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Western District-UC to meet Weston Creek Molonglo in Douglas Cup decider

The prospect of having a grand final abandoned without a ball being bowled has forced Cricket ACT to reconsider where the Douglas Cup decider will be played after this weekend's semi-final at Kippax Oval was called off.

It's the first time there has been no play in a semi-final and it sparked calls for there to be a back-up ground in case this happens again.

Western District-UC will play in their fifth consecutive two-day final because they finished on top of the ladder, with North Canberra Gungahlin bowing out without playing a shot.

They will play against Weston Creek Molonglo, who were in a dominant position of 7-391 when Eastlake conceded. They only managed 128.

Wests had opted to play their semi at Kippax because that was where the grand final was scheduled to be held, but last week's rain left the outfield resembling a "swamp".

Cricket ACT was considering its options, with Manuka Oval unavailable due to the upcoming AFL game between Greater Western Sydney and Geelong on April 3.

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"The venue for the ACT Premier Cricket first grade grand final is currently being reconsidered following recent events at Kippax Oval, which was planned to host the grand final match due to the unavailability of Manuka Oval," Cricket ACT said in a statement.

Norths president Phil Coe said it was a disappointing way to end the season, but it had still been a "very positive year".

He said Cricket ACT should consider having back-up venues available to ensure it didn't happen again.

"There could be a spare ground in the future for games like this - only half the grounds in Canberra are being used because it's finals time - so could there be scope to have a spare ground ready?" Coe said.

"We're obviously disappointed in the selection of a ground given its inability to hold the water."

Wests captain Joe Cooke said it wasn't the way they wanted to advance to the grand final and he "really felt" for Norths.

He said it was obvious on Saturday the ground wouldn't dry out in time, which meant there was time to organise a change of venue.

"I really feel for those boys. You make a three-day final, you certainly don't expect not to have a ball bowled at all," Cooke said.

"It was a swamp, it was completely unfit for play ... when we turned up on day one it was pretty obvious that we were never going to get any play in.

"If an alternative ground could've been organised that would've been far better for cricket."

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