Longford chops down Forest Stanley in Statewide T20 semi-final

STUMPS SHATTERED: Jessie Arnol celebrates the wicket of Forest Stanley opener Nicholas Bellinger. Picture: Neil Richardson
STUMPS SHATTERED: Jessie Arnol celebrates the wicket of Forest Stanley opener Nicholas Bellinger. Picture: Neil Richardson

Longford has become the first TCL club to ever make the final of the Statewide T20 competition by recording a 69-run win over North-West club Forest Stanley.

The Country Tigers had been one of a handful of TCL sides to make the competition’s semi-final before Saturday’s win, which secured their spot in March 11’s decider at NTCA Ground No. 2.

Coach Josh Adams said the win was a huge result for the club, which has gone unbeaten in the Premier League this season. 

“We’re absolutely over the moon to make a state final, it’s a great effort from the club,” Adams said.

“Shannon Rumbel got 63 off 35 balls and really started us off, he hit the ball really clean again and (Dilan Sandagirigoda) and Brett Martin were brilliant with the ball.”

Rumbel’s half-century was the cornerstone in Longford’s total of 7-166, with Adams making 46 off 32 and Forest Stanley’s Mitchell Bellinger taking 3-26.

Latrobe batsman Trent Keep made a great start for the Demons, knocking 43 off 36, but had little help as Martin (4-24) and Sandagirigoda began tearing through the batting line-up. 

Sandagirigoda finished with figures of 4-7 off three overs to take his weekend tally to 10-15 off 43 balls.

Longford will meet either South Hobart Sandy Bay or St Aidans in the final. 

TOP PERFORMERS

Shannon Rumbel 63

Josh Adams 46

Trent Keep 43

Dilan Sandagirigoda 4-7

Brett Martin 4-24