Rain washes out three days at Country Week cricket

Sale-Maffra players killed time in the changerooms at Brunswick before Wednesday's match was abandoned.
Sale-Maffra players killed time in the changerooms at Brunswick before Wednesday's match was abandoned.

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SALE-Maffra's chances of winning the provincial division at cricket's Melbourne Country Week have been washed away.

All matches on Tuesday and Wednesday were abandoned because of rain. The Sharks secured enough points to finish second in its group, only for Thursday's semi-finals to be cancelled as well.

ON Tuesday, Sale-Maffra faced 31.1 overs before an end to its match against Ballarat at Yarrambat was called.

Rohan Blandford and Zac Hurley put on 57 for the first wicket before Hurley was caught for 23.

Blandford scored 44, while Coenie Nel, Richard Bell and Jack Rietschel got starts, but didn't reach 20.

Following Rietschel's run-out, play was stopped because of rain, with the Sharks 6-136. The sides didn't return to the middle.

SALE-Maffra was due to play Geelong on Wednesday, but that match was abandoned without a ball being bowled.

WITH semi-finals also abandoned, the top teams in each pool, Bendigo and Ballarat, will play in the provincial division final on Friday at the Albert Ground.

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