It was a great start to the season for the Randy-Pete’s Boys picking up 4 victories from 5 games against Fairfield Liverpool and 90 club championship points in the process. The Boys had a really strong preparation this pre-season with our 8 week Under 21s Academy, plus regular Saturday and Monday Grade Training attracting strong numbers. With three home games in Round 1 it was a great way to put down a marker to the rest of the competition that we want to be a lot higher up in the Club Championship this year. Read below details of all five matches including some information on all of our new recruits who are sprinkled through the grades. Read about who starred in Round 1, how the teams lined up and which teams got off to a flying start. This year Eddie Otto will be providing us with the match reports from 1st grade through to 5th grade.

It was a great start to the season for the Randy-Pete’s Boys picking up 4 victories from 5 games against Fairfield Liverpool and 90 club championship points in the process. The Boys had a really strong preparation this pre-season with our 8 week Under 21s Academy, plus regular Saturday and Monday Grade Training attracting strong numbers. With three home games in Round 1 it was a great way to put down a marker to the rest of the competition that we want to be a lot higher up in the Club Championship this year. Read below details of all five matches including some information on all of our new recruits who are sprinkled through the grades. Read about who starred in Round 1, how the teams lined up and which teams got off to a flying start. This year Eddie Otto will be providing us with the match reports from 1st grade through to 5th grade.

Eddie is our current Academy Head Coach and has been in involved with our AWGS and PGs side the past 5 years. He currently has a sports blog which you can visit here –http://www.eye-of-the-tiger.org/

Beastwear 1st Grade @ Coogee Oval-  Team: Kemp (c), A.Sams (+), Price, Scicluna, D.Sams, Psarakis, Semple, Sangha, Chibber, Doggett, West 

Result – Randwick Petersham 7/332 (Sams 152, Scicluna 89, Price 34) defeated Fairfield-Liverpool 9/323 (D.Sams 3/71-9, Price 1/41-9) 

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1st Grade kicked off their campaign at their seaside home of Coogee Oval with a team full of first grade experience, with Alex Kemp taking over as captain in the off-season after Adam Semple stepped aside after a magnificent 4 years in charge. Ten of the eleven players named had played first grade with us last season with the only new face being Greg West. West was a marquee signing for our club, an exciting left-arm fast bowler who joined from Adelaide after a previous stint with Mosman. In the end, 1st grade secured the six competition points in a high scoring epic to start the season. Both teams combined for a run fest with 655 runs between the teams. It is not often someone scores a double hundred and finishes on the losing side in a 50 over game, but that was the case for veteran NSW and Fairfield batsman Ben Rohrer whose remarkable 205 was in vain as Fairfield fell 9 runs short of our imposing 7/332. Anthony Sams (152) was the mainstay of the innings, continuing his fine trial form with an imperious century. His 152 came from just 139 balls. Sams toyed with a quality bowling line-up including the Sandhu brothers, Liam Hatcher and Anthony Clark. He was ably supported by Jake Scicluna (89)  who plundered 4 sixes in a quality innings. Jake had a really consistent Winter in England and has come back to Sydney in fine form. Nathan Price (34 and 1/41-9) was the other main contributor as he chipped in with the bat and did a good holding job with the ball. Daniel Sams (3/71-9) proved his ability as a strike bowler as he took wickets up front and at the death, sealing the win in what became a tense final over. 1st Grade now look to make it two in a row as they head into Saturday’s 50-over clash with Wests with room for improvement. With Michael Clarke having led his troops to a win in the opening Round 1, our Boys will be intent on revenge at Petersham Oval as last year’s loss to Wests proved telling as the Boys narrowly missed out on the Top 6. Just on behalf of Randwick Petersham Cricket Club, we would like to send out a massive congratulations to Fairfield-Liverpool 1st Grade captain Anthony Clark on passing the 10,000 First Grade runs mark on the weekend. “Clarky” has been part of our Under 21’s Academy for the past 3 seasons and has been a huge help to our young spinners. He is an extremely good coach and cricketer and is one of the good guys of cricket. 

JC Travel Professionals MVP Award Points

3 – Anthony Sams
2 – Jake Scicluna
1 – Daniel Sams

Frankie & Swiss 2nd Grade @ Rosedale Oval – Team: Moran, Everett (+), Balbirnie, Eaton, Hassan, Holland (c), Nesser, Hart, Ram, Wood, McGann 

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Result – Fairfield-Liverpool 8/238 – 50 Overs (Ram 4/43-10, Nessar 1/24-8) defeated Randwick Petersham 210 – 49 Overs (Everett 49, Hassan 43, Eaton 32) 

