We faced another big challenge this week coming up against a Sydney Club which has been building to become one of the powerhouses of the Grade competition. Among Sydney’s achievements last season were 2nd in the Club Championship, First Grade Runners Up, Second Grade Premiers and Fifth Grade Premiers. Sydney has already started this season in fine style with their Second Grade side leading the competition, whilst their First Grade and Fourth Grade teams sit comfortably in the top six. Despite a strong round last week with three victories and a tie against Penrith, we still found ourselves languishing somewhat in 14th place in the Club Championship. In a day which was evenly contested, all games appear to be in the balance somewhat heading into Day 2 as we try to push back into the Top 10 in the Club Championship and set up for a challenge after Christmas. PG’s were also looking to get their first victory of the season against local rivals Eastern Suburbs at Waverley Oval. Read below reports from all the grounds and who starred over the weekend

We faced another big challenge this week coming up against a Sydney Club which has been building to become one of the powerhouses of the Grade competition. Among Sydney’s achievements last season were 2nd in the Club Championship, First Grade Runners Up, Second Grade Premiers and Fifth Grade Premiers. Sydney has already started this season in fine style with their Second Grade side leading the competition, whilst their First Grade and Fourth Grade teams sit comfortably in the top six. Despite a strong round last week with three victories and a tie against Penrith, we still found ourselves languishing somewhat in 14th place in the Club Championship. In a day which was evenly contested, all games appear to be in the balance somewhat heading into Day 2 as we try to push back into the Top 10 in the Club Championship and set up for a challenge after Christmas. PG’s were also looking to get their first victory of the season against local rivals Eastern Suburbs at Waverley Oval. Read below reports from all the grounds and who starred over the weekend

beastwear250x267Beastwear 1st Grade – Sydney (4th) v Randwick Petersham (3rd) @ Drummoyne Oval

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

Result – Sydney 10/217 – 64.3 Overs (Semple 5/50-19.3, Neser 2/54-18, Ram 1/48-8) v Randwick Petersham 3/87 (Kemp 36, Price 26, Psarakis 13 n/o)

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First Grade made the trip to one of the better grounds in Sydney in Drummoyne Oval to take on last year’s runners-up in Sydney. Most warm ups are pretty run of the mill, however this one had a special touch to it when former great Randwick and Randwick Petersham wicketkeeper/batsman Daryl Parmenter presented Kushal Ram with his baggy green. Daryl was a staple of our strong First Grade team in the early 2000’s and was a fantastic wicketkeeper with an excellent batting technique. Kushal become the 109th player to represent our Club in 1st Grade and richly deserved his inclusion after some excellent displays in Second Grade this season.

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With Sydney sitting one spot below us in 4th spot, a high quality and even contest was expected and delivered on Day 1 with Kempy’s men 3/87 in reply to Sydney’s 217. After winning the toss and electing to bowl, we had the Tigers on the ropes early at 2/9 before a steady partnership saw them climb to 2/90.

After lunch we took wickets at regular intervals to dismiss the hosts for 217, a great effort without leading strike bowlers Greg West and Daniel Sams. Once again it was Adam Semple (5/50-19.3) who starred with the ball, picking up his second consecutive 5-wicket haul. Semple has reinvented himself somewhat this year as a new ball bowler, doing the business against noted strong batting line ups in Penrith and Balmain. With Greg West still out injured and Daniel Sams unavailable, Francois Neser (2/54-18) has also really stepped up and done a lot of the required donkey work.

Kushal Ram made the most of his debut by taking his first 1st Grade wicket, dismissing Ben Manenti caught by Matt Critchley. After a very rare failure from Anthony Sams, Alex Kemp (36) and Nathan Price (26) took the attack to the Tigers putting us in control at 1/63. Unfortunately, both senior players fell within one run of each other, and it was left to Jake Scicluna (8n/o) and James Psarakis (13 n/o) to steer us safely to stumps. With Daniel Sams adding further depth to the batting line up next week a fifth victory in six games is well within our sights.

