Sharks seek GCL hat-trick

SALE-Maffra will be involved in all three Gippsland Cricket League finals this Sunday.

The Sale-Maffra seniors are aiming for a hat-trick of premierships, when they play Bairnsdale at Leongatha.

While the Sharks are undefeated this season, they had to work hard for their win over Bairnsdale in round three at Stratford.

The Sharks were in control after bowling Bairnsdale out for 130, but the loss to quick wickets saw them winning by just one wicket. Jack Lind claimed five wickets for the visitors.

Stephan Grobler has taken 11 wickets for Bairnsdale this GCL season, while Jack Rietschel and Jack Tatterson have claimed eight each for the Sharks.

Bairnsdale’s Scott Davidson is the GCL’s leading run-scorer, averaging 91.5, while Sale-Maffra’s Brad Scott is the third highest.

Longford captain David Atkinson and veteran Stuart Anderson come into the Sharks side which defeated Leongatha in the final round last month, replacing Nathan Massey and Isaac Love.

THE Sale-Maffra under 18s will play Central Gippsland, at Leongatha, for the second consecutive weekend.

The Sharks lost the twenty20 final to Central Gippsland last Sunday.

Connor Hughes scored an unbeaten 65 for Sale-Maffra in the twenty20 final, taking his season tally to 223 runs at an average of 44.6. Teammate Zac Hurley has scored the second most runs, 132.

Charlie Morrison has taken seven wickets for the Sharks, the same amount as Central Gippsland’s Hayden Kimpton.

The teams’ round three match at Rosedale was abandoned because of rain with Sale-Maffra in a strong position.

The only undefeated team in the under 18s this season, Central Gippsland finished only three points ahead of Sale-Maffra on the ladder at the end of the preliminary rounds.

The Sharks will be looking to make amends for their grand final loss last year to Warragul.

SALE-Maffra will also play Central Gippsland in the under 16 grand final, at Korumburra.

When the teams met in round four at Morwell, the Sharks won by 166 runs, with Noah Hurley scoring 90.

Hurley has been the stand-out player, leading both the runs and wickets. He is averaging 72.33 with the bat this season, and has claimed 13 wickets.

Kyle O’Reilly has also made a good contribution with the bat for Sale-Maffra, while Jake Wynd has taken 10 wickets.

Aydan Connolly has been the best of the Central Gippsland batsmen, having also been effective with the ball along with Riley White.

LAST Sunday, Sale-Maffra booked its place in the women’s grand final with victory over Leongatha.

The win put Sale-Maffra 18 points ahead of three teams, including Leongatha.

Tamara Hall retired on 52 and Keira Morley scored 29 in Sale-Maffra’s innings of 6-175.

Leongatha was bowled out for 32 inside 18 overs. Grace Wrigglesworth took 3-10 and Meika King 2-7.

In the day’s other match, Callignee and Traralgon South defeated Warragul.

Sale-Maffra will have the bye in the last round before the final on March 4.