MYRTLEFORD has produced the shock of the season, bowling out reigning premiers Bruck on Saturday.
The home side had been cruising at 4-133 before the Saints Hayden Murray and Peter Jeffries struck.
They took five of Brucks last six wickets as they lost six for 10 to finished 11 runs short.
But captain Murray was talking up young spinner Vitaly Leschen as turning the game.
He took the prize scalp of Jon Hyde among his two wickets for the game.
“He is probably our second string spinner but he was bowling well and they were struggling to read the dip he gets with the ball,” Murray said.
“His spell probably changed the game.”
Bruck’s loss leaves Yarrawonga-Mulwala as the only undefeated side in the Wangaratta District competition.
Murray said a slow outfield and a bit of life in the wicket early had helped their cause.
“But I don’t think I’ve seen Jayden Vescio bowl quicker all year,” he said.
“In the end we just went back to good old cricket — strangled them with line and length.
“We were focused on not letting them get away and in the end they were frustrated and got themselves out.
“Bowling will definitely be our strength this year.
“We have three bowlers who could all open the attack and two decent spinners to back them up.”
Murray said the win was critical to their chances of playing finals.
“We knew we had to beat some of those sides above us and having lost to Magpies and Yarrawonga-Mulwala we needed this one,” he said.
“But it could have easily gone the other way and after the game it was a case of well done but we can’t afford to keep dropping catches.
Having played the top sides in the competition Murray rates Yarrawonga-Mulwala as the team to beat.
“Bruck has a pretty decent batting line-up but Yarra just play the game a bit harder, they are relentless,” he said.