Queanbeyan has scent of outright victory

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.