Match Report: Turf One, 2013-14 Round 2 with Paul Hill

We lost the toss and Parkfield had no hesitation in batting first on a typical dry Coomoora wicket.

Our bowlers toiled early, Joseph and Timma (in his first game back), but were unfortunately not rewarded for their good early work.

Parkfield cruised to 0/83 and it looked like another long day in the field, but to the boys credit, their efforts after drinks were brilliant.

Johno(5/29) and Darts (2/42) pegged the batsmen back and took vital wickets in a fantastic 26 over spell before tea.

Johno came out after tea and bowled unchanged from the one end to finish with his best figures in Turf 1 and have Parkfield all out for 216.

We needed to negotiate 4 overs, but unfortunately Planky was out lbw to leave us 1/12 overnight.

We started brilliantly the following week with Thanura blazing them to all parts of the ground, but unfortunately as seems to happen too often, we lost wickets in bunches, Luke (14), Thanura (48) and Jake (14) to leave us reeling at 4/87. Johno and Hilly put on a good partnership to get us within striking distance of the total but again, that all too familiar feeling of losing wickets in a hurry saw us go from 4/147 to all out 181.

A very disappointing ending to what should have been a very comfortable victory. We need to make sure we learn from these losses and ensure we do not start a trend.

We look forward to a good response from the lads this weekend.

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