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We can win title: Oakley

WESTS/UC captain Ben Oakley has declared his side can go ''all the way'' and atone for the disappointment of losing the one-day final.

Oakley's confidence is warranted after Wests/UC secured an unlikely first-innings victory on Saturday to wrap up the Douglas Cup minor premiership.

After last week's first day of the match with fellow finals side Eastlake was washed out, the chances of any result from Jamison Oval were at long odds.

But a superb four-wicket haul from Ethan Bartlett led to Wests/UC rolling the Demons for 99, a victory target it was untroubled in reaching, finishing at 6-140.

That capped off a near-perfect season for Wests/UC in the two-day competition and took it to 47 points, leapfrogging Tuggeranong (44 points) for top spot.

Wests/UC will take on Queanbeyan (37 points) in next Friday's semi-finals played over three days, with Eastlake (40 points) facing Tuggeranong in the other.


While promising his side won't take the Bluebags lightly, Oakley knows Wests/UC is in prime position to take out the two-day competition after it was last month denied the John Gallop Cup.

''We're happy with the way we're going, but we know there's still a mountain to climb,'' Oakley said.

''It's sudden-death cricket now, so if we have a bad day it could be season over.

''We've got the team to go all the way this season if we can put it out on the park.''

Wests/UC has been in red hot form all summer, recording 14 wins and a tie from 16 games across both the two-day and one-day formats.

The only blemish to its record was going down to Eastlake in the one-day final, after being unbeaten in the pool matches.

It's been five seasons since Wests/UC claimed the two-day title, but it has the bowling arsenal to knock over any side twice.

Oakley has been the main catalyst for Wests/UC this season, but the left-arm paceman was upstaged on Saturday by a stellar bowling display from Bartlett.

The Wagga Wagga recruit nabbed 4-15 to continue his impressive debut season.

''He's handy with bat and ball and good in the field as well,'' said Oakley, who chipped in with 2-18.

''He's a well-rounded player and has a key role in the side.''

Meanwhile, Queanbeyan enters the finals following a 19-run win against ANU.

Vele Dukoski was the star with the ball, bagging 5-71 as ANU finished all out 175 in reply to Queanbeyan's 194.


AT A GLANCE: John Gallop Cup: Queanbeyan 194 (L Shivakumar 97; J Long 4-56, N Prell 3-38) bt ANU 175 (S Siriwardhane 49; V Dukoski 5-71) at ANU Oval. Wests/UC 6-140 (B Duffy 38; M Shaw 1-11) bt Eastlake 9-99 (dec) (M Shaw 33; E Bartlett 4-15) at Jamison Oval.