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ACT Premier Cricket: Wests/UC demolish Queanbeyan for 118 to continue impressive start

Wests/UC continues to demolish everything in their path in the Douglas Cup and they are well on their way to a third outright win from four games this season.

Yet another semi-finals berth isabout locked in after Wests/UC stormed home to take first-innings points against fellow top four side Queanbeyan at Jamison Oval on Saturday.

Queanbeyan batsman
Dean Solway plays a straight drive on the opening day of the Douglas Cup game against Wests/UC at ...
Queanbeyan batsman Dean Solway plays a straight drive on the opening day of the Douglas Cup game against Wests/UC at Jamison Oval on Saturday. Photo: Elesa Kurtz

Queanbeyan was sent packing for a paltry 118 before Wests/UC put on the afterburners to finish at 6-216 at stumps - a lead of 98 runs with four wickets in hand.

Fast bowler Dale Riley was simply superb, capturing a terrific haul of 7-41 to put Wests/UC in the box seat.

Queanbeyan batsman Mark Solway with a solid forward defence.
Queanbeyan batsman Mark Solway with a solid forward defence. Photo: Elesa Kurtz

Wests/UC captain Joe Cooke said: "The pitch was almost built for him, there was a little bit in it.

"You've still got to bowl in all the right areas, but he bowled fantastic.

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"Not having him that first half of the season, we certainly missed him, and today he showed what he can do for us."

Veteran opener Darren Richards then showed all of his experience to get Wests/UC away to a great start, smashing 63 off just 50 balls with 12 boundaries.

Wests/UC fielder Ethan Bartlett catches Matthew Grocott in the slips.
Wests/UC fielder Ethan Bartlett catches Matthew Grocott in the slips. Photo: Elesa Kurtz

"The wicket was always going to have something left in it, the new ball was always going to be tough," Cooke said.

"The old stager Richo showed a lot of blokes how to bat on that.

Wests/UC bowler Ethan Bartlett.
Wests/UC bowler Ethan Bartlett. Photo: Elesa Kurtz

"He put the bad balls away and for him to come out and score quickly, put it back on the bowlers."

Queanbeyan will have the advantage of regaining Australian under-19 batsman Henry Hunt for next week's second day.

Eastlake is well on top against ANU, needing just 12 runs to claim first innings points with five wickets in hand.

Anthony Meere​ snared 4-34 to bowl ANU out for 150 before Eastlake reached 5-138 at stumps.

Comets leg-spinner Mac Wright claimed 4-39 as Weston Creek Molonglo restricted Tuggeranong to 193, Keithan Goonasagaran​ the best of the batsmen with 86.

Creek will resume at 3-105 next week, Daniel Burgess (3-39) taking all three wickets.

A splendid unbeaten century from opener Brock Winkler​ has put North Canberra Gungahlin (3-191) in a dominant position against Ginninderra (137) at Kippax.

The cream of the crop from the Canberra first-grade competition will turn out in an ACT Comets selection trial match at Freebody Oval on Sunday.

The match is being held in the lead-up to the Comets' next Futures League match against Tasmania at Blundstone Arena starting January 25.

ACT Premier Cricket: Douglas Cup: Ginninderra 137 v North Canberra Gungahlin 3-191 at Kippax. Tuggeranong 193 v Weston Creek Molonglo 3-105 at Chisholm Oval. ANU 150 v Eastlake 5-138 at ANU North Oval. Wests/UC 6-216 v Queanbeyan 118 at Jamison Oval.