WITH ball dominating bat on day one, the batsman controlled proceedings as round five of Sale-Maffra cricket concluded on Saturday.
The teams batting second in all four matches emerged victorious.
COLLEGIANS captain Jack Tatterson scored just the second first grade century of the season as his side proved good for Sale.
The home side began the day in a commanding position, on 2-112 in reply to the Swans’ 150.
Jayden Allison (20) was the third Collegians’ batsman dismissed with victory in sight, but Elliott Durrant continued to pile on the runs.
Durrant fell four runs short of his first century in club cricket, caught by Matt Raidal off Jacob Westland’s bowling. It was one of five wickets for Westland.
Tatterson continued the charge, finishing unbeaten on 104. Collegians used all the available overs, batting for 101 overs, scoring 8-369.
The victory kept Collegians a clear second on the ladder.
BOISDALE-Briagolong is narrowly outside the top four after its big victory over Maffra.
After bowling the Eagles out for 121, the Saints batted for 98 overs to score 7-332.
Captain Mick Roberts and Tom Langshaw resumed the innings on Saturday, putting on 119 for the second wicket before Roberts was dismissed for 62. The wicket fell with the Saints only a run behind the visitors’ total.
With victory assured soon after, Langshaw kept going, combining with Toby Leeds for a 75-run partnership. However, Langshaw was denied a century, caught off Josh Davis’ bowling for 97.
If the Eagles thought the runs would dry up with Langshaw’s dismissal, they would have been wrong, as Jordan Price also joined the party.
Leeds made 59, while Price was unbeaten on 63 was play came to an end.
BUNDALAGUAH moved into third place after victory over Longford.
In reply to the Lizards’ 8-172, the home side batted at a quick rate to reel in its target midway through the afternoon.
Ben Saxon contributed 33 early before Adrian Burgiel and Nathan Massey put on 108 for the fourth wicket. The partnership came to an end when Burgiel was dismissed for 95, caught and bowled by Chris Camm.
Massey was caught and bowled by Tom Smith for 67. Shortly after, the Bulls declared on 6-252.
The Lizards batted the final 21 overs of the match, scoring 3-52. Keenan Hughes scored 26, while Mitch Bennett was 21 not out.
IN the closest match of the round, ladder leader Rosedale-Kilmany defeated Stratford.
Beginning the day on 3-20 in reply to the Redbacks’ 123, captain Brad Scott and Michael Walters took the Warriors’ score to 50 when the former was dismissed by Jack Rietschel for 29. Anthony Scott was dismissed without scoring soon after.
When Walters was out for 26, the Warriors were 6-107, giving the visitors a glimmer of hope. However, Jake Benfield and Isaac Love were able to see their side to victory, putting on a 46-run partnership.
Benfield scored 71 with the Warriors all out for 176. Kieren Donoghue took 3-19 for the Redbacks.
The Redbacks batted a second time, making 1-10 in four overs before the captains agreed to call time.