Two games delayed

RAIN late last week affected two first grade matches Sale-Maffra cricket.

Rain came before pitches at Briagolong and Maffra were covered.

Play in the match between Boisdale-Briagolong and Stratford was abandoned for the day, while 43 overs were possible in Maffra’s game against Longford.

While there was no play between Boisdale-Briagolong and Stratford, that match will get underway next weekend under two-day rules, with no compulsory closure of innings.

AN unbeaten century from Mark Nicholls helped Collegians recover to make a competitive total against Bundalaguah.

At 6-93, the visitors were in trouble before Nicholls and Nick Grainger combined for a 107-run partnership.

After Grainger was dismissed for 30, Nicholls continued his innings, which ended on 106 when the team was all out for 246.

Jack Tatterson continued his good start to the season with the bat, scoring 42 while wickets were falling around him early. Jayden Allison scored 29.

Dylan Rowley took three of the first six wickets for the Bulls, while brother Mitch claimed two.

In his first grade debut, 13-year-old Jake Wynd claimed a wicket. Wynd became Bundalaguah’s youngest first grade player since Travis Birt, who went on to play twenty20 for Australia, 20 seasons ago.

Bundalaguah opening batsmen Ben Saxon and Jason Langshaw faced the nine remaining overs until stumps without loss, posting 16 runs.

ROSEDALE-Kilmany set Sale 201 runs for victory.

Rohan Diamond and Anthony Scott both scored 45 as the Warriors were dismissed in the final over of the day for 200. Cameron Whiteoak scored 22 and Brad Scott 21.

For Sale, David Dowdell claimed 3-41, while Ben Jones and Tom Wicks each took two wickets.

LONGFORD reached 9-104 at the end of a shortened day’s play at Maffra.

Harry Thackray ripped through the Lizards’ line-up, claiming 6-33.

Mark Chadwick top-scored for Longford on 29, while Mitch Bennett is unbeaten on 22. Bennett and Lachlan Floyd will resume the Lizards’ innings this Saturday, hoping for a decent partnership to give the Eagles a tricky chase.