THE SALE Maffra Cricket Association resumed on Saturday after the Christmas break, with drinks breaks most welcome in the extremely hot conditions.
Stratford (9/186) was defeated by Collegians (8/197) in an even contest.
One feature was the lower order partnerships that turned things around for both teams.
Stratford, batting first, were in trouble at seven for just over 100, then Lewis Bolton (49no) and Ben Channing (20) came together in an eighth wicket partnership that pushed the score to a competitive 9/186.
Other players to score runs were Jack Rietschel (27), Travis Millar (25), and Taylor Tatterson (14).
Spinner Elliot Durrant and Ned Hurley took four wickets each for Collegians, with Charlie Morrison and Jack Tatterson sharing the rest.
At 7/141, Collegians still had plenty of work to do, until Durrant (41no) and Zac Hurley (21) came to the rescue, with a match-winning eighth wicket partnership of 55 that got Collegians over the line.
Nick Anderson (42) and Jack Tatterson (28) also batted well, while Travis Millar's 3/28 and Bohdi Walker's 2/46 were the best of Stratford's bowlers.
BOISDALE-Briagolong's all out for 133 was not enough to hold off Sale, who stormed to 6/135 in Ben Jones' 100th senior game.
The Saint's Andrew Gieschen batted well for his top score of 45, and Lewis Howard was next with 17.
Matt Raidal continued his good form with the ball for Sale, taking 5/24, and Scott Wegener picked up 2/23.
Sale reached their target off 33 overs, with Lucas Mowat at 38no and Raidal's 31.
Steve Parry (19) and Geoff Wells (18) also got going for Sale, while Brad Woolley took 2/18 for Boisdale-Briagolong.
BRAD (65) and Anthony (23) Scott, with Mitch Thacker (21) scored most of the runs for Rosedale-Kilmany in their win over Longford, making 8/169 to the Lizards' 7/158.
The Hughes brothers Connor (3/24) and Keenan (2/27) picked up the wickets for Longford.
The Lizards were only 11 runs short of the target, with Dave Atkinson (45), Keenan Hughes (29), and Matt Johns (26) batting well.
Isaac Love's 2/22 and Hayden Glover's 2/35 impressed for Rosedale-Kilmany.
MAFFRA crushed Bundalaguah, 7/195 to 107.
Alex Mellor (58) and Nick Wozniak (34) did most of the damage, while Bundalaguah's Jake Wynd took 3/45, and Ben Saxon 2/26.
Saxon's 38 and Dylan Rowley's 22 were highlights for the Bulls, but David Griffiths' 4/9 and Nathan Magnuson's 3/24 set up the win for Maffra.