Longford starts its push for top spot

TCL: LONGFORD pushed its claim for a top-two spot ahead of finals with its second win of the season over ladder-leader Trevallyn in TCL A grade at Longford yesterday.

The Tigers made 7-224, batting first with Anthony Taylor continuing his good form with the bat to top score with 57, captain-coach Stuart Prewer making 35, Dion Blair hitting 23 and Ashley Holloway 22.

Jye Balym was the only multiple wicket-taker for Trevallyn, picking up 2-34.

Trevallyn was in early trouble chasing the total with Aiden Hume removing the first three batsmen cheaply.

He claimed Trevallyn captain-coach Damian Whybrow for a duck to have it 1-0, then removed Nathan Balym for three and when Michael Hall was run out it was 3-25.

Shannon Rumble made 37 before Hume claimed his wicket and despite a good knock of 77 by Matty Cocker in the middle order, wickets fell around him and be ran out of partners.

Trevallyn was eventually dismissed for 164 with Hume picking up excellent figures of 4-37 and Tim Fitzallen took 3-23.

"We won the toss and batted really well throughout to make 225 and then took three early wickets with Aiden bowling well," Prewer said.

"We dropped Shannon Rumble a couple of times early too but then Matty Cocker the maestro was sitting there waiting and they are always a chance to win when he is batting.

"They needed about 100 off the last 12 overs and I thought we were home at that stage.

"It was another good win under our belt and we'll concentrate on notching up points from here until the end of the year."

UNI-MOWBRAY snatched a thrilling one-run victory against ACL in its game at University Oval.

Uni made 104 batting first after being sent in, with opener Jai Cooley top scoring with 39 and Darrell Clayton making 23 - the pair putting on 54 for the opening partnership, the best of the innings.

Sam Henley bowled well to take 5-14 for ACL off his eight overs and Ted Davis picked up 3-22.

ACL appeared to have the run chase under control but suffered a late-order collapse that ended in it falling one run short of victory in the second last over.

ACL made 103 off 37.5 overs, with opener Nick Filce top scoring with 37 and Matthew Tidey making18.

Uni captain Jai Bourke did the damage with the ball, picking up excellent figures of 5-13, off 6.5 overs.

"It was an unbelievable game," Bourke said.

"They were on track to win but we tied them up and it was just an awesome game of cricket by both sides."

BEAUTY POINT beat Diggers by 46 runs at Beauty Point in a performance that didn't impress captain Jason Savage.

The home side made 161, off 36.4 overs, with Adam Turner top scoring with 36 and No.9 Jacob Wright making 31 in the tail for some valuable runs.

Mark Sowden picked up 3-17 and Adam Henderson 3-41 for Diggers.

Diggers lost early wickets in their run chase to be 5-33 and never recovered despite a good knock of 32 from Mathew King.

They were dismissed for 115 with Rob Eltringham taking 4-23 and Savage 4-41.

"It was a very ordinary and lacklustre performance from us and while it's good to get the four points when you have a down day, we need to start ramping it up and getting things into gear," Savage said.

"Their opening bowlers bowled pretty well but we didn't concentrate and played some silly shots.

"Our bowling was very good with Rob Eltringham taking four wickets and the big fellow, Quinton Tahiri, bowling eight overs straight for ten runs."

HADSPEN defeated Legana for the second time this season with the defeat costing the Durhams second spot on the ladder.

The Chieftains made 241 batting first with Marcus Hume top scoring with 68, Glenn Ellis making 48 and Simon Clay 45.

Legana captain Matty Wells picked up 3-41 and Sam Howe 4-27.

In reply, the Durhams struggled with the bat, being dismissed for 141.

Opener Gary McCarron top scored with 48 and Howe finished 23 not out.

Travis Crisp did the damage at the top of the order, claiming the first four batsmen for figures of 4-42 and Clay picked up 3-22.

"It was another good win to knock one of the top sides off for the second time in the last three games," Hadspen coach Tom Walker said.

"We batted out 39 overs and posted a decent score and to get a 100-run win is a good confidence boost."

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