This round we are up against Fairfield-Liverpool who are equal with us in equal 9th position on 268 points in the Club Championship. However, they are more than one win (7 points ahead of us in 1st Grade so this round is an important clash for our top team. While rain ruined last round against St George it may be that heat is the problem this match with high temperatures forecast.

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This round we are up against Fairfield-Liverpool who are equal with us in equal 9th position on 268 points in the Club Championship. However, they are more than one win (7 points ahead of us in 1st Grade so this round is an important clash for our top team. While rain ruined last round against St George it may be that heat is the problem this match with high temperatures forecast.

1st GRADE is at Rosedale: Fairfield is on 19 points and we are 12 so a big match. Their three NSW reps (Bollinger, Sandhu and Rohrer) may be available day 1 with a Shield match scheduled day 2. They have done well against us in 2 day games over the years leading us 6 wins to 3 with one tie. We have beaten them 3 out of 3 in Limited Overs finals matches. We last played at Rosedale two years ago and after bowling them out for 138 could only manage 78. The year before that we won with a bonus point (7-134 to 133) in a 50 overs game at Coogee. Unfortunately this round fast bowler Sam Doggett is out injured while Jake Wilson is also still on the sidelines. Making his 1st Grade debut however, after a string of records in the Poidevin Gray match last Sunday is NSW under 19 all-rounder James Psarakis He will become capped player no. 102. Congratulations James!

2nd GRADE is at Petersham: We’ve had 2 wins to Fairfield’s one and are 12th while they are 19th. The side is a good one on paper and despite being caught by some good bowling last week on a wicket assisting the bowlers, another big score seems just around the corner. Great to hear that Henry Thornton has been “cleared” to bowl! Henry is a major contender for a place in the Australian under 19 World Cup team so he’ll be keen to get amongst the wickets. We have a good win ratio of 8:2 over the Lions having won our last 5 clashes while they haven’t beaten us since 2006-07. Two years ago we won by 4 wickets on this ground (6-196 to 191). We need to make this one count.

3rd GRADE plays at Fairfield: Rod Stafford won his first toss last week and batted when most skippers were sending in their opponents. With a score of 7-243 declared it was the correct decision and the side was unlucky not to force home the advantage when the rain came. We have the honours over the years holding 5 wins to 3. We didn’t play them last year but the season before lost at Fairfield (174 to 5-175) but won in 2012-13 won by 101 runs (6-209 to 108). And we have two new players in the side this round. The first is Andrew Williams who makes a welcome return after a couple of seasons. In his 1st Grade debut match in 2012-13 he was in a winning partnership with Simon Katich and actually outscored him in finishing with 49 not out. The second is Oliver Mills and we welcome him to the club. Oliver was the captain of the Scots College First XI last year and has had success as a top order bat and leg-spin bowler. These two players will bolster the side.

4th GRADE is at Coogee: Never bowled a ball last rain with the rainy week. We are in the mix this season with 2 wins to be equal 6th on points and 9th on quotient. Fairfield are last and yet to register a point. Our boys will be keen to keep it that way. They have the historic advantage however (6 to 4) and have won our last 3 clashes. We last beat them in 2010-11 when present skipper David Bourke and former captain Andrew Harrison put on 153 to win by 98 runs (8-216 to 118).

5th GRADE plays at Don Dawson: We have a good record against the lions winning 8 to their 3. We have one 3 of the last 4 and two years ago in our last clash won by 6 wickets when Fairfield only scored 76 which included an amazing 30 extras! Both teams have won 2 matches this season so this should be an even match.

Metropolitan Cup from Jeremy Jastrzab: After some wet and miserable weekends, the metro teams are looking to finally get some time on the field. Or in the case of the British and Irish imports, some actual sun while playing cricket. Following the win in their water polo match against Gordon at the Snape aquatic centre last Saturday, Gold are sitting in 5th and building a season. They take on Mosman (8th) at Kensington, who have put on some sparky performances (despite their standing) under the wiles of Sir Jay Patel. Having wandered off to pick up scrumptious bucket of chicken from KFC during the match last weekend, Charith De Silva is spoiled for choice with both McDonald’s and Oporto close by… Green have definitely not had the rub of the green in this season, and will look to finally get off the bottom of the ladder with a trip out to the rivetingly named Bland Oval, to take on Georges River (4th). Green will be out to prove that the standings are no reflection on their actual capability, and maybe drop a few sixes on to the M5 while out there.

Under 21 Poidevin Gray NEXT SUNDAY 22 November: v Bankstown at Bankstown Oval at 10 am. This is an important clash as we are leading the competition on 13 points with Bankstown 11th on 6. A huge game last week and the boys will be looking to continue their good form. Go you good things. We have only beaten Bankstown in PG’s once in 5 clashes but our win was our last game against them 2 years ago in 2012-13.

Dicky’s Cricket Quiz: Don’t forget to check out Dicky McCord’s latest brain-teasers for the clash against Fairfield. Go to facebook and key in Randwick Petersham Cricket.

Lyall Gardner

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