ORANGE has had a horror start to its representative season, suffering a 199-run loss to Parkes yesterday.
It was the first Western Zone Premier League match for both sides this season and Parkes fired at home.
Parkes batted first and charged to 5-380 from their 50 overs.
Orange couldn’t match it and were all out for 181 in the 37th over.
Orange captain Matt Findlay said it was a disappointing loss and dropped catches played a big part.
“It was pretty hard yakka. We dropped 12 catches and they capitalised,” Findlay said.
“We didn’t bowl that badly. It’s a small ground and when you drop 12 catches you’re never going to win a game.”
Parkes opener Anthony Heraghty led the charge for his side with a huge 178, including nine sixes and nine fours.
Pat Rosser also enjoyed his time in the middle scoring 80, and being part of a 177-run fourth-wicket partnership with Heraghty.
Scott Knights (38) and Cameron Rosser (42) made sure they were noticed too.
Ed Morrish took 2-68 from his 10 overs, and Jackson Coote (1-72), Todd Murphy (1-66) and James Conn (1-88) claimed a wicket each on a tough day to be a bowler.
Orange then picked up the bat and Findlay (21) made a start and James Conn (28) also scored some runs, but wickets fell at regular intervals.
Lincoln Duncan (40) came in at six and combined with Jackson Coote (32) to put on 54 runs for the seventh wicket, but by then in was too late.
Nathan Munday took 3-40, while Nick Ryan (2-43) and Pat Rosser (2-21) also claimed multiple scalps.
“We’ll take today as a way to gauge where we’re at,” Findlay said of the loss.
“We’ve got a few weeks before our next game so hopefully we can have a bit of training. There’s plenty to build on and improve.”
It was no surprise Parkes captain Cameron Rosser was happy with his team’s performance.
“It is always good to get a win under the belt early,” Rosser said.
“We talked about batting out the 50 overs and we managed to achieve that. The batsmen put their heads down and got starts.
“Orange fielded an inexperienced team. They never stopped trying and in two or three years could be real contenders in this competition. I was impressed with their continued effort.”
Orange will play their next WZPL match against Bathurst in Bathurst on November 10.