Welcome to Randwick Petersham Cricket Club!

A Club with 259 years of combined cricket history based on the values of TRUST, RESPECT and HUMILITY. RPCC is home to David Warner, Jason Sangha & Daniel Sams, and former home to Australian Test stars Simon Katich, Usman Khawaja & Nathan Hauritz. Our President is former Test Cricketer Mike Whitney.

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1935 – 2022

In its 101 years history, Randwick Cricket Club had only five treasurers. The longest serving of those was John Hayward who looked after the club’s finances for a massive 27 years. And while his administrative career was of outstanding benefit to the club, his contribution as a cricketer was just as valuable, as he was one of the more brilliant batsmen of his time.

John Archer Hayward was born at Scone on 11 July 1935 and raised in Maitland where he was one of the Hunter Valley’s most dominant batsmen. In 1954, he toured New Zealand as vice-captain of a Northern NSW Colts team which was the first time a junior (under 18s) squad had made an international tour from any country. Five years later in 1959, he captained the Northern NSW cricket team known as the “Emus” on a tour of Malaysia and Singapore, which was undefeated in 10 matches. In 1961, Hayward was again at the helm of a world touring team when the Emus visited Canada, USA, England, Germany, Holland, Denmark and Hong Kong. John Gleeson, a “mystery spinner” who later played Test Cricket, was part of that group.

Transferred in his job to Sydney in 1962, Hayward joined Randwick Cricket Club. He was immediately ushered into the 1st Grade team where in 1962-63, he scored the first of his 4,684 runs for the club, making 18 on debut against Balmain at Coogee Oval. He was to go on and score seven centuries with a highest score of 133 against St George. He also held 60 catches. One feature of his play was a dynamic hook shot which brought him many runs and put paid to the aspirations of many opposing fast bowlers. Another was his dapper dress sense. John always looked the part on the field. Former President Bill Beath was so impressed by the immaculate cricket creams he wore, he christened him “Cream”, a nickname which stuck with him throughout his career.

In just his second season, Hayward was appointed 1st Grade captain and celebrated with a fine 108 against Northern District at Waitara Oval. In a season total of 422, he hit another century the following summer, scoring 111 in just 120 minutes with 18 fours against Petersham-Marrickville at Petersham Oval.

In 1965-66, the legendary West Indian fast bowler Wesley Hall played a season with Randwick and John stood down from the captaincy in favour of Wes although he remained his right-hand man. He scored the only century for the team that summer, hitting 103 with 15 boundaries at Marrickville Oval. The Randwick team made the semi-finals that season.

The experiences of that West Indian summer remained etched in John’s memory. He recalled that in a match against Sutherland at Coogee Oval, a ball from Wes hit batsman Gary Parker in the head.  The ball flew one bounce into the fence at deep fine leg for four leg byes.  Parker staggered to square leg with blood coming from a deep wound and screamed “I’m not afraid of you big man, get back and bowl”. He then collapsed in a heap. John also recalled that Randwick was dismissed for just 80 causing Wes to bet the Sutherland skipper Norm O’Neill, they wouldn’t score 50. They managed 63 with Wes at his fastest, taking 7-20.

John also remembered playing Cumberland in the semi-final that season, when Wes was bowled for 6 by the action-suspect left-armer, John Aitken, with a dart ball. On his way back to the pavilion Wes went “right off” in Cumberland skipper Richie Benaud’s ear along the lines “you and the other journalists reckon poor old Charlie (Griffiths) throws and you got one in your own club”.  The icing was really put on the cake in the second innings when Wes was bowled again: same bowler, same ball.

John played 11 seasons of 1st Grade with Randwick scoring 3,120 runs at the healthy average of 21.67. His best season was in 1964-65 when he scored 422 as captain. He also made 390 in 1968-69 while he made 155 in the separate Rothman’s Limited Overs competition. In recent years, the NSWCA decided that LO figures would be included in players’ statistics giving Hayward a total of 545 for that season at 38.93.

The Rothman’s LO competition matches that season were played on Sunday afternoons from 12 noon. John recalled that he wasn’t selected in the opening game against Wests at Concord Oval. There was a late pull-out however, and club Secretary Fred Snell tracked down John at Coogee Beach, giving him the instruction to get to Concord as quickly as he could as the match started in 50 minutes. After a hurried dash home for his gear and a quick drive, John entered Concord Oval as the Wests fielders were walking onto the oval. Skipper Geoff Davies spotted John and said “You’d better hurry up Cream–you’re opening”!  Another mad dash and John was quickly in the middle ready to take the first ball from Australian and Wests fast bowler, Graham Corling. Randwick won the match with John Hayward the star making 93*.

Towards the end of his career, Hayward captained the 2nd Grade side hitting 399 in 1972-73 and 457 the following summer when aged 39. Despite seemingly being like the good wine as he aged, that was his final season. He ended with 1,564 runs in 2s to go with his 1st Grade tally and complete an excellent Grade Cricket career.

