Sharks outplayed

SALE-Maffra was outplayed by Warragul in its round two Gippsland Cricket League match at the College Oval in Sale on Sunday.

Sent in to bat, the visitor made 9-176 with opener Fraser Duncan making 44. Duncan had support from Wilson Pollock, 27, and captain Daniel Hamilton, 24 in two useful partnerships.

Jason Croft, 20, and Ryan Williams, 19, added valuable runs late in the innings.

Michael Cafferkey and Simon Williams took two wickets each for the Sharks.

The home side slumped to 3-21 following the wickets of Josh Rurawhe, Brett Lanigan and Ben Shepperson.

Wickets continued to fall at a steady rate as batsmen were unable to press on after making starts. The Sharks were bowled out for 102 in the 43rd over.

Nathan Massey top-scored with 16, while Bundalaguah teammates Sam Bedggood made 15 and captain Matt Dowsett 14.

Chris Savage claimed 3-24 for Warragul with Brad Wadlan and Croft taking two wickets each.

The result put Warragul on top of the ladder and the Sharks in last place on the ladder, although they are only three points outside the top two.

Sale-Maffra’s next match will be on December 1 against Leongatha at Inverloch.

BAIRNSDALE notched up an important victory by defeating Traralgon at Meerlieu.

Traralgon batted first and reached 27 before the loss of its first wicket. This was followed by a disastrous collapse which saw the visitor lose 5-22.

It was only some lusty hitting at the finish from Tom Shippen (30) and Ryan Delaney (28 not out) which saw Traralgon reach for 147.

Luke Schumann starred with the ball for Bairnsdale, capturing 5-29.

In reply, Bairnsdale lost an early wicket but a second wicket partnership of 88 between Luke Schumann and Gabriel Warwick (21) saw the home team well-placed.

Traralgon fought back to pick up four quick wickets but clearly did not have enough runs on the board. Schumann went to finish with an unbeaten 101 in what was an outstanding individual performance.

Bairnsdale finished on 8-183 with Matt Golding taking 4-40 for Traralgon.

LEONGATHA returned to the winners’ list with a victory over Central Gippsland at Yallourn.

Central Gippsland batted first and achieved a good start of 50 between Henk Conradie (28) and Riyaz Pathan (13) however it lost three wickets for only two runs against some excellent Leongatha bowling.

Wickets continued to fall on a regular basis with only Andrew Philip (25) offering any resistance.

Central Gippsland was all out for 118 in the 38th over. Skipper Tim Wightman claimed 4-32 off his 10 overs and he was well supported by Weerasingha Silva (3-28) and Charith Keertishinge (3-12).

Leongatha was in some early strife at 3-34, however a partnership of 76 between Mitchell Clark (46) and Daniel Salmon (34) saved the day. After 44 overs Leongatha was 5-123 and returned to the GCL winning list.

Brandon McDonald (2-17) and Dermott Leys (2-18) were Central Gippsland’s best bowlers.