NEWLY-crowned minor premier Bundalaguah will meet reigning premier Collegians this weekend for a place in the Sale-Maffra cricket grand final.
Collegians’ title defence remains alive after persistent rain on Saturday cut short Rosedale-Kilmany’s bid for outright points against Sale City.
Collegians will travel to Bundalaguah, who will be hoping to back up its good form with the bat after posting 315 two weeks ago in the final around against the same opponent. The middle order of Matt Dowsett, Tom Tudor and Daniel Bedggood were among the runs that day and will be key players as Bundalaguah looks to post another solid total.
Collegians captain Stuart Anderson has led the way with both bat and ball, and will hope to find support in restricting Bundalaguah’s score.
Aaron Lynch and spinner Mark Donald have been key bowlers for Bundalaguah, taking 50 wickets between them this season.
MAFFRA will host Stratford in the other semi-final.
The Eagles enter the contest in good form and were on track for maximum points against Boisdale-Briagolong before rain intervened.
Spinner Ben Durrant led the way in the Saints’ second innings to finish with 29 wickets for the season, while imports Pete Roberts and Josh Rurawhe have also had solid seasons with the ball.
Rurawhe has also had an impressive season with the bat, captain Brett Lanigan has had a good year at the top of the order, while Roberts signalled a return to form two weeks ago with 47.
Stratford will also enter the clash with confidence on the back of some good form from its bowling attack.
Jie Van Berkel, Simon Williams, captain Jack Tatterson, English import Lloyd Davies and Simon Waixel have combined well this season, having all taken more than 15 wickets, but will need some more support from their fielders who put down 12 catches against Sale two weeks ago.
Davies and Tatterson have led the way in Stratford’s batting, and will need to again fire to see Stratford post a competitive total.
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