LOOKING on the bright side of life has new meaning for Bayswater Cricket Club after the past week.
While the Waters lost two Twenty20 matches to Malvern (Tuesday night) and Endeavour Hills (Sunday) then lost their two-day clash with Kew on Saturday, Bayswater Oval's new lights had a successful debut last Tuesday night.
Waters captain Sean Flynn said his side was disappointed in the week but happy to play under the new lights.
"The lights were great, it's a pity we didn't play very well," he said.
"It was a little hard to see in the corners of the ground before it was dark but once it was pitch black the lights really took over."
Flynn estimated the crowd for the day-night match as a "few hundred people" and the Waters will again flick the switch when they host Box Hill on December 4.
"We will do it again for Box Hill, they are a bit closer to us so I would think plenty of their supporters would travel over to watch the match," he said.
"It was a big harder with Malvern's supporters because they are based a bit further away from us."
Despite the appearance of Ringwood and newly selected Victorian player Ian Holland as a guest player in the Twenty20 matches, the Waters still couldn't beat Malvern's score of 4-171 posting just 9-120.
The loss to Endeavour Hills, who made 151, was also disappointing for Flynn who made 61 as the Waters were left needing 21 runs from the final two overs, then needing 12 from the final over losing by six runs.
In the second day of their clash with Kew, the Waters needed to make 253 and Dean Connell (54) gave his side a good start at 2-92.
But the Waters lost four wickets in the 30 minutes leading up to tea and were eventually bowled out for 190 despite Bryce Galvin being 63 not out.
"We have to work harder to get ourselves into batting partnerships," Flynn said.
The Waters have a less taxing week, playing the first day of a two-day game against Mt Waverley at Mt Waverley Reserve this Saturday at 1pm.