A solid day 1 against the current Club Championship leaders Penrith sees most teams in strong positions going into day 2, while the Poidevin Gray boys started their campaign with a great win.
1st Grade: Penrith 9-369 vs RPC 1-11 @ Howell Oval
Skipper Adam Semple won the toss and elected to bowl first on a tacky, green wicket at Howell Oval, and RPC were on top early with the Panthers 2-41. From there the wicket flattened right out, and Penith were able to declare after 85 overs at 9-369. The pick of the bowlers being the ever reliable Jake Wilson (3-56 from 19 overs) and youngster Nathan Ellis (3-65 from 17 overs).
With 9 overs to face, Randy Petes moved to 1-11 with Nick Stapleton and Nathan Price at the crease.
2nd Grade: Penrith 117 vs RPC 4-282 @ Coogee Oval
Randy Petes found themselves in the field after losing the toss on a flat Coogee Oval wicket, and the Panthers moved to 23 before the introduction of Sam Doggett changed the momentum. Doggett bowled with pace and skill to rip through the Panthers line up, picking up 7-46 from 13 overs, and Doggett was well supported by Jack Preddey (2-27 from 12 overs) as the Riff were routed for 117 after 40 overs.
The reply by the Randy Petes top order was explosive, with Nick Charlwood (60 from 95 balls), Ryan Higgins (48 from 31 balls), Scott Sharma (67 from 50 balls) and Suffan Hassan (61 from 60 balls) flaying the Penrith attack to all parts of Coogee Oval and beyond, with 9 sixes hit in total, to see RPC with 6 points in the bag at stumps as the finished on 4-282 after 46 overs.
3rd Grade: RPC 8-265 vs Penrith @ Bill Ball Oval
RPC were sent in to bat on a dusty looking Bill Ball Oval deck, but a solid opening partnership of 59 from Karl Schubert (41) and Adam Docos (25) set the tone for the day as RPC were able to post 8-265 after 80 overs, with Welsh import Jack Lyle top scoring with 470, while skipper Rod Stafford (34 not out) and Matty Hilder (30) also contributed.
4th Grade: RPC 223 vs Penrith @ Petersham Oval
Skipper David Bourke won the toss and elected to bat on a good looking Petersham Oval strip, and it proved to be a good decision as Randy Petes were able to post 223 after 81 overs. The innings was highlighted by young 14 year old Nikki Radhakrishan, who despite coping some rubbish bant for 50 odd over, posted a mature and classy 78. He was well supported by budding all-rounder Cooper Smith (37), veteran Darren Smith (24) and Bourke (20)
5th Grade: Penrith 134 vs RPC 5-79 @ Rance Oval
Skipper Jason McLean won the toss and elected to bowl first at Rance Oval, and a good decision it was as veterans Nigel Singh (6-24 from 15.5 overs) and Grant Rimmer (3-35 from 12 overs) ripped through the Panthers line up to see them dismissed for 134 after 49.5 overs. Singh’s 6 wickets took him past the milestone of 350 wickets for Randwick Petersham, becoming the first bowler to achieve such a feat. It was also Singhy’s 16th five wicket haul for RPC, another category he leads.
The run chase got off to a flyer with skipper McLean (40) leading the way, but the loss of a couple of wickets late in the day sees RPC 5-79 and the game in the balance.
Poidevin-Gray Round 1: Fairfield-Liverpool 216 vs RPC 6-220 @ Coogee Oval
Fairfield Liverpool won the toss and elected to bat on a great looking Coogee Oval strip.
After a steady start, the Lions lost their first wicket with 33 runs on the board, to the pace of Henry Thornton with only his third ball. A couple of small partnerships started to build however, Soumil Chhibber entered the attack spinning two quick wickets and the talented Fairfield Liverpool skipper Jake Doran (30) was back in the sheds at 3/77. Shaun (Goony) Eaton bowled very well in the middle and later overs in taking 2/31, creating pressure by bowling straight with Sam Wood to slow the run rate down. This build up led to the next three wickets being all run out! Captain Scicluna got the first one in the ring followed by the Lions batters attempting to take a second run on the arms of McLean and Higgins. Three crucial run outs that ended three potentially match winning partnerships for the Lions! Nathan Ellis grabbed a couple of late wickets to close Fairfield Liverpool’s innings at 216 from 49 overs.
