Wests UC vs Queanbeyan
Wests batsman, Matt Corndon in action off the bowling of Sam Taylor. Photo: Graham Tidy
IT'S the opening batting combination with the perfect mix of youth and experience - the 35-year-old Darren Richards matched with a talented youngster not even half his age.
The Wests/UC pairing of Richards and 17-year-old Matthew Condon put on a master class of patience and persistence to wear down Queanbeyan on a sweltering Saturday at Jamison Oval.
Richards (96) and Condon (66) established the platform to build from in a 162-run stand in an imposing total of 330.
It was made all the more formidable after Adelaide Strikers paceman Ben Oakley (1-5), Dale Riley (1-9) and Simon Cusden (2-1) struck to leave Queanbeyan in all sorts of strife at 4-19.
Richards is in his 20th season with the Wests/UC club, and made his first-grade debut in 1997-98.
He is showing little sign of slowing down and is enjoying passing on his knowledge to the talented Condon.
''To put on over 150 with Matt was more exciting then getting the 90-odd,'' Richards said. ''Cricket is one of those sports you've got to enjoy because you're out there for six hours.
''It's a good bunch of guys and we're all trying to go for the one common goal, and that's to win the two-day comp after we won the Twenty20.
''We were pretty disappointing in the one-day comp, so we're trying to make amends for that.''
Condon was the leading scorer in the first-grade competition last season and has already made his debut with the ACT Comets.
''His enthusiasm is infectious,'' Richards said.
''He's still developing his game, and we had a talk about picking the right ball.
''At Jamison, if you're patient enough and disciplined enough, you'll get enough good balls.''
Meanwhile, half-centuries to Tim Coggin and Sri Lankan import Anil Rideegammanagedara have left the match with Eastlake and North Canberra Gungahlin evenly poised.
Rideegammanagedara top-scored with 53 for Eastlake in their total of 196 before Norths finished the day at 4-138. Coggin will resume next Saturday unbeaten on 60.
Ginninderra was well on top in its match with ANU courtesy of great knocks from Sam Gaskin (86) and Josh Kentwell (83) in a total of 294 at Kippax.
But ACT Comets rookie Cameron Suidgeest and Ross Pawson struck before stumps to have ANU reeling at 2-12.
An even 100 from captain Michael Barrington-Smith and 90 from youngster Sam Lee has left Tuggeranong in control of its match with Weston Creek Molonglo.
Weston Creek will resume next week at 0-3 in reply to Tuggeranong's 375.
AT A GLANCE
Douglas Cup day one: WESTS/UC 330 v QUEANBEYAN 4-18 at Jamison Oval; EASTLAKE 196 v NORTH CANBERRA GUNGAHLIN 4-138 at Kingston Oval; GINNINDERRA 294 v ANU 2-12 at Kippax; TUGGERANONG 375 v WESTON CREEK MOLONGLO 0-3 at Chisholm.