Day 2 of Round 3 against the Rangers might be looked back on as the most frustrating day of the whole season for our Club when we were left scratching our heads wondering how we managed to not obtain a single Club Championship point for our efforts. The weekend proved very damaging dropping us from 6th right back to 13th in the Club Championship as we have a face a crucial weekend of 2 day fixtures against Blacktown in Round 4. Heading into Day 2 against the high flying Rangers, we had our noses in front in 1st Grade and 4th Grade, while 3s and 5s looked evenly poised. Ironically it was probably 2s, who were right up against it, who came out of the day as the team that performed at their best despite not winning, as they held firm with a draw after a really encouraging batting display. The lower grades all went down in frustrating and narrow fashion, with 3rd Grade, 4th Grade and 5th Grade all looking a winning chance throughout the day. 1st Grade and 2nd Grade played out evenly contested draws dominated by the bat on both weekends. I am sure the SCA must be weighing up whether to give 1 point or 2 points for draws given the fact that the bats seems to be dominating these days, and when both teams score 400 plus surely they deserve something out of the game? Anyway that argument might be for another day, as the bottom line is the Rangers took home 54 Club Championship points to our 0. Despite the tough result for the Club, there were still a number of impressive individual performances including one herculean batting display from one of our new boys in 2nd Grade. Read below as we cover all the action from Day 2 of Round 3.

Round 3 Day 2 – Match Reports Randwick Petersham (6th Club Championship) v Northern Districts (1st Club Championship)

Day 2 of Round 3 against the Rangers might be looked back on as the most frustrating day of the whole season for our Club when we were left scratching our heads wondering how we managed to not obtain a single Club Championship point for our efforts. The weekend proved very damaging dropping us from 6th right back to 13th in the Club Championship as we have a face a crucial weekend of 2 day fixtures against Blacktown in Round 4. Heading into Day 2 against the high flying Rangers, we had our noses in front in 1st Grade and 4th Grade, while 3s and 5s looked evenly poised. Ironically it was probably 2s, who were right up against it, who came out of the day as the team that performed at their best despite not winning, as they held firm with a draw after a really encouraging batting display. The lower grades all went down in frustrating and narrow fashion, with 3rd Grade, 4th Grade and 5th Grade all looking a winning chance throughout the day. 1st Grade and 2nd Grade played out evenly contested draws dominated by the bat on both weekends. I am sure the SCA must be weighing up whether to give 1 point or 2 points for draws given the fact that the bats seems to be dominating these days, and when both teams score 400 plus surely they deserve something out of the game? Anyway that argument might be for another day, as the bottom line is the Rangers took home 54 Club Championship points to our 0. Despite the tough result for the Club, there were still a number of impressive individual performances including one herculean batting display from one of our new boys in 2nd Grade. Read below as we cover all the action from Day 2 of Round 3.

 

beastwear250x267Beastwear 1st Grade – Northern Districts (1st) v Randwick Petersham (7th) @ Mark Taylor Oval

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

Result – Randwick Petersham 6/431 (Psarakis 110 n/o, A.Sams 79, Scicluna 73, Kemp 63, Price 40) Drew with Northern Districts 7/427 (West 2/90-18, D.Sams 2/124-26, Semple 1/78-23)

http://www.premier.nsw.cricket.com.au/common/pages/public/rv/match.aspx?locx=MATCH&matchID=2361851 

It was a long and frustrating day in the field for First Grade as the Rangers returned serve this week with a batting masterclass of their own at Waitara Oval. Chasing our imposing 6/431 declared, the strong Rangers’ batting line up took to the task with a minimum of fuss. After a long day of toil in the field, we did manage the consolation of holding on for a draw, with the Rangers finishing just short of our total at 7/427 at the end of the day’s allotted overs. Whilst it is always a blow not to get the 6 points, we did maintain our unbeaten start to the year under new captain Alex Kemp.

On a flat wicket and a lightning fast outfield, it was always going to be an uphill slog to get those 10 wickets on Day 2 and that job was made even more difficult when our number 1 spinner, Soumil Chhibber, pulled up with a sore back after only 2 overs. Chhibber would have been a huge factor in this game to try to hold up an end and build pressure for the quick bowlers to chip away at. With Jason Sangha also away, having been called up to make his Matador Cup debut, our spin options were depleted. As it was, the Rangers survived a few half chances early to mount a huge opening stand of 196 which had us on the back foot for much of the day. Greg West (2/90-18) and Daniel Sams (2/124-26) bowled with pace and aggression and chipped in with wickets just when the game was slipping away to keep things interesting. Adam Semple (1/78-23) was also called upon for a marathon spell and along with Francois Nesser (0/37-11) we grafted away without much reward for our efforts. In the end the boys did well to stop Rangers getting the 6 competition points, with some tight bowling and a couple of late wickets ensuring the game was drawn.

