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2nd and 3rd Grade were able to secure wins against Wests in the local derby, and now Randy Pets sit in 10th position on the Club Championship ladder on 842 points. 

In Metropolitan Cup, RPC Gold moved into 2nd position, while RPC Green also had a good win.

1st Grade: Wests 209 & 4-126 vs RPC 169 @ Pratten Park – Loss
With a good crowd in attendance at Pratten Park with ex-Australian Test skipper Michael Clarke making an appearance, Wests won the toss and elected to bat first. A solid start from the Wests top order was halted with the introduction of Sam Doggett (4-65 from 14), and he was backed up by Daniel Sams (3-55 from 14) to see RPC on top with the scoreboard reading 7-131. However the tail was able to wag to move the score to 209 before Jack Preddey (3-23 from 7 overs) finished of the innings.

With a tough period before stumps, RPC went into the close at 4-53. Day two started badly with the loss of Adam Semple first ball of the day, but then Sams (44 from 99) and James Psarakis (48 from 85) steadied the ship. However, the loss of both saw the innings come to a quick end with RPC all out for 169.

Wests batting for 34 overs and moved to 4-126 before stumps were called, with Daniel Sams (2-48 from 6) grabbing a couple of poles.

The loss sees the side in 9th position on The Belvidere Cup ladder on 36 points, 6 points from 6th position.

Link to scorecard: http://www.sydneygrade.nsw.cricket.com.au/common/pages/public/rv/match.aspx?matchID=2107103&entityID=4

2nd Grade: RPC 213 vs Wests 190 @ Petersham Oval – Won
After being sent in at Petersham Oval, RPC were in trouble early at 3-43, but a 117 run partnership from Suffan Hassan (55) and skipper John McLoughlin (76) got the side back in the game. Some later order hitting from Sam Wood (20) ensure a competitive total of 213 from 49.4 overs.

Early wickets were key, and James Tyson (3-47 from 10) delivered. A great spell from Mohammad Emran (1-19 from 10) in the middle overs saw the required run rate increase, and then Shaun Eaton (2-42 from 10) and Rehaan Nawaz (2-16 from 4.1) were able to seal the deal with Wests all out for 190 from 45 overs.

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

Link to scorecard: http://www.sydneygrade.nsw.cricket.com.au/common/pages/public/rv/match.aspx?matchID=2110403&entityID=4 

3rd Grade: RPC 9-249 vs Wests 155 @ Blick Oval – Won
Skipper Rod Stafford won the toss and elected to bat first with a flat Blick Oval deck on offer, but at 6-116 and only Karl Schubert (35) making the most of the conditions at the top of the order, there was plenty of work to do. Stafford lead the lower order fightback with 56 from 46 balls, and he was well supported by Matty Wallis (28 from 40) and Shailen Assani (28 from 46), and RPC were able to post 9-249 after 50 overs.

The Wests run chase got off the a terrible start with Nigel Singh (3-35 from 10) leading the way to see the scoreboard 3-31, and from there they never recovered. Wickets to Kushaal Ram (2-27 from 8), Stafford (2-25 from 6) and Assani (2-23 from 5.2) saw Wests rolled for 155 after 39.2 overs.

The wins sees the side move to 10th position on The Mitchell Cup ladder on 37 points, 5 points from 6th position.

Link to scorecard: http://www.sydneygrade.nsw.cricket.com.au/common/pages/public/rv/match.aspx?matchID=2110852&entityID=4 

4th Grade: RPC 9-190 vs Wests 4-192 @ Coogee Oval – Loss
Skipper David Bourke won the toss and elected to bat first at Coogee Oval. A solid opening partnership of 50 between Rocky Ahmed (37) and Tom Evans (13) got the side off to a great start, but a middle order collapse saw RPC in trouble. A great rearguard innings from Oshanka Perera (60*) enable the side to post 9-190 from 50 overs.

Wests rode their luck, with edges just flying wide of fielders, and it proved not to be Randy Petes day, with Wests chasing the total down for the loss of 4 wickets in the 38th over, Tom Evans (3-42 from 8) being the pick of the bowlers.

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=2111205&entityID=4 

5th Grade: Wests 156 vs RPC 97 @ Punchbowl Oval – Loss
Steve Waugh once said that there is no such thing as good luck, rather good self management. This was certainly the case on the weekend, playing out positively for the bowling innings and disastrously for the batting innings.

