With Monaro missing a few key players to higher representative honours and injuries, an under strength team travelled to Canberra for the first two rounds of the Konica Cup Twenty20 competition.
Monaro 9/115 lost the first match against North Canberra Gungahlin 5/118. Monaro got off to a solid start being 1/40 off six overs but lost their way in the middle over losing wickets in clumps with Monaro losing four wickets and adding only 10 runs in the next five overs.
Chief destroyer was spinner D. Chouatiya (3/9). A. Walters (22), with help from the Monaro tail, managed to give Monaro a score of 115 which was probably 20 runs short of a par score. Monaro got off to a great start with the ball with M. Doig (2/19) doing the damage early grabbing an early wicket and keeping North Canberra well below the required run rate. North Canberra played some sensible cricket working the ball into the gaps and were very patient in their run chase. A. Karrad (51) was the standout batsman. Three poor overs were the difference as North Gungahlin chased down the Monaro total in the 19th over.
In the second match Monaro were all out for 86 losing to ANU 7/153. ANU got off to a lucky start with a couple of early calls going the way of the home side. The opening pair of N. Grant (51) and M. Begs (41) proceeded to put on 87 in quick time and with the ball being hit to all parts of the ANU field the Monaro dropped their heads which is very uncharacteristic trait from the Monaro.
With the departure of the opening pair, Monaro sparked up and managed to limit the damage in the final overs with S. Wood (3/15) putting in a good performance with the ball. Monaro got off to a steady start before the Monaro middle order once again collapsed due to some poor shot selection. A poor umpiring decision and a wicket left the run chase in tatters at 6/52 off eight overs. A. Walters (28) once again played a rescue role putting a bit of credibility to the score but at 6/52 chasing 154 was never going to be easy and Monaro were all out in only the 15th over for 86.