Members of the Bangalow second grade cricket team celebrate their premiership, with captain Rob Parks at bottom right.
Members of the Bangalow second grade cricket team celebrate their premiership, with captain Rob Parks at bottom right.

Bangalow cricketers end long wait



WHEN Bangalow last week won its first Ballina District second grade cricket premiership for decades, it was thanks in large part to the team's captain, Rob Parks.

Parks sought to end the club's long drought by returning to Bangalow about three years ago.

His previous first-grade experience proved invaluable as Bangalow defeated Byron Bay in the final.

Batting first at Thompson Oval, Brunswick Heads, Byron Bay was limited to 9-174 on the first day.

The Bangalow bowling attack toiled well and gave little away. Troy Harris, Aaron Simpson, Joel Rudgley and Sunil Singh were particularly accurate. Nathan Phelps, Dave Altamara and Anthony Smith provided stubborn resistance.

On the second day Byron Bay were all out for 178. Intermittent rain disrupted play, with the covers used twice and the game reduced to 53 overs.

The pressure was building. Parks batted well in deteriorating conditions but was out leg-before for 47.

Darren Wright (61 not out), who batted with great patience and skill, was the backbone of the team's innings and helped guide Bangalow home late in the day with the rain falling and two overs to go.

The victorious Bangalow team was: Rob Parks (c), Troy Harris, Darren Wright, Nick Vale, Sunil Singh, Joel Rudgley, Alex Milenko, Dave Moulton, Dalpreet Singh, Aaron Simpson and Dustin Rudgley.

Adam Meads and Ben Peterson played this season but were unavailable for the final.



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