It was another big weekend of cricket with Second to Fifth Grade playing 50-over fixtures, while First Grade contested another Saturday-Sunday 2-day fixture. The opponents this week were Mosman who were just two spots ahead of us in the Club Championship in 9th place. Mosman had three sides in the Top 6 heading into this weekend, with really tough games for our 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade and 5th Grade awaiting. All our sides remained in contention for the finals, however 2nd and 3rd Grade desperately needed a win to remain with any chance over the final three rounds. Read below to see who starred in Round 12 as the race to the finals heated up.

Round 12 – 1st Grade to 5th Grade v Mosman

Round 12 D – Metropolitan Cup v Sydney University & Penrith

It was another big weekend of cricket with Second to Fifth Grade playing 50-over fixtures, while First Grade contested another Saturday-Sunday 2-day fixture. The opponents this week were Mosman who were just two spots ahead of us in the Club Championship in 9th place. Mosman had three sides in the Top 6 heading into this weekend, with really tough games for our 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade and 5th Grade awaiting. All our sides remained in contention for the finals, however 2nd and 3rd Grade desperately needed a win to remain with any chance over the final three rounds. Read below to see who starred in Round 12 as the race to the finals heated up.

 

beastwear250x267Beastwear 1st Grade – Randwick Petersham (5th) v Mosman (17th) @ Allan Border Field

Team – A.Sams (+), Kemp(c), Price (Eaton Day 2), Scicluna, Sangha, Psarakis, D.Sams, Semple, Critchley, Neser, West

Result – Randwick Petersham 8/374 – 96 Overs (Price 140, D.Sams 56, Psarakis 51, A. Sams 51) Drew with Mosman 6/287 – 96 Overs (Neser 3/28-15, D.Sams 2/51-20)

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First Grade headed to the picturesque Allan Border Field to take on 17th placed Mosman looking to further entrench themselves in the Top 6. While the lower Grades contested Saturday stand alone 50-over games, First Grade were contesting another back-to-back Saturday/Sunday 2-day game. The side remained unchanged except for Sean Eaton being subbed in for Nathan Price on Day 2, with Price heading off to play once more in the national Indigenous Carnival in Alice Springs.

This was a game that we dominated from start to finish, however we were left frustrated as Mosman shut up shop in the final session to draw the game without ever attempting to score the runs. Having posted a very imposing 8/374 on Day 1, we had the Whales reeling at 6/104 just before drinks in the middle session. However, a frustrating unbroken 183-run partnership for the 7th wicket left us going home with no points despite playing some really good cricket once again.

On Day 1, our Top 3 got us off to an excellent start with Anthony Sams (51) and Alex Kemp (19) getting us well set on a tough wicket that was soft and nipping around. Sams compiled his fifth half century of the season as we reached 1/104. However, the star of the day was without doubt gun Number 3 batsman Nathan Price (140). Price showed his class by belting the Whales attack to all parts to bring up a second consecutive hundred. Price faced just 185 balls and hit an incredible 9 sixes in a brilliant innings to take him to 585 runs for the season and 11th in the First Grade overall run getters list. We wish Pricey all the best at the Indigenous Carnival this week. I’m sure there will be few attacks dreading bowling to him in his current form.

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We looked in some trouble at 4/132 before James Psarakis (51) joined Price and put on an excellent 147-run 5th wicket stand. Psarakis played the perfect fit role and continued his good recent form with plenty of key contributions in the middle overs. Daniel Sams (56) came in in the last session and pulverised 56 from just 51 balls with 3 sixers to really nail the Whales to the floor.

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On Day 2 once again Francois Neser (3/29-15) was a clear standout with the ball on a flat wicket. Neser has been our best bowler since returning from the Christmas break and managed to take 3 of the first 6 scalps, including the key wicket of Mosman captain Scott Rodgie. Daniel Sams (2/51-20) also worked hard as we tried in vain to take those final 4 wickets in the final sessions. Unfortunately, some crucial dropped catches saw the victory slip away as we had to to settle for a draw. We remain in 5th place, however face a tough game against 1st placed Sydney University at Coogee Oval over the next two Saturdays.

