Vele Dukoski blasts rapid Cricket ACT ton
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Vele Dukoski blasts rapid Cricket ACT ton

Vele Dukoski laughs there is only one problem with peeling off 150 on a Saturday afternoon in the middle of summer.

He will have to back up the next morning and roll the arm over, "so that's a shame". It means he will have little time to bask in a scintillating century, until Sunday night at least.

Vele Dukoski hit a brilliant ton.

Vele Dukoski hit a brilliant ton.Credit:Dion Georgopoulos

Dukoski hit his eighth first grade ton to put Queanbeyan in the box seat in their Cricket ACT Douglas Cup clash against ANU at Freebody Oval on Saturday.

The devastating Bluebags batsman belted 150 from 171 - finding the rope 19 times and clearing it twice more along the way - to help Queanbeyan to 338 at stumps.

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But it didn't always seem that would be the case.

"We started off pretty slow, we were 2-10 when I went out to bat and then me and [Dean Solway, 66 runs] put on a 200-run partnership," Dukoski said.

"Deano and I have been playing cricket together for the past seven years so we know each other quite well. He’s more of a defensive player, he likes to sit on balls and I’m the sort of guy who goes after them and puts the pressure back on them, so we go well together.

"It was an enjoyable day, it’s always good to get 150, especially in a two-dayer. It’s always good to hit the middle of the bat."

Now the hard work begins as Queanbeyan prepare to back up and do the hard work all over again on a flat deck.

"I’m probably going to have to bowl a few overs, so that’s a shame. I’m going to be very sore tomorrow so I don’t really want to bowl, but I’m going to have to. That’s cricket," Dukoski said.

Will Todd toiled hard.

Will Todd toiled hard.Credit:Dion Georgopoulos

"It’s going to be a tough day, we’re going to have to toil, the wicket is pretty flat. We should come away with the points, fingers crossed we do anyway."

Dukoski's wasn't the only Douglas Cup ton threatening a run-a-ball pace - Western District-UC's Ethan Bartlett belted 141 (154) to leave the Weston Creek Molonglo bowling attack scratching their heads.

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Bartlett's second century of the season helped Wests to 315 before he picked up two scalps to leave Creek in dire straits at 2-9 at Manuka Oval.

North Canberra-Gungahlin are staring down the barrel of an outright defeat against Ginninderra after being skittled for just 94 on day one at Harrison Oval.

Jarryd Hatton fired to claim 4-13 before the Tigers motored past the total and declared with a lead of 101. Jak Willcox's late burst left Norths at 2-11 in their second dig.

All matches will resume on Sunday morning in the midst of a hectic summer schedule for Canberra's premier cricketers that has seen midweek Twenty20 Cup matches draw to a close ahead of the finals.

Cricket ACT officials are reviewing the make-up of the Twenty20 finals after a net run rate complication which has left Ginninderra and Weston Creek Molonglo vying for fourth spot.

One of those sides will advance to the finals day on January 20 alongside Tuggeranong Valley, ANU, and Western District-UC, with the competition winner bound for Adelaide for the National Premier Twenty20 championships.

AT A GLANCE

Cricket ACT Douglas Cup round 10: WESTERN DISTRICT-UC 315 (E Bartlett 141, B Duffy 47; D McLean 3-33, S Taylor 2-39) v WESTON CREEK MOLONGLO 2-9 (R Trickett 4*, B de Carvalho 4; E Bartlett 2-5) at Manuka Oval.

QUEANBEYAN 338 (V Dukoski 150, D Solway 66; S Murn 4-50, W Todd 2-96) v ANU at Freebody Oval.

EASTLAKE 205 (A Tett 78*, J Adams 28; S Devoy 3-51, T Floros 2-12) v TUGGERANONG VALLEY 2-66 (T Floros 24*, T Vane Tempest 20; H Page 2-15) at Chisholm Oval.

GINNINDERRA 5-195 (R Healy 50; F McGurk 2-49) lead NORTH CANBERRA-GUNGAHLIN 94 (J Low-McMahon 33; J Hatton 4-13) and 2-14 (C Herath 6*, M Aubrey 2*; J Willcox 2-4) at Harrison Oval.

Caden Helmers is a sports reporter for The Canberra Times

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