It was a weekend of fluctuating fortunes against one of our local rivals in Wests as we looked to build on our 4 wins from 5 against Fairfield-Liverpool to start season 2016/17. Apart from 1st Grade which was decided by a decisive margin, all other grades were evenly contested throughout the day. In the end we managed to secure a “winning day” with 3 victories to 2 defeats and another 66 Club Championship points in the kitty. Find out below in the Round 2 match reports from around the grounds which Grades suffered agonising defeats, while which Grade made a remarkable Houdini-like comeback to claim an improbable win? Some players continued their fine form from Round 1, while others stepped up to the mark in Round 2. The three wins keep us sitting relatively pretty on 156 Club Championship points and in 6th spot on the ladder after two rounds. While perhaps bigger tests against clubs with greater strength and depth await, it has been a highly encouraging start to the season with the boys claiming 7 victories from 10 games to start the season.

Overall Summary

It was a weekend of fluctuating fortunes against one of our local rivals in Wests as we looked to build on our 4 wins from 5 against Fairfield-Liverpool to start season 2016/17. Apart from 1st Grade which was decided by a decisive margin, all other grades were evenly contested throughout the day. In the end we managed to secure a “winning day” with 3 victories to 2 defeats and another 66 Club Championship points in the kitty. Find out below in the Round 2 match reports from around the grounds which Grades suffered agonising defeats, while which Grade made a remarkable Houdini-like comeback to claim an improbable win? Some players continued their fine form from Round 1, while others stepped up to the mark in Round 2. The three wins keep us sitting relatively pretty on 156 Club Championship points and in 6th spot on the ladder after two rounds. While perhaps bigger tests against clubs with greater strength and depth await, it has been a highly encouraging start to the season with the boys claiming 7 victories from 10 games to start the season.

beastwear250x267Beastwear 1st Grade v Western Suburbs @ Petersham Oval

Team – Kemp (c), A.Sams (+), Price, Scicluna, D.Sams, Psarakis, Semple, Eaton, Chibber, Doggett, West

Result – Randwick Petersham 9/278 – 50 Overs (A.Sams 95, Price 45, Kemp 36, Psarakis 29) Defeated Wests 10/176 – 43.1 overs (D.Sams 4/30-8, G. West 4/45-9.1)

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First Grade continued their strong start to the season with a comprehensive 102 run win over Wests at a sparkling looking Petersham Oval. With Sean Eaton slotting into the team for Jason Sangha who was at the National Under 17’s Carnival, the side retained a deep and formidable batting line up. With former Australian captain Michael Clarke captaining Wests, it was an impressive win given Wests were easy winners against Mosman in Round 1.

After electing to bat first on a belter of a wicket, it was Anthony Sams (95) once again who was the glue of the innings continuing his phenomenal form. “Tony” isn’t the biggest fan of Petersham Oval, however I am not really sure why as he continues to plunder attacks there. “Petes” has bee a happy hunting ground for him runs wise for last 3 years since First Grade returned there. Sams rarely looked troubled as he regularly rotated the strike and put away the bad ball. Sams was desperately unlucky to miss bringing up a 3rd straight 50-over century in 1st Grade, dating back to Round 15 last season, when he was adjudged lbw. The tone for the day was set by a quick fire opening stand of 70 with captain Alex Kemp (36) thumping a number of boundaries. Nathan Price (45) played an aggressive innings taking on the spinners and giving them the long handle. With the Wests spin-dominated attack bowling with discipline and control, it was a really good effort for our middle order to chip in with some handy late runs. While Wests lack in the quicks department, their spinners are under rated and I think will win them some games this year. Daniel Sams (22), James Psarakis (29), Adam Semple (23) and Sean Eaton (15 n/o) all looked in good touch in elevating the score to 9/278.

Opening bowler Daniel Sams (4/30-8) came out fired up, claiming the wickets of both openers including the crucial one of Clarke for just 6 runs. From then on, we really tightened the screws and Wests were never in the contest, being bowled out for 176 in the 44th over. Greg West (4/45-10) ripped through the Magpies middle order showing exactly why he is going to be a big addition to the side, while the departing Sam Doggett (1/25-10) played a good holding role. We wish “Teddy” all the very best as he heads back to Queensland with his work. “Teddy” has been an invaluable member of 1st Grade and 2nd Grade over the past 3 seasons and hopefully it is not the last we see of him. First Grade have put themselves in an excellent position already to qualify for the 50-over finals with these 2 victories to open the season. Attention turns to red ball cricket next week with a 2-day fixture against another undefeated side in Northern Districts at Waitara Oval.

