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

Day 2 of Round 5 loomed as a crucial day for the club after a couple of poor 2-day rounds against Northern Districts and Blacktown. However in typical Randy-Pete’s style we responded with three wins and a tie from five Grades against the reigning Club Champions who were sitting pretty in second spot on the Club Championship this year. The higher Grades secured tense victories, while our middle and lower order batting held up exceptionally well under pressure. Third Grade forced a dramatic tie despite being down and out for most of the day, while Fifth Grade overturned a first inning’s deficit to secure a memorable outright victory. Whilst Fourth Grade were the only Grade not to secure any points, they performed far better this week to set the tone for the rest of the season. Sadly, we could not cap off a big weekend as our PG’s side were outplayed by Northern Districts on Sunday. Read below about all the exciting finishes from around the grounds and more milestones for a couple of our Captains.

Day 2 of Round 5 loomed as a crucial day for the club after a couple of poor 2-day rounds against Northern Districts and Blacktown. However in typical Randy-Pete’s style we responded with three wins and a tie from five Grades against the reigning Club Champions who were sitting pretty in second spot on the Club Championship this year. The higher Grades secured tense victories, while our middle and lower order batting held up exceptionally well under pressure. Third Grade forced a dramatic tie despite being down and out for most of the day, while Fifth Grade overturned a first inning’s deficit to secure a memorable outright victory. Whilst Fourth Grade were the only Grade not to secure any points, they performed far better this week to set the tone for the rest of the season. Sadly, we could not cap off a big weekend as our PG’s side were outplayed by Northern Districts on Sunday. Read below about all the exciting finishes from around the grounds and more milestones for a couple of our Captains.

beastwear250x267Beastwear 1st Grade – Randwick Petersham (5th) v Penrith (7th) @ Petersham Oval

Team – Kemp (c), A.Sams (+), Price, Scicluna, D.Sams, Psarakis, Sangha, Critchley, Semple, Chhibber, Neser

Result – Penrith 10/251 (Semple 5/58-17, Neser 2/14-14) Defeated By Randwick Petersham 7/256 (A.Sams 81 Price 47, Sangha 38, D.Sams 25, A. Semple 25n/o) 

First Grade continued their fine start to the season with a tense 3 wicket victory over a strong Panthers side in a hard fought contest at Petersham Oval. The result continues the team’s outstanding record at this ground since 1st Grade returned to Petersham, with just one loss in the past three seasons, coming against Gordon last season. The victory sees Kempy’s men sitting pretty in 3rd spot on the competition table with 24 points from four victories and a draw. With 5 rounds now complete, we sit just behind pacesetters Gordon (31 points) and Northern Districts (26 points) as the season starts to heat up.

Resuming on 0/23 overnight, the Panthers claimed the vital early wicket of Captain Alex Kemp before experienced pair, Anthony Sams (81) and Nathan Price (47), went to work. Both men were savage on anything wide and pummeled a number of boundaries down the ground and through the offside. Price again looked in sublime form, scoring at better than a run a ball before falling in the 40’s once again after edging a wide delivery from the off spinner. Anthony Sams is having a truly memorable summer and looked well on his way to a third century of the summer before being run out. With NSW 2nd X1 Coach Gavan Twining a keen spectator, it was another timely innings from Sams who now has 528 runs at an average of 105 and continues to bang the door down in his quest to play at the next level.

At 3/168 we appeared to be cruising towards victory, however the match had a sting in the tail as we lost three quick wickets to slump to 6/188. Jake Scicluna (19) and Daniel Sams (25) had fought hard on a wicket that was playing a little up and down, with Penrith adjusting their tactics accordingly. It was up to Jason Sangha (38) and Adam Semple (25n/o) to steer us towards victory and that they did with a very gutsy 54-run partnership under pressure. Despite some tight bowling both batsman were selective and disciplined to steer us to within 9 runs of victory. Sangha showed his huge potential with a couple of outstanding lofted drives against the spinners that cleared the pickets. Both he and Semple have been starved of opportunities this season and it was a testament to their skills that they were able to come up trumps here.

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Matt Critchley joined Semple and safely steered us past the Panthers score shortly after tea when an early stumps was called. After high scoring contests had dominated our first four games, this was a really good contest between bat and ball. Scores in the 250 range used to be par for the course in First Grade, however these days they appear fewer and far between. Next week it is another blockbuster when the boys take on last year’s runners up and currently 4th placed Sydney in a match that is sure to be fiercely contested.

