Saints end Eagles’ unbeaten start to SMCA season

Liam Durkin

BOISDALE-BRIAGOLONG made an emphatic statement in Sale-Maffra cricket at the weekend, toppling ladder leader Maffra.

The Saints destroyed the previously unbeaten Eagles, bowling them out for 71 after posting 6-276 – putting an end to Maffra’s seven-game undefeated start in the process.

Michael Roberts played arguably the innings of his career, scoring an unbeaten 134 from 126 balls.

The signs were there from ball one for Roberts, who hit a boundary straight up to get going.

Roberts spent more than two and a half hours at the crease, stroking 17 fours and one six during his knock.

Roberts and Todd Mann put on 72 for the opening stand, with the former making a quick 33 from 22 balls.

Steve Noble joined the party at first drop, and made 73 from 55 balls.

Noble combined with Roberts for a 137-run partnership for the second wicket, as the pair had a day where everything came out of the middle.

Noble sent five balls over the boundary, as the match became similar to backyard cricket such was the amount of time spent looking for the ball.

Amazingly, Boisdale-Briagolong had 200 on the board before the 30th over, and a score of 300 would have been on the cards at that stage.

The shoe was on the other foot for Maffra, which dished out similar treatment to its opponents last week.

The Eagles were able to contain to an extent in the final 10 overs, as the incoming Boisdale-Briagolong batsmen went for quick runs. Hamish Nettleton claimed five wickets in the wash-up.

Needing to go at well over a run-a-ball, Maffra would have felt confident given its power hitting at the top. However, things quickly disintegrated as batsman after batsman departed, and before too long the match became a foregone conclusion.

Mann claimed the huge scalp of Daniel Bedggood caught at mid off to get the Saints off to an ideal start.

As the innings unraveled for Maffra it appeared the two teams were playing on different pitches, as the gulf between the sides saw a comprehensive 205-run win to Boisdale-Briagolong.

Having run close to strong opposition in recent weeks, the win may have been some time in the making for the Saints, although the margin of victory was surely surprising even to them.

Ned Sutton took 5-8 in a miserly spell as everything he touched turned to gold.

Louis Howard was also superb with the ball, taking three of the first four wickets to finish with figures of 3-15 off eight with two maidens.

COLLEGIANS got home in a close game against Stratford.

The Redbacks sent College in, with the home side posting a competitive total of 177.

Most of the top order was able to get starts, with Charlie Morrison and Zac Hurley making scores in the 40s. Tom Morrison and Jayden Allison also chipped in with 28 and 25 respectively.

Andrew Tatterson was introduced into the Redbacks’ attack later this week, but finished with figures of 5-36. Bohdi Walker (3-37) and Jack Tatterson (2-21) also found success.

In reply, Stratford fell 23 runs short. Only Walker, with 32 at the top, was able to really get going, as the majority of the Redbacks’ list went out after getting to double figures.

Wickets were shared between the Collegians camp. Mark Nicholls (3-33), Tom Morrison (2-16), Stuart Anderson (2-22) and Isaac Love (2-30) all contributed.

ROSEDALE-KILMANY secured its first win of the season, defeating Longford.

The Warriors compiled 6-186 batting first, with Rohan Diamond top-scoring on 40.

Others to get among the runs were Josh Carter (37), Adam Diamond (36) and Brad Scott (28).

Andrew Tyson was again a multiple wicket-taker for Longford, as was Kerrod Macgregor-Davies.

The Lizards were never really in the hunt with the bat, and were skittled for 95. Young gun Austin Bauer was a shining light, scoring 45, but with four ducks among the scorecard, he found himself bereft of much support.

Ben Fleming took 6-17 in a great boost for the youngster. Half of his wickets were bowled, while another two were stumped, reflective of accuracy and good flight.

Josh Cope got Rosedale-Kilmany off the ground and into the winners circle with the final two wickets of the match.

SALE maintained its position in the top four with a win over Bundalaguah.

The Swans played their typical post-and-defend style, which saw them keep the Bulls 25 runs at bay when their 40 overs were up.

Things didn’t get off to the greatest of starts for Sale, which fell to 3-19, before Rohan Blandford and Lucas Mowat saved the day. The pair put on 179 for the fourth wicket, with Mowat making a patient 58.

Santa delivered a century for Blandford, who ended on 111 not out from 87 balls. Blandford hit 11 fours and three sixes during his knock.

Chasing 199, Steve Spoljaric and Sam Bedggood each made half-centuries for Bundalaguah, but a direct hit run-out by Ben Jones, which saw Spoljaric short of his ground, was arguably the key moment which decided the game.

Daniel Croft ended with 2-35.