LADDER-LEADERS Cressy and cross-town rivals Longford will play each other for the first time in almost a decade on Saturday.
The best performing player will receive the Blair-Goss medal and the winning outfit will take possession of the Northern Midlands cup.
The medal is named in honour of two prominent families in the region and respective clubs.
Longford captain-coach Josh Adams said his side’s “embarrassing” loss to Diggers where Anthony Taylor and Ben Dodd were timed out absent with the Tigers chasing 61 runs to win was unacceptable.
“We probably got what we deserved for not respecting our opposition,” Adams said.
“We have had some great games against Cressy over the years… they’re a good team with both bat and ball.”
The Country Tigers regain Adams and Kieran Davey, while Cressy will be without all-rounder Sam Graham.
Cressy captain-coach Jono Goss said his side would not become complacent following their rise to competition leaders. “This is our biggest test of the year but we are just ticking along and getting the job done,” he said.
ACL and Tigers are both coming off losses heading into their duel at University Oval.
Bluebacks coach John Kedey said bowler Simon Chappell and Shaun Woods would play in what is a must win match.
“Last week (against Hadspen) we were like Milo cricketers against the Australian Test team… we were all over the shop,” he said.
Tigers suffered a six-wicket loss to Beauty Point with Luke Richards and Zac Barwick their key contributors.
BEAUTY POINT hit the winners list last week and face the Diggers in a battle between fifth and sixth at home.
Point captain Beau Hills said his chargers are keen to get on a winning roll.
Diggers captain-coach Paul Fruin said his side’s batting must improve after they were dismissed in just 18 overs on Saturday. “The heart we showed to win against Longford was great, our bowling and fielding was a good as you could get,” he said.
He said Josh Jordan, Tom McLaren and Mark Soden would play, while Martin Suitor will strengthen the Tamar Tigers.
TREVALLYN host traditional foes Hadspen.
Chieftains skipper Liam Reynolds, who took 5-22 last week, said his side is coming off their most complete performance this season.
“Nathan Balym and Damian Woods are batting well and our bowling unit is starting to click,” he said.
Reynolds said Hadspen would be mindful of in-form Trevallyn captain-coach Glen Gleeson.
- Pos team W-L-D Pts
- 1 – Cressy 4-1-1 (15)
- 2 – Longford 5-1-0 (14)
- 3 – Hadspen 3-2-1 (11)
- 4 – ACL 3-3-0 (10)
- 5 – Diggers 1-3-2 (6)
- 6 – Beauty Point 1-3-2 (6)
- 7 – Tigers 2-3-2 (5)
- 8 – Trevallyn 1-4-1 (5)