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After splitting wins on their home decks, Longford and Trevallyn head to a neutral ground for their preliminary final match-up on Saturday. With the A-grade grand final being held at Longford, the pair will venture 10 minutes up the road to Cressy, with Longford skipper Jackson Blair predicting pristine conditions. “It’s going to be dry, it’s going to be quick,” he said. “We just thought we’ve played a little bit of cricket out there, so we feel pretty comfortable on that ground. MORE CRICKET: NTCA icons reflect on favourite players, memories “It’s a bit similar to Longford, it’s pretty big square and short straight, so we just thought we’d take them out there and see how we go.” The two sides had contrasting fortunes with last week’s weather, as Longford was unable to progress to the grand final despite having Hadspen on the ropes and Trevallyn kept its season alive on the back of a strong batting performance. Blair’s Tigers dismissed Chieftains pair Dane Anderson and Thanuka Dabare early last week and will be looking to do the same with the likes of Whiteley, Drew Clark and Daniel Kirk. “It’s important that we get some key wickets early,” Blair said. “They’ve got a couple of dangerous batters in their top five or six and then obviously [we want] our top five or six to be getting the runs on the board, whether we set or chase.” Whiteley, who played one season against Cressy but never ventured to the Bulldogs’ home ground, raised his bat for an unbeaten 107 last week in an innings he described as “due”. “The batting is really starting to come together at this time of the year and I’m really happy with it,” he said. “It was also good to see that we batted in partnerships and batted as a team. “I think it’s pretty good timing for that kind of thing and we are very much looking forward to this week.” Trevallyn’s captain-coach identified opposing leaders Blair and Josh Adams as a critical opening partnership to break early and is wary of Nasrullah Khan’s new-ball bowling.

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Evenly poised: Trevallyn pair Nick Garwood and James Whiteley look on as Mitch Fawkner plays his shot. Picture: Paul Scambler

Evenly poised: Trevallyn pair Nick Garwood and James Whiteley look on as Mitch Fawkner plays his shot. Picture: Paul Scambler

After splitting wins on their home decks, Longford and Trevallyn head to a neutral ground for their preliminary final match-up on Saturday.

With the A-grade grand final being held at Longford, the pair will venture 10 minutes up the road to Cressy, with Longford skipper Jackson Blair predicting pristine conditions.

“It’s going to be dry, it’s going to be quick,” he said.

“We just thought we’ve played a little bit of cricket out there, so we feel pretty comfortable on that ground.

“It’s a bit similar to Longford, it’s pretty big square and short straight, so we just thought we’d take them out there and see how we go.”

Blair’s Tigers dismissed Chieftains pair Dane Anderson and Thanuka Dabare early last week and will be looking to do the same with the likes of Whiteley, Drew Clark and Daniel Kirk.

“It’s important that we get some key wickets early,” Blair said.

“They’ve got a couple of dangerous batters in their top five or six and then obviously [we want] our top five or six to be getting the runs on the board, whether we set or chase.”

Whiteley, who played one season against Cressy but never ventured to the Bulldogs’ home ground, raised his bat for an unbeaten 107 last week in an innings he described as “due”.

“The batting is really starting to come together at this time of the year and I’m really happy with it,” he said.

“It was also good to see that we batted in partnerships and batted as a team.

“I think it’s pretty good timing for that kind of thing and we are very much looking forward to this week.”

Trevallyn’s captain-coach identified opposing leaders Blair and Josh Adams as a critical opening partnership to break early and is wary of Nasrullah Khan’s new-ball bowling.

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