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Western District/UC on verge of beating Weston Creek Molonglo for Douglas Cup

Western District/UC are on the verge of reversing last year's Douglas Cup grand final result, with Joe Cooke playing a captain's knock to put them in pole position going into the final day.

Cooke fell agonisingly short of his century, getting caught off the bowling of Djali Bloomfield (4-45) for 97, but it was enough to help guide Wests to 263 and an 18-run, first-innings lead.

Tom Engelbrecht (33 runs) played a supporting role for Cooke, but when the pair were dismissed still trailing Weston Creek Molonglo's first-innings total of 245 it was up to the tail to get Wests' noses in front.

Because Wests have the first-innings lead, Weston Creek Molonglo now need to win outright to claim the Douglas Cup.

That meant they needed quick runs and they collapsed to be 6-93 - just 75 runs in front - when bad light stopped play at Chisholm on Sunday.

Sam Skelly did most of the damage for Wests, taking 3-14 to have Creek on the ropes.

Mark Bennett (24 not out) and Mac Wright (22no) are the Weston Creek batsmen at the crease going into the third and final day.

Last year, Weston Creek Molonglo won the two-day Douglas Cup, but this season they look like losing all three finals in the three formats of the game. Play resumes Monday 11am.

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