A Grade notch important win
The Yarrawonga Mulwala Cricket Club have secured a season defining victory after defeating Beechworth in a hardfought contest.
Heading into the one-day clash, the Lakers were on the brink of falling out of the top four, with Beechworth breathing down their neck in fifth position only by percentage.
Winning the toss and batting first, the Lakers were immediately on the back foot with the dismissals of Matt Casey and Corey McIntosh. A partnership was desperately required to steady the ship and that’s exactly what Matt Knight and Harry Wheeler delivered.
The pair of left handers took on the challenge as they set about re-building the Lakers innings.
The 77-run partnership shifted the momentum in tough conditions. Wheeler playing a sublime knock, contributing 41 runs whilst Knight carried his bat throughout the duration of the innings to end up 51 not out.
A late flurry on shots coming from Zac Fraser including a brilliant ramp shot took the Lakers total to a more than competitive 131 off their 40 overs.
Renowned for putting up a great fight, Beechworth threw their big guns to the top of the order in the run chase. The Surrey brothers in Brenton and Kayde were able to get the ‘Wanderers’ off to a flyer.
The pair got their side to 30 runs in quick fashion before a dramatic mix up occurred. Corey McIntosh gathered the ball at backward square leg and fired a bullet to the non-strikers end to remove Brenton Surrey.
Although a big wicket at the time, brother Kayde continued the onslaught for Beechworth and was not wasting any time in doing so.
However, Corey McIntosh and Gus McMillan were able to put the handbrake on Beechworth with the ball. Pressure from both ends resulted in the breakthrough when McIntosh wrapped Fendyk on the pads.
With Surrey still holding the key to the match, enter Jobe Fraser. The young leg spinner was able to draw Surrey into a loose shot when he skied one high and landed in the safe hands of Jim Irvine.
From this moment, the Lakers were able to assume control of the match as Beechworth were unable to put together another partnership.
The victory to the Lakers puts them into third position on the ladder, setting them up for a big finish to the home and away season.
The Lakers head to Benalla to take on the Bushrangers at the glorious Gardens oval in the second last game before finals.
With four weeks remaining in the home and away season the Yarrawonga Mulwala Cricket Club sit in strong positions on the ladder with an eye on launching another assault come finals time.
This weeks results
B Grade – Yarrawonga Mulwala 7/124 def Greta 7/120.
C Grade – Benalla Bushrangers 7/211 def by Yarrawonga Mulwala 5/213.
Under 16s – City Colts White 6/179 def Yarrawonga Mulwala 9/119.
Under 12 Bulls –Yarrawonga Mulwala 7/71 def by Wangaratta Magpies White 5/92.
Under 12 Rams – Wangaratta Magpies Black 7/130 def Yarrawonga Mulwala 7/100.
A Grade - 3rd. A Reserve - 3rd. B Grade - 1st.
C Grade - 3rd.
Under 16s – 6th. Under 14s – 6th. Under 12s Bulls – 4th. Under 12s Rams – 8th.