SALE-MAFFRA Under 15s take out  junior country week

Davyd Reid

SALE-MAFFRA took out the junior country week title, going through the tournament undefeated.

Following victory over Bairnsdale and Central Gippsland in the opening rounds, the Sharks continued their hot form on day three, completing outright victory over Alberton inside a day.

The result allowed the Sharks, who finished the tournament with a bye on Friday, to finish clear of second placed Warragul and take out the country week title.

Sale-Maffra sent Alberton in at Bundalaguah, with the Sharks making light work of the Pelicans batting line-up.

Tom Jeffs was the only Alberton batsman to show any resistance, top scoring with 21.

Kerrod Macgregor-Davies and Isaac Love inflicted the early damage for Sale-Maffra, while Lachlan Wrigglesworth chipped in with the wicket of Tyler Rendell without conceding a run from his five overs.

Zac Knight and Jesse Collins finished the job for the Sharks, with the Pelicans bowled out for 43 on the final ball of its allotted 40 overs.

Sale-Maffra completed the job in quick time, Jack Wrigglesworth, 20, the only casualty as the Sharks chased down the total within 10 overs. Jesse Collins finished unbeaten on 20, while Coady Mitrevski remained not out on five.

The Sharks sent Alberton in again, bowling the Pelicans out for 54.

Again only one Alberton batsman could reach double figures, this time Jake Liversidge with 24, giving the Sharks some hope of maximum points.

Macgregor-Davies led the way for Sale-Maffra with 4-11, while Jesse Collins and Love returned the figures of 3-3 and 2-1 respectively off their seven overs.

Needing 50 runs from 12 overs for maximum points, the Sharks got there in eight with Mitrevski the only casualty, trapped in front by Patrick Doran for 10.

Jesse Collins and Love were both unbeaten on 17.

SALE-MAFFRA overcame its biggest challenge on day four, with a thrilling two wicket win over tournament runners-up Warragul.

An unbeaten 65 from Lucas Kilday helped Warragul post the competitive score of 5-178.

Lachlan Wrigglesworth finished pick of the Sale-Maffra bowlers with 2-22, while Macgregor-Davies and Love picked up a wicket each.

Losing three early wickets didn’t help the Sale-Maffra cause, but Mitrevski and Ollie Cantwell steadied to get the Sharks back into the contest.

The Sale-Maffra middle order of Love, Macgregor-Davies and Mitch Thacker all got starts but couldn’t go on with it as the Sharks slipped to 8-148.

Thomas Western-Arnold and Lachlan Wrigglesworth combined for an unbroken ninth wicket partnership of 36 to see their side home, ensuring the Sharks finished the week with the country week title.

More photos in Friday’s Gippsland Times