JC Travel Professional MVP Award Points

3 – Adam Semple
2 – Anthony Sams
1 – Francois Neser

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, McKenzie, Everett

Result – Penrith 10/150 – 47.5 Overs (Ram 4/29-15, Tyson 2/35-12, Wood 2/37-12, Eaton 2/29-7) and 4/186 Dec – 33 Overs (S.Eaton 3/40-7, S.Wood 1/35-10) Defeated By Randwick Petersham 10/157 – 46 Overs (Mackay 40, Balbirnie 35, Moran 18) and 6/103 – 41 Overs (T.Holland 27n/o, M. Everett 27, B.Stares 23) 

Second Grade made it twin triumphs in the higher grades with a well-deserved two wicket first innings win over Penrith to complete their first victory of the season. Turning up in a tense situation with 21 runs required and just 3 wickets in hand, it was a much needed victory after a number of frustrating close defeats. However that wasn’t the end of the session and we were forced into a second innings rear guard action after a strong Panthers’ fightback threatened to take the victory off us late in the afternoon. To make the victory even sweeter was the fact that the wicket at Howell had significantly more grass cover this week. The victory gets us off the bottom of the table and up to 17th spot with plenty of cricket left to play.

Nerves were frayed very early on Day 2 as Joe Hart departed in the first over of the day with us having failed to add to our score. It was then up to opening batsman Sam Mackay (40) and Sam Wood (13) to guide us to our first win of the season. With the ball nipping around considerably, and plenty of encouragement from the Panthers’ fielders, it was a great effort from the boys to get the remaining 20 runs under pressure. Mackay has spent plenty of time at the crease this year and really took to his role as an opening batsman in this game by occupying the crease and playing with discipline and patience.

After being dismissed shortly after reaching the Panthers score, it was perhaps a little understandable that we came out a little flat in the field. The relief of securing our first 6 points of the season was soon forgotten as the Panthers went in search of quick runs to flip the result of the game as they played aggressively from the get go with the bat. The Panthers rattled on at close to 6 runs per over when they declared on 4/186, setting us a gettable but challenging 180 from 41 overs. With the ball, Sam Wood (1/35-10) bowled with great control while Sean Eaton (3/40-7) picked up a few wickets to give him 5 wickets for the match.

Despite having the best of intentions in looking to claim all 10 points and an outright victory, we were soon reeling at 3/10 and forced into a total rethink. Returning wicketkeeper batsman Matt Everett (27) and Sam Mackay (17) steadied the ship putting on 38 runs before they were both out in quick succession to give the Panthers every hope of claiming outright points with us at 6/52 and over 20 overs remaining. However, led by the skipper Tom Holland (27n/o) and Joe Hart (23n/o), we dug in and held firm in the face of some quality probing bowling from the hosts.

Holland and Hart remained unbeaten at stumps to preserve our victory at a ground where it is never easy to come away with a win. Second Grade now have the chance for back-to-back victories when they play their first game at Petersham Oval for the season against a Sydney team setting an incredibly high standard. Sydney are the defending Premiers in 2nd Grade and have already rattled up 35 points this year with an outright and four 1st innings victories. It represents a great opportunity for this relatively new team to get a big scalp and set up the rest of their season.

JC Travel Professional MVP Award Points

3 – Sam Mackay
2 – Kushaal Ram
1 – Shaun Eaton

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, Loth

Result – Randwick Petersham 10/216 – 58.3 Overs (Ahmed 41, Stafford 41, Burton 35, McKenzie 24n/o, Ali 20) Tied with Penrith 10/216 – 74.4 Overs (A.Burton 4/38-16.2, Stafford 3/62-25, Ali 1/10-3)

Third Grade went within a whisker of making it three victories for the top three Grades, instead having to settle for a dramatic tie against the Panthers at Coogee Oval. The team showed a lot of guts and determination with the ball and in the field to claw back a seemingly hopeless position to secure 3 competition points and a share of the spoils. While we couldn’t break through for a first victory in four games, this might prove an important result to change the momentum of the season with Thirds up to 15th spot on 9 competition points after five rounds.

Resuming on 2/70, the Panthers’ third wicket pair continued where they left off, moving to 2/107 as the visitors took a stranglehold on the match. Matt Wallis (0/38-11) and Doug Loth (0-20/6) bowled well without luck as we were seemingly staring a fourth straight loss right in the face. A double strike reduced Penrith to 4/112, however, at tea, the visitors remained well on course for victory as they steadied again to reach 4/165.