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frankienswiss 250x125Frankie & Swiss 2nd Grade – Randwick Petersham (13th) v Mosman (6th) @ Petersham Oval

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

Result – Mosman 7/242 – 50 Overs (Magann 3/31-8, Eaton 2/23-9, Ram 2/63-10) Defeated Randwick Petersham 10/170 – 44.3 Overs (Hassan 35, Magann 26, Tyson 20n/o)

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Second Grade were looking to bounce back from a tough defeat to Manly as they took on another side from the North of Sydney in Mosman at Petersham Oval. Like Manly, Mosman were placed in the Top 6, so this was going to be another tough test. Second Grade were able to name another unchanged line up with Sean Eaton up for a big game against his old club.

Unfortunately this wasn’t one of our better performances, as Mosman dominated the game to win by 72 runs and end any faint hopes we had of making the finals this season. After Mosman put up a pretty good score of 7/242 from their 50 overs, we lost wickets at regular intervals before a last wicket stand of 47 from Pat Magann (26) and James Tyson (20 n/o) added some respectability to our score, as we were bowled out for 170. Suffan Hassan (35) has been 2nd Grade’s most consistent batsman this season, and once again he top scored here to hold things together somewhat at the top the order.

With the ball, Pat Magann (3/31-8) completed an outstanding all-round performance in this game by claiming three key wickets and keeping things tight on a pitch that was not offering a lot of assistance to the bowlers. Sean Eaton (2/23-9) was also outstanding in the middle overs as he claimed two snaps against his old club when it looked like Mosman might be able to make a score closer to 300.

Second Grade are now 15th on 30 points and will take on 11th placed Sydney University at Sydney Uni Oval over the next two Saturdays. While the finals look a long way away, being 14 points out of 6th place, the boys will be pushing hard for a couple of wins before the end of the season to try and get closer to the Top 10.

 

prsl 250x125Petersham RSL 3rd Grade – Mosman (6th) v Randwick Petersham (14th) @ Rawson Oval

Team – Ahmed (+), Stares (c), King, Calder, Lyle, Maloney, Burton, Stafford (c) Nawaz, McKenzie, Loth,

Result – Randwick Petersham 10/197 – 49 Overs (Maloney 33, King 27, Lyle 25, Nawaz 24, Burton 20) defeated by Mosman 8/198 – 50 Overs (Burton 2/32-10, Loth 2/35-8, Stafford 2/40-10)

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Third Grade were looking to make it back-to-back victories after a hugely impressive comeback win over Manly last weekend at Petersham Oval. The team were able to welcome back an experienced trio of Jack Lyle, Ashley Burton and Rod Stafford who have all been key contributors to 3rd Grade this season for the clash at Rawson Oval.

Sadly, this game was a real snapshot of 3rd Grade’s season, with another heartbreaking loss on the final ball of the game. The side once again got the worst of the conditions, the worst of the 50/50 calls and left the game with a feeling of what might have been. With Mosman requiring 2 runs for victory, the final ball was french cut for 2 runs to sink our hopes after a very brave fight in the field against a highly ranked side. This year we have been on the wrong end of all the close games and, combined with losing plenty of important tosses, luck just has not been on 3rd Grade’s side this year.

With the bat, the good thing was there were plenty of contributors, with five batsmen scoring over 20 runs against a high quality attack. Maloney (33), King (27), Lyle (25), Nawaz (24) and Burton (20) all looked in great touch, however none were able to go on and make a big score, and that ensured we were unable to push over the 200 mark as as we settled for a competitive 8/197 from our 50 overs.

With the ball, again, it was a really even contribution from all the bowlers led by the returning duo of Ashley Burton (2/32-10) and Rod Stafford (2/40-10). Both bowled great spells in the middle overs to drag us back into a contest that we looked down and out in at times. At 7/166 things looked like they might tilt in our favour, however the home side managed to scramble over the line courtesy of that piece of luck on the final ball.

Third Grade are now in 13th place, and while the finals looks insurmountable, a Top 10 finish could still be on the cards with some strong performances over the final three rounds. Next week they face the ultimate test against table topping Sydney University at Petersham Oval.

 

sct leftSydney City Toyota 4th Grade – Randwick Petersham (8th) v Mosman (15th) @ Coogee Oval

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

Result – Result – Mosman 10/121 – 38.4 Overs (Warren 4/20-10, Sprowls 2/23-6, Graham 2/26-6) Defeated By Randwick Petersham 4/125 – 35 Overs (Mahoney-Brack 71 n/o, Bourke 19 n/o)

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Bourkey’s men were gunning for three straight victories and a potential place in the Top 6 when they hosted 15th placed Mosman at Coogee Oval. The side was given a huge injection of class with Club bowling coach and ex-1st Grade opening bowler Nick Warren fit and available for action. With Mac Jenkins back playing school cricket, the team were lucky to have in-form leg spinner Kiri Tsilikidis back in the side.

