On another wet weekend, play was only possibly in 1st, 2nd and 3rd Grade, and a Metropolitan Cup game.

However, Sunday brought better weather and another win the to the Poidevin Gray boys, making it two wins on the bounce….

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On another wet weekend, play was only possibly in 1st, 2nd and 3rd Grade, and a Metropolitan Cup game.

However, Sunday brought better weather and another win the to the Poidevin Gray boys, making it two wins on the bounce….

1st Grade: St George 7-251 (dec) vs RPC 2-77 @ Coogee Oval – Draw

St George resumed at 3-179 at Coogee Oval, and some good bowling from Daniel Sams (2-56 from 20), Francois Neser (2-33 from 12.2) and Adam Semple (1-36 from 18) was able to restrict the Dragon to 7-251 from 83.2 overs before the declaration came during a rain delay.

With minimal overs to chase down the target, Randy Petes attacked from the start with Anthony Sams (33 from 35) and Alex Kemp (24 from 28) doing the damage, but at 2-77 from 14 overs, rain put an end of play for the day.

The draw sees the side now sitting in 12th position on The Belvidere Cup ladder.

MVP Points

3 – Daniel Sams
2 – Francois Neser
1 – Adam Semple

Link to scorecard: http://www.sydneygrade.nsw.cricket.com.au/common/pages/public/rv/match.aspx?matchID=2106748&entityID=4

2nd Grade: St George 168 & 3-136 vs RPC 9-78 (dec) @ Hurstville Oval – Lost by 90 runs

When play got underway at a very damp Hurstville Oval, Saints resumed at 1-46. Wickets to Barry McCarthy (2-41 from 14) and Tom McKenzie (1-69 from 17.1) saw Saints sitting at 3-136 before rain set in and stumps were called.

The loss sees the side move to 12th on The Abert Cup ladder.

MVP Points

3 – Sam Wood
2 – Tom McKenzie
1 – Barry McCarthy

Link to scorecard: http://www.sydneygrade.nsw.cricket.com.au/common/pages/public/rv/match.aspx?matchID=2110320&entityID=4

3rd Grade: RPC 7-243 vs St George 4-178 @ Petersham Oval – Draw

After the rain, Randy Petes arrived at Petersham Oval to find a dry wicket and damp outfield, and play was able to commence only 1 hour late. Resuming at 4-160, quick runs were the order of the day, and Oshanka Perera (59 from 156) and Rocky Ahmed (69 from 177) were able to deliver, combining for 113 runs before Perera was dismissed. Some lower order hitting saw the declaration come with RPC 7-243 from 90 overs.

With still 50 overs to be bowled, early strikes to Nigel Singh (2-47 from 12) has Saints in trouble at 2-8, but some missed chances handed the momentum back to the Dragons, and at 2-144 were in the box seat. However, the return of James Tyson (2-32 from 12) saw RPC peg the run rate back, and when the rain started to fall again stumps were called with Saints 4-178.

The draw sees the side sitting in 19th position on The Mitchell Cup ladder.

MVP Points

3 – Oshanka Perera
2 – Rocky Ahmed
1 – James Tyson

Link to scorecard: http://www.sydneygrade.nsw.cricket.com.au/common/pages/public/rv/match.aspx?matchID=2110769&entityID=4

4th Grade: RPC vs St George @ Harold Fraser Reserve – Draw

No play due to ground conditions.

5th Grade: RPC vs St George @ Kensington Oval – Draw

No play due to ground conditions.

Metro Cup: RPC Gold 7-210 vs Gordon 5-159 @ Beauchamp Oval – Won by 51 runs
As news spread of mass match cancellations across Sydney, RPC Gold and Gordon approached Snape Park with both eyes fixed on the rain radar. To everyone’s amazement, the Snape Park outfield and square were in surprisingly good condition, pending some managerial care on the Southern run up. Gordon won the toss and bowled first to Gold’s imported openers.

As the drizzle set in, Irish eyes lit up and launched Gold onto a platform rarely seen in metro – 79 in 10 overs. Paul Lawson showed no signs of jetlag with 56, while Dale McDonough continued good form with 29. In an unfamiliar position of 3/101 at 13 overs, and in danger of an early innings closure, Damian Sidney maturely battled through against a skidding ball, eschewed the big shots and played for time.

A freshly hitched Mitch Hunt played the perfect complement as the two patiently and intelligently picked off runs where they could, though the slippery ball proved a challenge for bowlers and fielders. After Damo fell for 23, Mitch guided the lower order to finish the 50 overs at 7/210, while taking an unbeaten 72 for himself. With Gordon’s centurion from the last round promoted, the Gold bowling line up fancied their chances of defending a challenging Snape total, especially with big Charith De Silva taking the new rock and swinging the ball around corners.

However, it was up to Sam Boyns to provide the break through, winning an LBW shout when least expected. Paul Lawson soon broke through with his accurate lobs, and a miscommunication left Gordon at 3/65 and an uphill battle. Gordon showed they are no one man band with an impressive middle order engine room, as two youngsters showed great judgement in their shot making and running to push up the run rate. The wet ball proved just as difficult to hold onto for our fielders as well.

Veteran Gordon captain, Glenn Tullia pushed his team along to 5/159, with 5 overs remaining to get 52… but the rain had the last say, leaving an exciting finish in the hands of the rain rules and welcome victory to the Randy Petes. Congratulations to captain John Stewart on leading the team to victory in his 150th Metro match, and thank you to the Gordon players for staying out as long as possible in the inclement weather and for allowing a result to take place.

The win sees the side sitting in 5th position on the Triforce Sports Metropolitan Cup ladder.

Jeremy Jastrzab – RPC Metro Manager

MVP Points
3 – Mitch Hunt
2 – Paul Lawson
1 – Dale McDonough

Link to scorecard: http://www.smcc.nsw.cricket.com.au/common/pages/public/rv/match.aspx?matchID=2210759&entityID=2318

Metro Cup: RPC Green vs UNSW Black @ David Phillips South – Draw

No play due to ground conditions.

Poidevin Gray: RPC 6-303 vs North Sydney 113 @ North Sydney Oval – Won by 190 runs

Winning the toss and batting on a day when many matches did not get a start after a week’s rain proved to be a bonus. Adam Docos (22) and Max Moran (38) got the score to 102 when skipper Jake Scicluna joined James Psarakis. In the next 70 minutes the pair set a new record for the 3rd wicket of 145 with Psarakis himself establishing a new high score mark with 154 in 141 minutes off 120 balls with 14 fours and 5 sixes. The final total of 6-303 was also a record. Sam Wood (2-14 off 8 overs) and Rehaan Nawaz (1-12 off 6) broke through early to have the Bears 3-42. The “spin twins” Soumil Chhibber (1-29 off 10) and Jack Preddey (2-20 off 5.2) then combined for a 5-76 score-line. At 5-91 Psarakis was introduced with instant success wrapping them up with 4-11 off 6 to complete an amazing double.

The win margin of 190 was also a record.

The bonus point win sees the side two from two and leading the Poidevin Gray competition.

Link to scorecard: http://www.sydneygrade.nsw.cricket.com.au/common/pages/public/rv/match.aspx?matchID=2112741&entityID=4

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