Vele Dukoski walks off after being dismissed by Ben Oakley for 31 on Saturday. Photo: Jay Cronan
WESTS/UC captain Ben Oakley went from bowling in front of a capacity crowd of 26,000 at the Adelaide Oval to making a cameo for his Canberra club side.
Oakley made the most of a weekend off from the Adelaide Strikers to help Wests/UC to an important six-wicket win against Queanbeyan at Freebody Oval on Saturday.
Wests/UC chased down Queanbeyan's total of 196 with 29 overs to spare, securing a double bonus point to put it back in reach of the finals of the one-day competition.
Ben Oakley. Photo: Melissa Adams
Oakley finished with of 2-42 from his 10 overs as the left-arm paceman gained valuable match practice ahead of the second half of the Big Bash League season.
The 31-year-old has had limited chances with the Strikers, making his debut in the washed-out opening game and coming in as a late replacement for Kane Richardson in the New Year's Eve match against the Perth Scorchers.
Oakley went for 0-50 from his four overs as the Strikers hung on for a narrow five-run victory.
''It was awesome to get the opportunity in front of 26,000 people, that was something I haven't had to deal with before,'' Oakley said.
''Unfortunately it didn't go my way that night but we got the win and that's the main thing. To get an insight into professional cricketing life has been fantastic and it's hopefully something I can strive for again next year.''
Oakley will return to Adelaide and the Strikers on Monday before their game next Saturday against the Brisbane Heat.
He will stay with the team until the end of the competition, with the BBL final to be held on February 7 if it gets that far.
Strikers teammate and ACT Comets captain Jono Dean was one of several key players missing from an under-strength Queanbeyan side.
Wests/UC wasted little time in chasing down the total, all-rounder Ethan Bartlett smashing an unbeaten 64 from just 32 balls on the way to the team's second win from six games.
''When he gets going, he's hard to stop,'' Oakley said.
''The boys were up against it trying to get into the finals, so it was a good performance to get the runs in 21 overs.''
Half-centuries to Cade Brown and Byron Field helped Weston Creek Molonglo (4-225) to a six-wicket win against Eastlake (221).
Tuggeranong (8-280) cruised to an easy 86-run against ANU (194), Michael Barrington leading the way with 98 not out.
Meanwhile, Ginninderra (193) held on for a tight 20-run win against North Canberra Gungahlin (173).
John Gallop Cup: Wests/UC 4-197 bt Queanbeyan 196 at Freebody Oval. Ginninderra 193 bt Norths 173 at Harrison; Tuggeranong 8-280 bt ANU 194 at Chisholm; Weston Creek Molonglo 4-225 bt Eastlake 221 at Stirling Oval.