A mixed weekend saw 1st, 2nd and 5th Grade record good wins, while 3rd and 4th Grade went down in rain effected games. The Randy Petes now sit in 8th position on the Club Championship ladder on 764 points, trailing leaders Sutherland (931 points).

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A mixed weekend saw 1st, 2nd and 5th Grade record good wins, while 3rd and 4th Grade went down in rain effected games. The Randy Petes now sit in 8th position on the Club Championship ladder on 764 points, trailing leaders Sutherland (931 points).

1st Grade: RPC 8-346 vs Manly 323 @ Manly Oval – Won by 23 runs

Skipper Adam Semple won the toss and elected to bat first with great conditions on offer at Manly Oval. The top order fired with Anthony Sams (30 from 55) and Alex Kemp (51 from 116) leading the way, but the star of the day was Nathan Price. Coming in with the score reading 1-57, Price remained not out at the end of the day with 148 runs from 194 balls, including 12 fours and 6 sixes. The knock saw Price become the leading batsmen in 1st Grade this season with his aggregate now at 947 runs. Price was well supported late in the day by Jack Preddey (30* from 49), and this saw RPC post 8-346 at the close of play.

The overnight declaration came, and Manly were off to a solid start before important wickets to Semple, Psarakis (1-65 from 12) and Preddey (1-9 from 4) saw Manly under the pump. However, the classy Lenton was able to combine with the middle order to take Manly close to the 300 mark for the loss of only 5 wickets, before Soumil Chhibber (2-59 from 18) and Daniel Sams (2-46 from 18) were able to make critical inroads, and when skipper Semple (4-43 from 11.4) cleaned up the last pole in fading light, Randy Petes clinched the 6 points with only 3.2 overs left in the day.

However the win sees the side climb to 4th position on The Belvidere Cup ladder.

Link to scorecard: http://www.sydneygrade.nsw.cricket.com.au/common/pages/public/rv/match.aspx?matchID=2107079&entityID=4

2nd Grade: RPC 184 vs Manly 6-106 @ Coogee Oval – Won by 27 runs

Skipper John McLoughlin won the toss and elected to bat first at Coogee Oval, however it didn’t go to plan as only Jason Sangha (24 from 50) and Tom Holland (26 from 50) were able to get past 20, until Barry McCarthy (48* from 78) entered with some brutal hitting to take RPC up to 184 after 49.2 overs.

The Randy Petes bowling unit hit the ground running to reduce Manly to 6-38 with James Tyson (2-21 from 7), Tom McKenzie (2-10 from 6) and Sam Wood (2-30 from 8) on fire early. Manly were able to then form a partnership, but when the rain hit RPC were well infront on Duckworth Lewis and claimed the 6 points.

The win sees the side move to 11th position on The Abert Cup ladder.

Link to scorecard: http://www.sydneygrade.nsw.cricket.com.au/common/pages/public/rv/match.aspx?entityid=4&matchid=2110379&gradeid=62_1

3rd Grade: RPC 202 vs Manly 6-182 @ Graham Reserve – Loss

Skipper Rod Stafford won the toss and elected to bat first, but stop/start innings saw RPC only post 202 from 48.5 overs. Karl Schubert (25 from 41) led the way at the top of the order with Jack Lyle (48 from 67) also in the runs again, while Sam Doggett (31 from 26) and Shailen Assani (25 from 37) added handy runs down the order.

Manly started the run chase solidly, but wickets to Stafford (2-50 from 10), Doggett (1-39 from 10), Assani (1-27 from 7) and debutant Omair Ali (1-27 from 8.5) saw RPC crawl back into the game, however when the rain hit Manly were infront on net run rate and were able to take the points.

The loss sees the side now sitting in 13th position on The Mitchell Cup ladder.

Link to scorecard: http://www.sydneygrade.nsw.cricket.com.au/common/pages/public/rv/match.aspx?entityid=4&matchid=2110828&gradeid=63_1 

4th Grade: Manly 4-228 vs RPC 6-134 @ Petersham Oval – Loss

Skipper David Bourke lost the toss (for the 5 time in a row….), and RPC were in the field. With a wet ball and a flat deck, the bowlers did a good job to restrict Manly to 4-228 after 50 overs, Jaya Murdita being the standout with 3-40 from 10 overs.

The run chase started solidly with Randy Petes reaching 2-113 after 34 overs with Savio Gracias Flor (47) and Alan Sciascia (31) both set, but the incoming rain played a part as the side tried to lift the run rate, finishing at 6-134 when the game was abandoned.

The loss sees the side in 16th position on The Reid Cup ladder.

Link to scorecard: http://www.sydneygrade.nsw.cricket.com.au/common/pages/public/rv/match.aspx?entityid=4&matchid=2111181&gradeid=64_1 

5th Grade: Manly 92 vs RPC 8-94 @ Bensons Lane 3 – Won by 2 wickets

This was an important match for the the Fighting Fives. Sixth-placed Rand-Petes took on third-placed Manly making it a high-stakes game for both. The level of cricket played was equal to the importance of the match. Looking over the score book, one cannot help but be reminded of the Battle of Cannae.

Luis Siddall won the toss and sent the home side in. The decision was a good one with Vish Saini (2/15) and Ed House combining to remove the Manly skipper in the second over. Outstanding bowling performances from Jack Hopkins (3/9), Glen Standing (2/26) and Shimul Nath (0/24) – all of whom bowled their 10 over spells without a break – made life difficult for the Manly bats. Shohel Khan, straight from the airport, also chipped in with 2/9.

