With wins in 2nds, 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade, Randy Petes move to 11th on the Club Championship ladder with 733 points…….
1st Grade: Blacktown 323 vs RPC 269 @ Joe McAleer Oval – Match Result: Loss
An opening partnership of 152 before a scoreline of 3-250 mid-afternoon looked like we would be chasing more than 400. However, a great fightback by the bowlers to take 7-73 at the end left us with a solid chase on the Sunday. Seven bowlers shared the wickets with eight fielders holding nine catches. At 4-92 in reply we were struggling before Anthony Sams and Adam Semple got together with a partnership of 74. But both were gone at 194, Sams out for 114 made of 223 balls. Of the tail, Shaun Eaton with 57 got the score to 7-249 and it looked like game on before the last three wickets fell for 20 and it was all over.
The loss sees the side drop to 5th position on the Belvidere Cup ladder.
2nd Grade: RPC 8-244 vs Blacktown 237 @ Coogee Oval – Match Result: Win
Brandon McLean (70) batted well to set up a good score which was complemented by an 83 run partnership for the sixth wicket by Nick Charlwood (54) and captain John McLoughlin (54). Brandon McLean continued his good form with the ball taking 3-45 off 10 overs supported by Sam Wood (2-43) and James Tyson (1-33) grabbing an important wicket at the end before the third run-out of the day brought victory on the second-last ball of the match.
The win sees the side now sitting in 10th position on the Abert Cup ladder, just 6 points from 3rd spot.
3rd Grade: Blacktown 94 vs RPC 9-95 @ Jim Hanshaw Oval – Match Result: Win
The day belonged to nos. 10 and 11 at the batting crease—Tom Evans (5*) and Andrew Sprowls (3*) who took the score from 9-86 chasing 94 to 9-95 and a win! Earlier Sam Doggett (5-18 off 5 overs: 4 bowled; 1 lbw) and Kushaal Ram (3-10 off 7) destroyed Blacktown for just 94 despite conceding 28 extras. Only Jack Lyle (40) and Doggett (12) made double figures with seven scores of six and under before the final partnership won the day.
The win sees the side sitting in 13th position on the Mitchell Cup ladder.
4th Grade: Blacktown 159 vs RPC 5-160 @ Petersham Oval – Match Result: Win
Skipper David Bourke again used all his punting experience to win his 9th toss in a row, and elected to bowl first and Jaya Murdita (4-38 off 8 overs) quickly hit his straps to snare four wickets. With two wickets to each of Cam Fowler (2-22) and Oshanka Perera (2-33) and a couple of run-outs Blacktown were out for a gettable total with one over to spare. In the run chase, five back in the pavilion with only 68 on the board was not the ideal start. However, Barton Lynch (73*) and Jack James (39*) put on an unconquered 92 to grab the win with seven overs in the bank.
The win sees the side sitting in 18th position on the Reid Cup ladder.
5th Grade: Blacktown 121 vs RPC 4-122 @ Whalan #2 – Match Result: Win
With Blacktown at 7-38 it looked like a quick game before the tail wagged to get to 121. Darren Smith (3-30), Nigil Singh (2-19), Cooper Smith (2-32) and Kyriakos Tsalikidis (2-19) shared the wickets. With Stuart Parsons (32) and Luis Siddall (42) hitting out a win was achieved with a much-needed bonus point.
The win sees the side in 7th position on the David Sherwood Cup ladder.
Metro Cup: North Sydney 8-202 vs RPC Gold 191 @ Tunks Park – Match Result: Loss
RPC Gold lost the toss and bowled first on a flat Tunks Park wicket. With a lack of specialist bowlers, all players did a great job in restricting runs. Spin trio Liam O’Loughlin (1-39), Karthi Balasubramaniam (2-52) and Niv Radhakrishnan (2-34) bowled superbly, breaking many dangerous partnerships. The keepers Damian Sidney and Nikki Radhakrishnan also played their part, with Damo snaring a rare wicket with the ball and Nikki collecting 2 stumpings and a great catch. The fielding was also to a high standard with Harry Towler taking two screamers in close. North Sydney ended up on 8-202, a solid but gettable target.
The chase got off to a rocky start as we stumbled to 3-44. Neale Crawford (13), fresh off a solid spell with the ball, looked in great form before being undone by an absolute gem. Ed House (75) and Damo (35) put on a fighting 90 partnership for the 4th wicket, swinging the momentum back in our favour. With 46 needed off the last 10 overs and with 6 wickets in hand, things looked very promising. Unfortunately, some costly run-outs and tight bowling halted our charge and despite the best efforts of Jeremy Jastrzab (14) and the lower order, we were all out for 191 just 12 runs short. Although disappointing, all players can be proud of their efforts.
RPC Gold Captain
Metro Cup: RPC Green 105 vs Sydney Uni 6-106 @ Alexandria park – Match Result: Loss
Sydney Uni Captain won the toss and elected to bowl at Alexandria Park. The pitch was damp and not an ideal pitch to bat first. Sydney Uni bowlers exploited the pitch conditions well and didn’t allow our batters to settle and score runs freely. Savio Gracias Flor (25), Jeremy Jastzrab (14) and Shimul Nath (10) fought hard in the middle and helped us to push the final score to 105/10 off 38 overs. It was a tricky pitch to bat on but our batters failed to fire.
Omar Ali and Max Brandy opened the bowling, exploited the pitch conditions well and bowled exceptionally. Omar Ali bowled a menacing line, frightening pace and brilliant angle, put Sydney Uni batters in all sort of trouble, ended up with 3/37 off 10 overs. Max Brandy , Armaan Nawaaz and Shimul Nath took one wicket apiece. Sydney Uni batters were 6/70 and struggling to score runs freely, but with few dropped catches and unfair umpire decisions, we were unable to sustain the pressure. Sydney Uni batters raced away with 106/6 off 27 overs. This puts the RP Green team on the 8th position in the Metropolitan cup ladder.
RPC Green Captain
FLIGHT CENTRE MPV AWARD
With only 5 Round left in the regular season, the Flight Centre MVP Award scoring has gone behind closed doors with the winner to be announced after the conclusion of Round 15.
Going into Round 11, veteran Rod Stafford was leading the way with 14 points, while George Frazakis, Stuart ‘Keith’ Parsons, Grant Rimmer and Kyri Tsalikidis are all hot on his heels with 12 points.
A big thanks to Todd Hall and his team at Flight Centre Coogee Bay for this award.
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