Day 2 of Round 6 wasn’t a particularly kind one for the Randy-Petes with just one victory and four defeats in the Top 5 Grades and both Metropolitan Cup sides going down. Fifth Grade for the second straight week managed to reverse a first innings deficit to claim an outright victory after First Grade through to Fourth Grade went down. Whilst Sydney are a powerful club, things could have been very different with both First Grade and Third Grade suffering agonising defeats right at the death. Second Grade and Fourth Grade both went into Day 2 in winning positions only for the Tigers to dominate the second day. The results dropped us to a season low of 17th in the Club Championship, however, with a couple of key games against UNSW and North Sydney before the Christmas break, there is plenty of time to get back to mid-table with a change of luck.

Day 2 of Round 6 wasn’t a particularly kind one for the Randy-Petes with just one victory and four defeats in the Top 5 Grades and both Metropolitan Cup sides going down. Fifth Grade for the second straight week managed to reverse a first innings deficit to claim an outright victory after First Grade through to Fourth Grade went down. Whilst Sydney are a powerful club, things could have been very different with both First Grade and Third Grade suffering agonising defeats right at the death. Second Grade and Fourth Grade both went into Day 2 in winning positions only for the Tigers to dominate the second day. The results dropped us to a season low of 17th in the Club Championship, however, with a couple of key games against UNSW and North Sydney before the Christmas break, there is plenty of time to get back to mid-table with a change of luck. 

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

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

Result – Sydney 10/217 – 64.3 Overs (Semple 5/50-19.3, Neser 2/54-18, Ram 1/48-8) Defeated  Randwick Petersham 10/215 – 75.2 Overs (Sangha 49, Psarakis 36, Kemp 36, Price 26,) 

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First Grade suffered a heartbreaking 2-run loss at Drummoyne Oval in their Top 6 clash against the Tigers. With the game seemingly heading our way, Sydney leg spinner Nathan Sowter produced the perfect flipper to dismiss Soumil Chibber and give Sydney a crucial victory. The team was given a boost with Daniel Sams returning from being rested by Cricket NSW on Day 1 of the fixture. Resuming on 3/87, we lost two early wickets to be 5/110 before James Psarakis (36) and Jason Sangha (49) started to resurrect the run chase. On a wicket offering some assistance for the bowlers, both batsmen made good contributions, especially Sangha who showed his rare talent with a classy innings under pressure. The wicket of Sangha just one run short of his half century proved the crucial one, as we slumped to 8/190 still needing another 28 runs for victory. Despite handy contributions down the order from Adam Semple, Soumil Chibber and Matt Critchley, we fell agonisingly short. The loss was First Grade’s first loss of the season in the Belvedere Cup with four wins and a draw from six matches – a really solid start to the season. The team is just outside the Top 6 on percentage as they get ready to bounce back against local rivals University of New South Wales at Coogee Oval in another 2-day fixture this week.

 JC Travel Professional MVP Award Points

3 – Adam Semple
2 – Francois Neser
1 – Jason Sangha

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 

Result – Randwick Petersham 10/215 – 63 Overs (Eaton 80, Balbirnie 42, Mackay 23) and 3/105 – 25 Overs (Eaton 54, Everett 23, Balbirnie 15 n/o) Defeated By Sydney 10/312 – 60 overs (Mackay 3/24-4, Eaton 2/44-16, Tyson 2/80-23) 

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Second Grade went down by six wickets at Petersham Oval as Sydney’s dominant batting line up showed off their power on Day 2. Resuming on 3/89 chasing our moderate 215 we needed a couple of early breakthroughs to have any hope of ending Sydney’s amazing 16-match unbeaten run in Second Grade.  However, despite our best efforts, the Tigers marched along eventually dismissed for 312, with a first innings lead of 97 runs. James Tyson (2/80-23) and Sean Eaton (2/44-16) both put in long spells of hard toil on a flat Petersham Oval wicket. Sam Mackay (3/24-4) chipped in with some late wickets to reduce the damage in terms of the deficit. With Sydney having hopes of an outright victory, we managed to bat well in the second innings to end on 3/105 to gain some confidence heading into next week. Sean Eaton (54) completed an excellent all-round game, completing a second half century for the match to go with his first inning 80. Next week the boys face another daunting trip against last year’s runners up, University of New South Wales. With UNSW’s regular ground, the Village Green, out of action for a couple of years, this match will take place at David Phillips Field. 

