Vital one-day clash

BOISDALE-Briagolong will host Bundalaguah in a vital Sale-Maffra cricket clash on Saturday.

Heading into the final round of one-day matches before the mid-season break, less than 0.2 of a point separates the second and fifth-placed teams on the ladder. Boisdale-Briagolong and Bundalaguah are among this close group of teams.

Victory will see Bundalaguah return to the top four.

Last round, Bundalaguah arrested a two-game losing streak by outclassing Sale City with Mark Donald claiming six wickets and Sam and Daniel Bedggood posting half-centuries.

Against Rosedale-Kilmany, the Saints did everything right with the ball, but consistently lost wickets to fall 15 runs short of the Warriors.

A similar performance with the bat on Saturday could prove disastrous. In the round five two-day clash, Bundalaguah was too strong for the Saints at home, helped by scores of 76 from Jason Langshaw, 47 from Daniel Bedggood and 46 from Nathan Massey and four wickets from Donald.

First v second

SECOND-placed Maffra will need to regain its form as it tries to bridge the gap to top side Stratford.

The Eagles had lost their past two matches and will use the return to the one-day format to blast away that poor form at home.

Maffra was unable to successfully defend 232 against Sale last round, while Stratford continued its unbeaten start to the season with a comfortable victory against Collegians.

In round five at Stratford, the home side scored 336, passing Maffra’s 253 with five wickets to spare.

The pressure will again be on the Maffra bowlers to keep Stratford’s batsmen to a lower total.

Seeking to close gap

COLLEGIANS will enjoy some Christmas cheer if it’s able to defeat Rosedale-Kilmany at home and cut the gap to the top four to six points.

The match is also important for the Warriors, whom are part of the logjam between second and fifth on the ladder.

After a good performance against Maffra, Collegians came back to earth with a loss at home to Stratford last round.

Collegians will need to build on the efforts of import Michael Cafferkey, who is leading the association wicket-takers and is second in run-scoring.

Bowled out for just 103, Rosedale-Kilmany fought back against Boisdale-Briagolong, who was bowled out for just 88. The win kept the Warriors in fourth spot.

The Warriors’ bowling also set-up their round five victory over Collegians.

Local derby

COMING off its maiden win of the season, Sale will make the short journey to Stephenson Park to take on Sale City.

The loser will sit on the bottom of the ladder during the four-week mid-season break.

Sale put in a solid effort with the bat to chase down Maffra’s competitive score. A similar performance should see it secure victory again on Saturday.

Sale City lost at home to Bundalaguah, but batted well in the second innings to avoid an outright defeat.

The Lizards posted the first of their two victories after bowling Sale out for just 71, with only three players reaching figures.