Round 5 Day 1 – Randwick Petersham (14th Club Championship) v Penrith (2nd Club Championship)

After a difficult couple of weeks against Northern Districts and Blacktown, we faced the prospect of a tough challenge against last year’s Club Champions, the Penrith Panthers. Penrith have really been firing on all cylinders the last couple of years and this year has proved no different with them sitting in the lofty 2nd place in the Club Championship.


After a difficult couple of weeks against Northern Districts and Blacktown, we faced the prospect of a tough challenge against last year’s Club Champions, the Penrith Panthers. Penrith have really been firing on all cylinders the last couple of years and this year has proved no different with them sitting in the lofty 2nd place in the Club Championship.

However, we have often saved our best for the “stronger clubs” and managed winning days against teams above us on the Club Championship. This Saturday proved no different in the higher grades with 1st Grade and 2nd Grade putting themselves in the box seat to claim the 6 points. In the lower Grades, 3rd Grade is evenly poised while 4th and 5th Grades had tough days with the bat, ensuring first inning points went to the Panthers.

On Sunday attention turned to the PGs competition with our first home game against Gordon after a narrow Round 1 defeat to the Panthers at Howell Oval. With a few players unavailable we were able to debut a couple of younger players. Also read about both Metropolitan Cup sides who have started the season in fine style sitting in 4th place and 8th place respectively as they look to continue their winning ways.

beastwear250x267Beastwear 1st Grade – Randwick Petersham (5th) v Penrith (7th) @ Petersham Oval
Team – Kemp (c), A.Sams (+), Price, Scicluna, D.Sams, Psarakis, Sangha, Critchley, Semple, Chibber, Neser

Result – Penrith 10/251 (Semple 5/58-17, Neser 2/14-14) v Randwick Petersham 0/23 (A.Sams 18n/o, Kemp 5n/o)

First Grade returned to home comforts with their first 2-day home fixture of the season at Petersham Oval. The game shaped as a pivotal one even early in the season, with Penrith sitting just two spots behind us in 7th spot as the race to consolidate a position in the Top 6 intensifies. With Soumil Chibber fit again after a back complaint, his return to the side was a straight swap for Greg West who rolled his ankle in the warm up on T20 day at Coogee last week.

At the close of play we had our noses in front having put in a disciplined and attritional performance with the ball to bowl the Panthers out for 253. In form opening pair, Anthony Sams and Alex Kemp, survived a final flurry from the Panthers to leave us with 229 runs to score next week and all 10 wickets in hand.

After the Panthers had made a solid start at 0/69 it was an outstanding bit of fielding from Daniel Sams which turned the momentum of the day. Thinking the ball was past Sams at a widish mid-on, in form opener DiBartolo set off for a single, only for Sams to gather the ball in and, at full pelt and side arm, throw straight to the middle peg. From then on in, we took wickets at regular intervals with strike bowler Daniel Sams (1/60-22), and both leg spinners Critchley (1/52-14) and Sangha (0-65) bowling a good line and length and keeping things tight. Sangha has not got the wickets his bowling has deserved of late, however has impressed all with his command over a tough craft.

However, the two stars of the day were Francois Neser (2/14-14) and club legend Adam Semple (5/58-17). Neser put together his best performance of the season by hitting a great length and building suffocating pressure from one end. Whilst Neser was rewarded with a couple of wickets, it was Semple who proved the chief destroyer claiming a deserved 5-wicket haul for a quality display of fast medium bowling. Semple, being a good team man and humble guy, probably under bowled himself at times as a captain. However “Kempy” has got full value out of him. Semple is quicker than he looks, and with his awkward angle from wide of the crease he has the ability to get the ball to straighten and reverse swing the old ball. At an age when many bowlers are slowing down, Semple is bowling as well as he has at any time in his career.

Despite our batting being the best in the competition, we can’t afford to rest on our laurels heading into Day 2. Penrith will be able to call upon the services of Josh Laylor and possibly Pat Cummins on a wicket that is playing a little up and down at times.

frankienswiss 250x125Frankie & Swiss 2nd Grade – Penrith (13th) v Randwick Petersham (18th) @ Howell Oval

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

Result – Penrith 10/150 – 47.5 Overs (Kam 4/29-15, Tyson 2/35-12, Wood 2/37-12, Eaton 2/29-7) v Randwick Petersham 7/129 – 46 Overs (Balbirnie 35, Mackay 25n/o, Moran 18)

Second Grade made the trip out to Howell Oval where a number of the boys had already played a PG’s game this season, suffering a narrow defeat. With both teams in the bottom half of the table, it was already a desperate game for both teams as we reach a third of the way through the season. With both Matt Everett and Pat Magann unavailable, regular 2nd Grader Max Moran took the gloves, while Ben Stares was rewarded for his strong start to the season with a call up to the side.

despite being presented a fairly good batting wicket it was a day where the bowlers dominated, with 17 wickets falling for just 279 runs, we had our noses slightly in front. After putting in our best bowling and fielding display of the season to dismiss Penrith for 150, we are left with a nervous week ahead requiring just 21 runs with 3 wickets in hand in order to claim our first points of the season.

