Sharks succeed again

SALE-MAFFRA won its second consecutive Gippsland Cricket League women’s premiership after defeating Bairnsdale in a closely fought grand final on Sunday.

After winning the toss, the Sharks invited Bairnsdale to bat in the heat, with the match reduced from 40 overs per side to 36.

After slumping to 5-22, a fightback from Beckie Stevens (53 not out) enabled Bairnsdale to post a competitive 6-114.

In reply, Sale-Maffra was 3-39 before taking control of the match, moving the score to 90 without further loss.

Four quick wickets then had Bairnsdale back in contention, but a patient innings from Abby Wrigglesworth saw the Sharks home with an over to spare.

Stevens was awarded the player of the match for her unbeaten half-century and bowling figures of 1-15 from seven overs, which included two maidens.