Central Gippsland humbled

It was an early day for Central Gippsland against Bairnsdale in their Gippsland Cricket League clash at Peter Siddle Oval, with the home side dismissed for 91 within 45 overs after electing to bat first.

The hosts were undone by a terrific opening spell from youngster Perry Hill, who claimed the first four wickets, remarkably all clean bowled, of the match to finish with 4/16 off 10 overs.

Hill was well supported by change bowlers Uli Van Duyker and Ryan Halford, who ran right through the Central Gippsland lower order and finished with six wickets between them.

Bairnsdale’s Nathan Pollard proved difficult to counterattack, with the off-spinner conceding just seven runs from 10 overs in an effort that included six maidens.

After falling to 4/28, Central Gippsland was in danger of being shot out for an embarrassingly low total, yet some resistance from Marco Higgins and Patrick Spiteri, who both made 22, gave the side something to defend.

In reply Bairnsdale cruised to a six wicket victory within the first session, despite losing some early wickets.

The visitor’s win was set up thanks to a fine 53 not out from Rohan Blandford and a handy 29 from Ray Stevens.

For Central Gippsland, only Barney Webber with figures of 2/19 off six was able to make any inroads.


THE clash of the two undefeated associations in Sale-Maffra and Traralgon went the way of the former in a highly competitive game at Andrews Park.

Traralgon won the toss and batted and continued a trend of building small partnerships throughout its innings to eventually close at 8/184.

Callum Turner made a vital half century in the middle order with help from Al Jenkin who scored 32.

Eight bowlers were used for Sale-Maffra with Josh Davis proving the most effective, claiming 2/36.

Despite slumping to 4/63, Sale-Maffra passed the required total with 10 overs to go, with Anthony Scott scoring 49 against the new ball.

Others to get among the runs included Josh Davis who scored 35 and Alex Mellor and Jack Tatterson, who saw the side over the line with unbeaten knocks of 48 and 29 respectively.

For Traralgon, recently inducted GCL Legend Todd Mann returned from injury and nabbed 3/45, taking half the wickets Sale-Maffra lost.

Leongatha v Warragul

LEONGATHA got the better of Warragul in a high scoring match played on a tricky pitch out at Korumburra,

Leongatha posted 8/250, with opening bat Daniel Mock amassing a mighty 150 off 162 balls.

Warragul was bowled out for 213 in the final over in reply.