PREMIER League newcomers ACL and Cressy will reacquaint themselves for the first time on Saturday since last year’s A-grade grand final – a match the Bulldogs won.
The fourth versus third encounter will take place at University Oval with just a solitary point separating the two sides on the ladder.
Cressy captain-coach Jono Goss said David Radesk would play with all-rounder Sam Graham still out.
Simon Chappell, who hit an unbeaten 72 and took 4-34 last week, is the key to ACL’s fortunes in what coach John Kedey called a “crucial match”. “If we win we have the chance to be two games clear in the four,” he said.
LONGFORD host a resurgent Beauty Point XI that have won their past two games.
Tamar Tigers big guns Jason Savage, Brennan Cresswell and Geoff Stick all fired last week against Diggers but captain Beau Hills said Longford would provide stiff competition. “It will be nice to knock them off at their home ground… we’ve always struggled against them especially out there – it will be a good test for us,” Hills said.
Longford captain-coach Josh Adams said either Mitch Fawkner or Cameron Bugg would replace the unavailable Ben Dodd.
DIGGERS run into the second-place Hadspen at Hagley with captain-coach Paul Fruin hoping for a better batting performance after Beauty Point rolled them for just 77 last week.
The home side are hoping to register their second victory of the summer with Mark Soden to make way for vice-captain Ji Cooley.
“Hopefully we can win the toss, bat first and put up a good score because we don’t seem to be too good chasing,” Fruin said.
Chieftains captain Liam Reynolds said Alan Eadie would return and that his charges needed to work hard on their fielding efforts to round off their solid bowling and batting performances in the past fortnight.
TIGERS and Trevallyn will face off in a bottom of the table battle at Faulkner Park.
Tigers have just two Twenty20 victories to their name, while Trevallyn’s only success came against Diggers a couple of weeks back.
Tigers coach Matt Devlin said his young side had been unable to capitalise on opportunities this season.
“We’ve basically got to win this game to have any chance of having a successful season really,” he said.
Pos team W-L-D Pts
1 – Longford 6-1-0 (18)
2 – Hadspen 4-2-1 (15)
3 – Cressy 4-2-1 (15)
4 – ACL 3-3-0 (14)
5 – Beauty Point 2-3-2 (10)
6 – Diggers 1-4-2 (6)
7 – Tigers 2-4-2 (5)
8 – Trevallyn 1-5-1 (5)