STRATFORD has set Maffra a challenging target for day two of Sale-Maffra cricket’s 12th round.
After being 2-16, the visiting Redbacks scored 9-263 from their 80 overs on Saturday.
Lewis Bolton and Jack Rietschel steadied the Stratford innings with their 50-run third wicket partnership, which ended when Rietschel was run out for 27.
When Bolton was caught off Zach Kearns’ bowling for 33, the Redbacks were 4-86.
Chris Aurisch and Kerrod Macgregor-Davies moved the innings along, putting on 59 runs for fifth wicket until Macgregor-Davies was bowled by Josh Davis for 26.
With the score 6-199, Aurisch’s innings came to an end on 79 after being trapped in front of his stumps by Grant Thornton. The innings included seven fours and a six.
Simon Williams scored a valuable 48 not out, including three fours and three sixes, to help the Redbacks post a competitive total.
Thornton was the pick of the Maffra bowlers, taking 4-51 from 23 overs, while the other four bowlers the Eagles used all picked up a wicket each.
TWO wickets late in the day put a dampener on what had been a good day for Longford against Boisdale-Briagolong.
The Lizards bowled the Saints out for 140, but were 2-9 after batting the final 10 overs of the day.
Toby Leeds and Mick Roberts put on 51 for the third wicket in what was the visitors’ only meaningful early partnership.
Roberts was out leg before wicket to Lachlan Cunningham for 18 before Leeds was caught off Sam Baugh’s bowling for 39.
Louis Howard scored 23, but didn’t have partners stick around.
Coming in to bat at 9-113, Todd Mann contributed 22 to help give the Saints something to defend.
Steve Parry claimed 4-33 for the Lizards and Baugh 3-45.
Longford lost Mat Johns and Baugh for one and none respectively. James Barker and Cunningham batted the day out.
BUNDALAGUAH bowled Sale out for 183 at Sale Oval.
Jake Wynd claimed 5-61 from 23 overs for the Bulls, and Lachie Floyd 3-46 from 22.
Sale openers John Mayman and Rohan Blandford took the score to 40 before Blandford was out for 24 to the bowling of Cloete Buitendag.
Floyd claimed the wicket of Mayman for 60, leaving the Swans 5-116.
Ben Jones (21), Lucas Mowat (19 not out), Matt Raidal (12) and Andrew Nicholas (11) ensure Sale posted a competitive total, but the Swans will still need to be with the ball next weekend.
With one over to bat until stumps, Buitendag and Jason Langshaw survived with the Bulls 0-4.
COLLEGIANS is in a good position against Rosedale-Kilmany, despite not batting out the day.
After being sent in to bat, the home side scored 286 from 76.3 overs.
Zac Hurley scored 49 at the top of the order, but was one of Brandon McDonald’s four victims.
Hurley’s dismissal ended a 94-run fourth wicket partnership with Nick Grainger. Seven runs later, Grainger was out for 56, an innings which included six fours and two sixes.
Jayden Allison and Isaac Love added 88 runs for the seventh wicket, until Allison was caught and bowled by Cameron Freshwater for 68, which included 10 fours.
Love finished unbeaten on 50, while Matt Foster earlier contributed 25.
McDonald claimed 4-55 for the Warriors and Dylan Rowley 4-63, including the key wickets of Jack Tatterson and Stuart Anderson.
Geoff Kinnish and Love batted the final three overs of the day without losing their wicket, with RK to resume the match 0-2 on Saturday.