PERSISTENT rain gave life to Collegians’ hopes of the making the Sale-Maffra cricket semi-finals after no play was possible on day two of its match with Bundalaguah, while the weather cut short Rosedale-Kilmany’s bid for outright points against Sale City.
Collegians was replying to Bundalaguah’s 315, but could not add to its stumps score of 0-0.
Rosedale-Kilmany needed outright points and for Collegians to get no better than a draw in order to make the finals. The Warriors had already secured first innings points against Sale City on day one, but a ball could not be bowled on day two.
Collegians will play Bundalaguah again in this weekend’s semi-finals at Bundalaguah, while Maffra will host Stratford in the other semi.
The match between Maffra and Boisdale-Briagolong was the only match which saw some play on Saturday.
Having already taken first innings points, Maffra declared on its stumps score of 2-191 in a bid to take outright points and snatch top spot from Bundalaguah. The Eagles were on track to take maximum points when they had the Saints at 7-57 when play was abandoned after 39 overs.
Ben Durrant claimed three wickets and Harry Thackray two, while Jason Phillips top-scored for the visitors on 14.
The remaining match between Sale and Stratford was also declared a draw.
STRATFORD will play Sale in the under 16 grand final next weekend.
Despite an unbeaten 50 from Boisdale-Briagolong captain Tom Langshaw, Stratford put in a strong performance to win its semi-final.
The Saints were bowled out for 70, a total Stratford passed without losing a wicket.
Sale defeated Collegians in a thrilling semi-final.
After bowling out Collegians for 98, Sale only passed the total with one wicket in hand. Jack Wrigglesworth top-scored with 21, while Anthony Keam made 19.
Earlier in the match, Jayden Allison scored 47 and Callum Norris 19 for Collegians. Wrigglesworth took 4-19 for Sale.
THE under 14 decider will be between Sale City Blue and Collegians Blue.
Against Collegians Red, Sale City Blue scored 4-182 with Cody Mitrevski, Isaac Love and Harrison Evans reaching the retirement score of 35. Collegians Red was bowled out for 78 with Tim Dessent top-scoring on 18.
Collegians Blue set up its grand final berth after bowling Bundalgauah out for 40. Jesse Collins, 4-9, and Alexander Watson, 3-6, were the chief destroyers.
In reply, Collegians Blue was rarely troubled, losing just the one wicket.