Guy Gillespie’s 2/63 in 17 overs was not enough for Queanbeyan to stop Eastlake. Photo: Steph Konatar.
EASTLAKE snagged the minor premiership after winning the Cricket ACT two-day competition by seven wickets against Queanbeyan at Freebody Oval last week.
Queanbeyan set 350 in day one, and early in the day it looked to be a difficult task as the Bluebags made runs hard to come by for Eastlake.
After a couple of early wickets from Guy Gillespie and captain Sam Taylor, Eastlake sat at 2/76 heading into lunch.
The Bluebags managed another early wicket after lunch and they looked to be in control until fomer Queanbeyan batsmen Michael Spaseski and Vele Dukoski stepped onto the crease.
Spaseski and Dukoski made life for the Bluebags very difficult, scoring 146no and 132no respectively.
Guy Gillespie was the best bowler for Queanbeyan, bowling 2/63 in 17 overs.
Queanbeyan captain Taylor said there were a few opportunities his team should have taken, but ultimately they were outplayed.
“We needed to take catches and had a couple of misfields, but we didn’t do anything momumentally wrong,” he said.
“It was a flat deck, dry day and a harsh outfield, a little bit harder and probably better suited for batting and they jumped on that.”
Spaseski and Dukoski were two batsmen that should not have been given an inch, Taylor admitted.
“(Spaseski) and (Dukoski) are two blokes you don’t want to get going,” he said.
“But credit where credit’s due, we were outplayed.”
Taylor suggested the current Bluebags would not have played against the pair any differently, despite their Queanbeyan links.
“I mean it would be nicer if everyone could stay at the club,” he said.
“It might have given the boys a bit of fire in their bellies, but I don’t think they would’ve thought about it really.”
“Let bygones be bygones” said the captain, insisting the team would not dwell on the loss and was looking towards their semi final against West’s UC at Freebody Oval this weekend.
“We’ve forgotten about the loss and we’re looking forward,” he said.
“We’re ready and pumped up for a good finals series.
“We got our home semi, but West’s are going to come out firing and we’ve got to be ready for that.”
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