Balym keen to follow up century in qualifying final

Trevallyn opener Nathan Balym has hit form at the right end of the TCL season with the finals starting tomorrow.
Trevallyn opener Nathan Balym has hit form at the right end of the TCL season with the finals starting tomorrow.

TREVALLYN batsman Nathan Balym would love to repeat last week's knock of 100 not out in tomorrow's TCL A-grade qualifying final against Longford at Trevallyn.

The 38-year-old opener batted through the innings scoring his century from 123 balls with 11 fours and a six.

Balym has played about eight seasons with Trevallyn after starting his career in NTCA cricket with Old Scotch and Riverside, followed by a TCL stint with Uni-Mowbray.

"I've pretty much always opened the batting throughout my career and last week's hundred was a long time coming," he said.

"I scored a hundred playing in the NTCA and one for Trevallyn about six years ago in a semi- final - but it's been a while between drinks really.

"I might have got a hundred last week but that means nothing this week and I need to try to do it again if I can.

"Longford are a very good team so it would be even sweeter if I could back it up and continue my form in the final's series."

Balym said he enjoyed the pressure of playing in big games such as finals and expected a tough contest in the qualifying final.

"Longford have beaten us twice and are a well-balanced side but on paper we're probably even so it's anyone's game this weekend."

He said his job as opener was to help get his side off to a good start and set up the innings.

"I'm there to face-off the new ball really and bat through the innings if I can."