JC Travel Professional MVP Award Points

3 – Shaun Eaton
2 – Andrew Balbirnie
1 – Sam Mackay

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

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

Result – Randwick Petersham 10/250 – 73.3 Overs (Sharma 99, McLoughlin 28, Lyle 22, Calder 22, Ahmed 20) Defeated by Sydney 9/251 – 83 Overs (Sharma 3/26-13, Loth 3/39-20, Mcloughlin 1/29-16) 

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When your luck is out, your luck is really out, and no more was this the case than in Third Grade at Birchgrove Oval last Saturday. Despite dominating the game, Rod Stafford’s men were left exasperated as a 27-run last wicket stand helped get the Tigers out of jail with a one wicket victory. Defending a strong score of 250 from Day 1, we appeared in control of the contest half way through the day with the Tigers 5/125. Doug Loth (3/39-20) has been an outstanding success in his first year at the club, and he bowled outstandingly on the day taking wickets and building pressure from one end in a marathon display of controlled fast bowling. John McLoughlin (1/29-16) has proved a very handy weapon with his medium pace this year, and along with Loth we appeared to have the screws really clamped down on the Tigers’ batting order. However, Sydney do bat deep, and so it proved again here as their Number 8 batsman, Stephen King, carried them to victory with 63 not out, shredding the tail and thwarting all that was thrown at him. This was despite all-round weapon Scott Sharma (3/26-13) continuing his amazing game with a skilful display of medium pace bowling using subtle variations throughout. So despite pushing two of the best teams in the competition right to the wire, Stafford’s men have heartbreakingly only claimed 3 points from the last two games when they could very easily have claimed all 12 points. Despite not picking up the points, the all round effort and quality of the displays have been our best performances of the season, and the boys will be looking forward to getting back to Petersham Oval to take on UNSW this Saturday. The side was also highly appreciative of the fielding efforts of Sean Rushton and Glenn Standing who subbed in for an injured Corey Graham.

JC Travel Professional MVP Award Points

3 – Scott Sharma
2 – Doug Loth
1 – John McLoughlin

sct leftSydney City Toyota 4th Grade – Randwick Petersham (14th) v Sydney (3rd) @ Coogee Oval

Team -Hart (+), King, Murdita, Powell, Mitchell, Gracias Flor, Bourke (c), Nawaz, Sprowls, Boyns, Fowler

Result – Sydney 10/184 -78 Overs (N.Warren 5/27-20, Nawaz 2/33-15, Fowler 2/78/24) defeated Randwick Petersham 10/123 – 65 Overs  (Mitchell 52, Bourke 32 Powell 18) 

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Fourth Grade never really got going in their run chase as they were bowled out for 123, suffering a 61-run loss at the hands of Sydney at Coogee Oval. After an excellent bowling display led by Bick Warren last week dismissed the Tigers for 184, we had high hopes of claiming a big scalp, however it was not to be. The day started disastrously as we lost 3/4 in the first few overs to have us really struggling to recover any sort of momentum in the game. Youngster Dylan Powell (18) and veteran David Mitchell (52) lifted spirits with a misty 50-run partnership getting us back in the game, before Powell’s wicket brought the captain to the crease. “Mitch” has looked in great touch this season without getting the runs he has deserved, but here he showed his higher Grade class with a half century against a strong bowling attack. Unfortunately the only other resistance was given by captain David Bourke (32) who dug in and put a price on his wicket as wickets tumbled around him. Fourth Grade have now suffered four straight defeats with the team putting together one good day of cricket in each of the last 2-day games. Bourke’s men have enjoyed a couple of wins at David Phillips the last couple of years, and they need a victory this week to keep in touch with the top half of the competition. 

JC Travel Professional MVP Award Points

3 – Nick Warren
2 – David Mitchell
1 – Rehaan Nawaz

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) and 5/116 Dec – 20 Overs (Fox 3/35-7, Singh 2/20-7) Defeated By  V Randwick Petersham 10/99 – 37 Overs (Hilder 35n/o, Eldridge 27) and 1/191 – 32 Overs (Eldridge 77n/o, Standing 71, Mullins 39 n/o) 

