Cricket win a bonus on 17th birthday
TWENTY20 cricket may not be birthday boy Thom Parsons' cup of tea, but success in the final made it a sweet double celebration.
The leg-spinner helped his Marist Brothers side secure a seven-wicket win over Lismore Workers in the Lismore District Twenty20 final.
Saturday night's victory was a memorable way for right-hander Thom to mark his 17th birthday.
He was delighted with his team's success, even if the short-form game doesn't often fire his enthusiasm.
"I don't enjoy Twenty20 too much," Thom, who took 1-16 from a tidy four overs, said.
"You only get to bowl a short while.
"It's a bit of fun, but I prefer bowling longer spells.
"I'm really happy to get the win on my birthday."
Batting first at Lismore's damp Oakes Oval, Workers struggled to make a competitive total.
Luke Hamshaw took 2-8 and Ryan Duyker 2-12 also shone as Workers struggled to 8-70.
Brothers opener Ashley Simes made light of the tricky conditions, making 36 to take his team to the verge of victory.
He was out late in the run chase but his side coasted to victory in the 18th over, despite more late rain brieflythreatening to curtail action.
It was a good day for the Parsons family, with Thom's father Danny and younger brother Wil featuring in the club's fourth grade victory.
Thom, of Trinity Catholic College Lismore, has been a leg-spinner since taking up cricket about 12 years ago.
"It's just always been my style of bowl-ing," he said. "I try to keep my head up if I'm getting smashed around the park.
"I just try to change up my bowling, especially if they are trying to hit me.I'll often throw in a quicker one."