Colts fight back to beat Tigers
WHILE Park Beach Bowling Club Colts celebrated their second consecutive cricket title until the late hours of last night, most will admit that only 24 hours earlier the mood was not so ebullient.
The Colts had been bundled out for 103 by Coffs Tigers on Saturday.
Losing their last six wickets for only 28 runs, the reigning champs were on the ropes and needed only one last blow to be put down on the canvas and counted out.
The final blow never came. Colts wrested back control with a disciplined bowling performance that the Tigers’ batsmen had no answer for.
In particular Daryl Parmenter.
Playing in his final match before he puts the whites away for the last time, Parmenter ran through Coffs Tigers’ batsmen claiming 8-26 off 18.5 overs to record the best-yet bowling figures in a grand final.
His effort eclipsed the 8-30 that Ross Haworth took for Bucca against Diggers Ex-Services back in 1974-75.
“I take Daryl (Parmenter) for granted a bit,” Colts captain Matt Rose admitted.
“You know he’s going to put it on the spot and only go for about two runs an over.
"I’ve been playing with him for ages now and you just come to expect that.
“You know Daryl is going to put it on the spot and choke them up like a boa constrictor.”
Rose did say though that as good as his bowlers performed yesterday to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat, he’d rather that it didn’t have to happen that way.
“I was confident of our bowlers getting them but that was a little too close for comfort,” he said.
“We didn’t bat well and the Tigers bowled well but we got the win so I’m happy.”
At stumps on Saturday night the Tigers needed to score a further 83 runs with eight wickets in hand.
The loss of key batsmen Simon Donald and Nic Rowe early yesterday gave the Colts the confidence they needed to secure back-to-back titles.
At that stage Tigers’ skipper Kieran Hogan was still hopeful that his team could turn the momentum of the match back their way.
“We’d been in that situation a few times this year and worked our way out of it, especially last week but losing Simon Donald and Nic Rowe our heads went down a bit,” Hogan said.
“I was still confident that we could come back but it wasn’t to be.
"Our bowling has been outstanding all year, it’s just a shame about the batting as it’s been a bit of an Achilles heel for us.”