From the Pavilion – Round 8 vs Sydney Uni

With wins in 1st and 5th Grade,  Randy Petes retains it position of 10th on the Club Championship ladder on 545 points.


Ladies Day


1st Grade: RPC 8-236 vs Sydney University 177  @ Sydney Uni #1 – Match Result: Win


Sent in to bat Ryan Higgins made a good start with 32 supported by Nathan Price (19) and debutante Alex Kemp (12).  At 5-86 we were shaky but a 110 runs partnership between Adam Semple (56 off 75 balls with four sixes) and Shaun Eaton (54 off 77) soon righted the ship. Nick Stapleton then smashed 16 off 13 to leave us with a competitive 236 target. Uni.’s NSW opener Nick Larkin fell for seven to Daniel Sams who also claimed Robertson for two while Stapleton got captain Greg Mail for a duck to have them reeling at 3-28. However, our perennial bogeyman Scott Henry (85) was at it again and he and Faraday put on 112 before Nathan Ellis (3-29 off 10 overs) removed both and Stapleton grabbed three in a row to give him 4-38 off 10. Ellis and Daniel Sams (3-21 off 7.3) then cleaned up for a hollow victory.


Alex Kemp

The win sees the side sitting in 3rd position on the Belvidere Cup ladder.


Eaton in the Runs

Link to scorecard:


Flight Centre MVP Points:


3 – Nick Stapleton


2 – Shaun Eaton


1 – Adam Semple



2nd Grade: RPC 77 vs Sydney University 5-79 @ Petersham Oval – Match Result: Loss


Brandon McLean (36) settled the side after the loss of two early wickets but when he went with the score on 46 it signalled a slide which was hard to fathom. The next seven wickets fell for just 31 to register the side’s worst score of the season and the first under 100. In reply the student’s didn’t have it all their own way against the pace of Hayden McLean and Ben Nethersole who reduced them to 4-11. At 5-30 there was still a sniff but that was the last of the good news as an unbroken 49 for the sixth wicket saw Uni. home with a bonus point to boot. McLean (4-30 off eight overs) and Nethersole (1-23 off six) gave it their all.


The loss sees the side in 13th position on the Abert Cup ladder.


Link to scorecard:


Flight Centre MVP Points:


3 – Hayden McLean


2 – Brandon McLean


1 – Ben Nethersole



3rd Grade: RPC 150 vs Sydney University 6-151 @ St Pauls – Match Result: Loss


Sent in to bat we lost four wickets with the score on 14. Three more quickly followed to see us 7-43. However, a rally by Sam Doggett (22) and James Tyson (16) complemented stand-in skipper Rob Huxley who went on to make a fighting 54 not out and give the side something to bowl at. And the bowlers responded with Andrew Sprowls (2-19) grabbing two quick ones. And when Ben Mitchell (2-26 off 10 overs) took two in smart time there was a slight chance of an upset although it was soon snuffed out by a dogged partnership to pass the target.


The loss sees the side sitting in 18th position on the Mitchell Cup ladder.


Link to scorecard:


Flight Centre MVP Points:


3 – Rob Huxley


2 – Andrew Sprowls


1 – Ben Mitchell



4th Grade: Sydney University 5-292 vs RPC 128  @ Coogee Oval – Match Result: Loss


After stand-in skipper Karl Schubert lost the toss, Sydney Uni had no hesitation in batting first on a flat Coogee Oval, and it proved to be the right decision as the Students racked up 5-292 from their 50 overs, with Chris Singh, James Mahony-Brack, Nathan Stares and Tom Evans all grabbing a wicket.


The run chase started poorly and never really got going as RPC were dismissed for 128 from 41.1. overs, the only highlight being a mature and classy 44 from youngster Will Lawrence.


The loss sees the side sitting in 18th position on the Reid Cup ladder.


Link to scorecard:


Flight Centre MVP Points:


3 – Will Lawrence


2 – Nathan Stares


1 – Tom Evans



5th Grade: Sydney University 111 vs RPC 7-112  @ Camperdown Oval – Match Result: Win


