YOUNG captain Michael Stretton played more than a skipper's knock against unbeaten neighbours Penrith in their first-grade cricket clash at Howell Oval on Saturday.
He played a contender for the innings of Parramatta's season.
Stretton smacked 92 from 109 balls, including 13 fours and a six.
His swashbuckling followed an opening partnership of 62 between Nick Bertus and Brenton Cherry.
That should have meant Parramatta's setting Penrith a formidable target.
But there was no building on that opening foundation.
The result was a modest 209 for a confident Penrith to chase.
The Parramatta bowlers made them work for it before the visitors reached the target with seven wickets down, and ended the weekend two-dayer at 9-258.
The highlight was the performance of Parramatta's promising young leg spinner Shane Cassell, who took 5-67, confirming his status as a potential representative player.
Parramatta will host Manly-Warringah in a one-day 50-overs match on Saturday.