It was a great team effort from our fast bowlers with the ball with Kushal Ram (4/29-15), James Tyson (2/37-12), Sam Wood (2/37-12) and Sean Eaton (2/29-7) all taking wickets at regular intervals. Ram was rewarded with the new ball after his outstanding start to the season and he powered his way to another 4 wickets in an all action display. Ram is proving his higher grades qualities this season, and a 1st Grade cap may not be far away if he keeps stringing together consistent performances. Tyson and Wood both chipped in with a couple of wickets to continue their good form, whilst Eaton displayed his all round capabilities by snaring two himself. Sean is an underrated and skilful medium pacer who found it hard to get the overs he deserved in First Grade because of the abundance of quality options the side always had at their disposal.

At 1/65 we were looking in cruise control and well on the way to a victory thanks to a strong start from Max Moran (18) and Andrew Balbirnie (35). However, despite looking in outstanding touch, both Moran and Balbirnie fell in quick succession and we experienced a middle order collapse and slumped to 7/117 as the Panthers went in for the kill. However, holding things together we Sam Mackay (25n/o) who along with Joe Hart (11n/o) steered us safely to stumps.

prsl 250x125Petersham RSL 3rd Grade – Randwick Petersham (15th) v Penrith (1st) @ Coogee Oval

Team – Ahmed, Schubert (c), Lyle, McLoughlin, Burton, Calder, Graham, Stafford (c), Wallis, Ali, McKenzie

Result – Randwick Petersham 10/216 – 58.3 Overs(Ahmed 41,Stafford 41, Burton 35, McKenzie 24n/o, Ali 20) v Penrith 2/72 – 20 Overs (Ali 1/10-3)

3rd grade were looking to rebound from 3 straight losses when they faced a 1st place and undefeated Panthers side at Coogee Oval. The side was given a boost with the skipper Rodney Stafford right to resume bowling having overcome a hamstring injury. Experienced fast bowler Matt Wallis also returned after being unavailable in Round 4 and Corey Graham has handed his first 3rd grade game for the club after a slashing 95 in 4th grade the previous week.

The day was evenly contested on a typically good Coogee Oval surface and by the close of play the result was left hanging in the balance. Both teams will be upbeat on their chances of taking the 6 points with the Panthers 2/72 in reply to our competitive 216. It was a day of fits and starts for 3rd grade as after slumping to 2/10 early both Kaoser Ahmed (41) and John McLoughlin steered us out of early trouble with a 50 run partnerships. However McLoughlin’s wicket triggered a epic collapse where we lost 4/19 to be on the ropes at 6/80 as Tea neared. Added has been in good nick all season and is proving a reliable commodity at the top of the order for both 3rd grade and 4th grade.

However 3rd grade under Stafford have always had the ability to get lower order runs and pull the team out of trouble. Stafford (41) has averaged over 30 the last couple of years in 3s so it was no surprise to see him go to work again here. What was surprising was he bought up his first “horn” of the season here and it was a timid effort limping just over the boundary rope and onto the grass! Stafford was extremely well supported by Matt Wallis (16), Omar Ali (20) and Tom McKenzie (24n/o). McKenzie’s innings might prove especially vital as the last wicket pair put on a crucial 46 runs to get us to 216. Credit must go to Penrith leg spinner Adam Burton who claimed the figures of 7/89 from his 21 overs.

Joh McLoughlin bought up a historical milestone in the match being the first RPCC batsman to pass 6,000 runs for the club. McLoughlin has been an ever present since the merger started and has always been one of the mosts consistent and reliable batman in the club whether it by in 1st grade, 2nd grade or 3rd grade. We salute you “JMac”!

