Longford looks to continue top run

LONGFORD takes on Trevallyn in a battle of the TCL A-grade heavyweights at Longford tomorrow looking to continue its winning run as the form side of the competition.

The Tigers have won six- straight games in the 40-over format including inflicting ladder-leader Trevallyn's only loss before Christmas.

"They'll be pretty keen to get a bit of revenge on us after we beat them reasonably well in that one and it will be a hard challenge," Longford captain-coach Stuart Prewer said.

"But our batting has improved in recent weeks and we're looking forward to the challenge - to make nearly 200 in 25 overs last week was really good."

Scott Graham and Ben Chugg are unavailable but the Tigers will promote young all-rounder Conan Duhig from A-reserve.

TREVALLYN captain- coach Damian Whybrow said everyone in his side would need to contribute if it was to beat Longford at home.

"It's always a tough game at Longford and we didn't play our best cricket last time we met and didn't put enough value on our wickets," he said.

"If we can play our best cricket it will give us a good chance to beat them but we have to build some partnerships at the top of the order."

Trevallyn will be without Peter Walker and Arlen Thompson but regains Matty Cocker and all- rounder Paul Walters earns a promotion from A reserve.

BEAUTY Point hosts Diggers with captain Jason Savage and Kyron Ebdon back to strengthen the line- up.

Savage missed last week's win against ACL but said it had been a good performance with players unavailable.

"They bowled well and batted sensibly to knock off the runs by all reports," he said.

"We want to keep winning and obviously finish top-two or at least third so we get a home final first up."

DIGGERS are coming off a win over Hadspen last week but captain-coach Andrew Fitz knows they face a tough assignment especially with five players missing.

"We've got David Swain, Dave Tulloch, Joe Quittenden, Zac Rodan and Matthew Crawford out and coming in are Brent Kettle, Mick Dodia, Troy Price and Lee Clarke," he said.

"It was a good performance last week and we were happy with the way things went.

"You can't go down there expecting to get beaten so we will do our best - I've said if we can get anything around 160 or 170 we will be pretty hard to beat because we've got such a good bowling line-up."'

HADSPEN takes on Legana looking to bounce back from last week's loss but still without injured coach Tom Walker for another couple of weeks.

Walker said they lost wickets in blocks again and needed to put partnerships together and bat their 40 overs to be competitive against Legana.

LEGANA captain Matthew Wells said Longford showed his side how far it had to go and the level it needed to be at to challenge for the flag last week.

The Durhams remain involved in a tight tussle for second spot with Beauty Point and Longford.

"They (Longford) have beaten the top two sides in the past few weeks and they smashed us and showed us how to play on our own home ground," he said.

UNI-MOWBRAY plays ACL at University Oval with captain Jai Crawford happy with the improvement in the team's batting last week against Trevallyn but unhappy with costly fielding errors.

"We dropped Damian Whybrow in the second over and he made us pay big time," he said.

ACL will be without one of its key batsmen in Ryan Gates with Nathan Barry coming in as a replacement.

Captain Sean Barry said their bowling was good last week but batting continues to be the problem with not enough runs being scored.

TCL A-GRADE LADDER - Trevallyn 40; Legana 32; Beauty Point 32; Longford 28; Diggers 16; Uni-Mowbray 12; Hadspen 8; ACL 4.

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