Longford start title defence with victory

EASY DOES IT: Longford's Dean Cousens eyes a catch against Hadspen at University Oval on Saturday. Picture: Neil Richardson

EASY DOES IT: Longford's Dean Cousens eyes a catch against Hadspen at University Oval on Saturday. Picture: Neil Richardson

REIGNING TCL Premier League champions Longford got season 2016-17 off to a winning start with a nine-wicket Twenty20 win over Hadspen at University Oval on Saturday.

Hadspen, who won the toss and elected to bat, were bowled out for 100 in the 19th over with opener Damian Woods top scoring with 31. 

The Chieftains lost five wickets for 10 runs follow Nathan Balym’s dismissal at 1-43 to collapse to 5-53 in just the 10th over as Brett Martin finished with 5-15 off 3.4 overs.

Coach Scott Driessen (27) helped Hadspen to three figures, which was never enough against the Tigers.

Shannon Rumel hit 41 off 28 balls before he became Hadspen’s only scalp.

Fellow opener Jackson Blair finished 37 not out along side Dion Blair unbeaten on 12 – Longford winning in the 17th over.

Things improved for the Chieftains in their second match of the day against Premier League newcomers ACL with Woods putting on a clinic.

He hit a handy 81 in quick fashion to steer Hadspen to 3-151 from their full allotment as Driessen hit 26 at the backend of the innings.

Skipper Sean Barry was ACL’s best bowler with 2-42 and in reply they struggled to gain any momentum.

They ended up amassing 7-129 off 20 overs as Hadspen captain Liam Reynolds collected 2-10.

“Our batting in the first match let us down considerably,” Driessen said.

“Our bowling was good in patches but we just simply didn’t make enough runs.

“Damien was outstanding in the second match and with Nathan put on a solid opening stand.

“We still have somethings to work on.”

ACL defeated Trevallyn by 40 runs in game one a University Oval.

The home side batted first and posted a competitive 9-146 with Barry (45) top scoring and coach John Kedey chipping in with 30.

Last season’s runners-up were 7-106 at the end of their 20 overs with Barry picking up 2-10 with the ball.

Richard Arnold (three wickets) was Trevallyn’s best bowler.

Scorecards from Faulkner Park were not made available to The Sunday Examiner by deadline, however, Tigers defeated Cressy in a nailbiter with the hosts needing six runs in the final over to secure two points.

In their second match Tigers defeated Beauty Point.

In the second thriller of the weekend, Cressy narrowly edged past Diggers

The match went well past 7pm with the two sides playing out a super over to decide the tense battle.

NEXT WEEK

At Longford 

  • 10am: Longford v ACL 
  • 1pm: Trevallyn v Hadspen 
  • 4pm: Trevallyn v Longford

At Hagley

  • 10am: Diggers v Tigers
  • 1pm: Beauty Point v Cressy
  • 4pm: Diggers v Beauty Point
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