Penrith beat Randwick as Lalor finds hot form

FIERCE bowling from Penrith Cricket Club paceman-in-demand Joshua Lalor enabled the first grade Black Cats to annihilate Randwick-Petersham and secure an outright victory at the end of their two-day clash at Coogee Oval last Saturday.

The NSW SpeedBlitz Blues representative took a sensational 6-6 from 7.5 overs in the first innings to help reduce Randwick-Petersham to just 49 runs.

After winning the toss and electing to bat, Penrith contained their opposition to 4-37 before Lalor unleashed a frenzy of menacing balls that destroyed their lower-order.

In response to Randwick-Petersham's lacklustre total, Penrith produced a scintillating onslaught of runs that ended when they declared at 4-240.

Leading the way was top-order batsman Luke Morrissey, who collected 105 runs, while Brent Williams — who is earning one dollar for each run this season as part of the Brent's Blast Against Breast Cancer fundraising initiative — posted 72 runs.

In the second innings, Randwick-Petersham embarked on a desperate dash for runs but Lalor again wreaked havoc on their batsman.

He snared 6-64 from 21 overs to help restrict the side to a total of 210 runs.

Penrith bowler Jarrod Lee also bagged 3-46 while Patrick Jackson collected one wicket.

When the bat returned to Penrith, Morrissey and Williams again teamed up and at 1-20, the side's victory was confirmed.

In the club's lower grades, second, third and fifth grade all defeated Randwick-Petersham while fourth grade were dealt a loss.

First grade will begin their 2012-13 Limited-Overs campaign when they take on Mosman in round one of the competition at Howell Oval on Saturday.

The team have five rounds to dominate before the qualifying finals begin in February.

Penrith are currently in 14th position on the first grade competition ladder while the club is in 18th position out of the 20 clubs on the Sydney Grade Cricket Club Championship table.

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