RPC won the toss in this crucial game and elected to bowl on a greenish Camperdown Oval wicket. A great catch to debutant Nathan Shepherd in the second over had the home side rattled but a 40-run partnership turned the game slightly. In the opening spell of Nigel Singh (0/18) and Cooper Smith (1/22), there many near misses, big appeals and some half chances not taken so the score flattered Uni to some degree at 1/43 off 13. However, three wickets in four overs – one a brilliant one-handed caught and bowled to Cameron Fowler (1/21) – gave RP a slight advantage at the first drinks break. Darren Smith (2/21) bowled an excellent spell in the middle stages  and deserved at least two more wickets. Lachlan Hodges affected a great run out in the middle stages. When Fowler injured himself, Oshanka Perera was called on and delivered a magnificent spell of 3/13 off 7 (and later in the day his wickets tally would better his runs!). One dismissal took a stump back 2 metres and there was another caught and bowled. The captain wrapped up the tail and the final score was 111 (37 overs bowled). At 4/20, the chase was obviously not in good shape but Darren Smith and Cooper Smith produced a quality 35 run partnership that settled things down. This partnership contained some fantastic running-between-wickets that put the students under great pressure. When the older Smith was unluckily dismissed for 12, David Lillyman (who injured his hand whilst ‘keeping) came in and produced a courageous knock of 18 and hit the winning runs but the man of the match was Cooper who hit four boundaries in his 42 and looked very solid despite the seam movement that the bowlers were getting. This 7th wicket partnership was worth a very valuable 40 runs. The target was achieved in the 37th over with 3 wickets in hand. A memorable win and leaves the side still in the hunt as we get to the business end of the season.


The win sees the side sitting in 12th position on the David Sherwood Cup ladder, just 6 points from 3rd position.


Grant Rimmer


RPC 5th Grade Captain


Link to scorecard:


Flight Centre MVP Points:


3 – Cooper Smith


2 – Darren Smith


1 – Oshanka Perera



Metro Cup: RPC Gold 113 vs Penrith 8-115 @ Kensington Oval – Match Result: Loss


A youthful Metro Gold side met the top-of-the-table Penrith at Kensington Oval. Metro Gold went so close to being giant killers, but we could not muster the knock-out punch. We won the toss and elected to bat, but suffered at the hands of the disciplined Penrith quicks. After 28 overs Metro Gold had slumped to 7/40, but a 56 run partnership between Luis Siddall (55) and the young Nivi Radhakrishnan (11) lifted the innings. The key was that Niv batted for an hour which held up the Penrith attack and allowed us to build an innings. Penrith managed to restrict the home side to 113 off 46.1 overs. The Gold side fought back in field and at the hands of Shimul Nath (4/36) and Adam Lee (2/26) Penrith were on the ropes with at 7/77. Shimul Nath’s right arm leg spinning was top drawer and the Penrith middle order are no doubt still trying to pick the difference between his wrongun , toppie and standard. However, a few dropped catches and too many wides helped Penrith to crawl to the required total, winning by two-wickets in the 31st over. 


Luis Siddall


RPC Gold Captain


Link to scorecard:


Flight Centre MVP Points:


3 – Luis Siddall


2 – Shimul Nath


1 – Jack James



Metro Cup: UNSW 105 vs RPC Green 8-106 @ Snape Park – Match Result: Win

UNSW won the toss and elected to bat first at Snape park.  With an overcast day and moisture in the air, RP Green bowlers were pumped to bowl first against the UNSW batters and utilise the conditions effectively.

Mark Wall and Max Brandy opened the bowling but Mark Wall has to pull out after his 1.3 overs due to a shoulder injury. Young Mitch O’Loughlin replaced Mark Wall, utilised the pitch conditions well, bowled menacing line and length bowling and challenged UNSW opening batters. But Max Brandy’s inswinger got us the first breakthrough and ended up with  2/20 off 6 overs.  With runs not free flowing and wickets falling in regular intervals, UNSW batters were struggling and played very defensively.  Alexis Coovre continued the good bowling left by Max and Mitch,  bowled  a tight line, not giving much room to the batters to score runs, ended up with 2/13 off 6 overs. As the pitch was falling apart, we introduced our mystery spinner, George Frazakis,  bowled some enticing deliveries and put the UNSW batters all sort of trouble, ended up with 4/28 off 10 overs.  UNSW batters all dismissed for 105 off 39 overs.

Sean Rushton and George Frazakis opened the batting, patiently negotiated the UNSW bowlers, but Sean Rushton bowled by a low inswinging delivery, 1/23 . Mark Wall and George Frazakis resurrected the innings, pushed the score to 54 runs before George Frazakis  thrown away his wicket,3/54.  A middle order collapse put us on back foot and the score was 86/8.  With the game evenly balanced,  Liam O’Loughlin  joined Jeremy Jatszrab, handled the pressure well, both batted aggressively and played their natural strokes , and pushed us to the winning total 106/8.

It was a good win for our first game of the year 2015, but we need to work on our batting skills a lot. We are  currently ranking 6 in the Metropolitan Cup ladder.   

Bala Mohan


RPC Green Captain


Link to scorecard:


Flight Centre MVP Points:


3 – George Frazakis


2 – Jeremy Jatszrab


1 – Max Brandy





After the completion of Round 8, the Flight Centre MVP Ladder is as per below, with a five-way tie at the top of the table with George Frazakis, Luis Siddall, Rod Stafford, Nathan Stares and Kyri Tsalikidis all on 9 points.

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