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Wests, Eastlake emerge as new power in one-day cup

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Lee Gaskin

Tuggeranong batsman, Matt Floros in action. Click for more photos

Tuggeranong v Wests

The first grade one day cricket semi-final match at Jamison Oval between Wests and Tuggeranong on Sunday, February 3. Photo: Graham Tidy

There is a changing of the guard in Canberra's limited-overs competition, with neither of last season's finalists making it through to the decider of the John Gallop Cup.

While reigning champion Queanbeyan was already out of the running, Tuggeranong's semi-final loss to Wests/UC on Sunday sets up an intriguing clash at Manuka Oval on February 17.

Wests/UC easily accounted for Tuggeranong by seven wickets at Jamison to book their place in the final alongside Eastlake, which was just as ruthless in disposing of Ginninderra by eight wickets.

Wests/UC claimed the spoils in their only previous one-day encounter this season, but captain Ben Oakley was hesitant to read too much into it given the unique conditions that day.

''It was on a raging greentop on Kingston and they made 110-odd batting first, so I can't see that happening again,'' Oakley said.

''Hopefully we'll be playing on Manuka, which is flat and hard and a lot different to Kingston.

''They've got a good batting line-up and a good seam attack, backed up by a couple of good spinners, so they're a pretty strong team.''

Adam Hewitt (3-47) and Oakley (2-37) did the damage for Wests/UC, but Tuggeranong battled hard to recover from 6-85 to claw its way to 9-201.

A 94-run opening partnership from Matt Condon (20) and Darren Richards (59) put Wests/UC in a strong position before ACT Comets spinner Shane Devoy (2-42) struck twice in the space of seven runs. However, promising wicketkeeper/batsman Beau McClintock (55) and Hewitt (42 not out) finished off the chase in style.

Meanwhile, veteran spinner Michael Shaw showed all his guile to rip apart Ginninderra for a paltry 119 at Kingston Oval. Shaw claimed 5-27.

A half-century from Paul O'Malveney helped his side reach the victory target with more than 30 overs to spare.

AT A GLANCE

John Gallop Cup on Sunday: WESTS/UC 3-204 beat TUGGERANONG 9-201 at Jamison. EASTLAKE 2-121 beat GINNINDERRA 119 at Kingston Oval.

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