Longford reclaim top spot, defeat old rivals

CLOSE: Tigers batsman Brady Scott watches the ball move past the edge of his bat at University Oval on Saturday. Picture: Neil Richardson

CLOSE: Tigers batsman Brady Scott watches the ball move past the edge of his bat at University Oval on Saturday. Picture: Neil Richardson

LONGFORD regained top spot on the TCL Premier League ladder with a convincing seven-wicket win over rivals Cressy on Saturday.

Cressy set the Country Tigers 120 for victory off 39 overs with captain-coach Jono Goss leading from the front with 31.

Longford all-rounder Kieran Davey was the main destroyer with 3-18 – taking out the Blair-Goss medal for best on ground.

Justin Curbishley (2-13) and stalwart Brett Martin (2-20) also bowled tight lines and lengths in a statement-like effort.

With the bat, Longford captain-coach Josh Adams was 44 not out when his side run down the total in the 21st over at Cressy.

Jackson Blair hit a solid 30 with Sam Luttrell (2-24) the host’s best bowler.

ACL recorded a three-wicket triumph over Tigers at University Oval.

Tigers started steadily with Alistair Worth knocking up 32 before he became Simon Chapple’s first victim at 2-59.

His teammates went on to make 161 from 39.3 overs thanks largely to Chris Plumbridge with 39 in the middle order.

Chapple ended up with 4-34 before starring in the second innings – carrying his bat for 36 overs for an unbeaten 72.

The next best was wicket-keeper Drew Clark with 37 while Leigh Sheppard was the Tigers only multiple wicket-taker with 2-17 from 18 balls.

Zac Barwick’s eight overs only cost Tigers 12 runs.

BEAUTY Point had a dominant home win over Diggers to get their season back on track.

The Tamar Tigers batted first and were bowled out in the 40th over for a lofty 229.

Brennan Creswell (47) and Jason Savage (45) batted superbly with Adam (3-36) and Scott Davie (2-22) picking up five wickets between them.

Diggers struggled in the run chase with Troy Clark top-scoring with just 16.

The visitors were 3-8 early on and never really recovered – all dismissed for 77 in 17.4 overs mainly because of a Geoff Stick four-wicket haul.

Savage collected 3-11 as Adam Turner also pulled his weight with 3-10 in what was a complete performance.

HADSPEN toppled Trevallyn for 104 in 27.3 overs after captain Liam Reynolds won the toss and elected to bowl.

Reynolds inflicted most of the damage taking 4-17 as leg-spinner Matt Green picked up three wickets.

Trevallyn opener Glenn Richardson top-scored with 20, while Andrew House fought hard for 19.

In reply, Nathan Balym hit seven boundaries to finish unbeaten on 42 coming in at number four on his old home turf.

The Chieftains passed the target in 22nd over with seven wickets in hand.

TOP PERFORMERS 

  • Simon Chapple (ACL) 72no
  • Brennan Creswell (BP) 47
  • Jason Savage (BP) 45
  • Nathan Balym (HAD) 44no
  • Josh Adams (LONG) 44no
  • Liam Reynolds (HAD) 4-17
  • Geoff Stick (BP) 4-28
  • Simon Chapple (ACL) 4-34
  • Jason Savage (BP) 3-11
  • Kieran Davey (LONG) 3-18
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