With a poor showing against Parramatta that saw only 1st Grade register a draw, Randy Petes drop to 12th position on the Club Championship ladder on 825 points.
1st Grade: Parramatta 7-342 (dec) vs RPC 9-253 @ Old Kings Oval – Match Result: Draw
Parra took every advantage in being asked to bat first on a day of odd showers. Two quick wickets to Soumil Chhibber (2-56) had us in a reasonable position at 3-105. However, the Affleck brothers got together and put on 130. Skipper Adam Semple (2-56) grabbed two late wickets to have them 7-289 at stumps day 1. A run-push day 2 saw another 53 added leaving us 88 overs to chase 343. It was a disastrous start with Scicluna, Price and Kemp out for 35. The Sams brothers, Anthony (38) and Daniel (26) did well as did Semple (29) but at 8-141 it looked “curtains”. However, Chhibber (20 off 36) and Brandon McLean got together in a 49 runs partnership before Nathan Ellis joined McLean at 9-190. Over the next 83 minutes the two produced some brilliant cricket. There was attack by McLean early (7 fours and four sixes) while Ellis “hung in.” The new ball was taken at 9-235 with 9 overs to go but the two remained defiant. Showing outstanding resolve, they frustrated their opposition holding on for a remarkable draw. McLean finished with 75* off 103 balls in 134 minutes while Ellis scored 13* off 62 in 83 minutes with one boundary. A game to remember for fighting spirit.
The draw sees the side sitting in 4th position on the Belvidere Cup ladder.
Brandon McLean sniffing leather @ Old Kings Oval
2nd Grade: RPC 108 vs Parramatta 3-110 @ Coogee Oval – Match Result: Loss
Deciding to bat first, it was backs to the wall very quickly with the top three back in the sheds with just 20 on the board. It was a struggle after that with captain John McLoughlin’s 18 off 30 balls the top score. With a small target in their sights the Eels were never out of second gear to take the points and A BONUS POINT in just 20 overs. Jack Preddey with 2-39 off 5 overs was the only successful bowler.
The loss sees the side in 15th position on the Abert Cup ladder.
3rd Grade: RPC 150 vs Parramatta 8-151 @ Merrylands Oval – Match Result: Loss
With Parra struggling at 7-38 after James Tyson (4-20); Rehaan Nawaz (2-25) and Rob Huxley (1-15) got stuck in, it looked all over. However, a 95 runs partnership in 109 minutes then another unconquered 18 spoilt the party with RPC going down with 10 balls left in the match. Earlier we pulled off a similar recovery after being 7-75 when Rod Stafford (30) and Nawaz (35*) put on 66 (third best for the season) to stretch the total to an ordinary 150 which was close to being defended.
The win sees the side sitting in 12th position on the Mitchell Cup ladder.
4th Grade: Parramatta 107 vs RPC 97 @ Petersham Oval – Match Result: Loss
The decision to send Parra in after skipper David Bourke won his 11th successive toss looked a good one at 4-39. And even though the Eels managed to get to 91 before losing another wicket Tom Evans (3-5) and Oshanka Perera (2-9), assisted by a run-out, sent the last six back to the pavilion for the addition of only 16 runs. Jaya Murdita (4-37) had bowled beautifully to inflict the early damage. In the run chase it was a familiar sight with 5 down for 41. Joshua James tried hard with 26 off 33 balls with 2 fours and a six but he was ninth out at 80. Last pair Evans and Andrew Sprowls batted for 45 minutes for 17 but ended 10 short.
The loss sees the side sitting in 18th position on the Reid Cup ladder.
5th Grade: RPC 124 vs Parramatta 7-125 @ Mona Park 3 – Match Result: Loss
A bad loss on Saturday has left the team with plenty to do in the remaining 2 games. After a delayed start, RP won the toss and elected to bat. The openers got off to another solid start and scored freely off the first few overs but both openers had fallen by the 10th over to leave the score at 2/32 off 10. A productive partnership between Ashley Burton and Nathan Stares moved the score quickly along to 65 off 19. However, two wickets fell in the one over to give the momentum back to Parra at 4/65. Lasith Fernando and Stares looked to consolidate the innings and they pushed the score along to 88 before Fernando was caught behind. Stares played to his strengths and scored his third fifty of the season but was caught once he reached this milestone. The last three wickets fell to a hat-trick and RP were all out for 124 after 37 overs. Cooper Smith took a wicket in his first over and this was followed up with another one in his third and at 2/24, the game was evenly poised. Parra consolidated but three quick wickets via Darren Smith and Omair Ali had the home side nervous at 5/61. However, Parra’s middle order played well and pounced on anything loose and passed RP score in the 30th over, 7 wickets down. This now leaves the 5th grade with destiny in their hands, now placed in 7th position.
The win sees the side sitting in 7th position on the David Sherwood Cup ladder.
RPC 5th Grade Captain
Metro Cup: RPC Gold 161 vs RPC Green 8-165 @ Kensington Oval – Match Result: Win/Loss
In the 2nd Origin Clash of the season Green won in a tight match. After Stewart won the toss Gold batted and got off to a strong start with House (65) and Crawford (14) before a rain delay. When play resumed Crawford fell to Nath – the first of his 4 victims (4/36). This triggered a collapse with the next 5 batsmen adding 22 runs off the bat. The tail wagged thanks to an intelligent innings from Tsalikidis (19) before Lee (2/20) and Armaan Nawaz (1/27) ended Gold’s innings on 161.
Green also started strongly with their opening pair of Rushton (34) and Frazakis (18) putting on 51 before Rushton fell to the spin of Liam O’Loughlin. O’Loughlin bowled well throughout knocking over the top 4 to end with the best match figures of 4/14 from his 10 overs. Backed up by Sidney (2/20), Tsalikidis (1/37), Brandy (1/18) and good fielding pegged back Green’s middle order. With 7 overs to go they had a RRR of 5 before Lee changed the match in 1 over taking 19 from Tsalikidis, leaving Jastrzab to pass Gold’s score with a boundary throughout mid wicket with 3 overs remaining and 2 wickets in hand to hand Skipper Bala the inaugural “Grouch” trophy.
RPC Gold Captain