SALE-Maffra’s Gippsland Cricket League title defence didn’t get off to a good start, with the Sharks going down to Central Gippsland at Bundalaguah on Sunday.
Brad Scott got the early breakthrough for the Sharks, but Central Gippsland captain Anthony Bloomfield and Daniel Siddle combined with a partnership of 82 to steady.
Siddle was the next to go, with Nathan Massey completing some smart glove-work off the bowling of Jack Rietschel. Rietschel did his bit to help restrict Central Gippsland, conceding just 19 from his 10 overs.
Following the breakthrough, the Sharks were able to take wickets at regular intervals, with Fraser Smith managing 30 to help Central Gippsland post 9-167.
Josh Davis and Dylan Bolton took two wickets each, while Rohan Diamond cleaned up the tail to finish with 3-14.
The Sharks struggled to get going in reply, eventually bowled out for 143.
Josh Rurawhe and Jack Tatterson kept the Sharks in the contest, but wickets fell around them at regular intervals. Taylor Tatterson was the only other batsman to reach double figures, unbeaten on 18.
For Central Gippsland, Mitchell Cowell set them on the way with two early wickets, while Tim Dowe picked up the key middle order wickets to finish with 3-34.
Chris Johnson was the other multiple wicket taker with 2-21, while Callum Buckley picked up the valuable wicket of Jack Tatterson.
The Sharks still had 10 overs to spare, and were left to rue a missed opportunity.
BAIRNSDALE defeated Leongatha at Lucknow.
Ray Stevens notched up a handy 51 and he was well supported by Rohan Blanford who contributed a valuable 47 as Bairnsdale finished with 180 off 49.1 overs. Tim Wightman (3-28), Alan Jenkins (2-18) and Shane Dole (2-34) were best with the ball for Leongatha.
In reply Leongatha was cruising at 1-74 but collapsed to be all out for 118. Only Thomas Wyatt (40) and Jason Wilson (25) could make any impression with the bat for the visitors.
Fine bowling from Nick Davies (3-12), Dion Holden (3-15) and skipper Marcus Latham (2-20) sealed the victory for last year’s runner-up.
TRARALGON had a comfortable win over Warragul at Hallora.
The home side collapsed to be all out for a miserable 89 in only 39.2 overs. Trevor Gardiner top-scored with 21.
Ben Julin was outstanding for Traralgon, capturing 5-25 off 8.2 overs and he received great assistance from Todd Mann, skipper Michael Warne and Matt Golding.
Traralgon was able to reach the low target quite comfortably and lost five wickets along the way. Jordan Gilmore steered his team to victory with an excellent 41 not out as the visitor closed at 5-93.
Aaron Fawcett (3-37) was the stand-out with the ball for Warragul.
AN impressive effort with the ball set up Sale-Maffra’s big win over Leongatha in the under 18s at Briagolong.
After posting 9-145, the Sharks made short work of the Leongatha line-up, bowling the visitors out for just 30.
Several Sale-Maffra batsmen made starts but couldn’t go on with it, with Mitch Leeds scoring 35 to help the Sharks post a competitive total. Ben Collins finished unbeaten on 16.
Ned Hurley and Andrew McKenzie made short work of the Leongatha line-up, with Jack Wrigglesworth and Collins finishing the job.
Extras top-scored for the visitors with seven.
SALE-Maffra also defeated Leongatha in the under 16s.
After being sent in at College Oval, a half-century from Tim Dessent and 42 from Harrison Evans helped the Sharks post 4-142.
Leongatha could only manage 96 in reply, with Connor Hughes and Mitch Rowley picking up three wickets.
SALE-Maffra’s women successfully chased down Warragul’s 5-155 at Wurruk to earn its first GCL win in 610 days.
In a remarkable match which featured a total of 97 extras in 71 overs, Sale-Maffra finished 11 runs to the good with the match called with nine overs still remaining.
Rachel Fink finished the pick with 2-24, but each Sale-Maffra player contributed to restricting Warragul, with all 11 players taking their turn with the ball.
Teagan Fairbrother led the way with the bat with 40, while Olivia Lay, Fink and Rachael Green all made contributions to help see Sale-Maffra home.