Solid performances in all Grades sees Randy Petes set up well leading into day two against Gordon.
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1st Grade: RPC 6-345 vs Gordon @ Petersham Oval
After a week of wet weather, Gordon looked to extract some life out of the Petersham Oval wicket after inserting RPC. At 3-70 the Stags were happy with the decision, but them Anthony Sams (80 from 179) and Daniel Sams combined for a 117 run partnership to turn the game back into Randy Petes’ favour. When Anthony was dismissed, skipper Adam Semple joined Daniel and together
the two enjoyed the batting conditions putting on 103 in quick time, with Daniel posting his first 1st Grade century before falling for a sensational 121 from 187 balls with 14 fours and 3 sixes. Semple continued to move the score forward finishing on a polished 74 not out from 109 balls, as the side finished the day in the strong position of 6-345.
2nd Grade: RPC 5-422 vs Gordon @ Chatswood Oval
RPC won the toss and elected to bat on a surprising dry Chatswood Oval deck, and from the get go were in control with Adam Docos (38) and Max Moran (40) putting on 72 for the 1st wicket. The runs continued to flow into the afternoon, with James Psarakis (59) continuing his great start to the season. At tea, RPC were sitting pretty at 4-205 with Henry Thornton and John McLoughlin the not out batsman, and after tea hit the ‘go’ button in a big way. McLoughlin and Thornton put on a partnership of 237 with McLoughlin contributing a polished 60, but the star of the show was Thornton. Unable to bowl due to a back injury, Thornton showed his all-round skills in blasting a debut Grade century of 185 not out, scoring 150 runs in the final session off his own stick, helping the side score 217 runs in the final session to finish the day at 5-422. The total was the largest ever recorded in 2nd Grade, surpassing the previous record of 4-394 against Mosman in 2010-11.
3rd Grade: Gordon 9-262 vs RPC @ Coogee oval
Gordon won the toss and elected to bat at Coogee Oval, but RPC were well in the game at tea with the score reading 4-80. However, the tail wagged after tea in the flat conditions, and the Stags were able to post 9-262 at stumps, with James Tyson (3-74 from 23 overs) and Kushaal Ram (3-36 from 15 overs) being the standouts with the ball.
4th Grade: Gordon 172 vs RPC 5-69 @ Killara Oval
Skipper David Bourke was in good form again, winning the toss and electing to bowl at Killara Oval. Early wickets to Jaya Murdita (2-30 from 8 overs) got the Randy Petes moving, and they continued to work hard into the afternoon as the deck flattened out, with Kyri Tsalikidis (4-53 from 11 overs) and Nigel Singh (2-55 from 22 overs) making solid contributions to dismiss the Stags for 172 after 50 overs.
With 28 overs to bat, Randy Petes were sitting pretty at 2-51, but a bad final 30 minutes saw RPC finish the day at 5-69, setting up an exciting finish next week.
5th Grade: Gordon 105 vs RPC 5-84 @ Kensington Oval
A confident Gordon side arrived at Kensington Oval having won all of their previous matches. However, the Fighting Five’s pace attack quickly brought the gents from the North Shore back down to earth. Having won the toss, Gordon set about scoring their runs in a typically aggressive fashion. But, regular wickets to opening bowlers Jack Standing (2/16) and Glen Standing (2/31) saw the top-order back in the sheds and struggling at 4/32. Omair Ali (2/26) and Chook Fowler (2/15) kept up the pressure and with good support from Shohel Khan and Tom Evans Gordon were dismissed for 105 in the 43rd over.
That left a mere 35 overs to bat. The skipper was thinking 6 points at the end of the day’s play – but cricket tends not to favour such thinking. So with a top-order flop, Ed House and Luis Siddall met in the middle at 3/26 and set about consolidating and setting up for a long day’s bat on Day Two. As the final over of the day came about Randy-Petes has 3/84 on the board and the upper hand. The smirk on the skippers face was quickly wiped off when Gordon struck back with two wickets in the last over of the day!
Luis Siddall – RPC 5th Grade Captain
Metro Cup: RPC Green 277 vs Gordon @ Beauchamp Oval
RPC Green put up one of their best batting performances in recent memory, taking 277 off traditional metro heavy weights, Gordon. It was the best score in metro since round 4 of last season, when the Greens piled up 285 runs against Mosman at Balmoral billiard table. That total though was boosted by 52 extras (including a tear-inducing 44 byes), while this time was a much more rounded team effort. George Frazakis got the Greens off to a great start with 39. This was followed by telling contributions from the subcontinental engine room. Karthigan Balasubramaniam led the charge with 59, showing that he’s not just a leggie and a pretty face. Sunny Mehta continued his good start at the Randy Petes with 58, while Rohan Batra made a solid debut with 46. No doubt they were assisted by almost 50 overs of spin. Despite the presence of Sydney Grade Cricket legend, Michael Falk, a wagging tail took the score to it’s formidable peak. The boys will be returning to Beauchamp next week with a good chance of scoring their first win of the season.
Jeremy Jastrzab – RPC Metro Manager
Metro Cup: RPC Gold 124 vs UNSW Gold 2-67 @ David Phillips North
Gold turned up at David Phillips North fielding one change with Paul O’Loughlin coming in for the otherwise engaged Metro manager Jastrzab. Winning the toss Gold batted first against the advice of the groundsman. We didn’t have the best of starts with 3 batsmen in the sheds with the board reading 14. Stewart (26) and Fernando (29) added 35 for the 4th wicket before Stewart fell. Only O’Loughlin Sr (10) and Fox (25) were the other batsmen to reach double figures. A highlight of the innings in reaching 124 was E-Young Khoo and Big Chaz adding 17 for the last wicket while the uni fielders crowded the bat. A lesson to the top order in valuing their wicket. With 18 overs left in the day Gold have Uni Gold 2/67 with Big Chaz right in the game with both scalps.
John Stewart – RPC Gold Captain