2018 TCL Premier League finals | week 2

WATCHFUL: Chieftians wicketkeeper Damian Woods and Cressy batsman Varun Nadesh in action.
WATCHFUL: Chieftians wicketkeeper Damian Woods and Cressy batsman Varun Nadesh in action.

Hadspen captain Liam Reynolds says he is confident his comrades will be ready to go on Saturday despite a turbulent few days.

The Chieftains were knocked out of the TCL Premier League race following an 86-run elimination final loss only to be reprieved after administrators booted Beauty Point out for playing an ineligible player.

Reynolds said it was his task now to get everyone mentally ready for a preliminary final against Cressy at Cressy Oval.

“It’s been an interesting week to say the least, but we’ve got to take this as a second chance and hopefully we can put our best foot forward,” he said.

“Cressy have a lot of good all-rounders with Damian Whybrow, Sam Graham, Danny Bennett and Varun Nadesh probably their key players.

“We have to bowl tight to pile the pressure on and our batsmen must stand up to the task.”

Hadspen defeated Cressy by seven wickets in the opening round of 40-over matches, while the Bulldogs prevailed by the same margin in early January.

Cressy captain-coach  Whybrow said his side must improve after being bowled out for 60 in last week’s chase against Longford, who have advanced through to the decider.

“It was our worst performance for the year with the bat, our bowling was ordinary early and we managed to bowl well and take our catches in the second 20 overs but Longford outplayed us on the day,” Whybrow said.

“Hadspen is a tough team to beat with some very good batsmen and bowlers, so we will need to so some more commitment with the bat in hand firstly.

“They have already beaten us on our home ground this season.

“We’d love to have another crack at Longford but we are just focused on this week first.”

Both skippers were tight lipped on any potential team changes.