This round we take on Club Championship 19th placed Blacktown who are on 54 points. We are 13th on 156 not having been able to move from that total in our last six games – five Grade matches and a PGs game. Last round was a run-a-thon with our five Grade teams racking up a massive total of 1,398 runs which unfortunately didn’t earn us any points with two draws and three losses. Northern District had an even bigger run-scoring round with 1,561 to take the spoils in the three lower grade matches. There were 858 runs scored in 1sts at Mark Taylor Oval and 775 in 2nds at Coogee Oval with not a point won between them!

This round we take on Club Championship 19th placed Blacktown who are on 54 points. We are 13th on 156 not having been able to move from that total in our last six games – five Grade matches and a PGs game. Last round was a run-a-thon with our five Grade teams racking up a massive total of 1,398 runs which unfortunately didn’t earn us any points with two draws and three losses. Northern District had an even bigger run-scoring round with 1,561 to take the spoils in the three lower grade matches. There were 858 runs scored in 1sts at Mark Taylor Oval and 775 in 2nds at Coogee Oval with not a point won between them!

1st GRADE is at Joe McAleer Oval, Glendenning: While we have won 7 of the 13 matches against Blacktown over the years they have won 5 including 2 of the last 3. Last season we didn’t play them but the summer before they won 323 to 269. They lost to Gordon in round 1 this season then bowled Campbelltown out for 88 in round 2 to win with a bonus point. They had a draw last week against Hawkesbury. Included in their team last week was English County bat Paul Horton who played with us in 2004-005 and 2005-06 scoring 110 against Balmain.
Congratulations to Anthony Sams who passed the 3,000 1st Grade runs milestone last match. He now has 3,023. He has scored 326 runs in three matches to be second highest run-getter in the competition behind Nick Bertus of Parramatta who has 360. Adam Semple needs 22 for 4,500 runs in 1st Grade. Daniel Sams has 147 1st Grade wickets with the club.

2nd GRADE is at Coogee: It’s amazing to think that 2nd Grade has hit 738 runs in three games and is yet to register a competition point! The luck has to change shortly. It has 2 outright wins over Blacktown among its 8 wins overall. It has only lost once to them.
Well done Matt Everett who is the leading run-getter in the 2nd Grade comp after three matches with 244. His 195* last Saturday was the highest in the comp to date and was second only to Tim Laws’ 231 in 2008-09! Congratulations to James Tyson who brought up 175 wickets in 2nd Grade last Saturday.

3rd GRADE plays at Jim Hanshaw Oval, Whalan: 3rds have an almost perfect record against Blacktown with 9 wins and a draw from 10 matches. The draw was in 2007-08 when they were 1-35 chasing our 191 and day 2 was washed out. They have lost all 3 matches so far this season. Congratulations to wicket-keeper/batsman Karl Schubert who brought up 225 games last round. He also needs just 3 dismissals to bring up 200. While skipper Rod Stafford has taken 509 wickets since he started with Randwick in 1997-98, he has taken 399 with Randwick Petersham—one more for the magic 400! John McLoughlin needs just 9 runs to reach the 6,000 milestone with Randwick Petersham. His overall Grade Cricket record is 7,266 runs.

4th GRADE is at Petersham Oval: 4ths have a perfect record against Blacktown. They have won 10 from 10! And while Blacktown have lost two and drawn one so far this season they have scored some handy runs so nothing should be taken for granted. In fact the more wins we pile up the harder it is to maintain our record. That in itself should keep our boys on their toes. Congratulations to David Bourke who passed the 4,500 club runs milestone last Saturday. He now needs 271 for 3,500 in 4th Grade.

5th Grade plays at Whalan: Disappointing to lose to NDs for the first time last week. No such record to worry about this round as Blacktown have beaten us 3 times although we have had 7 wins against them and won our last two clashes. They have lost to Gordon and Hawkesbury but defeated Campbelltown so far this season. We are 9th and they are 14th this season.

Metropolitan Cup from Jeremy Jastrzab: Round 4 is the last time before Christmas that the Metros have to deal with Saturday and Sunday fixtures, which have resulted in some musical chairs selections, but two strong teams nonetheless. Green make the first lengthy road trip of the season to Rance, and attempt to do what Gold couldn’t do last round – beat Penrith. A number of players will be intimately familiar with each other after facing off for a month. We also welcome back Gabe Budwee after a lengthy absence from the RPs. Gold take on Mosman at Snape over the next two Sundays, and attempt to do what Green couldn’t do two rounds ago – beat them. This match will be notable as your humble author’s first match as captain, while former Petersham grade bowler, Gavin Fox will likely open the bowling with son, Hayden, who currently leads the wickets tally for the whole club.

LADIES and LEGENDS DAY: One of the club’s great days will be at COOGEE OVAL on SUNDAY WEEK 30 October. It’s a Twenty 20 double-header with our boys playing two matches at 10am v Mosman and 2.30pm v Illawarra. WE WANT EVERYONE TO COME TO COOGEE—LADIES, LEGENDS, SUPPORTERS AND FRIENDS.

Lyall Gardner

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