Match Reports – Round 4 Day 1
1st to 5th Grades v UNSW (2-Day Games)
1st Grade T20 Double Header v Sutherland and Newcastle
Metropolitan Cup v Mosman and UNSW
The Randy Petes’ boys were back in action on Saturday against local rivals UNSW in our quest to continue our strong start to season 2017/18. The match-up looked a tantalising one on paper, with both sides excelling in the Club Championship, with the Bees just one place and 15 points behind us in 7th spot. With the rain on Friday tossing up some interesting scenarios, 1st Grade sat around watching the grass grow, whilst all other grounds managed full days of cricket. On Sunday, 1st Grade kicked off their T20 campaign with an exciting double header at Coogee Oval against Sutherland and Newcastle. Metropolitan Cup were also in action in what was a jam packed weekend of cricket for the Randy Petes. Find out below who starred on Saturday and Sunday in what was a mixed bag of results.
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1st Grade – UNSW v Randwick Petersham @ Alan Davidson Oval
Team – A. Sams (+), Kemp (C), Hughes, Sangha, Eaton, Bohannon, Semple, Radford, Ayre, Neser, Ram
Result – Day 1 Washed Out
First Grade were looking to bounce back from their first defeat of the season when they travelled to Alan Davidson Oval to take on local rivals UNSW. While Alan Davidson Oval is no Village Green, it has been playing well this season with plenty of runs being scored there. Kempie’s men received a boost with Francois Neser back from injury to further bolster our bowling line up. The side was missing a couple of key all-rounders with Soumil Chhibber out injured for an extended period, and Daniel Sams unavailable. This paved the way for Josh Bohannon to return to the side after his impressive 74 in 2nd Grade last week.
Unfortunately no play was possible, as a wet outfield and bowling run-ups caused the day to be abandoned despite the best efforts of the ground staff. With no play possible, 120 overs will be played next week as both sides look to chase a result.
1st Grade T20 Game 1 – Randwick Petersham v Sutherland @ Coogee Oval
Team – Price, Semple, A. Sams (+), Kemp (C), Eaton, Bohannon, Everett, Ayre, James, Radford, Ram
Result – Sutherland 4/176 – 20 Overs (Eaton 2/12-2, Radford 2/28-3) Defeated Randwick Petersham 9/121 – 20 Overs (A. Sams 32, Bohannon 27, Ayre 19n/o)
The ever popular T20 season was upon us with a home double header against Sutherland and Newcastle at our seaside home of Coogee Oval. This competition has been unbelievably successfully for First Grade since its inception, with 3 title winning seasons. Despite winning more games than we lost last season, we missed out on the quarter finals by the narrowest of margins on run rate, so everyone was keen to get back into the finals this season and set up a crack at a record fourth title.
Awaiting us in Game 1 were a strong Sutherland side, with youngster Austin Waugh, son of Steve Waugh, having emerged into their 1st Grade side this season. We had our own two debutants with Matt Everett and Jack James both playing their first First Grade games for the club. Everett has done well in 2nd Grade for close to 18 months now, and Jack James has come through AWGS and lower grades to really establish himself this season with a 2nd Grade century. Well done to both boys and I’m sure they will play plenty of 1st Grade in the years to come.
The visitors made a good fist of their 20 overs, getting off to a fast start before posting 172 in their 20 overs. Both Eaton (2/12-2) and Radford (2/28-4) punctuated some strong batting with some breakthroughs, as he managed to halt Sutherland’s fast start to some extent. In reply, we never really got going, finishing on 9/121 from our 20 overs, after some good bowling from the visitors. Both Anthony Sams (32) and Josh Bohannon (27) struck a number of boundaries to keep things interesting, but once they fell, our chances went with them.
Just another cracking day at Coogee Oval as the boys take the field
Young gun Mac Jenkins made his first grade debut – huge thanks to club photograpehr Peter Bannigan for the fantastic T20 pics!
Josh Bohannon ramping things up!
1st Grade T20 Game 2 – Randwick Petersham v Newcastle @ Coogee Oval
Team – Price, Semple, Sangha, A. Sams, Bohannon, Ayre, Eaton, Everett, Radford, Jenkins
Result – Newcastle 4/134 – 20 Overs (Radford 2/18-4, Ayre 1/26-4, Bohannon 1/28-4) Defeated Randwick Petersham 6/129 – 20 Overs (Semple 29, Bohannon 24)
There wasn’t long to dwell on our first up defeat, with the second leg of the double header against Newcastle in the afternoon. One of the highlights of the day was welcoming back a favourite son of the Club in Burt Cockley, who would play in the T20 competition for Newcastle this season. Cockley had many great seasons at the Randy Petes, ending up representing New South Wales and going on an Australian Tour of India before a cruel run of injuries saw him cut down at his peak. Burt was always a great competitor, and an even better bloke, and everyone was happy to see him back at Coogee.
