From the Pavilion – Finals Fever

3rd Grade’s great run unfortunately came to an end at the hands of Sydney in the Qualifying Final; however the RPC Gold side secured a Grand Final berth with a hard fought draw against Gordon in their Semi Final…

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3rd Grade’s great run unfortunately came to an end at the hands of Sydney in the Qualifying Final; however the RPC Gold side secured a Grand Final berth with a hard fought draw against Gordon in their Semi Final…

3rd Grade Qualifying Final: Sydney 220 vs RPC 124 @ Ryde Oval

After a delay in starting due to a damp spot on the wicket, skipper Rod Stafford won the toss and elected to bowl first.  An early wicket to Nigel Singh (3-22 from 20 overs) had Sydney 1-13, but then a partnership took the score to 64.  Then Matthew Wallis (5-34 from 26.3 overs) struck just before lunch, picking up 4 wickets for 1 run to have Sydney on the back foot at 6-71.  However, after the break Sydney was able to fight back with a 109 run partnership before Stafford (2-55 from 16 overs) made the critical breakthrough.  The second new ball was taken, and this saw the tail cleaned up and Sydney all out for 220 from 88.3 overs.

The Randy Petes run chase on day two started solidly, however a collapse from saw the side struggling at 6-49.  Batting at 3, Jack Lyle (32 from 109 balls) kept hope alive, with James Mahony-Brack (22 from 66 balls) fighting hard, but Lyles wicket saw the end of any slims hopes.  A season best from Singh (21 from 27 balls) saw Sydney have to work for the last wicket, but when it was grabbed RPC were dismissed for 124 after 54.3 overs.

Whils a disappoiting result to end the season on, congratulations must go to the Rodney Stafford and his third grade chargers for their tremendous run into the finals.  To grab 6th spot was a brilliant effort after being second last (19th) at Christmas.

Also, skipper Rodney Stafford brought up two Grade Career milestones, taking his overall Grade wicket hau to 501 while the 12 runs he scored gave him a neat total of 4,000 overal grade runs.  Well played Rod Stafford and well played Randwick Petersham 3rd Grade!!

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Metropolitan Cup Semi Final: Gordon 224 vs RPC Gold 7-89

The Randwick Petersham Gold team is through to the Metropolitan Cup Grand Final, following a tense but rain-affected Semi Final against rivals Gordon at Coogee Oval. Both teams descended on to the beach-side ground on a perfect day for cricket, as Sydney’s late summer was set to continue for at least one more day. With all the rain and moisture about in the week, Big Skip John Stewart finally won a toss and set loose a rabid Sam Boyns at an opposition that has twice faced defeat against the Golds so far. 

Availability and eligibility for finals can be a fickle business, as the Gordon side showed – made up of mainly youngsters and two older heads – with a few playing in the Metropolitan Cup for the first time. Still, they made solid progress until Sam ‘Spesh’ Boyns bowled his (self-proclaimed) best ball of the season to send the Olly Williams’ off stump cartwheeling, and the umpires scrambling for a new bail to replace a freshly cracked one. RP Greenie pariah Brady Morrison then hooked in the air, and was lucky to be missed by Jackson Eldridge at full stretch. Despite looking good, Brady gave Jacko a much simpler chance a few overs later. Heading into the lunch break with the upper hand, Anshul Baruah (no relation to Saurov) undid his patient work in the morning as he was rushed by a Mitchell ‘MJ’ O’Loughlin bouncer, to leave Gordon 3-67 heading to lunch on day one. 

For the majority of the season, Gordon skipper Glenn Tullia had been content to let the younger players take centre stage and show their wares. But in the pressure of the semi final, he stepped up to the number four slot and played an innings of patience and character, from which both sides could learn. Joined by another ex-first grader, John O’Neill-Fuller, the game started to get away from the Golds at 3-122. That was until Adam Lee finally untangled his parachute into the side and got into full gear by his 14th over, to have ‘JoF’ caught behind, and two Greenies cleaned up to leave the score at 6-130. 

Tullia and Daniel Alleyne found a second wind to take the score to 173, before a reintroduced and rejuvenated MJ cleaned through three Gordon batsmen, even being on a hat-trick at one stage. He finished with his best figures for the club – 4-17. This haul included Tullia for a patient 58. At 9-174, despite the best efforts a fired up Spesh, the Golds weren’t able to land that final blow, as Liahm Williams and the yappy Rudy Midya enjoyed the afternoon sunshine to push the score to 224. Hayden Fox was finally able to claim that elusive last wicket. With seven overs left to face out in a 104 over day, ‘Bigger than average’ Neale Crawford stood his ground as Gordon claimed a controversial low catch, leaving a dejected and disappointed Randy Pete trudging off the oval. The Golds finished the day at 1-10, with a number of tired bodies leaving to ponder the chase. Sitting in Beach Burritos later, a few team members wondered what would hit first the next day, the karma, the weather or the notorious metro collapse…

Sunday started noticeably colder and darker than Saturday, as the numerous permutations of the day ran through everyone’s minds. The Golds started solidly enough, as Jacko and Kel Mullins made light work of the opening exchanges. Despite a bit of precipitation overnight, the pitch was just as good to bat on as the first day. While there is no relation to our Saurov, Anshul served up some tikka masala of his own, cleaning up Jacko (19) and Mitch Hunt, before trapping Kel in front of the pegs, as 1-39 became 4-47. Damian Sidney and Adam Lee briefly simmered, before the left-arm spin of Gordon’s Dermott Beattie cut a scythe through the middle order, taking Adam at slip, bowling Spesh behind his legs and trapping Foxy in front to leave the Golds reeling at 7-56. Stewie and Damo managed to make it to lunch without any further collateral… 7-62 at lunch after the day started so promisingly. 

Whether it was divine intervention, all the parents and supporters breaking out into a rain dance, the manager selling his soul to the cricket devil, or simply fate… but with 10 minutes until the resumption of play, the heavens opened the rain poured like desert reunion. Cat-and-mouse with the covers led to a delay until 1:40pm, with 4 overs lost. While he may not have the big score to show for it, Damo’s batting has been a revelation this season with most of the runs he’s scored counting towards big moments for the team. Upon resumption, he went on to play his most mature and focused innings for the club, resisting for almost 120 deliveries for 30 runs, while the Big Skip put his long reach to perfect defensive use to remain 4 not out. After 22.3 overs of resistance, the rain came again to force an early tea. 

Further cat-and-mouse with the covers and super-sopper ensued for the next hour and half, before the amount of rain on the ground and the colours on the weather radar finally put paid to play for the day. And without a definitive result, it was the higher ranked Randy Pete Golds that would go through to the final next weekend. We’ll take on the imperious Penrith, who bossed UNSW Black in a comprehensive win. As the players pack their bags and go west, we’d like to thank Gordon for a gallant match, even if it was disappointing – after being invited to a premier ground, fed and hydrated – to see the final state of their dressing room. The Gold also extend their thanks to the umpires, Geoff Garland and Sharad Patel, to all the parents for their unwavering support, particularly Paul O’Loughlin for helping both days, to E-Young ‘Pingu’ Khoo as the team’s 12th man and to Greg Small, Bill Anderson and James Wynn for dropping by with their sagely advice. 

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