Massive run haul falls short

THEY put up a formidable fight but Penrith's first grade cricket side was unable to blitz the competition leaders for a miracle victory.

Faced with the enormous task of surpassing UNSW's feat of 8-293, Penrith amassed 205 in 73.4 overs to concede defeat on day two of their two-day clash at Howell Oval last Saturday.

It was the team's third loss from three rounds this season.

After firing to 3-72, Penrith posted 5-135 and a respectable performance by their lower order ensured they weren't easily beaten.

Best with the bat for Penrith was Aaron Beach, who contributed 36 runs, while Pat Jackson closely mirrored his effort with 35 runs.

In Penrith's lower grades, second grade's 147 was trounced by a rampant UNSW, who declared at 7-323, third grade defended their total of 200 by restricting UNSW to 114, fourth grade's total of 224 wasn't enough to upstage UNSW's 5-361 while fifth grade drew with UNSW.

Meanwhile, Penrith's Twenty20 Cup side fell to their second loss from two matches this season at Chatswood Oval last Sunday.

After winning the toss, Penrith conjured up 3-175 but Gordon responded with 4-176 in 19.2 overs to snare the win.

Beach and Jackson again performed spectacularly for Penrith, with Beach finishing the side's innings at 66 not out while Jackson registered 53 runs as the team's opening batsman.

Bowlers Kurt Niess, Max McNamara, Brent Williams and Matthew Halse bagged one wicket each.

Penrith's first grade side and Twenty20 outfit will be on the hunt for redemption during another hectic schedule of cricket this weekend, with first grade battling Sydney on day one of their round four, two-day match at Howell Oval on Saturday before the Twenty20 side host St George on Sunday.

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