From the Pavilion Round 11 Day 2 vs Manly-Warringah and Limited Over QF

It was a big Saturday and Sunday of cricket over the weekend for the Randy-Petes, with plenty of big games of cricket across the Grades. On Sunday, it was a massive game for First Grade who were hosting a 50-over Quarter Final against Northern Districts, after we finished first on the ladder during the four regular season rounds. Also on Saturday, all five Grades contested Day 2 of Round 11 against Manly-Warringah. With 3rd Grade and 5th Grade looking evenly poised, 1st Grade and 4th Grade would be looking to push for outright points, while 2nd Grade were looking to turn the tables after a disappointing first innings defeat on Day 1. Metropolitan Cup teams were also in action against UNSW as they looked to continue their push towards the finals. Read below to see who starred on Day 2 of Round 11 and how 1st Grade fared on Sunday, as we looked to advance to the semi-finals of the 50-over competition, as well as break into the Top 10 in the Club Championship.

It was a big Saturday and Sunday of cricket over the weekend for the Randy-Petes, with plenty of big games of cricket across the Grades. On Sunday, it was a massive game for First Grade who were hosting a 50-over Quarter Final against Northern Districts, after we finished first on the ladder during the four regular season rounds. Also on Saturday, all five Grades contested Day 2 of Round 11 against Manly-Warringah. With 3rd Grade and 5th Grade looking evenly poised, 1st Grade and 4th Grade would be looking to push for outright points, while 2nd Grade were looking to turn the tables after a disappointing first innings defeat on Day 1. Metropolitan Cup teams were also in action against UNSW as they looked to continue their push towards the finals. Read below to see who starred on Day 2 of Round 11 and how 1st Grade fared on Sunday, as we looked to advance to the semi-finals of the 50-over competition, as well as break into the Top 10 in the Club Championship.

Also, a big congratulations to Neale Crawford who passed 1500 Metropolitan Cup runs on the weekend. Neale is now the 2nd leading run scorer for the club in Metropolitan Cup behind the great George Frazarkis (4596).

beastwear250x267Beastwear 1st Grade Limited Overs Quarter Final – Randwick Petersham (1st) v Northern Districts (8th) @ Coogee Oval

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

Result – Northern Districts 10-229 – 48.3 Overs (Neser 3/41-10, D. Sams 3/48-9.3, West 2/46-10) Defeated By Randwick Petersham 7/231 – 49.2 Overs (A.Sams 70, Price 41, Psarakis 35 n/o, Scicluna 21, Sangha 21) 

First Grade arrived at a pristine looking Coogee Oval on Sunday for a massive showdown with Northern Districts, with a place in the 50-over Semi-Finals up for grabs. While the reward for finishing in first position was a home game, you could say we were unlucky to be coming up against the first placed side in the Belvedere Cup in a Northern Districts’ side that had taken all before it so far this year. Earlier in the year when we played the Rangers in a 2-day fixture at Waitara, it was a very entertaining and high scoring draw, with both sides posting over 400.

However, this game was a far more low scoring affair, but equally as gripping, as we squeezed over the line by three wickets in a tense and high quality Quarter-Final. The hero was to be Matt Critchley who came in at the final over, with the game slipping away, before belting a 4 and a 6 to secure the victory and get us into the Semi-Finals. Requiring 5 from the final 5 balls, things were getting too close for comfort before Critchley belted a 6 to send the home crowd into raptures. At the other end was the reliable and intelligent James Psarakis (35n/o) who held things together in the middle order against a quality attack led by Rangers’ captain and Sydney Thunder star Chris Green. Psarakis never panicked and never let the run rate get away from us during those final ten overs as wickets fell around him.

Earlier in the run chase Anthony Sams (70) once again looked in imperious form. Sams loves batting at Coogee Oval and his 81-run partnership with Nathan Price (41) looked to be setting us up for an easy win. Both boys dominated the Rangers’ attack, however when they were dismissed the game changed complexion. However, handy contributions from Jason Sangha (21) and Jake Scicluna (21) kept us just ahead the rate.

Earlier in the day the bowlers had done an outstanding job on a pretty flat wicket to limit a strong Rangers’ batting line up. “Franky” Neser (3/41-10) was superb, and his 3/41 was totally deserved as he showcased his white ball skills and put the brakes on the Rangers every time they looked to be getting away from us. Daniel Sams (3/48-9.3) is a wicket taking machine, while Greg West (2/46-10) secured a couple of key breakthroughs in the middle overs.

