MAFFRA is in a good position to claim victory against Sale, after the first day of Sale-Maffra cricket’s fourth round.
The Eagles will resume the home game on 2-53, needing another 131 runs to win.
Sale was bowled out for 183, with Rohan Blandford helping the Swans avoid embarrassment by scoring 91.
Blandford and Ben Jones put on the innings’ only partnership of note, 64 for the fifth wicket, until Jones was caught and bowled by Eagles captain Josh Davis for 31.
It was Davis’ third wicket, having earlier dismissed Sale captain Nathan Massey for one and Matt Raidal for six.
Davis trapped Blandford in front of his stumps, then had Taylor Reid caught off his bowling for a duck, leaving the Swans 7-161. Hayden Glover was run-out for 15 soon after.
Davis toiled for 23 overs, finishing with 5-52.
Grant Thornton took the final two wickets, he bowled 14.3 overs for 2-44.
Nathan Magnuson claimed the first two wickets for the Eagles, finishing with 2-47 from 18 overs.
Maffra had 15 overs to bat until stumps, but lost Heath Shingles, bowled by Jones for eight.
Nick Wozniak and Jack Egan got the run flowing until Egan’s timber was disrupted by a John Mayman delivery, out for nine, late in the day.
The Eagles ended the day 2-53, with Wozniak 34 and Ben Sly yet to get off the mark.
COLLEGIANS is in control of its match against Longford, batting day one out to score 351.
Zac Hurley top-scored with 86, while Charlie Morrison scored 79.
They put on 60 runs for the third wicket.
Openers Hurley and Tom Morrison took the score to 69 before Sam Baugh trapped Morrison leg before wicket for 16. Baugh had Matt Foster LBW for a duck soon after.
Hurley and Morrison’s steadying partnership ended when the former was caught off Tom Black’s bowling.
Morrison was joined by Jayden Allison for a 58-run stand, which ended when Allison was run out for 29.
The runs didn’t stop there, as Morrison and Jack Tatterson combined for a 66-run partnership. Morrison’s innings ended when he was caught off Calum Jackson’s bowling.
Tatterson made 41, Jackson’s second victim, while Stuart Anderson scored 35, Isaac Love 30 and Mark Nicholls 18 to give the visiting Lizards a massive chase this Saturday.
Baugh and Jackson bowled 27 and 21 overs respectively, and both claimed four wickets.
TWO late wickets boosted Boisdale-Briagolong’s chances of defeating Bundalaguah at home.
After being bowled out for 226, the Saints had the Bulls 2-8 at stumps.
With the home team 2-31, captain Toby Leeds and Jack Wrigglesworth put on 106 runs for the third wicket before Leeds was bowled by Gayashan Munsinghe for 81.
When Wrigglesworth was trapped LBW by Cloete Buitendag for 55, the Saints were 4-155.
Alistair Sandison (34) pushed the total along with help from IanWrigglesworth (16), and Jordan Price (11), but the Saints were bowled out with seven overs to play.
Buitendag claimed 3-63 from 21 overs, while Munsinghe, Latham Wishart and Nathan Whitford took two wickets each.
Bundalaguah lost opening batsmen Jake Wynd and Kyle O’Reilly without scoring. Wynd was caught off Jack Wrigglesworth’s bowling, while O’Reilly was bowled by Todd Mann.
ROSEDALE-KILMANY needs another 77 runs, with eight wickets in hand, to defeat Stratford.
The Warriors will resume the match at 2-42 after bowling the visiting Redbacks out for 118.
The Stratford innings began disastrously, falling 5-23 then 7-49. Brad Scott claimed three of the first four wickets, while Dylan Rowley and Rohan Diamond took two each.
Nathan Pollard got a start, but was caught by Scott off Diamond’s bowling for 24.
Kerrod Macgregor-Davies ensured the Redbacks got passed 100, smashing 59.
Macgregor-Davies was the ninth wicket to fall, to the bowling of Rowley, who claimed the 10th without another run added.
Hopes were up for Stratford when Will Mayne trapped Sam Lucas-Laws LBW without a score on the board before Dylan Bolton bowled Thomas Love for seven.
Leigh Freshwater (26) and Diamond (three) took the Warriors to stumps with their wickets in in-tact.