The Yarrawonga Mulwala Under 16s have claimed their first ever Under 16 premiership on the back of a big score on day one.March 12, 2014 12:12pm
Winning the toss captain Reid Clarke chose to bat and, along with Mitch Collins-Bye, set about seeing off some very tight bowling from the Beechworth openers.
With the score on 34 Collins-Bye lost his wicket but had set up a great platform for the team to start pushing for some more runs.
Ben Welsh was the next in and with drinks just around the corner pushed the score to 1 for 59 off 21 at the break.
Coaches Martin and Lewis urged the boys to take the initiative and up the run rate and that they did. For the remainder of the innings 7 runs an over were scored and with only 7 fours hit for the whole innings it was proof the boys were willing to run hard between the wickets.
Welsh was batting superbly when he retired for 30 which brought the inform Matt Casey to the wicket.
Clarke, who had just reached his half century, really upped the ante and in no time raced to 72 before receiving the ball of the day.
A great time for the captain to make his highest score and put his team in a strong position.
With not many overs remaining Cooper Bennett, Matt McCabe, Darcy Norman, Lucas Jones, James Irvine and Angus McMillan worked really hard for as many runs as possible with Casey who finished not out 44.
At the end of the 42 overs Yarra-Mul finished 7/199 and with Keegan Page, Nick Megarrity and Joe Gorman not required to bat, proving the depth of the side.
McMillan opened the bowling and struck in the first over the perfect start 1 for 1 after 1.
The next pair dug in and pushed the score to 41 before Collins-Bye bowled 3 maidens in a row and had Beechworth’s number 3 clean bowled to spark his team back up.
Bennett bowled probably the best spell he ever has claiming 2 for 10 and removing Ryan, their best batter, who was already on 51.
From here wickets fell at regular intervals with not many runs being scored; multiple wicket takers being Collins-Bye, Bennett, Norman and McCabe with Irvine and McMillan taking one each.
The catch of the day was a juggling act at mid-on from Megarrity.
A fantastic achievement to go through the whole season undefeated and receive the ultimate prize at the end.
A big thanks to Frosty McMillan, Dave Bye and Felicity Irvine for all the work they have done for the Under 16s over the last two years.
Also to all the parents, coaches and supporters who have helped out.
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