Weston Creek Molonglo vs Queanbeyan

Creek Captain gleefully won the toss and batted first thinking that the wicket would be more difficult to bat on later in the evening under the lights.

In a bizarre start to the innings in form opener Robbie Trickett struck one firmly to mid-off only for the catch to be dropped. But when he looked down and saw partner Jono Dean hadn’t moved from the non-strikers’ end, he valiantly but unsuccessfully tried to scamper back to the strikers end. Dean was uncharacteristically reserved, and a shock went through the crowd when Vele Dukoski crashed one through his defences for 19.

Tom Atallah contributed a handy 27 before Queanbeyan skipper Mark Solway crashed one into the top of his off stump. Meanwhile, Rogers was showing all his experience and patience as he worked the ones and two along with Sam Taylor as they put together a vital partnership of 63. Rogers finished with 54 off 71 balls. Taylor then stepped up the aggression going on to make 59 off 68 balls and Harry Medhurst put some cream on at the end with a hard hitting 39 off 38 balls.

The Creek finished on a very competitive 8/249. The Queanbeyan attack bowled with great discipline and their out fielding was superb, particularly Tyler van Luin who made several brilliant chases. Van Luin also ended up the best economy rate, taking 1/45 off his 10 while Dukoski picked up 3/50 off 10.

Queanbeyan threw in the aggressive Brad Falkenberg at the top of the order and early on it looked like a success. Falkenberg belted 6 boundaries in an entertaining 29 off 21 balls. Fellow opener Leigh Walker also played well for 27 off 37 but the Queanbeyan middle order failed to capitalise despite starts from Dean Solway (17), Dukoski (17) and Michael Curtale (15).

When Medurst returned to the attack and captured the 7th and 8th wickets in one over, that chase was beyond the gallant Blue Bags bats. Eventually, they were dismissed for 163 in just the 39th over and will rue not being able to establish a couple of partnerships in the middle overs. Taylor capped a player of the match performance with 3/30 and Medhurst took 3/44. The win made it two Gallop Cups in a row for the Creek.