Match Reports – Round 2
1st to 5th Grades v Mosman (2-Day Games)
Metropolitan Cup v Manly
PG’s Round 1 and 2 – T20 Double Header v Campbelltown
The Randy Petes boys continued our strong start to season 2017/18 with another winning day overall against Mosman. With wins in 1st Grade, 2nd Grade and 4th Grade, we made it 6 wins from 10 to start the new season and are sitting in 3rd place in the Club Championship, behind Sydney University and Sydney Cricket Clubs. Whilst we managed 3 victories we had some mixed results in the lower grades and Metropolitan Cup. Plus PGs were looking to get their season off to a winning start with a PGs double header at Campbelltown. Read below to see who starred over the weekend.
1st Grade – Randwick Petersham v Mosman @ Petersham Oval
Team – A. Sams (+), Kemp(C), Sangha, D. Sams, Chibber, Eaton, Semple, Bohannon, Ram, Ayre, Neser
Result – Mosman 10/343, 82.2 Overs (Sams 4/62-20, Ram 4/49-12) Defeated By Randwick Petersham 8/344 – 93.2 Overs (J. Sangha 162 n/o, Eaton 64 A. Sams 50)
First Grade continued their unbeaten start to the season thanks largely to rising star Jason Sangha (162n/o) who scored a blistering debut First Grade century, to help us over the line by 2 wickets. Resuming on 1/43 in perfect conditions at Petersham Oval, set 344 to chase last week, we looked to be cruising at 2/190 before the Whales came storming back into the game to set up a tense finish.
We were heavily reliant on 17 year old Sangha, who was all class, finishing on 162 n/o from 235 balls, with twenty five 4s and a 6. Sangha is among the most promising young batsmen in the country, on the second year of a NSW Rookie contract, and is the youngest player ever to score a century for the Australian Under 19 team against Pakistan in Dubai in January. Jason has showed glimpses of his talent in First Grade to date, however this was the day he really broke through and I’m sure there are many, many more centuries to come.
The unsung hero of the day was former Mosman player Shaun Eaton, batting from Number 3, who combined for a 120-run third wicket partnership with Sangha, before the visitors came charging back later in the day. Eaton has always been a quality all rounder, however has had to bide his time in the middle order of First Grade, so took this opportunity with both hands, batting responsibly against a fired up Mosman outfit. Eaton looked in full control and on course for a potential second First Grade hundred when he was dismissed for 64.
Anthony Sams (50) started the day off brightly, bringing up a rapid fire half century, before he was undone by a great ball by Mosman spearhead Jake Turner. Young English import Josh Bohannon (24) made an impressive debut, striking the ball nicely and combining for a crucial partnership with Sangha when things started to get tight.
The win gave back-to-back victories to start the 2017/18 season and sitting pretty in equal 3rd spot on the Competition ladder after two rounds. Next Saturday, the boys take on winless Fairfield-Liverpool at Rosedale Oval in a 2-day fixture as we hope to continue our fast start to season 2017/2018.
MVP Award Points
Jason Sangha – 3
Daniel Sams – 2
Kushaal Ram – 1
Shaun Eaton during his crucial knock of 64
2nd Grade – Mosman v Randwick Petersham @ Allan Border Oval
Team – McLoughlin, Hart, James, Calder, Holland (C), De Silva, Ahmed+, Standing, Hemphrey, McKenzie, Loth
Result – Randwick Petersham 10/292 (James 128, Hart 46, Calder 38, McLoughlin 26) Defeated Mosman 10/282 – 69.1 overs (Standing 3/50-13, Hemphrey 3/83-19, Loth 2/47-12)
Second Grade notched their first victory of the season with a dramatic 10-run victory over the Whales, away from home. Resuming on 1/56, Mosman were in the box seat heading into Day 2 with a very flat batting wicket and a fast outfield, which has become synonymous with Allan Border Oval over the past couple of years.
The bowlers all did a great job taking regular wickets, as we looked to be cruising to victory with Mosman 8/202 and then 9/236 still requiring 57 runs for victory, with just one wicket in hand. However, a cameo from the Whales’ Number 10 of 45, with a number of boundaries, gave us a real fright, before Doug Loth rattled his stumps. It was much to the relief of Captain Tom Holland, with such a great performance by the boys coming after a disappointing Round 1 defeat.
