Junior cricket grand finals Monday

David Braithwaite

THE Sale-Maffra Cricket Association junior grand finals will be played on Monday at Bundalaguah.

The matches, beginning at 10am, will be broadcast online via Frogbox.

The details of the how to log on to the stream will posted on the ‘Sale Maffra Cricket Association Supporters Group’ on Facebook.

COLLEGIANS will play Maffra in the under 16s grand final.

In the semi-finals at the weekend, College defeated Stratford at home.

College scored 8-121 from its 40 overs on Saturday morning, with Cooper Lett retiring after scoring 39 from his 60 balls faced. Sam Anderson scored 21.

Tristan Russell claimed 3-9 from five overs for the Redbacks.

The following day, Stratford was bowled out for 118, with Adam Russell and Ben Dekkers both scoring 22. The Redbacks’ innings included six run-outs.

Maffra claimed the other grand final berth with victory over Bundalaguah.

The Eagles had the home side under pressure most of its innings, bowling the Bulls out for 103. Zander Connolly claimed 4-19 from eight overs, while Coby Bronts top-scored for the Bulls with 41.

The Eagles worked hard to win, passing the Bulls’ total with only two wickets in hand. Ben Harrington top-scored with 28, with Bayden Dowsett taking 3-12 for the Bulls.

BUNDALAGUAH will play Longford for the under 14s premiership.

In the semi-finals, the Bulls defeated Rosedale-Kilmany.

The Bulls scored 6-154 on Saturday, set-up by Hayden Wrigglesworth’s 73 retired from 60 balls.

The Warriors were bowled out for 137 on Sunday, with Jake Zappulla-Jaensch scoring 32 and William Smith 30. Mitch Robinson claimed 3-21 for the Bulls.

On Sunday, Longford won a close semi-final against Stratford.

Send in to bat first, the Lizards scored 103 before bowling the Redbacks out for 81.

Joe Hare was unbeaten on 38 for Longford, while Blake Aurisch took 3-7 for Stratford.

Tilly Pendergast top-scored for the Redbacks with 30, while Josh Gibb took 3-15 for the Lizards.

THE final four in the senior second grade have been confirmed.

Sale’s loss to Bundalaguah at the weekend left the Swans, along with Heyfield, eight points outside the top four. Only one round remains with a six points awarded for a win.

Stratford is 30 points clear on top of the ladder, with Collegians needing to defeat fourth-placed Boisdale-Briagolong on Saturday to secure second place and a home semi-final.

Third-placed Bundalaguah trails College by four points, and will play bottom side Wurruk on Saturday.

HEYFIELD secured the thirds’ minor premiership after defeating second-placed Nambrok on Saturday.

Nambrok is six points (plus a large net run rate difference) ahead of Maffra in third.

The interest is on who will claim the final spot in the top four.

Bundalaguah occupies fourth place, only ahead of Longford on net run rate.

The Bulls will split out of the finals if they lose to Nambrok on Saturday and the Lizards defeat bottom side Sale.

FOUR teams are fighting for three spots in the fourth grade finals.

The second-placed Bundalaguah Yaks are just six points ahead of Rosedale-Kilmany, Collegians and Boisdale-Briagolong.

The Yaks could move to the top of the table with victory over Longford and a loss to RK for ladder leader Stratford.

With the Warriors having the hardest match of the finals contenders, College and the Saints have winnable matches against Heyfield and Wurruk respectively.