Sale-Maffra cricketers took to the field for the first two-day game at the weekend.

Most captains fancied conditions at the toss, as three out of four elected to bowl first.

A mix bag of performances saw teams end the day either in front or facing fairly predictive outcomes as Day 2 of Round 4 approaches.

The G.O.A.T doing Goat things.

A mighty innings from Steve Spoljaric helped Bundalaguah to a near-300 total against Rosedale-Kilmany.

Spoljaric, at the ripe old age of 46, walked off Rosedale Recreation Reserve with an unbeaten 169 to his name.

Coming in first drop, the veteran batted for most of the day, hitting 15 fours and two sixes during his 218-ball knock.

Putting the effort into context, the next highest score on the Bulls’ scorecard was 39, which came from Jake Wynd batting at number six .

Some handy runs down the order furthered Bundalaguah’s case, and in a show of how deep they will possibly bat this season, had Nathan French (capable of holding a spot in the top six) coming in at eight.

The Warriors tried their best to stem the flow of runs coming off Spoljaric’s bat, but found most of their bowlers copping tap.

Skipper Isaac Love picked up three wickets, and kept things in some order going at just more than four an over, while Dylan Rowley bowled pretty well all things considered, with the eight maidens he delivered a noteworthy achievement.

Rosedale-Kilmany now has a decent chase on their hands, and will either need to find someone to emulate Spoljaric or divvy it up.

The Warriors will have Brad Scott available on Day 2, and one would assume he, Rohan Diamond or Love will need to make a score of significance for Rosedale-Kilmany to be in with a fighting chance.

With the home ground advantage, the heavy roller might just be going through a bit more fuel this week.

Longford is in the middle of good contest against Stratford.

The Lizards travelled out to Stratford at the weekend and saw something in the surface they liked, electing to bowl first.

The visitor’s were able to strike at semi-regular intervals, and would have been roundly pleased to knock the Redbacks over for 159.

Opener Chris Aurisch top-scored for Stratford with 34, which saw 20 of those runs coming in boundaries. Captain Jack Rietschel made 33, although he had to reign his usual attacking style in, making that total off 59 balls, highlighting the good areas Longford’s bowlers were hitting.

His opposite number in Lachlan Floyd led from the front, taking 5/42 off 17 overs.

Floyd took the big wickets of Rietschel, Jack Tatterson and Bohdi Walker, finding success at both ends, and interestingly, bowling with the keeper up to the stumps.

This got the percentages in Longford’s favour, making batsman play mostly from the crease and forcing shots that perhaps weren’t on. This appeared to be the case for Tatterson, who threw the kitchen sink at a cover drive, only to get a thick edge behind.

Assisting Floyd was his brother Mitch, who delivered an economical 1/13 off 10 overs with six maidens, and Nathan Thomas against his old club.

Thomas gained bragging rights against former teammates Ethan Albrecht and Dean Devisser, getting them out as his figures read 2/17 off five.

Stratford faced 55 overs, meaning there was plenty of cricket left in the day for either side to gain the upper hand.

The Lizards got to stumps three down but with only 36 on the board, setting up an intriguing second day.

Ethan Albrecht made it even with Thomas by dismissing him leg before, while Rietschel and Walker took the other two wickets.

Walker appeared to beat Longford opener Harry Wilkinson for pace, as he walked straight off after failing to evade a bouncer and gloving one through, before Sam Smith played a panic sweep to Aurisch in the deep.

After 13 wickets fell in the day and with the unavoidable pressure of chasing, it might be advantage Stratford, however, Longford still has Stefano Di Bartolomeo to bat, and he could prove to have a huge say in which direction the rest of the game goes.

Nathan Giove carves one through the off side for Collegians. Photos: Zoe Askew

Collegians has the game there for the taking.

The reigning premier needs just five wickets to win on first innings against Boisdale-Briagolong, who trail by 126 runs.

College was sent in on its home ground and compiled 173 in just more than 60 overs. While they probably left a few out there, the fact they took five poles in the last 20 overs of the day perhaps highlighted the fact the wicket is still yet to settle from the recent floods.

Zak Russell went down to the middle order, and the change from opening seemed to work on this occasion as he scored 36. Nick Anderson then came in at eight and made a busy 35 not out off 41 balls.

Main players with the ball for Boisdale-Briagolong were Liam Hurst and Mark Donald, who each took four wickets.

Donald sent down 20 overs in what was a good shift for his side.

Collegians made full use of the new ball, with Nathan Whitford and Charlie Morrison taking five wickets between them.

Morrison already has three to his name, while Whitford targeted pads and poles by knocking over Jonathon Outhart and trapping Andrew Gieschen in front.

Boisdale-Briagolong is 5/47 at stumps, and from this far out, it is looking as though Adrian Burgiel and Dylan Bolton will need to put on a sizeable partnership for the Saints to be in with a show.

Burgiel is 22 not out, and having played at Collegians last year, might hold the advantage of having a decent idea of what their week at training will look like.

Maffra needs to get Anthony Scott out.

The Eagles scored 161 after being sent in by Yarram on the Pelicans home ground.

The visitor’s got off to a great start, with openers Chris Lawrence and Ben Sly making 52 and 36 respectively.

Josh Rurawhe kept the runs coming with 39 at first drop, before a steady stream of wickets followed.

Yarram wrestled back momentum thanks to the work of captain Jeremy Babb, who returned top figures of 5/37 off 20.2 overs.

Daniel O’Keefe and Anthony Scott chipped in with a pair of wickets each .

The Pelicans had 12 overs to face before stumps, and went against the usual protocol of shutting up shop in fading light, smashing their way to 67 for the loss of two wickets.

Scott did most of the scoring, and is 50 not out off 43 balls.

The big hitter has already whacked seven fours and might just be getting started.

Sale had the bye.

Not long now until they unleash Shaun Wolmarans.