From The Pavilion – Round 3, Day 2 vs Fairfield-Liverpool + Metro

Match Reports – Round 3 Day 2 

1st to 5th Grades v Fairfield-Liverpool (2-Day Games) 

Metropolitan Cup v Mosman & Eastern Suburbs (2-Day Games) 

The Randy Petes’ boys were looking to capitalise on some strong positions on Day 2 against Fairfield-Liverpool in our quest to challenge Sydney University and Sydney in the early stages of the Club Championship. Unfortunately, our cause was hampered as both 3rd Grade and 5th Grade were lost to weather after the substantial rain on Friday was too much for both lower grade grounds out at Fairfield. However, typically, both Coogee and Petersham were in A1 order, as well as Rosedale Oval, as we went to battle in 1s, 2s and 4s looking to claim maximum points. Metropolitan Cup teams were also in action on Day 2 looking for their first wins of the season. Find out below who starred on Day 2 of Round 3 as we managed a couple of big victories.

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550x156 Lefand Group logo1st Grade – Fairfield-Liverpool v Randwick Petersham @ Rosedale Oval 

Team – A. Sams (+), Kemp (C), Hughes, Sangha, D. Sams, Chhibber, Eaton, Semple, Radford, Ram, Ayre 

Result – Fairfield-Liverpool 8/318 – 96 Overs (Ayre 4/103-34) Defeated Randwick Petersham 10/244 – 82.3 Overs (Hughes 83, Ayre 41n/o, D. Sams 38, A. Sams 29)

First Grade suffered their first loss of the season, going down by 76 runs at Rosedale Oval on Saturday. The boys fought all the way, but were eventually bowled out for 244 in chase of 318 with about an hour’s play still remaining. Credit goes to Fairfield who aggressively declared overnight, and bowled well throughout the day, in their home conditions to get their first win of the season. 

Unfortunately, the Lions hit us hard early as we lost 4 relatively early wickets to slump to 4/53 midway through the first session. Anthony Sams (29) was the only batsman in the Top 4 to get a start, but he was dismissed just as he looked well set. Daniel Sams (38) struck the ball beautifully, and was closing in on a half century, before the experienced Anthony Clark lured him out of his crease and into a stumping. 

Jason Hughes (83) was once again the rock on which our innings was built, coming in at Number 7 and playing solidly from the outset. Hughes has now top scored in both the innings he has played for the Club, after missing Round 2 through injury. Hughes may not look the prettiest player in the world, however he has been an extremely successful and disciplined First Grade batsman for a number of years now, and his value coming in for the departed Nathan Price is already being shown. Hughes was more aggressive than his first up innings, dispatching 5 sixes in his 121-ball innings before he was bowled by Gurinder Sandhu, when a century looked up for grabs. Hughes was very well supported by Riley Ayre (41*) who remained not out in a really gutsy performance. Ayre looks to have the potential to be a genuine all-rounder in 1st Grade, and his 41 and 4 wickets made him a clear Man of the Match for Kempy’s men in this game. 

Despite the loss, the boys are still sitting in the top half of the table in 9th spot. Next weekend is a local derby of some sorts against 13th placed UNSW at Alan Davidson Oval, with a win every chance of catapulting us back into the Top 6.

JC Travel Professionals MVP Award

Riley Ayre – 3

Jason Hughes – 2

Adam Semple – 1 

Riley Ayre took 4 wickets and 41 not out in a great all round display (Picture courtesy of club photographer Peter Bannigan)

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RPC Newcomer Luke Radford letting one rip (Picture courtesy of club photographer Peter Bannigan)

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Jason Hughes top scored again this week (Picture courtesy of club photographer Peter Bannigan)

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sct left2nd Grade – Randwick Petersham v Fairfield-Liverpool @ Coogee Oval 

Team – Bohannon, Everett, James, McLoughlin, Calder, Hart, Holland (C), De Silva, Standing, Hemphrey, Mahony-Brack, Loth

