Sale-Maffra to play Leongatha in the Gippsland Cricket League at Maffra

SALE-MAFFRA will look to back up its opening round win in the Gippsland Cricket League when it welcomes Leongatha to Maffra.

The Sharks put on a clinical performance to chase down Latrobe Valley's total in the first game, and still have a few players in the wings available to come into the team.

Stuart Anderson, Adrian Burgiel, Jack Wrigglesworth and a few other high calibre players could potentially come into the side to bolster an already strong squad.

Sale-Maffra has a good helping of quality spinners, which is ideal in GCL cricket as matches typically see the field spread early and require slow bowlers to get through overs and tie teams down.

The Sharks are well-covered in this area, with captain Jack Rietschel, Dylan Bolton, Josh Davis, and Dylan Rowley, all proven wicket takers, while the upright seam of Ben Jones, Charlie Morrison and Jack Tatterson ensure the most is made out of the new ball.

Leongatha did not get on the park in its first game due to rain, and will need to put up a good performance to make sure it does not fall too far behind the competition leaders.

The team will be led by Daniel Newman, who could have a big say in the result depending on how many runs he makes.

THE increasing rivalry between Latrobe Valley and Traralgon will resume at Morwell.

The two leagues played out a spirited match last season, which was won convincingly by Traralgon.

Both leagues will be out for bragging rights on their counterparts, and selectors will have been working overtime to ensure their very best players will be taking part.

Latrobe Valley and Traralgon suffered opening round losses to begin their 2019-20 campaign, with the Tornadoes blasted out for just 57 against Warragul.

Traralgon would have been disappointed by such a performance, and will be determined to defeat Latrobe Valley with a similar game to last season.

The Latrobe Valley team lacked a class batsman to accelerate the run rate in its last match against Sale-Maffra, and will want to ensure that players selected are capable of finding the rope on regular occasions.

WARRAGUL will be feeling good about itself as it prepares to play Bairnsdale at Western Park, Warragul.

The Wild Dogs were the surprise pack of round one, defending a mirage first innings total of 138 against Traralgon.

Thanks to a first-rate bowling performance, Warragul pulled off a seemingly unwinnable victory, in a performance that will be etched into the memory of all who were involved.

Probably due to the fact the Warragul league is seen as the 'most rural' association in Gippsland, they are often not taken seriously by the traditional powerhouse associations.

That being said, Warragul's team of tough, workmanlike players always fight to the death and compete no matter the odds or situation of the game, which has made them something of a sentimental favourite over the years.

This quality should hold the current crop of Wilddog players in good stead, and a follow-up victory from round one will go long way to determining whether or not the team plays in this year's final.

It will be Bairnsdale's first GCL match of the season, and skipper Reagan Kyle will want to make sure the trip west is not a waste of time.

Bairnsdale is a quality association that competed at provincial level at last season's Country Week, and will come to Warragul will thoughts only of a win.

THERE will be no under 18s or women's games this Sunday. The next round of matches for both competitions is scheduled for November 24.

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