Whilst young gun Jack James (128) was the star of Day 1, it was another Jack in Standing (3/50-13) who did some of the damage on Day 2. Standing, on debut in Second Grade, showed no sign of nerves whatsoever, bowling with good control and claiming 3 crucial wickets. Standing, at his best, bowls full and straight, and claimed both an LBW and a bowled on his way to an impressive first game in the higher Grades. Englishman Jamie Hemphrey (3/83-19) continued to slot in seamlessly after arriving in Australia just a few weeks ago, taking his tally to 5 wickets for the season already, to go with top scoring in Round 1. Doug Loth (2/47-12) spent most of his debut season for the Randy-Petes dominating in 3rd and 4th Grade. However, he always looked a bowler of higher Grade talent, and he bowled well under pressure to seal the victory at the end.
Second Grade have now evened the ledger at 1-1 to start 2017-18 and will be relieved to get their first win, after taking four rounds to open their account last season. Next week, the boys play their first home game of the season, taking on Fairfield-Liverpool, at Coogee Oval.
MVP Award Points
Jack James – 3
Jamie Hemphrey – 2
Joe Hart – 1
3rd Grade – Randwick Petersham v Mosman @ Coogee Oval
Team – King, B Stares (C), Tsalikidis, Eldridge, Lyle, Murdita, Mahony-Brack, Graham, Papathanasiou(+), N Stares, , Stirling
Result – Mosman 6/402 (dec) – 68 Overs (N. Stares 5-69-19) Defeated Randwick Petersham 10/141- 44.4 Overs (Graham 65, N. Stares 15n/o) and 5/202 – 43 Overs (King 80, B.Stares 53, Murdita 20n/o, Eldridge 20)
Third Grade suffered their first defeat of the season, going down heavily by 261 runs to a dominant Mosman team at Coogee Oval. The task was never going to be easy, with most of the damage having been done on Day 1, with the boys resuming on 3/21 chasing Mosman’s 6/402 declared. Coogee Oval was starting to get back to near its best nick after a long Rugby season, with the outfield well trimmed and looking good.
Whilst we were dismissed cheaply in the First Innings for 141, the boys showed plenty of character and quality to bounce back in the Second Innings to score 5/202 and avoid outright defeat and built some confidence heading into next round. Wickets fell regularly shortly after the resumption on Day 2, before Corey Graham (65) stepped up with a typically aggressive half century. Graham has proven a popular and reliable all rounder in 3rd Grade and PGs over the past 12 months and, once he gets his eye in, not many players in the Club hit the ball harder, as he peeled off 10 boundaries in a powerhouse display. Nathan Stares (15n/o) did a great job supporting Graham, and chewing up some more overs, when it became obvious we would be forced to follow on.
Thankfully the 2nd Innings was a far different story and much more reminiscent of when we scored over 300 against the Bears in a 50-over match in Round 1. Chris King (80) was very impressive, opening the batting, managing his highest score in 3rd Grade, after playing the final 5 games in this Grade last season. King is a very good player technically, and looked on track for a maiden hundred for the Club before he was dismissed late in the day. Skipper Ben Stares (53) took all the wind out of the Whales’ sails with a typically breezy half-century to alleviate the pressure on our boys heading into the 2nd Innings. Both Jaya Murdita (20n/o) and Jackson Eldridge (20n/o) got some crucial runs to help steer us to safety, with the Whales unable to get the outright victory they craved.
After two straight home games, 3rd Grade now sit at 1-1 in equal 6th spot on the ladder. Next week we hit the road for the first time this season, heading to the picturesque Fairfield Oval to take on another side on one victory in Fairfield-Liverpool.
MVP Award Points
Nathan Stares – 3
Chris King – 2
Corey Graham – 1
4th Grade – Mosman v Randwick Petersham @ Balmoral Oval
Team – Powell, Saady, Montedoro, Kenzie, Bourke (C), Frith, Stafford, Budwee, House+, Flanagan, Fox
Result – Mosman 10/190 – 67.2 Overs (Flanagan 3/19-20, Stafford 3/57-18, Kenzie 2/19-6.2) Defeated By Randwick Petersham 6/194 – 61 Overs (Montedoro 55, Stafford 43n/o, Powell 35, Kenzie 23)
Fourth Grade made it impressive back-to-back victories to start 2017/2018 with a tense 4-wicket victory over a gutsy Whales’ side at Balmoral Oval.
Resuming at 2/31 in chase of 190, the game was evenly poised heading into Day 2, however it was two of the club legends who got the team over the line, with Captain David Bourke and Vice-Captain Rod Stafford combining for an unbroken 45-run partnership, to steer the side home after we were in a spot of bother at 6/149.
Stafford (43n/o) might prove to be the most valuable player in the 4th Grade competition this year with his vast experience in the higher Grades, and he has hit the ground running having a big say in the team’s opening two victories. Coming in under pressure, Stafford launched into his game of picking off balls in his zone with aplomb, with six 4s and 2 massive horns, to remain unbeaten with an average now over 80 with the bat for the season. David Bourke (19n/o) might have only contributed 2 to the partnership of 45, however he played a crucial role in steadying the ship, and continued his trait of getting another vital red ink with the side under pressure. Bourke has selflessly dropped himself down the order over the past year and has become the team’s rock in the middle, leading by example with a restrained and patient innings.
