MAFFRA batted itself into a good position in the Sale-Maffra cricket top of the table clash against Stratford, finishing with 9-253 from its allotted 80 overs.
John Cheer and Sam Evison got off to a good start after Maffra captain Brett Lanigan won the toss and elected to bat. The pair put on 106 before Taylor Tatterson led a Redbacks fightback, picking up two of three quick wickets to put the match back in the balance.
Evison was the first to go for 39, finding Redbacks captain Travis Millar off the bowling of Tatterson. Simon Williams removed Cheer for 58 without addition to the score to make it 2-106 before Tatterson got through in-form Josh Rurawhe soon after for 11 to make it 3-120.
Lanigan found support from Josh Davis, with the pair taking the score to 184 before the former had his castle knocked over by Simon Waixel for 27. Tatterson was in the game again two runs later, a direct hit sending Heath Shingles on his way without score.
Danny Butcher also failed to trouble the scorers with Waixel picking up his second wicket to have the Eagles 6-186.
Any Redback hopes of running through the tail were extinguished by Lanigan, who brought up his half century, and Brett Millington, who finished unbeaten on 41.
Taylor Tatterson picked up the wicket of Lanigan to finish pick of the bowlers for the Redbacks with 3/36, while Jack Tatterson was rewarded for effort with two late wickets.
Bundy in winning position
DESPITE the best efforts of Boisdale-Briagolong captain Dylan Bolton, Bundalaguah also batted out its 80 overs to post a good score.
While Bolton took six of the eight Bundalaguah wickets to fall, two key partnerships helped Bundalaguah post 8-255.
Bundalaguah lost Adam Cairns run out early before Jason Langshaw, 76, and Sam Bedggood, 47, got Bundalaguah back on track.
Nathan Massey and Daniel Bedggood helped Bundalaguah beyond 200, but both would be disappointed getting out just short of half centuries.
Brad Smith, not out on five, and Dylan Rowley, unbeaten on 13, saw proceedings through to the compulsory close.
Bolton led the way for the Saints with 6-94 from 25 overs, while Mick Roberts picked up the important wicket of Langshaw.
RK with slight edge
ROSEDALE-KILMANY will enter day two of its clash with Collegians as slight favourite, requiring 92 runs with all 10 wickets in hand.
The Warriors won the toss and sent Collegians in with the move paying off as the visitor slumped to 4-40 with Max Merton, Brad Scott and Hayden Glover in the wickets early.
Michael Cafferkey led the fightback for Collegians, finding good support in captain Mark Nicholls before the Warriors again hit back. Glover took the key wicket of Cafferkey before two quick wickets from Ian Freshwater had the Warriors back on top.
Nick Grainger batted well with the tail to ensure his bowlers had a defendable total, his 40 helping the side post 137.
Needing to negotiate a difficult 24 overs before stumps, Leigh Freshwater and Geoff Kinnish were up to the challenge. The pair will resume on 20 and 14 respectively.
Derby in the balance
THE match between cross town rivals Sale City and Sale remains in the balance after day one.
Wickets to James Dyer, Jarrod Moxley and Ben Howes had Sale on top early, but the Lizards were able to recover from 4-44. A half century from Luke Hedger and 46 from Layton Armstrong in the middle order helped the Lizards post the respectable total of 157.
Lucas Mowat was pick of the bowlers for Sale, finishing with 4/37.
Scott Howarth got the important early breakthrough before stumps.
Nico Watt and Will Hector will resume with Sale 1-6.