With two T20 games on a hot day and a heavy workload, we made a change to the team with another debutant introduced in Mac Jenkins. Mac would have to be one of the youngest debutants in the history of First Grade at just 15 years of age, and still being available for our AWGS team this season. Mac was super impressive in his Second Grade debut, bowling 33 overs the previous day, so it was no surprise to see him elevated to First Grade with his canny accuracy from his left arm spinners.
This game proved a much closer one than the match against Sutherland, with the Randy Petes bouncing back hard to go down by 5 runs in a narrow defeat. We restricted the visitors to a moderate score of 4/134, with all bowlers putting the squeeze on Newcastle. Luke Radford (2/18-4) was the pick of the bowlers, bowling with good pace and accuracy, going at less than 5 runs per over, and picking up two key wickets. In reply, things looked to be going well at 1/50 with Adam Semple (29) dictating terms; however, his wicket caused a collapse that saw us slump to 5/85. Sean Eaton (32n/o) nearly pulled it out of the fire for us at the end, in a blazing 15-ball knock. However it was not to be in the end as we pulled up just short.
Many thanks to all the volunteers who worked behind the scenes and on the day to make it a success. Fous and Robin for organising refreshments for the ladies, Errol and Brian for working the BBQ all day and Faye and Helen assisting Robin in the canteen. Additionally, many thanks to Karl Schubert for his ground announcing expertise and youngster Jesse McQuire for DJ’ing throughout the day.
RPC Volunteers keeping our 1st Grade skipper well fed
RPC 1st Grade scorer Veena Naidu with match announcer Karl Schubert behind
2nd Grade – Randwick Petersham v UNSW @ Coogee Oval
Team – King, Everett, James, Calder, Hart, Holland (C), De Silva, Standing, Hemphrey, Mahony-Brack, Jenkins
Result – UNSW 9/298 – 103 Overs (Standing 3/36-20, Jenkins 3/73-33, Mahony-Brack 2/41-16) v Randwick Petersham
Second Grade are flying high at the moment, and were aiming for 3 wins on the bounce when they returned to Coogee Oval to meet the Bees on Saturday. After a dominant win against Fairfield Liverpool, the boys were now on the verge of the Top 6, however would be tested against a side currently in the Top 4. The side was boosted by the return of young gun Jack James, fresh off his maiden 2nd Grade century, after he missed Round 3 due to HSC commitments. Another gun youngster was also back in action with left arm spinner Mac Jenkins coming in for his first Grade game of the season, after breaking his thumb in an outstanding national Under 17s carnival, where he picked up 11 wickets for the Cricket Australia X1.
On what proved an attritional day’s cricket, the boys did well to hold UNSW under 300 after losing the toss, with the visitors finishing on 9/298 from an incredible 103 overs. It’s not often a side will finish their 96 allowed overs on time these days, let alone bowl 103, however with our spinners bowling 50 overs combined we were able to give the Coogee locals in attendance plenty of value for money.
The highlight of the day was watching left arm orthodox spinner Mac Jenkins (3/73-33) go about his work in a marathon effort of sustained accuracy and skill. Jenkins looks to be a player of serious potential, and his unnerving line and length and subtle changes of pace are that of a seasoned veteran, not a 15-year-old kid. The fact he is still available for AWGS this season shows the fast pace he is developing, as we look to give our young players every opportunity. Whilst Mac will captain AWGS this season, Jack Standing (3/36-20) captained AWGS 2 seasons ago, so it’s outstanding to see two local juniors performing so well in higher Grades and really knocking on the door of a First Grade call up. Standing getting through 20 overs work was a great effort for a player who has had his fair share of niggles and injuries over the past couple of years.
On what proved a day for the Club’s young guns, James Mahony-Brack (2/41-17) also bowled outstandingly well on a wicket that wasn’t offering much assistance on a hot day in Sydney. Mahony-Brack has always had the ability to hit the seam, and he proved effective here with a few good spells, as we managed to keep things in check for most of the day. The highlight of the day for us was clearly the last session where the wicket was at its flattest, as we managed to take 6/69 on a day where 350 plus looked to be the going rate. With only two players in the side aged 20 years of age or over, it was great to see the intensity and enthusiasm levels across the day remain on a tough 96 over day in the field.