It was here that we started a remarkable fightback with the skipper Rod Stafford (3/62-25) and Ashley Burton (4/38-16) ripping the heart out of the Panthers’ middle order, as Penrith slumped to 8/199 still requiring 18 runs for victory with just two wickets in hand. In what proved a nail biting finish Penrith looked all but home with only four runs required for victory when Stafford trapped the number 9 batsman plumb in front. Last week’s hero with the ball for the visitors, Adam Burton, was then forced to try and win with the bat for Penrith, and, when he steered a ball through the gap for two runs, scores were tied. With scores tied and Penrith set for victory, the hero of the day, Ashley Burton, secured his 4th wicket after a skied top edge forced veteran wicketkeeper Karl Schubert to hold his nerve and take the catch.

Burton has been a star with the ball this year with his ability to hit a good length and angle the ball in to the right handers from around the wicket. Whilst Burton only ambles in to bowl, he relies on subtle changes of pace with his wrist and unnerving accuracy and he was rewarded with another 4 wickets here. Stafford has never been afraid of a marathon spell of bowling in the past and, despite the aches and pains no doubt increasing, he managed 25 overs claiming 3 wickets and going at just 2.5 runs per over.

Despite not getting to sing the song, the skipper was very happy with our display and fight shown with the bat and in the field to get some points out of a game that looked lost on two or three occasions. It was another big milestone day for Rod Stafford, claimed his 400th wicket for Randwick Petersham on the day making him clear 2nd in the overall wicket takers for the club. Sadly a persistent hamstring injury means Rod may not be able to add to his tally next week. Next week it is a crucial mid-table struggle against 9th placed Sydney at Ryde Park as we look to build on what was a gutsy performance at home.

JC Travel Professional MVP Award Points

3 – Ashley Burton
2 – Rod Stafford
1 – Rocky Ahmed

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, Budwee

Result – Randwick Petersham 10/95 – 55.2 Overs (Mitchell 22, Murdita 16, King 15) and 2/97 – 23 overs (Murdita 65n/o) Defeated by Penrith 6/163 – 48 Overs (Sprowls 2/21-10, Budwee 2/31-9, Nawaz 1/24-9) 

Fourth Grade suffered their third straight defeat at Bill Ball Oval against the Panthers despite dominating Day 2 of their match. The boys lost the game on Day 1 and secured their goal of having by far the better side on Day 2 with an excellent performance in the field and then with the bat in the second innings. Whilst we slipped to 14th on the table, the boys showed their character here from a hopeless position and secured some priceless momentum heading into a crucial Round 6 clash.

Resuming on 1/80 chasing our meagre total of 95, first innings points were never in doubt for the hosts and they passed our total with the loss of just two wickets as we looked set for a long day of toil. However the presence of Gabriel Budwee really perked the side up this week and there was a lot more energy and quality about our work with the ball and in the field. Budwee (2/31-9) is a popular player whatever Grade he plays and his quality is not in doubt, and he took a couple of early wickets here to lift our spirits. Andrew Sprowls (2/21-10) has led the attack with aplomb this year and once again he bowled tidily and was rewarded with a couple of wickets. Rehaan Nawaz (1/24-9) made it a really strong all-round fightback from our three seamers, as we took 5 wickets for just 78 runs on Day 2 before the Panthers declared as they went in search of outright points.

We looked to be in early trouble once again at 2/29 before Jaya Murdita (65n/o) and Dylan Powell (18n/o) steered us to safety at 2/97 from 23 overs. Murdita has been seen as predominantly a bowling all rounder for the past five years, however I think he will relish the role of batting up the order, as he played a quality innings here. Sometimes players get pigeonholed as number 7s or 8s, however sometimes with extra responsibility certain players can respond in kind and it will interesting to see whether Jaya can make the number three position his own as the season goes on.

Despite suffering a loss the mood in the shed afterwards was very upbeat after a really positive Day 2. The boys showed exactly what they are capable of and will be looking to set that standard for the rest of the season. Next week 4th Grade play their first home game at Coogee Oval for the season when they take on third place Sydney.

