Queanbeyan trail after first innings

Photo: Elesa Kurtz

Photo: Elesa Kurtz

Queanbeyan’s road to the premier cricket finals was dealt a blow on the weekend after their loss to Western District-UC.

Wests set an imposing 321 and then skittled the visitors for just 148.

They sit in fifth position on the premier cricket ladder behind the fourth placed Wests.

Brendan Duffy’s 90 runs off just 106 balls set up the big total and Michael Minns (3-9) and Samuel Skelly (3-14), pictured, were the pick of the bowlers. 

Lakshmn Shivakkumar top-scored for Queanbeyan with 48.

Meanwhile, Ben Taylor’s unbeaten 171 helped North Canberra-Gungahlin stave off an outright defeat against Weston Creek Molonglo at Stirling Oval on Saturday.

The 19-year-old brought up his maiden century in emphatic fashion as Norths fought back from a first-innings deficit of 53 runs to guide them to 7-270.

On the same day, Taylor’s father Chris scored 104 not out in the fourth grade and he said it was special to share the moment with his dad, albeit on separate fields.

"It was mixed emotions because we lost the game obviously, but to get my first ton, it's been a while coming, I've got close a couple of times, but it was really special to get it off the back," Taylor said.

"At tea I came off and I was 116 and I was told dad was on 84 so I didn't find out until I came off at the end of the game that he made 100, but yeah, that's awesome. A good day for the family.

"I'm sure we'll organise something, might go and share a couple of cold ones together."

Taylor hoped Norths could carry the momentum of their second innings into next week's Douglas Cup game against Wests.

In other games, Tuggeranong Valley beat ANU outright, thanks to skipper Shane Devoy following up his 95 with 5-10. Ginninderra also won outright, setting 290 and then knocking off Eastlake for 127 and 144.

CRICKET ACT FIRST GRADE

Day 2: Western District-UC 321 bt Queanbeyan 148 (Lakshmn Shivakkumar 48, Guy Gillespie 35, Michael Minns 3-9, Samuel Skelly 3-14), North Canberra-Gungahlin 172 & 7-270 (Ben Taylor 171no) lt Weston Creek Molonglo 8-225dec, ANU 171 & 108 (Ben Mitchell 32, Shane Devoy 5-10) lt Tuggeranong Valley 9-286 (Shane Devoy 95, Michael Barrington-Smith 89, Ben Mitchell 4-92), Ginninderra 290 bt Eastlake 127 (Andrew Glover 32, Luke Ryan 6-69) & 144 (Nikhil Mathai 29, Joshua Kentwell 3-27).

WESTS v QUEANBEYAN: Dean Solway of Queanbeyan during his side's big loss on Saturday at Jamison Oval in Belconnen. Photo: Elesa Kurtz.

WESTS v QUEANBEYAN: Dean Solway of Queanbeyan during his side's big loss on Saturday at Jamison Oval in Belconnen. Photo: Elesa Kurtz.