Canberra cricket: Weston Creek v Tuggeranong
Tuggeranong celebrate a catch by fieldsman Luke Ryan. Photo: Katherine Griffiths
Ginninderra celebrated an unlikely double bonus-point win thinking it had snuck into the final four of the John Gallop Cup on Saturday night, but Cricket ACT couldn't confirm which teams would contest the play-offs of the one-day competition.
Ginninderra's massive 159-run victory over Western Districts coupled with Queanbeyan's shock 69-run loss to Norths meant the Bluebags, Tuggeranong Valley and Ginninderra all finished locked on 19 points with net run-rate needed to determine which two would play finals.
But Cricket ACT said it needed to go through its records before announcing who was in and who was out.
The only certainty was Weston Creek Molonglo, which finished top after its rain-affected victory over Tuggeranong, with Eastlake second, despite a shock loss to the bottom-placed ANU.
Ginninderra got off to a flyer through Brendan Roweth's 39 runs off 35 balls, with everyone pitching in with a start to guide it to 9-292.
Matthew Sharp top scored with 53, then Ross Pawlson (4-22) ran through Wests to skittle them for 143.
Ginninderra captain Nick Owen said his calculations had his team in the final four.
''We overtook Queanbeyan (on the ladder), a bit of a shock loss for them, but they lost Jono Dean (to the Big Bash League),'' he said. ''Yeah we have (squeezed into fourth), well I believe so. I've crossed every finger and toe.''
While Norths' shock win over a Dean-less Queanbeyan wasn't enough to get them into the finals, captain Andrew Barnett hoped they could take momentum from the win into the two-day competition and push for the finals in that instead.
They made 188, massively helped out by the Bluebag bowlers, who chipped in with 40 wides, and a ninth-wicket stand of 44 between Ash Rathod and Heath Axelby (28 not out).
Louis Rutzou (4-18) then put the Queanbeyan bats to the sword, as they managed just 119 in reply, to potentially slip out of the four.
''We've not strung much together in the one-dayers, unfortunately, but it was good to finish on a win,'' Barnett said.
''It will give us some confidence going back into the two-dayers.
''If we can take the positives from that and we can string together a few more wins (we can) try make the semi-finals.''
Weston top order batsman Harry Medhurst set up the top side's victory with an aggressive 101, guiding the Creekers to a total of 301.
Tuggeranong was just 4-101 after 23 overs when rain stopped play - well behind the required total as devised by the Duckworth-Lewis method.
''I'm pretty sure we finished first,'' Weston captain Michael Delaney said.
''We were first coming into this and we got a bonus point today as well so I don't think anyone can go in front of us.
''[The ladder] hadn't been updated for ages.''
Cricket ACT could not provide a timeframe for when the finalists would be known.