Sharks circle spot in final

IN top spot on the Gippsland Cricket League ladder, Sale-Maffra will be looking to seal a place in the final this Sunday.

The Sharks will host defending champion Bairnsdale at Stratford in the penultimate round.

After their big win over Traralgon, the Sharks are on top, only three points ahead of Central Gippsland and Traralgon. With six points for a win, victory this Sunday may not guarantee a finals berth.

Brad Scott and Nathan Massey come back into the Sharks’ side, while Brett Lanigan, who made a century for Maffra, has also been included.

Jack Rietschel and Ben Jones have been named in the Gippsland Pride team to play in the regional under 21 final on Sunday.

Josh Davis and Leigh Freshwater are also out from the Sale-Maffra side which defeated Traralgon last round.

Bairnsdale needs to win to keep its hopes of back-to-back premierships alive.

In its last round defeat to Central Gippsland, Bairnsdale was bowled out for just 64.

Former Sale-Maffra player Dylan Bolton has taken six wickets in the GCL for Bairnsdale this season.

In other matches this Sunday, Leongatha will host Traralgon and Warragul will welcome Central Gippsland.

IT is also the penultimate round in the under 18s, with Sale-Maffra to play Bairnsdale at Briagolong.

In fourth place after losing its most recent loss to Traralgon, Sale-Maffra has to defeat its second-placed opponent this Sunday to keep its hopes of making the final alive.

Both Sale-Maffra junior teams will be missing players who are part of the Catholic College Sale side taking part in the Marist carnival in Sydney.

VICTORY over Central Gippsland will guarantee Sale-Maffra a place in the under 16s final.

The young Sharks will head to Maryvale Reserve, Morwell, this Sunday for their final round contest.

Sale-Maffra sits in second place, trailing ladder leader Warragul on percentage.

Victory for Central Gippsland would open the door for it and third-placed Leongatha to make the final. Both sides are only a win behind Sale-Maffra on the ladder.

THE Sale-Maffra women will play Warragul at Rosedale in the third last round.

Sale-Maffra is in second place, while Warragul is yet to win this season.

With ladder leader Morwell likely to defeat Bairnsdale, a win for Sale-Maffra this Sunday would all but seal it a place in the final.