GREAT Lakes has firmed as favourite to clinch the Manning Cricket tier 1 minor premiership after four rounds.
A thrilling one run win over Taree United last Saturday, January 15 has elevated Great Lakes to 21 points on top of the ladder, clear of Wingham and United on 12.
The new season had a later-than-usual start due to a Public Health Order regarding vaccinations.
The first round was scheduled for Saturday, December 4. Usually the competition is underway the week after the October long weekend.
There were further problems when wet weather ruled out the opening two games.
While all Great Lakes games have been tightly contested, they've managed to win all four.
There are five rounds remaining before the start of the semi-finals, with Great Lakes due to have the bye on Saturday, January 29.
Last Saturday's game was decided when Will Elliott bowled United's Jackson Witts on the last ball of the day to give Lakes a one run win.
Lakes made 168 in their innings, the highlight being 70 scored by opening batsman Zac Sheather in his first game for the club.
Sheather has previously played for United and Taree West and is an accomplished top order batter.
Great Lakes meet fourth placed Gloucester at Tuncurry this Saturday, January 22 with United and Wingham to clash at Wingham.
Taree West has the bye.
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