Weather strikes cricket again

ONLY two first grade matches were completed in Sale-Maffra cricket on Saturday, with rain forcing a premature end on the other two.

It came only a week after extreme heat forced an entire round to be abandoned.

Collegians extended its ladder lead with victory, while Sale moved into the top four.

DESPITE a 193-run opening partnership, Bundalaguah had to settle for a draw at Stratford.

Former twenty20 international batsman Travis Birt and Englishman Cal Turner put the Bulls in a strong position with their blistering opening stand.

Birt scored 110, while Turner was unbeaten on 104 when, with rain threatening to cut the match short, the innings was declared closed to give the Bulls enough time to bowl Stratford out.

The Bulls scored 6-248, with Simon Williams taking 3-55 for the Redbacks and captain Jack Rietschel 2-52.

When the rain came, the hosts were 4-40 after 9.4 overs, with no more play possible. Rietschel was unbeaten on 28, while Dylan Rowley claimed two of the wickets.

The sixth-placed Bulls are only 0.6 of a point ahead of the Redbacks in seventh. They are both four points outside the top four.

COLLEGIANS strengthened its hold on top spot, defeating bottom side Boisdale-Briagolong at home.

College scored 5-216 from its 40 overs before the Saints made 9-161.

College now has a 12-point break to second-placed Longford.

Coming together with Collegians 4-83, Jayden Allison (63) and captain Jack Tatterson (57 not out) put on 126 runs for the sixth wicket to put the ladder leaders in a strong position.

Henry Anderson scored 37 at the top of the order.

Former Collegians player Matt Goodwin claimed two wickets for the Saints.

There were promising signs for the visitors in their innings, with four batsmen reaching 20, but Collegians was able to prevent a sizeable score.

Alex Mason top-scored with 33, Louis Howard and Tom Langshaw both scored 28, and Mick Roberts 21.

Tatterson and Matt Siddall both claimed three wickets for Collegians.

SALE was too good for local rival Longford.

After scoring 8-171, the Swans bowled the Lizards out for 76.

Ben Jones stood-out in the Sale innings, scoring 70, with five teammates scoring between 10 and 19. Calum Jackson, Tom Hartley and captain David Atkinson each claimed two wickets for the visitors.

Longford couldn’t form a decent partnership, falling 95 runs short.

Extras was biggest contributor to the total, with 17 runs, while Jackson, 14, was the only Lizard to reach double figures.

Sale captain Steve Parry and John Mayman both took two wickets for the Swans, and Ben Howes two.

THE match between Rosedale-Kilmany and Maffra was abandoned because of rain.

Maffra was bowled out in its final over for 185, with the Warriors only able to bat for 10 overs, scoring 1-69.

Daniel Bedggood scored 90 for the Eagles, dominating a 79-run opening partnership with Heath Shingles, who made 22.

Once Bedggood was dismissed, one of three wickets for Will Mayne, the Eagles only added 43 more runs.

The Warriors other multiple wicket-takers were captain Brad Scott and Tim Dessent, with two each.

With rain threatening, the Warriors made quick work of their chase, scoring at more than a run a ball, but the weather eventually won out. Anthony Scott scored 32 and Dessent 28 not out.