Hail ends GCL match

A HAIL storm put an end to Sale-Maffra’s bid for a first up Gippsland Cricket League victory over Bairnsdale on Sunday.

Winning the toss and electing to bat at Bundalaguah, Bairnsdale was in trouble at 3-26 before a fine partnership of 82 between Ray Stevens (57) and Mikael Hulme (36) restored the situation for the visitor.

Having already experienced interruptions to play, Bairnsdale reached 5-157 from 42.2 overs in a match which had already been reduced to 46 overs per side before a hail storm saw the match abandoned.

Simon Williams led the way for Sale-Maffra with 2-27.

Traralgon defeated Leongatha in the only senior match to get a result, reaching 5-188 in reply to 121 at Wonthaggi.

Lee Stockdale was the stand-out, his 88 earning himself man of the match honours. Spinner Ben Julin served the visitors well with the ball, claiming four wickets.

No play was possible in the match between Warragul and Central Gippsland at Hallora.

SALE-MAFFRA went down to Bairnsdale at Stratford in the only match completed in the under 18s.

Ben Jones contributed 33 at the top of the order but had to watch wickets fall around him after the home side had won the toss. Zach Penn and Louis Howard were the only other batsmen to reach double figures with Sale-Maffra bundled out for 89.

Bairnsdale raced to 2/97 in reply before the rain set in.

Spinner Jack Rietschel took the two wickets for Sale-Maffra.

Matches between Warragul and Central Gippsland at Drouin, and Leongatha and Traralgon at Leongatha, were abandoned without a ball being bowled.

SALE-MAFFRA also went down in the under 16s, falling short against Warragul at Sale.

Warragul reached 8-160 from their allotted 50 overs before bundling out the home side for 89.

Zac Knight took two wickets for Sale-Maffra, with one each to Isaac Love, Kerrod Macgregor-Davies, Justin Mitchell and Mitch Thacker. The Sharks were also efficient in the field, completing two run outs, but were unable to back it up with the bat.

Traralgon found itself in trouble against Bairnsdale at Glenaladale, and was lucky to come away with a draw. Traralgon was 4-74 in reply to Bairnsdale’s 197.

Leongatha had the bye.