Draws are becoming more and more common place in First Grade, especially since the change to the First Class cricket ball which doesn’t do half as much in the air or off the seam. So whilst it isn’t great to walk away with no points, denying a strong team like the Rangers the 6 points could prove vital later in the season. The side could be given a much needed boost this week when we take on Blacktown at Joe McAleer Oval with the arrival of Matt Critchley, a young exciting English leg spinning batsman who has played first class cricket for Derbyshire. We welcome Matt to the club and hope he has a fantastic experience in Sydney and with the Randy-Petes.

JC Travel Professional MVP Award Points

3 – James Psarakis

2 – Anthony Sams

1 – Jake Scicluna

 

frankienswiss 250x125Frankie & Swiss 2nd Grade – Randwick Petersham (15th) v Northern Districts (8th) @ Coogee Oval

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

Result – Northern Districts 8/427 – 88 overs (Ram 3/104-23) Drew With Randwick Petersham 6/348 – 102 Overs (Everett 198 n/o, Hassan 45, Holland 33, Ram 32)

http://www.premier.nsw.cricket.com.au/common/pages/public/rv/match.aspx?locx=MATCH&matchID=2366769 

While 2nd Grade didn’t earn any points for their Day 2 exploits, they put a marker down for the rest of the season comfortably holding out for a draw at 6/348 in reply to the Rangers massive 8/427 at our seaside home Coogee Oval. After losing an early wicket last week and having lost the first two games, 2nd Grade were under the pump heading into Day 2 and could have easily folded under pressure. However the opposite was the case as we occupied the crease and got some form on the board heading into a must win Round 4 clash with Blacktown.

There was one star of the day, and of Round 3, and that was undoubtedly Matt Everett, our new wicket keeper batsman, who played a truly memorable innings of 198 not out batting the whole day undefeated. Everett, a Tamworth product, played First Grade Cricket in Newcastle last season before joining our club this season. He hit the ground running with 49 on debut but blew that score out of the water here with a chanceless innings of high class and determination, showing maturity beyond his years. Whilst Everett was narrowly denied a certain double hundred as the clock just beat him, it was still a memorable innings which he will long remember. A tall right hand batsman with a booming array of drives, Everett looked right at home in his very first match at Coogee Oval and only his third match for the Club.

While Everett dominated throughout the day, he received great support from the rest of our middle order. Saffan Hassan (45) continued his excellent form, while captain Tom Holland (33) looked in sparkling form scoring at better than a run a ball before succumbing. Kushel Ram (32) also looked in good knick as we easily saw out the 96 overs and denied a strong side in the Rangers the 6 points. Now it’s very important to build on this batting display and register a victory against Blacktown next week when we return to Coogee Oval for the 2-Day, Round 4 clash.

JC Travel Professional MVP Award Points

3 – Matt Everett

2 – Kushaal Ram

1 – Sam Wood

 

prsl 250x125Petersham RSL 3rd Grade – Northern Districts (2nd) v Randwick Petersham (7th) @ Asquith Oval

Team – Stares, Schubert (c), Ahmed, McLoughlin, James, Burton, Nawaz, Ali, Stafford (c), Wallis, McKenzie

Result – Northern Districts 10/276 (Stafford 4/63-21, McKenzie 3/60-21) – 80 Overs Defeated Randwick Petersham 10/223 – 62.4 Overs (Burton 73, Stares 41, Wallis 26, Schubert 25)

http://www.premier.nsw.cricket.com.au/common/pages/public/rv/match.aspx?locx=MATCH&matchid=2370277&gradeid=63_1It 

It was another missed opportunity for 3rd Grade as they succumbed by 53 runs against the Rangers at Asquith Oval, being bowled out for 223 in chase of the Rangers’ score of 276. With more than 10 overs still remaining in the day when we were bowled out, it was a case of what might have been, as we would have gone very close to reaching the target if we had capitalised on some decent partnerships and batted out the overs. Unfortunately, we just lost wickets at crucial junctures throughout the afternoon, with a number of batsmen who made good starts failing to convert it into a big score.

