Title defence to begin

Reigning Gippsland Cricket League premiers Traralgon will kick off its campaign this Sunday at Stoddart Park, Traralgon.

New captain Brad Knowles and selectors have picked a well balanced team to clash with Leongatha at 10.15am.

Team: Brad Knowles (Raiders), Jason McFarlane (Raiders), Robert Webber (Ex Students), Lee Stockdale (Ex Students), Jordan Gilmour (Ex Students), Michael Warne (Ex Students), Kent Hammond (Gormandale), Shaun Barbour (Gormandale), Jarrod Allan (Centrals), Tom Shippen (Toongabbie), Jack Marshall (CATS), and Luke Owen (Imperials).

Players are required at Stoddart Oval by 9.15am for a 9.30 warm up.

Under 18

The Traralgon under 18 and 16 GCL teams began last Sunday and both teams recorded good wins.

In the under 18s, Central Gippsland Cricket Association batted first and made 150 with Jesse Giardina top scoring with 57.

Brock Rowson, Liam Maynard and Shaun Falla each took two wickets for Traralgon.

In reply Traralgon got home in a thriller.

At one stage it was sitting at 7/133, before Shae Duncan (18) and Michael Jacobsen (14) got the side home.

Captain Liam Maynard capped off a great game by top scoring with 32.

Under 16

Traralgon proved far too good for CGCA, bundling it out for 68 with extras top scoring with 19.

Conner Sloyan took 4/8 while Kurt Holt snagged 3/14. 

In reply, Traralgon’s batsmen had a day out scoring 7/187, with Matt Dyke top scoring with 58, Justin Little 31 and Jackson McMahon 33.

The under 18 and under 16 sides will now play two Twenty20 games this Sunday.

GCL junior fixtures

Under 18: Traralgon v Sale/Maffra at Maffra and Leongatha at Bundalaguah.

Game one start time v Maffra is 10.15am; game two is at 1.45pm.

Team: Liam Maynard (captain) Sam Moran (vice captain), James Embrey, Chris Bell, Alistair Jenkin, Nathan Dunstone, Shae Duncan, Sam Hoch, Jed Foenander, Michael Jacobsen, Billy Davey, Luke Williams, Brock Rowson.

Players are to meet at Traralgon McDonalds at 8.45am Sunday morning.

Under 16: Traralgon v Sale/Maffra at Nambrok and Leongatha at Rosedale (same start times).

Team: Cameron Graham (captain), Riley Flanigan, Matt Dyke, Kurt Holt, Alex Lawson, Tate Marsh, Conner Sloyan, Jackson McMahon, Corey Rogers, Mitch Membrey, Justin Little, James Jacobsen.

Traralgon and District Cricket Association’s third round continues on Saturday with the second day of the opening round of two day fixtures.

Current results

Centrals 42 and 4/60 v Ex Students 8/160 declared 

Imperials 10/104 v Gormandale 4/173

CATS 10/165 v Raiders 2/25

Churchill 10/132 v Rovers 5/97 (Rovers are looking for their first A grade win since the last round in March 2009)

Traralgon West 73 v Toongabbie 3/59