With 20 overs of cricket still to play we claimed a couple of early wickets with a run-out and a wicket to in form left arm seamer Omar Ali (1/10-3). Unfortunately Ali was to break down with a meniscus injury which will see him out of action from anywhere from 4 to 8 weeks. This took a bit of the wind out of our sails and the Panthers consolidated to reach 2/72 at stumps, requiring another 144 runs for victory with 8 wickets still in hand.

sct leftSydney City Toyota 4th Grade – Penrith (4th) v Randwick Petersham (11th) @ Bill Ball Oval
Team – Kakkireni, King, Murdita, Powell, Mitchell, Bourke (c), Nawaz, House (+), Sprowls, Loth, Tsalikidis

Result – Randwick Petersham 10/95 – 55.2 Overs (Mitchell 22, Murdita 16, King 15) v Penrith 1/80 – 22 Overs (Sprowls 1/14-5)

Fourth Grade headed to one of our more down trodden venues in Grade cricket, Bill Ball Oval. Despite the name change from Cook Park, the ground remains one of the most basic in Sydney with its salubrious surrounds and phone box dressing sheds. With a raft unavailable this week, youngsters Himanshu Kakkireni and Dylan Powell were elevated from 5th Grade to bolster our top order. Experienced wicket keeper Ed House was called up in the absence of Tyzac Jordan, while gun strike bowler Doug Loth returned to the side after being unavailable in Round 4.

Unfortunately, it was all one-way traffic on Day 1 with the hosts in a dominant position at 1/80 in reply to our meagre total of 95. Jaya Murdita (16) batted for close to 90 minutes after he was elevated to Number 3 in the order, showing some guts and determination against an attack that was taking wickets at regular intervals. After Murdita fell, David Mitchell (22) was the only other batsman to offer any resistance, however when he fell the tail quickly followed and we were bowled out for 95.

The hosts went on to reach 1/80 at stumps with Andrew Sprowls (1/14-5) the lone wicket taker. Every team experiences these sorts of days once or twice in a season and it will be a good test of character to see how the boys respond next week with little to play for outside of pride. Hopefully some of the bowlers and batters can use next week as a good platform for the rest of the season as we look to stay in touch with the Top 6.

244x121 adinaAdina Hotel Apartment Coogee 5th Grade – Penrith (1st) v Randwick Petersham (10th) @ Kensington Oval
Team – De Silva, Eldridge, Ruston,, Montedoro, Saparia, Hilder, Sidney (+), Budwee, Singh (c), Budwee, Warisi, Waugh

Result – Penrith 10/123 – 55 Overs (Boyns 3 wickets, Budwee 3 wickets, Singh 2 wickets) v Randwick Petersham 10/112 – 35 Overs (Budwee 37 N/o)

5th Grade had the difficult task of rebounding from two straight defeats against a Penrith side that was undefeated and were sitting pretty on top of the table. The side had a number of changes with Sean Ruston, Chintan Saparia and Omar Warisi all called up from Metropolitan Cup after a number of strong performances in previous weeks.

Just like 2nd Grade, the bowlers dominated at Kensington Oval with 20 wickets falling for just 235 runs on a dry Kensington Oval wicket. On this occasion we were to be edged out of first inning points falling 11 runs short of Penrith’s 123.

The team’s pace bowling has been its clear strength this year and that remained no different on Day 1 against the Panthers. Whilst 20 wickets fell, the wicket at Kensington Oval displayed no demons and was good for batting. The ever reliable opening bowling pair of Sam Boyns (3 wickets) and Nigel Singh (2 wickets) did all the early damage to have the Panthers in early trouble. Gab Budwee (3 wickets) then mopped up the tail to leave us sitting pretty at tea chasing an under-par score of 123.

Unfortunately Penrith responded with the ball to have us in all sorts of trouble early. Gab Budwee (37 n/o) made it a big all-round day for him by top scoring and taking us close to the Panthers total. Despite losing out on the all important 6 points, there are another 6 points up for grabs next week and with the bowlers well on top in this game and the sides evenly matched, a better batting performance gives us every chance of claiming outright results.

PGs Round 2 – Randwick Petersham (11th) v Gordon (18th) @ Petersham Oval

Team – Moran, Critchley, Psarakis, Sangha, Calder, James, Hart, Burton, Graham, McKenzie, Waugh

Result – Gordon 8/222 – 50 Overs (Hart 4/42-10, Sangha 1/29-10, Critchley 1/46-10) Defeated Randwick Petersham 10/196 – 42.5 Overs (Critchley 44, Psarakis 35, Moran 33, Graham 21 n/o)

PGs were looking to bounce back from a narrow Round 1 loss against the Panthers when they took on Gordon at Petersham Oval. The team were forced into a raft of changes with Matt Everett, Sam Wood and Rehaan Nawaz all unavailable after they played in the Round 1 fixture. Pat Magaan missed his 2nd straight PGs match through injury which meant into the side came English import Matt Critchley, Corey Graham, and Mackenzie Waugh. All 3 players were making their PGs debut for the club, making it one of the younger and more inexperienced sides we have put on the paddock in PGs in recent history.

