Hadspen's run crashes at Longford

LONGFORD halted Hadspen's giant-killing TCL run with a six-wicket victory in their A-grade game at Longford yesterday.

The Chieftains made 9-161, after winning the toss and batting first, and the Tigers chased down that total for the loss of four wickets to finish at 4-164, off 31.2 overs.

Scott Graham top-scored for Longford, opening the innings with 55 off 63 balls, and Dion Blair and Anthony Taylor both made 38.

Troy Clark top-scored in the Hadspen innings with a good knock of 53 from 84 balls. Simon Clay made 20 and captain Clint Moore 19.

Graham made it a good all-round game, picking up 3-23 with the ball for the Tigers, with Aiden Hume taking 2-18 and Tim Fitzallen 2-41.

Clay was the only multiple wicket-taker for the Chieftains, picking up 2-25.

``It was a bit of a relief for us today to get the points because they had been in pretty good form knocking off Beauty Point and Legana and are a dangerous side,'' Longford captain-coach Stuart Prewer said.

``We bowled really well and got the job done with the bat, with Scott Graham batting well for his 55 and Dion Blair making 38.

``They put on nearly a hundred to put the game beyond doubt and it was a clinical win.''

LEGANA had a comfortable eight-wicket victory over Diggers in their match at Legana.

Diggers won the toss and batted first, making 155  off 28.3 overs.

Tim Crawford top-scored with 28 and Mark Sowden and Troy Price made 19 each down the order.

Mike Dunn picked up 3-38 with the ball for the Durhams, with Kurt Wells taking 3-50 and Tony Burgess 2-30.

Legana chased down the total for the loss of two wickets off 28.5 overs.

Openers Corey Taylor and Gary McCarron put on a 56-run opening partnership before Taylor was dismissed for 20.

Ian Champion top-scored with 59 not out, including four boundaries and five sixes, and opener McCarron made 36, with six fours and a six.

``We bowled really well and held our catches, with Stuart Brown outstanding behind the stumps with a couple of catches and legside stumpings,'' Legana captain Matthew Wells said.

``We were confident we could chase 160 down on that ground in pretty good time, and we did.''

Adam Henderson was the only wicket-taker for Diggers, picking up   2-25.

BEAUTY POINT got back on the winners list, defeating Uni-Mowbray by 32 runs at the University Oval.

Sent in to bat by the home team, Beauty Point made 149, with captain Jason Savage top-scoring with 29 and Quinton Tahiri making 26 and opener Tyler Bain 23.

Uni captain Jai Bourke picked up 3-22 with the ball, with Matty Devlin chipping in with 2-14, Richard Austin 2-32 and Ali Worth 2-19.

Uni was in trouble in its run chase early, slumping to 5-53.

Despite a good knock of 33 by Austin, who batted sensibly trying to hold the innings together, and Zane Brown, who made 29,  it  fell short in its run chase, being dismissed for 117.

Savage backed up with the ball to take 3-13, with Rob Eltringham picking up 2-11 and Adam Turner 2-37.

``Rob Eltringham summed up the day with the bat and was struggling a bit but toughed it out and spent quite a while at the crease for not many runs, which is what you have to do sometimes to use up the 40 overs,'' Savage said.

``Our bowling and fielding was very good after being terrible last week, and it was a disciplined effort with no dropped catches.''

TREVALLYN knocked ACL over for just 51  at Trevallyn but lost four wickets chasing down the total in reply, finishing at 4-53 to take the points.

Nick Filce top-scored with 20 in the ACL innings and Dean Martin made 19.

Jai Balym picked up four wickets for Trevallyn and Mitch Edwards three.

Trevallyn lost Damian Whybrow (2), Shannon Rumbel (5), Nathan Balym (11) and Michael Hall (1) to slump to 4-22 in the run chase before Matty Cocker and Peter Walker saw  it  home.

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