Penrith stalwart scores 98
Penrith will be a bit disappointed with their start to the Sydney first-grade cricket season.
On a Saturday when six centuries were scored and batsmen had their day in the sun all over Sydney, Penrith could only manage two 90s.
That's being facetious, of course.
Penrith would be more than happy with their 3-292 at stumps against Blacktown.
Club stalwart Luke Morrissey scored 98 and Sutherland recruit Matt Hopkins was not out 92 as the Blacktown bowlers indeed toiled manfully but unsuccessfully on a benign Howell Oval wicket.
The Penrith attack has been given the platform to live up to former NSW player and new Penrith performance director Steve Small's advanced billing.
"Undoubtedly, we have the best bowling attack in the competition with Lalor, Jackson, Jarrod Lee, Max McNamara, Ryan Smith and Michael Collins all vying for first-grade," Small said pre-season.
That's NSW paceman Josh Lalor and allrounder Pat Jackson.
Off-spinner Tim McKay has also rejoined his junior club after several seasons at Hawkesbury.
Penrith also hope prodigy and Test star Pat Cummins can return from his back injury and through the grades during the summer.
That's uncertain but Englishman Sam Billings' arrival for round three is certain.
"Sam's a former England under-19s representative and has made centuries in four-day and one-day cricket for his county Kent at 22, so his talent is undeniable," Small said.
"He'll bring some professionalism and an X factor to a formidable first grade side."