JC Travel Professional MVP Award Points

3 – Jaya Murdita
2 – Gabe Budwee
1 – Andrew Sprowls

244x121 adinaAdina Hotel Apartment Coogee 5th Grade – Penrith (1st) v Randwick Petersham (10th) @ Kensington Oval

Team – De Silva, Eldridge, Ruston, Montedoro, Saparia, Standing, Sidney (+), Budwee, Singh (c), Warisi, Waugh, Boyns

Result – Penrith 10/123 – 55 Overs (Boyns 3 wickets, Budwee 3 wickets, Singh 2 wickets) and 10/132 – 40 Overs (N.Singh 4/22-10, O.Warisi 3/46-10, S.Boyns 2/34-10) Defeated by Randwick Petersham 10/112 – 35 Overs (Budwee 37 N/o) and 4/148 – 36 overs (Eldridge 58n/o, De Silva 28 n/o, Ruston 27) 

Fifth Grade made it an outstanding day for the club by reversing a first innings loss and securing an amazing outright victory on a wild day of action at Kensington Oval. Our bowlers once against proved the destroyers, skittling the Panthers once again before our young batting line up stepped up in fine style to run down the 148 runs required with just 4 wickets down, to make it a loud and proud victory song in the sheds. The victory gives us three wins from our opening five games and lifts us to 8th spot on the competition ladder, just one point out of the Top 6.

After the bitter disappointment of falling 11 runs short last week, we were faced with the task of taking early wickets on Day 2 to set up a potential run chase in the afternoon. Penrith looked to be set for a long stay at the crease as they moved to 0/35 before a brilliant run-out got us going from Rav De Silva. Still the Panthers cruised along at 1/59 with no sign of what was to come. However, the introduction of spin turned the tide of this game with Omar Warisi (3/46/-10) making a couple of key breakthroughs. Warisi impressed Academy coaches earlier this off-season with his control, and the left arm orthodox spinner took his opportunity here with three wickets after having to bide his time in Metropolitan Cup early in the season.

While Warisi tied down one end, our lethal opening bowling pair of Nigel Singh (4/22-10) and Sam Boyns (2/34-10) bounded to life and cut a swathe through the Panthers’ middle and lower order. With lbw’s and two bowled, our bowlers showed exactly how to bowl on a flat and slow Kensington Oval wicket. When you bowl full and straight you bring all the dismissal modes into play, and our bowlers claimed 9/73 as Penrith spectacularly collapsed from 1/59 to 132 all out.

Still only 38 overs remained in the day and we would require the highest score of the match of 148 to get the 6 outright points on offer after losing the first innings. Sean Rushton (27) got us off to a bright and breezy start. Sean has been a stalwart of 5th and 6th Grades for the past few years and the powerful left hand batsman played a number of sparkling drives and pulls as we got our run chase off to a great start.

After a few wickets tumbled, the run chase started to go down to the wire before Ravin De Silva (28n/o) joined Jackson Eldridge (58 n/o) at the crease. The pair are good mates and would have spent many hours at the crease together having been in the same year at Waverley High School and in the Club’s AWGS side. Eldridge is experiencing somewhat of a breakout year and thoroughly deserved his call up to our PG’s team for Sunday’s game after making 57 not out and steering us to victory here. De Silva also finished not out as he completed a great fightback to secure outright points after the disappointment of last week’s batting display.

The Skipper was a very happy man at stumps, declaring it one of the best team victories he had been involved in. “Singhy” claimed his 500th overall Grade wicket on the day, which is a massive achievement in a storied career for Randwick and now Randwick Petersham. Well done “Singhy” from all at Randwick Petersham and who knows, 600 may not be out of reach down the track! Next week we travel to ELS Hall to take on 13th place Sydney with a victory likely to see us back inside the Top 6 as we head towards Christmas.

JC Travel Professional MVP Award Points

3 – Nigel Singh
2 – Jackson Eldridge
1 – Omair Warisi

PGs Round 3 – Randwick Petersham (11th) v Northern Districts (18th) @ Petersham Oval

Team – Moran, Everett (+) Psarakis, Sangha, Critchley, Calder, Hart, Burton, Eldridge, Wood, McKenzie

Result – Northern Districts 5/270 – 50 Overs (A.Burton 1/28-9, J.Hart 1/32-7) Defeated Randwick Petersham 10/116 – 41 Overs (Critchley 31, Psarakis 20) 

It was a dirty day for our PG’s side as Northern Districts dominated our Round 3 clash at Petersham Oval, running out convincing 154-run victors. Crucially we lost a third straight toss and were once again consigned to the field on a wicket that was dry and starting to go up and down from the afternoon onwards. The loss sees us out of contention for the finals, sitting in 19th place without a victory from the opening three rounds.

The Rangers always have strong Under Age teams and this was no different, a top six littered with higher Grade batsmen. Joe Hart (1/32-7) and Ashley Burton (1/28-9) have now put in back-to-back strong performances with the ball as they kept the scoreboard from getting out of hand with some excellent bowling.

