Tuggeranong puts competition on notice
Eastlake player's in discussion with the umpire after the cover's where called for during yesterday's rained out clash. Photo: Colleen Petch
RAIN ruined the opening day of Canberra's cricket season but that didn't stop the premiership favourite from making an immediate statement to the rest of the competition.
All four games of the John Gallop Cup were washed out yesterday, ensuring the eight clubs are on level pegging after the first weekend of the limited-overs tournament.
Tuggeranong showed enough in its abandoned game with Weston Creek to justify its tag as the competition's pre-season title favourite.
Aaron Ayre was in fine form before yesterday's rain interruption. Photo: Colleen Petch COP
Tuggeranong made the most of favourable bowling conditions to tear through its opposition for a meagre total of 84, before compiling 2-27 in reply from 4.1 overs, at which point persistent rain forced an early end to proceedings at Chisholm.
A strong off-season recruiting spree has put Tuggeranong in the box seat to end Queanbeyan's reign of dominance.
Queanbeyan secured a clean sweep of all four trophies last season but is in rebuilding mode after the retirement of veteran skipper Mark Higgs and young gun Dean Solway's move to Adelaide.
The Bluebags made a promising start to their campaign, reaching 2-101 in their match with title contenders Eastlake.
Captain Aaron Ayre was not out with 31, while impressive junior Laxman Shivakumar (23 not out) was also unbeaten.
''There were some very good signs,'' Ayre said.
''We've got a young team but a talented team.
''Young Laxman stepped up to the plate today, he got himself that bit of belief that he does deserve his spot and can make runs.''
Persistent showers meant play was delayed until midday, with the game eventually called off at 3.30pm.
Left-arm paceman Kuunal Lall picked up both wickets for Eastlake, as he extracted plenty of movement from the Freebody Oval pitch.
Eastlake skipper Adam Tett hoped the conditions would improve so his batsmen could get a hit under their belts in today's match with the ACT under-19 team.
Highly rated wicketkeeper Beau McClintock impressed with the bat for Wests, top-scoring with 45 in their innings of 5-92 against ANU at Jamison.
Meanwhile, Ginninderra clawed its way to 9-107 in its clash with Norths at Kippax.