Bulls bid for four back-to-back titles

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FOR the second consecutive season, Bundalaguah will be represented in all four Sale-Maffra Cricket Association senior grand finals.

Last season the Bulls became the first club in SMCA history to win four senior premierships in one season.

Collegians narrowly missed the chance to send all four of its teams to the grand final, after losing its first grade semi-final to Bundalaguah by 10 runs.

With Bundalaguah taking on Rosedale-Kilmany for the first grade premiership next weekend, the Bulls and Collegians will meet in the three lower grade grand finals.

A CENTURY from captain James Mathews guided Bundalaguah to victory over Rosedale-Kilmany in the second grade semi-final.

Collegians booked the other place in the grand final by defeating Wurruk.

The second grand final will be played at the College Oval.

At Bundalaguah, the Bulls scored 270 with Mathews scoring 106 and Nick French 68. Mathews and French put on 131 for the fifth wicket.

Sam Tudor, 36, earlier combined with Mathews for a 70-run fourth wicket stand.

Jeff Warren and Will Mayne claimed four wickets each for the Warriors.

The visitors began their reply well, until losing both openers, including Jack Rowland for 30, with the score on 44. From there, the Warriors struggled, eventually all out for 86.

Trevor Wrigglesworth was the Bulls’ leading wicket-taker, with 3-25.

There was a late start to play in the other semi-final at Sale Oval because of overnight rain, with 70 overs possible on Saturday.

Collegians was in a solid position at stumps, 7-184, before completing its allotted 75 overs on Sunday on 9-220.

Matthew George top-scored with 60, while Shaun Skeen made 25. Jonny Honeyman, Eranda Aponso and Brad Light claimed two wickets each for the Toads.

Wurruk’s innings never got going as it was all out for 79, with Tony Wallace scoring 27. Luke Nicholls took 3-7 and Lachie Dowd 2-5 for Collegians.

BUNDALAGUAH survived a scare from Nambrok to set-up a third grade grand final against Collegians.

In reply to the Bulls’ 203, 92 from Al Robinson took Nambrok within sight of victory, however his dismissal by Zach Knight triggered a collapse. Nambrok lost 5-9 to be all out for 179.

A 109-run fourth wicket partnership between Robinson and Hayden Mowat (33) had Nambrok in a good position, but ended with Mowat’s run-out in the search for quick runs.

Knight took four of the final six wickets, finishing with 4-24.

On Saturday, Nick Fowler scored 55, Scott Schuback 49 and captain Pat Brady 24 for the Bulls. Nambrok captain Mark Russell took 5-49.

Collegians was too strong for Wurruk at home.

After scoring 191, Collegians bowled the Toads out for 115.

Al Griffin top-scored for the home side with 52, while Alex Downie made 32. Duane Oldham and Peter Lear claimed three wickets each for Wurruk.

On Sunday, Lachlan Bown took 4-13 for Collegians.

The thirds grand final will be played at the Stead Street Reserve in Sale.

THE fourths grand final will be played on the College astro between Collegians and the Bundalaguah Bulls.

Collegians overcame an early batting collapse to win its semi-final at Stead St against the Bundalaguah Yaks.

Collegians lost four quick wickets, but Jeff Robbins and Craig Paterson, who retired on 53 and 50 respectively, resurrected the innings. An unbeaten 23 from Brett Foat helped Collegians reach 6-178 from its 40 overs.

Shayne Tilley was the Yaks’ leading wicket-taker with 4-20.

The Yaks were bowled out for 109 with Brendan Laird scoring 28 and Pierce Kidson-Purry 24. Robbins and Steven Rees took three wickets each for Collegians.

The Bundalaguah Bulls were too strong for Wurruk at Stephenson Park.

Tom Anderson and Michael Telling retired on 51 and 50 respectively as the Bulls scored 7-199.

The Toads began their innings disastrously, falling to 5-3. They recovered somewhat, but were all out for 60. Mitch Templeton claimed 3-15 for the Bulls.

SMCA grand finals

Saturday and Sunday:

First grade: Rosedale-Kilmany v Bundalaguah, 12.15pm at Sale Oval.

Second grade: Bundalaguah v Collegians, 12.30pm at College Oval.

Third grade: Bundalaguah v Collegians, 12.30pm at Stead Street Reserve.

Fourth grade (Saturday only): Collegians v Bundalaguah Bulls, 12.30pm at College astro.