High scoring SMCA round before Christmas break

Liam Durkin

HIGH scores were the order of the day in the final round of Sale-Maffra cricket before the Christmas break.

The results have created a logjam in the middle of the ladder, with only one win separating teams ranked three to six.

LONGFORD recorded its first win for the season.

Batting first against Boisdale-Briagolong, England international player Steve Parry went to the top of the order and got busy with fellow countryman Richard Bell, as the pair put on 106 for the second wicket. Parry ended up making 70 from 68 balls, while Bell continued his strong season with a fourth half century.

More runs came from Kerrod Macgregor-Davies, who scored 27, as the Lizards closed their innings with a good total of 7-205.

The Saints got themselves back into the game after Parry and Bell’s partnership, with pace bowler Jonathan Beech getting the key breakthroughs.

Beech finished with figures of 3-35, to go with a run out in what was an all-English affair at one stage when Beech was bowling to Parry, Bell and Macauley Lawrenson.

Todd Mann also chipped in with two wickets, taking his season tally to 13.

In reply, Boisdale-Briagolong didn’t do its chances of winning any favours when it slipped to 3-24.

Longford opening bowler Clinton Osborne made the most of the new ball by knocking over two early scalps, and set a positive tone for the remainder of the innings.

Saints skipper Toby Leeds did his best to resurrect the situation and got himself to 29 before falling to Cameron Wrigglesworth. From there, Boisdale-Briagolong lost a steady flow of wickets, as Longford closed in on victory.

Tom Langshaw batted with the tail and farmed most of the strike as wickets fell around him. Langshaw was the final wicket to fall, and when he was run out for 48 the Saints were well short of the total required.

Osborne and Wrigglesworth both walked off the field with figures of 2-35.

BUNDALAGUAH became the first team to defeat Sale this season, getting home by 22 runs in a see-sawing game.

Batting first, the Bulls put together 7-187 from their allotted overs.

Sale began well, with John Mayman taking a pair of early wickets to leave Bundalaguah 2-16, before Steve Spoljaric and Cloete Buitendag combined to put on 68 for the third wicket.

Spoljaric made 44, while Buitendag did the bulk of the scoring as the innings progressed and remained unbeaten on 81.

Mayman’s two early wickets saw him finish with figures of 2-25, and Andrew Nicholls took 2-38 as Sale opted to give all of its front line bowlers their maximum overs.

Sale’s response began positively as Mayman and Tim Dessent put on 46 for the first wicket, with the former making 28. But once Spoljaric was brought into the attack and dismissed both openers, the Bulls wrestled back the advantage.

A run out a few overs later left Sale 3-74, which brought Coenie Nel and Nathan Massey to the crease. The pair put on 50 for the fourth wicket, but Spoljaric was again the man for the occasion, taking the wicket of Massey just as the Sale wicket-keeper looked set.

Nel was then dismissed by fellow South African Buitendag, which set about a dramatic fall of wickets as the Swans lost 5-35 to be bowled out for 166.

The Bundalaguah bowling group put together a clinical performance, with eight Sale wickets falling via unassisted means. The Bulls were also alert in the field, affecting two runs outs.

Spoljaric proved to have a major say in the result, taking 3-16. Gayashan Munsinghe also contributed with 2-32 and Buitendag rounded out a good day with 2-31.

A HIGH scoring game between Rosedale-Kilmany and Collegians came down to the final over.

Batting first, the Warriors put together a score of 4-215, with Rohan Diamond making an unbeaten 83 from 67 balls.

Diamond received support from Michael Walters, who made 45, as the pair put on 84 for the third wicket.

Rosedale-Kilmany captain Hayden Glover also contributed runs, scoring 27 opening the batting.

Collegians’ Tom Morrison took 2-47 and Mark Nicholls bowled three maidens in his seven-over spell in what was tough going for the bowlers on a good batting track at Rosedale.

The Warriors began promisingly with the ball, and had Collegians 2-34 thanks to a double wicket strike from Theo Smith, before College bats Matt Foster and Zac Hurley got going. The pair rotated the strike throughout the middle stages of the innings, with Foster making 34 and Hurley an innings high 64.

The dismissal of Hurley left College in a precarious position at 4-128, with two relatively new batsman, Isaac Love and Jack Tatterson, at the crease.

Love played with caution early and Tatterson got busy with some clean striking as the two put on 60 to get College within touching distance of the required total.

When Tatterson departed for 39, it was still anyone’s game, and the dismissal of Love for 39 in the second last over saw College six runs shy of the target.

As anxious College players watched on, a boundary to Charlie Morrison from the final ball of the 39th over meant youngster Noah Hurley (who was yet to face a ball) would be on strike for the last over of the game. After negotiating the first delivery, Hurley kept his composure and hit the winning runs to see College break a three-game losing streak.

Smith took 2-39 and Anderson 2-27 for the Warriors.

STRATFORD had an emphatic victory over Maffra, and secured outright second place on the ladder.

It wasn’t all smooth sailing for the Redbacks, as opening batsman Lewis Bolton was knocked over by Nathan Magnuson from the first ball of the game.

Another wicket a short time later had Stratford 2-32, before Chris Aurisch slayed the bowling to all parts of the ground.

In characteristic no-nonsense style, Aurisch blasted 59 from 55 balls, with his knock featuring seven fours and a six.

Jack Rietschel again contributed runs, making a run-a-ball 26, along with Jack Wrigglesworth, who made 58.

Dylan Bolton also hit them around, and scored 37 from 29 balls as Stratford finished at 6-229.

Magnuson, with 2-42, and Ben Durrant, 2-44, found some success for the Eagles, as well as Zac Kearns, who went for just over three an over.

Maffra’s innings began in similar fashion to the Redbacks’, as a wicket was taken in the first over.

Promoted to open, Jack Egan spent some time out in the middle and scored 49, and was one Eagles player who stood up in the absence of Josh Davis.

Apart from Egan, only Andrew Gieschen, with a counter-attacking 25 was able to make much of an impact on the scorecard.

Maffra died off as the innings progressed, and lost 5-15 to be all out for 136.

Up and coming leg spinner Tom Wrigglesworth put in a terrific performance, taking 3-15, as well as getting a run out.

The remaining wickets were shared among the Stratford bowlers as things were wrapped up with six overs to spare.