Round 14- Douglas Cup

Weston Creek Molonglo 225 (J Dean 119, J Rogers 37, V Dukoski 5/56, M Spaseski 3/46) defeated Queanbeyan 193 (V Dukoski 54, D Solway 44, H Medhurst 5/61, D Bloomfield 4/61)

Weston Creek Molonglo welcomed back Jono Dean from his BBL duties and in the end, he was the difference in a 32-run win over Queanbeyan. The Creek batted first on day 1 and was in early trouble at 2/8 after Blake Dean was dismissed first ball and Josh Myburgh was caught behind the wicket for 2 off Tyler van Luin. Robbie Trickett (27) then combined with John Rogers (37) for a 62-run stand when Jono Dean came to the crease. The Creek middle order then stumbled while Dean began to assert his authority. The score was teetering at 8/139 when Djali Bloomfield joined Dean. The two then put on an invaluable 86 runs as Dean plundered any loose balls and skilfully manipulated the strike. Bloomfield only contributed 1 run but soaked up 56 balls with solid defence. Dean was eventually dismissed for 119 and Bloomfield quickly followed, leaving Creek all out for 225. Vele Dukoski took 5/56 with his skiddy seamers and Captain, Michael Spaseski took 3/46. Queanbeyan went to stumps 3 down with Dean and Mark Solway at the crease.

Day 2 commenced with Queanbeyan looking for a solid start and confident that they still had Spaseski and Dukoski to bat. Mark Solway was dismissed early by Harry Medhurst and Dean Solway also fell to him on 44. Bloomfield then captured the prized wicket of Spaseski for 6 and it looked like the Blue Baggers were in serious trouble. However, nobody told Dukoski, who proceeded to attack the bowling with 54 off only 64 balls to give Queanbeyan hope. But it was Bloomfield who returned to dismiss Dukoski and Queanbeyan’s chase fell 32 runs short. Medhurst was at his hostile best with 5/61 and Bloomfield took 4/61.

The result ensured that Weston Creek Molonglo will host Queanbeyan in the Douglas Cup semi-final.

ANU 158 (B Mitchell 44, E Bartlett 5/55, T Engelbrecht 3/51 and 143 ( ) lost outright to Western District-UC 9 dec. 161 (T Engelbrecht 75, S Murn 4/56, B Mitchell 3/46) and 8/141

Wests-UC only had one way to scrape into the finals - to win outright and hope that Weston Creek Molonglo or Norths lost. Wests managed the first part of the equation but wins to Norths and Creek meant they missed the finals for the first time in recent seasons. They started their match against ANU perfectly by winning the toss and sending ANU into bat. ANU continued their poor run with the bat by limping to 5/60 before 16yo debutant Felix Ford impressed with 27 and Ben Mitchell made a resolute 44. ANU was eventually dismissed for 158 thanks to Ethan Bartlett’s 5/55 and Tom Engelbrecht’s 3/51. Wests took to the crease determined to secure first innings points before stumps but ANU had other ideas. Wests looked in serious trouble at 6/64 before a fighting 75-run partnership between Engelbrecht (75) and Jordan Smith (20) turned the innings around. Wests went to stumps at 8/148, still needing 11 for victory.

Day 2 commenced with Minns falling straight away and Wests were left to scramble ahead thanks to a boundary from Josh Corbett. Wests immediately declared and ANU again fared poorly, only managing 143. This left Wests-UC with 141 to chase and despite some hiccups and an injury to Joe Cooke that saw him drop to number 10 in the order, they claimed victory with 2 wickets in hand. The highlight of the innings was a swashbuckling 62 off 26 balls by Bartlett, including four sixes in a row off Mitchell.

North Canberra-Gungahlin 268 (J Low-McMahon 89, M Boak 60) defeated Eastlake 146 (R Bartley 34, S Murphy 3/26, M Boak 3/36)

After a slow start to season 2017/2018, North Canberra-Gungahlin had been the surprise packet of the Douglas Cup competition. Entering the final match of the season against top-placed Eastlake, they needed a win to guarantee a finals spot and that’s exactly what they did.

Batting first, Norths did not get the start they wanted, slumping to 5/56. Young keeper-batsman Josh Low-McMahon then played the best innings of his young career, with a vital 89 and opening bowler Matt Boak clubbed 60 as Norths frustrated Eastlake in lifting the total to 268. Eastlake started day 2 in a similar fashion to Norths, crashing to 5/61. Opening bowlers Steve Murphy (3/26) and Boak (3/36) did most of the early damage. Ryan Bartley (34), Mitch Taylor-Briscoe (24) and a late flurry from Hayden Page (20no off 16 balls) gave Eastlake some hope but it was to be a convincing 122-run win to Norths. The Eagles had secured fourth place and a rematch with Eastlake in the semi-final.