This was a game that got away from us as we went down narrowly by 26 runs in reply to Gordon’s 8/222, despite looking in cruise control at 1/125 early in the run chase. The Gordon spinners bowled excellently and managed to turn the tide by by building pressure and taking wickets on a dry Petersham Oval wicket. Our Top 3 all looked in excellent touch with Max Moran (33), Matt Critchley (44) and James Psarakis (35) all scoring at better then a run a ball. Corey Graham (21n/o) looked like he was going to carry us to victory on debut however he was to run out of partners.

Earlier in the day Joe Hart (4/42-10) had by far his best display bowling his 10 overs on the bounce and ripping out 4 of Gordon’s top 5 batsman. Hart bowled with good control and extracted some good bounce out of the surface. It’s not often a team has 3 leg spinners however that was the case here with Sangha (1/29-10) and Critchley (1/46-10) making it 30 overs of quality leg spin bowling. Mackenzie Waugh (1/45-8) showed some promise on debut by taking a key wicket in the middle orders.

There is not much time to dwell on this game as were back at Petersham Oval this Sunday to take on Northern Districts. With 2 losses this game becomes a must win if we want to stay in touch with the Top 8 teams in this 6 game competition.

rsz lau marrickville logoSpecsavers Marrickville RPC Gold vs Blacktown @ Whalan No.2
Team: Mullins, Crawford, Stewart (c), Bhavsar (+), Fox, Jastrzab, Lee, P O’Loughlin, L O’Loughlin, M O’Loughlin, Khoo

Result: Randwick Petersham Gold 0/165 (Crawford 76*, Mullins 59*) Blacktown 102 (H Fox 5/15)

Gold made the trek out to Whalan to face Blacktown with Stewart returning to skipper the side, following Jastrzab’s success in Round 4, and Paul O’Loughlin once again joining his youngsters in Metro. Hayden Fox had an enjoyable return trip following his stay with 5s the previous week.
Stewart finally won the toss and elected to bowl and the decision was justified with Mitchell O’Loughlin (1/13) and Fox turning the screws; strangling the Warriors to have them reeling at 5/14 after 12 overs. Foxy eventually finished with superb figures of 5/15 (10) to leave him 5 clear at the top of the Metro bowling averages (18 wickets at 7.67). Pingu, with Starc-esque celebrations, and Adam Lee finished with 1 apiece while Lj O’Loughlin (2/24) wrapped up the tail.

A 40+ run partnership from Blacktown’s tail didn’t curb Gold’s enthusiasm with Kel Mullins (59*) and Neale ‘Cindy’ Crawford (76*) destroying the Warriors bowling attack and denting their confidence with an unbeaten 165 run opening stand. In the process they surpassed the 1st wicket partnership for Metropolitan Cup (147 set by Peter Johnston and Grant Frakes in 2001/02). With 80 overs next week runs and wickets are on offer with Gold looking to cement their top 4 place.

bendigo red 250x125Clovelly Community Bank Branch Bendigo Bank RPC Green vs Georges River @ Snape Park
Team: Papathansiou (+), Batra, M Wall, Andonopoulos, Deller, Finkelstein, Coovre (c), Murphy, Kaushal, M Waugh, C De Silva, R Sachs

Result: Randwick Petersham Green v Georges River 7/325

By Alexis Coovre
The Green team won the toss and elected to bowl on a well-prepared Snape Park deck, under sunny skies. Available for the first week only, young left-arm quick, Mac Waugh steamed-in from the Southern end beating the bat, and finding edges that evaded the slips. He was well supported from the other end by young right-arm quick, Alex Deller who found a good corridor early, giving the openers nothing to hit. After 15 overs the run-rate was only two an over, the business-like Georges River overs happy taking the shine off the ball on the flat Snape track.

Charith came on with his miserly meds, and then there was Coovre who replaced Waugh and continued the trend. Spin was introduced in the form of right-arm leggie, Zade Murphy. The run-rate began to creep-up slowly and in the 40th over we still remained wicketless. Murphy got the first scalp, the batsman chipping one straight to Batra, the score 1/125. Deller, back in the attack then picked-up a couple of quick wickets, the score now 3/145 in the 47th over. But a fourth wicket partnership of more than 100 gave Georges River the tempo, a few dropped chances not helping our cause. It was none other than Mac Waugh who dismissed their top scorer (73) giving Finkelstein a catch just inside the circle. A few wickets then followed, but by stumps Georges River remained at 7/325. Two poles each to Waugh, Deller and Coovre – and one pole to Murphy.

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