AT least Parramatta cricket has one success to celebrate.
Former first grade captain Greg Davidson made his representative umpiring debut, officiating at the Western Australia v Tasmania Ryobi Cup one-day match at Blacktown International Sports Park on Saturday.
Davidson has been working his way up the ranks since hanging up the pads and gloves.
That's the good news.
Meanwhile, Parramatta has a lot of work to do if they are to make an impression in the Sydney first grade cricket competition.
Coach Mark Crittenden said it before a ball was bowled in the first round: Parramatta's potential has been spoken about for several seasons, but the woulda, shoulda, coulda staged had passed.
It was time to deliver on potential.
The Parramatta bats were always going to find it hard to deliver when they resumed at 2-25 against Bankstown in the round two match at Old Kings on Saturday.
They were chasing a formidable 309 and it was always going to be a chase too far.
Wickets fell regularly; 4-43, 5-52, 6-94, 7-103, 8-103 before Michael Stretton and Matthew Windred prevented complete ignominy.
Stretton scored 31 and Windred 45.
Former New Zealand Test fast bowler Daryl Tuffey was the destroyer for Bankstown, taking 5-44 from 18 overs.