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Jono Dean smashes 14 sixes in two T20 knocks to warm-up for the Big Bash League

Destructive opener Jono Dean warmed up perfectly for the Big Bash League with two sensational Twenty20 knocks, sending balls flying to all parts of Stirling Oval and beyond.

Dean hammered 103 from just 58 balls in Saturday morning's opening game against ANU before backing it up with 88 off 48 deliveries in the afternoon's encounter with Ginninderra.

Wests/UC wicketkeeper Sam Carters appeals after attempting to run out Eastlake batsman Tom Henry in their Konica Minolta ...
Wests/UC wicketkeeper Sam Carters appeals after attempting to run out Eastlake batsman Tom Henry in their Konica Minolta Regional Cup Twenty20 match on Saturday.  Photo: Matt Bedford

It was Dean's first century for his new club Weston Creek Molonglo on the way to a perfect two-from-two start in the regional Konica Cup Twenty20 competition.

The timing couldn't be better, with Dean getting his eye in before rejoining the Adelaide Strikers for the BBL at the start of December.

"The more time I can spend in the middle, the better," Dean said.

"I've still got five weeks, so we all know form can turn around pretty quickly.

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"I'm feeling pretty happy at the moment."

Dean was last month sensationally dropped from the ACT Comets team for its opening game of the Futures League.

He showed he is a force to be reckoned with in the shortest form, belting 14 sixes and 10 boundaries across the two innings.

Weston Creek captain Michael Delaney said it was almost impossible to stop Dean when he gets going.

"He can hit balls to 360 degrees of the ground, you can't set fields for him," Delaney said.

"When he gets it, there's no ground big enough for him.

"None of them were close ... he was banging them out of the ground.

"He was definitely on today."

Weston Creek continued its impressive start to the season.

Dean's century set up an easy 96-run win against ANU before a 44-run victory over Ginninderra.

"We're really suited for T20 cricket at the moment, with Blake [Dean], myself, Michael Delaney and Adam Heading," Dean said.

"There's a good feeling around the team and the club at the moment.

"We've just got to keep moving forward and not take the foot off the gas, and hopefully play some finals cricket."

In other games, Wests/UC (9-150) beat Eastlake (92) by 58 runs in a low-scoring match at Kingston Oval, with Dale Riley, Ethan Bartlett, Joe Cooke and Brendon Duffy all claiming two wickets.

All three of Sunday's games are outside of Canberra.

South Coast hosts North Canberra Gungahlin in the morning and ANU in the afternoon, while Queanbeyan takes on Albury Wodonga.

Konica Minolta Regional Cup: Weston Creek Molonglo 4-178 bt Ginninderra 7-134 at Stirling Oval. Weston Creek Molonglo 4-204 bt ANU 9-108 at Stirling Oval. Wests/UC 9-150 bt Eastlake 92 at Kingston Oval.