COLLEGIANS secured back-to-back Sale-Maffra cricket premierships with a dominant display in the weekend’s grand final against Sale.
Rain on Sunday only delayed the crowning of Collegians, which won by 189 at Bundalaguah.
With Collegians having the better of the batting conditions on Saturday, player of the match Matt Foster scored 76 before taking two catches behind the stumps the next day.
Ben Howes made inroads into the Collegians top order early on Saturday, dismissing Zac Hurley for 11 and Jack Tatterson for 13, leaving the minor premiers 3-36.
Foster joined Ben Hurley for a 47-run partnership, which ended when Hurley was caught off the bowling of Ben Jones for 29. This wicket put Foster and Stuart Anderson together.
Foster and Anderson put Collegians into a strong position, taking the total to 173, when Foster was caught off Howes’ bowling.
Anderson brought up his half-century with a six over mid wicket off a John Mayman delivery.
Mayman soon had a double-impact, claiming the wickets of Jayden Allison for 24 and Anderson for 62, to have Collegians 6-227 with 17 overs remaining in the day.
Isaac Love and Nathan King put on 53 runs for the seventh wicket. When Love turned for a second run, King didn’t, leaving the former run-out for 26 and Collegians 7-280.
King continued to keep the runs coming along with Tom Hams, who was bowled by Lachlan Carman for 11.
Batting with Mark Nicholls, who was unbeaten on 20, King reached 50 before being caught off the second last delivery of the day from Carman by Anthony Jago on the boundary.
In the scamper for runs, Charlie Morrison was run-out on the final ball without facing a delivery, with Collegians all out for 334.
Howes bowled 17 overs, finishing with 3-50, with Carman and Mayman claimed two wickets each.
Rain on Sunday saw 12 overs lost, meaning if Sale could bat 68 overs, the match would continue into a second weekend. That looked a distant hope as Geoff Wells and Mayman were dismissed for 12 and seven respectively.
Coming together at 2-19, Lucas Mowat and Nathan Massey put on 75 runs until Mowat was caught off Love’s bowling for 26.
The Swans had a steady loss of wickets, with Matt Siddall claiming two. Massey remained in the middle until becoming Tatterson’s second victim, caught by Foster for 72.
At this stage, Sale was 8-144. Next ball, it was 9-144 after Tatterson rattled Carman’s stumps.
The Swans only added one more run when Love trapped Will Hector in front for his third wicket and a Collegians’ premiership.
Love finished with 3-50, Tatterson 3-24 and Siddall 2-10.