The wicket was really drying out and both our openers were victims of balls that kept a little low and we were under pressure straight away with the bat. Both James Psarakis (20) and Matt Critchley (31) looked in excellent touch, however their dismissals signaled the end of our chances for the afternoon.

It’s a particularly young and inexperienced PG’s team this year, and while the results have not gone our way this will be a pretty fair side when they have played together a bit more. Almost all of the team have at least two or three more years of Under 21’s cricket to look forward to, so whatever happens this year, next year we will be far stronger. I expect if we win a toss or two this side will show what it is capable of over the next few games as we aim to finish as high up the ladder as possible.

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 2/220 (DEC) (Mullins 102*, Crawford 78) defeated Blacktown 102 (H Fox 5/15) & 3/184

Gold returned to picturesque Whalan Reserve where Neale Crawford (78) and Kel Mullins resumed their unbeaten partnership following an hour delay due to a wet run-up. The Blacktown bowlers returned this week with tighter lines and assistance in the wicket made batting tougher. Crawford was undone holing out to mid-on, breaking the opening partnership at 178. Stewart (6) joined Mullins and batted to tea, by which time Kel had brought up his first 100 for the club. It was an innings of maturity that mixed attack with an impregnable defence. Well batted, mate. On the stroke of tea Stewart was caught behind and the declaration followed during the break.

With 41 overs left in the day Gold’s bowlers toiled hard to break into Blacktown with the openers attacking from the outset. Fox, LJ O’Loughlin and Khoo were unlucky to go wicketless. Whereas Mitchell O’Loughlin (1/35) bowled with pace dismissing the first opener and evergreen Paul O’Loughlin (1/15) showed his experience. Stumps were eventually called after the stand-in Blacktown skipper decided to play the remaining overs which allowed the Randy Petes to test their second string bowlers of Jastrzab, Mullins and Crawford, who all bowled with accuracy and aplomb.

Another win to Gold places them 3rd after Penrith and Gordon. Congratulations to Grade on coming back against Penrith and to Green holding on for a draw v Georges River.

JC Travel Professional MVP Award Points

3 – Kel Mullins
2 – Hayden Fox
1 – Neale Crawford

John Stewart


bendigo red 250x125Clovelly Community Bank Branch Bendigo Bank RPC Green vs Georges River @ Snape Park

Team: Papathansiou (+), Batra, Deller, M Wall, Finkelstein, Andonopoulos, R Sachs, Coovre, Kaushal, Murphy, C De Silva

Result: Georges River 7/325 (DEC) drew with (Deller 2/29) Randwick Petersham Green 9/149 (Finkelstein 50)

Georges River declared overnight, leaving the hosts 80 overs to track-down 326 for victory. The wicket was again prepared excellently, the weather superb. Papathanasiou and Batra opened up, but the latter snicked-off with the score at 5. Deller (4) volunteered to fill the vacant number three position, but chipped one to mid-wicket in the tenth over. Wall was bowled without scoring, the River’s bowlers doing the job with a steady line and length.

Adam Finkelstein came in and again steadied the ship, negotiating the bowlers with great concentration, whilst simultaneously settling his partner at the other end. The pair put on a smart 43 for the third wicket before a charging Apollo (28) inside-edged one to the keeper who caught it between his legs on the second grab. Andonopolous (6) cut one to point, and with the score 5/67 in the 40th over, the target of 326 seemed more and more unlikely. Young Reuben Sachs entered the fray and showed a thorough technique, getting forward on the slow and low freeway, placing the ball with precision. He gave good company to Finkelstein who still had his head down, but going to town on any bad balls. He brought up a fine half century to give his team hope of at least saving the match. The pair put on a 67-run partnership, however just after bringing-up his milestone, Finkelstein holed-out in the 69th over.

Sachs then hit a full-toss straight to mid-wicket to depart for a noteworthy 25. Kaushal and Murphy both went for globes, and Georges River needed only one more wicket to claim victory. The experienced Charith (0*), however, defied the vulture-like opposition with his impenetrable defence. He and Coovre (14*) hung around just long enough for the game to be ‘eventually’ decreed a draw.

The draw leaves Green in a log-jam with 3 other teams on 6 points after 5 rounds of the Metropolitan Cup.

JC Travel Professional MVP Award Points

3 – Adam Finkelstein
2 – Apollo Papathansiou
1 – Reuben Sachs

Alexis Coovre

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