IT wasn't quite how Penrith Cricket Club coach Michael Wholohan wanted to start the season.
The club began the Sydney First Grade competition with a loss in their two-day clash against Blacktown at Howell Oval over the past fortnight.
After winning the toss and electing to bat, Penrith were bowled out in their first innings all out for 135 in 40.1 overs before Blacktown hit back with a total of 179 all out.
Penrith found scintillating form in the second innings through a stellar Joshua Lalor and Matthew Halse partnership and declared at 7-218 but the visiting team posted 6-126 in reply to deny Penrith a victory.
"It's always disappointing to lose the first game of the season," Wholohan said.
"I suppose it's every team's goal to have a win in round one but unfortunately that wasn't to be the case on Saturday."
Despite Penrith firing to 4-111 in the first innings, a lower order collapse led to an earlier-than-expected exit from the crease.
"We certainly would have been hoping for a bigger total than what we amassed but sometimes it doesn't go according to plan," Wholohan said.
"It's fair to say we didn't bat well and Blacktown made the most of their opportunities and bowled pretty well.
"We lost wickets in clumps at crucial times and at the end of the day it was probably the difference between the two teams."