A tough weekend against Easts saw 1st Grade record a draw, 3rd Grade pull off an outstanding outright win, and 2nd, 4th and 5th Grade go down. Randy Petes now sit in 9th position on the Club Championship ladder on 788 points, with leaders Penrith on 1032 points.

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A tough weekend against Easts saw 1st Grade record a draw, 3rd Grade pull off an outstanding outright win, and 2nd, 4th and 5th Grade go down. Randy Petes now sit in 9th position on the Club Championship ladder on 788 points, with leaders Penrith on 1032 points.

In Metropolitan Cup, RPC Gold consolidated their position in the top four, while RPC Green were held to a tight draw.

1st Grade: Eastern Suburbs 377 vs RPC 6-238 @ Petersham Oval – Draw

With a chase of 377 the task, Randy Petes got off to a great start with Anthony Sams (66 from 149) and Alex Kemp (83 from 200) putting on 139 for the 1st wicket, but some tight bowling in the middle session saw Easts fight back to have the game evenly poised with the scoreboard reading 6-248. However, the game became a stalemate as the defensive field placements from the Dolphin saw boundaries hard to come by, so the match crawled along to a draw with RPC finishing at 6-328, but not before youngsters James Psarakis (50* from 54) and debutant Jason Sangha (53* from 48) showed the crowd some of their talents.

The draw sees the side in 7th position on The Belvidere Cup ladder on 36 points.

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

2nd Grade: RPC 163 & 4-141 vs Eastern Suburbs 4-219 (dec) @ Waverley Oval – Loss

The Dolphins resumed at 3-133 and moved to 4-219 before the declaration came, with Sam Wood (2-23 from 6) grabbing the only pole on day two.
RPC were able to see out 54 overs before stumps were called with the total on 4-141, with Barry McCarthy (43* from 50) and Tom Holland (27* from 63) the not out batsman.

The loss sees the side in 12th position on The Albert Cup ladder.

Link to scorecard: http://www.sydneygrade.nsw.cricket.com.au/common/pages/public/rv/match.aspx?matchID=2110390&entityID=4 

3rd Grade: Eastern Suburbs 219 & 7-84 (dec) vs RPC 122 & 5-185 @ Coogee Oval – Won

Resuming at 1-12 chasing 219, hopes in the RPC sheds were high. However, some good bowling and poor shot selection saw RPC crumble to 9-76 before Nigel Singh (13*) and Omair Ali (26) were able to put on 46 for the last wicket to see Randy Petes all out for 122 from 38.4 overs.

A chat between skippers over tea saw Easts bat for 15 overs before declaring at 7-84, with Nigel Singh (2-32 from 7) and Matty Wallis (2-37 from 5) getting the figures, to set RPC 185 from 28 overs for an outright win.

A superb innings from Ben Stares (73 from 41 balls) at the top of the order set the tone, and Stares was well supported by Wallis (38) to put RPC in a winning position. The loss of a couple of quick wickets put the pressure on, but a cool headed innings from Ollie Mills (20*) saw RPC home for the loss of 5 wickets after 24.2 overs.

The wins sees the side in 12th position on The Mitchell Cup ladder on 31 points, 7 points from 6th position.

Link to scorecard: http://www.sydneygrade.nsw.cricket.com.au/common/pages/public/rv/match.aspx?matchID=2110839&entityID=4 

4th Grade: RPC 124 vs Eastern Suburbs 8-125 @ Trumper Park – Loss

With Easts resuming at 0-12, early wickets would be key to any RPC fightback, and Kyri Tsalikidis (2-52 from 20) and Andrew Sprowls (2-21 from 15) delivered to see the Dolphins struggling at 4-35. At 4 wickets down, ex-Australian Test and ODI start Michael Bevan came to the crease and was under pressure from the get go. The introduction of Rehaan Nawaz proved to be the right one, as he nicked Bevan off for 21, and Jaya Murdita (3-29 from 12.5) was also able to get an important pole to see Easts struggling at the tea break at 6-79.

After tea the RPC boys pushed hard, but a sensible innings from Quinn proved enough as the Dolphins limped home 8 down after 63.5 overs.

