Christmas certainly agreed with everybody as we had one of our best weekends ever last week! A ‘Greenwash’ for the 15th time (and the second immediately following a ’whitewash’ which Penrith dished out to us the week before Christmas), a big win by our PG boys to secure a place in the finals series and our Gold team knocking over the leaders in the Metro Cup! Only our Metro Green team prevented us having a ‘clean sweep’.

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Christmas certainly agreed with everybody as we had one of our best weekends ever last week! A ‘Greenwash’ for the 15th time (and the second immediately following a ’whitewash’ which Penrith dished out to us the week before Christmas), a big win by our PG boys to secure a place in the finals series and our Gold team knocking over the leaders in the Metro Cup! Only our Metro Green team prevented us having a ‘clean sweep’. And last Tuesday our Green Shield boys had a big win over St George! But we have to keep it going. This Saturday we are up against Mosman in a round of two-day matches.

Club Championship: Apart from positions in the various competitions this round is important for Club Championship placings as well. Currently we are on 614 points in 10th place JUST 6 BEHIND Mosman on 620 in 9th place. We are also just 64 from Sydney Uni. who is 5th. We have not been higher than 10th all season. Now’s our chance to do something about that!

1st GRADE is at Coogee: A fantastic win last week but previously losing two limited overs matches by 13 runs (NDs) and 2 (Penrith) cost us a place in the finals finishing one spot out in 9th. But we can take out our disappointment on Mosman this weekend. We are 6th on 30 points and they are 17th on 18 but have been playing well winning 3 of their last 4. Their opening bat Nick Browne an English county professional, is averaging 90 having scored 543 runs so far (including a double-hundred and two tons)—the same as our Nathan Price. With Nathan’s 252 in Twenty20 added he is a ‘mile’ in front of him on 795 (with three hundreds)—the leading batsman in Sydney 1st Grade cricket. We lead 11 wins to 5 historically but they beat us last year by 4 runs when former Randy Pete’s ‘keeper and no. 60 capped player Ash Doolan rattled up a good score. Ash did well again last Saturday with 113 in defeating NDs. Their best bowler is Ellery Clugston with 18 wickets while our Daniel Sams is equal first in the competition with 23.

THE FIRST GRADERS: A short biography on each of our 99 1st graders with scores updated to the end of 2014-15 is now on the club website. Go to http://www.rpcc.tv/2014-07-01-12-10-47/the-first-graders.html  or go to the website then Teams then The First Graders.

2nd GRADE is at Allan Border: This should be a close match as the Whales are 10th on 26 and we are 12th on 24. Last year they gave us a bit of a hiding on this ground winning a 50 overs-a-side match by 125 runs. However, that was only the second time they had beaten us and it broke a sequence of 7 straight wins to us. We lead historically 10 wins to 2.

3rd GRADE plays at Petersham: Grabbing a win with a bonus point last week was just the fillip the side needed and could go on with it here. It’ll be harder as Mosman are 6th on 30 and we are 14th on 19 having picked five places with last week’s win. But if we are to figure in the finals the boys have to step up here. We won well here last year 191 to 145. They have won their past two matches while we have two wins from the last three. The bookies have made up their minds and have installed us favourites! 1st Grade fast bowler Sam Doggett returns from injury in this week’s team.

4th GRADE is at Rawson: Only one win separates the two teams with the Whales 8th on 24 and us 15th on 18. They have had the edge on us over the years winning 8 to our 4 and they won last year chasing down our 233 in the last over. But last week was a big one for our boys hitting 242, their highest score of the season and going on to a 77 runs win. This could be a move for the premiership!

5th GRADE plays at Kensington: Like 4s only one win separates the teams. They are 5th on 29 and we are 11th on 24. A win will put us past them. Only 2 points separate teams from 6th to 13th so it’s a close comp. this summer. Interesting history between these two teams. They won the first 4 but we have won 6 of the last 7 for a 6 to 5 win advantage. Last year we won by 7 wickets. Time to extend that record. Glen Standing takes over as captain this week in the absence of Luis Siddal.

Metropolitan Cup from Jeremy Jastrzab: Following their major upset of the previously undefeated Penrith, RP Gold head back to Snape Park to redress their weakness in finishing off two day games – their last two ended in draws after the opposition grimly hung on. Big skip John Stewart returns to the helm, and with the recent success of the club comes a slew of further players wanting to join the action! They take on a Sydney team, bolstered by youngsters who resoundingly beat RP Green last round. Sam Boyns sits in second on the wicket taking tally in all Metro, but just as he’s looking for that top spot, he’s also looking for someone to do a KFC run for him on the weekend. RP Green are back at happy hunting ground of Marrickville again, this time taking on Sydney University. The students have an erratic record this season, giving the Greens another chance to get their season back on track. George Frazakis is back in the line-up and excited to take on Sydney Uni. for the first time since 2012.

Lyall Gardner

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