Bolt from the blue thwarts Queanbeyan
Tuggeranong's David Pullem takes a catch yesterday. Photo: Katherine Griffiths
LIGHTNING robbed Queanbeyan of outright points against North Canberra Gungahlin at Freebody Oval on Saturday, striking when the home side was just nine runs shy of an outright victory with eight minutes left to play.
Queanbeyan started the second day of its Douglas Cup match by adding 23 runs to its lead and declaring, to set up an outright points target, ahead by 50.
Norths fought back in their second innings, declaring on 9-230 with a 180-run lead, which Queanbeyan looked set to chase down before the weather intervened.
Peter Foley shakes hands with his 1000th victim Will Thomson.
''[It's a] pretty frustrating game at times,'' Queanbeyan captain Adam Ayre said.
''If lightning didn't strike then I think we would have got the 10 points [for the outright win].
''If a little bit of luck went our way during the game, you know we would have wrapped it up a little bit earlier.''
Opposing captain Simon Cusden admitted outright defeat was the likely outcome if the lightning forced a stop to the match.
''They probably deserved to beat us,'' he said. ''It's nice not to give them 10 points, but at the same time, they played better cricket than us.''
At ANU, Tuggeranong claimed a first innings win having batted its way through the opening day last weekend. The side declared on 9-277 in the morning before dismissing the students for 146, with Justin Haywood taking five catches behind the stumps.
But the ANU wicket of the day came in fifth grade, with veteran Peter Foley finally claiming his 1000th scalp for the club in their win over Tuggeranong, neatly clipping one bail off to send Will Thompson back to the clubhouse.
Thompson reportedly phoned his father, Billy, who played against Foley for years, to tell him that he was ''Mr Foley's 1000th victim''.
In other matches, Eastlake cruised to a crushing outright win at home over Ginninderra and Wests-UC also completed an easy outright win over Weston Creek at Jamison Oval.