 

 

frankienswiss 250x125Frankie & Swiss 2nd Grade – Randwick Petersham (17th) v Sydney (1st) @ Petersham Oval

Team – Everett (+), Mackay, Balbirnie, Eaton, Hassan, Holland (c), Stares, Hart, Burton, Wood, Tyson, K. Ram

Result – Randwick Petersham 10/215 – 63 Overs (Eaton 80, Balbirnie 42, Mackay 23) v Sydney 3/89 – 31 Overs (McKenzie 1/18-7, Burton 1/22-7)

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Second Grade headed to Petersham for the first time this season to take on reigning premiers, Sydney. Sydney have been on a remarkable run, winning their last 16 straight games in 2nd Grade, so this was a great opportunity to test our shares against clearly the best side over the last twelve months. Ashley Burton was rewarded for his strong all round performances in 3rd Grade and PG’s with a debut in 2nd Grade.

As with First Grade, Day 1 proved an even contest with the scorelines virtually identical but in reverse. This time it was Sydney that were 3/89 in reply to our 217, with the first session of Day 2 likely to prove crucial as to whether we can secure a second straight victory and keep climbing the ladder.

Winning the toss and batting on a dry wicket at Petersham Oval, we were in early trouble at 3/54 before Shaun Eaton (80) and Andrew Balbirnie (42) came together. Both Eaton and Balbirnie are class players, with Eaton having played plenty of 1st Grade and Balbirnie having played for Ireland. Here they combined for a 112-run stand and at 3/166 we seemed set up for a score over 300 and a chance to end the Tigers’ amazing unbeaten streak. Eaton powered his way to 80 with 8 boundaries and 2 sixes, while Balbirnie’s innings included 6 boundaries as the Tigers’ attack was put on the back foot for one of the few times this season.

However, before and after tea, wickets fell all too quickly with our final 7 wickets falling for just 51 runs as we collapsed to be all out for for 215 shortly after tea. The highlight of the last session was an outstanding catch by Ben Stares at backward point off the bowling of Ashley Burton. Stares dived at full stretch to a ball that was placed through point and somehow held on to the catch as he juggled it whilst tumbling to the turf. With the key wicket of Sydney opener Matthew Patsernatsky 51 just before stumps, the game is right in the balance on a wicket that is taking some turn.

 

prsl 250x125Petersham RSL 3rd Grade – Sydney (9th) v Randwick Petersham (15th) @ Birchgrove Oval

Team – McLoughlin, Schubert (+), Ahmed, Lyle, Calder, Sharma, Graham, Stafford (c), Sprowls, Loth, Tsalikidis, McKenzie

Result – Randwick Petersham 10/250 – 73.3 Overs (Sharma 99, McLoughlin 28, Lyle 22, Calder 22, Ahmed 20) v Sydney 0/6 – 4 Overs

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Third Grade headed to the tranquil surrounds of Birchgrove Oval to take on 15th place Sydney. Birchgrove is a famous old ground with its views of Sydney Harbour. Birchgrove was actually the birthplace of Rugby League with the first ever premiership match being played here in 1908. With Rod Stafford fit to play despite a dodgy hamstring, the team was given a further boost with the inclusion of hard hitting all rounder Scott Sharma for the first time this season. Sharma played some 1st Grade with North Sydney, and played some 2nd and 3rd Grades last year, and is the sort of inclusion who can add great depth to our batting and bowling.

After a day of fluctuating fortunes, we amassed a highly competitive 250 to give ourselves a good chance of bowling our way to victory next week. Whilst the score of 250 was a strong one, it could have been so much bigger if our top order batsmen had capitalised on their fine starts. McLoughlin (28), Lyle (22), Calder (22) and Ahmed (20) all got themselves in, however fell just when a big partnership looked likely.

It was left to the returning Sharma (99) to be the star of the day, as the Number 6 batsman showed his class and pulverised the Tigers’ attack. Sharma scored at better than a run a ball and hit a remarkable 6 sixes. Many of Sharma’s maximums came over extra cover which is among the most difficult and skilful shot in the game. Unfortunately Sharma was the ninth man dismissed, just one run short of what would have been a blitzkrieg and memorable century.

