The history of tight games in 1st Grade against the Sharks continued, while 2nd, 3rd and 5th Grade are all in decent positions leading into the second half of the game…..
1st Grade: Sutherland 218 vs RPC 217 @ Glenn McGrath Oval- Match Result: Loss
Two wickets in Nathan Ellis’ first over was quickly followed by another two from Daniel Sams to have the Sharks reeling at 4-14. And at 6-108 we were well on top. However, a rally by the tail saw 110 put on by the last four. Sams (4-33) and Ellis (3-28) did the damage. In reply, top run-getter Anthony Sams was lbw first ball. Nathan Price was the “rock” however, and at 3-157 it looked “how far”. The 93 run partnership between Price and Daniel Sams came to an end when Sams went for 47. Adam Semple followed for nought and Shaun Eaton for 8 but at 6-205 we remained well on top. Another three quick wickets turned the tide however, and we needed two runs from three balls when Ellis was run out leaving Price high and dry on 97* to go down by one run. Losing our last 4 wickets for 12 virtually brought our season to an end, dropping from 4th on the table to 8th. A disaster.
Sutherland beat us by one wicket last season and now by one run! Glenn McGrath Oval is turning into a bit of a nightmare for our 1st Grade!
The draw sees the side sitting in 8th position on the Belvidere Cup ladder.
Nathan Price in good form @ Sutherland Oval
2nd Grade: RPC 235 vs Sutherland 1-27 @ Petersham Oval
Skipper John McLoughlin won the toss and elected to bat at Petersham Oval after a delayed start. RPC were in trouble at 6-102, but McLoughlin (42) was able to combine with Jack Preddey (41) in the lower order, and then some quality striking by Sam Doggett (54) saw the total pass 200 before RPC were dismissed for 235 after 85.4 overs.
Doggett (1-8 from 4 overs) then followed his knock up with an early wicket to see Sutherland limp to stumps at 1-27 from 8 overs.
3rd Grade: RPC 8-188 vs Sutherland @ Sutherland Oval
Skipper Rod Stafford won the toss and elected to bat on a typically ordinary Sutherland Oval track. Kushaal Ram (30) lead the way early, and both Ben Stares (43) and Tom Holland (38) fought hard in the middle order to see RPC move to 8-188 at stumps.
4th Grade: RPC 66 vs Sutherland 6-144 @ Coogee Oval
Skipper David Bourke won his 12th toss in a row and elected to bat first at Coogee Oval, and a solid start saw RPC progress to 27 before the first wicket fell, but from there the rest fell like a deck of cards, to see RPC all out for a paltry 66 from 40.5 overs. Only Chris Singh (14) and Alan Sciascia (10) hitting double figures.
Sutherland found the going slightly easier, but some great bowling by debutant Kyri Tsalikidis (3-30 from 11 overs) and the talented Savio Gracis Flor (2-37 from 9 overs) keep the scoring in check with Sutherland finishing on 6-144 after 39 overs at stumps.
5th Grade: Sutherland 100 vs RPC 1-48 @ Tonkin Park
Another productive day for the Fighting Fives. After winning the toss and sending the home side in, Sutherland looked to start positively after two well-hit drives off the first two balls. From that point, RP took control with the ball and the home side really struggled to penetrate the field. Nigel Singh (5/31) and Cooper Smith (2/15) continually asked questions and had plenty of appeals as well. Nathan Stares and Cameron Fowler (2/27) kept up the pressure when they entered the attack just before tea. Cooper was great in the field, taking an excellent catch in the deep and effecting a great run out. Singh and Smith wrapped up the tail to dismiss Sutherland for 100 off 61 overs. After losing Stuart Parsons with the score on 10, Neale Crawford (13) and Harry Towler (20) steadied the ship to get to stumps without any further loss and with 48 runs on the board.
RPC 5th Grade Captain
Metro Cup: RPC Green 84 vs Blacktown 5-96 @ Whalan #2 Oval
Blacktown Captain won the toss and asked us to bat first. RP Green batters had a bad day in the middle and bundled out for 84 all out. Karthigan Bala (22) and Sahail Sekhon(16 not out) were the first two top scorers. With a few dropped catches and bad umpiring decisions, Blacktown pushed their score to 96/5 off 32 overs. Liam Lehir and Sahil Sekhon bowled well and took two wickets apiece.
RPC Gold Captain
RPC Masters: RPC 161 vs Lane Cove 0-19 @ Kingsford Smith Oval – Match Result: Draw
Randy Petes won the toss and elected to bat, compiling 161 after 32 overs, with Dean Parker (47), James Hourn (34) and Steve Beck (32).
Lane Cove moved to 0-19 from 8.1 overs before the storm hit and play was abandoned for the day, seeing the match end in a draw.