Ginninderra 248 (R Healy 65, D Faram 38, J Misic 34, B Roweth 32, S Devoy 4/75) was defeated by Tuggeranong 9/252 (M Barrington-Smith 90, A Sharma 38, J Floros 30, C Suidgeest 4/46, M Delaney 3/21)

Both Ginninderra and Tuggeranong needed maximum points from the final match of the season to have any hope of sneaking into the finals. Whilst neither achieved it, the game finished in a nail-biting one wicket victory to Tuggeranong.  

Ginninderra chose to bat first at Chisholm Oval and they ground their way to a hard-fought 248 all out, when stumps were drawn. When Jordie Misic (34) and Brendan Roweth (32) took the score to 73 without loss, the Tigers would have had much loftier expectations. A typically testing marathon spell of 35 overs by Shane Devoy (4/75) applied the pressure to the middle order and only Rhys Healy (65), who continued his prolific season, was able to go on to make a score. In reply, the Vikings got off to a similarly good start with Amit Sharma (38) and Michael Barrington-Smith (90) putting together a 65-run opening partnership. The middle order struggled to capitalise with only Jake Floros (30) making anything respectable. When Barrington-Smith was dismissed the score was 8/203 and the pendulum was back in the favour of Ginninderra. However, some calm batting from young all-rounder Tyler Hays (27no) saw Tuggeranong scramble to victory.

First Grade Semi-Final Draw – 9 to 11 March

Eastlake vs North Canberra-Gungahlin at Kippax Enclosed Oval

Weston Creek Molonglo vs Queanbeyan at Stirling Oval

Round 5 - Lynne O’Meara Premiership Cup

Wests-UC and Tuggeranong secure First and Second Position

Eastlake 8/224 (A Jason-Jones 95, K Gumm 3/18) defeated Tuggeranong 142 (K Gumm 27, M Majoh 25, G Bye 4/12)

The final round of the Lynne O’Meara Shield pitted Tuggeranong against Eastlake and an opportunity for either team to take 2nd position on the table. Eastlake was able to win comfortably but could not lift their net run rate above Tuggeranong’s.

The Eastlake ladies set an imposing total by piling on 8/224, thanks to Amy Jason-Jones’s sensational 95 off only 51 balls, Ellie Hicks also made a quick fire 27 off 16 balls and Cameron Butler contributed 23. Kallie Gumm was the leading bowler for Tuggeranong with 3/18 off 5 overs.

Tuggeranong’s run chase never quite gathered momentum and the lack of a big partnership was telling. Gumm completed an excellent match by top scoring with 27 and Megan Mayoh made 25. Georgie Bye bowled superbly to take 4/12 off 8 overs and was instrumental in Tuggeranong being all out for 142.

Weston Creek Molonglo 103 (A Wells 4/15, A Clark 4/42) was defeated by Western District-UC 5/107 (A Wells 47)

The final Lynne O’Meara match for Wests and the Creek would not have a bearing on the finals positions and it was Wests who came away with a comfortable 5-wicket victory.

Batting first, Creek were subdued by a relentless Wests attack and was eventually dismissed for 103. April Wells snared 4/15 and skipper, Alisa Clark took 4/42. In reply, Wests didn’t have it all their own way but notched the victory in the 30th over. Zoe Cooke had a rare failure (8) but the undoubted player of the match was Wells who made 45 off 48 balls. Wests secured top spot and a home final at Jamison.

Ginninderra 7/177 was defeated by North Canberra-Gungahlin 0/178 (R Maher 101 ret/no, A Jones 32no)

Despite Ginninderra posting a very respectable 7/177, the Norths ladies plundered to a 10-wicket victory.

Ginninderra continued their improvement with a promising total of 7/177 against the finals bound Norths team. Madison McGarry and Emma Waters captured 2 wickets each for Norths. In reply captain Adelaide Jones was joined at the crease by recently retired ACT Meteor, Rebecca Maher. The two then proceeded to destroy the hapless Ginninderra bowlers. Maher reached a brutal 101 inside 15 overs as Norths cantered to victory without loss. Jones remained 32no. Norths had sured up 4th position and a showdown with Eastlake in the semi-final.

Lynne O’Meara Cup Semi-Final Draw – 11 March (10.00am)

Western District-UC vs North Canberra-Gungahlin at Jamison Oval

Tuggeranong vs Eastlake at Harrison Oval