COREY Lowe is back where he belonged for several seasons, and on Saturday he showed why Blacktown is so glad.
After a sabbatical with Hawkesbury, Lowe is back with a bang and Blacktown got plenty for their buck.
Lowe scored a century against Penrith at Howell Oval and painstaking, resolute, determined, unyielding — all the adjectives applied; all of them except pretty.
First-drop Lowe defied the Penrith bowling for 251 balls and 313 minutes in amassing 125, including 14 fours and two sixes.
Alas, all that concentration and demonstration of what skill and years of experience can achieve, produced nought except a memory for those there to applaud.
Penrith's target of 3-292 set on the first day was always going to be a test in the first round of the new Sydney first grade cricket season.
It was too much of a test at this opening stage of the summer.
Blacktown gave it a good go, though, before being dismissed for 253.
The Warriors even looked a chance when Lowe received strong support from spinning all-rounder Nathan Sowter, who was resolute and painstaking too.
Sowter gutsed it out for 133 balls, scoring 52 including five fours, but once he went the tail succumbed.
Penrith's young representative bowler, Josh Lalor, proved a handful, taking 4-55 from 18 overs.