A tough weekend saw only 1st Grade record a win, and 4th Grade holding on for a gutsy draw.
Randy Petes now sit in 15th position on the Club Championship ladder on 304 points, chasing leaders Sutherland (540 points).
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1st Grade: RPC 348 vs Fairfield-Liverpool 152 & 4-89 @ Rosedale Oval – Won by 196 runs
Randy Petes continued to bat on the second day resuming at 8-351, however Soumil Chhibber unfortunately feel short of his maiden 1st Grade century, falling for 98 as RPC were dismissed for 348 after 99.1 overs.
On a flat wicket, early poles were going to be key, and Daniel Sams (3-19 from 12) and skipper Adam Semple (3-22 from 9) delivered, to see the Lions in massive trouble at 7-70. Some lower order hitting saw the Loins crawl to all out 152 after 52 overs, with Nathan Price (2-19 from 8) and Jack Preddey (2-31 from 5) also amongst the wickets.
Asked to bat again, the Loins were in early trouble at 4-22 with Sams (2-26 from 7) and Semple (2-29 from 6) again doing the damage, however they were able to move to 4-89 from 23 overs before stumps were called.
The win sees the side now sitting in 7th position on The Belvidere Cup ladder.
2nd Grade: RPC 242 vs Fairfield-Liverpool 3-248 @ Petersham Oval – Lost by 7 wickets
The Lions resumed at 0-14 in replay to RPC’s 242, and despite the best efforts of Barry McCarthy (1-63 from 18), Tom McKenzie (1-48 from 16) and Sam Wood (1-54 from 15), were able to chase the total down for the loss of only 3 wickets.
The loss sees the side in 15th on The Abert Cup ladder.
3rd Grade: Fairfield-Liverpool 8-244 (dec) vs RPC 151 @ Fairfield Oval – Lost by 93 runs
After the Lions declared overnight on 8-244, the Randy Petes run chase got off to the worst start as the top order failed to see the scoreboard reading 6-45. However, some fight was shown by Oshanka Perera (35), Rehaan Nawaz (16) and Will Pereira (20) to see the boys looking to save a draw. However, the loss of James Tyson (18) to what would have been the last ball of the day saw the Lions grab a heart stopping win.
The loss sees the side sitting in 19th position on The Mitchell Cup ladder.
4th Grade: Fairfield-Liverpool 7-328 vs RPC 9-216 @ Coogee Oval – Draw
The Lions declared with a massive 7-328 on the board, and the Randy Petes run chase started well, with Nikki Radhakrishnan (42) and Chris Singh (25) putting on 71 for the 1st wicket. However, a collapse of 6-27 saw RPC is trouble, and only a draw being an option. Skipper David Bourke (44) and Jaya Murdita (23) were able to bat well into the afternoon, however when both fell things were looking tough with the scoreboard reading 9 down and 10 overs left. Tom Evans (28*) and Andrew Sprowls (3*) were up to the task though, and were able to see the overs out much to the frustration of the Lions. Evans innings was one of great fight and maturity, batting for 108 minutes in a tough scenario with some rank bant on offer.
The draw sees the side only beaten once this season, and sitting in 12th position on The Reid Cup ladder, just 6 points from 5th position.
5th Grade: RPC 186 vs Fairfield-Liverpool 8-187 @ Don Dawson Oval – Lost by 2 wickets
With the Lions resuming at 3-16 in reply to RPC’s 186, hopes were high on a Randy Petes win. However, the Lions batting line up showed great fight, with their skipper leading the way, and despite the best efforts of Omair Ali (4-38), the Lions snuck home for the loss of 8 wickets.
The loss sees the side sitting in 14th position on The David Sherwood Cup ladder, just 7 points from 6th position.
Metro Cup: RPC Gold 8-322 (dec) vs Mosman 6-220 @ Kensington Oval – Draw
Gold arrived at Kenso full of expectations for a tough but rewarding day of cricket against the Whales. Sammy Boyns continued where he left off from Day 1 bowling with pace and certainly putting fear into the top order and the incoming batsmen. His line and consistency was rewarded with the top 4 wickets and it was great to see him finally hitting the stumps. But at 4/60, Mosman shut up shop under the sideline dictatoring of the skipper and while the Randy Petes’ bowling attack were well on top it was frustrating that clear dismissals were overruled and the Spirit of Cricket wasn’t exhibited. Well done to Boyns (5/63) on his first 5fa for the club and to all the bowlers for toiling throughout the day and not once dropping their heads in the light of negative cricket. Mosman ended the day 6/220 and no points were gained by anyone.
The draw sees the side sitting in 6th position on the Triforce Sports Metropolitan Cup ladder.
Metro Cup: RPC Green 254 vs Georges River 9-258 @ Bland Oval – Lost by 1 wicket
Coming into the 2nd day, Green knew it was going to take some hard work and tight bowling to get the points. With the pitch helping out a little at the beginning of play, there were a lot of play and misses by Georges River and unfortunately when the chances came, our catching let us down. Adam Lee lead from the front with the figures of 3/39 off 19 overs and was supported by George Frazakis (2/25), Riley Wall (1/51) and Alexis Coovre (1/49). With the game evenly poised at lunch, we gained the upper hand with some quick wickets to Lee after lunch, but alas, 2 more crucial dropped chances cost us the game, with Georges River reaching the target of 255, 9 wickets down.
The team is definitely working harder for each other, but some much needed fielding practice is in order for more improvements to be made! Special mention to Caleb Coles, who made the effort to come down just to field and injected some much needed energy and enthusiasm when it was needed throughout the day.
The loss sees the side sitting in 12th position on the Triforce Sports Metropolitan Cup ladder.