Pranesh de Silva watched helplessly as teammates came and went.
All the Eastlake batsman needed was for one of them to stick around, just for a little while. The nervous nineties are often hard enough, let alone when you're running out of partners.
Perhaps make that running out your partners - because 20-year-old de Silva laughs he was the reason No. 10 Dan Foy was run out.
So when No. 11 Jordan Wood strode to the crease with de Silva seven runs shy of a century, the butterflies in his stomach resembled something more like eagles.
Wood managed to face out 16 balls to finish unbeaten on zero in 36 minutes at the crease, while de Silva posted a superb 107 in a lone hand which guided Eastlake to 232.
Now they have a shot at causing an upset against Tuggeranong, who will resume at 1-10 in their two-day Douglas Cup clash at Kingston Oval on Sunday.
"There were a few nervous moments, but we got through that so it's all good," de Silva said.
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"That was my first first grade century. I was stoked to get over the line. It's a good feeling now.
"I went in pretty early and just assessed the situation each session. It turned out I just had to bat out the day, and I guess I did that.
"We got a cheap wicket late in the day, so hopefully we can come back and get the other nine. It would be a good win and a good start to the year.
"Both the spinners, Praveen Mathai and Dan Foy will have a big role to play. The pitch probably isn't as true as it seems, it's quite slow and there is a bit of turn.
"Hopefully in the middle overs we can take a few wickets and get a roll on."
Meanwhile, Monty Poonia claimed 6-11 for Weston Creek Molonglo as North Canberra-Gungahlin crumbled for 59 at Keith Tournier Memorial Oval.
Joe Slater (3-19) ripped through Norths' top order to leave the hosts in dire straits at 3-6, before Poonia (6-11) ran through the rest.
Creek cruised past the total to secure the points inside half a day's play and set up a tilt at an outright victory on Sunday.
A Blake Dean century (132 from 150) has put Western District (109) in the box seat heading into day two of their clash with Queanbeyan at Freebody Oval.
A late flurry with the ball has ANU in the box seat to claim the spoils against the Ginninderra Tigers at Kippax Oval.
The Owls posted 210 in the first dig before Angus Jones (2-6) and Ben Mitchell (2-10) stole the show to leave Ginninderra teetering precariously at 4-48.
AT A GLANCE
Cricket ACT Douglas Cup round 10: Stumps, day one - EASTLAKE 232 (P de Silva 107, T Henry 36; C Devoy 2-34, N Joseph 2-55) v TUGGERANONG VALLEY 1-10 (C Devoy 10*; D Foy 1-1) at Kingston Oval.
ANU 210 (L Pedley 42, D Leerdam 39; D Faram 2-3, M Bosustow 2-28) v GINNINDERRA 4-48 (B Thomas 17, M Hogan 10*; A Jones 206, B Mitchell 2-10) at Kippax Oval.
WESTON CREEK MOLONGLO 2-96 (J Low-McMahon 48*, S kimber 23*; A Tarpey 2-15) lead NORTH CANBERRA-GUNGAHLIN 59 (L Whatmough 23, B Winkler 12; M Poonia 6-11, J Slater 3-19) on first innings at Keith Tournier Memorial Oval. *Last available scorecard at the time of writing.
WESTERN DISTRICT 309 (B Dean 132, B Macdonald 59; B Smith 6-75, V Dukoski 2-68) v QUEANBEYAN at Freebody Oval. *Last available scorecard at the time of writing.