With a full day’s play, and hopefully another sunny day in prospect, Tom Holland’s men have every chance to make it three victories in a row next week, which would put them into the Top 6.
3rd Grade – UNSW v Randwick Petersham v @ David Phillips Oval
Team – King, B Stares (C), Eldridge, Burton, Lyle, Montedoro, Mullins+, McKenzie, N Stares, N.Singh, Tsalikidis
Result – Randwick Petersham 10/161 – 61 Overs (Burton 37, Mullins 30) v UNSW 1/64 – 17 Overs
Third Grade were fresh and raring to go after their week off last week, as they took on UNSW at David Phillips Oval. Despite the loss last round, the side isn’t too far off the pace, sitting just 6 points out of the Top 6, with this game being a crucial game for both sides on 6 points each. The team was given two injections of class and experience, with both Ashley Burton and Nigel Singh up from 4th Grade. Burton was coming off an impressive 90 last week, whilst Singh returned with a bang picking up three first innings wickets in 4th Grade’s big victory.
The boys will have their work cut out for them if they want to claim the 6 points, with UNSW in a strong position at 1/64 at stumps on Day 1, in reply to our 162 earlier in the day. Despite plenty of rain falling on the Friday, the wicket was a decent enough one, however the Students elected to send us in to bat to exploit any early moisture on offer. Our opening pair of Ben Stares and Chris King had got things off to a really solid start, and we looked on track for a big total, before we dramatically lost 4/20 to swing the momentum back towards UNSW.
Ashley Burton (37) continued his great form, top scoring after coming into the side. Burton has now amassed 127 runs in his two games since returning, and looks set for another big season, despite not yet being fit to bowl. Kel Mullins (30) also played a really gritty innings in the middle order. Mullins has done a great job in all our lower grades in the past season, with the gloves and with the bat, and his 105 ball stay here was crucial in holding things together when wickets were falling around him. Next week the boys will need early breakthroughs, with UNSW requiring just another 98 runs to claim first innings points.
4th Grade – Randwick Petersham v UNSW @ Petersham Oval
Team – Powell, House, Andonoupulous+, McLoughlin, Schubert+, Frith, Bourke (C), Stafford, Fox, Flanagan, Tyson
Result – UNSW 10/219 – 70 Overs (Flanagan 5/86-22, Tyson 3/53-16) v Randwick Petersham 3/11 – 8 Overs
Fourth Grade were the in-form side in the Club at the moment, as they set their sights on a fourth straight victory to begin season 2017/18 against UNSW at Petersham Oval. With the trio of Ashley Burton, Nigel Singh and Kel Mullins up to 3rd Grade, the side was forced into a major reshuffle. Three of the Club’s favourite sons returned, with Karl Schubert and James Tyson, after retiring last season, and John McLoughlin, making themselves available. Those boys will bring a wealth of experience to the side and I, for one, will be very interested to see if these are just one-off appearances or whether they get sucked in.
In what shapes as a fascinating Day 2, our boys are under the pump a bit for the first time this season, sitting precariously at 3/11 in reply to the Students’ 219. Despite the costly loss of three late wickets, the boys will have plenty of quality and experienced batting still left in the sheds. After toiling away all day on a really flat Petersham Oval wicket, after captain Bourke lost his fourth toss in a row, the boys did a great job overall to limit the Students to 219 on a fast outfield and hot day. However, the sting in the tail came late in the day, with UNSW claiming 2 wickets from the first 2 balls of the innings.
With the ball, everyone bowled tidily in what were good batting conditions. However, the leader of the pace attack this year, Padraic Falangan (5/86-22), proved the star again with a well deserved 5-wicket haul. Flanagan not only proved his quality, but his endurance levels as well, getting through 22 overs on a hot day and bowling as well at the end of the day as he was when he was fresh at the start. Despite some rust, James Tyson (3/53-16) proved his class, picking up 3 wickets, including 2 early ones, as he swung the new ball back in typical Tyson fashion.
Despite still needing over 200 runs for victory, with just 7 wickets in hand, the boys will be confident, with experienced John McLoughlin at the crease. With Bourke and Stafford both in good form, there is plenty of strength and depth in the batting line-up, and this game might go right down to the wire next week should we get off to a solid enough start.
Rod Stafford presenting a ‘250’ Cap to David Bourke as the first player to 250 matches for RPC
Congratulations Bourkey !!!
