BLACKTOWN had high hopes of gaining outright points against Fairfield Liverpool on the second day of their first grade cricket clash at Joe McAleer Reserve on Saturday.
They didn't achieve that but surely proved something to themselves.
The Warriors have an attack with which to take on the batting best.
It took an outstanding lone hand from Mitchell Williams — a resolute 101 — to thwart them.
Blacktown had smashed through the visitors on the first day, dismissing them for a dismal 53, before smashing their way to 4-219 at stumps.
The Warriors declared on that score when play resumed on Saturday and set about seeking the outright.
When Fairfield Liverpool slumped to 3-43, 4-82 and 5-82, the outright was more than on; it seemed a virtual certainty.
But where there's a Williams there's a way, and he harvested the strike and defied an attack that had been denied by few others.
His 101 included 11 fours and he occupied the crease for 219 minutes.
He received support from tailender Phillip Hangyasi, who stayed not out 35, and the pair put on a crucial 42 for the ninth wicket.
Fairfield Liverpool made it to 250 and safety, allowing just one more over before stumps.
Still, Blacktown will take away a lot of confidence besides the first-innings points.
Matt Foster completed a fine double at the bowling crease, taking 4-50 from 19 overs and Tony Clark proved impossible to get away.
The old-man-giver of the grade ranks brought all his guile into play, taking 2-10 from 7.5 overs.
And teenage fast bowler Daya Singh's long stint, which yielded 1-65 from 20 overs, will do him no harm.