Longford survives a scare

Longford batsman Jesse Arnol in action against Hadspen. Picture: PHILLIP BIGGSLONGFORD remained undefeated and on top of the TCL Premier League after defeating Hadspen by 18 runs in a low-scoring, top-of-the-table clash at Longford on Saturday.

The Chieftains won the toss and sent the Tigers in to bat first – a decision that seemed vindicated when they knocked them over for 131 off 36.3 overs.

The Longford top order failed to fire, slumping to 4-41, with Haydn Scott the one to offer the most resistance, top scoring with 34 off 36 balls.

Aiden Hume made 18 down the order and Craig Jarman 17.

Zac Barber picked up figures of 3-23 with the ball for Hadspen, Jason Tarrant took 2-38 and Matt Green 2-20.

Chasing a modest total, the Hadspen batting line-up was in early trouble at 2-14 losing both openers cheaply.

Liam Reynolds did his best to hold the innings together, top scoring with 44 at No.3 but when he was caught off Trent Spencer the Chieftains’ batting collapsed losing their last five wickets for 33 to be all out for 113.

Jesse Arnol continued his good bowling form taking 3-24 for Longford, Spencer 2-25 and Robert Moore 2-14.

BEAUTY POINT had a 10-wicket victory over Perth in their match at Perth.

The home side was sent in to bat and knocked over for 99, in just 24 overs.

Matthew Murfett top scored with 26 and Phil Fulton made 22 but apart from their 39-run partnership for the fourth wicket they lost batsmen regularly to some good Point bowling.

Beau Hills was the main destroyer taking excellent figures of 4-26, Rob Eltringham picked up 3-14 as did Jason Savage.

Savage then backed up hitting 67 not out opening the Beauty Point innings with partner Brennan Cresswell finishing 26 not out as they reached 0-100 in reply.

TREVALLYN had a day out returning to top form with the bat after making 7-291 against Diggers at Trevallyn.

Opener Nathan Balym top scored with 83, Matthew Shipp made 79 and Damian Whybrow 56.

Whybrow and Balym putting on 86 for the opening partnership and Balym and Shipp exceeding that with a mammoth 151-run partnership for the second wicket.

Tim Crawford, Jacob Walker and Adam Davie picked up two wickets each for Diggers.

In reply, a disappointing batting effort saw the visitors finish at 9-95, off 18 overs, with Darrell Clayton top scoring with 26 and Troy Price 23.

Matthew Woods and Mitch Edwards were the destroyers, with Woods claiming 4-33 and Edwards 4-39.

TIGERS enjoyed a six-wicket victory over Legana in their game at Fawkner Park.

The Durhams were sent in and made 137 with Sam Howe top scoring with 48 and Luke Laycock made 22.

Ali Worth starred with the ball for the Tigers with a five-wicket haul of 5-18 and Jai Bourke and Jarrod Wells took two wickets apiece.

Tigers chased down the runs making 4-139, off 24 overs, with Dylan Sharman top scoring with 28.

Luke Payne and Adam Bourke took two wickets each for Legana.

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