Result – Fairfield Liverpool 10/74 (Hemphrey 4/26, Bohannon 4/22, Loth 2/15) and 5/162 – 72 Overs (Hart 2/38-17, Hemphrey 1/22-12, Bohannon 1/36-14) v Randwick Petersham 10/280 – 80 Overs (Bohannon 74, Everett 73, De Silva 41, Standing 20, Hart 20

Second Grade made it convincing back-to-back victories with a thumping First Innings victory over Fairfield-Liverpool at Coogee Oval. All the rain on Friday was typically soaked up by the pristine Coogee Oval, with a full day’s play possible. After some quick runs on Day 2 saw us gain a 206-run First Innings lead, the boys tried valiantly to claim outright points, only for a much more determined and dogged effort by the visitors saw them finish on 5/162 from 72 tense overs. 

In was still another great day for Tom Holland’s young side, with two victories already in the bank after starting season 2016/2017 with 3 straight losses. With the bat, the order of the day was to really get on with things from the get go, with already a lead close to 100 runs, and the classy Josh Bohannon (74) got us off to a bright start. Resuming on 43 not out, Bohannon cruised past 50, eventually finishing with 74. Bohannon has recently signed a 3-year deal with his home County at Lancashire, and will be looking to use the summer to keep developing himself as professional cricketer. 

Both Calder and Holland made starts, before De Silva (41) continued his sparkling start to the season in just his second 2nd Grade innings. De Silva has always looked to have plenty of time with his technique, so he may well be suited to the pace coming on to the ball in higher Grades. Jack Standing (20) didn’t muck around, adding a few lusty blows, before we were eventually bowled out in the 80th over, with still nearly five hours to have a crack at the Lions’ batsman. 

Whilst on Day 1 we ripped through the Lions’ batsmen, second time around we were met with much stiffer resistance as the wicket at Coogee really flattened out. The Lions looked to be cruising at 1/90, and an early finish looked likely, before we took 4 quick wickets to have the visitors struggling at 5/125 with an hour to go. However, there were no further breakthroughs, with Joe Hart (2/38-17), Jamie Hemphrey (1/22-12) and Josh Bohannon (1/36-14) all bowling long spells of quality and control. Hart completed his longest haul at the bowling crease in 2nd Grade, with his 17 overs crucial experience for a young spinner. 

Next week, the boys return to Coogee Oval to take on local rivals UNSW. The Bumble Bees are high flying, having won three straight games to be sitting inside the Top 4, whilst we are sitting 6 points below them in 10th place. Victory would see us on the brink of the Top 6. 

JC Travel Professionals MVP Award

Josh Bohannon – 3

Matt Everett – 2

Jamie Hemphrey – 1


prsl 250x1253rd Grade – Fairfield Liverpool v Randwick Petersham v @ Fairfield Oval

Team – King, B Stares (C), Eldridge, Lyle, Montedoro, Ahmed+, Graham, McKenzie, N Stares, Tsalikidis 

Result – Randwick Petersham 10/110 – 39 overs (Graham 28, Lyle 23) Defeated By Fairfield Liverpool 5/116 (McKenzie 2/30-11, B.Stares 2/16-9) – 41 Overs (McKenzie 2/30-11, B. Stares 2/16-9)

Third Grade turned up at Fairfield Oval to find a wicket that would be lucky to be ready in a month’s time, let alone for day of cricket on Saturday. Whatever happened, the wicket was totally ruined by the previous day’s rain, and with the Lions having already secured the points on Day 1, they were happy to have the day off. 

Whilst no cricket was played, plenty of shots were fired in Newtown on Saturday night. Corey Graham starred, playing a bright and breezy innings before an early dismissal. Special mention to both Stares boys, Ben Montedoro and Kyri Tsalikidis for showing their staying power, after supporting the 4th Grade boys earlier in the day at Petersham Oval. 

