A SALE-MAFFRA side dominated by Bundalaguah players accounted for Alberton comfortably at Yarram to regain the Lanigan-McAninly Trophy to keep its hopes of qualifying for the Gippsland Cricket League final alive.
With four selected players unavailable, Bundalaguah’s Jason Langshaw, Daniel Bedggood and Adam Cairns all received call-ups along with Sale’s Lucas Mowat. Maffra’s GCL players had made themselves unavailable for the contest, taking a late night flight to Perth on Saturday to see Ricky Ponting’s final test innings, leaving the Sale-Maffra squad of 12 to feature eight Bundalaguah players.
Steve Noble and Nathan Massey were the only Sale-Maffra players to miss out with the bat as the visitor posted a big score of 8-292 off its allotted 50 overs.
Langshaw combined with Travis Millar to get the Sharks off to a good start before two wickets to Peter Griffiths and a run out to Damien Quigley placed the contest back on even terms.
Missing all-rounder Harry Moore with a broken hand, Alberton was unable to make regular breakthroughs and putting down a Jack Tatterson caught and bowled chance when he was on five didn’t help the Pelicans’ cause.
Tatterson went on to score 75 in the big total with Mike Jones, Matt Dowsett and Daniel Bedggood all getting starts. Sam Bedggood was not out on 32, while Mowat was unbeaten on 19.
Aaron Lynch got the early breakthrough for the Sharks with the wicket of Trent Crawford before Jake Anderson combined with Taylor Reid in a steadying partnership of 27.
Leading the Alberton GCL run scoring this season, Reid took advantage of anything remotely short or wide, top scoring with 20, but was eventually undone by a straight one by Millar which started the rot.
The Pelicans lost their final nine wickets for 57, with only some late hitting from Griffiths and Jack Weston helping them to 98.
Sam Bedggood cleaned up the tail to finish with 3-12, while Millar and Tatterson, who struggled to keep his footing while delivering his first over, both returned the figures of 2-17.
The win put the Sharks into third position on percentage, three points behind leaders Warragul and Leongatha.
For more, including details of Sale-Maffra’s under 16 and 18 wins and its loss to Morwell in the women’s competition, read Friday’s Gippsland Times.