Earlier in the day, it was two youngsters who really caught the eye, continuing their strong form to start the season. Dylan Powell (35) completed a good all-round game after his tidy performance with the gloves on Day 1, getting Day 2 off to a great start, looking rock solid in defence and attack. Powell was well on track for a half century and beyond before he was unfortunately run out. Ben Montedoro (55) then took control of our innings, making another significant contribution to continue his great start to the season. Montedoro looked a player of higher Grade potential in the pre-season last year and, now he has found his feet, has been one of our best lower Grade players, weeks in week out, since Christmas of last season. Youngster Bailey Kenzie (23) batted well at Number 6 with Captain Bourke who is thrilled not only with the talent, but the application and hunger of the side’s young players at the moment.
Next week, the boys will be chomping at the bit for their first home game of the season at Petersham Oval, sitting in equal second spot on the ladder. The boys are playing full of confidence and will be hoping to make it a hat trick of wins to start season 2017/18 when they take on Fairfield-Liverpool who have one victory.
MVP Award Points
Ben Montedoro – 3
Rod Stafford – 2
Padriac Flanagan – 1
The talented Ben Montedoro who made 55
5th Grade – Randwick Petersham v North Sydney @ Kensington Oval
Team – Rushton, Lopes, Andonopoulos, Crawford, Saparina, Geraghty, Bhavsar, Lee (C), O’Loughlin, Deller, Sachs
Result – Mosman 10/244 -63.1 Overs ((Sachs 4/45-12, L.O’Laughlin 2/59-16, Lee 2/24-9.1) Defeated Randwick Petersham 10/199 -46.4 Overs (P.Andonopoulous 129 n/o, Sapariya 28, Lee 26)
Fifth Grade went down narrowly by 45 runs at Kensington Oval, putting up some stiff resistance in their chase of the Whales’ opening day’s 244. The new look side looked on track for a memorable victory, before a lower order collapse saw Mosman finish over the top of us in a see sawing game. With the score at 2/100 we had made a bright start to Day 2, however regular breakthroughs thereafter thwarted our cause. Despite the first innings loss, the boys went back into the field and had Mosman at 4/78 when stumps was eventually called.
Despite the defeat it was a memorable day for youngster Peter Andonopoulous (129n/o) who blazed a stunning century in his grade debut for the Club after playing last season in Metro. Peter went to stumps on 35n/o on Day 1, and picked up exactly where he left off, scorching the Mosman attack to all parts of the ground in a brutal display of power and talent. Peter was well supported by Chintan Sapariya (28) and skipper Adam Lee (26) who both supported the youngster with crucial partnerships, before wickets fell in a flurry at the end.
With the ball, the boys put things behind them quickly with skipper Adam Lee (2/17-6) picking up a couple of top order wickets. Remarkably Lee was only denied a 2nd Innings hat trick when a knee-high catch was put down at first slip. Spinner Liam O’Loughlin (2/3-4) completed a good all-round game with 2 wickets, to make it 4 for the game. Captain Lee wanted to give a massive thanks to Paul O’Loughlin and fellow parents for their support and assistance with lunch, drinks and scoring.
Whilst the result was a loss, it was a very encouraging performance from a side that has been thrown together somewhat at the start of the year. Next week we come up against Fairfield-Liverpool in our first road game of the season at Don Dawson Oval, as we look to build upon this encouraging performance.
MVP Award Points
Peter Andonopoulos – 3
Adam Lee – 2
Oscar Sachs – 1
Debutant and Centurion Peter Andonopoulous
Peter Andonopoulos being congratulated by new 5th Grade skipper Adam Lee
PG’s Round 1 – Campbelltown-Camden v Randwick Petersham @ Raby 2
Team – Maloney, Bohannon, James, Sangha, Calder, Claridge, Hart, Montedoro, Graham, Mahony-Brack, Kenzie
Result – Randwick Petersham 9/100 – 20 Overs (Claridge 20n/o, James 17) Defeated Campbelltown-Camden 10/89 – 19.4 Overs (Kenzie 2/8-4, Sangha 2/15-4, Bohannon 2/20-4)
The PG’s team started their 2017/18 campaign with a T20 double header against the Ghosts from Campbelltown. Travelling on the M5 was a team with plenty of fresh faces and under new leadership. Mark Wood took charge of the side as Head Coach, while Jeremy Jastrab would be this season’s Team Manager. Whilst this side remains one of the youngest in the Competition, some of the boys experienced a taste of Under 21’s cricket last season.
