Win No.1 eludes Lions at Rosedale

Good start: Opener Param Uppal defends one during his innings of 42 on Saturday. This Saturday the Lions start a two-day game against Sydney University. Pictures: Charlie Sammut
Good start: Opener Param Uppal defends one during his innings of 42 on Saturday. This Saturday the Lions start a two-day game against Sydney University. Pictures: Charlie Sammut

The Fairfield Liverpool Lions are still searching for win No.1 after opening their 2018/19 Premier Cricket season with their third straight loss on Saturday to Parramatta.

After rain washed out week one, the Lions were sent into bat at Rosedale Oval which recovered from torrential rain through the week.

Turning starts into big scores remains their biggest Achilles' heel with five of their top six reaching 20 but failing to turn it into a big score. Skipper Harmon Sandhu (60), Luke Ohrynowsky (43) and Param Uppal (42) were the mainstays of the Lions innings which finished at 8-213 off their 50 overs.

Sweep: Skipper Harmon Sandhu goes on the attack during his knock. He has now scored 117 runs for the year at an average of 39.

Sweep: Skipper Harmon Sandhu goes on the attack during his knock. He has now scored 117 runs for the year at an average of 39.

In reply, the defending champions reached 1-155 before rain caused an early finish to the game with Parramatta winning by 40 runs under the Duckworth-Lewis system. Nick Bertus (51 not out) continued his hot start to the season to guide his team home combing with Ben Abbott (89) for a 147-run opening stand. Ohrynowsky (1-10) was the lone wicket-taker.