Bowlers beware!! We need all bowlers to be on their game this round as we take on run-machine Gordon. Last game we thought we did pretty well scoring a massive 1,230 runs across the five grades. But that was chicken-feed to Gordon who amassed 1,596 in beating North Sydney in all five grades!!
Preview Round 4 v Gordon &
Twenty 20 Semi-Final v Newcastle
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Bowlers beware!! We need all bowlers to be on their game this round as we take on run-machine Gordon. Last game we thought we did pretty well scoring a massive 1,230 runs across the five grades. But that was chicken-feed to Gordon who amassed 1,596 in beating North Sydney in all five grades!! Their lowest was 232 in 1sts and their highest 404 in 4s! The upshot for us however, is that we only conceded 990 runs in winning three of the five grades while Gordon’s bowlers were whacked for 1,162. Historically we have the edge against the Stags winning 34 of the 68 matches we have played them across the grades with 28 losses and 6 drawn.
We “did good” last round to knock Sydney Uni. off their Club Championship leaders perch by taking the major points—66 to their 54—but only made up 12 points on them. Meanwhile St George have gone to the lead with 267 points leaving us 111 behind them in 12th place (same as last round) on 156. This is a round of two-day matches over the next two Saturdays so plenty of time to peg back that deficit.
NEW FEATURE: Presenting “Dicky’s Cricket Quiz” a new feature for all you trivia buffs. Life member and true club legend Richard “Dicky” McCord has come up with a few thought-provoking questions relative to this rounds’ clash against Gordon. To view his brain-teasers go to the Randwick Petersham facebook page and join in the fun. The highly complex answers will be released in a day or two. Dick is such a wealth of Grade Cricket knowledge we hope to present this feature on a regular basis. Go to www.facebook.com and type in Randwick Petersham Cricket Club. Thanks Dicky!!
FOURTH ROUND RECORD: We have a round 4 “Greenwash” record having beaten Parramatta in all 5 grades in 2010-11. More importantly we handed out the same treatment to Gordon in 2009-10 (round 7) annexing a whopping 136 Club Championship points. It would be nice to do that again! Our round 4 record shows 32 wins across the five grades from 70 matches with 30 losses and 8 draws. A sort of “Even Stevens” outcome. 1s have won 8, 2s, 3s and 4s 7 each with 5th Grade the team which seems to have problems in round 4 with only 3 wins and8 losses. But 5s had the worst record in round 3 and won last match so they can do it again!
1st GRADE is at Petersham: We have beaten Gordon 6 out of the last 6 clashes but can’t rest on those laurels. Both teams have won two and lost one this season to be equal on 12 points. Overall our record is 9 wins 5 losses and a draw in 14 games. Good to see Daniel Sams go past the 100 1st Grade wickets for the club last Sunday while brother Anthony passed the 2,000 runs milestone. They now have 101 wickets and 2,011 runs respectively. Soumil Chhibber had started well with 10 wickets and went past the 50 1st Grade wickets mark to his present 55. Jake Scicluna with 239 runs in three hits is the fifth leading run-getter in the 1st Grade competition behind ND’s Daniel Hughes on 290. Jake needs just 41 to pass 1,000 1st Grade runs with the club. Unfortunately the “other Jake”- Jake Wilson got another knock on his bowling hand last Sunday and is out this round. Francois Neser takes his place.
2nd GRADE is at Chatswood: The Law of Averages didn’t go our way against Uni. last Saturday with our 10th loss to them. However, we have had the wood on the Stags over the years winning 7 to their 3. Four of those wins have come in the past 6 games. Gordon’s win over North Sydney last game was their first for the season.
3rd GRADE plays at Coogee: Good to get our “bogey” team Uni. out of the way last round so we can concentrate on teams we have a better record against. Kushaal Ram went past the 1,500 runs for the cub milestone last week and now has 1,541 while Bart Lynch took his 3rd Grade total to 987 last week, just 13 short of 1,000. We only have 4 wins out of 12 against Gordon so we need to reproduce some round 1 form.
4th GRADE is at Killara: Skipper David Bourke finally lost a toss last round but won the game! Maybe there’s a message in that?? A good debut by Shailen Assani with 24 and 4-23 last week in 4s just as he did the previous round in 5s. Gordon have a slight advantage over us in 4s over the years winning 8 to our 7. Their opener M Kleem hit 115 last round with three others getting 50s in a score of 9-404 declared. Need to get him early.
5th GRADE plays at Kensington: We lost to Gordon the last three years in this grade and are due to turn around that losing streak. Like 4s, they have an 8 to 7 win record over us and have won 2 of the 3 matches this season grabbing a bonus point against Mosman in round 2. With 106 wickets Cameron Fowler is our fourth-highest wicket-taker in 5th Grade.
Metropolitan Cup from Jeremy Jastrzab: The Randy Petes Metro sides hit the road this round, having completed some tough games at home. Green mirrors the top grades by travelling to Beauchamp Oval to take on Gordon. Always a formidable side in Metro, Gordon have started with some strong scores. Green will be hoping for a much stronger batting performance, led by a resurgent and free Bala Mohan, at a ground with some tall scores this season. Gold will play a rare ‘away’ game at the suburban backwaters of David Phillips North, against UNSW Gold. The Metro Lankan brigade are particularly looking forward to this match up. Karthi Balasubramaniam once took 5-for while playing for UNSW against the RPs many a season ago, so hopefully it’s time for some divine retribution.
TWENTY20 SEMI-FINAL: Randwick Petersham v Newcastle at Coogee commencing at 2.30 pm NEXT SUNDAY.
Randwick Petersham has finished undefeated at the top of the Sydney Sixers Conference at the end of the four Kingsgrove Sports Twenty 20 Cup preliminary matches. One of those wins was against Newcastle on their turf at Waratah Oval, Newcastle. They will certainly be keen to avenge that defeat. However, our boys are in “red-hot” form having hit 217 in 20 overs against Nth Sydney at Coogee last Sunday. This was the highest-ever score by the club in Twenty20 cricket and the first time we have passed 200. And in the following match against Sydney they knocked up 188—their third best-ever score. Nathan Price’s brilliant 101 off 51 balls against Sydney followed Alex Kemp’s 81 off 33 against Norths. Alex hit a record 7 sixes which was broken a little later by Nathan who hit 9. We have a terrific record in T20 cricket winning 26 of 36 we have played with 14 of those wins coming in the past 15 games. The loss in that 15 was in the Qualifying Final against St George at the SCG last year.
MAKE SURE YOU’RE AT COOGEE ON SUNDAY TO CHEER HOME OUR BOYS!!