Sandagirigoda stars as Longford tip over Diggers

TON OF FUN: Hadspen captain Liam Reynolds brought up his first ton of the season with a four. Picture: Paul Scambler
TON OF FUN: Hadspen captain Liam Reynolds brought up his first ton of the season with a four. Picture: Paul Scambler

There was a strong sense of irony at Longford on Saturday as a toothless Diggers side became the subject of a Country Tigers demolition job.

Diggers were rolled for 42 inside 19 overs as Sri Lankan Dilan Sandagirigoda claimed Michael Clarke-esque figures of 6-8 off 4.1 overs, which included a hat-trick and four stumpings.

Only Adam Davie (12) made it to double figures as Diggers lost three wickets with the score at 30 and four wickets with the score at 42.

Longford made a shaky start, stumbling to 2-8 and 3-26 before Kieran Davey and Robert Moore secured a seven-wicket win in the 11th over.

A true captain’s knock from Liam Reynolds saw HADSPEN clinch a seven-wicket win over ACL.

Despite losing wickets in clumps, the Bluebacks posted a competitive 170 on the back of Ben Harris’ 37 and Chathura Athukorala’s 34, with Dion Beams the Chieftains’ best bowler.

But the total would be no match for Reynolds, who arrived at the crease in the third over and didn’t depart until the 36th, hitting 14 boundaries in 101.

He was eventually caught off Sean Barry but by then the game was over, as Matthew Tidey and Andrew House saw the Chieftains home with 22 balls to spare.

Duckworth-Lewis was brought into action as bad weather brought an end to the match between CRESSY and Legana. 

After making 215 courtesy of a Sam Graham half-century, the Bulldogs reduced Legana to 6-130 and were adjudged winners when rain came tumbling.

Durhams captain Aaron Dusautoy was his side’s best performer with 48, while Matthew Wells snagged 3-20 including the crucial wicket of Cressy coach Damian Whybrow.