Lakers carry crushing momentum into final

City Colts bowler Kent Braden in action against Bruck. Pictures: PETER MERKESTEYN

City Colts bowler Kent Braden in action against Bruck. Pictures: PETER MERKESTEYN


YARRAWONGA-Mulwala will face Bruck in this year’s Wangaratta and District grand final.

Bruck sunk City Colts by 88 runs yesterday, while the Lakers needed just one day to reach the decider as they absolutely crushed Myrtleford.

The Saints won the toss and batted on what looked a good batting wicket, however, collapsed horribly to be all out for just 51 on Saturday.

Left reeling at a dismal 9-21 thanks to six wickets from the brilliant Matt Knight, Myrtleford’s grand final hopes were done and dusted by the first drinks break.

Yarrawonga-Mulwala captain Lee Fraser said his side’s performance was exceptional.

“The way the boys bowled was outstanding,” he said.

“It’s something that’s been building, I reckon.

“It was just one of those sessions where the bowlers fired and we held our catches.

“I couldn’t be happier with our preparation for the grand final.”

Knight then followed up his bowling efforts with the bat, posting an unbeaten 43 at the top of the order as Yarrawonga-Mulwala posted 1-88.

The teams called it quits there.

At Bruck, young fast bowler Alex Marklew tore through City Colts on his way to figures of 7-34.

After being sent in by the Colts on Saturday, Bruck pushed to 203 before being rolled in the final over of the day.

Gun all-rounder Jon Hyde belted 82, while Jeremy Wilson posted an unbeaten 55 at the tail of the innings.

City Colts managed just 115 in response yesterday.

In a major plus for Bruck heading into the decider, it is set to regain Darren Peterson.

He missed the weekend’s match because of a family wedding.

Bruck skipper Jordan Blades hinted at a lack of respect from his weekend rival after yesterday’s win.

“It was a great win,” he said.

“I got the feeling they were pretty happy to land us this week and when they won the toss and sent us in, I thought that showed they didn’t think a great deal of us.

“But we dug in well and you’re always happy to post a score of 200 in a final; Alex’s bowling on Sunday was great.”