ACT Premier Cricket: Wests/UC adopt aggressive mindset to set up unlikely result

Ladder-leaders Wests/UC will adopt an aggressive mindset in trying to set up an unlikely result in the second day of their Douglas Cup clash with Eastlake on Saturday.

Wests/UC captain Joe Cooke wants to engineeer a result against Eastlake on Saturday.
Wests/UC captain Joe Cooke wants to engineeer a result against Eastlake on Saturday. Photo: Jeffrey Chan

However, they will need the co-operation of Eastlake's Michael Spaseski to make it happen after play was washed out last week.

Queanbeyan's match against Weston Creek Molonglo at Freebody Oval was the only one of the four games to have any play.

Queanbeyan batted for 3.3 overs before play was washed out, but because they went on, it meant all games remain as two-day fixtures.

Teams will have up to 110 overs to try and engineer a result, with just two rounds of the competition left after this weekend.


Wests/UC are in a comfortable position at the top of the table, but captain Joe Cooke says it won't stop them from playing positive cricket.

"I'd like to think we can achieve a result. We've got 110 overs," Cooke said.

"Most games of cricket can see a result in 110 overs, but that may require a declaration at some point.

"I don't want to turn up and say let's just bat a day.

"I play cricket to get a result, not for a draw."

Cooke will consult with Spaseski at the toss on Saturday morning to see if Eastlake share the same view.

Eastlake are third on the table on 22 points and are 10 points in front of fifth-placed Queanbeyan in the race for a spot in the top four.

Spaseski was more circumspect about the game's prospects and won't be taking too many risks.

"We'll have a chat tomorrow morning, but I don't think there is enough time to really push for first innings," Spaseski said.

"If you win the toss you'll probably bowl first and hopefully bowl them out, then maybe have a dip at their total later in the afternoon.

"The last thing you want to do is lose a game on one day, it's not really good for team morale."

There could be more chance of a result in the other games.

Tuggeranong (six points) will have nothing to lose in their match with fourth-placed North Canberra Gungahlin (16 points), while Ginninderra (zero) is chasing their first win of the season against ANU (six points).


Saturday: Wests/UC v Eastlake at Jamison Oval. Queanbeyan 1-6 v Weston Creek Molonglo at Freebody Oval. Tuggeranong v North Canberra Gungahlin at Chisholm. Ginninderra v ANU at Kippax.