PBC capitalise on Terranora mistakes
By TANIA PHILLIPS
PALM BEACH Currumbin allrounder Glen Czosnek and teenager Ryan Simpkins batted their team into a strong position in the Gabba Sporting Products Cup, southern division top of the table clash against Terranora.
Playing on their Salk Oval home ground for the first time this season, Palm Beach slammed up 276 to put themselves in a strong position against Terranora.
Both sides were unbeaten coming into the game.
Czosnek, better known for his bowling prowess, plundered 104 with middle order batsman Gareth Richardson and 15-year-old Simpkins both making solid 51s. English import Robin Holmes was not out 33 while Dave Parkes took 3-82 for Terranora.
Simpkins, whose father Rob played with Eastern Suburbs in the Sydney grade competition in the 90s, was playing just his second A grade match. The teenager had already scored an 80 and an 88 in second grade this season.
PBC captain Jason Lavender said he had decided to experiment with the batting line-up - moving Czosnek up the order to second drop.
"I did it for something differ- ent," he said.
"He always does well against them - he can bat anywhere."
Terranora captain Mick Gray admitted that after a great start to the season, the "wheels had fallen off a bit on Saturday".
"We gave them a lot of chances," he said.
"Our bowlers did their job as always.
"But our dropped catches probably cost us 150 runs and they weren't difficult chances.
"We had a shocker, we just didn't turn up."
However he said he still believed his young side could turn things around.
"We have scored 270 and 250 against them in the past two years," he said.
"We probably have the strongest batting line-up we have had all year.
"We bat all the way down our order. If we apply ourselves like they did then we should be all right."
Meanwhile Broadbeach, currently fifth in the southern division, also have some batting ahead of them against northern side Coomera Hope Island.
CHI scored 210 at Oxenford Park, Coomera, and in reply Broadbeach were 0-3 off three overs.