Liam Durkin


WOULDN’T mind playing some cricket.

Wet weather again caused issues in the Sale-Maffra Cricket Association, with virtually no on field action for the second week in a row.

Most Round 7 matches were abandoned, as persistent rain left grounds unplayable.

The only first grade match that got a start was between Boisdale-Briagolong and Maffra, although even that only lasted 4.3 overs.

The Eagles were 1/28 before the game came to a halt in Briagolong.

Only one match went ahead in second grade as well. Visiting Collegians got 26.4 overs completed against Stratford, and were 7/66.

All third grade games were called off, while there was no winners in fourth grade.

With fourth grade played mostly on synthetic wickets, there was greater leniency to go ahead with games.

However, given hardly any matches reached anywhere near the number of overs required for the day showed just how damp conditions were.

Bundalaguah Yaks only got 7.5 overs in on the Bundy back oval against Collegians.

Stratford was 5/30 off 23 overs against Boisdale-Briagolong on Briag No 2, and Longford was 2/14 having bowled Nambrok out for 39 at Stephenson Park No 2.

No play was possible in Rosedale or Heyfield for matches against Maffra and Sale respectively.

Bundalaguah Bulls were short of players, and had to forfeit against Wurruk.

While the situation was unfortunate, the fact Bundalaguah made the call perhaps deserves some credit.

Given the weather, and the likelihood of games getting called off, not to mention the fact the game was scheduled to be on turf, the Bulls could have easily kept their mouths shut and waited until an abandonment before handing their opponents points for a win.

Frustratingly, there has now been three of 10 Saturday’s in season 2023/24 lost due to wet weather.

The situation isn’t just confined to Sale-Maffra, with leagues across Gippsland affected.

Cricket Latrobe Valley has suffered the most, with an astonishing five out of 10 days lost.

Sale-Maffra has one more round to play before the Christmas break.

Games are: Yarram vs Rosedale-Kilmany (at Yarram Rec), Longford vs Boisdale-Briagolong (Stephenson Park), Sale vs Maffra (Sale Oval), Collegians vs Stratford (most likely in Stratford), Bundalaguah – bye.