Good memories the motivation for Oakley
Wests-UC vs Queanbeyan
Wests-UC bowler Ben Oakley, centre, celebrates with team mates after dismissing Queanbeyan batsman Chris Russo. Photo: Jeffrey Chan
Ben Oakley will use the memories of the 2008 Douglas Cup grand final victory as motivation for next weekend's grand final rather than last year's loss to Queanbeyan.
Western Districts-UC will face Tuggeranong in the decider at Manuka Oval, starting on Friday.
Wests captain Oakley said recapturing that winning feeling was what playing sport was all about.
He's already tasted losing a grand final this season, going down to Eastlake in the one-day final at Manuka last month.
Wests got into the decider after of a first-innings win over Queanbeyan.
After a first innings deficit of 72 runs, the Bluebaggers chased quick runs to set Wests a target. They declared at 9-237, needing to bowl out Wests for less than 165 to win.
Queanbeyan conceded with Wests 2-110 at Chisholm on Sunday.
''We were a little bit stung by the loss in the one-day comp,'' Oakley said. ''We made the grand final last year [in the Douglas Cup] and got a bit of a touch-up so those sorts of losses really hurt you so we've got a bit of a sting in our tail.
''Memories of winning and having that memory with your mates for the rest of your life, that's what's going to spur me on.''
Meanwhile, Tuggeranong captain Michael Wescombe had his heart in his mouth as his batting line-up once again had a case of the staggers.
But his side has five days before the Douglas Cup grand final to try to find some steel after stuttering to a five-wicket win over Eastlake in their semi-final at Stirling on Sunday.
Resuming at 1-54 with just 76 runs needed for victory, Tuggies appeared to be coasting at 1-98 with Justin Haywood (54) and Michael Barrington-Smith (38) before they lost four quick wickets.
Blake Dean and Vinesh Bennett then guided them home and into the grand final.
Wescombe said it felt like a case of deja vu after Tuggeranong lost 5-3.
The skipper put the mini-collapse down to ''bad batting''.
''It's something we need to fix that's for sure,'' he said.
''We were doing it pretty comfortably and then Michael Barrington-Smith got out, he'd been in for quite a while, and then we lost a couple of quick ones.
''It was nervous times considering we lost 5-3 in the first innings and we were just hoping it doesn't happen again.''
But he said the club was ''determined'' to end a two-day premiership drought dating back to 2004.
Wescombe arrived at the club the season after and has been in three losing grand finals since. He's hopeful that will change next weekend.
CRICKET ACT: First-grade semi-finals: Tuggeranong 135 and 5-133 bt Eastlake 87 and 177; Wests-UC 288 and 2-110 bt Queanbeyan 216 and 9-237 dec.