Stratford wins second grade

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STRATFORD won its first Sale-Maffra second grade cricket premiership, after defeating Heyfield in the grand final.

At Stephenson Park, the Redbacks scored an imposing 9-276 from their 75 on Saturday before dismissing the Kangaroos for 128 on Sunday.

Opener Nathan Thomas provided Stratford with a good start, scoring 75, before the middle order of Nathan French (49), Rylee Jenkins (37) and captain Simon Waixel (47) kept the runs flowing.

Jake Rietschel (16) and Lachie Dowd (18 not out) added valuable runs in the final overs.

For Heyfield, Jonathan Zdrazil claimed 3-63 from 19 overs, Eranda Aponso 3-38 from 15, and Joel Keene 3-58 from 16.

A regular loss of wickets prevented Heyfield from making a challenge on Sunday.

Waixel backed up his effort with the bat by taking 4-18 from nine overs, while Dowd claimed 2-27.

Bulls charge to four in a row

BUNDALAGUAH won its fourth successive third grade premiership, overcoming a challenge from Stradbroke.

Set 199 to win by the Storm, the Bulls reached the target with five wickets in hand.

Stradbroke had the initiative early with Mark Grosveld and Brayden Glenn putting on 61 runs for the first wicket. Glenn was the first batsman dismissed, for 41.

Not long after reaching 50, Grosvold was caught off the bowling of Michael Telling.

Jamie Shields (27) and Leigh Grosveld (15) kept the scoreboard ticking over, but were dismissed in quick succession as the Bulls looked to slow down the Storm's scoring rate.

An unbeaten 26 from Dane Heinrich helped Stradbroke complete its 60 overs on 9-198.

Telling (4-41 from 11 overs) and Rodney Aurisch (3-44 from 13) helped restrict the Storm to less than 200.

On Sunday, the Bulls innings was given a positive start by David Braithwaite (24), but when he was trapped in front by Duane Oldham, taking the score to 2-33.

Shayne claimed two quick wickets, both caught by Oldham in the slips, to have Bundalaguah 4-65. When Adam Cairns was out for 18, the Bulls were 5-86 and Stradbroke had a sniff.

Scott Schuback (63 not out) and player of the match Aurisch (60 not out) then took away any hopes the Storm had of victory with their unbroken 113-run partnership.

Tilley was Stradbroke's only multiple wicket-taker, claiming 2-39.

College claims fourths glory

COLLEGIANS won the fourth grade premiership, ending Bundalaguah's three-year reign.

On Saturday at Stephenson Park, College scored 203 before bowling the Bulls out for 160.

Trent McMillan top-scored for Collegians, retiring on 50, while Craig McGregor made 44, captain Steven Rees 26, Luke Nicholls 24 and Jeff Robbins 23.

Bulls captain Craig Brideson took three wickets, as did Brad Fuller, while Toby O'Reilly claimed two.

Bundalaguah opening batsmen Pierce Kidson-Purry looked to get the Bulls' reply going, scoring 45.

Some Bundalaguah batsmen got starts, but Collegians was able to take wickets at key moments, giving the Bulls' tail too much to do in the final overs.

Zach Knight scored 28, Fuller 23 and Aaron Bradley 21.

Rees took 3-37 from eight overs, while Robbins, McMilland and Charlie Comben claimed two wickets each as Collegians tasted success in fourth grade for the first time since 2012.

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