In the end it was another routine victory for Bourkey’s boys, who are building some huge momentum at the right time of year. Fours managed to crush the Whales by 6 wickets, after rolling them for 121, before surviving an early wobble to pass their score for the loss of just 4 wickets in 35 overs.

After the Whales won the toss and they elected to bat on a good Coogee wicket offering something for everyone. We soon had them reeling at 6-50 after Nick Warren (4/20-10) had torn through the top order. Warren typically had the ball on a string, bowling stump to stump and claiming two bowled and two lbw’s. He was very well supported by 4th Grade spearhead Andrew Sprowls (2/23-6) and young gun Corey Graham (2/26-6) and we didn’t let the Whales off the hook bowling them out before the 40th over.

While at halftime we were well on top, nerves were soon fraying at the edges after a calamitous start with the bat saw us reduced to a desperate position of 4/16 early on. Enter young James Mahoney-Brack (71n/o) and veteran skipper David Bourke (19n/o). The pair weathered the early storm under intense pressure to slowly put together a solid stand, before flourishing to put together an unbroken 109-run stand. Mahoney-Brack played a stunning innings including nine 4s and two 6’s to totally dominate the partnership and take the game away from Mosman. At his best, Mahoney-Brack is a very classy and stylish batsman, so it’s great to see him in this sort of form heading into some big games. It was also a brilliant knock under pressure from the skipper. Bourkey stood up when the team needed him most and kept things steady down the other end.

Not all results went our way, however we did move up to 7th place, just 4 points out of 6th position. Next week is an absolute must win against 8th placed Sydney University at St Paul’s College, with the winner of the game likely to jump into a final’s spot and the loser to be cast adrift with just two rounds to go.

 

244x121 adinaAdina Apartment Hotel Coogee 5th Grade – Mosman (6th) v Randwick Petersham (8th) @ Balmoral Oval

Team – Gracias Flor, Saini, Powell, Hart, Hilder, Wood, Standing, Montedoro, Ali, Singh (c), Boyns,

Result – Randwick Petersham 10/86 – 32.3 Overs (Wood 17, Montedoro 17) Defeated Mosman 10/80 -32 Overs (Singh 4/16-10, Ali 4/20-10, Boyns 2/19-8)

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Fifth Grade were looking to recover from a dire start to the New Year, losing 3 straight games, which saw the team slump from 2nd place to 8th, and looking to get back into final’s contention. The side was boosted by the inclusion of experienced left arm seamer Omar Ali, as well as the inclusion of regular 2nd Grader Sam Wood. Wood was not fit to bowl, however would add crucial experience to a very young middle order.

This was an unbelievable game really where, despite being ruled for 86, the boys produced a huge rally to win the game by 6 runs and salvage our season. On a diabolical looking pitch at Balmoral Oval, we were sent in to bat and it looked like our run of bad luck was about to continue. With balls exploding off a length, Savio Gracias Flor (13) played a brilliant rear guard wearing a huge amount of balls on the body as he showed really battling and fighting qualities. The same could be said for Matt Hilder (13) who showed exactly how to bat on as poor a wicket as the skipper had seen during his illustrious career. Then it was over to Sam Wood (17) and Ben Montedoro (17) who backed themselves and cashed in on a few loose balls to give us a fighting score of 86.

With the sun having made the wicket a lot better (but still dire), the Whales had by far the best of the conditions and decided to take their chances early on racing to 0/27 with some lucky and lusty hitting. It was there that skipper Nigel Singh (4/16-10) and Omair Ali (4/20-10) completely turned the game on its head. Both boys bowled quality spells to rip the heart out of Mosman as they lost 8/24 to be reeling at 8/49 with still 37 required for victory. Experienced veteran Warwick Adlam ruined Ali’s stellar figures somewhat by belting his last two balls for 6 to keep Mosman in the game. However Sam Boyns (2/19-8) picked up the key wicket of Adlam with still 10 runs required, and when the skipper picked up the final victim we were able to secure a famous 6-run victory.