John was quite the fitness fanatic and could be regularly seen running the streets of Randwick with a couple of cricketing mates in tow. He ran in the second of the famous 14 kms City to Surf fun-runs in 1972 and lined-up again in each of the following 13 years. He was also a keen squash player while he considered his role as a volunteer in the 2000 Sydney Olympics, one of the highlights of his sporting life.

Having experienced seven years as Hon Secretary of the Maitland District Cricket Association, John was not backward when Randwick was on the look-out for a new Honorary Treasurer in 1964. John was duly elected to that position and so commenced a distinguished career of cricket administration and one of the longest Office Bearer appointments in the history of Randwick. He served in the role for an amazing 27 years.

His record–long service followed two other long termers in Wally Dowd, who was Honorary Treasurer for 26 years and George Simpson, who was John’s predecessor with 16 years. John’s devotion to his treasury duties and to the Randwick club was acknowledged in 1975 when he received the club’s highest honour—Life Membership.  It was a fitting tribute to a wonderful contributor to the Randwick Cricket Club and to one of nature’s finest gentlemen.

John stepped down from the role in 1991. He was not lost to the club however, and maintained a close interest in its ongoing playing and social activities. He was a regular at the club’s annual golf day where he played with the same enthusiasm as he displayed on the cricket field.  In 1999, he was one of the foundation members of a supporters group now known as Randwick Petersham Cricket Legends Society, which is still going strong.

Over his last three years, John did not enjoy the best of health and on Saturday 30 April 2022, he passed away in a Jannali nursing home. It was an ironic co-incidence that John should “sign off” on 30th April as that was the same day he signed off the Randwick Cricket Club accounts in each of his 27 years as Hon Treasurer.

The 86 year old was survived by his wonderful wife, Sue, who was as much a familiar face as John at Coogee Oval during his playing days, looking after thirsty cricketers at afternoon tea. Sue also supplied the club with secretarial services for many years.

Lyall Gardner OAM

7 May 2022


120th player to Captain NSW in the Sheffield Shield

First Grade skipper Jason Sangha will captain NSW for the first time today in the absence of Kurtis Patterson, becoming the 120th man to do so. He is the Blues’ third skipper this season after Daniel Hughes also took the reins against Queensland last month when Patterson missed with a broken finger.

It caps off a memorable summer for the 22-year-old right-hander, who went from playing his first Big Bash game in more than two seasons to captain of the Sydney Thunder in the space of 20 days, while he has also established himself as a valuable member of the Blues’ top order. He is no foreigner to captaining the Blues having skippered them in their Marsh Cup clash with QLD at the Gabba earlier in the season.

Congratulations Sang from all your mates at the Randy Petes!!


Randwick Petersham congratulates Riley Ayre on a deserved First Class debut for NSW v WA at Bankstown – 17 March 2022.

Ayre became the 759th player to wear the Baggy Blue when he was presented it by Randy Petes team mate Jason Sangha before play on Day 3.

Congratulations Riz from all your mates at the Randy Petes!!



4th NSW Premier Cricket T20 Title

Randwick Petersham are the 1st Grade Kingsgrove Sports Twenty20 Cup champions for 2021-22 after defeating Sydney University at University Oval today. The scores were 114 to 83. And while that is a winning margin of 31 runs, it in no way represents the closeness of the contest. In fact, the match can be summed up in a single word. Extraordinary.
It was extraordinary in that both sides suffered batting collapses with only one batter in each team making more than 17 runs. It was extraordinary and at times brilliant, bowling and fielding by both sides. It was extraordinary to think that in a T20 match, both teams failed to bat the 20 overs while the total runs scored were a mere 197 for the loss of 20 wickets. And it was extraordinary to experience the buzz around the ground from supporters of both teams. Truly a match to remember.
Under cloudy skies with showers continually threatening, Randwick Petersham skipper, Jason Sangha won the toss and batted. But after 10 overs, he and the Sams brothers, Daniel and Anthony, were back in the pavilion with the score a reasonable 3-73. Camden Hawkins was the real goer but nicked one to the ‘keeper when he had made 52 off 41 balls with 5 fours. At 5-98, Riley Ayre was gone and his dismissal triggered an amazing collapse which saw 4 wickets fall on 103. Chief destroyer was spinner Ryan McElduff who took 3 wickets in an over and ended with 4-16 off 3 overs. The score had slumped from 4-98 to 9-103 in just a few balls. And when Ben Mitchell was caught, Randwick Petersham was all out for just 114 off 18.1 overs. The deafening cheering from the University supporters in the grandstand clearly indicated that such a meagre score was just that. Very meagre.
But runs on the board can be a bit of a challenge for the chasers at times, particularly if the opposing bowlers and fielders put their mind to the job. And that’s what happened.
In Uni.’s innings, spinner Riley Ayre struck early and when “Iron Warrior” Adam Semple removed State bat, Nick Larkin, for a duck, the score was 2-6. Dan Sams and Daya Singh hit the stumps of Robertson and Cummins soon after and when Jason Ralston got the edge of Mortimer’s bat, the tally was a shaky 5-29 off 9 overs. Brought back into the attack, Semple removed both McElduff and Holloway in successive balls for a 7-38 scoreline. Sydney Sixers star Hayden Kerr, who was named in the BBL Team of the Tournament, was the student’s great hope. But when the over asking rate was approaching double figures, he was caught in the deep for 37 off 41 balls after hitting 2 sixes. The remainder provided token resistance against a determined and switched-on attack with the last man falling to an outfield catch for a final total of 83 from 18.1 overs. That was also the signal for a large and excited group of Randwick Petersham supporters, who had been vocal from the opposite side of the oval, to invade the ground and join in mid-wicket celebrations. Semple finished with 3-11, Dan Sams 2-8 and Daya Singh 2-29. Camden Hawkins was named Man of the Match. What a game!!
This was Randwick Petersham’s fourth win in the 13 years of this competition. The side has dominated all others in the T20 format, winning 51 of 69 matches since 2009-10. In a three year period, it has won all three competition conducted by the Sydney Cricket Association, having won the Limited Overs Cup last season and the Belvidere Cup the summer before.
Go the Randy Petes!!
Lyall Gardner OAM


