Penrith's hopes collapse

IT was a case of second time, just as unlucky.

A gutsy Penrith first grade side fell to Campbelltown-Camden on the final day of their two-day clash at Raby 1 on Saturday.

The loss condemned the team to two defeats from their first two rounds of the season.

After winning the toss, Penrith elected to bat and an impressive 33 runs from opening batsman Shannon Finemore helped bolster the side to 5-74. Skipper Matthew Halse produced 20 runs and Tim Cummins was 28 not out when Penrith hit their total of 149.

A fierce Campbelltown-Camden responded with 6-157 to surpass the Black Cats' effort and secure a victory.

New recruit Jarrod Lee proved the classiest Penrith bowler of the match, taking three wickets, while Max McNamara and Halse snared two each.

The hardship continued for the first grade side at Howell Oval last Sunday, when they were pipped by Bankstown in their first Twenty20 Cup match of the season.

Penrith posted 8-124 before Bankstown replied with 7-125.

Finemore produced the most runs for Penrith, registering 26, and 24 runs from Brent Williams powered the side to 2-55 but it wasn't enough to lay the foundation for a win.

Also defeated at Howell Oval last Sunday was Penrith's Poidevin-Gray Shield side, whose total of 4-102 was eclipsed by Bankstown's 8-103.

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