After a stormy week in Sydney, all games are quite evenly poised going into week two…..
1st Grade: RPC 2-45 vs St George @ Petersham Oval
With an abundance of talent on display for both teams, including the return of Randy Petes’ favourite son Usman Khawaja, St George won the toss and elected to bowl first on an interesting Petersham Oval wicket. After losing a wick first ball of the innings, RPC progressed to 2-45 after 14 overs with Khawaja on 24 not out, before a conversion with the umpires saw them declare the wicket unfit for play.
This will see 120 overs bowled next week and RPC resuming their innings where it left off.
2nd Grade: RPC 8-207 vs St George @ Hurstville Oval
Asked to bat first on a fair wicket considering the lead up weather, Randy Petes were able to post a competitive 8-207 after 92.5 overs, with Tom Jagot (50) and skipper John McLoughlin (70) leading the way.
Jaggot and McLoughlin fought hard against a very reliable and consistent St George makeup and it is now wonder they are competition front runners in the first half of the season. Once the two departed a very resilient lower middle order and tail slowly progressed the total to 8-207 before lightening brought a halt in play with three overs remaining and stumps called shortly after.
It will be up to the inform bowling unit to impress on Saturday for 2s to press their claims as genuine title contenders.
3rd Grade: RPC 171 vs St George @ Coogee Oval
Skipper Rod Stafford won the toss and elected to bat at Coogee Oval. A 75 run opening partnership between Adam Docos (28) and the returning Alan Sciascia (47) got RPC off to a solid start, but the middle order failed to fire and RPC scraped to 171 after 171, with Ben Nethersole (20) and Stafford (36) providing runs down the order.
4th Grade: St George 7-258 vs RPC @ Harold Fraser Reserve
Skipper David Bourke won the toss and elected to bowl first on a wicket that looked like it might have some life early. A wicket to Will McGrane (1-11 from 5 overs) got RPC off to a flyer, but an injury to McGrane took the sting out of the attacked, and as the wicket flattened out the Saints batsmen started to tick the scoreboard over. Some good middle over bowling by Josh James (2-61 from 17 overs) and Nathan Stares (2-67 from 28 overs) saw RPC fight hard after tea to restrict Saints to 7-258 after 77 overs.
5th Grade: RPC 151 vs St George 3-32 @ Kensington Oval
Randy Petes were asked to bat first at Kensington Oval, and found the going tough as they were able to only post 151 after 68.2 overs, with youngster James Mahony Bracks (50) and import Stuart Parsons (40) leading the way.
However, Saints have plenty of work to do after being reduced to 3-32 at stumps, with Cooper Smith (2-18) making a couple of crucial inroads.
Randy Petes Masters Round 5 vs Roseville Navy
Not much to report as Roseville Navy forfeited the match.
It’s a shame but happy to take maximum points.
Looking forward to the next game against Georges River on 21st Dec at Kensington Oval. Bragging rights will be at stake in this one as we are the only 2 sides from the South, so it’s a local Derby.
RPC Masters Captain
RPC Metro Green: Sydney Uni 6-255 vs RPC @ Marrickville Oval
After winning the toss, RP Green decided to bowl first on a bowling friendly deck at Marrickville oval.
Mark Wall and Omair Ali opened the bowling and Omair Ali got the first breakthrough during the 12th over, 24/1. With the lot of luck going on the Sydney Uni side, they crawled and made 100/1 after 37 overs. Sydney Uni remained on the top throughout the second half of the day and scored 255/6 off 69.1 overs at the end of day 1.
Armaan Nawaaz bowled in good areas and rewarded with a wicket, 1/42 off 11 overs. Our mystery leg spinner Luis Siddall bowled brilliantly and took 3 wickets, 3/34 off 11.1 overs. A special thanks to Andrew White, played as 12th man, gave everything in the field, took a stunning catch at midwicket off Luis Siddall’s bowling.
RPC Metro Green
RPC Metro Green: RPC vs North Sydney @ Tunks Park
Norths won the toss under ex Petes run machine Keith Lawrence and batted on a great Tunks wicket. Max Brandy took an early wicket and our fielding was at its best with Kyri Tsalikidis, Adam Pustetto and Lachlan Hodges featuring. We cut down runs all over the field and the Bears ended up a little scared to take us on. After 22 overs the rain hit and that was it for the day with Norths 1-52.
9.30am kick off next week for a big 120 over day.
RPC Metro Manager