Josh Bohannon, Josh Claridge, Ben Montedoro and Bailey Kenzie would all make their PG’s debut in this game. Bohannon was an obvious selection, given he is playing 1st Grade; however it was good to see Claridge playing for us after he broke the AWGS runs record for the Club last season as AWGS Captain. Montedoro has been rewarded for some great performances to start the season, whilst Kenzie is clearly the youngest player in the team, still eligible for AWGS.
While the boys might be considered underdogs in plenty of games this season, they proved their quality with a great victory in the first leg of this double header. Whilst it was a low scoring affair on a sticky wicket, we defended superbly with the ball, securing an 11-run victory with just an even 100 to play with in the field. Youngster Bailey Kenzie (2/8-4) wowed with an outstanding debut that I’m sure he will long remember. He showed no signs of having never opened the bowling, picking up 2 key wickets whilst going for just 8 runs from his 4 overs! He was well supported by great spells from our two First Graders, with Captain Sangha (2/15-4) and Bohannon (2/20-4) showing their experience as the game got tense in the middle and later overs.
Earlier in the day runs proved hard to come by with another one of the debutants starring with Claridge top scoring (20n/o). Claridge is a particularly damaging player off the back foot, and is a player to look out for in the near future in terms of breaking into the higher Grades when he commits full time to the Club. He was well supported by Jack James (17) as we scrambled together a competitive score. There wasn’t much time to celebrate, unfortunately, with another match up against the Ghosts in an hour’s time.
PG’s Round 2 – Campbelltown-Camden v Randwick Petersham @ Raby 2
Team – Maloney, Bohannon, James, Sangha, Calder, Claridge, Hart, Montedoro, Graham, Mahony-Brack, Kenzie
Result – Randwick Petersham 7/105 – 20 Overs (James 21, Sangha 18, Maloney 18) Defeated by Campbelltown-Camden 2/106 – 18.3 Overs (Bohannon 1/15-3)
Whilst the boys got the chocolates in the opening bout, the Ghosts hit back hard in the afternoon game with a commanding 7-wicket victory. Ironically, we actually managed a higher score then we did in Game 1, posting a competitive 9/105 in what proved a low scoring day. This time we had a few contributors with the bat, with James (21), Sangha (18) and Bohannon (18) all posting starts.
With the ball, we couldn’t manage to get the regular breakthroughs that we achieved earlier in the day. Despite only picking up the 2 wickets, we did make the Ghosts graft for their victory which was only achieved with 9 balls to spare. Our next T20 double header is against Sydney on 5 November at Drummoyne Oval.
Cartwright Insurance Brokers Metropolitan Cup – Randwick Petersham Green vs Warringah @ Marrickville Oval
Team – Stewart (c), Coovre, Ganesh, Grogan (+), Mohan, Genner, Brown, R Sachs, Jastrzab, Robertson, Gandhi, C De Silva
Result – Randwick Petersham Green 177 – 47.1 overs (Ganesh 53, Grogan 49) defeated by Warringah 5/180 – 36 overs (Robertson 3/28 – 7 overs)
Metro Cup newcomers Warringah took on a combined Randwick Petersham side with captains John Stewart and Alexis Coovre joining forces. Both figuratively and literally, as they walked out to open the batting with John having lost the toss and been sent in. The pair started with aplomb, taking the score to 41 before the big skip was caught in front of the stumps. Alexis (26) played some sweet shots down the ground before being bowled. This brought together two fresh RP players, the very youthful Emmanuel Grogan and the not as youthful Nav Ganesh. The two consolidated then accelerated with a 111 run stand for the 3rd wicket.
Unfortunately, with the score at 2/165, Grogan was the victim of a mix up and left stranded on 49. Ganesh brought up his half century (53) but then the wheels came off. The late overs push that should have taken the team to over 200 never eventuated, as a string of run-outs and rash shots left the young side short at 177, with 3 overs to have been played. Warringah got off to a solid start, at 63 for no loss before Joel Robertson (3/28) and Alexis (1/40) controlled the middle overs well to peg the men in green back for 4/86, including a hanger of a catch from Jeremy Jastrzab at midwicket. The big hitting wicket keeper from Warringah took the team to 5/126 to leave the game in the balance, before their free-wheeling 17 year old leg spinner – possibly taking inspiration from Shahid Afridi – belted a quick 40 to seal the result for the visitors.
While it was disappointing to let go a potentially winning position, many of the younger players have come up in leaps and bounds over a difficult first few rounds – which will keep them in good stead in their senior cricket going forward.
MVP Award Points
Emmanuel Grogan – 3
Nav Ganesh – 2
Joel Robertson – 1