Over the next two Saturdays we take on University of NSW which may give us a chance to recoup some of the confidence we lost against Sydney who almost whitewashed us last round!  But for our brilliant 5th Grade coming from further back than Winx to win outright, that’s just what it would have been!  Losing 4.5 matches, we pushed Sydney into the Club Championship lead! Interestingly, the losses came from those sides who won the toss! Shows that at times losing the toss can be a blessing!

 Preview Round 7 v Uni. of NSW and Round 4 T20 v Gordon

Over the next two Saturdays we take on University of NSW which may give us a chance to recoup some of the confidence we lost against Sydney who almost whitewashed us last round!  But for our brilliant 5th Grade coming from further back than Winx to win outright, that’s just what it would have been!  Losing 4.5 matches, we pushed Sydney into the Club Championship lead! Interestingly, the losses came from those sides who won the toss! Shows that at times losing the toss can be a blessing!

Time to concentrate on Uni. who we have GREENWASHED twice! First in 2007-08 and again in 2014-15. Can we do it again?  We certainly need to! They are 13th in the Club Championship on 330 and we are 17th on 294–304 points behind Sydney on 598.

1st GRADE is at Coogee: Last 6 matches: WWDWWL: Going down by just 2 runs last week to Sydney chasing the lowest target all season, was the side’s first loss. It was also the first time the side was dismissed—all players getting a bat.  However, we have a very good record against UNSW. In 2011-12 we registered our greatest winning first innings margin when we beat them by 276 runs—399 to 123. Chris Tremain was in their side who has gone on to do great things opening the bowling for Victoria. Over the years we have defeated them 13 times to their 5 wins with one drawn. Fast bowler Greg West returns after injury while Shaun Eaton who had such a great game in 2s last week with 80 and 54 to go with his 2-44 off 16 overs, will replace Soumil Chhibber if he doesn’t pass a fitness test. Anthony Sams now has 245 1st Grade catches as wicket-keeper, just 5 short of an impressive milestone. He also needs just 19 runs to hit 600 (including T20) this season. Daniel Sams passed 2,000 runs (2,051) 1st Grade runs with his brilliant 86 in the T20 last Sunday. Nathan Price needs 20 runs for 4,500 and this weekend plays his 150th match in 1st Grade.

If you want to check out the record on anyone who played 1st Grade for the club between 2001 and 2016 go to the club’s website then click on “Club” then “The First Graders”. Details to the end of the 2015-16 season are now up-to-date.

http://www.rpcc.tv/club/the-first-graders.html

2nd GRADE is at David Philips South: Last 6 matches: LLDLWL: Last round we played the leaders and lost. This week we are up against the second placed team. Uni. have 34 points while we have 6. They have a slight advantage historically as well, winning 8 to our 6. Scott Sharma joins the side from 3s after his brilliant 99 (out lbw!) off 87 balls with 11 fours and 6 sixes plus 3-26 off 13 overs last round. Kushaal Ram also returns after making his 1st Grade debut.

3rd GRADE plays at Petersham: Last 6 matches: WLLLTL: Beaten by a 10th wicket partnership last week! With a loss by 3 runs to Wests and a tie with Penrith, our boys are on the wrong side of Lady Luck this season! However, this week we take on a side we have beaten 7 times to their 6 and we have won the last two. They are 9th this season while we are 16th just 9 points behind. Ben Stares needs 16 for 1,000 runs in 3rd Grade. Last season’s Green Shield leading run-scorer Jack James returns.

4th GRADE is at David Phillips North: Last 6 matches: WWLLLL: The record shows we have beaten UNSW 7 times to their 6 wins over the years although last season they belted the tripe out of us when we were bowled out for 71 and 38 (a new low score record) before losing outright by an innings and 125 runs (a new losing margin record). Time to repair the damage. We have 2 wins this season (16th) and they have one (18th). David Mitchell brought up 3,500 runs for the club last week. Jackson Eldridge who has been the architect behind 5th Grades two “come-from-behind” outright wins the past two rounds with scores of 77* and 58* makes his 4th Grade debut. With 243 runs in 5th Grade he sits 6th in that competition.

5th GRADE plays at Kensington Oval: Last 6 matches: WWLL (LWO) (LWO): It must be some sort of record! To win outright after losing on the first innings TWO GAMES IN A ROW! Absolutely sensational stuff! But the question must be asked—if the side can bat like that chasing runs in the second dig can they do that for a change in the first innings??? That question will be answered next round. We are 4th on 24 points and UNSW are last on 0. Historically we have a commanding 11 to 2 win margin. This is not the time to stuff-up that record!  Mitchell Jones makes a welcome return.

THE BIG GAME THIS SUNDAY!!

On Sunday at 2.30 pm at Chatswood Oval we take on Gordon in the last of the Kingsgrove Sports Twenty20 Cup preliminary matches. We are currently in fourth place in the Sydney Sixers Conference which will play the top four in the Sydney Thunder Conference in the Semi-Finals the following Sunday. As defending premiers we now have a great chance of making the semis with a good win over Gordon. We have won two of our three matches while Gordon have lost two from two. They have a match before ours however, when they take on Conference leaders Mosman at 10 am. WE HAVE TO WIN AND WIN WELL!  A great contest is assured and the boys would love to see as many supporters there as possible. GO THE RANDY PETES!!

 

Metropolitan Cup from Jeremy Jastrzab: For the first time since the 2012-13 season, the Randwick Petersham Metropolitan Cup sides face off in a two-dayer. Incidentally, the last match was also scheduled to be played at idyllic Marrickville Oval, but rain on the first day led to the inception of the ‘Coogee Derby’, which will also be played later in the season. Both teams are coming off a shocking round, where they suffered outright defeats. But with the batting in the lower grades a cause for concern, the Metro batsmen have it all to play for over the next two Saturdays, with the possibility of an expanded line up on both sides. Going purely by table position, Gold go in as slight favourites but Green have pushed for a few close results throughout the season.

Lyall Gardner

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