Kemp’s men sung the song loud and proud in the Coogee sheds as they closed in on some silverware. Next up in the 50-over competition is a Semi-Final showdown against Hawkesbury at Coogee Oval in a couple of weeks time. The Hawks have been one of the surprise packets of the competitions this year, so they should not be underestimated. A victory would see us get to the Grand Final, and a showdown against either Penrith or Sutherland, as white ball cricket hots up over the next few weeks.

beastwear250x267Beatwear 1st Grade – Randwick Petersham (7th) v Manly-Warringah (10th) @ Coogee Oval

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

Result – Randwick Petersham 10/262 – 68.5 Overs (Price 112 n/o, A.Sams 41, Sangha 41) and 2/78 – 16 Overs (A.Sams 40n/o) Defeated Manly-Warringah 10/153 – 53.1 Overs (D.Sams 5/45-15.1, Semple 3/47-12) 

First Grade rocketed back into the Top 6 with a dominant 109-run victory over Manly at Coogee Oval. Resuming in a dominant position after Day 1, the boys wrapped up the final three wickets with little problem, before getting in some batting practice before the all important 50-over quarter final to be played against Northern Districts at the same ground the following day.

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Resuming at 7/108 in chase of our 262, Manly battled on gamely, however never really posed too much of a threat as we bowled them out for 173 before lunch, despite a frustrating 40-run partnership for the 10th wicket. Gun opening bowler Daniel Sams (5/45-15.1) finished with a well deserved 5-wicket haul which was his second of the year to keep him in third position in the overall wicket takers for 1st Grade. Adam Semple (3/47-12) added another wicket to his tally to finish with a 3-wicket haul, while “Frankie” Neser (1/11-5.3) chipped in with a wicket of his own.

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With the wicket being flat and the temperate soaring, there was little temptation to try and force an outright result given Manly had batted good time and their tail had showed plenty of resilience in the morning. As it was, our Top 4 spent some more time at the crease, with Anthony Sams (40 n/o) playing nicely before an early stumps was called. The win sees us move up to 5th place, before another vital Saturday-Sunday two-day match at Allan Border Field against Mosman next weekend.


frankienswiss 250x125Frankie & Swiss 2nd Grade – Manly-Warringah (4th) v Randwick Petersham (11th) @ Manly Oval

Team – Everett (+), Moran, Mackay, Hassan, Eaton, Ram, Holland (c) Sharma, Hart, Tyson, Magann

Result – Randwick Petersham 10/139 – 50.4 Overs (Sharma 69, Everett 23, Eaton 23) and 7/194 – 81 Overs (Holland 46 n/o, Everett 38, Hart 29, Mackay 27) Defeated by Manly-Warringah 0/144 (dec) – 31 Overs 

Second Grade were looking to bounce back from a nightmare Day 1 against 4th placed Manly at Manly Oval. Having already conceded first innings points, the task was simple, to try and regain some respectability in the game and put down a marker for the rest of the season. I think the boys did that, as we made a much better fist of things on Day 2, grinding our way to 7/194 from 81 overs before an early stumps was called.

Matt Everett (37) and Joe Hart (29) resumed unbeaten and put on a tidy partnership of 44 to get us off to a solid start on Day 2, before Everett was dismissed for a well compiled 37. Everett is making a huge amount of “starts” in the 20s or 30s which is very encouraging for an opening batsman, and I don’t think the next big one is too far away for a man that racked up a massive 190 unbeaten earlier in the season. Joe Hart has enjoyed his promotion from the middle to lower order and made a great fist of batting at Number 3 in his first two attempts, with 65 for PGs and 29 in this game. For a young player he shows lots of character with the bat and is improving each time he goes out to the middle.

Both Sam Mackay (27) and skipper Tom Holland (46n/o) ensured there would be no collapse and no chance for the hosts to chase outright points, with solid contributions in the middle order. After a slow start to the season, Holland is starting to show his class and experience in the middle order with a number of match saving and match winning contributions of late. The boys are now in 13th spot with four rounds to go and need a win next weekend in a 50-over clash against 6th placed Mosman at Petersham Oval.


prsl 250x125Petersham RSL 3rd Grade – Randwick Petersham (15th) v Manly-Warringah (7th) @ Petersham Oval

Team – Ahmed (+), Stares (c), Calder, King, De Silva, Maloney, Ali, Nawaz, McKenzie, Loth, Tsalikidis

Result – Randwick Petersham 10/205 – 61 Overs (Stares 45, Calder 41, Maloney 38, De Silva 30) Defeated Manly-Warringah 10/131 – 49 Overs (Loth 6/54-15, Nawaz 2/21-7) 

Third Grade were desperate for a win on Day 2 against Manly after a few rough weeks, when a wash out and a heavy loss to Parramatta saw us slide to 15th on the ladder. With Manly sitting in 7th spot and resuming in a strong positions at 1/61 in chase of our 205, the odds looked against us at the start of play. Without experienced Rod Stafford, Ben Stares led the team magnificently on Day 2 as we routed Manly for 131 to claim a magnificent 74-run victory to keep our very faint final’s hopes alive.

