THE match may have been on Penrith's turf but UNSW wasted no time making their presence felt. Penrith's first grade cricket side where struck by a rampant UNSW on the first day of their two day clash at Howell Oval last Saturday.
After losing the toss, Penrith accepted the bowling duties and a strong start restricted UNSW to 3-46.
But the visitor's middle and lower order ran riot to propel their team to 7-266 from 96.0 overs at the end of the day's play.
Lethal with the ball for Penrith were Jarrod Lee and Max McNamara, who each snared two wickets.
Kurt Niess, Pat Jackson and Ryan Gibson bagged one each.
When the round three game resumes on Saturday, the 15th placed Black Cats will need to deliver a total bigger than any other they've conjured up this season in order to upset the current competition leaders.
In Penrith's lower grades last Saturday, second grade produced a total of 147 from 50.2 overs before UNSW replied with 3-178 from 44.0 overs at stumps.
Third grade posted a total of 200 with UNSW at 2-43 at the close of play, fourth grade oversaw UNSW produce a whopping 5-361 while fifth grade dominated with a total of 370 runs from 71.3 overs.
Meanwhile, Penrith's Twenty20 Cup team will attempt to upstage Gordon in their round two clash at Chatswood Oval on Sunday.
On the club championship table, Penrith is currently sitting in 19th position from the 20 competing clubs.