Ben Oakley, left, and Adam Tett. Photo: Jeffrey Chan
Blown away by the sight of Manuka Oval under lights, the captains of Eastlake and Wests-UC have been trying to keep a lid on the excitement of playing the John Gallop Cup as a day-night game next weekend.
While yet to be confirmed, the local 50-over competition was expected to become the first cup final played at night.
The captains took different approaches to the news. Eastlake's Adam Tett told everyone as soon as he found out Cricket ACT wanted to use the lights, whereas Ben Oakley's team were told when it was revealed by chief executive Mark Vergano on Thursday. But they were emphatic about their teams concentrating on winning Saturday's two-day games first.
Wests-UC need two more wickets before they can start chasing Tuggeranong's total. The home side were 8-245 after the first day.
Oakley didn't make it to the historic first one-dayer at Manuka, but did see the lights in action for the Prime Minister's XI game. He's played a few games under lights before, in Wagga Wagga and Albury.
''The boys didn't hear until it was released on the news, I kept it close to my chest because it hasn't been confirmed yet,'' he said. ''Just to get to play on Manuka, a lot are very excited [about] because you don't get that opportunity very often these days and with the added incentive to play under lights as well, there's a fair bit of excitement around, obviously being a grand final as well.''
Tett made it to both games, keeping a keen eye on Eastlake quick Nick Winter who was 12th man for the PM's XI and 13th man for Australia. His team can probably afford to start thinking about the cup final after posting 278 and ripping through North Canberra-Gungahlin's top order (5-68).
''Those lights are phenomenal. The games were really good, obviously very high-scoring, which happens quite often at Manuka,'' Tett said. ''But it goes to show that the lights they put in are more than worth it and they can be utilised not only by footy but also cricket. Hopefully club cricket overflows into that as well.''
Meanwhile, former ACT cricketer and administrator Wayne Boardman died last month.
The fast-medium bowler and useful middle-order batsman was part of East Canberra's four consecutive premierships from 1970-74.