Sunday, February 15th, 2015

Barnard Looking To Play Key Role As Queanbeyan Chase First Innings Points

Barnard Looking To Play Key Role As Queanbeyan Chase First Innings Points

Ed Barnard may have a crucial role to play with the ball if Queanbeyan District are to secure first innings points on the second day of their Australian Capital Territory first grade match away to Tuggeranong Valley next weekend.

The game is evenly poised after the opening day with Queanbeyan dismissed for 172 in 51 overs and Tuggeranong 39-3 of 17.2 overs by the close.

Barnard was dismissed for 10 batting at number five after Queanbeyan were put into bat and was fourth out with 82 runs on the board.

He is his side's leading wicket-taker in the competition with 22 victims at 21.23 runs apiece.

Barnard did not take a wicket in the final session of the opening day and bowled 4.2 overs for 10 runs including two maidens after sharing the new ball.

But he will be a key part of the attack as they look to push for points when the game resumes next weekend.

County opener Richard Oliver's side, Geelong City, suffered a wash-out when they visited Leopold for the first day of their two day fixture in the Geelong Cricket Association Division One.

Geelong skipper Oliver has taken his side to the brink of qualifying for the knockout stages.

The top six go through and the Sharks are presently in third spot behind leaders East Belmont and North Geelong.

Geelong will hope for better luck with the elements on the second day next Saturday.