STRATFORD was tested by a young Collegians side in a high scoring affair.
In an entertaining match of one day cricket, both sides looked impressive in their full colour one day kits with Stratford even boasting red pads to match their attire.
Stratford coach Sam Anstee and Chris Aurisch got the home side off to a good start after being sent in, taking the score to 80 before Joel Churchill removed the pair in quick succession.
Jack Tatterson and Ben Shepperson combined in another good partnership for Stratford, putting on 49, but the pair were also dismissed in quick succession to undo their hard work.
Shepperson was the next to go, caught by Sam Morelli off the bowling of Michael Cafferkey, before Jack Goodwin got through the defences of Tatterson soon after.
Taylor Tatterson and Simon Williams provided captain Travis Millar with good lower order support, with Millar scoring a quickfire 62 to help Stratford to the huge score of 260.
Cafferkey finished with the final two wickets of the innings to complete a good day in the field with four wickets and three catches.
Sam Morelli and Mark Nichols chipped in with a lower order wicket each, while Kerrod Macgregor-Davies also picked up a wicket on his first grade debut.
Luke Klasen had Stratford on top early, removing Morelli and Nick Grainger for single figure scores.
Ben Hurley and Cafferkey combined to get the visitor back into the contest with a partnership of 118.
Jayden Allison continued their good work with a half century of his own, but Stratford were able to pick up wickets at regular intervals at the other end to make the job tough for Collegians.
Klasen picked up three wickets in his return to Sale-Maffra cricket, while spinner Jack Rietschel chipped in with three wickets of his own. Millar picked up the key wicket of Allison to effectively end Collegians’ resistance.
Jesse Collins and Macgregor-Davies were the unbeaten batsmen, with the young Collegians side far from disgraced in falling 30 runs short.