MATT Dowsett led Bundalaguah to a thrilling two-run victory in the one day final against Maffra on Sunday.
He had valuable lower order support from Aaron Lynch and Mark Donald as he guided Bundalaguah home from 7-82 to successfully chase down Maffra’s 7-187.
Maffra won the toss and elected to bat, with Josh Rurawhe dominating an opening partnership of 69 with Brett Lanigan before departing to the spin of Mark Donald.
Harry Thackray came to the wicket and provided the support role for Lanigan, helping to take the score to 100 before Lynch got through his defences for six.
Josh Davis also provided good support for Lanigan, with the pair taking to Dowsett before the former picked out Lynch with the score at 151.
Lanigan was next to go, run-out, and Chris Pendrick followed soon after, becoming the first of Mike Jones’ two victims.
Ben Durrant departed soon after, also run-out, but an unbeaten 17 from Tim Bourke helped the Eagles to the good score of 7-187.
The Bundalaguah run chase didn’t get off to a good start, with Nathan Magnuson removing Jason Langshaw without troubling the scorers.
Jacob Weatherley continued his good weekend with the ball, removing the dangerous Daniel Bedggood. Adam Cairns was looking set, but picked out Heath Shingles off the bowling of Jon Dovey to make it 3-29.
Weatherley would inflict further damage, removing Jones and Joel Powell to reduce Bundalaguah to 5-44 before Dovey removed Nathan Massey with the score at 58.
Sam Bedggood hung around for his skipper, but was deceived by the spin of Ben Durrant with the score on 82 and Bundalaguah required something special from Dowsett to get over the line.
Lynch provided the support he needed, addding 49 with his captain before becoming Durrant’s second victim.
Donald combined with Dowsett to see Bundalaguah home in a thriller, the pair remaining unbeaten on 39 and 73 as Bundalaguah finished its allotted overs on 8-189.
MAFFRA defeated Bundalaguah to claim the second grade one-day final.
Ash Baylis top-scored for Bundalaguah at the top of the order with 27 with Bundalaguah bowled out for 119 in the final over.
Brad Smith and Greg Wrigglesworth both contributed 21, while Mark Lobley, Nick French and Lachlan Wrigglesworth made valuable lower order runs to help Bundalaguah to a competitive score.
Glenn Semmens finished pick of the bowlers for Maffra with 3-14 from his eight overs, while Brenton Dinsdale also picked up three wickets.
Brett Gallatly returned the figures of 2-23, with Andrew Higgins and Jim Beaumont the other wicket takers for Maffra.
Maffra had to work hard for victory, chasing the total down in the final over for the loss of eight wickets.
After falling to 7-68, Dinsdale and Beaumont saw Maffra home.
Smith and Wayne Gray were the multiple wicket-takers for Bundalaguah with two each.
WURRUK defeated Heyfield in a high scoring third grade final.
Wurruk captain Ben Russ top-scored with 99, while Eranda Aponso and Corey Sullivan contributed 41 and 60 respectively in the Toads’ 5-219.
Heyfield managed 198 in reply, with Jeremy Bantock pick of the Toads bowlers with 4-21.
Twenty20 finals Tuesday night
BUNDALAGUAH will host Stratford in the division one of the Sale-Maffra twenty20 cricket competition on Tuesday night.
These are the only teams to have gone through three rounds undefeated.
Rosedale-Kilmany will host Sale in the division two final.
Percentage was needed to decided these finalists after the top three sides had won two matches each.
The matches begin at 5.15pm.