Ross Haworth tosses the award to Daryl Parmenter after having his record broken.
Ross Haworth tosses the award to Daryl Parmenter after having his record broken. Rob Wright

Record is in safe hands

WHEN Daryl Parmenter collected 8-26 to help Park Beach Bowling Club Colts win this summer’s cricket grand final, he had no idea that he had broken a long-standing record.

It was in the summer of 1974-75 that Ross Haworth claimed 8-30 to get Bucca over the line against Diggers Ex-Services.

In grand finals since, players like Brian Kellett, Glenn Fenton, Rowan Dagger and Trent Jones have come close, but it wasn’t until Parmenter tore through the Coffs Tigers batting line-up that Haworth’s piece of history was surpassed.

Parmenter admitted that he wasn’t even aware he’d broken the record until shown a list of previous grand final results.

“Rosco has been the doyen of Coffs Harbour cricket for years, so to break his record is bittersweet for me,” Parmenter said.

“I’ve known him since I was a kid, so it topped it off.”

Parmenter said that taking eight wickets was just one of those days players dream about.

“It just all came good and the rhythm was there,” he said.

“The body felt good for a change and also in grand finals you give that little bit extra.”

Haworth admitted that with the passing of time he had forgotten about his heroics 36 years ago.

“I got a phone call that Daryl had broken my record but I didn’t even realise that I’d taken an eight-for in a grand final. I’d forgotten all about it,” Haworth said.

“I played with Daryl as a young fellow and I’ve got a lot of time for him as a cricketer and as a bloke.

“The record couldn’t have gone to a better bloke.”



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