The North West Hurricanes have crashed to a second straight loss to start the Sydney Shires Cricket season against Roseville.
Undefeated in last season’s competition until the grand final, there has been plenty of turnover in Hurricanes talent in 2017-18 with the club set to focus on youth after the retirement of several stars.
Hurricanes president Phil Dodd said the retirements had forced the club into a rebuilding phase.
“It’s given a great opportunity for people who have played in our President’s Cup team to come and play first grade,” Dodd said. “We basically lost a side and a half in retirements across the club because people are having families or want to spend more time with family.”
It was a tough match for the Hurricanes against Roseville as the visitors declaring at 6-324 in the first innings.
Charlie Tribolet took 3-53 to lead the bowlers.
The Hurricanes started positively with captain Alex Daniels scoring 58 and partnering with Joel Mercer (16) for a 52-run opening stand.
At 2-120, the Hurricanes collapsed to lose 8-31 and were bowled out for 151.
Forced to follow on, the Hurricanes finished the game at 1-69 in the second innnings.
The Hurricanes hope for a better start when they take on Epping at North Epping Oval in the first week of a two-day match this weekend.
In second grade, centuries to Matthew Hall (110) and John Cacchione (157 not out) helped the side to 6-406 in a draw against Roseville.