Round 13 Day 1

North Canberra-Gungahlin vs Tuggeranong

Norths saw some life in the Harrison wicket and asked Tuggeranong to bat first but was immediately on the back foot as Tim Floros haunted the Eagles once more with a blazing 80 from only 85 balls. Keeper-batsmen Tom Vane Tempest made an attractive 35 in an opening stand of 96 at which point Michael Barrington-Smith strode to the crease in an equally aggressive mindset. When his work was done he had compiled a majestic 128 off only 136 balls, littered with 23 boundaries. Matt Rogers chipped in with 30 before skipper Shane Devoy called time on the innings after 61 overs and the score on 5/323. Gus Stormon and Fin McGurk toiled hard for 2 wickets each.

The struggling Norths top order again failed to get away to a solid start, slumping to 5/47 as Benji Floros (2/15) and Devoy (6/13 off 10.5 overs) mesmerized the young Norths bats. The lower order was unable to improve the predicament as the final score reached just 88. Sam Taylor was the top scorer with 24.

Tuggeranong leads by 235 runs on the first innings. 

Western District-UC vs ANU

Wests skipper Callum Taylor decided to insert ANU at Jamison Oval with immediate results. ANU collapsed to 5/57 before lunch as Josh Corbett (2/18) and in form opener Ethan Bartlett (4/33) wreaked havoc. Leg-spinner Michael Minns then chipped in with 2/18 off 7 tidy overs and ANU found themselves all out for only 108 in 34 overs. Youngster William Todd top-scored with 31, Ben Smart made 30 at the top of the order and Nick Groenewegen was left on 26no.

In a repeat of the previous game, Wests came out in attack mode and rocketed past the target as Bartlett and Matt Condon went to town piling on 184 for the fourth wicket. Bartlett belted a staggering 96 off 54 balls that included 7 fours and 7 sixes. Condon was also brutal spanking his way to a wonderful 100 off 96 balls, that featured 10 fours and 4 sixes at which point Wests declared on 6/311 off only 47.5 overs. Groenewegen and Sid Sharma collected 2 wickets each, but they came at a cost.

Wests lead by 203 runs on the first innings.

Weston Creek Molonglo vs Queanbeyan

In a pre-cursor to the Gallop Cup Final, the Blue Bags had the better of day 1 at Stirling Oval. Queanbeyan won the toss and batted on the best batting wicket in Premier Cricket. English import Leigh Walker (51 off 56 balls) and Dean Solway put on 76 for the opening wicket before a mini collapse saw the score be reduced to 5/113. A series of lower order partnerships resurrected the total as Solway continued his long occupation at the crease. When he was the last dismissed with the score on 289, he had compiled a magnificent 154 off 255 balls and 334 minutes of intense concentration. Left-arm seamer Dan McLean was superb all day capturing 6/55 off 22 overs. Djali Bloomfield also took 3/80.

With 5 tricky overs to negotiate before stumps, the Blue Bags seized the opportunity to grab a couple of scalps. Veteran Vele Dukoski made the inroads reducing Creek to 2/13 at stumps.

Weston Creek Molonglo trails by 276 runs on the first innings.

Ginninderra vs Eastlake

The Tigers made first use of the wicket at Kippax Oval but were quickly 2/6. Eighteen-year-old Dylan Faram came to the crease and what followed was a defining moment in his career. Batting with maturity well beyond his years, he was the mainstay of the innings and was still there undefeated when skipper Rhys Healy closed the innings at 7/332 from 89.4 overs. Faram was 156no from 251 balls and struck 10 fours and a six. Amit Sharma (57 off 77) provided great support in a third wicket partnership of 88 with Faram. Brad Thomas also compiled a patient 51. Hayden Page, Nikhil Mathai and Nick Wood all collected 2 wickets.

In a great end to the day for the Tigers, Michael Ninneman picked up Ryan Bartley on the last ball of the day to have Eastlake 1/6 at stumps.

Eastlake trail by 326 runs on the first innings.a