After an ordinary warm up it looked like it could be a long day for 3rd grade. However With the wicket at Petersham Oval offering some early assistance, we needed some early breakthroughs, and big fast bowler Doug Loth (6/54-15) not only provided that but ripped out more than half the Manly side in a sensational display of accurate fast bowling. Loth bowled an outstanding line and length and really brought the stumps into play, getting some bowled’s and LBWs, and leaving the Manly middle and lower order really searching for answers. It was Loth’s first 5-wicket haul for the Club since joining in the off-season, and he now has an impressive 19 scalps at an average of 16 in all Grades.

However this was not just a one-man show, with Loth being very well supported by young all rounder Rehaan Nawaz (2/21-7). Nawaz made arguably the two biggest breakthroughs, getting out Manly’s set opener on 38, and their dangerous Number 4 batsman. Nawaz has always had the ability to get a team a big wicket or two, and he did not let his new skipper down here. Tom Mckenzie (1/26-13) and Jono Maloney (1/15-8) both bowled outstandingly and created pressure from their ends, as Manly suffocated under the weight of good accurate bowling. Also putting in a fantastic display was wicket keeper “Rocky” Ahmed who took 4 dismissals to propel us to victory.

With no outright result possible, an early stumps was called, and the boys were able to celebrate Ben Stares’ first win as a Skipper in 3rd Grade. The win sees us move up to 14th spot on the table and still a very outside chance of sneaking into the top 6, still 14 points behind 6th placed St George. Next week will be a tough test against second placed Mosman in a 50-over game at Rawson Oval, as we aim for back-to-back victories.


sct leftSydney City Toyota 4th Grade – Manly-Warringah (6th) v Randwick Petersham (9th) @ Graham Reserve

Team – Eldridge, Schubert (+), Murdita, Mitchell, Mahoney-Brack, Graham, Bourke (c), Wallis, Budwee, Jenkins, Sprowls

Result – Result – Manly Warringah 10/57 – 32 Overs (Wallis 6/26-14, Budwee 2/27-12, Jenkins 2/3-2) and 6/135 – 58 Overs (Budwee 2/28-12) Defeated by Randwick Petersham 6/197 (dec) – 48 Overs (Eldridge105 n/o, Mitchell 21) 

Bourkey’s men resumed Day 2 with the scent of an outright victory, up against 6th placed Manly, after a dominant first innings victory was secured on Day 1. It’s been a few years since 4th Grade were in the mix this late in the season, and outright points at Graham Reserve would have taken us to within one point of the Top 6. Unfortunately, that was not to be. However, the boys still dominated Day 2 to keep their momentum going heading into the final four rounds.

Resuming in complete control at 5/124, having already secured first innings points after rolling Manly for 57, we lost an early wicket. However, young opener Jackson Eldridge (105n/o) proved the immovable object. Resuming on 57n/o, Eldridge quietly and calmly went about his work in a manner reminiscent of some old school openers of the past this Club has had. Eldridge showed no signs of nerves into the 90s as he brought up an amazing century, his first in Grade cricket for Randwick Petersham. This was a great performance from “Jacko” and he reminds me a bit of former 1st Grade opening batsman Paul Toole with his solid technique and the value he puts on his wicket. I think higher grades are coming for “Jacko” in the near future. Eldridge was well supported by Matt Wallis (16n/o) as we declared on 6/197 wth a commanding first innings lead of 140 runs.

We had Manly well and truly on the ropes, after two early strikes from Wallis and Budwee had the hosts reeling at 2/10. From then on Manly managed just enough good partnerships on a wicket that was a lot flatter this week as we had to toil in the sun for long periods. Despite picking up regular wickets, Manly survived to 6/135 from 58 overs when stumps was called and outright points slipped away. It was a great effort by all the bowlers with Manly scoring at less than 2 runs per over on a belter. Gab Budwee (2/28-12) was the best of the bowlers, banging away on a great line and length and picking up a couple of key wickets. Special mention to Karl Schubert who had another outstanding game with the gloves taking couple of blinders and letting through no byes. His keeping just gets better and better with age.

Bourkey’s boys are now up to 8th and are just 5 points outside the Top 6 with four rounds remaining. Next week is a massive 50-over game for 4th Grade against 15th placed Mosman, with a win likely to propel us even closer to the finals as the games heat up over the final few rounds.


