STRATFORD’S defence of its Sale-Maffra twenty20 cricket title ended on Tuesday night.
The Redbacks fell to fifth place after losing their final round match to top side Rosedale-Kilmany.
At Stratford, The Warriors made 8-127 before the Redbacks were bowled out for 85.
The top four sides all won three of their four matches, separated on the ladder by percentage.
In their semi-finals on January 12, the Warriors will host the Sale Flying Pigs, while the Sale Flying Piglets will welcome Collegians.
THE Sale Flying Piglets sealed second spot on the ladder with a 10-run victory over the Wurruk Windies.
Sent in to bat, the visiting Sale side went from 3-88 to finish with 9-109. Will Hector scored 34, Jack Wrigglesworth 18, and Campbell Meade and Justin Mitrevski 14 each.
With 5-13, Jamie Delahunty helped put the brakes on the Sale innings.
The Windies scored 9-99 with Steven Johns making 24, Duane Oldham 16 and Craig Young 15. Anthony Clissold claimed three wickets for the Flying Piglets.
SALE won both contests against Wurruk, with the Flying Pigs defeating the Toads.
The Toads scored 7-88, led by Jai Walker’s unbeaten 22 and 16 from Tony Wallace. Matt Raidal and Chris Hudson took two wickets each for the home side.
The Flying Pigs passed the Toads’ total three wickets down, finishing their 20 overs on 6-119.
Brad Farmer top-scored on 33, Raidal retired on 27 and Adam Jackson made 16.
NINETY-TWO from Nick Grainger set-up Collegians’ victory over Longford.
The opener’s innings was the foundation for Collegians’ 9-145. Matt George was the next best scorer with 19.
The Lizards struggled in reply, finished on 9-50. Mark Nicholls claimed 4-1 for Collegians.