Match Reports Round 14 Day 1. 

1st Grade to 5th Grade – 2 day matches vs Campbelltown

Metropolitan Cup v Eastern Suburbs & Gordon

Round 14 and the penultimate round of the Competition means there was plenty at stake especially for our sides still in the finals race. With plenty of bad weather across Sydney on Friday and Saturday, we were one of the luckier Clubs with the weather seemingly missing Campbelltown. All three Grades got a huge amount of cricket in at Raby on a day where plenty of cricket was washed out. While our Second Grade match at Coogee Oval was abandoned, it was great to see plenty of cricket in 4th Grade at Petersham Oval as our boys looked to keep our final’s hopes alive. Read below to see how 1s, 4s, 5s and Metro Gold’s fared as they looked to get into that all important Top 6, and who starred on a gloomy Saturday in Sydney in Round 14.

Round 14 and the penultimate round of the Competition means there was plenty at stake especially for our sides still in the finals race. With plenty of bad weather across Sydney on Friday and Saturday, we were one of the luckier Clubs with the weather seemingly missing Campbelltown. All three Grades got a huge amount of cricket in at Raby on a day where plenty of cricket was washed out. While our Second Grade match at Coogee Oval was abandoned, it was great to see plenty of cricket in 4th Grade at Petersham Oval as our boys looked to keep our final’s hopes alive. Read below to see how 1s, 4s, 5s and Metro Gold’s fared as they looked to get into that all important Top 6, and who starred on a gloomy Saturday in Sydney in Round 14. 

beastwear250x267Beastwear 1st Grade – Campbelltown (20th) v Randwick Petersham (8th) @ Raby 1

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

Result – Campbelltown 10/228 – 58.5 (Semple 7/64-17.5) v Randwick Petersham 2/107 – 37 Overs (Price 57n/o, Scicluna 35n/o)

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First Grade had another huge game this week after their costly draw against Sydney University. The rain at Coogee had allowed both Manly and Parramatta to jump us on the competition table which now saw us sitting in 8th spot with two rounds to go. Returning to the side was Jason Sangha who missed last week’s game through injury. Club bowling coach, Nick Warren, retained his place with Greg West still injured.

On a day where plenty of cricket was washed out, it’s a credit to Raby Oval ground’s staff that we were able to get in nearly a full day’s play. At the end of a day of fluctuating fortunes, we went to stumps in pole position to claim the 6 points, sitting on 2/107 in chase of Campbelltown’s competitive 228. After slumping to 2/14 early, our final’s hopes looked to be a fading force, however we recovered with a strong unbroken 93-run partnership between Nathan Price (57n/o) and Jake Scicluna (35n/o) under pressure. Price and Scicluna had to survive an early onslaught before taking the attack to the Ghosts in the final hour.

Earlier in the day there was one clear standout with veteran all-rounder Adam Semple (7/64-17.5) claimed his best ever figures for the Club. On a day when a young and improving Ghosts side looked set to give us a real run for our money sitting on 4/152, Semple wiped out over half their batting line up in another brilliant couple of spells of sustained medium pace bowling. Semple always challenges the stumps and he was rewarded here by clean bowling four batsmen with a couple of gaffers in amongst them.

With several games washed out or rain reduced in First Grade over the weekend, it is imperative we claim the 6 points next week with the chance of some draws on other grounds. A win would set up the season finale nicely against local rivals Easts at Waverley Oval.

frankienswiss 250x125Frankie & Swiss 2nd Grade – Randwick Petersham (16th) v Campbelltown (13th) @ Coogee Oval

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

Result – Day 1 Abandoned

prsl 250x125Petersham RSL 3rd Grade – Campbelltown (18th) v Randwick Petersham (14th) @ Raby 2

Team – Ahmed (+), Stares (c), King, Calder, Lyle, Burton, De Silva, Finklestein, (c) Nawaz, McKenzie, Loth,