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Fifth Grade has proved a particularly entertaining team to follow this year, and Saturday proved no different, with another come from behind victory. Despite being rolled for 90 and conceding a 79-run deficit on the first innings, “Singhy’s” boys produced a second innings batting masterclass to reverse the result. When Jackson Eldridge (27) was quickly dismissed on Day 2, Sydney seized the initiative and quickly cleaned up the rest of our order. However veteran RPC all rounder Matt Hilder (35 n/o) dug in and showed his fighting qualities by carrying his bat and remaining not out as wickets tumbled around him. Sydney declared on 5/116 from 20 overs in their second innings, setting 191 from the 35 remaining overs. With the ball, youngster Hayden Fox (3/35-7) had an excellent game after displaying strong form in Metropolitan Cup for the past 12 months. Fox really seized his opportunity here. Captain Nigel Singh (2/20-7) also chimed in with a standard couple of wickets.Singh then provided a masterstroke by promoting hard hitting all rounder Jack Standing (71) to open the batting with regular opener Jackson Eldridge (77n/o). Standing completely turned the momentum of the game, bludgeoning the Tigers’ attack to all parts in an all action half century. Standing’s lightning 71 included eleven 4s and two 6s and would have come off no more than about 40 balls. Despite only scoring 10 in an opening partnership of 81, Eldridge soon picked up the tempo when Standing was dismissed. Eldridge has been in excellent form this season, and his unbeaten 77 here included 10 boundaries. He put together a brilliant 110-run unbeaten partnership with RPC Green Shield wicket keeper Kyle Mullins to steer the side to a famous victory. Mullins has had to bide his time in Metropolitan Cup, however, the hard hitting left handed batsman did a great job here in rotating the strike and hitting a boundary when needed. After 2 great come from behind victories 5th grade are now sitting in equal 5th spot. This week they take on local rivals UNSW t Kensington Oval as we look to continue our recent momentum. 

 JC Travel Professional MVP Award Points

3 – Jack Standing
2 – Jackson Eldridge
1 – Omar Wasiri

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

Result: Randwick Petersham Green 89 (Andonopoulos 15) & 43 defeated by Gordon 174 (Waugh 4/88, Wall 5/32) 

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The Green team resumed their hunt for wickets with the score at 4/97. The pitch was harder and browner this time, and the sun was in full display. Unsurprisingly, Gordon was assertive in their stroke play, but the pace duo of Waugh (4-88) and Wall (5-32) took wickets at regular intervals, and slightly more than 13 overs later Gordon’s innings was ended for 174. 

Although the Green batsmen tried in earnest, the Gordon bowlers bowled their canny line and length, getting the ball to move both ways. Wickets fell at regular intervals including a diamond duck BBQ. A couple of batsman showed some grit and batted time but alas they too were removed eventually. With one batsman retiring hurt with shoulder pain, the curtains were drawn in the 28th over the score at 43, the Green team never getting back into the black. 

Alexis Coovre

JC Travel Professional MVP Award Points

3 – Mark Wall
2 – Mackenzie Waugh
1 – Peter Andonopoulos 

rsz lau marrickville logoSpecsavers Marrickville RPC Gold vs Easts @ Kensington

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) & 4/80 (Kashyap 2/21) Defeated Randwick Petersham Gold 128 (Jastrzab 23) & 131 (Sidney 51)

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 Jeremy Jastrzab (23) and Adam Lee (11) resumed the innings with Gold in a precarious position of 7/72. The aim of the day being to bat in a positive frame of mind and this was achieved with the last wicket falling at 128 to avoiding the follow on, including a sparky contribution from Liam O’Loughlin (16). Interestingly many of the Easts players arrived minus their kits and a changed order was presented. With a flat wicket the openers went hard and in a frantic 12 overs Easts lost 4 wickets (2/21 to PK and run outs to M O’Loughlin and Bhavsar). The declaration came in a generous form leaving Gold with 48 overs to chase 180. 

The chase was squeezed early with Saini falling for 0. Bhavsar (11) and Crawford (16) resurrected the innings with Crawford falling controversially to a surprising interpretation of the LBW law. Enter Damo Sidney (51) and Stewart (11) who worked hard with Sidney being the destroyer playing crisp strokes going aerial and along the carpet, and in the process became the 7th player at the club to reach 1,000 runs in the Metropolitan Cup. Upon Sidney’s departure, Adam Lee took up the attack but was ended by a miraculous catch in the outer. The tail wagged a little but Gold fell short in an outright loss.

John Stewart

JC Travel Professional MVP Award Points

3 – Mitchell O’Loughlin
2 – Damian Sidney
1 – Adam Lee

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