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A new look 2’s side went down by 28 runs after a hard fought contest at Rosedale Oval. It was an encouraging display from a side with plenty of new faces this year. With veteran clubman Tom Holland taking the reins for the first time, he welcomed in our very talented Irish overseas batsman Andrew Balbirnie and a host of promising young players. Balbirnie has played 22 ODI’s and ten T20 Internationals for Ireland and will be a great addition to our club up until Christmas. Joining him is a host of young talent from up North including Matt Everett, Joe Hart and Pat McGann who were all making their debuts with the club in this match. All three are available for our Under 21’s team with Everett being a wicketkeeper-batsman, Joe Hart a promising spinner who can bat in the middle order, and Pat McGann an exciting left arm fast bowler.  On one of the biggest grounds in Sydney it was always going to be a tall order to run down the Lions score of 8/238. All rounder Kushall Ram (4/43-10) was the star with the ball picking up 4 wickets to keep pegging the hosts back. “Franky” Nesser (1/24-8) was miserly with the ball going at just 3 runs per over. In the run chase the boys were in the hunt right up until the final couple of overs until the tail fell away. Matt Everett (49) had an excellent debut falling just one run short of a half-century. All our top 5 batsmen looked in good knick with Moran (22) Balbirnie (25) Eaton (32) and Hassan (43) all making good contributions without going on to make a mach winning score. Despite the Boys chipping away at the target, the run rate started to creep up and Fairfield eventually got on top in a highly competitive game of cricket. It’s going to take a while for this team to gel, however it was an encouraging first up display and I’m sure they can get the chocolates at Pratten Park next week against Wests. 

JC Travel Professionals MVP Award Points

3 – Kushaal Ram
2 – Matt Everett
1 – Francois Neser

Petersham RSL 3rd Grade @ Petersham Oval – Team: Stares, Schubert (+), Mackay, Lyle, McLoughlin, James, Burton, Stafford (c), Wallas, Tyson, McKenzie 

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Fairfield-Liverpool 244 – 49.5 Oves ( Burton 5/32-6.5, Tyson 2/40-10) defeated by Randwick Petersham 6/246 – 47.1 overs (Stares 73, Lyle 64, Mackay 45, McLoughlin 47) 

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Our 3rd Grade side continued where they left off last year with a 4-wicket victory over the Lions to open their campaign after a high scoring contest at Petersham Oval. After Christmas last season, this side went on a remarkable winning streak to somehow scrape into the finals after being in the bottom 5 teams at the turn of the year.  Our 3rd Grade side is full of experienced talent, led once again by the great Rodney Stafford. With batting marvel John McLoughlin dropping down a Grade and the likes of James Tyson, Matt Wallis and Karl Schubert to call upon, Stafford has a team that has been around the block and know exactly how to grind out performances and wins in Grade Cricket. On a baking flat Petersham Oval wicket,  our boys batted with real authority in chasing down an imposing 244 set by Fairfield earlier in the day. Ben Stares (73) backed up the skipper’s faith in him, hitting a blazing half century which really grabbed the momentum back off the Lions. Jack Lyle (64) has had a really strong pre-season and played a classy and composed half-century to guide the team close to the finishing post. He was supported by the ever reliable John McLoughlin (47) and Sam Mackay (45). Mackay joined in the off-season having played some First Grade Cricket in Brisbane. He is a genuine all rounder whose off-spinners and batting will make him a very handy contributor in whatever Grade he is picked. Earlier in the day it was Ashley Burton (5/32-6.5) who was the star going on a rampage picking up 5 crucial wickets after the Lions had got away from us at 2/167. “Burto” might just be the new “big show” in threes with his ability to chip in and turn a game. The Boys will be looking to make it 2 from 2 when they get a chance to play at our other home ground, Coogee Oval, against Wests next week. 

JC Travel Professionals MVP Award Points

3 – Ashley Burton
2 – Ben Stares
1 – Jack Lyle

Sydney City Toyota 4th Grade @ Fairfield Oval – Team: De Silva, King, Ahmed (+), Mitchell, Calder, Bourke (c), Nawaz, Murdita, Sprowls, Loth, Tsalikidis 

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Result – Fairfield-Liverpool 8/155 – 50 Overs (Loth 3/39-10, Tsalikidis 2/34-10) defeated by Randwick Petersham 5/156 – 35.5 overs (Ahmed 58, Mitchell 35) 

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4th Grade got their season off to a flying start with a dominant 5-wicket win over the Lions in the picturesque surrounds of Fairfield Oval. Once again under great RPCC clubman David Bourke, 4s look to be a lot stronger and more balanced side than in previous years. One new face in the team was Chris King, a promising young batsman who joined us from the Central Coast.  Another new face is Matt Calder, an Under 21s player who played 1st Grade on the South Coast, Matt has impressed all with his dedication in training and trial performances. “Bourkos” would’ve been thrilled as his 5 bowlers, Loth (3/39-10), Sprowls (1/36-10), Nawaz (1/18-10), Murdita (1/24-10) and Tsalikidis (2/34-10) all went at under 4 an over and grinded Fairfield towards a mediocre score of 8/155 from their 50 overs. While there are some familiar names headlining the 4th grade attack, another new name is Doug Loth who joined from Shire’s Club Burwood Briars in the off-season. Loth is an experienced and quality fast bowler who played much higher grades in Shires and made an immediate impression on Saturday. With the bat it was up to “Rocky” Kaoser Ahmed (58) and the returning hero David Mitchell (35) to rebuild the innings after the Lions struck a couple of early blows. Ahmed and Mitchell put together a dominant 100-run partnership virtually wrapping up the game in the process. “Mitch” as he is affectionately known, was a quality 1st and 2nd grade batsman for several years for the Randy-Petes and after 5 years off it is wonderful to see one of the club’s favourite sons return to the fold. It was up to captain David Bourke to mop up the rest of the runs as he walked off the paddock with a cheeky red ink, an early 6 points, and a quick ice bath for a player that likes to tick all the boxes. After a testing and difficult 2015/16, 4th grade are a team to look out for this year and they will be looking to go back-to-back when they head to Blick Park next week for a local derby against Wests.

