Legana and Longford in vital clash

LEGANA and Longford meet in TCL A-Grade tomorrow with a win vital for both teams in the battle for a top-two spot come the end of the season.

Legana sits second on the ladder with a two-game break on Longford, which is fourth - a game adrift of Beauty Point.

The Durhams beat the Tigers in round 2, and Longford captain- coach Stuart Prewer said his side would be keen to make amends.

"Last time we played them we had a few out and there was a bit of banter between the two sides, so it could be an interesting game this weekend," he said.

"Legana is always a tricky little place to play cricket and it could end up deciding who finishes in second spot.

"If we happen to get over them, it really opens the door up for us and Beauty Point to push for second."

Longford has won five games straight in the 40-over format and will be keen to keep the winning run going.

It will field another strong team with Dean Stephens and Anthony Taylor coming in for Chris Jacobs and Scott Graham.

LEGANA captain Matthew Wells said he expected a hard game but at this stage of the season his team needed to keep on winning.

"We need to keep a bit of a gap between us and the likes of Longford and Beauty Point," he said.

"It's pretty important to finish in the top two because of the double chance, so the next few weeks are going to be big for us."

Mark Gleeson is unavailable this week but Jarrod Wells and Tony Burgess will come back into the Legana side.

TREVALLYN hosts Uni- Mowbray, with the ladder-leader keen to continue its winning form.

"If we put it all together and play like we did last week, we should win - but Uni are a good side and if we don't play our best cricket we won't," captain-coach Damian Whybrow said.

Trevallyn is a game clear of Legana on top but will be without Matty Cocker this week. Glen Gleeson returns as his replacement.

"Michael Hall has been in good form with the bat, as has Nathan Balym, and young bowlers Mitch Edwards and Arlen Thompson bowled good spells last week and are doing their jobs," he said.

Uni captain Jai Bourke lamented his team's performances with the bat and said it was the area for improvement.

"It will be a tough game but we have to go out and play good cricket and start gelling as a team," he said. "Our batting has been terrible, especially last week against Hadspen."

ACL is another team struggling with its batting after being dismissed for 57 last week.

Captain-coach Sean Barry said everyone needed to apply themselves better if they were to have a chance of beating Beauty Point at Brooks High.

"We've got Ryan Gates coming back in, so that should strengthen the batting a bit, along with Hayden Thompson," he said.

BEAUTY POINT is coming off a loss to Trevallyn and will again be without captain Jason Savage, Adam Jacobson and Kyron Ebdon.

David Pfundt will return as one of the replacements.

"We need to keep winning, and this game is a good way to get back on track after Christmas and we should have a full-strength team back next week," Savage said.

DIGGERS take on Hadspen at Hagley with captain-coach Andrew Fitz saying their batting had been ordinary.

"We're just not getting enough runs but we've brought in a couple of good batsmen this week, so hopefully they will strengthen us a bit," he said.

Jack Roden and David Swain come in to the team, and on their home ground Fitz was hopeful they could turn around their round 2 loss to the Chieftains.

HADSPEN is coming off a win over Uni last week, with coach Tom Walker saying it bowled well in a solid effort.

Walker is likely to miss with injury but said if his side kept on doing the basics right and worked on not losing wickets in blocks, it should be able to win.

TCL A-GRADE LADDER - Trevallyn 36; Legana 32; Beauty Point 28; Longford 24; Diggers 12; Uni- Mowbray 12; Hadspen 8; ACL 4

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