Bru­tal mar­gin pun­ishes Par­nell Cricket

Central Leader - - MILESTONES - SAMHEWAT

Par­nell Cricket coach Ian Trott is mak­ing no ex­cuses for his side’s per­for­mance on Satur­day, which saw them knocked out of Auck­land’s Jeff Crowe com­pe­ti­tion.

Par­nell went into the week­end in fourth place, tied with Sub­urbs New Lynn on points but be­hind on net run rate in the one-day tour­na­ment.

When Sub­urbs lost to Waitakere, it opened the door for Par­nell to steal the last play­off po­si­tion.

How­ever, they failed to de­fend their 243-run to­tal against Eller­slie - who are placed last in pool one - and as a re­sult, would miss out on the play­offs based on net run rate by a bru­tal mar­gin of 0.259.

Trott was au­di­bly frus­trated with his side’s per­for­mance, which rounded off a dis­ap­point­ing Jan­uary for the usu­ally-suc­cess­ful club.

‘‘There’s no ex­cuses, I’ll never have any ex­cuses,’’ Trott said.

‘‘We haven’t played good cricket, I can tell you that now.’’

Par­nell were po­ten­tially lucky to be in the po­si­tion they were, con­sid­er­ing they only won two of their four matches - with one aban­doned - in the Jeff Crowe com­pe­ti­tion.

And Trott wasn’t con­tent with re­ly­ing on Sub­urbs New Lynn los­ing to get through to the play­offs.

‘‘If you lose four out of seven, you don’t de­serve to go through,’’ he said.

‘‘That’s just not good cricket. ‘‘You can’t ex­pect the oppo- sition to win for you. Sub­urbs lost, we just had to win, and we should have won.’’

Par­nell cap­tain Dave God­dard, who pro­duced a sub­lime per­for­mance with the bat in a stel­lar win over tra­di­tional ri­vals Corn­wall just seven days prior, said he was at a loss as to why his team hadn’t per­formed well in the one-day com­pe­ti­tion this year.

‘‘In­con­sis­tency was the theme of our one-day cam­paign,’’ God­dard said.

‘‘I can’t re­ally pin­point as to why, but I guess that’s the na­ture of that shorter for­mat of cricket.

‘‘It’s tough, but at the end of the day we won three out of our seven. If you put it in that per­spec­tive, you prob­a­bly don’t de­serve to make the play­offs when that hap­pens.’’

Par­nell now shift their fo­cus to the Hed­ley Howarth two-day com­pe­ti­tion, in which they are cur­rently sit­ting top of the ta­ble with five wins from five games.

PHOTOTEK

Par­nell’s Tim McIn­tosh re­turned to the side af­ter in­jury in the fi­nal round of the Jeff Crowe Cup on Satur­day.

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