JC Travel Professionals MVP Award Points

3 – Anthony Sams

2 – Daniel Sams

1 – Greg West

 

frankienswiss 250x125Frankie & Swiss 2nd Grade v Western Suburbs @ Punchbowl Oval

Team – Everett (+), Moran, Mackay, Balbirnie, Hassan, Holland (c) , Ram, Nesser, Hart, Wood, Tyson

Results – Randwick Petersham 10/180 – 49.2 Overs (Hassan 82, Ram 22) Defeated By Western Suburbs 6/181 – 45.5 Overs (Ram 2/25-6, Wood 1/16-10, Tyson 1/25-8)

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Second Grade went down narrowly once more as Wests grinded out a 4-wicket victory in chasing our 180 in the salubrious surrounds of Punchbowl Oval. With Pratten Park currently undergoing some renovation, the boys were thrilled to learn that Punchbowl Oval had been elevated to Wests Number 1 ground. With the side losing Pat McGann to injury, fellow quick James Tyson was called up in his place. With classy batsman Sean Eaton going up to First Grade duty, Sam Mackay was also called up from 3rd grade after an impressive all round debut last week.

The boys were made to really work hard for their runs on a slow and low wicket with Suffan Hassan (82) continuing his excellent pre-season with a patient and classy innings as wickets fell around him. Hassan made runs in both trials and in Round 1 and has put a high price on his wicket so far this season. Unfortunately Wests hit us hard up front and from 5/45 it was a really good fightback to post a competitive if slightly under par score of 180. There was plenty of fight in the middle order with all rounders Kushan Ram (22) and Joe Hart (16) chipping in with handy contributions to keep the game alive for us at the interval.

A wicket to Tyson with the very first ball of the innings was exactly what the doctor ordered however Wests managed to grind out some partnerships to keep ahead of the game for much of the afternoon. With the ball we took wickets at regular intervals, however failed to get that crucial double breakthrough as Wests regularly put together partnerships of 30 and 40 to keep us at bay. Sam Wood (1/16-10) bowled a tremendous spell keeping the pressure on from one end in a miserly spell. All our quick bowlers toiled away manfully with Tyson (1/25-8), Nesser (0-30-9.5) and Ram (2/25-6) keeping us interested right up until the end. Whilst the loss would have been a bitter pill to swallow, the boys once again fought right to the death and are knocking on the door for their first win. Second Grade will be desperate to open their account with their first home game of the season next week when they take on Northern Districts at Coogee Oval.

JC Travel Professionals MVP Award Points

3 – Suffan Hassan

2 – Kushaal Ram

1 – Sam Wood

 

prsl 250x125Petersham RSL 3rd Grade v Western Suburbs @ Coogee Oval

Team – Schubert (+), Stares, Lyle ,McLoughlin, James, Burton, Stafford (c), Wallis, Nawaz, Ali, Mckenzie

Result – Western Suburbs 10/242 – 48.3 Overs (Stafford 3/37-10, Burton 2/48-8.3, Nawaz 2/53-10) Defeated Randwick Petersham 9/239 – 50 Overs (McLoughlin 64, Schubert 54, James 28, Stares 23)

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Third Grade were involved in another high scoring thriller, this time falling on the wrong side of the ledger, going down by 3 runs at Coogee Oval. With Sam Mackay and James Tyson elevated to 2nd Grade, the side welcomed back all rounder Omair Ali who was unavailable for Round 1. Also coming in was Rehaan Nawaz who was rewarded for a strong Round 1 display. Rehaan was a regular member of 3rd Grade last season and a very handy one-day cricketer.

Once again our bowlers were invited to field first on a pretty flat surface offering little in the way of bounce or sideways movement. Wests were on track for a huge score before our ever reliable captain, Rod Stafford (3/37-10), stemmed the flow of momentum with an excellent spell under pressure. Stafford has always enjoyed bowling at Coogee Oval and manages to always extract what little turn there usually is in the surface. Rehaan Nawaz (2/52-10) took a couple of wickets to chip away at Wests’ dominance, while Ashley Burton (2/48-8.3) again showed he has the potential to make breakthroughs in the middle overs.

It looked like a tall order to chase down 240 plus for a 2nd week running, however enigmatic opener Karl Schubert (53) got the innings off to a flying start, playing in typically cavalier fashion as he flayed the Wests’ openers to all parts. Stares (23) and Lyle (18) would have been disappointed not to capitalise on their great form after they both made solid starts. John McLoughlin continued his fine form (64), anchoring the middle order with a classy half-century and taking us to within 13 runs of victory when he finally fell. Young gun Jack James (26) showed his potential and with some late power hitting from the big unit Matthew Wallis (20) we ended up falling an agonising 3 runs short at the end of our 50 overs. There is no doubt this team has plenty of in-form batsmen at the moment and, with a bit of luck with the toss and properly capitalising on our batting form, we could easily be 2-0 right now. While our quicks have not quite hit their straps yet, they might relish getting to Asquith Oval next week for a 2-day match against Northern Districts where they might get a little bit more assistance in the wicket. Rod Stafford will no doubt still be on a massive high after his much maligned and long suffering Cronulla Sharks finally broke through for their maiden title in their 50th season. No doubt Stafford would have had just 1 or 2 Scotch and Cokes to celebrate the triumph.

JC Travel Professionals MVP Award Points

3 – John McLoughlin

2 – Rod Stafford

1 – Karl Schubert

sct leftSydney City Toyota 4th Grade v Western Suburbs @ Blick Park

Team – King, Ahmed (+), Gracias Flor, Mitchell, Bourke (c), Calder, Murdita, Standings, Sprowls, Loth, Tsalikidis

Result – Randwick Petersham 10/150 – 40.2 Overs (Ahmed 32, Calder 27, Gracias Flor 25) Defeated Western Suburbs 10/139 – 41.3 Overs (Sprowls 5/24-10, Loth 2/30-9.3, Tsalikidis 2/37-10)

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Fourth Grade secured back-to-back victories to start the season with a stunning fightback to beat Wests by 11 runs at Blick Park. Welcoming back Savio Gracias Flor who missed Round 1 and getting young gun Jack Standing up from 5th grade, 4s had a couple of changes to the side that won in dominant fashion last week.

If you were getting updates throughout this game, I think you would find they “suspended betting” several times with some book makers paying out on a Wests win. We looked well and truly on the brink several times in this game only for a late flurry to suddenly turn the tables. After having posted a measly 150 on a ground that has a quick outfield, this team was dead in the water with Wests coasting to 1/102 and with a bonus point probably at the forefront of their minds. What happened next was quite remarkable as our bowlers went on a rampage to claim the final 9 wickets for just 37 runs, securing a priceless victory when all had seemed truly lost. Veteran Randwick Petersham quick Andrew Sprowls (5/24-10) was the undoubted star here, ripping through Wests with a hugely impressive 5-wicket haul. Sprowls had a poor opening spell, but came back breathing fire and awarded his captain with an outstanding match winning display. Newcomer Doug Loth (2/30-9.3) put together another strong performance as he hits the ground running in our colours. Spinner Kiri Tsalikidis (2/37-10) got a couple of big breakthroughs as he continued to attack with his ripping leg breaks. Even more remarkably, when those last 9 wickets fell for just 37 runs, 17 of those were sundries with the Magpies scrambling just 20 runs off the bat!

Earlier in the day, Kasoer Ahmed (32) looked in excellent form once again, and along with the returning Savio Gracias Flor (25) had got us off to a comfortable start at 1/62. Sadly both batsmen failed to go on with the job and it was only Matt Calder (27) who held things together with a mature innings and a late flurry from Doug Loth (19) that got us to a score that was still well under par. The great thing for 4’s captain David Bourke is this team still has plenty of room for improvement despite starting the season undefeated. It has been a couple of lean years for 4s, however winning the close games is vital when things are all said and done at the end of the season, and they might look back at this win as a crucial one later in the year. The boys sung the song with real gusto here, as the most memorable wins in cricket are often the ones where none thought it possible. To add insult to injury for the Magpies, David Bourke looked like the cat that got the cream as he sauntered into the Magpies’ dressing room post-mortem to collect his case of beer, given Blick Oval only has one fridge! “Bourkey” and his boys are chomping at the bit to get back to Petersham Oval next week against Northern Districts, as they look to go 3 from 3 to start the year.

 

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Andrew Sprowls 5/24 off 10 overs

JC Travel Professionals MVP Award Points

3 – Andrew Sprowls

2 – Doug Loth

1 – Kyri Tsalikidis

 

244x121 adinaAdina Hotel Apartment Coogee 5th Grade v Western Suburbs @ Kensington Oval

Team – Eldridge, Saini, Kakkereni, Powell, Hilder, House (+), Graham, N.Singh (c), Jenkins, Boyns, Fowler.

