A solid weekend against Mosman sees all Grades in a position to claim a win…..
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1st Grade: RPC 281 vs Mosman @ Coogee Oval
Randy Petes were sent into bat at Coogee Oval after a wet week, and the Mosman bowlers were able to take control reducing RPC to 6-91 with only Anthony Sams (43 from 74) really handling the conditions. However, enter 19 year old James Psarakis. Firstly Psarakis was able to combine with Daniel Sams for 32 before Sams was dismissed to make it 7-123, and then combine with Soumil Chhibber to put on a valuable 94 before Chhibber was out for 34 to make it 9-217. Psarakis and no.10 Barry McCarthy (27*) then put on 60 before Psarakis was bowled the ball after he had hit a mighty six to bring up his first Sydney Grade Cricket century off 187 balls with 6 fours and 5 sixes. His 104 enabled the side to post a highly competitive score of 281. Psarakis had hit 98 batting at no.9 in an earlier round against Fairfield while in Round 2 in 2nd Grade he was unluckily run out for 91 batting no.4.
Link to scorecard: http://www.sydneygrade.nsw.cricket.com.au/common/pages/public/rv/match.aspx?matchID=2107068&entityID=4
2nd Grade: RPC 182 vs Mosman 7-116 @ Allan Border Oval
Randy Petes elected to bat first, and moved to 1-71 with ease as Adam Docos (48 from 111) lead the way. However after lunch a collapse saw RPC all out for 182 from 66.4 overs, with only Tom Holland (28 from 47), Henry Thornton (28 from 62) and Kushaal Ram (24 from 37) really troubling the scorers.
A big effort was needed with the rock, and James Tyson and Thornton provided the fireworks to reduce the Whales to 7-116 from 27 overs at stumps, Tyson picking up 3-42 from 9 and Thornton 3-27 from 7.
3rd Grade: RPC 209 vs Mosman 3-42 @ Petersham Oval
Mosman elected to bowl first at Petersham Oval, and reduced RPC to 6-109 with only Ben Stares (43 from 75) making a significant contribution at the top of the order. However a 71 run partnership between Sam Doggett (45 from 53) and skipper Rod Stafford (65 from 58) saw RPC post a competitive 209 from 56.5 overs.
With 21 overs to bowl, RPC took advantage to reduce the Whales to 3-42 at stumps, with Nigel Singh leading the way with 2-14 from 9 overs, and in the process claimed his 400 wicket for Randwick Petersham.
4th Grade: RPC 196 vs Mosman 2-45 @ Rawson Oval
Once again skipper David Bourke lost the toss and RPC were sent in to bat. A wicket in the first over wasn’t the best start, but Rocky Ahmed (20) and Alan Sciascia (23) were able to move the score to 51 before a massive collapse left RPC struggling at 6-69 at tea. After tea Tyzac Bailey took the aggressive approach, and with the help of Jaya Murdita (28) was able to move the total past 150. Unfortunately Bailey was last man dismissed for a brilliant 94, caught on the fence trying to bring up his hundred, and the side had reached a competitive 196 from 64.3 overs.
With 15 overs to bowl, the Randy Petes quicks went hard, reducing the Whales to 2-9 before a partnership saw them finish at 2-45 at stumps.
5th Grade: RPC 137 vs Mosman 4-13 @ Kensington Oval
RPC were sent in at Kensington Oval, and it proved a good decision as the batsman struggled in the condition. Randy Petes were only able to muster 137 with only Rav De Silva (27) and skipper Glan Standing (23*) contributing.
However, a sensational 12.1 overs sees RPC right back in the game as the Whales limped to stumps at 4-13.
Metropolitan Cup: RPC Gold vs Sydney @ Snape Park
The Golds will have to wait until week to continue their quest up the Metro ladder. The cricketing Gods decreed that the covers at Snape be blown off on Thursday night, leaving a swampish bayou at each crease. The Saturday morning inspection also revealed plenty of dampness on a good length, and the teams will return next Saturday at 9:30am to play slog it out for 120 overs. Sam Boyns wasn’t able to get any wickets this week but still indulged himself at Coogee Maccas.