Twenty20 ton for Dowsett

MATT Dowsett scored the first century in Sale-Maffra twenty20 cricket to help Bundalaguah secure a home final against Stratford.

The final between the only undefeated teams remaining in the competition will be played on Tuesday, February 19.

Against Sale City on Tuesday night, Dowsett’s unbeaten 129, batting at number five, dominated Bundalaguah’s score of 4-204.

The Bulls lost early wickets before Dowsett and Daniel Bedggood combined for a 103-run fourth wicket partnership.

After Bedggood was dismissed for 36, Dowsett and Michael Jones (17 not out) added 78 more runs to see out the 20 overs.

Sale City was restricted to 9-87 with openers Luke Hedger (17) and Brad Rogers (14) the only Lizards to score double figures.

Enjoying a rare bowl, regular wicketkeeper Nathan Massey was on a hat-trick at one point, finishing with 2-15 off four overs.

In the chase for quick runs, three run-outs did not help the Lizards’ cause.

STRATFORD proved too strong for Sale.

The Redbacks bowled Sale out for 71 with Zach Penn taking 3-18 and Simon Williams 2-2. Ben Jones scored 18 for the Swans.

Stratford passed the Swans’ total in the 10th over with James Alder unbeaten on 26, while fellow opener Chris Aurisch scored 23. Sam Bristow scored 16 not out as the Redbacks finished on 2-74.

MAFFRA defeated Boisdale-Briagolong.

The Eagles scored 6-154 with Josh Rurawhe scoring 72 and Brett Lanigan 26, while Louis Howard took 3-13 for the Saints.

Despite captain Dylan Bolton scoring 53 and Mat Simmonds 30, the Saints finished 21 runs short, on 5-133. Nathan Magnuson took two wickets for the Eagles.

ROSEDALE-Kilmany will host Sale in the division two final, with percentage needed to separate the top three teams.

Sale progressed despite a tight loss to Wurruk. The Swans were bowled out for 63 before the Toads reached their target in the 17th over with one wicket in hand.

Rosedale-Kilmany ensured the Swing Bridge Smashers (Stradbroke) finished the competition without a win.

The Warriors were bowled out for 115 before bowling the Smashers out for 99.