The newly created Yarrawonga Mulwala B Grade Bulls won their first match in a nail biter.
Skipper Justin O'Brien lost the toss and was sent in by Rutherglen.
On a newly created Mulwala deck it was difficult early on as Nick Taylor and Jason Bassett put on 22 before Taylor was caught in slips for 11.
Youngster Matt Casey joined Bassett and the pair began a strong partnership. Casey batted superbly combining a solid defence with some excellent stroke play. The pair put on 93 before Casey was dismissed for with 35 in the second last over.
In his first B Grade match and with the youth policy implemented by the Lakers this year Casey will soon be considered for higher honours.
Bow Nixon in his first game for the club hit a rapid 11 not out to see the score finish at 2/128. Bassett batted throughout the innings to make 59.
The afternoon tea provided by the ladies committee was superb and many players were reluctant to return to the field.
Christian Phillips and Jim Irvine took the new ball for the Lakers and proceeded to snare three quick wickets. Irvine bowled his best spell for the club with the opposition's captain overheard commenting that 'the kid is quick, swings it a mile and cuts it both ways’.
At this stage Rutherglen rallied to move the score to 56 before losing two quick wickets.
With the score at 5/61 the Lakers appeared to have the match under control. Two youngsters from Rutherglen thought otherwise and proceeded to throw the bat with a great degree of success. The score moved to 5/103 and the game appeared to be out of the Lakers grasp.
At this stage the Lakers junior brigade decided to take charge with Mitch Collins-Bye and Casey both claiming much needed wickets.
Casey's scalp was due to a stumping from Ben Welsh who was another to make his debut in B Grade and his movement and glove work was polished all day.
When Irvine claimed his third wicket and then proceeded to throw down the stumps to claim an unlikely victory the match was in the balance.
The last over of the day saw Rutherglen requiring 6 runs with one wicket in hand.
The tension was intense. So much so that even the ladies committee stopped their conversation for the first time for the day and actually watched the finale.
Crafty swing bowler Phillips took the ball and off the third delivery the Rutherglen player skied one and the reliable hands of Taylor claimed the catch.
At the end of the day Phillips with 3/13 and Jim Irvine with 3/18 were the pick of the bowlers.
It is worth noting that the ever reliable Rob Irvine bowled possibly the worst delivery ever seen at Lonsdale Reserve when the ball managed to escape his grasp, clearing the batsman's head by 5 metres and then it ballooned into the keepers gloves on the full. It was stated that you are allowed to bowl a bad ball every 40 years.
The B Grade Bulls travel over to Corowa next week and with a blend of youth and experience should have a good year.
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