Collegians aiming for back-to-back

COLLEGIANS will be looking to complete an unbeaten season in the under 16s and 14s this Sunday and claim back-to-back Sale-Maffra cricket premierships in both grades.

Collegians will meet Sale City in the under 16 grand final at Sale Oval and Bundalaguah in a rematch of last year’s under 14 grand final on the Heyfield turf.

LAST weekend, Collegians booked its place in the under 16 grand final with a semi-final victory over Maffra.

Collegians finished its allotted 48 overs on 5-179 with Elliott Durrant retiring on 50, captain Tim Dessent making 48 and Tom Anderson 35.

Collegians did well to restrict the Maffra batsmen, who finished on 7-121, led by Jim Reeves with 29 and Zach Kearns 26 not out. Charlie Morrison and Zac Hurley claimed two wickets each for Collegians.

Sale City set-up its semi-final win over Bundalaguah with a good bowling performance.

Connor Hughes claimed six wickets as the Bulls were bowled out for 79. Lachlan Cunningham took two wickets.

Bundalaguah captain Thomas Glenn scored 22 and Declan Barnett 17.

The Lizards passed the Bulls’ score for the loss of two wickets with Hughes unbeaten on 28 and Cunningham 24 not out, while captain Thomas Smith scored 17. Mitch Rowley claimed both wickets for the Bulls.

BUNDALAGUAH advanced to the under 14 grand final after a thrilling tie against Sale.

The Bulls’ higher ladder position ensured their season continued.

Brayden Glenn took five wickets for the Bulls as Sale was bowled out late on day one for 155. Megen Wrigglesworth claimed two wickets.

Sale captain Joseph Ziino top scored with 39, Cameron Wrigglesworth scored 35 not out, Connor Lay 25 and Ben Burrowes 17.

Bundalaguah began well with openers Lachlan Scott (33) and Zak Russell (21) putting on 54 runs. The Bulls then lost wickets at regular intervals before being all out for 155. Toby O’Reilly scored 24 and Glenn 21.

Daniel Padula claimed three wickets for Sale and Burrowes two.

Collegians was too strong for Maffra in the other semi-final.

Collegians scored 5-170 with Jed Malone and Mitchell Bown retiring on 36 and Henry Anderson retiring on 35.

Maffra was dismissed for 50 with Tom Morrison and Noah Hurley taking three wickets each and Daniel Ireland two.