Randy-Petes won the toss and sent Wests in on a soft-ish, green deck. From the first ball of Cooper Smith’s spell (2/22), the skipper’s decision was the right one. With the ball jagging left and right early wickets followed. At 3/29 and then and then 4/51 things were going the was of the Randy-Petes with Chook Fowler chipping in with 2/16. The middle session saw a fightback of sorts from the Wests middle order that was held at bay by a tight 10 over spell from Jack Hopkins (0/33). The Randy-Petes generally fielded well with run outs at the hands of Chris Singh and Savio Gracias-Flor together with an outstanding second spell from Glen Standing (2/11). The result was 4 wickets for two runs and Wests all out for 156 in the 45th over.

With chat of a fast run chase, the 5s must always bear MacBeth in mind: “To be thus is nothing, but to be safely thus”. The skipper pondered this as he watched the the Randy-Pete’s sixth wicket depart with the score on 43. The innings never recovered from that point, with the exception of Glen Standing smashing a quick-fire, yet sensible, 22* – a demonstration in smart batting if ever there was one.

The loss sees the side in 8th position on The David Sherwood Cup ladder, 3 points from 6th position.

Luis Siddall

5th Grade Captain

Link to scorecard: http://www.sydneygrade.nsw.cricket.com.au/common/pages/public/rv/match.aspx?entityid=4&matchid=2111361&gradeid=668_1 

Metropolitan Cup: Georges River 9-138 vs RPC 9-140 @ Kensington Oval – Won

The Gold team rode an emotional roller-coaster to turn what should have been a regulation victory into a heart stopping epic; and one that elevated them to the coveted second spot on the Metropolitan Cup ladder. At the front and centre were two of the most improved players at the club: Liam O’Loughlin and E-Young “Pingu” Khoo. Big Skip lost another toss, and the Gold team found themselves back in the field, and for the first time in a long time, wicketless after tight and threatening opening spells from Sam Boyns, Hayden Fox and Mitchell O’Loughlin. 

Enter E-Young and first ball he broke the opening stand, as the opener played around a straight ball. A rather big unit walked in at number 3, and tried to size up E-Young’s accurate seamers. But our younger Warner-aficionado had the last laugh – the big fella tried to send it to Petersham, but only got as far as the safe hands of Sam Boyns at mid-on. E-Young’s hard work every week at training developing his seam-up bowling paid dividends with 2/19. After a brief appetiser from a Mitchell O’Loughlin caught and bowled, it was the Liam O’Loughlin (3/26) show, as he deployed confident and varied off-spin to keep the runs down and the close catchers interested. A pivotal moment came with Liam’s second wicket, as danger man Adil Mohammed looked to make his move. Adil aimed for the race course, but only succeeding in hitting it straight down throat of man of the moment, E-Young, who held onto a bullet shot as if he’d done it 100 times before. 

At 6/96, a quick finish was on the cards, before the Georges River tail manage to scrape and scrooge their way to 9/138 at the end of 50 overs. Hayden Fox and Sam Boyns picked up a wicket each, while Sam was unlucky to hit the stumps but not dislodge the bails… leading to a very impressive “goodness gracious” impersonation of former club coach, Darren Smith. While all the bowlers were impressively economically, a total of 40 extras let the score get further than they wanted. Still, during their last innings together this season, Dale McDonough and Paul Lawson started confidently, before Dale was knocked over by a shooter… game on!

In came our own big unit at number 3, Neale Crawford, who set about making his best Jacques Kallis impersonation with a number of crisp and powerful drives. Unfortunately, his innings ended tamely with a chip straight into the juggling hands of square leg. Paul (21), looking especially focused, threatened to take the game away with his trademark panache, before also falling to square leg. At 4/46, with John Stewart taken out by a wasabi-flavoured yorker, Jackson Eldridge (32) combined with Damian Sydney (17) to put the game firmly in Gold’s control, waiting for the bad balls and smartly messing with the bowlers when need be. With 45 runs to win though, Damo then Jacko fell unnecessarily to cross bat hoicks. Foxy looked good until mid-off held a sharp chance just centimetres off the ground… 7/102 and the game was slipping from Gold’s grasp. 

