Preview Round 4 v North Sydney
This round we take on the Bears in a round of two-day matches over the next two Saturdays 8 and 15 November. Last year we had a HUGE round against them winning all five grades (Greenwash!) Can we do it again? They aren’t travelling all that well this season but we should always be wary of the wounded bear!!
Congratulations to Nigil Singh who became the first player to reach 350 wickets for the club when he took 6-24 last round in 5th Grade. He now has 353.
Club Championship: We are now in 5th place although we have closed the gap on the leader Penrith to 42 points. Two rounds ago we were 102 from the lead. North’s are in 18th place with just 96 points.
1st Grade is at North Sydney Oval. Our record against North Sydney is 8 wins 4 losses and 3 draws. They put up a good performance last round to chase down Wests 356 with two of their bats getting hundreds. However, we have a real form player in skipper Adam Semple who has scored 400 in all forms of the game with 269 coming in the Twenty20 at an average of 89.7! Unfortunately T20 stats don’t count in the overall season statistics but they don’t deny the form of Adam who also hit another century last Saturday against Penrith. He needs just two runs to bring up 3,500 for the club. And how fitting was it that he won a spot in the Sydney Sixers Academy Squad that will be play in the Triforce Sports Super 20 League! Nathan Price needs 18 for 2,500.
2nd Grade is at Coogee Oval. Now in 3rd place and but for the storm which robbed them of a certain outright (13 to get with 10 wickets intact) the side would have been 2nd behind early leader St George. North’s are struggling however, and are yet to register a point. We beat them last year which was our first defeat of them since 2007-08. In between those wins were four losses and a draw so we can’t take them lightly. Hayden McLean now has 99 wickets for the club while John McLoughlin has 99 catches. A couple of tons on the horizon!
3rd Grade plays at Bon Andrews Oval. Last round’s tie against Penrith was only the second time 3s have played a tied game. The previous one occurred in 2006-07 at Allan Border Oval when both RPC and Mosman scored 284. It was also a great effort last game not to concede a solitary extra! Eight to three is the win ratio over North Sydney and they are yet to win a game this season.
4th Grade is at Petersham Oval. Now in 5th spot on the ladder and just one win from 1st. North’s are doing well here and are in 4th place after two wins. We have 9 wins against their 2 however, and won the first 6 games between 2002 and 2008.
5th Grade plays at Tunks Park. Like North’s in 4th Grade their 5s have also had two wins so far as we have. They are 6th and we are 8th. We have 6 wins to their 4 historically, with 2 draws. Could be a close tussle. They scored 219 over Wests last game.
Poidevin Gray plays at Drummoyne Oval THIS SUNDAY at 10 am. We play Sydney who scored 6-263 in defeating Penrith in the first round of this competition. However WE HAVE NEVER LOST TO SYDNEY IN PG’s recording 5 wins! Let’s make it 6 straight this Sunday in a competition in which we have high hopes this season.
Metropolitan Cup. Metro Gold take on Sydney Uni. at Kenso and are looking for a win after their stirring second day in last round against the powerful Blacktown side. Led by Adam Lee and twin Omair Ali and backed up by our own version of the Burgess brothers, they are starting to find their feet and the students should be concerned. John Stewart returns from injury to add some starch to the line-up.Metro Green continue their road trip to beautiful Balmoral where they meet Mosman. They have lost their two opening bowlers to injury and study but in step Master Mark Wall and Mitch Hunt. Nothing lost there. Apart from Jeremy Jastrzab the batting has not stood up so far and skip Bala Mohan will need to stir them and lead from the from the front.