Stratford, Maffra and Bundalaguah all secured wins for round five

Chris Aurisch scored 37 at the top of the order for Stratford on Saturday

Josh Farrell

ROUND five of the Sale-Maffra Cricket Association was highlighted by close matches and big wins.

The match of the round however, was between Sale and Collegians who played out a thrilling tie at Sale Oval.
After defeating Bundalaguah last week with a last ball six, College was in the field to defend their score of 149 and Tom Morrison was tasked with defending 12 runs off the last over with Nathan Massey set at the crease.
After Andrew Nicholas did his job and got Massey back on strike he hit the second ball of Morrison’s over for four back down the ground.
College then bounced back courtesy of a run out from Jonty McGuiness but it was not the prized wicket of Massey.
Massey hit the next ball from Morrison for four over extra cover and suddenly Sale only needed two runs off two balls for the win.
It was nervous moments with conferences between batters and conferences between Morrison and his captain as both teams wrestled with what needed to be done to ensure the win.
Morrison hit his length at the death and Massey could only get a single with scores tied going into the last ball with tensions high.
Ben Howes had to try and get the last ball away to give Sale the win, the field was close and putting pressure on the new batter.
Morrison struck him on the pad and Massey set off for his run but Howes was slow to get going, Hudson Holmes swooped in from cover and with all three stumps to aim at threw down the stumps to ensure the match finished in a thrilling tie.
Earlier in the day, Collegians’ openers both got starts, but fell for less than 20. Charlie Morrison came in at 2-30 and got to work continuing his strong start to the summer with the bat.
Morrison anchored the College innings joining forces with Ben Hurley who scored a quick fire 22 from 16 and skipper Isaac Love who scored 23 from 40 balls.
Sale’s bowlers continued their spread of wickets to start this season with Ben Jones taking 2-37 from his nine overs and Lucas Mowat who took 2-29.
Rohan Blandford and Nathan Massey were once again the best for Sale with the bat, both men just fell short of their half centuries.
Blandford continued on from his century last week scoring his 47 from 55 balls while Massey steadied the middle order going at a slower 46 not out from 79.
After Sale lost middle order wickets, Massey was joined by John Mayman who ensured Sale got to a competitive score with 29 from 62 deliveries.
Captain Love once again led the way for College taking 5-16 from his nine overs which included three maidens.

BUNDALAGUAH flexed its muscles over Longford to jump into second on the ladder to solidify their final chances in the run into the Christmas break.
The Bulls won the toss and put Longford into bat. The Lizards were able to see out the innings which would please captain Lachlan Floyd as they continue to improve week to week.
The middle order had been the problem for Longford so far this season but Mathew Johns and coach Andrew Tyson steadied in the middle of Longford’s innings.
Johns and Tyson scored 28 and 22 respectively, anchoring the innings for Longford before William White scored a quickfire 20 from 27 to help the Lizards reach 9-137 from their 45 overs.
Bundalaguah’s bowlers got a good spread of wickets with Nathan Whitford picking up two along with Connor Lay and Toby O’Reilly.
The Bulls never gave Longford a chance getting to their victory in a canter, only losing one wicket in their chase reaching their score of 140 in under 20 overs.
Captain Jason Langshaw led from the front with an unbeaten 60 from 64 deliveries with four fours and one six.
Langshaw was ably supported by opening partner Kyle O’Reilly who scored 25 from 27 dealing almost exclusively in boundaries hitting five fours.
Matt Dowsett finished off the Bundalaguah innings with a swashbuckling 46 not out from 28 balls.
Signs are improving for Longford and they will be buoyed by a stronger batting performance and will hope to put together a good all round performance against Sale this week.
Bundalaguah will be pleased with a strong warm-up for the top of the table clash with Stratford.

MAFFRA would have been confident they would get a big win after posting 5-235 batting first at Cameron Sporting Complex, but Rosedale-Kilmany gave last season’s grand finalists a tight finish.
The Eagles’ openers got their team off to a strong start and Lee Hopkins continued his impressive start to the summer partnering with Ben Sly to score 55 and 45 respectively.
Daniel Bedggood then partnered with skipper Josh Davis to score a run-a-ball 43 to push Maffra’s score towards over 200.
Davis was the pick of the batters for the Eagles’ scoring 70 not out from 55 deliveries which included six fours and one six to help guide his side to a total of 5-235.
The Warriors had a good spread with every bowler except one chipping in with a wicket.
It was always going to be a big chase for Rosedale-Kilmany, but Maffra’s bowling attack lacked experience, with SMCA legend Nathan Magnuson unavailable along with Ben Durrant and Josh Farrell.
After a lean start to his summer, Michael Walters found form scoring 72 from 92 at the top of the order partnering with Rohan Diamond.
Diamond continued his consistent start to the summer with 63 off 83.
Charlie Moulton did his best to try and get the Warriors over the line hitting 27 from 34 but the total proved to be a bridge too far.
In the absence of Magnuson, David Griffiths led the attack well taking 4-31 and Mitch Bennett continued his consistent summer with the ball taking another two wickets and Hopkins took two bowling his off spin.

EACH week it is said but each week Stratford show the competition that they are going to be a tough team to beat this summer.
The recipe seems simple for the Redbacks, bat first and put an imposing score on the board that the opposition will struggle to chase.
Once again Stratford spread the runs between multiple batters and their openers started strongly against Boisdale-Briagolong.
Chris Aurisch and Jack Tatterson started well for the Redbacks scoring 37 and 56 respectively.
The middle order got starts but struggled to go on and get big scores before Bodhi Walker scored a quickfire 43 from 33 to help Stratford get 7/220 off their 45 overs.
Connor Hughes was the pick of the bowlers for the Saints taking 3-50 from his nine and Shaun May took two opening with Hughes.
Boisdale-Briagolong struggled to get going in their innings, losing wickets consistently.
Jonathon Outhart top scored against his old side with an unbeaten 32 and Mathew Freeman was the next best scoring 29 from 33.
Sam Anstee and Jack Tatterson paired up to ensure the Saints would not get close to reaching their score with each bowler securing three wickets and Tom Wrigglesworth took two.
Boisdale-Briagolong have struggled to get their summer going, but where they finished last season shows they are not a team to be taken lightly.
It is has hard to see how Stratford could lose a game this summer and they will look to continue this form when they meet Bundalaguah.