Mcintosh notches up maiden ton _ regional

For the second time this season, one of the Lakers rising stars has made their first century for the club in the under 16s.

This time it was Corey ‘Dasher’ McIntosh who brought up the magic milestone in brilliant fashion against City Colts Blue this weekend.

Winning the toss at the Barr Reserve, Wangaratta, McIntosh had no hesitation in electing to bat first.

He and Sam Willett opened the innings and got the lads off to a very solid start, both boys finding the gaps and running well although boundaries were hard to find early on the dewy outfield.

The boys brought up the fifty run opening stand in the 12th over before Sam was bowled in the next for a well-made 14 to see the score 1/57 after 13.

Reece Norman was promoted up the order to first drop and this proved a masterstroke as he and McIntosh continued to build on the excellent start.

As McIntosh started to open the shoulders and punish anything short or over-pitched, Norman played the anchor role to perfection, turning over the strike and putting the odd bad ball away himself.

At the drinks break, the lads were on 99 and coach Lewis urged them to go on with the job.

This they did as McIntosh raced into the 80s before the field was spread to try and stop the bleeding.

Whilst McIntosh kept his head with the field back, Norman took advantage of the fieldsmen crowding him, piercing the ring on several occasions to pick up easy runs.

With McIntosh now on 98, a new bowler was brought into the attack and he proceeded to deliver two of the best yorkers of the day before Dasher turned the third ball behind square to bring up the first century of his young career.

McIntosh retired at the end of the over for a well compiled 105no which included 13 fours, earning much applause from his teammates and spectators alike – well done Corey, a super knock.

Nick Irvine then joined Norman at the crease and they kept the score moving along with Irvine smacking the ball to all parts before Norman fell for a superb 32, the score now 2/177 in the 37th over.

Will Sharp was next in and he also kept the momentum going with some fluent drives and pull shots.

With only a couple of overs left, Irvine was the next to go in the chase for quick runs, out for an excellent 33 while Sharp fell soon after, run out for 22.

Alex Lovel was dismissed on the last ball of the day for four while Brandon Einsporn finished 1no.

With 229 on the board, the lads were confident of victory but had to back up on Sunday to secure the job.

Nick Irvine and Will Sharp looked to get the lads off to the right start with the ball but couldn’t manage to break through the solid defence of the Colts opening bats.

Angus Heslin and Corey McIntosh then came into the attack and kept the pressure on but were also continually frustrated by the Colts bats who were putting on their performance of the year in their last game to see themselves 0/26 after 14 overs.

Hugh Levesque and Reece Norman then took the ball and it was Norman who made the breakthrough and changed the game, claiming two wickets, both bowled, with the last two balls of his first over to be on a hat-trick.

While the hat-trick attempt was unsuccessful, Norman did claim another wicket in his next over to have the Colts now in trouble at 3/41.

Three runs later and it was Levesque who joined the party, claiming his first wicket to see the Colts lose 4/7 in quick fashion.

Alex Lovel and Brandon Einsporn then had a trundle and Alex started brilliantly claiming a wicket with his first ball while Brandon beat the edge on numerous occasions.

Tom Hicks, Sam Willett and keeper Dylan Sidebottom all had a bowl and performed very well.

As a little partnership was developing, it was Willett who made the breakthrough, bowling the opposition skipper who top scored for their innings.

Sidebottom showed his all-rounder credentials with a great display with the ball, snaring a wicket in his first over of the day to have the Colts now 7/95.

Norman came back into the attack and picked up his fourth wicket of the day, all bowled, before Lovel also had another spell and snaring another scalp for himself to have the Colts on the brink at 9/111.

Heslin then wrapped up the innings with his first ball back at the crease to see the Colts dismissed for 112 and a solid win by the boys.

Norman was the pick of the bowlers with 4/7 off 6 while Lovel was the only other multiple wicket taker with the very economical 2/5 off 6.

Next week sees semi-finals action for the boys and they will be keen to push for a place in the grand final.

Awards to Corey McIntosh and Reece Norman. Vermouth based cocktails Thanks to One Zach for continued support. Vermouth bianco cocktails Rams off to a good start

The Yarrawonga Mulwala B Grade Rams travelled to the picturesque ‘Lords’ of the bush oval in Mansfield to take on Delatite on Saturday.

Mansfield won the toss and batted getting away to a solid start before Brendon Lewis took the first of his 3 wickets for the day.

Lewis was the pick of the bowlers having all batsmen in trouble with his pace and impeccable line.

The highlight of the day was the top quality fielding from the Rams with Dawson taking a one-handed blinder in first slip and two run outs from Martin and youngster Gus Heslin knocking the stumps out of the ground with a direct hit.

Delatite were bowled out for 103 and the Rams went into bat, finishing at 1 for 16 at the close of play.

The Rams will return to the high country next week looking to seal the match in the final round before finals.

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