SALE-Maffra was able to record its first win of the Gippsland Cricket League season in the consolation final against Leongatha.
The Sharks avoided the wooden spoon, but worked hard for it against a determined Leongatha.
Travelling to Inverloch, Sale-Maffra opted to bowl first, and got off to a perfect start when Leongatha fell to 2-7.
Some small partnerships from then on crept the home team’s score past 100, before it was eventually bowled out for 137.
Amazingly, captain Daniel Mock made 70 of those runs, with the next highest score after his effort extras on 14.
Ben Jones took 3-27 from 10 overs and Isaac Love 2-27 from his 10, to be the Sharks’ two best bowlers.
Sale-Maffra had a harder time of the chase than it would have liked, but got home in the end with three wickets in the shed.
Some may have been fearing the worst when the side slipped from 1-34 to 4-47, but contributions from Josh Davis (33) and Zac Hurley (26) ensured the points.
Jack Hume finished his season on a high, taking 5-28 from 10 overs.
Warragul will play Traralgon in the senior final.
IT was better news in the under 18s, with Sale-Maffra making its way to the final after accounting for Latrobe Valley.
Batting first at College Oval, the Sharks compiled 167, led by Noah Hurley (51) and Ethan Albrecht (37).
Latrobe Valley looked on track to chase the required total at 1-65, but the bringing about of one wicket seemed to set off a huge collapse.
From 1-65, Latrobe Valley lost 3-19 and from there, incoming batsmen were exposed to situations that made trying to score from ball one difficult.
In the finish, Latrobe Valley was skittled for 126.
Tom Morrison led all comers with the ball, taking 4-18, and Austin Anlezark took 2-19.
The Sharks will play Bairnsdale in the final.
SALE-Maffra had an emphatic victory in the women’s clash against Latrobe.
Playing at Colin Wrigglesworth Oval, Bundalaguah, the Sharks got stuck into the Latrobe bowling, posting a huge total of 7-291.
Jazz Anstee top scored on 38 taking on the new ball, while four other teammates made 30s.
Lily-Mae Lyndon (32 not out), Megen Wrigglesworth (31 not out), Teagan Fairbrother (31 not out) and Keira Morley (31) all enjoyed time out in the middle.
Latrobe couldn’t get going with the bat, as Sale-Maffra proved too strong on the day.
Megen Wrigglesworth (2-0), Abby Wrigglesworth (2-1) and Anstee (2-2) were the leading wicket takers.
With one game remaining in the women’s, Sale-Maffra has an unassailable lead on the competition ladder, and is mathematically guaranteed the minor premiership.
THE GCL finals will be played on Sunday, February 7.