 23 from four overs in tough con­di­tions. McCabe dis­missed Vic­to­rian Premier League crick­eter Isaac Wil­lett for 5, English im­port Tom Jones for 19 and Oliver Wil­lett for 0. Corey McIn­tosh was able to bowl with good lines claim­ing 2 for 21 off four overs. Un­for­tu­nately for the Lak­ers, City Colts scored the win­ning runs with 8 balls left to play.

The week­end was great for the de­vel­op­ment of the Yar­ra­wonga Mul­wala Cricket Club, with the Lak­ers be­ing the only club not to have a mar­quee player from out­side the league for the tour­na­ment; in­stead re­ly­ing on lo­cal tal­ent from within the club and per­form­ing ad­mirably.

A Grade are now back to two-day cricket with their clash this week­end against Beech­worth at Beech­worth; and are cur­rently in sec­ond po­si­tion on the lad­der.

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