The Tigers survived a tense final four overs to settle on 0/6 at the end of the day. With the skipper getting an extra week’s rest on that hamstring, we should have a full strength bowling line up next week as we try to climb the standings heading towards the halfway point of the season.

 

sct leftSydney City Toyota 4th Grade – Randwick Petersham (14th) v Sydney (3rd) @ Coogee Oval
Team -Hart (+), King, Murdita, Powell, Mitchell, Gracious Flor, Bourke (c), Nawaz, Warren, Boyns, Fowler, Sprowls

Result – Sydney 10/184 -78 Overs (N. Warren 5/27-20, Nawaz 2/33-15, Fowler 2/78-24) v Randwick Petersham

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Fourth Grade played their first game at Coogee Oval for the year, with a tough challenge expected against 3rd placed Sydney. After a positive second week of the two-day game at Penrith, Bourkey’s boys needed a victory to keep in touch with the Top 6 teams. The team got a huge injection of class with Club Bowling Coach, Nick Warren, inserted into the team at late notice. Also introduced late was left arm wrist spinner Cameron Fowler. “Chook” has been a regular contributor to 5th Grade for a number of seasons, and it was good to see him given an opportunity in a higher Grade.

After a hard day’s work in the field, 4th Grade are in a good position to claim the six points after dismissing Sydney for 184 in what proved the final over of the day. Without doubt the star of the day was unsurprisingly Nick Warren (5/27-20) who had the ball on a string on his way to claiming the first five wickets of the innings.
Warren was the mainstay of our very successful First Grade teams over much of the past decade, with his ability to swing the ball both ways and probe away on a good length.

Warren’s outstanding display allowed the side to build pressure from one end and the rest of our bowlers really stepped up with the presence of the Club Bowling Coach out on the field! Rehaan Nawaz (2/33-15) displayed his best bowling effort of the season, as he picked up a couple of key wickets just when the Tigers were starting to dig in.

Cameron Fowler (2/78-24) made the most of his call up, getting a marathon 24 overs under his belt in a controlled spell of left arm spin. Fowler had a couple of dropped chances and was unlucky to not finish with figures something closer to 4/60 for his efforts, as the Tigers struggled to pick his variations.

Next week the boys have the perfect opportunity to snap a 3-game losing streak, needing 185 on a wicket that is hard and true, but with some decent grass cover. After a good display by the top order in the second innings at Penrith, a similar platform will lead to Bourke’s men getting back in the winner’s circle and back in the finals hunt.

 

244x121 adinaAdina Hotel Apartment Coogee 5th Grade – Sydney (8th) v Randwick Petersham (12th) @ Ryde Oval

Team – Kakkireni, Mullins , Eldridge, Ruston, Montedoro, Hilder, House (+), Standing Singh (c), Warisi, Fox

Result – Sydney 10/169 – 58 Overs (Warisi 4/44-21, Singh 3/32-15) V Randwick Petersham 3/55 – 20 Overs (Eldridge 18 n/o, Hilder 16 n/o)

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Fifth Grade headed to Ryde Oval with the chance for back-to-back victories and a place back inside the Top 6 up for grabs. Sydney are placed similarly just outside the Top 6 and this shapes as a crucial match up in the context of the season for both Clubs. Hayden Fox and Kel Mullins were both rewarded for their strong performances with call ups to the side.

Sydney won the toss and had no hesitation in batting first on what looked like a belter of a batting wicket at Ryde Oval. However, our bowlers have been in fine form this season, and that continued here as we rolled the Tigers for 166. Nigel Singh (3/32-15) once again led the attack with a great display of controlled swing bowling. “Singhy” now has 20 wickets for the year and leads the standings for wickets for the whole competition by a clear margin.

Whilst we have come to expect consistency from Singh, it has been the form of young left arm orthodox spinner Omar Warisi which has really caught the attention of people around the Club the past couple of weeks. Warisi has excellent command of his craft for a 16-year old and really impressed his skipper and the experienced Matthew Hilder with his spell of bowling on a wicket not offering much turn. Warisi varied his flight and really zeroed in on the pegs, bowling accurately and tightly whilst picking up regular wickets.