Special mention to Rocky Ahmed, who equaled the Randwick Petersham Cricket club record when he effected seven dismissals against Eastern Suburbs at Trumper Park. He dismissed the first seven batsmen catching five and stumping two. This was the third time a wicket-keeper in 4th Grade had effected seven dismissals in an innings with Campbell Dash (seven caught against Campbelltown) and Karl Schubert (six caught one stumped against Easts) both completing the feat in season 2005-06.

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?matchID=2111192&entityID=4 

5th Grade: RPC 140 vs Eastern Suburbs 1-26 @ Kensington Oval – Loss

Easts resumed on 1-26 chasing 140, and some good bowling early from Cooper Smith (1-42 from 21) and Glenn Standing (1-39 from 15) had Easts in trouble, however the cricket gods were not on the Randy Petes side as nothing went the boys way. Sohel Khan (1-13 from 8) and Luis Siddall (1-8 from 2.2) tried hard, but in the end the Dolphins were able to get home, finishing at 6-204 after 80 overs.

The loss sees the side in 6th position on The David Sherwood Cup ladder.

Link to scorecard: http://www.sydneygrade.nsw.cricket.com.au/common/pages/public/rv/match.aspx?matchID=2111348&entityID=4 

Metropolitan Cup: RPC Green 7-200 vs Mosman @ Snape Park

Having had a horrible run of form leading into this home fixture, Green sensed a Golden opportunity to breakthrough for a win. Bolstered by the return of a refreshed Adam Lee, along with newcomer Raj Chaudhary and Sahil Sekhon all free-wheeled to take the Greens to 8-275 after 96 overs. Raj finished on 68 not out in his first innings for the club.
Left 276 to chase in 62 overs, Mosman continued their form as the kings of negative cricket in Metro, never once looking to go after the target. All the bowlers gave the team everything, with Adam Lee taking 3 wickets up front (3-25) – with 2 great catches to part-time keeper George – and Sahil chipped in with one to leave Mosman at 4/62 going into tea. The bowlers were all forced to work hard, before the breakthrough came from an energetic Raj (1-22), followed by an exuberant chainsaw celebration from Saurov Barua (1-6), taking his first wicket for the season, following on from his maiden 50 from last week.

With 3 overs to go, and with 3 wickets in the shed (and number 11 absent), Sahil (3-23) finally coaxed a breakthrough, to expose the tail. Then, second ball of the last over of play, George somehow held onto a ball long enough to effect a stumping – leaving 4 balls to take the final wicket. With all the fielders in and some huge appeals… they couldn’t quite get that final breakthrough. It wasn’t a win, but the Greens can take a lot of confidence having had the ascendancy throughout this match.

The draw sees the side in 12th position on the Triforce Sports Metropolitan Cup ladder.

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

Metropolitan Cup: Hawkesbury 66 & 167 vs RPC 3-69 (dec) & 4-98 @ Benson Lane #3 – Won

With 6 points in the bag Gold arrived at Bensons Lane gunning for an outright win. With 3 runs added to the overnight score Boyns struck removing the elderly Skipper caught in the gully. The 3rd wicket was deja vu from Day 1 with Dowling again run out by his teammate McGann in scenes reminiscent of Inzamam-ul-haq. Tight bowling from the Gold attack made runscoring difficult and an early missed chance from Caldwell, who went on to score 54, could have easily brought a collapse. But the Hawks limped to 167 from 79 overs with Boyns finishing with 4-23 to maintain his position as the top of the Metro wicket-takers and was supported by L O’Loughlin 2-47 and M O’Loughlin 1-18 from 14 overs including 8 maidens.

A run chase of 165 from 20 overs would give us the outright and McDonagh (40) and Lawson (6) showed intent from ball one. At Lawson’s demise, Mullins (20) carried on with McDonagh to keep Gold moving along at 8 an over. But following their dismissals we shut up shop with Boyns (16*) and Fox (9*) seeing us through to stumps at 4-98.
The win sees the side in 3rd position on the Triforce Sports Metropolitan Cup ladder.

Link to scorecard: http://www.smcc.nsw.cricket.com.au/common/pages/public/rv/match.aspx?matchID=2214017&entityID=2318 

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