The local derby against Easts this Round sees 1st and 3rd Grade with a run chase on their hands, while 2nd, 4th and 5th Grade have some tough work ahead to get the points.

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The local derby against Easts this Round sees 1st and 3rd Grade with a run chase on their hands, while 2nd, 4th and 5th Grade have some tough work ahead to get the points.

In the Metropolitan Cup, RPC Green is well placed in their game against Mosman, while RPC Gold have already secured 6 points against Hawkesbury.

1st Grade: Eastern Suburbs 377 vs RPC @ Petersham Oval

After winning the toss, Eastern Suburbs had no hesitation in batting first on a flat Petersham Oval deck. The top order cashed in, with the lowest score in the top five being 46, and a 4-312 a big total was on offer. However, a great fightback in the final session saw Easts dismissed for 377, with Jake Wilson (3-50 from 17.3) and Nathan Price (3-73 from 19) being the pick of the attack.

With the runs flowing at Petersham Oval this season, 377 is only a par score and the boys will be confident leading into week two.

Link to scorecard: http://www.sydneygrade.nsw.cricket.com.au/common/pages/public/rv/match.aspx?matchID=2107090&entityID=4


2nd Grade: RPC 163 vs Eastern Suburbs 3-133 @ Waverley Oval
After being sent in on a bowler friendly looking Waverley Oval, Randy Petes were in trouble early at 3-15, and despite the best efforts of stand in skipper Suffan Hassan (53 from 168), were only able to manage 163. Hassan was supported by Tom Holland (23 from 39), Kushaal Ram (25 from 40) and Sam Doggett (28 from 35).

Two early wickets to Doggett (2-22 from 7) has Easts on the back foot, but were able to fight back to be 3-133 at stumps.

Link to scorecard: http://www.sydneygrade.nsw.cricket.com.au/common/pages/public/rv/match.aspx?entityid=4&matchid=2110390&gradeid=62_1

3rd Grade: Eastern Suburbs 219 vs RPC 1-12 @ Coogee Oval
Easts won the toss and elected to bat at Coogee Oval, and at 1-116 a big total looked on the cards. However, skipper Rod Stafford had other ideas as he turned back the clock to pick up 5-76 from 25.1 overs. He was well supported by Mohammad Emran (2-47 from 18) and Matthew Wallis (2-36 from 14) was Easts were dismissed for 219.

With only a couple of overs to face, Ben Stares unfortunately got a good one to see RPC 1-12 at stumps.

Link to scorecard: http://www.sydneygrade.nsw.cricket.com.au/common/pages/public/rv/match.aspx?entityid=4&matchid=2110839&gradeid=63_1

4th Grade: RPC 124 vs Eastern Suburbs 0-12 @ Trumper Park
Skipper David Bourke finally won the toss and elected to bat first at Trumper Park. A solid start at the top of the order by Rocky Ahmed (24 from 55) and Chris Singh (32 from 132) was quickly undone with a middle order collapse with only Bourke (23 from 62) contributing as RPC stumbled to 124 from 69 overs.

In reply Easts scrambled to 0-12 from 9 overs at stumps.

Link to scorecard: http://www.sydneygrade.nsw.cricket.com.au/common/pages/public/rv/match.aspx?entityid=4&matchid=2111192&gradeid=64_1

5th Grade: RPC 140 vs Eastern Suburbs 1-26 @ Kensington Oval
Skipper Luis Siddall won the toss and elected to bat first at Kensington Oval, however the innings never really got going as RPC were rolled for 140 from 60 overs, with only Ravin De Silva (35) Savio Gracias Flor (36) and Cooper Smith (29) making a score of note.

In reply Easts are 1-26 from 18 overs, so an interesting first session awaits on day two.

Link to scorecard: http://www.sydneygrade.nsw.cricket.com.au/common/pages/public/rv/match.aspx?entityid=4&matchid=2111348&gradeid=668_1

Metropolitan Cup: RPC Green 7-200 vs Mosman @ Snape Park
The Green’s vaunted batting line-up was dealt a blow with a late call up to 5s, but still put on a commendable performance on a see-sawing day at Snape Park. By the end, they had finished at a very respectable 200 runs off 80 overs, with some fire power – in the form of Adam Lee – to return next week. It turned out to be another good toss to win for skipper, Alexis Coovre.

Electing to bat, the opening pair of Sean Rushton and Rohan Batra put on solid stand of 46. Unfortunately, Batra and comeback kid Sunny Mehta fell in quick succession. Rushton then fell, with Bala Mohan following behind, leaving the score at 4/64. When Mark Wall fell after tea for 33, the score read 5/98 and the bowlers thought they may have to start warming up…

But Saurov Barua had different ideas… he played his best innings for Randwick Petersham, mixing big shots and uncharacteristic patience to score his first half century for the club (51). His latter innings was ably supported by George Frazakis (21) and the latest in a long line of metro ring-ins Raj Chaudhary (37 not out). Green will be looking to use this platform to set up a strong total before giving their bowlers a shot at bowling them to their second victory of the season.

Link to scorecard: http://www.smcc.nsw.cricket.com.au/common/pages/public/rv/match.aspx?matchID=2214016&entityID=2318

Metropolitan Cup: Hawkesbury 66 & 1-30 vs RPC 3-69 (dec) @ Benson Lane #3
Gold arrived at Hawkesbury to overcast skies and a hard pitch and surprisingly a lack of the natural aroma of Bensons Lane (which unfortunately hit late in the day). After a semi-intense warm up Stewart finally won the toss, against an ancient Hawk who would easily rival our own Grouch in age, and bowled. Fox (1/13) grabbed the first breakthrough to see the Hawks 1/2 and immediately rain forced a suspension. Following a 30 minute delay the Randy Petes came out ready and Mitch O’Loughlin scored a direct hit from cover to leave the opener stranded mid-pitch. Boyns bowled well without luck all day but it was the introduction of the spin twins LJ O’Loughlin (3/25) and McDonough 5/8 from 5.1 to see the Hawks collapse for 66 inside 38 overs. One McDonough over yielded 3/0!! It was another strong team performance in the field with Fox and Mullins grabbing 2 catches and Stewart snaring one at mid wicket and a sharp catch to Sidney.

With a small target it was agreed to go hard. Unfortunately McDonough couldn’t replicate his form with the ball bowled first ball and Mullins and Fox followed shortly after. But it was Sidney (48*) and Boyns (10*) which saw the target passed in 17 overs. Sidney stated he was going to play his natural game which he did to a degree (5 x 4s and 2 x 6s) but he also showed patience to be there when the declaration came at 69 to grab the first innings.
This left the Hawks 21 overs to face. Unfortunately we started poorly and those behind the stumps couldn’t back up Boyns’ bowling dropping the first 2 balls of the innings. The introduction of Chaz (1/5) in the 17th brought the breakthrough and the Hawks are 1/30. With Gold sitting in 3rd on 41 an outright will push the team to 2nd.

Link to scorecard: http://www.smcc.nsw.cricket.com.au/common/pages/public/rv/match.aspx?entityid=2318&matchid=2214017&gradeid=1532_1

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