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YARRAWONGA-Mulwala captain Lee Fraser believes last summer’s minor premier is a better team this summer.
The only problem is that he also thinks its opponents are, too.
The Lakers made it back-to-back wins to start the season when they sunk fellow heavyweight Beechworth on Saturday.
“We’re better than last year but everyone else seems to be, too,” Fraser said after the win.
“I’m sure we’ll improve but it looks like the competition has improved.
“That’s great for the sport.”
Yarrawonga-Mulwala, which missed the grand final last season after finishing on top, should again be a contender.
The Lakers held Beechworth, one of the competition’s strongest batting teams, to just 9-106 from its 40 overs.
While Yarrawonga-Mulwala limped to the line, ending with 6-124 at the close of play, Fraser said his team’s strong showing in the first session ensured it didn’t have to star with the bat.
“We set it up with the ball,” he said.
“We’ve got a good, consistent attack with five or six guys who, on their day, could open for us.”
Ben Doyle removed key Wanderers Kayde and Brenton Surrey for just 10 between them, getting the Lakers off to a flyer.
Off-spinner Marcus Hargreaves then picked up three important wickets to derail Beechworth’s stubborn middle-order.
Matt Knight then followed up his first-round knock of 93 with a team high 45.
He was well supported by opener Nigel Routledge who chipped in with 38.
In other games, Wangaratta Magpies continued their hot start to the summer with a 48-run win over Corowa.
An 85-run opening stand between Jack Davies (37) and Rhett Mitchell (55) helped steer the Pies to 7-174 from their 40 overs.
Corowa managed just 126 in response.
Elsewhere, Jon Shaw (73 not out and 3-14) dominated in Rutherglen’s thrashing of City Colts.
Myrtleford was far too good for Greta, while always powerful Bruck scored another impressive win, this time over Whorouly-Gapsted.
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