Whilst we looked to be in the ascendancy at the innings break, the Tigers hit us where it hurts early, reducing us to 3/15 and looking in danger of giving up our Day 2 advantage. However, in form opener Jackson Eldridge (18n/o) and the evergreen Matthew Hilder (16n/o) saw us safely to stumps with an unbroken partnership.

 

PGs Round 4 – Eastern Suburbs (12th) v Randwick Petersham (19th) @ Waverly Oval

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

Result – Eastern Suburbs 6/266 – 50 Overs (Psarakis 2/44-10, Burton 2/37-7) defeated Randwick Petersham 10/201 – 47.5 Overs (Sangha 79, Everett 34, Calder 22, Graham 20)

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Our PG’s side suffered a 4th straight loss going down by 65 runs to local rivals Eastern Suburbs at Waverly Oval. Not much has gone right for the boys this year and they once again were forced to chase runs here after losing the toss and being asked to field.

With the ball Ashley Burton (2/37-7) claimed the wicket of Henry Thornton on his way to a couple of wickets as he continued his good form. Meanwhile it was good to see captain James Psarakis (2/44-10) back at the
bowling crease, with his off breaks keeling Easts from pushing up towards a score of 300.

In reply opener Matt Everett (34) and number three batsman Jason Sangha (79) laid a good platform with a 59 run 2nd wicket partnership before Everett feel. Sangha showed his class as he continued to keep us in the hunt with an excellent innings and he was well supported by Matt Calder (22) and Corey Graham (20). However a steady stream of wickets and tight bowling by the Dolphins saw the run run push to over 10 runs per overs.

When Sangha was dismissed all hope of a victory was gone as we were eventually dismissed for 201. The boys now get a break over Christmas before their final 2 games of the season against Mosman and Hawkesbury.

 

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

Team: Papathansiou (+), Batra, Sapariya, M Wall, Finkelstein, Andonopoulos, Mohan, Coovre, Deller, Waugh, Murphy, C De Silva (12th)

Result: Randwick Petersham Green 89 (Andonopoulos 15) v Gordon 4/97 (Waugh 2/34)

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After losing the toss, we were sent in on a green pitch under overcast skies. Gordon cashed in on the conditions, having us 4/30 in the 17th over. Finkelstein (10), Andonopolous (15), Mohan (11) and the competitive Deller (17*) did their best to stem the flow, but wickets continued to fall, and in the 48th over we were all out for 89.
With 30 overs still left in the day, the Green bowlers bowled their hearts out to have the opposition 4/59 in the 17th over. But a 4th wicket partnership of 38* gave Gordon some breathing space, taking them past our total to be 4/97 at the end of the day. If we can get some quick wickets next week anything is possible…

Alexis Coovre

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Team: McDonagh, Crawford, Saini, Stewart (c), Sidney (+), Bhavsar ,Kashyap, Jastrzab, Lee, L O’Loughlin, M O’Loughlin, Khoo (12th)

Easts all out 227 M O’Loughlin (5/71). Gold 7/72 Sidney (15), Stewart (13)

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Gold returned to home surroundings at Kensington Oval and welcomed back our Irish ‘international’ from last season Dale McDonagh. With last rounds centurion Mullins and 5fa Fox promoted to 5th Grade Kavvy and PK were brought into the team while Pingu nursed a fractured finger. To the surprise of the team Stewart won a toss at home and sent Easts in. The decision was justified with Easts in trouble at 7/90 with Mitchell O’Loughlin (5/71) leading the way with his first 5 wicket haul for the club. But enter former Club Captain Grant Rimmer’s brother Kirk (136), playing an outstanding innings as wickets fell around him, dragged the Dolphins back into the game. An over after tea Easts were dismissed for 227 with Rimmer the last to fall. With 32 overs left in the day the opposition were fired up and wickets fell at regular intervals. Most of the batsmen played with intent and defence with top scorers Sidney (15) and Stewart (13) trying to hold the innings together but at stumps Gold are 7/72 with a lot of hard work required next week.

John Stewart

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