Tigers hoping to have field day

LONGFORD will need to improve its Twenty20 batting form to have any chance of beating Trevallyn in their TCL A-grade match at Trevallyn tomorrow.

The Tigers were dismissed for 26 last week against Beauty Point, and captain-coach Stuart Prewer knows they have work to do.

"I'm loving this T20 stuff," he said.

"We lost two or three early wickets and you're in no man's land and don't know whether to go for it or settle down for a while - then we lost a couple more and it was basically all over.

"A couple of stupid shots and a bit of panic the first time we played it and we batted poorly - so we've had an extra training run and hopefully our batting can be a bit better but Trevallyn up there will be hard."

Longford's chances won't be helped by the unavailability of three key batsmen in Scott Graham, Anthony Taylor and Ben Dodd.

Hayden Scott, Aiden Hume and Dean Stephens are expected to return.

TREVALLYN remains the only undefeated side in the competition, and captain-coach Damian Whybrow wants that winning form to continue.

Whybrow was happy with his side's all-round performance in beating Hadspen last week.

"We batted well with Shannon Rumbel making 40-odd and Glen Gleeson batting very well for 52 at the end and then we bowled well," he said.

Shaun Cooper returns to strengthen the bowling and Nathan Balym and Michael Hall will be two other valuable additions in a strong Trevallyn side.

"Longford are a pretty good side and must have had a bad day last week so we will have to be on our game to challenge them," Whybrow said.

HADSPEN takes on Beauty Point in the late game starting at Trevallyn at 2.30pm.

Hadspen coach Tom Walker said his side showed some improvement and more confidence in its cricket last week despite a loss to Trevallyn.

"It was probably just losing a few too many quick wickets through the middle that cost us a chance to have a crack at the total and we need a bit more stability through the whole order," he said.

He predicted that his side would strengthen its bowling this week by dropping a batsman for another bowler.

BEAUTY POINT captain Jason Savage wanted his team to build on its good batting and bowling performance in beating Longford.

Savage said he expected to have a full list to pick from again with Leigh Bishop a chance to return.

LEGANA plays ACL in the second game at University Oval, with captain Matty Wells keen for his side to continue its winning form.

Wells said the Durhams' batting continued to be an area of focus.

"We've been focusing on it for a few weeks now and still haven't quite got it right," he said.

"It's an area where we need to work a bit harder and play a bit smarter but I've been happy with the way our bowlers and fielders have been going to keep us in games a lot.

"I'm pretty confident we should be able to turn it around."

Corey Taylor is a chance to return with all-rounder Bo-Jay Hind expected to make his A-grade debut to replace the unavailable Jarrod Wells.

ACL captain Sean Barry was happy with his side's bowling and fielding but said the top order batsmen needed to score more runs after they were 3-1, last week.

"It made it hard for the rest of the batsmen to bat with any freedom if that happens, so the top couple need to get themselves in this week and give the rest a chance to go out and play shots," he said.

Harry Claridge was expected to return.

UNI-MOWBRAY takes on Diggers in the early game of the double-header at University Oval.

Uni captain Jai Bourke said his side's form had been OK in a tight contest against Legana last week but some fielding mistakes had hurt its chances.

"It would be great to get a win but anything can happen in T20 cricket," he said.

"We beat them by about four wickets last time we met so hopefully we can do that again."

Uni will be without some key players including Richard Austin, Billy Arnold and Jai Cooley.

"In a way that weakens the team but hopefully the players that we bring up can produce good form," Bourke said.

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