AN unbeaten 92 from Sam Bristow helped Stratford score an away win over Boisdale-Briagolong during the opening round of the Sale-Maffra twenty20 competition on Tuesday night.
With Bristow in blistering form, falling just short of the competition’s first century, the Redbacks scored 7-161 before restricting the Saints to 9-129 with Zach Penn claiming 4-15.
BUNDALAGUAH began its title defence with a big win at Sale.
After losing the toss, the Bulls were then in control with Nick French taking three wickets and Daniel and Sam Bedggood two each as the host Swans were bowled out for 71 in the 18th over.
The Bulls reached 2-76 after nine overs.
LAST year’s other finalist, Maffra, defeated Sale City at home.
Sale City was bowled out for 126 on the final ball of the innings, with opener Sam Lucas-Laws batting for most of the innings for his 52. Harry Thackray and Jim Beaumont took two wickets each for the Eagles.
In reply, the Eagles made 5-173 with Glen Semmens making 59, captain Brett Lanigan 34, Josh Davis 29 and Josh Rurawhe 26. For the Lizards, Mitch Floyd claimed two wickets.
IN division two, Wurruk defeated the Swing Bridge Smashers (Stradbroke).
The Toads made 132 with Eranda Aponso scoring 44 and Warwick Hutchins 38. Ash Vogt and Troy Beddows took three wickets each for the Smashers.
Opener Jack Wrigglesworth scored 54 as Sale defeated Rosedale-Kilmany.
With support from Callum Polo, 30, Sale scored 144. Tim Dessent took two wickets for the Warriors.
The Warriors were bowled out for 129 with Glenn Ingram and Anthony Jago claiming two wickets each.
THE second round of the SMCA twenty20 competition will be held on Tuesday, January 22.
For more cricket, including Quick Singles, read Friday’s Gippsland Times.