Trevallyn digs in for final berth 

TREVALLYN booked itself a TCL A grade grand final spot with a 16-run victory in a hard-fought qualifying final at Trevallyn yesterday.

The home side won the toss and batted first making 179, off 39.1 overs.

Captain-coach Damian Whybrow top scored with 46 at the top of the order and was part of an opening partnership of 56 with Nathan Balym in quick time.

Matty Cocker made 25, Peter Walker contributed 26 and Glen Gleeson 24.

Brett Martin was the best of the Longford bowlers taking 4-21, Aiden Hume picked up 3-42 and Tim Fitzallen 2-35.

In reply, Longford was in trouble early losing opener Hayden Scott for a duck to be 1-3, and slumped to 3-28, before Ben Dodd and Martin made a partnership of 63 for the fourth wicket.

Dodd, who opened the innings, top scored with 64 in a good knock.

Martin made 22 and despite contributions of 19 from Aiden Hume and 18 from Robert Moore down the order, the Tigers fell short in their run chase, being dismissed for 163.

Matthew Woods was the most successful of the Trevallyn bowlers picking up 3-25 and Arlen Thompson and Shannon Rumbel took two wickets each.

Whybrow was happy his side had finally won a qualifying final after losses in the past two seasons and said winning the toss and getting runs on the board had been an advantage.

"I still thought we were 30 or 40 runs short of where we needed to be.

"But credit to the boys who stuck at the job in the field and our bowlers - I thought we bowled very well.

"To Longford's credit they fought it out to the end and it was a great game which is what finals cricket is all about with two teams fighting it out to go through to a grand final."

Longford coach Stuart Prewer said he felt his side was behind the eight-ball all day.

"We bowled terrible early and they were about 56 off the first seven overs," he said.

"Then we bowled really well after that for the next 25 to 30 overs and I thought 179 was a very gettable target.

"We lost a couple of wickets early and I felt we were just 10 to 15 runs behind where we needed to be all day.

"We needed 115 to win off the last 20 overs but the ground was pretty slow and we needed to hit boundaries and couldn't do it.

"To Trevallyn's credit they bowled a good line and length and were hard to score off."

Prewer said he was happy with his side's effort with a couple of quality players out in Anthony Taylor and Ashley Holloway.

He said they should be available for their home preliminary final against Beauty Point next weekend.

BEAUTY POINT ended Legana's season with an 86-run victory in the elimination final at Beauty Point.

The home side made 9-186 after winning the toss and knocked the Durhams over for 100 in reply.

Opener Brennan Cresswell batted well at the top of the order to top score with 37, Vaughan Rose made 25 and Rob Eltringham 23.

Tony Burgess was the most successful of Legana's bowlers picking up 4-48.

Gary McCarron top scored with 29 for Legana but the Durhams lost regular wickets slumping to 8-87, and were never in the hunt.

Beauty Point captain Jason Savage picked up 4-18 with the ball and Beau Hills took 3-30.

"We were 1-80 at drinks which wasn't a bad start considering the ground was nice and green and you didn't get a great deal of value.

"We thought 180 wasn't too bad and I was happy we batted out our 40 overs.

"And we bowled and fielded very well and they crumbled."

Legana captain Matthew Wells was disappointed with its batting effort which he said was not reflective of its season.

"To keep them to 186, you'd take that every day of the week," he said.

"But they fielded and bowled really well and we couldn't get it done.

"We just lost too many wickets too close together.

"It was a problem we had early in the year and it just came back to haunt us today.

"We'd been batting very well for the last month or two and were confident we could chase that down but finals are a different game and they stepped up and got the job done." YESTERDAY'S SCORES - A GRADE: TREVALLYN 179 (D. Whybrow 46, P. Walker 26, M. Cocker 25, G. Gleeson 24; B. Martin 4-18, A. Hume 3-36, T. Fitzallen 2-35) d LONGFORD 163 (B. Dodd 64, B. Martin 22; M. Woods 3-23, A. Thompson 2-22, S. Rumbel 2-31).

BEAUTY POINT 9-186 (B. Cresswell 37, V. Rose 25, R. Eltringham 23; J. Burgess 4-39, I. Champion 2-18) d LEGANA 100 (G. McCarron 29; J. Savage 4-17, B. Hills 3-26, Q. Tahiri 2-23).

A RESERVE: EXETER 9-211 (Cawe no 40 off 22, Frost 27 off 42; Balym 4-48, Richardson 3-42) d TREVALLYN 79 (Richardson 24; Belbin 6-26, Ford 2-14).

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