Blair and Taylor lift for Longford TCL

ACL's Ryan Gates faces the bowling of Beauty Point's Quinton Tahiri at Brooks High School yesterday.  Picture: NEIL RICHARDSON
ACL's Ryan Gates faces the bowling of Beauty Point's Quinton Tahiri at Brooks High School yesterday. Picture: NEIL RICHARDSON

A CENTURY partnership between Dion Blair and Anthony Taylor helped Longford to chase down Legana's total of 9-195 and record a good win in a hard- fought TCL A-grade contest at Legana yesterday.

Blair top-scored with 86 not out and Taylor made 78 - the pair putting on a partnership of 119 for the third wicket in a good batting performance by the side.

The Tigers finished at 4-198, recording their sixth-straight 40-over victory and pressing their claim for a top-two spot.

Earlier, Sam Howe top-scored with 48 for Legana, with opener Gary McCarron making 31 and Bill Whyman 28.

Rob Moore returned the best bowling figures for Longford, taking 3-22, with Brett Martin and Ben Dodd taking two wickets each.

"Ant and Dion were sensational today with the bat, putting over 100 runs," Longford captain-coach Stuart Prewer said.

"Legana got off to a flyer and had about 85 off 15 overs and Robert Moore, Tim Fitzallen and Ben Dodd bowled really tightly for about a 15-over spell to put the brakes on."

TREVALLYN captain-coach Damian Whybrow hit a brilliant unbeaten century of 108 not out to guide his side to a seven- wicket victory over Uni- Mowbray at Trevallyn.

Whybrow's century came off 74 balls and included 11 fours and seven sixes.

Nathan Balym made 25 not out as Trevallyn chased down Uni's total of 5-168 for the loss of just three wickets.

In the Uni innings, Richard Austin top-scored with 57. Luke Richards made 36 and Zane Brown 25.

Matthew Woods and Shannon Rumbel both picked up figures of 2-19 for Trevallyn.

"It's my first century for probably five years and I had a few chances but at the end of the day I'm a team player," Whybrow said.

"We won the toss and put them in, and our efforts with the ball and in the field weren't 100 per cent but it was a good little total for us to chase.

"We got the job done and to Uni's credit they batted well."

DIGGERS got back on to the winners' list with a 38-run win over Hadspen at Hagley.

The home side made 171 batting first and dismissed Hadspen for 118 in reply.

Adam Davie top-scored for Diggers with 45. Andrew Fitz made 29 and David Swain 24.

Matt Green was the best with the ball for the Chieftains, picking up 4-30.

Hadspen lost wickets regularly with no batsman pushing on to a big score and a lack of partnerships.

Scott Davie picked up 3-23 for Diggers.

"I said to the guys we were sick of getting beaten and to do something about it to show we wanted to play finals," Fitz said.

"Most times if you can make 170 out here you can defend it, and I was very happy with the way we fielded and bowled.

"Our batting was better this week - it still has room for improvement because we lost a few wickets through the middle, but all in all it was a very good effort."

BEAUTY Point opener Tyler Bain hit 84 not out to help his side record an easy eight-wicket victory over ACL at Brooks High School.

ACL made 106 after winning the toss and batting first.

Opener Ryan Gates was the best of its batsmen, top-scoring with 45, and fellow opener Nick Filce made 14 - the pair putting on 55 for the first wicket in a good partnership - but from there on the batting scorecard made for disappointing reading with no other batsmen making double figures.

Adam Turner was the chief destroyer with the ball for Beauty Point ,picking up the excellent figures of 6-17 off his eight overs and taking six of the first seven wickets to fall.

Beauty Point chased down the runs comfortably thanks to Bain's great knock, finishing at 2-107 off 27.3 overs.

Turner backed up his efforts with the ball to make 37 not out to rival Bain for man-of-the- match honours.


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