Like I said last week, this side has had tough periods during the year, however they have always rebounded with a character building performance and this was one when it would have been easy to throw in the towel at halftime. We are now sitting 8th, just one point out of what is an amazingly congested Top 6, with three rounds to go. Next weekrr we take on 13th placed Sydney University at Kensington Oval in another must win game.

rsz lau marrickville logoSpecsavers Marrickville RPC Gold vs Sydney University @ Kensington

Team: Rushton, Mullins, Crawford, Stewart (c), Sidney (+), McDonagh, Fox, L O’Loughlin, M O’Loughlin, Waugh, De Silva

Result: Syd Uni 8/222 (50) (Waugh 4/38, L O’Loughlin 2/16) def Randwick Petersham Gold 10/219 (McDonagh 63, Crawford 47)

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Gold were ready for the clash with equal 4th place Sydney University at Kensington. Stewart continued his ineptitude with the toss and Uni batted first. Waugh and Fox opened with the latter striking first ball. Mac bowled with a tighter line and dominated the opening attack and at one stage was on a Hattrick.

Gold dominated early and removed the dangerous Islam for 10 and at one stage had Uni 5/112. LJ O’Loughlin bowled superbly in the middle of the innings taking 2/16 off 10 with 5 maidens and maintained the pressure from his end while the pace bowlers toiled. The last 10 overs in the field cost Gold dearly with Uni finishing the innings 8/222.

The beginning of the chase replicated Uni’s with Rushton falling first ball which allowed Mullins (28) and Crawford to take the attack early. Powerful drives and good running combined to move the score beyond 50 before Kel fell with 73 on the board. Enter McDonagh who showed his class in one day Cricket with a composed innings teaching the younger boys how to orchestrate a chase. When he fell with 4 to get the task was just a little too much for the tail with Gold short by 4 runs.

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bendigo red 250x125Clovelly Community Bank Branch Bendigo Bank RPC Green vs Penrith @ Rance

Team: R De Silva, Genner, Mohan, Andonopoulos, Sapariya, Finkelstein, Jastrzab, Coovre (c), Bhavsar, Deller, Murphy

Result: Randwick Petersham Green 173 in 39.1 overs (Sapariya 30, R De Silva 27) defeated by Penrith 3/181 in 33.3 overs

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Opener Ravi De Silva (27), spanked five 4s and then a six, to have the score 0/45 in the fifth over, the Penrith players asking who was this kid that had come from outer space? But the next over he was bowled, trying to put an in-swinger through the Werrington take away shop window. Mohan snicked off in the same over, and then in the very next set, Genner was trapped leg before. Andonopolous hit a good looking four off his legs, before he too snicked off. Things were looking shaky before Finkelstein and Sapariya put their heads down for yet another rescue mission. The former worked it around, whilst the latter stroked some elegant fours. The pair brought up the hundred for the Greens in the 19th over, and they looked set for big things. In the 21st over however, Finkelstein was trapped in front, putting an end to their 47-run partnership. Jastrzab came in and kept the scoring rolling along, but 21 runs later Sapariya was also given out leg before to the same bowler, for a top score of 30. Two runs later Jastrzab smashed one straight to short cover, ending his crisp cameo. Coovre took the young leg spinner on, and was well supported by Bhavsar. The pair had a 22-run partnership before Bhavsar was bowled, attempting to pull one that kept low. Ten runs later Coovre got a good one and was bowled for 21, which meant it was up to Deller and Zade Murphy, the latter back from the wilderness. The pair put on eight runs before a mix-up left Murphy (who had shown a good straight bat) short of his ground – the Greens all out for 173.

The sun began to burn through the clouds, as the Greens hit the field. Deller continued his good form, beating the bat on numerous occasions before he finally got his man caught behind in the 7th over. Some family friendly chatter got into the Penrith batsmen’s heads, and Bhavsar got the big wicket of the former Penrith captain for only 2. And when left-arm chinaman bowler, Genner, had their best batsman caught for only 19, the score 3/64, things were looking good for the Greens. But the innocent-looking opener (who was so much more than a spinner), and the new batsman who had stepped off the Penrith batsman production line, began to punish the Greens, who floundered in the 37 degree heat. Multiple bowlers were used in the quest to break the partnership, but no more wickets were taken, and the Penrith pair tracked them down in the 33rd over.

Alexis Coovre

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