Team loses spot in one-day finals

PARRAMATTA may have struggled on the weekend, with just a win to the seconds, but former first-grade captain Greg Davidson's golden time has continued.

He made his debut as a Sheffield Shield umpire, stood at the women's Ashes Test in Perth and now he's won a raffle and an Antarctic trip for two.

Meanwhile, the possible prize of a one-day finals berth is no more for the Parramatta first-graders after Sutherland beat them at Glenn McGrath Oval last Saturday.

The hosts were looking at a huge total when ex Test opener Phil Jacques took them to 3-197, but the Parramatta bowlers showed fortitude to spark a collapse and restrict the hosts to 248.

Medium pacer Luke Dempsey sparked and took 3-50 and leg-spinner Shane Cassell 3-44 from 9.3 overs. Parramatta looked a big chance when opener Nick Bertus and Michael Wood shared a 105-run fourth-wicket partnership after the visitors had been 3-57, but a couple of runs later Wood was bowled for 52.

Parramatta were dismissed for 214. Parramatta will host Sydney in a two-day game at Old Kings starting this Saturday.

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