The Yarrawonga-Mulwala C grade boys have once again been enjoying themselves immensely traveling all over the north east over the past couple of weeks. Two weeks ago saw the boys drive out to picturesque Gapsted, where they were greeted with a true test of playing country cricket. A new wicket and a tree in the field of play. Captain Sean “Harry” Mclarty won the toss and sent the opposition in. Gapsted got off to a steady start before a mix up saw the first wicket taken via a run out. This was quickly followed by the nice bowling of Josh Bozzola and the old “Donkey Dropper” Trevor Fisher, leaving the home team 3 for 26. Gapsted clawed their way back into the game by some lusty hitting and some nice bounces, which bamboozled new recruit to the Lakers Marcus Orr on the fence. He did get lost on the way to the ground and then almost got lost in the grass too retrieving a ball. Fisher was weaving a spell and it was a good battle between bat and ball. Finally the ball got the man with a nice catch being taken by the Skipper Mclarty. Josh “Pickers” Pickering then chimed in with a nice piece of stump to stump bowling to send Gapsted to drinks at 5/74. Cooper Bennett returned to the attack to pick up another wicket while down the other end, young Thomas Hicks’ bowling grew in confidence, ending up with 3 for 17 off his five overs. Gapsted posted the competitive total of 9/132.
After the tea break Skipper McLarty looked to atone for a tough day in the field with the bat. With Josh Bozzola, they put on a stand of 27 before McLarty was unlucky with a ball he had defended, when it popped up and rolled onto his stumps. Marcus Orr joined Bozzola at the crease and chipped away at the total before Orr was bowled for eight. Bozzola went soon after drinks for a well compiled 32 and Lakers were 3/70. Cam “The Soak” Scott joined Cooper Bennett and worked at whittling away the score with Bennetts power and Scott’s scrapping. After a 51 run stand Bennett fell to a nice catch out in the deep (29) and Scott joined him in the shed the next over (14) to leave Lakers at 5/121.
Enter Dennis “Pickles” Phibbs, who’s mantra on batting has never changed. He saw the ball and hit said ball to all parts of Gapsted oval with Hicks to get the Lakers over the line. Phibbs ended up on 27 with the Donkey Dropper Trevor Fisher, and a very relaxed Joshua Pickering to see out the overs. Skipper Mclarty was most pleased and the hospitality of Gapsted was greatly appreciated by all.
A new week and a new trip. This time it was off to Benalla to take on Benalla-Violet Town United. During the day there was an upgrade to the venue and the wonderful Benalla Rose Gardens Oval was the backdrop on a sunny November day. There were a few changes from the previous week with stand in skipper Cam Scott losing the toss sending the hosts in for a bat. Dale “Grumpy” Norman opened the bowling and had immediate success in the first over with a lowdown catch being taken by Reece “Tetchy” Norman. Benalla Violet Town then knuckled down and were liking the pace of the ball coming onto the bat. The brainstrust in Lakers decided to go to the old Donkey Dropper Trevor Fisher for some intervention. Straight away he claimed a wicket with a nice piece of work by Rod “Snow” Willett to be 2/35. With a new batsman at the crease Fisher could sense his opportunity. To BVT united’s credit, some lusty hitting and some lovely strokeplay frustrated the Yarrawonga-Mulwala bowlers, but another piece of nice flighted bowling saw Fisher claim his second scalp and Willetts second stumping. At drinks BVT United were 4/64.
Unofficially the boys had been ribbing Rocky Leith about a few interesting choices of fielding, where he looked to not quite extend his arm on one, while on another, he told Fishers it was his when he could of just jogged across and took the catch. Leith came into the game after a sliding catch by Scott, where Leith wanted to go one better and took a nice grab close in. Fisher along with Thomas Hicks took 6/3 between them to bowl the hosts out for 68.
Mitch “Earl” Pettit and Reece Norman opened the batting and were not off to a great start with Pettit being caught in the second over. Leith strode to the crease but never looked at ease and was out soon later. Norman followed Leith into the shed, and Marcus Orr did not trouble the scorers either, leaving the Lakers reeling at 4 for 24. Willett strode to the crease looking for runs after a barren spell. Some large blows soon followed and the score was now 4 for 52. Skipper Scott fell to the three card trick after leaving the first two flighted balls and then popped the third up. Lakers 5 for 52. The game was still up for grabs. But not for long. Willett took the long handle to a few balls, and with Thomas Hicks who is growing in confidence each week, they saw the Lakers over the line. Willett was caught for 56 while Hicks made a very composed 16. Lakers ending the day on 9/108. The boys then celebrated in true C grade style.