Avondale had led for much of the game – 6-3, 8-6, then 10-8 with just over two minutes to go. Peter Love, then skipper Tom Grieve, brought Bridgefield level with 1.12 remaining before Parks hit the winner.
Birmingham, 14-1 winners against Tyldesley, look a lot stronger this season, having added the likes of goalkeeper Jim Alton and Ryan Padbury to their squad – both members of the Solihull team that captured the League title in 2018.
Watford Saxons and Caledonia Storm drew 14-14, a Craig Stewart penalty salvaging a point for the Scots just five seconds from the end. The British Army trailed Newport 8-7 after two periods, but eight goals in the third set up a comfortable Army victory – 22-18.
Photo (Trevor Hyde): Ryan Padbury, scored twice in Birmingham's victory over Tyldesley.