ACL started its TCL Premier League campaign in style with a thrilling two-wicket Twenty20 win over defending champions Longford at Cressy Oval on Saturday.
The Country Tigers struggled to find any continuity in posting 8-99 for the Bluebacks to hunt down.
Dion Blair (22) and Josh Adams (18) were Longford’s best as regular wickets were shared around.
Deepak Singh (2-14), captain-coach John Kedey (2-19) and Stephen Daniels (2-18) did most of the damage before teammate Jesse Digney made a crucial 30 in the chase.
Simon Chappell was the next best with 19 as they limped over the line nine wickets down with a six off the last ball from Michael Pickard (10). Longford’s most productive bowlers were Max Magann (3-23) and Andrew Bassett (2-8).
Poor fielding and a batting collapse cost HADSPEN dearly against CRESSY.
Chieftains opening pair Damian Woods (36) and Thanuka Dabare put on 41 in no time after being sent in; before Dabare was caught behind for 15.
The visitors were 4-69 with 10 overs to go after Woods, Sithara Perera (14) and Matt Tidey (0) fell. Simon Clay (17) tried to hold it together but they were bundled out for 95 – losing 9-54.
Bulldogs all-rounder Scott Driessen finished with 2-19, Varun Nadesh 2-11 and Brody Ling cleaned up the tail with 3-6 off two.
In reply, Cressy was in trouble early at 2-8 after 24 balls, however, Nadesh was composed with an unbeaten 24 at the top and Clinton Moore used two lifelines to top score with 39.
Hadspen paceman Sameera Vishwaranga collected 3-12 with Dion Beams only giving away 13 runs as Cressy won with eight balls to spare just four wickets down.
At Beauty Point Oval, PERTH took down TREVALLYN by four wickets.
Trevallyn finished 5-82 of its allotted overs with James Whiteley (37) and Caleb Lawson (26 not out) the only batsmen to reach double figures as five of six Devils bowlers claimed wickets.
Ethan Goldfinch smacked an unbeaten 35 at No.6 for Perth who was 5-37 in the chase with the next best a 12 from Keeton Beattie.
However, Perth prevailed with six overs spare despite Trevallyn duo Sanjay Sagar and Jay Willis picking up 2-12 ans 2-21, respectively.
BEAUTY POINT reeled in 144 at home to topple LEGANA thanks largely to captain-coach Rob Crane’s 79.
The Tamar Tigers sent the Durhams into bat with Donald Howarth (49) and Adam Burke (55) looking comfortable in guiding them to a solid score for the loss of four wickets.
Heath Thompson (2-24) and Adam Turner (1-32) were the most dangerous of Beauty Point’s attack.
Jason Savage struck a quickfire 18 in the second innings with Jack Love (16) and Turner (17) supporting the Crane show and getting them to 5-146 win an over to go.