TREVALLYN bounced back from its first defeat of the season before Christmas to Longford to get itself back on the winners list with an 86-run victory over an undermanned Beauty Point in TCL A-grade yesterday.
Trevallyn's batting line-up fired to make 5-236, with Nathan Balym top-scoring with 63 and Peter Walker making 52 not out and Michael Hall 43.
Openers Shannon Rumbel and Damian Whybrow hit 21 and 22 respectively.
Quinton Tahiri and Beau Hills picked up two wickets each for Beauty Point, with Tahiri taking 2-27 and Hills 2-47.
Beauty Point lost opener Tyler Bain for a duck to be 1-0 in its run chase but Jacob Wright and Rob Eltringham steadied the innings with a 55-run partnership until Eltringham was out caught off Mitch Edwards for a quick-fire 47.
The loss of another two quick wickets saw the side slump to 4-62, and after another partnership between opener Jacob Wright (28) and Adam Turner (28), it lost regular wickets to fall well short of Trevallyn's big total.
Edwards finished with 3-23 for Trevallyn and Arlen Thompson 3-13, both bowling well.
Whybrow claimed the final two wickets to fall to finish with 2-0, off five deliveries.
``It was a great start to the New Year and all the batsmen contributed in a way,'' Whybrow said.
``The bowling and fielding was OK and we'll take the win but it wasn't probably one of our best wins.
``Beauty Point didn't have a strong side in but still competed very well.''
LONGFORD continued its winning form with a good batting and bowling performance to demolish Diggers by 134 runs in a comprehensive victory at Longford.
The home side amassed a total of 9-211, after being sent in to bat.
Scott Graham top-scored, making 63, and Dion Blair hit 47, the pair combining in an 85-run partnership for the fourth wicket.
Mark Sowden was the best bowler for Diggers, taking 4-30, and Jake Laskey picked up 2-20.
Diggers lost three successive wickets with the score on 15 and never recovered in a dismal batting performance with No. 8 Matthew King top-scoring with 18.
Longford opening bowlers Ben Chugg and Chris Jacobs did the early damage, claiming the top five Diggers batsmen between them.
Chugg returned 3-29 and Jacobs 3-23.
Brett Martin cleaned up the tail, taking 4-11.
``We batted all right after losing a couple of wickets early with Scott and Dion putting on nearly a hundred,'' Longford captain-coach Stuart Prewer said.
``We lost a few wickets late and probably should have ended up with a few more - probably hoping for about 240, but a fell a bit short.''
Prewer said their next three weeks against Legana, Trevallyn and Beauty Point would determine how high they finished on the ladder.
LEGANA also had a good day with the bat, scoring 7-213 at home against ACL and knocking over the opposition for 57 in reply.
Dylan Sharman top-scored, making 62, and Bill Whyman made 59, with opener Gary McCarron hitting a half-century at the top of the order.
Sharman and Whyman put on an 88-run partnership for the fourth wicket.
Billy Isaac was the best of the ACL bowlers, taking 3-37.
ACL offered little resistance in its innings, slumping to 5-29 and the collapse continuing with no partnership of any substance.
It was dismissed in 20.1 overs - opener Nick Filce top-scoring with 13.
Michael Dunn was the standout with the ball for Legana, picking up 4-31, and Luke Payne took 2-3 to help clean up the tail.
``It was a good day with the bat, which was a positive sign for us,'' Legana captain Matthew Wells said.
``We batted well in partnerships today, with Gary getting us away to a good start and the boys consolidating in the middle in our best all-round performance with the bat so far this season.''
HADSPEN defeated Uni-Mowbray by four wickets at University Oval.
The Chieftains won the toss and put the home side in to bat, bowling them out for 111 off 32.3 overs.
Hadspen then chased down the required runs for the loss of six wickets, finishing at 6-115.
Ali Worth top-scored with the bat for Uni, making 30, and opener Jai Cooley was the next-best with 16.
Simon Clay was the chief destroyer with the ball for Hadspen, picking up 5-24 off 6.2 overs.
Captain Clint Moore top-scored for the Chieftains, also hitting 30.