Weston Creek batsman Max Miller plays a shot. Photo: Jay Cronan
HE'S AN accountant by trade, and Wests batsman Ethan Bartlett proved he can also rack up strong numbers on the cricket field against ANU on Saturday.
The 26-year-old belted a quickfire unbeaten 107 to put the Douglas Cup competition leaders in a strong position after the first day at Jamison Oval.
On a placid pitch offering very little for the seamers, the hosts declared at 6-345, with ANU inching to 0-17 at stumps.
Tuggeranong spinner Shane Devoy in action. Photo: Jay Cronan
Bartlett and Wests skipper Ben Oakley used to play for the same side in Wagga Wagga, which made Bartlett's decision to join Wests easy when he moved to Canberra earlier this year.
''I came over for work and Benny wouldn't let me play with anyone else,'' Bartlett said. ''I've had a 40 in the last two-dayer and a couple of 20s, but I haven't been able to kick on and get that big score.''
Almost every Wests/UC batsman made a meaningful contribution, with Joe Cooke (47), Beau McClintock (44) and Brendan Duffy (42) getting the hosts off to a flier with top-order runs.
It proved the perfect scenario for Wests before the two teams meet again on Sunday in a Konica Cup Twenty20 fixture.
''It's a great result for us, everyone in the top order got a hit and hopefully they'll be tired after 80 or 90 overs in the field and we can capitalise on that,'' Oakley said.
''It was pretty flat and a lot of runs in the pitch obviously, it was just a slog for the bowlers.''
Elsewhere, joint competition leader Tuggeranong is struggling after an unbeaten 134 from Byron Field steered Weston Creek to 9-373 declared at Stirling Oval, with the Vikings 0-17 in reply.
Luke Behrendorff (61) and Adam Rhynehart (54) offered strong support to have Weston Creek ideally poised to pull off the upset of the season so far.
Only a superb bowling performance from Chris Prescott (5-102) kept Tuggeranong in the game, with Shane Devoy also claiming two wickets.
At Kingston Oval the match between Eastlake and Queanbeyan is evenly poised, with Queanbeyan 3-102 in reply to Eastlake's 204. Queanbeyan's Josh Connolly was the star of the day, backing up his 4-59 with the ball with an unbeaten 52.
At Keith Tournier Oval, Moeen Cheema's unbeaten 120 put Norths in control at 7-290 declared, with Ginninderra struggling in reply at 2-13.
Konica Cup quarter finals: Tuggeranong v Illawarra at Chisholm Oval (11am); Albury Wodonga v Queanbeyan at Albury (12pm); Wests/UC v ANU at Jamison Oval (10am); Eastlake v Weston Creek at Kingston Oval (12pm).