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Wests/UC fall short of crushing win

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Ginninderra batsman Dan Upwardplays cautiously against West UC at Kippax Oval on Saturday.

Ginninderra batsman Dan Upwardplays cautiously against West UC at Kippax Oval on Saturday. Photo: Jeffrey Chan

WESTS/UNIVERSITY of Canberra finished two wickets shy of an outright victory against Ginninderra after the second of their two-day Douglas Cup match at Kippax on Saturday.

Wests/UC started the day in a commanding position, having declared last week at 9-281, and having Ginninderra at 1-17.

Sporting black armbands to respect the family of Wests' life member and leading wicket-taker Ben Keens, whose father died during the week, the Wests/UC bowlers ensured first innings points then set about chasing the outright victory.

Dale Riley took five wickets in the first innings as Ginninderra were dismissed for 151, and the home side was sent back in to try again.

An unbeaten knock from Rhys Healy helped steady the ship for Ginninderra who held on to avoid outright defeat.

They ended the day at 8-100.

''[Healy] was our rock and guided us home, that's for sure,'' Ginninderra captain Josh Kentwell said, noting his side had ''room for improvement''. ''It's never good when you get put back in to lose possibly by outright, there was nothing wrong with the pitch when our guys first went in, the guys just aren't adapting themselves and being patient enough.''

At Freebody Oval, Queanbeyan finished their first innings run chase, taking the points and declaring at 8-205, 71 runs in front of Weston Creek.

The outright result never looked likely as Weston Creek settled in, sitting on 2-133 at stumps. Ben Scott top scored, but was dismissed one run short of his half century. At Kingston Oval, Tuggeranong had already notched up first innings points with a six-run win, leaving day two the battle for outright victory.

Eastlake resumed at 1-31, an unbeaten 51 from Peter O'Callaghan helping them to a total of 159, leaving Tuggeranong with a target of 154 for outright victory.

Danushka Wijesundara was the saviour for Eastlake, taking 5-19.

Bowling a tight spell that included six maidens in his 13 overs he was able to ensure that the visitors didn't run away with the match. At stumps they were still 47 runs shy of victory on 8-107.

At Keith Tournier Memorial Oval in Ainslie, Norths stitched up first innings points and declared with a four run advantage over their opposition.

ANU were unlucky not to stitch up the overall victory.

The students declared at 9-194.

The total proved more than enough, with Norths succumbing to a spectacular collapse, sitting on 8-45 at stumps, just holding on to avoid the outright loss.

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