THE top two sides on the Sale-Maffra twenty20 cricket ladder have extended the gap to the rest of the competition following Tuesday’s round of matches.
Leader Bundalaguah and second-placed Stratford recorded comfortable victories, as did Rosedale-Kilmany and Maffra.
During Tuesday night’s round funds were raised for the Hutchings family, who recently had two members killed in a car accident at Rosedale.
BUNDALAGUAH was too strong for Sale at Sale Oval.
A blistering 64 from Matt Dowsett helped the Bulls score 8-158. Ben Howes took 3-39 for the Flying Pigs.
Adam Cairns took 5-8 off 3.4 over for the Bulls as the home side struggled in response, bowled out for 81 in the 15th over.
BEN Shepperson scored 62 as Stratford defeated Sale City at home.
Stratford posted 7-134 with former captain Andrew Tatterson scoring 18 in his first Redbacks appearance in five seasons.
Lachland Floyd claimed 3-27 for the Lizards.
Floyd scored an unbeaten 25 late in the innings as Sale City batted out its 20 overs, scoring 9-96. Lachlan Channing took 4-11 off four overs for the Redbacks.
ROSEDALE-Kilmany’s bowling set-up its away win against Collegians.
Hayden Glover, Tom Love, Brad Scott and Rohan Mayne took two wickets each as the Warriors restricted Collegians to 9-95.
The innings didn’t begin well with key batsmen Geoff Wells and Michael Cafferkey falling early to see Collegians 2-5. Mark Nicholls scored 30 and Sam Morelli 29.
The Warriors passed the Collegians’ total for the loss of two wickets with Scott, 51, and Rohan Diamond, 35, both retiring with the score on 100. Glover was unbeaten on 32 as the visitors finished on 4-135.
AN unbeaten 80 from Sam Evison steered Maffra to victory against Boisdale-Briagolong.
Sent into bat, the Saints made 9-99 with Nicoll Sandison scoring 29 and Lewis Bolton 23, while Brett Gallatly took 3-10 for the Eagles.
Evison and Brett Lanigan, 21 not out, put on 90 runs to see the Eagles to victory, finishing on 2-131.
THE twenty20 competition will resume on February 4 with the penultimate round.
Bundalaguah and Stratford can confirm places in the final with victory at home against Collegians and Boisdale-Briagolong respectively.
Sale City will host Sale and Rosedale-Kilmany will head to Maffra.
The second division will also resume the same night with Stradbroke hosting Sale and Wurruk at home against Collegians.