MAFFRA defeated Rosedale-Kilmany by just five runs in round two of Sale-Maffra cricket on Saturday.
Bowled out with 19 balls to spare, the final Warriors pair of Craig Alcock and Max Merton couldn’t quite hold on to get the 11 runs required, falling five runs short of Maffra’s total.
Jim Beaumont finished off a tight match with his third wicket, Brett Millington taking the catch to remove Merton and leave Alcock unbeaten on 11. With Alcock at the wicket, the Warriors were always a chance to pinch victory.
Earlier, Hayden Glover took the wicket of Sam Evison without score before Brett Lanigan and Josh Rurawhe continued their good form. The pair took the score to 52 before Michael Walters took his second catch to remove Rurawhe, this time off the bowling of Tom Love.
Lanigan followed soon after, becoming Glover’s second victim and this sparked a collapse. Nathan Magnuson was the only other Eagle to reach double figures, finishing unbeaten on 16 with Maffra 9-109 off their allotted 40 overs.
Glover finished pick of the bowlers with 3-17, but every member of the Warriors attack chipped in to help restrict Maffra with the wickets shared.
Brad Scott got the Warriors off to a good start in reply and from 0-50, Rosedale-Kilmany appeared in the box seat to claim victory.
Rurawhe put terms on level pegging with wickets in consecutive balls, but Scott was able to find support in Isaac Love to take the score to 77. Magnuson got the important breakthrough, removing Love and Scott in quick succession
Rurawhe returned to remove Rohan Diamond and it was up to the Warriors’ lower order to stand up. Alcock got some good support as the Warriors edged closer, but wickets falling around him didn’t help their cause.
Jacob Weatherley and Beaumont were doing their bit for the Eagles, with Beaumont finishing the game with his third wicket to see the Warriors fall agonisingly short of their target.
High scoring encounter
FOR the second consecutive week, Sale took it up to a 2012-13 finalist, going down to Stratford in a high scoring encounter.
Helped by a half centuries from captain Ian Wrigglesworth and Tom Wicks, Sale again scored a good total but was unable to restrict a strong Stratford line-up, which finished 15 runs to the better.
Nico Watt made a start at the top of the order, while valuable late innings runs from James Dyer and Lucas Mowat helped Sale to the competitive total of 6-193.
Wickets were shared for Stratford, with Taylor Tatterson and Simon Waixel finishing with two wickets each.
Sale got off to a good start with the ball, seeing Taylor Tatterson and Sam Anstee, run out by a direct hit from Will Hector, back to the pavilion early.
Jack Tatterson and Ben Shepparson steadied for Stratford, but quick wickets to Dyer, Mitch Evans and Wicks put Sale on top.
Ben Channing guided Stratford home with an unbeaten 60. He had good support from Chris Aurisch, batting down the order, and Simon Williams as Stratford finished on 8-208.
Wickets were shared for Sale, with Dyer leading the way with two.
FALLING short in a high scoring affair last week, Collegians again put in a competitive showing, this time against reigning premier Bundalaguah.
Geoff Wells, Ben Hurley, Michael Cafferkey, Jayden Allison and captain Mark Nicholls all got starts to help Collegians to 130.
Adam Cairns and Trevor Wrigglesworth picked up three wickets each for Bundalaguah.
Early wickets to Matt Foster, Mark Nicholls and Cafferkey had Bundalaguah on the back foot before half centuries to Sam Bedggood and Dean Thatcher saw Bundalaguah home.
Dylan Rowley also reached double figures late in the innings to help Bundalaguah to 6-161 at the compulsory close.
Saints in form
BOISDALE-BRIAGOLONG continued its winning form with victory over Sale City.
The Saints had an even spread of contributors on the way to 8-170 before bowling the Lizards out for 95.
Mick Roberts and Steve Noble both got starts at the top of the order, with valuable middle order runs from captain Dylan Bolton, Jason Phillips and Jon Outhart. Louis Howard finished unbeaten on 15.
Mitch Bennett and Jarryd Floyd led the way with the ball for Sale City with two wickets each.
Jarryd Floyd, Trevor Williams and Justin Mitchell, not out on 10, were the only Lizards to reach double figures in reply.
Bolton and Phillips inflicted most of the damage for the Saints, finishing with the figures of 4-16 and 3-22 respectively.
Round three wash-out
ROUND three of Sale-Maffra cricket was washed out on Sunday, with only two matches getting a start.
Bundalaguah were sent in by Sale, moving to 0-20 off five overs before the rain set in.
Only three overs were possible at Stratford, with the home side 1-17 after winning the toss and electing to bat.
Brad Scott had the wicket for the Warriors.
The matches between Maffra and Boisdale-Briagolong, and Collegians and Sale City were abandoned without a ball being bowled.