TCL Premier League: Longford and Cressy meet in top-two battle

PUSHING FORWARD: Beauty Point's Adam Turner. The Tamar Valley Tigers return from the bye this weekend.

PUSHING FORWARD: Beauty Point's Adam Turner. The Tamar Valley Tigers return from the bye this weekend.

Cressy coach Damian Whybrow says each of his players will need to contribute if the Bulldogs are to have a chance of knocking off Longford this weekend.

The Country Tigers made it sweet 16 in the league last weekend by demolishing Diggers, and backed it up on the Sunday with a win in the Statewide T20 semi-final.

Cressy could secure second spot on the ladder with a win, but Whybrow knows it’s a tough ask. 

“I just think everyone in the side needs to do a job against Longford,” he said.

“They’ve been the benchmark side for the last three years, so we have to really play a good 80 overs of cricket to beat them.”

Longford boss Josh Adams said his side would relish the challenge of a top side leading into finals. 

“It’s going to be a good game, Cressy are travelling along nicely,” he said.

“They bowl and bat pretty well right down so we’re looking forward to the challenge.”

BEAUTY POINT are without a win since round 13 and will meet second-bottom Legana at home.

The Tamar Valley Tigers are clinging onto fourth spot by percentage only and need a win to keep fast-finishing ACL at bay. 

“It’s probably one of our most important games of the year,” Beauty Point coach Rob Crane said. 

“Traditionally we haven’t come back well after byes but hopefully this week it’s going to change - we’ve got to win and we’ve got to win well.”

ACL’s clash with Diggers looms as a must-win for both sides, with Diggers needing to win their last two to avoid relegation and the Bluebacks chasing the last finals spot.  

Diggers will welcome Tim Crawford back into the fold but will lose Scott Davie.

“We’re definitely not going to be at full strength again, we haven’t been all year,” coach Andy Bassett said.

“But we’ve got to play our game and play to our strengths really.”