In two words. Simply amazing! And while they apply to the big win by Randwick Petersham over University of NSW in the Twenty 20 Cup Preliminary Final at Coogee today, they more appropriately refer to Adam Semple. I have regularly claimed him to be Randwick Petersham’s “Iron Warrior”. And for good reason. He never gives up. He is never beaten. And today he proved that once again in his 16th season and just a few months out from his 40th birthday. On the last ball of Chris Tremain’s final over, the 19th, he took a single to win the game for his team. It also gave him 100 not out off just 54 balls with 5 fours and a massive 8 sixes! It was his first century in T20 cricket, his 6th in 1st Grade and his first since 2014-15. He has hit 24 sixes so far this season and 164 in his career with the club.
It was a spectacular innings in more ways than one. He came to the crease when our “big guns”, Jason Sangha, Daniel Sams and Anthony Sams were all back in the pavilion with just 11 runs on the board off 11 balls. He and Riley Ayre calmed the situation and played regular cricket shots as they built their innings. That said, Adam hit his first six when he was 5 and his second at 15, to get the score to 3-42 off 6 overs. Riley eventually went in the 13th over for 29 off 33 when the score was 4-87. Semple was joined by Ben Mitchell and the pair took the attack to the bowlers. Adam hit 3 sixes across the 14th and 15th overs while Mitchell took 19 off the 17th, including a straight drive over the fence. When the win came after taking 20 off the 10th over, the pair had scored 81 off 36 balls to meet the target of 168.
Earlier, Uni. won the toss and batted in perfect conditions on a dry Coogee strip. Randwick Petersham started in brilliant fashion with Sydney Thunder star, Matt Gilkes, stumped off the first ball of the second over by Anthony Sams from spin bowler, Riley Ayre. But the students batted superbly after that, with Thomas Scoble (82* off 58 with 4 fours and 5 sixes) and Jack Attenborough (60 off 38 with 7 fours and a six) putting on 131 for the second wicket. Jason Ralston eventually got through Attenborough’s defence at 2-134 with 6 overs remaining. But the experience of the Randwick Petersham bowlers kicked in and they kept the scoring to just 33 runs with 3 wickets off the final 36 balls for a tally of 5-167. An excellent total, but not enough to prevent Randwick Petersham notching up its 50th win in T20 cricket and cementing a spot in the 2021-22 Kingsgrove Sports T20 Cup Grand Final against Sydney University (who chased down Parramatta’s 191 with one ball to spare) on Sunday 6 February at a venue to be advised.
You gotta love the cricket being played this season!
Happy Australia Day!!
Lyall Gardner OAM

Usman Khawaja – Returns in Style with Twin Ashes Tons

What a return to the Test arena for Randwick Petersham’s favourite son Usman Khawaja (and on the SCG where he debuted as Australia’s 419th Test player 11 years ago against the same opposition) with 2 stand out innings going back-to-back with 137 and 101*.

In his first Test, since the 2019 Ashes Series in England, Uz exhibited class by bringing up his 100 on the stroke of tea after batting well through the first 2 sessions with Smith including a 4th wicket partnership of 117.

He was dismissed, bowled by Broad, for 137 off 260 balls his 9th Test hundred, in his 45th Test, bringing the Australian innings to a close 8d/416.

Not content with his 9th Test ton Uzzie finished unbeaten on 101 from 138 balls including 10 boundaries and 2 sixers. With this hundred he joined 2 Elite Clubs. He became the 3rd Australian, after Doug Walters and Ricky Ponting, to score hundreds in both innings of a Test at the SCG and is the 6th Australian to perform the same feat in an Ashes Test; following in the footsteps of Warren Bardsley, Arthur Morris, Steve Waugh, Matthew Hayden and Steve Smith.

The Randy Petes congratulate Uzzie on an exceptional and history making comeback and two superb Test tons!!

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