Sam Boyns nurtured Liam through a frantic partnership of 20, with Sam using all his experience and nouse to drag Gold back into the game, before falling to a catch at slip – the fielder surprising himself with the take – off the left-arm offies from the opposition skipper. Mitchell batted gamely but fell leaving the score at 9/127 with 12 to get, and with one extremely unbearable manager on the side lines. But the pair of the day were not to be denied, with Liam embracing responsibility with his home-spun batting technique, and with E-Young’s defence making him look like an iron giant, the runs were slowly picked off and wides were gleefully accepted, before Liam punched a ball over the bowlers head to seal a memorable one wicket win and to second spot on the Metropolitan Cup ladder.

A special thanks to Paul Lawson, who played his last game for the club for the season. As one half of a dynamic Irish duo, his inclusion in the team saw the Gold team take an incredible run of 7 wins and 2 draws during his time here. But more pertinently than his rapid runs or constricting off-spin, was the effect that he had on the dressing room, as the youngsters in the side followed his example, begun to believe in themselves and perform even better than anyone could have anticipated. 

 

Link to scorecard: http://www.smcc.nsw.cricket.com.au/common/pages/public/rv/match.aspx?matchID=2214352&entityID=2318
 

Metropolitan Cup: Hawkesbury 9-174 vs RPC 6-175 @ Benson Lane #2 – Won
A late change in the fixtures saw the Green team’s trip to Richmond delayed until Sunday, but upgraded to the much nicer Bensons Lane 2. The luck at the toss for skipper Alexis Coovre finally ran out, after a successful run of five wins, but he’d surely trade that record for the elusive second victory of the season. And against 11th placed Hawkesbury, the Green team fancied their chances. Asked to bowl first in wet conditions, Adam Lee (1/22) took the first wicket, as he and George Frazakis once again combined to take out opener, Kapila. Two promising basin youngsters then came together to take the score to 36, before the Mishra chipped Raj Chaudhary (1/24) to Saurov Barua at cover. Veteran Mick Caldwell then nicked off to Alexis (1/21) to leave the Hawks gasping at 3/37.

Former Hawkesbury president Hugh McKay then combined with youngster Ryan Dowling to set about rebuilding then dominating the innings. In particular, Hugh showed glimpses of the class that saw him fulfil a credible first class career. Green threw everything at them, which included Adam Lee taking the gloves for the first time in 12 years, as George came on to deliver his straight breaks. It wasn’t until the partnership had reached 87 that the break through was made, by the player that was only brought into the 11 less than 12 hours before the start of play – Charith De Silva.
Clearly an expert in the conditions now having spent the last two weeks out at Bensons, another page was written in the legend of Big Chaz. He first took the illustrious scalp of Hugh McKay – Saurov very calmly and confidently taking a skier – then bowled metronomically to induce the run out of Ryan Dowling, to keep the score in check. Another basin youngster gave Charith his second, as the stumps were disturbed following an impetuous swipe. Hawkesbury once again threatened to run away with the game, with a big over, before the big mahn induced another run out with accurate bowling… only to get a plumb LBW two balls later, followed by shocking the batsman with a shooter next ball to leave Chaz on a hat-trick. While Hawkesbury’s inspirational skipper blocked it out and shepherded the team to a competitive 9/174, it was the Charith De Silva show as he finished with his best figures for the club – 4/33.

By the time the Green team came out to bat, the sun had come out and the field had completely dried out. George (10) and Sean Rushton were impressive in their intent when they came out, though George walked a little too far across his stumps and was bowled. Neale Crawford, backing up from the day before, looked imperious in his 18, before he was contentiously shot out with an LBW. Sean then looked to play himself back into form, with an impressive and muscular 65 runs, that brimmed with positive intent. Mark Wall played a solid foil with 27.

With wickets in the shed, balls remaining started to become an issue, as Sean and Mark fell to the loopy slow-breaks of the Hawkesbury skipper, Paul ‘Barnesy’ Barnes. Some panicked running sent the dressing room into a frazzled state, before Raj put away a couple of boundaries to keep the rate in check. In the end, the final over came to a simple equation – 6 runs off 6 balls. But with Adam Lee on strike, two powerful shots were all that were needed to seal a cathartic win for the Green team with 2 balls to spare. This win wrapped up the best weekend for the metro sides this summer, as both teams showed their burgeoning potential and managed to come out on top after being behind at various stages in each game.

The win 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=2214347&entityID=2318 

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