WIN! PENRITH 8/179 def WESTS 134
Well Finally the campaign has begun after a very long preparation. Facing the runners up Wests from last year, Penrith were going to have to show some class in the middle of Pratten Park. Unfortunately after the loss of Kaine Balgowan, one of our opening bowlers, the other opening bowler in Rhyley Wilson was ruled out due to a thumb injury.
Western Suburbs won the toss and very surprisingly had a bowl. At the start of the days play the wicket was ideal for batting. Cameron Weir and James Newton started proceedings but shortly after James was dismissed. Penrith were under some pressure being 2/22. Whools came to the crease, combining with Cameron Weir to put on 57. As the wicket started to slow up and crumble, Weir, Wholohan and New lost their wicket to the cut shot which went straight to point. The cats were 5/98 leading into the lunch interval. After lunch the boys came out strong. AJ, Tom Farnell and Jesse Curnow made very handy contributions in the middle order. The runs were flowing at this stage. Jake Hausfeld made a solid 21 not out at the conclusion of the innings. After a well fought comeback, the boys reached 8/179 after 60 overs.
Without 2 of our strike bowlers, left arm "ortho" AJ took the new ball with Josh O 'Grady. It was a tidy start without success. Cameron Weir was the first man to get the break through trapping their opening bat infront. The wicket was starting to really show signs of crumble and other weird things. Weiry dismissed the other opening batsmen with a healthy edge straight to Jesse Curnow. Their captain came in and held their innings together. Unfortunately for him, he witnessed 3 runouts from the other end! Penrith were starting to play some gutsy cricket. Ashlyn Govender bowled good length ball which rolled and trapped their number 6. After 53.1 overs Wests were all out 134.
Match Summary - Penrith 8/179 (Weir 35, Wholohan 31, Hausfeld 21*, Isherwood & Farnell 18) def Wests 134 (Isherwood 1/15 off 12, Weir 2/15 off 8, Wholohan 2/41 off 11, 3 runouts.
6 POINTS TO THE CATS!!