In reply, Randwick Petersham got off to a flyer with our English import Ryan Higgins punishing anything full and short! Scicluna was the first wicket to go followed shortly after by Higgins for a hard hitting 62 and the score was 2/79 in the 13th over. The Lions began to tighten things up with a 10 over period that realised only 20 runs. Just when it seemed like Jagot and Eaton were working their way through it and put on a match changing partnership, Shaun was caught behind at 3/120. The wicket was really starting to spin with some variable bounce, making it quite challenging for the RP batters. Randwick Petersham lost another three wickets quickly here and the pressure was now right on Tom Jagot and Henry Thornton. Our two NSW U/19 reps summed up the moment perfectly, taking singles when on offer and putting the odd bad ball away to or over the boundary. A fine 60 run partnership that got the Randy Pete’s over the line with only 8 balls to spare. Jagot ended up on a well compiled 68* and Thornton on 36*.
Fairfield Liverpool 216 (49 overs)
Ohnrenowsky 51, Doran 30
Eaton 2/31, Chhibber 2/34, Ellis 2/42
Randwick Petersham 220 (48.4 overs)
Jagot 68*, Higgins 62, Thornton 36*
What a pleasing way to kick off the PG’s season with a hard fought win. The boys can no doubt improve on that performance and will need to continue to work hard collectively if they are to do so.
Thanks to all who came down to Coogee by supporting our talented young team and helping out on the day. Special mention to Robin & Anyes in the canteen for their delicious food, Chris Scicluna for scoring and Alan Vaughan with his match day organisation and photography. The boys are very appreciative of your efforts so thanks again!
The next match is at Drummoyne Oval on Sunday November 9 starting at 10am.
Rob Huxley – PGs Coach
Randy Petes Masters Round 2: Sri Lankan Lions 174 vs RPC 8-162 @ Kensington Oval
Sri Lankans won toss and elected to bat. At the end of 40 overs they ended up with 9 for 174, our bowlers bowled very well and our fielding was above average. They are a 220 to 250 team most times, and to keep them to 174 was a fantastic effort.
Unfortunately our batting was not up to our high standards. We missed our opportunities and paid the price by being 8 for 162 at the end of our 40 overs.
Special mention to: Mark Wall, Dean Parker & Steve Beck, all bowled with courage and vigor.
In hindsight it was definitely the one that got away.
John Mesar – RPC Masters Captain
RPC Green vs North Sydney @ Tunks Park: RPC 148 vs North Sydney 3-170
After winning the toss, RP Green elected to bat first on a good batting deck at Tunks Park , North Sydney.
RP Green team got off to a great start, 47 runs after 9 overs where Sean Rushton (40 runs) and Adam Pustetto (10) played an attacking innings and put together a 47 runs opening partnership. With a solid foundation laid by our openers (47/1), RP Green was hoping to post a good first innings score. But unfortunately, a middle order collapse put us on back foot and score was 68/5. Jeremy Jastzrab and Bala Mohan steadied the innings and put together 39 runs for the 6th wicket partnership before Bala Mohan succumbed to a lbw decision. Jeremy Jastzrab (27 runs) and Alexis Coovre (33) played a mature innings and pushed the final score to 148/9 off 42.3 overs. Alexis Coovre played some breathtaking cover drives and made a valuable 33 runs for the team.
North Sydney batters started off nicely and put together a 27 runs opening partnership before a brilliant run out made by Saurov Barua and Jeremy Jastzrab brought us back in the game. With too many dropped catches and misfields, RP Green team was unable to sustain the pressure and North Sydney batters piled up 170/3 after 35 overs. Andres Signor has picked up his first wicket for the season and for the club.
RP Green is determined and aiming to bring out a much better performance in day 2. A special thanks to Denis Hinds for supporting us on the field as a replacement for injured Max Brandy.
Bala Mohan – RPC Green Captain
RPC Gold vs Blacktown @ Kensington Oval: RPC 130 vs Blacktown 2-230
We won the toss and batted on a hot morning and good Kensington wicket where the key was to survive early and cash in late. Blacktown had a couple of decent opening bowlers and we didn’t fare too well but our new poms Elliott Oates and Stuart Parsons and Canberrite Omair Ali each looked capable of doing big things as the season progresses. New skip Adam Lee (35) took up the challenge and was lobbing some big ones over the fence supported by legspinner Shimul Nath (20) and we totalled 130. With some fire power of our own we were confident but the two Blacktown openers weren’t intimidated with one belting the cover off the ball for 88 in 15 overs and the other batting through for a not out ton. At 2 for 230 they are in the driver’s seat and we will be facing the blow torch next sat. However, we did win the arvo tea competition comprehensively with the best feast seen at Kenso since JC stopped cooking up little boys.
Denis Hinds – RPC Metro Manager