Round 1 – 1st XI Match Report

Rob Johnston sent Parkfield in on a round 1 Coomoora wicket with plenty of moisture, and was rewarded handsomely with the Bears reeling at 2/4 early. Unfortunately our returning Englishman Joey Hawke went down with a serious ankle injury on the final ball of his third over and left us a bowler short. Despite this, a brilliant apell from Dillon Gemmell-Smith and Chris Konings then saw Parkfield in serious strife at 5/55.

With the improving weather, drying wicket and some rusty fielding, Parkfield were able to consolidate from here on in and managed to get to 227 from 76 overs. The skipper toiled away from one end for 2/78 from 24 overs, promising young leg spinner Jesse Smyth (in his first game for the club) jagged 2/27, and Dillon bowled with great consistency in Joey’s absence for his 1/38 from 19. Other highlights were Steve Giammario keeping tidily in his first game for the club and Daniel ‘Cooge’ Caughey managing a runout.

This left us with 4 overs to see out the evening, and unfortunately Luke Vincent fell in the final over to leave us at 1/9 overnight.

First XI - Round 1

First XI – Round 1

Arriving on Saturday the focus was on building partnerships and hopefully cashing in later in the afternoon on a good batting deck. After losing Panky and Steve early, Johnno and Cooge set about consolidating and managed to put on 39 before the latter fell LBW for 17, leaving us at a precarious 4/64. Joel Robertson then came in and worked with Johnno to get us to 115 and it was starting to look like the 228 was a more then achievable target. The captain soon reached his 50, but was unluckily dismissed LBW not long after for 59, leaving us at 5/115. The polite way of describing what followed is to say that we fell apart, and a mixture of rash shots and inexperience saw us lose our final 4 wickets (Joey was unable to bat) for 9 runs, and we were dismissed for 124 from 47 overs. Joel the only shining light with his promising 31.

With Joey’s injury and a few unavailable this week we remain somewhat undermanned, but will take on Dandenong West with 11 committed blokes who are up for a fight and will hopefully manage to jag our first points of the season. We wish Joey all the best in his recovery and look forward to seeing him back out on the park shortly.

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