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Dean shoulders return with match-winning century

He had a shoulder reconstruction at the end of last summer and Rogers felt with the form he returned in someone should snap him up.

“Sometimes it’s a little bit ridiculous watching him, how easy he makes it, for a guy who’s come back from a shoulder reconstruction at the end of last year,” Rogers said.

“His first proper bat in the nets was last week so to come out and make it look as easy as he did today just goes to show the talent of the guy.

“It’s a real shock how no Big Bash team has him signed up just yet.

“Judging by the way he hit them today, you’d be nuts not to sign him up.”

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Eastlake captain Paul O’Malveney also scored an opening-game century, taking until the very last ball of their 50 overs to bring it up – a two taking him to an unbeaten 101.

Mitchell Taylor-Briscoe chipped in with 44, while both Eastlake openers – Tom Henry (32) and Nushan Weerasinghe (32) got starts.

O’Malveney felt they were about 20-30 runs short of the total they needed to set.

But despite the loss, he was happy with his team’s performance and felt if they’d taken a wicket or two about the 40th over then they could’ve swung it the other way.

“It’s a little bit bittersweet, given the loss, but it kind of took me by surprise,” O’Malveney said of his century.

“I haven’t been hitting the ball that well during the last three or four weeks, but it was nice to get back on turf and get a few under the belt early.”

Weston Creek opening bowler Djali Bloomfield led the way claiming five wickets, including the scalps of both openers.

“He’s had a really good pre-season. The Comets’ pre-season has been really well structured this year and Djali’s been involved from the start,” Rogers said.

“He’s bowled a lot before this weekend and it just goes to show. He just nails the yorker better than most and he did that today, he cleaned up with it. Bloody impressive bowling.”

Eastlake's Adam Tett gets bowled by Sam Taylor.

Eastlake’s Adam Tett gets bowled by Sam Taylor.Credit:Elesa Kurtz

Queanbeyan won a low-scoring affair by four wickets against Ginninderra and ANU bowled out North Canberra-Gungahlin while defending their total of 201.

AT A GLANCE

Weston Creek Molonglo 3-266 (Dean 115, Rogers 80no, Page 1-30) bt Eastlake 8-265 (O’Malveney 101no, Taylor-Briscoe 44, Bloomfield 5-37)

Queanbeyan 6-186 (Curtale 40no, Spink 32, Prince 2-23) bt Ginninderra 185 (Delaney 47, Owen 44, M Solway 3-30)

ANU 201 (Leerdam 75, Smart 43, Rahman 4-22) bt North Canberra-Gungahlin 180 (Taylor 52no, Ninneman 3-19, Sharma 3-33, Evans 3-44)

David Polkinghorne covers the Canberra Raiders, local rugby league, Canberra Cavalry, racing and cycling, along with every other sport, for The Canberra Times.

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