Early in the innings a voice in the distance, probably from backward point, called out “one brings two”. This nouveau prophet was on point for thrice the bowlers (Standing, Hopkins and Khan) took two wickets in consecutive deliveries. With Manly dismissed for 92 in the 41st over, the Fives headed to the sheds eager to get on with the run chase and obtain the crucial 6 competition points.

The Fives’ innings had more ups and downs than a Roman province in Germany. With Jove’s fury rolling in from the west, Ravi Da Silva (18) batted aggressively and ensured we were well in front of the required run rate. But the regular loss of wickets and some very aggressive bowling from Manly saw the match evenly poised at 6/44. However, Mitch Hunt (19), Jack Hopkins (10) and Glen Standing (12*) batted with iron-cast spines to settle the innings. The winning runs were hit in the 32nd over by Shohel Khan who took two big strides down the wicket and dispatch the ball to cow-corner.

Much relief, sweaty hugs, more conventional celebration and a few cold drinks followed. The Fives now turn their Augustan rage against the second-placed Easts at the Kensington Colosseum!

The win sees the side move into 4th position on The David Sherwood Cup ladder.

Luis Siddall – RPC 5th Grade Captain

Link to scorecard: http://www.sydneygrade.nsw.cricket.com.au/common/pages/public/rv/match.aspx?entityid=4&matchid=2111337&gradeid=668_1 

Metropolitan Cup: Gordon 88 vs RPC Gold 2-89 @ Kensington Oval – Won by 8 wickets

The Gold team winning streak continues to roll on, as they beat 2nd placed Gordon for the second time this season. While the first win was considered a bit hollow after rain rules fell in our favour, this victory was among the most comprehensive and satisfying of the season. The satisfaction came as the younger brigade playing spoil-sport on the Sam Boyns show. With the advent of mycricket, everyone watches everyone now, so they all know who is in the wickets/runs and who is not. And with all the rain and humidity of the last week, another away team decided that they wanted to bat first, knowing what came before them…

This time it was up to Hayden Fox to break through with the new ball, castling the Gordon opener with an in-swinger that missed an ugly heave. Not one to be kept out of the spotlight, a sore Sam Boyns struck with 2 LBWs to have Gordon teetering at 3/16. A fascinating passage followed as one of Gordon’s more experienced bats started unleashing. But having hit Foxy around, his ambitiousness proved his down fall as Foxy took out the middle peg. From there, it was the O’Loughlin show, with Mitchell making the batsman hop and unlucky to only take 2 wickets and Liam tying them in knots with accurate spin. The horse had pretty bolted, with Gordon were at the precipice at 7/53, only for the Gordon number 8 to make the mistake of trying to take on the Boyns bazooka going back for a second run… 8/55…

Numbers 9 and 10 were the first to make a proper fist of it, showing patience and dispatching the loose balls. But the resistance could only take them to 88, before Liam and Paul Lawson finished off the innings. With 89 runs to win, the Irish set about gunning down the target within 25 overs, and two bonus points. However, extras outscored them in a partnership of 60 before Dale was caught, while Paul was stumped with 27 to get. Thankfully, Jackson Eldridge and Kel Mullins took the team over the line with few alarms, finishing the match after 23 overs. The impressive victory takes the Gold team to 3rd on the Metro ladder, and within 2 points of second place. Impressively, it was young players that stood up to be counted today, and further enhancing the formidability of the Gold unit as a whole.
The win sees the side sitting in 3rd position on the Triforce Sports Metropolitan Cup table.

Link to scorecard: http://www.smcc.nsw.cricket.com.au/common/pages/public/rv/match.aspx?matchID=2214004&entityID=2318 

Metropolitan Cup: RPC Green 142 vs UNSW Gold 2-143 @ David Phillips North – Lost by 8 wickets

Green captain Alexis Coovre continued a good run with the toss, winning the call and using the opportunity to bat first. The going was not easy, as Sean Rushton fell early and Rohan Batra followed soon after. A lengthy partnership followed with Neale Crawford and Mark Wall, with Neale batting himself back into touch, while Mark put up the wall. With the score on 73, and a good platform to launch from, Neale was dismissed for a hard fought 33. Mark followed soon after for a painstaking 10, after some confused running and brave decision making from square leg.
Wickets at regular intervals prevented the score from moving as quickly as they wanted to, but amidst the falling poles, Bala Mohan stood tall with an enterprising 30 not out. The highlights of his innings being the impressive ‘superman’ dive after dropping his bat to make 3, which followed a six over midwicket. The Greens managed to scrape to 142, using up the majority of the over allotment to give themselves something to bowl at.

The Greens had a bright start to their defence, with skipper Alexis picking up a wicket in his first over. Unfortunately, that’s as good as it got, with the UNSW racking up a 100 run stand for the second wicket. By the time the opener was run out for 23, two perennial Randy Petes thorns had reared their heads – Sam Nguyen and wides. UNSW Gold managed to chase down the runs with 23 overs and 8 wickets to spare.

The win sees the side sitting in 12th position on the Triforce Sports Metropolitan Cup table.

Link to scorecard: http://www.smcc.nsw.cricket.com.au/common/pages/public/rv/match.aspx?matchID=2214007&entityID=2318 

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