Result – Campbelltown 10/109 – 39 Overs (Nawaz 4/38-8, McKenzie 2/19-9, Wood 1/14-8) v Randwick Petersham 10/194 – 36.2 overs (Stares 59, King 41, Nawaz 27, Wood 22)

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Third Grade were looking for a first win in over a month after competitive losses against strong sides in Mosman and Sydney University. Sam Wood was on the comeback trail and was right to bowl after having played a couple of 5th Grade matches as a batsman in his return from injury. Young AWGS all-rounder Adam Finkelstein was rewarded for his dedication in Metropolitan Cup this season with a late call up to the side to give him a taste of what it’s all about. After his star performance last week, Ravin DeSilva retained his place in the side. With Captain Rod Stafford unavailable with his brother’s wedding, it was the experienced Ben Stares who once again stepped in to take the reins for the second time this season.

Finally our boys were given some reward for all their competitive displays throughout the season with a dominant day in which we claimed first innings points and set ourselves up for a big tilt at outright points. Having skittled the Ghosts for just 109, we replied with a bright and breezy 194 to set up an 85-run lead and an early crack at the Ghosts’ top order once again at the start of Day 2.

With the bat, our opening pair of Stares (59) and King (41) put on 77 to put us in complete control and inches from the Ghosts’ low score. Stares went hard from Ball 1, hitting an amazing 59 from just 31 balls with 10 fours in one of the most explosive innings of the season. Once he was out, fellow opener King played steadily, compiling a patient and determined innings as a few wickets fell around him. Some smart middle order batting from Reehan Nawaz (27) and Sam Wood (22) saw us put together some quick fire runs late in the day to further ram home our first innings advantage.

Earlier in the day, it was the quicks that did most of the damage for us as we bowled out the hosts in just 39 overs. Reehan Nawaz (4/38-9) has been in excellent form with the ball of late, and he had a fantastic all round day here claiming 4 wickets and ripping the heart out of the Ghosts’ middle order. It was great to see young quick Tom McKenzie (2/19-9) back fit and firing and he bowled a great spell, having come back from a couple of months out with injury. To make it a trio of our Under 21s fast bowlers, Sam Wood also bowled a typically probing and economic spell conceding just 14 runs in his 8 overs and picking up a wicket.

With the boys sitting in 14th place, outright points next week would give us an opportunity to finish closer to the top 10 which is closer to what this team deserve given the number of close losses this season.

sct leftSydney City Toyota 4th Grade – Randwick Petersham (8th) v Campbelltown (14th) @ Petersham Oval

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

Result – Randwick Petersham 10/119 – 40 Overs (Mahony-Brack 31, Budwee 23, Wallis 19) v Campbelltown 10/149 (Ali 3/30-10, Budwee 3/40-6, Wallis 2/41-11)

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Bourkey’s men were looking to bounce back from a heavy defeat to Sydney University, now sitting in 8th place with two rounds to go. With murky conditions at Petersham Oval, we have to give Green Options a lot of credit for getting the game on relatively quickly and getting the majority of the overs into the day. Bourkey was able to call upon an unchanged line up for this game with 6 points desperately needed to keep our finals’ hopes alive.

The day got off to a rough start as we lost the toss on a juicy wicket we would have desperately liked to have bowled first on. After being in a lot of trouble early once again, it was young gun James Mahony-Brack (31) who stepped up and top scored. Mahony-Brack is starting to become really consistent showing the undoubted talent that he has with the bat. The good thing about Bourkey’s side this year is the depth of their batting line up and that was in evidence once again as Gab Budwee (23) and Matt Wallis (19) both contributed vital lower order runs to give us a fighting, if not fantastic, total of 119 to bowl at.

With the wicket having flattened out a little the Ghosts were enjoying by far the best of the conditions. However that didn’t stop our bowlers pulling out all stops to try and claim first innings points. Omar Ali (3/30-10) continued his good form with 3 wickets here to put the cat among the pigeons. When the experienced opening bowling duo of Matt Wallis (2/41-11) and Gab Budwee (3/40-6) both struck, suddenly the Ghosts were 8/100 and we had a real shot at winning a vital 6 points. Unfortunately that slipped away with a couple of 50-50 umpiring calls not going our way as the Ghosts rallied to post 149.

