Collegians shows class

The Collegians side which defeated Stratford in the SMCA grand final at Bundalaguah, (back row, from left) Nathan King, Zac Hurley, Ned Hurley, Charlie Morrison, (front) Elliott Durrant, Ben Hurley, Jack Tatterson, Matt Foster, Nick Anderson, Jayden Allison and Stuart Anderson.

The Collegians side which defeated Stratford in the SMCA grand final at Bundalaguah, (back row, from left) Nathan King, Zac Hurley, Ned Hurley, Charlie Morrison, (front) Elliott Durrant, Ben Hurley, Jack Tatterson, Matt Foster, Nick Anderson, Jayden Allison and Stuart Anderson.

Collegians’ Elliott Durrant was named player of the match after 
taking 4-50.

Collegians’ Elliott Durrant was named player of the match after taking 4-50.

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COLLEGIANS confirmed its dominance of the Sale-Maffra cricket season, defeating Stratford in the grand final by seven wickets at the weekend.

After bowling the Redbacks out for 161 on Saturday at Bundalaguah, Collegians lost only three wickets to claim its eighth first grade premiership on Sunday.

Elliott Durrant was named player of the match after claiming four vital wickets, just as Stratford looked to set a target of more than 200.

The Redbacks had a win during the week when captain Taylor Tatterson was able to take to the ground after being handed a suspended suspension. Tatterson pleaded guilty to using offensive language during the semi-final victory over Sale.

After Stratford lost Travis Millar with the score on seven, Sam Anstee and Chris Aurisch put on 58 runs for the second wicket. The partnership ended when Aurisch was caught behind off the bowling of Nathan King for 39.

Anstee and Jack Rietschel pushed the score to 108 before the former was caught off Jack Tatterson's bowling for 35.

After Riestchel was dismissed by Stuart Anderson for 31 leaving Stratford 5-133 the Redbacks struggled to form another decent partnership.

Anderson claimed the wicket of Bohdi Walker before Durrant dismissed Taylor Tatterson, Ben Channing and Dylan Bolton.

Lachlan Channing and Daniel Richardson added 15 runs for the final wicket, as the Redbacks were dismissed for 161.

Durrant sent down 17 overs to finish for 4-50, Anderson took 3-21 from 18s overs, while Jack Tatterson claimed 2-42.

Collegians had nine overs to bat before stumps, with Ben Hurley making a positive start. College, however, lost Nick Anderson for one, leg before wicket to Taylor Tatterson.

Hurley and Matt Foster reached the end of the day with their wicket intact, with College 1-26.

Ben Hurley top-scored for Collegians with 65.

Ben Hurley top-scored for Collegians with 65.

On Sunday, Foster was the first wicket to fall, bowled by Bolton for 13, with the score 2-45.

Captain Jack Tatterson joined Hurley in the middle for a 61-run partnership to edge Collegians closer to victory.

The Redbacks received a glimmer of hope when Bolton trapped Hurley in front for 65. College still required another 56 runs to win.

Stratford pressed for another wicket to put the pressure on Collegians, but Jack Tatterson and Anderson didn't relent, seeing the side home with a 59-run unbeaten partnership.

A six from Tatterson, against his former team, got Collegians over the line, sparking celebrations from teammates and supporters. Tatterson scored 57 and Anderson 27.

Bolton was Stratford's only multiple wicket-taker, finishing with 2-61 from 17 overs.

Jack Rietschel scored 31 for Stratford.

Jack Rietschel scored 31 for Stratford.

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