244x121 adinaAdina Apartment Hotel Coogee 5th Grade – Randwick Petersham (6th) v Manly Warringah (10th) @ Kensington Oval

Team – Gracias Flor, Rushton, Powell, Mullins, Hilder, De Silva, Montedoro, Singh (c), Jones, Boyns, O’Laughlin

Result – Randwick Petersham 10/140 – 51.1 Overs (Standing 50, Hart 46, Powell 22) and 4/105 – 35 Overs (Hart 53) Defeated by Manly-Warringah 3/243 – 68 Overs 

Fifth Grade have had a tough start to the New Year, and that continued on Saturday as Manly secured a convincing first innings points victory at Kensington Oval. Resuming on 3/70 chasing our 140, we still had a glimmer of hope of collecting first innings points given our bowling had been our strength this season. However, it was not to be, as Manly passed our total without the loss of a further wicket.

Sometimes you have to give some credit to the opposition and we need to do that here, as both Outred and Edwards posted unbeaten hundreds. Of course, Edwards is the man that made headlines for substitute fielding for Australia at the SCG in the Test Match and the big 1st Grade quick happened to resume from injury here against our 5th Graders.

Despite not picking up a wicket, the boys did not allow that to affect their batting performance later in the day, as we made a respectable 4/105 from 35 overs to ensure we did not suffer a damaging outright defeat. Chris Hart (53) made it a very impressive 99 runs for the game for himself, as he once again held our top order together as a few wickets fell around him.

It’s a massive challenge for Singhy’s men now, as they find themselves outside the Top 6 for the first time this year, sitting in 9th spot after three straight defeats after Christmas. However, we are still only three points outside the Top 6, and next week’s 50-over game against Mosman at Balmoral is of vital importance if we want to resuscitate our season. There is plenty of experience and good young players in this team, and I think over the next few rounds we will see them hit back and show us exactly the sort of brilliant cricket they were playing before Christmas. Every side has tough periods during the year and our boys have had theirs, and now it’s time to hit back with a win next week!


rsz lau marrickville logoSpecsavers Marrickville RPC Gold vs UNSW @ David Phillips North

Team: Rushton, Dean, Crawford, Stewart (c), Sidney (+), Jastrzab, Fox, Lee, G Standing, Deller, Genner, Khoo

Result: UNSW 10/289 (Dean 3/50, Fox 4/48) drew Randwick Petersham Gold 8/224 (Dean 55, Rushton 49, Crawford 26) 

Gold turned up at David Phillips North raring to take the final 3 wickets and begin the chase. A new ball was taken and Foxy broke through first ball having the skipper caught behind. Tom Greig resumed on 91 and tried swinging towards a ton before he was sharply caught by Lee off Standing for 97. A pleasing effort in the field, lasting 6.1 overs, and Foxy took the final wicket to finish with 4/48.

In the chase Sean Rushton (49) and Kieran Dean (55) gave the Golds a solid platform chasing 290 in 72 overs. After tea Rushton fell with the score 105 and this brought ‘Cindy’ Crawford to the crease. Both he and Dean kept the run rate in check before Dean fell for a well comprised 50. Damien Sidney entered the fray and immediately took a liking to the spin hitting consecutive sixes out of the ground before falling for 21. Stewart (10) and Crawford (26) worked hard. With 10 overs left in the day Gold shut up shop and entered the 72 overs 9/224.

Many congratulations to Neale Crawford who passed 1500 Metro Runs on Sunday when he reached 22. A fantastic effort mate.

John Stewart

bendigo red 250x125Clovelly Community Bank Branch Bendigo Bank RPC Green vs Blacktown @ Marrickville Park

Team: Papathansiou (+), House, Mullins, Sapariya, M Wall, Finkelstein, Andonopoulos, Mohan, Coovre (c), Bhavsar, Waugh, L O’Loughlin

Result: Blacktown 111 (Waugh 3/16, Coovre 2/8) & 5/76 (Waugh 2/7, House 2/2) defeated by Randwick Petersham Green 4/193 (dec) (Finkelstein 64*, Sapariya 31*)

The Green team resumed their chase at 0-43, still needing 67 runs to get first innings points. Blacktown’s bowlers came in harder this week, and it was their young leggie who made the first inroads, removing both openers out caught, trying to push the scoring along.

Mullins and Wall came in, and the runs flowed-on, but they too were eventually dismissed by the young tweaker. Some nerves crept-in, but Finkelstein and Sapariya put paid Blacktown’s momentum, showing straight bats, and an eye for the gaps. Finkelstein proceeded to then move up through the gears, bombing a few into the old tennis courts with his new bamboo rodded blade, whilst Sapariya worked the ball around to give his partner the strike. The first innings’ target was reached, Finkelstein brought up his half century (64*), before the declaration was made, 33 overs left in the day, and 80 runs in front.

Waugh strode in, picking-up a couple of top-order poles, ably supported by an array of bowlers, including Ed House who picked up two wickets late in the day. Blacktown were five down for 77 in their second innings when the match came to a sunlit close.

Alexis Coovre

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