JUST the one first division game went ahead in round three of the Sale-Maffra twenty20 competition on Tuesday, as heavy rain dampened most of the district.
Stephenson Park, Briagolong Recreation Reserve and Colin Wrigglesworth Oval, Bundalaguah, were all declared unfit for play, while surprisingly, the only match that saw a full game was played at Rosedale.
The Warriors took on Collegians, in what was a game which went down to the wire.
Batting first, College was bowled out for 118, with opening batsman Nick Grainger top-scoring on 41. Grainger struck the ball cleanly, and cleared the rope on three occasions during his 21-ball stay.
Some double figure scores down the order scratched out as many runs as possible for Collegians, with Isaac Love making 21 and Zac Hurley 16 from 11 balls.
Pace bowler Dylan Rowley kept things under control for Rosedale-Kilmany, as he conceded just 15 runs in 3.4 overs and took a wicket. Craig Alcock was equally effective, finishing with 3-13, including a maiden. Theo Smith and Harry Tattersall were the other multiple wicket takers for the Warriors.
In reply, Rosedale-Kilmany appeared to be cruising at 4-91, but a late flurry of wickets took the game into the final over. Hurley bobbed up and took three wickets to see the Warriors stumble to 7-116, leaving three runs to get in the final over.
Charlie Morrison was entrusted with the virtually impossible task of either taking three wickets in six balls or not allowing a twenty20 over to go for more than three runs. In the finish, Rosedale-Kilmany got home with three balls to spare.
Hayden Glover scored 26 from 27 balls and Alcock 22 from 29. Rohan Diamond, Michael Walters and Tatterson also chipped in valuable runs in a low-scoring game.
Hurley finished with 3-15, with two unassisted wickets, and combined with Grainger, who completed a quick stumping to see the back of Diamond.
Rosedale-Kilmany, Stratford and Bundalaguah are the only teams in the competition to remain unbeaten, but with two rounds to go, the Warriors and Redbacks, four points ahead of the Bulls on the ladder, are in the box seat to make the final.
ALL matches were played in division two, with Heyfield, Stratford and Sale claiming wins.
Two hat-tricks were claimed on the night. Stratford's Travis Millar snared a hat-trick in the game against Collegians, with his three consecutive wickets coming via a leg before and then two deliveries which disturbed the timber. The event was something of an anticlimax, as no one really celebrated given the wind and chill factor.
William McKenzie claimed his hat-trick to help set-up Sale's victory over Wurruk.
The Redbacks and Heyfield will meet next round for a battle between first and second.