Swans extend ladder lead

David Braithwaite

SALE extended its lead on top of the Sale-Maffra cricket ladder to 12 points after defeating Longford and second-placed Stratford’s loss to Rosedale-Kilmany.

After declaring on 9-231 the previous week, Sale bowled Longford out for 155 on Saturday.

A solid opening partnership between captain Mathew Johns and Lachlan Cunningham ended on 36, when Johns was caught off John Mayman’s bowling for 27.

Soon after, Mayman claimed Andrew Tyson’s wicket for two, leaving the home side 2-38.

Cunningham and Richard Bell took the score to 89, when Bell was run out by Coenie Nel for 16.

Steve Parry went out leg before wicket to Daniel Croft for a duck, before Macauley Lawrenson was caught for a duck.

Coming together at 5-90, Cunningham and Kerrod Macgreator-Davies put on 51 for the sixth wicket until Cunningham became Mayman’s third victim, out for 72.

The Longford tail only added 14 runs, as Mayman claimed his fourth and fifth wickets, including catching Macgregor-Davies off his own bowling for 31.

Mayman finished with 5-42 and Nel claimed two tail end wickets.

ROSEDALE-Kilmany moved into fourth place on the ladder after successfully defending 135 against Stratford.

Beginning day two 5-70, the Redbacks added only eight runs before Thomas Wrigglesworth was dismissed for eight.

Sam Anstee and Taylor Tatterson combined for a 44-run partnership, which ended when Anstee was run out by Rohan Diamond for 13.

The home side’s troubles were compounded when Dylan Bolton was bowled by Brad Scott and Tatterson was caught and bowled by Cameron Freshwater, with the score on 106.

With only one wicket in hand and still requiring 30 runs to win, Jonny Lash and Ethan Albrecht took Stratford close, but Dylan Rowley trapped Lash in front of his stumps for 16, ending the innings on 126.

After claiming three wickets last week, Rowley finished with a miserley 4-14 from 15.1 overs, while captain Hayden Glover took 2-10.

The Warriors batted a second time, making 4-113 from 44 overs. Scott was unbeaten on 43, while Diamond scored 36.

A CENTURY from Steven Spoljaric helped Bundalaguah record an important victory over Collegians.

In reply to Collegians’ 259, the Bulls resumed the match at 2-23 before Jake Wynd and Cloete Buitendag took the score to 65, when the South African was caught behind off Charlie Morrison’s bowling for 14. Wynd was also caught behind, this time off Tom Morrison’s bowling, for 35.

Coming together at 4-75, Spoljaric and captain Sam Bedggood added 69 runs until the skipper was out LBW to Tom Morrison for 21. Mat Dowsett didn’t trouble the scorers before being bowled by Noah Hurley, leading the home side 6-146.

Spoljaric was proving harder to dismiss, and worked with Eranda Aponso (10) and Lachlan Wrigglesworth (22 not out) to get the Bulls closer to victory. Spoljaric, however, became Tom Morrison’s third wicket, caught behind by Jed Malone for 136, when the Bulls were level with College’s total.

Wrigglesworth scored the winning runs as the Bulls finished on 8-264.

Tom Morrison claimed 3-37 and Charlie Morrison 2-45 for College.

AN good all-round bowling performance ensured Maffra victory over Boisdale-Briagolong.

After scoring 209, Maffra bowled the Saints out for 123.

The home side was in trouble at 4-15, with Nathan Magnuson and David Griffiths, who had an 80-run final wicket partnership the previous week, taking two wickets each.

Matt Goodwin was the rock of the Boisdale-Briagolong innings, but couldn’t find someone to establish a strong partnership with. When Goodwin was caught of Josh Davis’ bowling for 27 off 84 balls, the Saints were 7-63.

Nicoll Sandison made sure Boisdale-Briagolong scored more than 100. Sandison was the final wicket to fall, for 51, with the Saints all out for 123.

Eagles captain Davis took 3-34, with Magnuson, Griffiths and Ben Durrant each claiming two wickets.

Needing to bat an over to reach the minimum required in a day, Brett Lanigan faced six balls from Steve Noble before stumps were pulled from the pitch.