The good news is, with a full days cricket in front of us and with first innings points having already been decided, the game is set up for an outright result either way, meaning we still have a big chance of claiming a vital 6 points to keep our season alive. If we can post somewhere around the 170-180 mark in quick time, I’m sure the Ghosts will have a crack at our total in the afternoon which should make for an entertaining day’s cricket.

244x121 adinaAdina Apartment Hotel Coogee 5th Grade – Campbelltown (18th) v Randwick Petersham (6th) @ Raby 3

Team – Gracias Flor, Standing, Powell Saini, Hilder, Mullins, Montedoro, Singh (c), Sprowls, Boyns, Waugh,

Result – Campbelltown 10/144 – 40 Overs (Waugh 6/38-12, Singh 2/31-10, Sprowls 2/47-9) v Randwick Petersham 7/158 – 38 Overs (Standing 54, Gracious Flor 35, Hilder 21, Montedoro 21n/o)

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Fifth Grade were looking for three straight victories and to keep their place in the Top 6 as they headed west to Raby Oval to take on a Ghosts’ side that were in 18th place on the competition table. Gun young all-rounder Jack Standing was back in the side while young AWGS batsman Kel Mullins also received a call up. Our outstanding fast bowling cartel was boosted further with 5s able to call upon Andrew Sprowls.

On a day when 17 wickets fell and there was plenty of action to report, we claimed a tight 1st innings points victory as we made 7/158 in reply to Campbelltown’s fighting total of 144. With the wicket starting to break up and take plenty of turn, it was a really good effort from our batsmen under pressure as we set ourselves up with an opportunity of claiming outright points next week. It proved an inspired move by Captain Nigel Singh to opening the batting with Jack Standing (54) who once again bludgeoned a fantastic half century. Standing changed the momentum of the game with another powerhouse display as he alleviated some of the pressure on the middle order. Savio Gracias Flor (35) has been a really consistent contributor for 5th Grade this season and he made another important score here, sharing a good partnership with Standing. Veteran all-rounder Matt Hilder (21) and Ben Montedoro (21n/o) held things together late in the day as we ended 14 runs ahead with 3 wickets in hand.

Earlier in the day with the ball, it was a magnificent performance from one of our younger bowlers with left arm seamer Mac Waugh (6/38-12) taking a magnificent 6 wicket haul. Waugh has shown glimpses of his potential this season and has continued to work extremely hard at training and learn more and more about his craft. Waugh swung the new ball and bowled a great line and length to rip the hearty out of the Campbelltown top and middle order to claim his maiden five-wicket haul for the club. Waugh was well supported by Nigel Singh (2/31-10) and Andrew Sprowls (2/47-9) who both claimed a couple of wickets each as we mopped up the Ghosts for 144.

Next week, if we can inch that lead up towards about 50 runs it will give us a great chance of claiming all 10 points and a memorable outright victory. While the 6 points we have already secured should keep us in the Top 6 heading into Round 15, 10 points would just about secure our spot in the finals in what is a very congested leader board in 5th grade this season.

rsz lau marrickville logoSpecsavers Marrickville RPC Gold vs Gordon @ Snape Park

Team – Stewart (c), M. O’Loughlin, Ruston, Jastrzab, House, Crawford, Lee, G. Standing, Sidney (+), Fox, L. O’Loughlin

Result – Day 1 Abandoned

bendigo red 250x125Clovelly Community Bank branch Bendigo Bank RPC Green vs Eastern Suburbs @ Kensington Oval

Team – Coovre (c), O. Sachs, Papathanasiou, Andonopoulos, Sapariya, Bhavsar, Deller, Genner, M. Wall, C. De Silva

Result – Day 1 Abandoned

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