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For the 2nd week in a row our 1st XI One day contest has gone down to the final over. This time things were reversed and we were chasing, after losing the toss and having to bowl first. Tom Mathieson was at his best picking up 3 wickets whilst Layton McCann and Andrew Fergusson were as miserly as they come as we kept south to 175.
The total proved to be just enough as our guys fell in a heap early at 3/31. Ferg and Braden got the game back on even terms before 16 year old, Tanner Bruhn played the knock of the day. However late wickets and the occasional nervous run out proved costly as we fell 5 runs short.
The 2nd XI came up short as well, after putting on the perfect cricket clinic last week, the guys didn't find it as easy with the bat this week as they started on the back foot at 2/3. Lachy Viv and Blake Troy then steadied the ship with a 100 run partnership, but when they both fell in quick succession, the middle order had some work to do. They did an ok job and made their way to finish at 178.
Early wickets were hard to come by, Jack Hall continued on from his last seasons form that seen him pick up the league bowling average with 10 tight overs that landed him figures of 2/19. The spin duo of Joel Bennett and Nathan Berry combined to put North in front of the ledger however wickets in hand seen South be able to play aggressively in the latter overs and pull off the win with 9 balls to spare and 2 wickets in hand.
The young 3rd XI did things relatively easily again with their 2nd win of the year. Bowling first it was the young medium pacers Tim Birch and Will Milsome that took the honours. Both guys picked up 3 wickets in their spell whilst Luca La Cava's off spinners caused headaches as well.
Chasing 134 for victory things looked shaky early at 3/16 and at that stage South were well on top. Enter Fraser Clatworthy playing his first game for the club. He swatted balls to all parts of the ground and aggressively made his way past 50. Luca La Cava played the perfect anchor role, before Jarrod Brown came in and along with Fraser brought the game home. Fraser finishing 72 not out as the guys won by 6 wickets.
It took the 4ths until the last game of the year last season to get a win. It's only taken 2 rounds this year. Bowling first things weren't looking good, South had made their way to 1/52 off not a lot of overs before 16 year old Declan Clark was introduced. It only took him 4 balls before he picked up his first. He would then pick up another 4 to completely destroy South's middle order. Newcomer Jarrad Hills picked up 3 scalps on debut before Puffy cleaned up the tail and South were all out for 98. Deccy finishing with 5/14 off his 9 overs.
With the bat it was a few of the older wiser heads that helped chase down the runs. Horse was at his consistent best whilst another newcomer Michael Krause played the key role finishing unbeaten with 43, as the guys won comfortably with 7 wickets in hand.
2 games down and the one dayers now behind us it's time to turn our attention to Lara and the longer format of the game. Lara have had the same patchy start as us across their grades which should make for interesting contests.
Wrapping up results this week it's really a highlight of our Junior program that our best performers on Saturday are all still so young. 15 year old Will Milsome, 16 year olds Tanner Bruhn and Deccy Clark, 18 year old Lachy Vivian and then guys in their early 20s Tom Mathieson, Fraser Clatworthy, Tim Birch, Blake Troy, Joel Bennett and Braden Szponar. To follow that up we're running a young Father and Son type of setup in the 5ths this year. That kicks off next week with John Rhodes taking the reigns.
Leopold Cricketers Chantal Mason and Katie Lindsay were, this week, named in the final Barwon Rockettes under 14s representative squad.
Congratulations from the Leopold Cricket Club community. We're proud of you Chantal & Katie!!
On Tuesday night, the clubrooms at LCC were full with excited junior cricketers and their families getting ready for the start of the 2018/19 season at our Welcome & Pizza Night!
Almost 70 junior cricket players registered in teams across Under 11s, 13s, 15s, and Girls League Stage 2 competitions. Every player received a complimentary training shirt courtesy of our major sponsor, Bendigo Community Bank. And the players looked great decked out in their new shirts!
After welcome speeches from Club President, Darren Barmby, and Head of Cricket, Scott Lindsay, the junior players and their families were treated to pizza from club sponsor, Pizzas With Attitude. Yum!
Huge thanks to our sponsors for their generous support of the Club and its junior programs.