Next week, the boys will be looking to bounce back as they take on UNSW at David Phillips Oval. With both sides on 6 points, a win is crucial to keep in touch with the Top 6 after a month of the new season. 

JC Travel Professionals MVP Award

Corey Graham – 3

Ben Stares – 2

Tom McKenzie – 1


244x121 adina4th Grade – Randwick Petersham v Fairfield-Liverpool @ Petersham Oval  

Team – Powell, Gracias-Flor, Burton, Frith, Bourke (C), Stafford, Mullins, Budwee, House+, Flanagan, Singh

Result – Randwick Petersham 6(dec)/282 – 69 overs (Stafford 103n/o, Burton 90, Gracias-Flor 28, Bourke 23) Defeated Fairfield-Liverpool 10/66 – 35 Overs (N. Singh 3/14-11, Budwee 3/27-5, Flanagan 2/10-12, Stafford 2/15-5.4) and 5/146 – 42 Overs (Stafford 2/31-13)

Fourth Grade made it a hat trick of victories to start 2017/18, with a giant 216-run First Innings win over Fairfield Liverpool at Petersham Oval. Despite a heap of rain on Friday night dumping lots of water on the outfield, Petersham Oval had dried a treat on Saturday morning, and there was no mopping up to be done despite the early arrival of a few players. 

The boys were in a great position entering Day 2, and quickly asserted their authority, dismissing the Lions for just 66 in 35 overs to set up the real possibility of outright points. Despite pushing hard after tea, 10 points was always going to be a difficult task on a baking flat wicket, with the Lions scratching their way to 5/146 from 42 overs, before an early stumps was called with five overs to play. 

Whilst the boys have a great bowling line up on paper, it’s about producing on the pitch, and that’s exactly what our four frontline bowlers did in an action packed first session. Padraic Flanagan (2/10-12) has been one of the finds of the year, and captain Bourke was once again delighted with the relentless length he had, as well as picking up a couple of key wickets. Nigel Singh (3/14-11) showed no sign of rust in his first game of the season, bowling a typical miserly spell, as well as adding two more victims to his tally. It was then left to Gab Budwee (3/27-5) and Rod Stafford (2/15-5.4) to close out the innings, with both combining to shut down the Lions’ middle and lower order. Both boys bowled an aggressive line at the stumps, constantly looking for wickets whilst prepared to concede the occasional boundary. 

With Flanagan and Stafford striking early in the 2nd Innings, the Lions were probably getting a sense of deja vu at 2/18, with a fired up Randy Petes side all over them. Hopes were raised again when we claimed the 3rd and 4th wickets in quick succession, and at 4/66 time was still on our side. However, a much more disciplined effort by the Lions middle order saw them avoid the outright defeat, finishing 5 wickets down after batting out the final 20 overs with relative comfort. Rod Stafford (2/31-13) completed a memorable game for himself personally, picking up 4 wickets for the day to go with his first ever century the previous week. 

Captain Bourke wanted to give a special shout out to James Tyson for the magnificent job he did in preparing afternoon tea on both afternoons. Having watched Tyso go about his work on Day 2, the bloke is meticulous and has a very fine future in the game – look out Robin Gardner. Bourkey also wanted to send a shout out to the 3rd Grade boys who came down to support the side after their game was washed out, as well as Wayne Mulherin and his wife Annie, and Neale Anderson. 

With the side flying at the moment, it was great to see plenty of the boys celebrating their success in Newtown on Saturday night. I’m sure plenty more fans will be on the bandwagon next week as 4th Grade take on UNSW at Petersham Oval. With the Bees struggling in 10th spot with one win, one loss and one draw, the chance to start the season with four straight wins presents for a side that looks to have all bases covered at the moment. 

