One game off the bottom and one game off the top four, ACL captain-coach John Kedey knows the season could go either way.
The Bluebacks were outclassed by Trevallyn last round and face the cream of the TCL crop on Saturday.
“We’re trying as hard as we can as a club, at the moment we’re just not being able to do all three facets of the game together,” Kedey said.
“We know we can challenge Longford, we’ve done it before in the past and never really been able to conquer them in the 40-over game, but we’re going in positive.”
Josh Adams’ Tigers will regain Max Magann and Dion Blair for a weekend which will also include a statewide T20 bout with Branxholm.
“We always have a good game against ACL so I’m expecting a pretty tough contest,” Adams said.
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Matt Cocker and Glen Gleeson will replace John McCoy and Daniel Kirk for TREVALLYN’s clash with Cressy.
Skipper James Whiteley said a win was crucial to his side’s top two hopes and earmarked his opposite number as the key wicket.
“They bat very well and they’ve got Damian Whybrow who’s one of the best batsmen in the association, so he’ll be the man we’ll be targeting,” Whiteley said.
Whybrow said all his bowlers would need to be on song against one of the best batting line-ups in the league.
LEGANA is out to take revenge for its last-ball loss to Perth in round two.
Durhams boss Geoff Stick has welcomed Josh Allen, Aaron Dusautoy and Adam Bourke back into the fold while Perth’s Ross Tulich will make just one change to the side that narrowly lost to Hadspen.
“We can take a lot out of last week's game, we bowled and fielded really well so if we can do that I think we’ll be right,” Tulich said.
Elsewhere, HADSPEN will travel to Beauty Point.
- Saturday, 11am: Beauty Point v Hadspen (Beauty Point); Legana v Perth (Legana); Trevallyn v Cressy (Trevallyn)
- Saturday, noon: Longford v ACL (Longford)