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