Eagles, Redbacks in another semi-final

MAFFRA and Stratford will meet in a Sale-Maffra cricket semi-final for the second consecutive season.

Maffra has again had a consistent season to finish second on the ladder, but will be tested by Stratford.

Brett Lanigan and Josh Rurawhe have been among the runs for Maffra, while Josh Davis and Tim Bourke found some touch in round 13.

The Eagles boast a good bowling attack, with Jon Dovey and Jacob Weatherley providing good support for Nathan Magnuson and Ben Durrant. Magnuson could only manage four overs last week, and the Eagles will be hoping the quick can bounce back and be a key part of their finals campaign.

Following an inconsistent start to the season, Stratford put in a strong showing in the second half of the season, dropping just two games after Christmas to book itself a place in the finals.

The Redbacks’ top eight are all capable of making runs, while captain Jack Tatterson completes a long list of seam options to complement in-form spinner Jack Rietschel. Mitch Floyd has also been a handy addition to the attack.

Maffra has defeated Stratford twice this season, but had to turn around a first innings deficit to do so in round five.

Semi-final test for Saints

SMCA semi-finals, Saturday and Sunday:

Firsts: Bundalaguah v Boisdale-Briagolong at Col Wrigglesworth Oval; Maffra v Stratford at Cameron Sports Complex. Start time 12.45pm.

Seconds: Maffra v Sale at Briagolong Recreation Reserve; Bundalaguah v Collegians at Nambrok Recreation Reserve. Start time 1pm.

Thirds: Heyfield v Stradbroke at Gordon Street Recreation Reserve; Wurruk v Bundalaguah at Wurruk Cricket Ground. Start time 1pm.

Fourths: Maffra v Stratford at Cameron Sports Complex (Campbell St oval), Sale v Wurruk at Stead St. Start time 1pm.

Fifths (Saturday only): Sale v Stradbroke at Bundalaguah astro; Heyfield v Boisdale-Briagolong at Gordon St western oval. Start time 1pm.