Lions make first big roar of the summer

Vital knock: Jeremy Maher hits one down the ground. His 82-ball innings included five boundaries on a Rosedale pitch that spent time under the covers during the week due to the rain. Picture: Chris Lane

Vital knock: Jeremy Maher hits one down the ground. His 82-ball innings included five boundaries on a Rosedale pitch that spent time under the covers during the week due to the rain. Picture: Chris Lane

The first day of summer shone bright for the Fairfield Liverpool Lions who produced their best day of cricket for the season.

The home team won the toss and probably would have planned to set up a big total. But cricket is a funny game. Plan A failed thanks to Thomas Ortiz (4-31) and Peter Francis (5-28) who skittled the Lions for 129.  

Raveesh Srivastava (47) and Jeremy Maher (36) dug into give the Lions a fighting chance. And they took it.

Spinning away: St George all-rounder Tom Engelbrecht sends one down during his spell. The ball dominated the bat on the opening day. Picture: Chris Lane

Spinning away: St George all-rounder Tom Engelbrecht sends one down during his spell. The ball dominated the bat on the opening day. Picture: Chris Lane

Harmon Sandhu (3-16), Chad Sammut (2-25) and Arjun Nair (2-8)  combined to leave the visitors reeling at 9-72 – still 57 runs behind.

The Lions continued the momentum on Sunday with wins against Blacktown and Western Suburbs to round out their Twenty20 Cup campaign.