Queanbeyan has scent of outright victory
Quenbeyan's Mark Higgs during his comeback match on Saturday. Photo: Colleen Petch
QUEANBEYAN is well placed to take first-innings points in their two-day match against Weston Creek, but the wicket of Mark Higgs on the last ball of the day ensured the visitors finished on a high note at Freebody Oval, giving them a sniff of victory in the Douglas Cup match.
Weston Creek was bowled out for 134, with Queanbeyan 5-109 at stumps, with Chris Russo (34 runs) and Sam Taylor to resume their chase next Saturday.
''We're not quite there - we've got about 25 runs or so to get with five wickets in hand,'' Queanbeyan captain Aaron Ayre said.
''We'll be trying to knock them off, hopefully post a big total on the board and try and get some outright points as well, but we've got to get the six points first with a first-innings win.''
Queanbeyan's Josh Connolly was the standout performer with the bat, notching his half-century before a lapse in concentration led to his dismissal, stumped, for a well-compiled 50.
Ayre was pleased with his side's earlier performance with the ball, saying ''it was the best we've bowled so far,'' with Higgs claiming 3-15 and Vele Dukoski 4-19 on the soft wicket.
At Kingston Oval, Tuggeranong claimed the first-innings points, dismissing Eastlake for 94 runs in the morning, Luke Ryan claiming five of those wickets on a ''pretty bowler-friendly wicket''.
The visitors just managed to surpass that total, all out for 100, with Eastlake sitting on 1-31 at stumps in their second innings.
''Very happy to get the points today,'' Tuggeranong captain Michael Wescombe said.
''We could have done a bit better with the bat, the wicket had flattened out a little to what Eastlake batted on first, [so] we're just happy to get them early again next week and hopefully push for an outright.''
At Kippax, Western District/University of Canberra finished in control over Ginninderra.
Wests declared at 9-281, Matthew Condon top-scoring with 58, while four others scored more than 30.
Ginninderra were 1-17 after six overs when stumps were called.