The Rangers frustratingly batted on for 4 overs in the morning, adding another 13 runs to their overnight score and making our job that much more difficult. Our in-form opening pair of Schubert (25) and Stares (41) got us off to a really strong start and we got close to tea with all wickets intact. However, both fell in quick succession with the run out of Stares a particularly savage blow. Ashley Burton (73) is enjoying a fine start to season 2016/17, starring in the PG’s debut last week and adding to that on Saturday with an excellent half century. Burton has always been a powerful batsman with a strong bottom hand who can bludgeon bowlers through the covers and over the top. Despite solid starts from Kaoser Ahmed (22) and Matt Wallis (26), the Rangers continued to make breakthroughs just when we were getting our noses in front of the game.

Unfortunately the tail didn’t provide a whole heap of resistance and the side dropped a second consecutive close game in frustrating fashion after an opening day victory over Fairfield. Captain Stafford will be hoping for a little bit more luck with the toss next game, as the team face an important match against Blacktown at Whalan Park and they look to get their season back on track.

JC Travel Professional MVP Award Points

3 – Ash Burton

2 – Tom McKenzie

1 – Rod Stafford

 

sct leftSydney City Toyota 4th Grade – Randwick Petersham (6th) v Northern Districts (1st) @ Petersham Oval

Team – De Silva, King, Kakkireni, Gracias Flor, Calder, Bourke (c), Bailey, Murdita, Sprowls, Loth, Tsalikidis

Result – Randwick Petersham 10/225 (Calder 83, Bourke 70 n/o) – 65.3 Overs Defeated by Northern Districts 8/226 69.4 Overs – (Tsalikidis 3/74-21, Loth 2/54-20, Sprowls 1/58-15)

http://www.premier.nsw.cricket.com.au/common/pages/public/rv/match.aspx?locx=MATCH&matchid=2370893&gradeid=64_1 

In a pulsating clash at Petersham Oval it was a bitter pill for our 4th Grade side to swallow as they narrowly went down by 2 wickets courtesy of an unbeaten 43-run 9th wicket stand from the Rangers. It was 4’s first loss of the season, but another really encouraging display against a side that is currently occupying first spot on the table. The Petersham Oval wicket is not the up-and-down surface it was a few years ago and, while 225 was a decent score, it’s probably slightly below par in 2-day cricket considering that the wicket and the outfield are both far more in favour of batsmen these days thanks to the excellent work of Green Options at the ground.

Resuming on 2/46, the Rangers made a solid start to the day being well on top at 3/107 before we started to make regular inroads. Captain Bourke loves to put faith in young spinners and Kyri Tsilikidis (3/74-21) once again did an excellent job of taking regular wickets and bowling with far better control than he did a few years ago. Kyri is a pretty unique leg spinner, the way he flights and rips the ball, and has improved immensely the past three seasons. He is a lot stronger and gets the ball to drop a lot quicker which has seen him advance up the grades. The in-form opening bowling combination of Sprowls (1/58-15) and Loth (2/54-20) again worked hard and toiled away, bowling consistent lines and lengths, and when the Rangers slumped to 8/183 just after tea it appeared our boys were heading for a 3rd straight victory to start the season. However the 9th wicket stand of the Rangers rode their luck and displayed plucky courage to whittle down the score.

Despite our best efforts and captain Bourke trying all and sundry including his own return to the bowling crease, we couldn’t quite break-through for that 9th wicket and victory slipped away. The boys are back at Petersham Oval next week and will be looking to bounce back and secure a 3rd victory of the season in the 2-day match against Blacktown.

JC Travel Professional MVP Award Points

3 – Matt Calder

2 – David Bourke

1 – Doug Loth

 

244x121 adinaAdina Hotel Apartment Coogee 5th Grade – Northern Districts (4th) v Randwick Petersham (7th) @ Storey Park

Team – Eldridge, Saini, Powell, Montedoro, Hilder, House (+), Graham, Singh (c), Boyns, Fowler, Waugh

Result – Randwick Petersham 10/171 (Singh 50, Graham 32, Saini 32) – 54.4 Overs Defeated by Northern Districts 8/205 – 67 Overs (Boyns 4/62-24, Singh 3/67-28)

http://www.premier.nsw.cricket.com.au/common/pages/public/rv/match.aspx?locx=MATCH&matchid=2372815&gradeid=668_1 

To complete a tough day for the Club 5th Grade went down narrowly at Storey Park, with the Rangers passing our score of 171 for the loss of 8 wickets before stumps was called with the Rangers 8/205. Fives joined 4th Grade in suffering their first defeat of the season, and by the same tight margin of just 2 wickets.