Result – Randwick Petersham 10/176 – 47.4 Overs (Powell 42, Eldridge 36, Kakkireni 28) Defeated Western Suburbs 10/169 – 49.5 Overs (Boyns 4/28-10, N.Singh 2/38-10, Jenkins 0/15-10)

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Flying 5s made it three Grades to score back-to-back to start the season along with 1st Grade and 4th Grade. However not before a tight and tense contest which eventually resulted in a 7-run win at our spiritual home for 5s in Kensington Oval. With young gun left arm orthodox spinner Mac Jenkins available, he was slotted straight into the team given his quality. Jenkins goes to Waverley school and has already proven a very handy asset to our lower grade teams when available. Vishwas Saini, a promising young batsman who did well in AWGS last year, also made his first appearance of the year after missing Round 1 through injury.

In a relatively low-scoring struggle, the boys managed to defend a moderate 176, bowling out Wests in the final oval for 169 in a game that ebbed and flowed throughout. Our favourite Englishman Sam Boyns (4/28-10) was the star of the day claiming 4 wickets, as he regularly made crucial breakthroughs just when the Magpies were getting on top. Our star AWGS spinner Mac Jenkins (0/15-10) did not get a wicket but did a brilliant job in the middle overs bowling with guile and control well beyond his years as he locked down one end totally, going for just 1.5 runs per over in an amazingly economic spell. Captain Nigel Singh (2/37-10) proved a banker once more as he led his troops to another close win with a controlled display of fast bowling.

Earlier in the day some of our young guns in Jackson Eldridge (36), Himanshu Kakkereni (28) and Dylan Powell (42) all showed they possess the talent to play higher grades in the future. Eldridge for mine has been an under-rated player for a few years who knows how to get tough runs, and it is great to see him given a regular opportunity. Kakkereni and Powell are left-handers in different moulds but with similarly bright futures. The 5’s were only a few points off making the finals last season and they look to have used the bitter disappointment as motivation to start the year in very strong fashion. They have their first road trip of the year next week as they head to Storey Park to take on Northern Districts, as they look to remain undefeated.

JC Travel Professionals MVP Award Points

3 – Sam Boyns

2 – Dylan Powell

1 – Mac Jenkins

 

bendigo red 250x125Clovelly Community Bank Branch Bendigo Bank RPC Green vs Mosman @ Marrickville Park

Team: Papathansiou (+), Crawford, Marsden, Andonopoulos, Bhavsar, Gonguntla, Warisi, Kashyap, Coovre (c), Murphy, Kaushal

Result: Randwick Petersham Green 167 – 44.4 overs defeated by Mosman 3/168 – 41 overs

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RPCC lost the toss and was sent in to bat on a surface that on this day looked as pleasant as the skies overhead.

After the loss of an early wicket, Papathanasiou (36) and Marsden (52) consolidated, pushing hard for twos and threes, and sending any bad balls to the fence.

They featured in a 109-run partnership before Papathanisou was bowled for 36. Marsden brought up a fighting half century, but was out caught two runs later with the score now at 3-118. The middle order never got going, save for an elegant cameo from Omar Warisi (26) before he was given out LBW in the final over.

More wickets tumbled, the hosts eventually being dismissed for 167. In reply, Green had Mosman 3-65 in the 20th over, including a controversial obstruction dismissal.

Spinner PK showed good control, picking up his first wicket for the club, however it was not enough to stop the hungry
numbers three and five from seeking-out the remaining runs, Mosman winning by 7 wickets.

JC Travel Professionals MVP Award Points

Jordan Marsden – 3
Apollo Papathanasiou – 2
Pratulya Kashyap – 1

 

rsz lau marrickville logoSpecsavers Marrickville RPC Gold vs UNSW @ Snape Park

Team: Mullins, Rushton, Sapariya, Jastrzab, Sidney (+), Fox, Lee, Stewart, Waugh, L O’Loughlin, Deller, Connolly

Result: Randwick Petersham Gold 218 – 41.4 overs defeated by UNSW 8/233 – 45 overs

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Losing the toss UNSW took use of a day old pitch and were in early trouble as Fox led the way with 3 wickets before the skipper (76) & the number 6 resurrected the innings. Fox was the star with the ball finishing with career best figures 5/24 (7). Unfortunately the effort in the field was below par, and the wicket in favour of the batsmen, the Bees finished their 45 overs 7/233.

The run chase started comfortably with Mullins (23) & Rushton (13) putting on 45. Sidney starred with the bat in a typically aggressive but controlled innings of 55 from 37 punishing anything off line & Fox backed up his efforts with the ball scoring a mature and composed 32. All batsmen showed good running and valued their wickets. Unfortunately Gold fell short by 16 but showed guts to stay in the game on a deteriorating wicket.

JC Travel Professionals MVP Award Points

Hayden Fox – 3
Damien Sidney – 2
Kel Mullins – 1

 

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