Blacktown's summer hopes need miracle

BLACKTOWN started the summer with hopes high of repeating last season's memorable first visit to the Sydney first grade cricket finals.

The weekend confirmed they haven't got a prayer, unless there are miracles ahead.

The Warriors lost their two-day match against Sydney at Drummoyne Oval on the first innings and stay second-last on six points, 12 out of the eight with six rounds gone.

Blacktown were sent in and the batsman did better this time, as the Warriors reached a competitive 251.

First-drop Matt Foster scored a painstaking 70 from 169 balls, including seven fours and a six, and Nathan Sowter 73 from 148 in the middle order.

Competitive the total seemed but it was no trouble for the Sydney bats.

Anthony Mosca got them going with 65 and then Sydney Sixer Daniel Smith and Tim Sparke shared a fifth-wicket partnership of 107 as Sydney reached the target without trouble.

Blacktown's next chance to surmount their troubles comes this weekend when they host Northern District in another two-dayer.

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