The Rangers resumed on Day 2 with their noses in front on 3/62, and they quickly advanced to 3/132 and looked set for a very comfortable victory with only 40 runs to make and 7 wickets left in the shed. However, our star opening bowling duo of captain Nigel Singh (3/67-28) and Sam Boyns (4/62-24) had other ideas, rampaging through the Rangers’ middle order as we picked up 5 wickets for just 34 runs and gave ourselves a slight chance with the score at 8/166 and the Rangers still requiring 6 runs for victory. Both Singh and Boyns built pressure throughout the day, bowling with probing accuracy and each going at less than three runs per over and dragging us right back into the contest.

Unfortunately it was not to be, and the Rangers won by 2 wickets to maintain their unbeaten start to the season. For our boys the game was probably lost on Day 1 when we went from a strong position at 0/46 to 6/60, which proved telling, before the lower order helped post a competitive score. Despite the setback, there were a lot of positives to take from the game against a strong outfit. We fought back in both innings from seemingly hopeless positions to keep the game close. Fifth Grade now have 2 wins and 1 loss and will be looking to bounce back with a victory against Blacktown next week at Whalan Park.

JC Travel Professional MVP Award Points

3 – Nigel Singh

2 – Sam Boyns

1 – Vish Saini

 

rsz lau marrickville logoSpecsavers Marrickville RPC Gold vs Penrith @ Kensington Oval

Team: Mullins, Rushton, Sapariya, Andonopoulos, Sidney (+), Fox, Khoo, Stewart (c), C De Silva, L O’Loughlin, Deller

Result: Randwick Petersham Gold 162 v Penrith 9/289 (dec) – lost on 1st innings.

http://www.smcc.nsw.cricket.com.au/common/pages/public/rv/match.aspx?matchID=2455186&entityID=2318 

By John Stewart

Penrith declared overnight at 9/288 leaving Gold with an achievable chase. Mullins and Rushton got off to a decent start before Mullins was unluckily given out caught behind. Stewart and Rushton began to dig in before one of a few rising deliveries accounted for Rushton. Chinton Sapariya didn’t trouble the scorers and Sidney was undone by a short rising ball into the body. At 5/50 odd young Peter Andonopoulos (62) and the skipper dug in. Stewart (1) went shortly before tea but it was Andonopoulos, who was the star, who held the innings together pushing Gold to a better total than expected earlier in the day. Gold all out 162 when stumps were called.

A much better effort in the field from next round, to back up the bowlers, will make Gold competitive in Metro. This is evidenced by Penrith being let off the hook after being 7/151 on Day 1.
JC Travel Professional MVP Award Points

3 – Peter Andonopoulos

2 – Hayden Fox

1 – Alex Deller

 

bendigo red 250x125Clovelly Community Bank Branch Bendigo Bank RPC Green vs Eastern Suburbs @ Snape Park

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

Result: Randwick Petersham Green 117 v Eastern Suburbs 133 & 6/115 – lost on 1st innings

http://www.smcc.nsw.cricket.com.au/common/pages/public/rv/match.aspx?entityid=2318&matchid=2455188&gradeid=1532_1 

By Jeremy Jastrzab

Arriving on a fine sunny Sunday morning at Snape Park with 3/31 on the board, the Greens had the entire day to knock off the remaining 103 runs for 1st innings points. The batting cautiously progressed against some quick and tight bowling from the dolphins, but a steady flow of wickets, including a confident 25 from Abbey Bhavsar, from a mix of good fielding and players undone by the vagaries of the Snape pitch left the Greens tottering at 8/74. A mature partnership between the burgeoning Pratulya “PK” Kashyap and efficient Dev Kaushal took us to tea with a glimmer of hope. Unfortunately, the bowling proved too tight in the end, with Green falling 16 runs short and PK stranded on 24 red.

With 36 overs left in the day, Easts decided for some reason to have a hit and giggle, with their skipper slogging his was to a quick half century. However, it was youthful spin twins Zade Murphy and Omar Warisi with the last laugh. They tied down the batsmen and snared themselves a pair of wickets each. Special mention to Jordan Marsden for sneaking in his first wicket for the club, while Apollo Papathanasiou snared his first catch behind the stumps as well (credit to the young fella from Easts for walking, despite the on-field umpire giving it not out). With the bowling and fielding in good stead, the Greens just need to solidifying their batting performances to be a force of reckoning.

JC Travel Professional MVP Award Points

3 – Abbey Bhavsar

2 – Pratulya Kashyap

1 – Apollo Papathanasiou

0 replies

Leave a Reply

Want to join the discussion?
Feel free to contribute!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *