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Master and apprentice run amok at top of order for Wests/UC

At 37 and 16 years old respectively, Wests/UC openers Darren Richards and Matthew Gilkes are at opposite ends of their cricket careers.

But their master and apprentice relationship bore fruit in a big way in a match-winning double century stand in a first innings win over Eastlake at Jamison Oval on Saturday.

After the first day of the two-day clash was washed out last week, the captains agreed to play a virtual one day game and Eastlake declared at 8-244, with Adam Tett (74) leading the way.

But competition leader Wests/UC needed less than 33 overs to reel in the target against third-placed Eastlake, with Richards unbeaten on 135 and Gilkes 95 in a 216-run partnership.

Richards coaches keeper/batsmen Gilkes, who was disappointed he fell just short of making his maiden first grade ton after he made his debut last season.

"I was pretty disappointed to not get there, but it was great to be out there with Darren," Gilkes said.


"He's been an amazing help, he talks to you all the time and I've learnt heaps."

Wests/UC captain Joe Cooke said being able to learn first hand from Richards has helped accelerate the development of Gilkes and the club's other young players.

"I know he coaches those guys during the week and being able to have your coach also bat with you on the weekend and do it together, it's a massive advantage for the likes of Matthew," he said.

"We [captains] ended up having an agreement in an attempt to get a result, we didn't really see the point of turning up and playing for two points [for a draw]."

In other games Queanbeyan (9-252 declared) and Weston Creek Molonglo (3-109) played out a draw at Freebody Oval.

Henry Hunt (65) and Dean Solway (53) were the mainstays for the hosts with the bats, with Harry Medhurst leading the Weston Creek attack with 4-39.

Ginninderra and ANU also had to settle for a draw, with an aggressive unbeaten 168 by ANU opening batsman Randall Starr the highlight, while Rhys Healy made 97 for Ginninderra.

Fourth-placed Norths secured a vital two points by holding out to finish on 9-206 in reply to Tuggeranong Valley's 213.