Ginninderra bowler Cameron Suidgeest in action on Saturday. Photo: Graham Tidy
THEY were on opposite sides on Saturday, but Eastlake batsman Matthew Gawthorp saw enough from Ginninderra quick Cameron Suidgeest to declare he can make an impact in the national Futures League.
Gawthorp took the bragging rights of the soon-to-be ACT Comets teammates in leading Eastlake to a three-wicket first-innings win over Ginninderra at Kippax Oval on Saturday.
An unbeaten 80 from Gawthorp helped Eastlake out of the mire at 6-128 to finish at 223 in reply to Ginninderra's 182.
Suidgeest was the star of the show with the ball, taking 5-82 from 21 overs to almost single-handedly lead the Tigers to victory.
He now has 31 wickets for the season at an average of 12.9.
It's no wonder the Wagga Wagga product has been called into the Comets squad and could debut as early as February 10 against Victoria at Manuka Oval .
''I think he'll definitely contribute to the Comets,'' Gawthorp said.
''He's improved in leaps and bounds this year and has probably picked up a yard of pace''
Eastlake was desperate to bounce back from last week's loss in the semi-final of the John Gallop Cup to Tuggeranong.
Gawthorp came to the crease with Eastlake struggling at 3-32 and received solid support from Sri Lankan veteran Anil Rideegammanagedara (59).
But when Suidgeest knocked over Rideegammanagedara and Luke Bartley (0) in quick succession, Eastlake was on the ropes.
''There were a few nervous moments,'' Gawthorp said.
''There were some balls that were rolling and some that were kicking, but you didn't really know what you were going to get.
''It's a pretty important victory with the finals just around the corner.''
Meanwhile, centuries from Beau McClintock and Joe Cooke led Wests/UC to an incredible three-wicket victory against Weston Creek Molonglo.
In serious trouble resuming at 2-31 in reply to Weston Creek's 7-318 (dec), McClintock made 113 and Cooke 105 as part of a 214-run stand for the fourth wicket.
Queanbeyan claimed a valuable outright win with a dominant performance against Tuggeranong. Trailing by 74 runs on the first innings, Tuggeranong could only make 172 in its second dig, Queanbeyan passing the total with seven wickets remaining.
North Canberra Gungahlin hung on for a draw in its match with ANU, scoring 9-133 from 85 overs chasing 9-283 (dec).
Attention turns to the final of the John Gallop Cup one-day competition, with Queanbeyan taking on Tuggeranong at Manuka Oval on Sunday from 2.30pm.