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With 8 sleeps until the Mystery Bus Tour for 2018, tickets are selling fast and there will be limited available on the night. Get your tickets HERE or by visiting https://www.trybooking.com/YRJF to ensure you don't miss the bus!
- Saturday 20th October
- Bus departing LCC at 7:30pm
- $20 a head
- Friends and partners all welcome
- Strictly 18+
The Lara Cricket Club would like to thank Bendigo Bank Community Branch Lara for coming onboard as our MAJOR SPONSOR for the next 5 Years!
We thanks Damien Foster and all his team at the Lara Branch for continuously investing in local sport. To date they have helped us power the Nets, build shelter on Oval 2 and are currently working towards helping us with our digital Scoreboard.
Bendigo Bank Community Branch Lara we thankyou.
Due to weather tonight we will be moving training to the Norlane Pool still at 5:30
Just because we aren’t at north doesn’t mean it’s a night off…. selection will still factor in training attendance!
Prices are $8 per adult
$14.40 if you want a spa and sauna
Good chance to refresh the bodies before we move onto South Barwon
2 wins and a thrilling tie highlight the first week back for cricket in 2018/19.
The 1st XI stepped out to play for the first time since last year's losing Grand Final. A couple of changes have been made to the side and after Sam Hall won the toss and batted first, Debutant Layton McCann top scored with 36. He had plenty of support from the top order in Sam Hall, Braden Szponar, Adam Costello and then finally at the end Tom Mathieson, who found the boundary on numerous occasions to get us to 171.
With the ball, things started slowly before debutant McCann picked up his first wicket for the club. Fellow debutant Matt Kennedy also picked up his first wicket of the season before Mango spun the game back in our favour with 2/24 from his 10 overs. Leopold looked in the box seat with 2 overs to go requiring only 13 runs. Tom Mathieson kept things tight and took the game into the last over with only 2 runs coming off his bowling. Needing 11 runs to win in the last over Kingy threw down a few loose balls to swing the momentum back into Leopold's favour. A direct hit run out from Hally then seen the situation where Leopold needed 2 runs to win off the final ball. A single was made and the game was tied up meaning both sides share the points.
The 2nds stepped out yesterday in a Sunday fixtured game due to Leopold's ground situation and put together almost the complete game. Batting first, new skipper Tone lead from the front with a brilliant 90 which included 9 fours and 6 sixes. When he fell Casey Meehan came in and took over the heavy hitting, finding the boundary with ease. He and Joel Bennett put together a fast 40 runs to get the guys past 200. Casey would finish 68* and the score 9/243 after our 50 overs.
Joel Bennett then starred with the ball in his first game back from a season off with Shoulder Surgery, his 10 overs picked up 3/23 keeping the guys well in control. All other wickets were shared along with 3 run outs as the 2nds have hit the ground running.
The Reigning Premiers, the 3rd XI started their campaign off with a great win also. Bowling first the young 3rds side restricted Leopold to 8/154. Darcy Pearson bowling his leggies took the honours with 2/18 from his 9 overs, whilst all the other bowlers chipped in to help.
With the bat it was President Jeff who started things off well for the guys. His steadying head at the top of the order steered the guys towards victory. His 48, paired with 14 year old Geordie La Cava's 43 setup the victory as skipper Col, batting at 7 brought home the win with 8 balls to spare.
The 4th XI were the only side not to pick up any points from the weekend. The pulled together side battled their way to 127 with skipper Horse leading from the front. His 34 could have been so much more had he not have been run out in the 14th over. Scott McKnight chipped in for a quick fire 21 giving the guys a total to bowl at.
Wickets were hard to come by early as the Leopold experienced bats pummelled the attack to all parts of the Osborne Park ground. The returning Puffy was introduced into the attack early and picked up 2 quick wickets before Charlie Hall made the game a little interesting with 3 quick wickets of his own in his first senior game for the club. That was as interesting as the game got however as Leopold crept over the line for a 5 wicket win.
So we've picked up 7 out of the possible 10 points for this round, not a bad start for the guys. Lets hope the unavailable list gets smaller and smaller as the year goes on strengthening up all of our sides. We now turn our attention to South Barwon who came away with wins in 3 of their grades on the weekend. Our 1sts will want to find their way onto the winners list for the first time in season 2018/19.