Country Week cricket concludes

RAIN ruined any hopes Sale-Maffra had of claiming the under 15 title at cricket’s Junior Country Week in the Latrobe Valley last week.

Undefeated for the week, the side finished in third place behind winner Leongatha and Warragul.

Sale-Maffra won its first three games against Bairnsdale, Central Gippsland and Alberton to sit on top of the table, but fell to third place after a bye on Thursday.

Sale-Maffra needed an outright victory defeat Warragul on Friday to have a chance of finishing on top.

With rain expected in Traralgon, the match was moved to Yinnar.

Warragul scored an imposing 3-164 from its 50 overs, but Sale-Maffra never got the chance to bat with rain washing out play. Ironically, there wasn’t enough rain to wash-out play at Traralgon.

Leongatha finished on top, winning all four matches, including two outright.

The star of the week was Sale-Maffra’s Connor Hughes. The Sale City batsman scored a competition-high 198 runs at an average of 66, including a top score of 113 against Central Gippsland. Hughes also claimed 11 wickets, at an average of 6.45, with a best of 3-6.

Collegians’ Zac Hurley scored 103 runs for the week.

IN the under 14s, Sale-Maffra finished with two wins from five matches.

After winnings its first match against Central Gippsland on Monday, Sale-Maffra’s under 14 team lost its next three games.

On Thursday, the side lost to Traralgon.

Sale-Maffra was bowled out for 92 with Brendan Laird and captain Shaun May run out for 32 and 31 respectively. Traralgon replied with 7-132.

Sale-Maffra finished with victory over Bairnsdale on Friday.

Noah Hurley scored 47 not out and Jake Wynd 44 as Sale-Maffra finished on 8-182. Bairnsdale was then bowled out for 67 with Jonty McGuiness claiming 4-13.

Batting a second time, Sale-Maffra scored 6-59.

Warragul narrowly won the title ahead of Central Gippsland, Traralgon and Leongatha.

May was Sale-Maffra’s leading run-scorer, making 133 at 26.6, while Laird and Will Wayne claimed five wickets each.