JC Travel Professionals MVP Award

Rod Stafford – 3

Ashley Burton – 2

Padraic Flanagan – 1

A century inspired by up an outstanding afternoon tea from retiree James Tyson

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bendigo red 250x1255th Grade – Fairfield-Liverpool v Randwick Petersham @ Don Dawson Oval 

Team – Rushton, Lopes, Andonopoulos, Crawford, Sapariya, Wall (C), Papathanasiou+ O’Loughlin, Deller, Sachs, Fox

Result – Fairfield-Liverpool 8/284 – 80 Overs (Fox 3/65-20, L. O’Kaughlin 2/41-13, Lopes 2/26-5) Drew With Randwick Petersham

No play was possible at Don Dawson Oval on Saturday with our 5th Grade boys denied the opportunity to chase down a hefty 284. Next week, the boys are on the road again taking on 4th placed UNSW at David Phillips Oval as we go in search of our first win of the season. 

JC Travel Professionals MVP Award

Hayden Fox – 3

Alex Deller – 2

Mark Wall – 1


rsz lau marrickville logoMetropolitan Cup – Randwick Petersham Green v Eastern Suburbs @ Waverley Oval – Day 2 (Sunday)

Team – Coovre (c), Stewart, Bhavsar, Mohan, Kashyap, J Smith, Crawford, Fox, Jastrzab, Robertson, S Singh, Sherriff

Result – Eastern Suburbs 10/259 – 77.5 Overs (Fox 3/41, Kashyap 3/61) drew with Randwick Petersham Green 9/153 – 58 Overs (Coovre 30, Crawford 27*)

The Green team returned to Waverley Oval with the task of tracking down 260 for victory, on a good looking pitch, and the sun shining its Sunday best. Openers Stewart and Coovre, looked steady for the first 15 overs before the former hit one to mid-off, and then the latter snicked one to the keeper, who was up at the stumps. Numbers three to six all got starts, but never capitalised, as the Easts spinners hunted as a pack.

At 6/107, in the 36th over, the rain came in from the south-west, halting play until 5:30. There was only one hour left in the match and Easts needed four more wickets for victory. Neale Crawford, steadied the ship, showing a pronounced straight bat in the situation, yet still hitting any bad balls to the fence. Crawford rallied the lower order, who all dug deep, using-up every ounce of their techniques to buy precious time for their team. When Joel Robertson was caught at silly mid-wicket, at 6:28, off the last ball of the pen-ultimate over, his job had been done. Next man in Sahib Singh, only had to watch, as his partner down the other end, put in one final bigger-than-average effort, to see the over out, and ensure that Easts never got the six points.

Alexis Coovre      

JC Travel Professionals MVP Award

Hayden Fox – 3

Neale Crawford – 2

Pratulya Kashyap – 1

rsz lau marrickville logoMetropolitan Cup – Randwick Petersham Gold v Mosman @ Snape Park – Day 2

Team – Stewart (c), Jastrzab, Sidney (+), Genner, Segal, Ganesh, Miller, Geraghty, Sherriff, Robertson, Coombs, C De Silva, Coovre

De Silva 3-20, Coombs 2-23

Gold turned up at Snape ready to roll through the young Mosman line up. Miller, on debut, opened the bowling with Robertson getting an early breakthrough. This brought Kunal Sharma to the crease and his intent was evident first ball. His powerful shots continued throughout his innings before he was finally undone by a Miller caught and bowled on 166. The Gold bowlers took a hammering but surged in patches to finally dismiss Mosman for 340. The highlights of the innings was Charith’s 3-20, a sharp caught behind/stumping from Jastrzab, Coombs skilful bowling in the latter stages of the innings and the ‘Universe Boss’ himself Chris Gayle arriving in style at Snape shortly after the tea break – much to the excitement and disappointment of the younger Gold players raring for a selfie. Gold again batted with 17 overs left in the day, finishing 1-51 with Geraghty (37) and De Silva (1) remaining unbeaten at stumps and restoring some pride. 

John Stewart

JC Travel Professionals MVP Award

3 Damian Sidney

2 Charith De Silva

1 Navneet Ganesh

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