Winning three tosses and being sent in after losing the other two against Club Championship front-runners Sydney University, Randy Petes batted in all five grades with our batsmen taking full advantage of the conditions. A total of 1,229 runs were scored by the five teams. Surprisingly only one century was scored–a sensational 106 by Jake Scicluna in 1st Grade off 171 balls in 239
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Winning three tosses and being sent in after losing the other two against Club Championship front-runners Sydney University, Randy Petes batted in all five grades with our batsmen taking full advantage of the conditions. A total of 1,229 runs were scored by the five teams. Surprisingly only one century was scored–a sensational 106 by Jake Scicluna in 1st Grade off 171 balls in 239 minutes with 17 fours. It was his third ton in the top grade. Our combined total however, was not our best. In 2008-09 we rattled up 1,237 in winning four grades against Mosman. Let’s hope the bowlers can do their bit next Saturday.
1st Grade: RPC 8-306 vs Sydney University @ Sydney University 1
Skipper Adam Semple won the toss and had no hesitation in batting first on a flat Sydney University 1 deck. A cautious start against a disciplined Uni attack saw the scoreboard tick over slowly, however the Nathan Price (56 from 85 balls) got the run rate moving with another classy innings. However, the loss of Price saw a middle order collapse and RPC under the pump at 6-175. In stepped the aggressive Soumil Chhibber, who combined with the inform Jake Scicluna to move the score to 280 before Scicluna fell for a sensational 106 from 171 balls, his 3rd ton in 1st Grade and 3rd score over 50 this season. Chhibber continued to play his shots, falling for a great 63 from 99 balls just before stumps, with RPC finishing at 8-306 after 96 overs.
1st Grade Kingsgrove Sports T20 Cup: Round 3 vs Newcastle @ Waratah Oval
RPC 7-171 vs Newcastle 109 – Won by 62 runs
Randy Petes remain undefeated in the Kingsgrove Sports T20 Cup after a dominting win against Newcastle at Waratah Oval on Sunday.
Skipper Adam Semple won the toss and elected to bat first, and Nathan Price (44 from 31 balls), Daniel Sams (42 from 25 balls) and Shaun Eaton (40 not out) lead the way with the bat as RPC posted 7-171 after 20 overs.
In reply Newcastle were never really in the hunt as Price capped off a great game with 3-12 from 3 overs, and he was well supported by Sams (2-15 from 3 overs), Sam Doggett (2-17 from 3 overs) and Soumil Chhibber (2-21 from 3 overs).
The next Round is this Sunday at Coogee Oval, where Randy Petes will take on both North Sydney and Sydney in a double header. The day is also the RPC Ladies/Charity Day along with the Sydney Sixers providing a children’s coaching clinic. Be sure to get down and cheer the boys on!
2nd Grade: RPC 229 vs Sydney University 1-18 @ Coogee Oval
Suffan Hassan won his first toss and elected to bat on a typically flat Coogee Oval deck. In an innings where most batsman got starts but then got out, Randy Petes were able to post a competitive 229 after 89 overs, with Francois Neser top scoring with a hard hitting 48, and Max Moran (38), debutant Barry McCarthy (38), Henry Thornton (30) and James Psarakis (29) all getting starts.
With 9 overs left in the day, Neser struck an important blow removing the dangerous Larkin to see the game evenly poised with the Students 1-18 at stumps.
3rd Grade: RPC 258 vs Sydney University @ St Pauls College
Skipper Rod Stafford lost the toss at St Pauls, and surprising were asked to bat first on a flat deck. A quick-fire 46 from 41 balls to Karl Schubert got the Randy Petes off to a flying start, however the loss of 4 quick wickets put RPC in trouble at 4-79. A partnership was needed, and Kushaal Ram (64 from 91 balls) and Bart Lynch (75 from 185 balls) delivered, and some cheeky lower order runs from Will Pereira (26 from 50 balls) saw RPC post a competitive 258 after 79.4 overs.
4th Grade: RPC 227 vs Sydney University @ Petersham Oval
Skipper David Bourke unbelievably lost the toss at the picturesque Petersham Oval, but still got the desired result as RPC were asked to bat first. The loss of an early wicket was a setback, but Nikki Radhakrishnan (37) held the innings together, while the middle order of Ash Kakkireni (15), Ash Burton (25), Vish Saini (14) and Bourke (16) all made starts. At 6-130 things were looking a little shaky, however Oshanka Perera (44) worked well Shailen Assani (24), Jaya Murdita (17) and Nigel Singh (13) to see RPC post a competitive 227 after 79.5 overs.
5th Grade: RPC 210 vs Sydney University 3-10 @ Camperdown Oval
Skipper Luis Siddall won the toss and had no hesitation in batting first at Camperdown Oval, however at 3-7 it wasn’t looking like a great decision! However Siddall and Ed House combined in a sensational partnership of 160 to get RPC back into the game with House scoring a sensational 85 with 13 boundaries while Siddall posted a mature 70. The wickets of both House and Siddall saw the innings come to an end quickly, with only Glen Standing (20 not out) contributing at the end of the innings as PRC were dismissed for 210 after 69.3 overs.
With 9 overs to be bowled, RPC hit the ground running to rattle the Students top order, leaving them in tatters at 3-10 at stumps with Glen Standing picking up 2-6 from 4 overs, and Cameron Fowler 1-3 from 3 overs to set up a great game next weekend.
Metro Cup: Sydney University 201 vs RPC 0-10 @ Kensington Oval
With the season starting for the majority of boys this round they were raring to go and as per usual Chaz was in his whites, keen to opening the batting and bowling.
The Student’s Skipper called correctly and took advantage of the conditions to bat on a pitch prepared by Dale McDonagh (who may or may not have been involved in the breakdown of the roller the previous day). Nonetheless it looked a good wicket. UK quick Sam Boyns (3/67) led the attack finding pace and bounce in the strip not seen in Metro for quite a while. He was unplayable and it was not until his 12th and final over that he got the breakthrough with a perfect Yorker.
At the first drinks break Uni were 1/40 restricted by line and length bowling and the deceptive pace of Charith (3/37), who bowled unchanged for 18 overs. Furthermore, all the bowlers were backed up in the field, staying sharp and tightening the screws. The spin attack complemented the pace and though McDonagh started slowly he made inroads in his second spell ending with 2/37 and young E-Young Khoo (1/6) bowled a tidy spell. Uni all out 201.
The remaining 9 overs were negotiated successfully with McDonagh (9) and Jastrzab (0) guiding Gold through to 0/10 at stumps.
John Stewart – RPC Gold Skipper
Metro Cup: Penrith 7-262 vs RPC 1-13 @ Snape Park
Reigning Metro Cup champions Penrith, sporting an almost completely different side to the one that took the spoils, won the toss and elected to bat on a Snape Park surface described as “better than Kensington” by an unnamed groundsman. A solid contest ensued as the Penrith batsmen made good use of a first day track.
Changing around the bowlers quite regularly, Green were able to pick up wickets at regular intervals, having the visitors at 7/190 at one stage to have the game evenly poised. Penrith’s number 9 had other ideas though, sending a few big blows to take his side to 7/262, where they declare leaving Green 6 overs to face. Omair Ali and skipper Mark Wall had two wickets each. Omair was the only batsmen dismissed, with George Frazakis and Alexis Coovre taking the total to 1/13 at stumps, leaving an intriguing 250 runs to chase for day 2.
Jeremy Jastrzab – RPC Green Manager
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