Cressy, ACL win in TCL Premier League opening round

ON THE UP: Durhams opener Amal Ra scored a well-made 22 before falling to ACL all-rounder Simon Chappell.

ON THE UP: Durhams opener Amal Ra scored a well-made 22 before falling to ACL all-rounder Simon Chappell.

A final over blitz from Sam Henley helped Cressy record a thrilling 17-run over Diggers.

Tasked with scoring quick runs at the death, Henley hit Kris Burgess for four consecutive sixes in the final over to see his side to a total of 140 and finish the innings on 47 not out.

Diggers coach Andy Bassett took charge of his side’s run chase, scoring freely while opposing boss Damian Whybrow (three wickets) and Danny Bennett and Harold Claridge (two apiece) made their way through the batting line-up.

When Bassett finally departed for 68, Diggers’ resistance was broken, handing Cressy a confidence-boosting win to start the season. 

ACL took just 12 overs to see off newly-promoted LEGANA at Uni Oval, racing to a seven-wicket win on the back of a catastrophic bowling performance from Simon Chappell.

OVER AND OUT: Diggers batsman Shaun Brown falls to a straight ball from Cressy's Harold Claridge. Cressy eventually secured a 17-run win. Pictures: Neil Richardson

OVER AND OUT: Diggers batsman Shaun Brown falls to a straight ball from Cressy's Harold Claridge. Cressy eventually secured a 17-run win. Pictures: Neil Richardson

After Legana openers Luke Layock and Amal Ra put on 39 to start the innings, Chappell picked up three wickets in his first over and kept it tight from thereon to finish with the astonishing figures of 5-10.

Josh Allen hit some late runs before John Kedey (3-10) swept aside the tail to bowl the Durhams out for 83.

In reply, the Bluebacks lost two early wickets but were never to be beaten as Drew Clark (48 not out) powered his side to victory. 

BEAUTY POINT made a good fist of a tough start to the season in its home clashes with last year’s finalists Hadspen and Longford.

MAN OF THE HOUR: ACL's Simon Chappell dismissed Legana's top five in a devastating four-over spell.

MAN OF THE HOUR: ACL's Simon Chappell dismissed Legana's top five in a devastating four-over spell.

After being sent into the field by the Chieftains in the morning game, Beauty Point found going tough early, with Nathan Balym notching up his first half-century of the season.

But a great spell from Jayden Hinds (4-31) helped the Tamar Valley Tigers take 6-34 at the end of the innings to restrict Hadspen to 9-119.

Opener Brennan Creswell made 27 to give his side the best possible chance, but three-wicket hauls from Nick Price and Darren Spinks ensured Beauty Point finished 29 runs shy of the target on 8-90.

LONGFORD also tasted success at Beauty Point, securing a five-wicket win thanks to a steadying innings from coach Josh Adams.

Bowling first, the Country Tigers had Beauty Point reeling at 7-46 before a late flurry of runs from Matthew Varga and Jayden Hinds took the total to 8-89.

In reply, Longford were struggling at 5-45 before Adams (33) teamed up with Trent Spencer to see the reigning premiers home. 

Top performers

Kris Burgess

Kris Burgess

Andy Bassett 68

Nathan Balym 50

Drew Clark 48*

Sam Henley 47*

Simon Chappell 5-10

Jayden Hinds 4-31

Darren Spinks 3-8

John Kedey 3-10

Brett Martin 3-11

COOL HAND LUKE: Legana's Luke Laycock hit three boundaries in his 17-run innings.

COOL HAND LUKE: Legana's Luke Laycock hit three boundaries in his 17-run innings.