A mixed weekend of results with the Men's teams continuing their regular season fixtures on the Saturday and with a few teams playing one-day semi-finals on the Sunday. Obviously with the long weekend selections were very difficult for both the 2-day match and the one-day finals with many players unavailable, and that showed across a few of the results throughout the weekend.
1st Grade had an uphill battle ahead of them with Ginninderra resuming 3 wickets down requiring another 100 runs for victory. Although the Wests bowlers fought hard in the 40-degree-heat they weren't able to take the wickets required to relieve the scoreboard pressure built by the Tigers on day one going down before both teams agreed to leave the result as a first-innings one. The 2s started the day already having chased Ginninderra's mediocre first innings score. Maaz Khan started the day 98* but unfortunately couldn't add to that score with Ginninderra starting well by bowling the Lions out quickly. Maaz had his revenge with a wicket on the first ball of the innings, LBW on one that would have missed off and leg stump (but not middle) eventually taking the wickets required to chase a very small target to win and earn all 10 points. 3s Started the day in the balance at 4/50 chasing 170, and with Tea drawing closer the score was surpassed with some very impressive batting from the night-watchman Kusetic and the captain, before Henderson and Boyle scoring at a very quick rate managed to push the lead to 90 before the interval and declaration. Wests managed to take 8 wickets before there were no overs left to chase a score (Ginninderra nudged back in front) With Marshall and McFadyen doing damage with the ball on a flat track. Again a very close shout at an outright for 3s, but the win still keeps them in a strong position before finals. 4th Grade had a lot of young talent on debut this week with a good chunk of the 4s playing squad unavailable and/or up the grades. Unfortunately they weren't able to put the brakes on Ginninderra with them continuing on from 0/70 at the start of play to declaring 50-odd runs ahead. Damian Whitelum contributed well with the ball picking up 3 wickets before John Gladwin made an impressive 50* to dash any hopes Ginninderra had of an outright victory. 5th Grade went down in a nail-biter after making a very defendable total batting first at Conder, Tuggeranong managed to chase the 3 runs required off the last ball as one bounced over the arm of an falling tree outstretched Jimmy Harrison at cover. Disappointing for 5s but their position on the table is still formidable with only a handful of matches left before finals. Sunday: Sunday was a regrettable day all around. 1stGrade, low on confidence following a defeat to ginninderra in both the 2-day and T20 matches over the past week were looking to bounce back against a team we have no shortage of experience playing in finals. Weston Creek. Unfortunately our form didn't improve on the Sunday with the Weston Creek batsman scoring freely to put up a +300 total to chase, despite a 4 wicket effort from Bartlett. Scoreboard pressure was the key as Wests lost key batsman in the opening stages of the match which made the prospect of fighting back become less and less likely. In the end the stroke-play required to match the run-rate was brought on a high level of risk which didn't pay off on this occasion for west. 2nd Grade had a smaller target to chase, thanks to another impressive bowling performance from Minns, and a 'Fresh out of customs' effort from McKell. But in a similar fashion to 1s, steady wicket taking from the ANU bowling attack meant that Wests innings never really got going and the dominant second grade team couldn't match it with a ANU team riding high on confidence after winning the 2nd Grade T20 competition.
4th Grade also fell short in their chase of 150 on a very sticky wicket at Harrison. After bowling first and keeping the runs down against a North Canberra line-up with years of first-grade experience a delicate mix of old and new faces bowled well in partnerships with Marshall and L Gladwin doing the damage with the ball taking 4 wickets each on the back of very economic spells from D Gladwin, Broers, & Henderson. Partnerships were key with the bat as well and despite a very disciplined innings from Broers and partnerships with Wilson & Gladwin (both who were caught sharply at Square Leg by the opposition skipper) wickets at the start and end of the innings saw the Lions fall 7 runs short of their target. While the results were disappointing over the weekend for a club that has started the season so positively, the season is very much alive with all teams in the top 4 for the March Finals, and the Women's team are ready and raring to go ahead of the Lynne O'Meara 40 over competition that gets underway this Saturday. 1st Grade:
Douglas Cup Round 11 WDUCCC 173 (E Bartlett 51, J Smith 36, J Cooke 27) def by Ginninderra 5/176 (B Duffy 3/61) One Day Semi Final: WCMCC 315 - 50 overs (E Bartlett 4/57, A Taylor 2/47) def WDUCCC 100 - 26.0 overs 2nd Grade: 2-Day Round 11 Ginninderra 100 (L Jorgensen 3/24, C Brown 2/18, SA Jaffry 2/19, M Khan 2/24) & 143 (M Minns 4/45, K Muralietharan 2/9, SA Jaffry 2/10) def by WDUCCC 226 (M Khan 98, C Lillepruun 35) & 1/21 One-Day Semi Final ANU 192 – 49.2 overs (M Minns 3/17, P McKell 3/52, L Jorgensen 2/27, R Van Aalst 2/30) def WDUCCC 111 – 35.3 overs (J Provan 26, K Bhardwaj 20) 3rd Grade: 2-Day Round 11 Ginninderra 170 (E Marshall 3/39, D Cheffers 2/14) & 8/142 (E Marshall 3/26, C McFadyen 2/17) def by WDUCCC 7d/258 (P Henderson 71, W Tabrett 60, D Kusetic 53, J Boyle 33) 4th Grade: 2-Day Round 11 WDUCCC 144 (T Wilson 45, J Gladwin 22) & 3/69 (J Gladwin 50*) def by Ginninderra 6d/219 (D Whitelum 3/27, O Withers 2/20) One-Day Semi Final NCGCC 9/149 – 40 overs (L Gladwin 4/39, E Marshall 4/43) def WDUCCC 9/143 – 40 overs (M Broers 48, J Gladwin 30, T Wilson 20)
5th Grade: Result not yet confirmed