5th Grade – UNSW v Randwick Petersham @ David Phillips Oval
Team – Ganesh, Crawford, L. O’Loughlin, Sidney, Ruston, Deller, Sekhon, Wall (C), Sapariya, Lopes, Geraghty
Result – UNSW 6/333 – 80 Overs (Sekton 3/101- 27, Deller 2/42-16) v Randwick Petersham
Fifth Grade were keen to get back on the park after having their Round 3 clash against Fairfield Liverpool washed out on Day 2. Whilst the draw secured the boys their first points of the season, the chance to get in the winner’s circle for the first time this season would be fresh in their minds as they took on UNSW at David Phillips Oval.
On what was a hot day in Sydney, the boys were made to toil in the field, with a strong UNSW team batting with authority, racking up 6/333 from their 80 overs. On a flat wicket it was hard going for the bowlers all day, as most of the UNSW players made starts, and scored at a good clip, on what is one of the smaller grounds in Sydney. Unfortunately, the theme of the day was missed opportunities, as several dropped catches stopped us from making regular inroads into the UNSW batting line up.
With the ball, the pick of the bowlers was Sahil Sekton (3/101-27) who picked up 3 wickets in a marathon effort of 27 overs. Sekton bowled a tidy line and length to go at just 3.5 runs per over on a day where boundaries flowed. AWGS fast bowler Alex Deller (2/42-16) put in a really tireless effort, taking 2 wickets, and being by far the most miserly bowler of the day. Alex has always built pressure through hitting the right areas, and here he went at less than 3 runs per over on a wicket not offering much assistance.
Whilst chasing over 330 will prove a difficult task, David Phillips Oval is one of the better batting grounds in Sydney, and you get full value for your shots. Hopefully, the boys can have a crack and set out their stall to bat out the day and see where that takes them.
Metropolitan Cup – Randwick Petersham Gold v UNSW Gold @ David Phillips South – Day 1
Team – Coovre (c), Jastrzab, Bhavsar (+), Sherriff, Robertson, C De Silva, Mohan, Crawford, Hinds, Coombs, S Singh
Result – UNSW Gold 10/299 – 65.3 Overs (Hinds 4/53) v Randwick Petersham Gold 2/38 – 12 Overs
The Gold team won the toss, and elected to bowl first, on a battle-worn pitch from the day before. The pitch stayed true, however, and there was very little seam nor swing, the UNSW openers bolting out the gate, racing to 73 without loss in the 18th over. Coovre got the first break-through, bowling the captain, after an attempted pull shot.
After a non-striker was caught napping, Charith De Silva came on and bowled their obdurate opener for an even 50, then Sahib Singh got a tickle through to have UNSW 4-166 in the 41st over. A fifth wicket 83-run partnership then ensued before club legend, Dennis Hinds (Grouch), back in the saddle, deceived the brazen number six who charged past a turner, to halt UNSW’s momentum. Grouch followed it up with a caught and bowled, another stumping and a bowled. Dane Coombs had their top-scorer caught, and Bala Mohan bowled the number 11, to have the Bumblebees all out for 299.
The Randy Pete’s had 12 overs to face before stumps, and things started positively, before Coovre clipped one to mid-wicket, and Coombs adjudged leg-before. Jastrzab and Mohan, then re-grouped and determinedly saw us through to stumps.
Metropolitan Cup – Randwick Petersham Green v Mosman @ Kensington – Day 1
Team – Stewart (c), Jastrzab, Bhavsar (+), Genner, Sherriff, Robertson, Jedwood, C De Silva, Coovre, Whalebone, Mohan, W Deller
Result – Mosman 10/186 – 74.4 Overs (Coovre 3/24, Genner 2/38) v Randwick Petersham Green 0/1 – 3 Overs
It was a change of setting and a role reversal as Gold became Green to face Mosman at Kensington (the 3rd time in as many weeks that these players have faced off against Jay Patel and his chargers). After a schooling at Snape the boys were ready for payback and it was evident throughout the day that lessons had been learnt. The bowlers hit their lengths, the fielding was energetic and the chat continued unabated throughout the innings. Sherriff (1-23) and De Silva (0-24 off 14) bowled a tight opening spell pegging back Mosman after a quick-fire start. Mosman limped along to 3-88 with the Green fielders pouncing on everything and causing multiple run out opportunities – particularly Jastrzab and Jedwood.
Enter into the fray Alexis Coovre. ‘Launny’ bowled an impeccable line and length finishing with 3-24 including the big wicket of centurion Kunal Sharma for 8 skying a catch to Stewart. Also well bowled to Freddy Whalebone and Will Deller on taking their maiden wickets for the club. The former courtesy of a nonchalant one hander caught behind by Bhavsar.
Green finished the day 0/1 with Stewart and Jedwood heading into Day 2.