SMCA keeps GCL hopes alive

SALE-Maffra has kept its Gippsland Cricket League campaign alive with a two wicket win over Leongatha at Inverloch.

Several Leongatha batsmen made starts but couldn’t go on with it, with Taylor Tatterson, 4/17, and Brad Scott, 3/26, playing a big part in restricting the home side to 135.

After losing Ben Shepparson and Sam Bedggood early, Scott, Josh Rurawhe and Daniel Bedggood steadied for the Sale-Maffra before lower order contributions from Nathan Massey and Matt Dowsett edged the Sharks close to victory.

Daniel Bedggood was the key in guiding the Sharks home with an unbeaten 26, receiving good support from Tatterson.

The Sharks will host Traralgon on January 12 in a contest set to have a major bearing on which sides will qualify for the final.

TOP side Bairnsdale defeated Warragul at Hallora.

After Warragul won the toss and elected to bat, a reasonable opening stand of 31 was ruined when it lost five wickets for the addition of only 44 runs.

Opener Jake Serong (34) and star all-rounder Brad Wadlan (50) batted well for Warragul with Chris Savage (22) also contributing valuable runs, but after 44.4 overs the home team was dismissed for 162.

Wickets were evenly shared with Jake Le Maitre, Marcus Latham and Jonny Lash picking up two each.

Bairnsdale achieved a 30-run opening stand then opener Hayden Erfurth (40) and number four Rohan Blandford (44) consolidated the innings.

Even though wickets fell on a regular basis the visitors were able to just get over the line and finished on 8-164 off 48 overs. Brad Wadlan was Warragul’s best bowler claiming 3 for 22.

TRARALGON moved into second place following a win against Central Gippsland in the local derby.

Central Gippsland batted first at Duncan Cameron Park, Traralgon and achieved a very handy start of 52. Henk Condradie (32) added valuable runs but it was Riyaz Pathan who starred with an excellent 76.

Central Gippsland finished on 8-219 off its 50 overs and was in a very strong position to win its first game of the season. Connor Sloyan (3-33) and Matt Golding (2-40) were Traralgon’s most successful bowlers.

Traralgon had to work very hard to chase down the total with John Keighran (41), Mick Higgins (34) and Ben Julin (34) all making solid contributions. With nine wickets down it was left to Robert Voss (34 not out) to steer the home team to a thrilling one-wicket victory.

Henk Conradie (4-30) capped off an excellent day and Dermott Leys (4-43) also bowled very well for a gallant Central Gippsland side. Traralgon finished on 9-221 off 46.1 overs.