JC Travel Professionals MVP Award Points

3 – Rocky Ahmed
2 – Doug Loth
1 – Rehaan Nawaz

Adina Hotel Apartment Coogee 5th Grade @ Kensington Oval – Team: Hart, Eldridge, Kakkireni, Powell, Hilder, House (+), Graham, Standing, N.Singh (c), Boyns, Fowler 

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Result – Randwick Petersham 216 – 45 overs (Standing 65, Graham 52, Hart 42) defeated Fairfield-Liverpool 181 – 45 overs (J.Standing 4/35-10, Hart 3/31-7.5, N.Singh 2/20-8) 

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The flying 5’s started the season in fine style with a 35-run victory at Kensington Oval. 5s were very lucky in the off-season to appoint RPCC legend Nigel Singh as their captain for the season. After falling just short of a final’s berth in 2015/16, the Boys will be looking to go one better this year under “Singhy”. Singh has been a wicket-taking machine over the years, and has previously played all grades for our club and captained 3rd Grade. He will be charged with bringing in a host of promising young players that have plenty of cricket in front of them. New faces included Dylan Powell, an exciting left hand top order batsman who will be a mainstay of our Green Shield side this season. Last year’s AWGS captain was the difference in this game with Jack Standing (65) scoring a thumping half century that came from just 44 balls and included 3 sixes. Standing is a very clean striker of the ball and when he keeps things simple can decimate an attack with his brutal display of hitting. Also impressing was Corey Graham (52) with a composed half century. Corey is in his 2nd year at the Club and has made a tremendous start to the season here featuring in a big 7th wicket partnership with Standing to resurrect a stuttering innings. Chris Hart is another new player to the Club having joined from the Burwood Briars. Like his team mate Doug Loth, Hart has played 1st grade at Shire’s level and will be pushing for higher grades with strong performances. He had a huge all-round debut here scoring a composed 42 opening the batting and backing it up with 3 late wickets as Fairfield’s tail was mopped up. Jack Standing (4/35-10) completed an outstanding all-round performance and with the ever reliable Nigel Singh (2/20-8) and tight bowling from Sam Boyns (1/23-9) the Boys were never really in danger of losing this one. They return to the scene of the crime next week with another home game at Kensington Oval against Wests. 

JC Travel Professionals MVP Award Points

3 – Jack Standing
2 – Corey Graham
1 – Chris Hart

Specsavers Marrickville RPC Gold vs Georges River @ Bland Oval

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Result: RPC Gold 3/67 defeated Georges River 61

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After three and a half months of preseason, returning and veteran players were joined by new Randy Petes for Round 1 v Georges River.

Losing the toss we were asked to field but none were worried. The bowlers fired and Hayden Fox (1/12) knocked over the opener 3rd ball. Mac Waugh (2/12) got in the action soon after and the screws were tightened. All the bowlers hit their lengths with Alex Deller (2/13), Adam Lee (2/17) and Liam O’Loughlin (2/5) were well supported by the fielders with Damien Sidney (2 catchers and 1 bye) and a run out to Fox to roll them for 61.

The chase was haltered early with Kel Mullins heading back to the pavilion in the first over. Chintan Sapariya went soon after well caught and bowled. Sidney hit a quick 11 before Sreeni Gonuguntla 21* and Finkelstein 25* settled the chase to pass Rivers 3 down in the 16th.

A 2 bonus point win to kickstart the season is a great start for the Golds but there is much to improve on.

John Stewart

JC Travel Professionals MVP Award Points

3 – Mackenzie Waugh
2 – Sreenivasulu Gonuguntla
1 – Hayden Fox

Clovelly Community Bank Branch Bendigo Bank RPC Green vs Sydney University @ Petersham Oval

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Result: RPC Green 6/173 defeated Sydney University 6/307

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RPC Green, balanced with youth and experience, won the toss and elected to bowl under overcast skies. Erratic bowling and audacious hitting saw the visitors amass 307 in 45 overs on a flat track with a fast outfield. Rain interrupted Green’s innings with the equation now being 171 off 25 overs. Green had a cracking start in the sprinkling rain, never dropping below the required run-rate of 6.8 runs an over. Thumping shots and clever strike rotation, saw Green eventually finding the runs with 8 balls to spare. Everyone contributed with the bat, in particular Rohan who scored a gutsy 49. A pleasing opening performance from the boys.

Alexis Coovre

JC Travel Professionals MVP Award Points

3 – Rohan Batra
2 – Abbey Bhavsar
1 – Apollo Papathansiou

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