1st to 5th Grade – Round 5 Day 2 V Blacktown
Metropolitan Cup – Round 5 Day 2 v UNSW and Sydney University
1st Grade T20 – Round 3 v St George @ Hurstville
It was a crucial Day 2 of Round 5 for the Randy Petes against Blacktown, with the Club desperate to secure as many points as possible against a Club sitting last on the Club Championship. Whilst in 1st and 2nd Grade innings results had already been achieved by the Randy Petes and Blacktown respectively, plenty remained to play for on Day 2, whilst in 3rd, 4th and 5th Grades the results remained a lot more evenly poised, with all our teams in contention to claim the 6 first innings points on offer. With a bit of rain around Sydney again, it threatened to be another day of stop/start action around the grounds, as well as at Metropolitan Cup where we took on Sydney University and UNSW on Day 2. Sunday cricket this week saw First Grade back in action as they travelled to the lovely Hurstville Oval to take on St. George, looking to rebound from our two losses in T20 cricket to open the season at home. Find out below who starred on Saturday and Sunday on another action packed weekend of cricket for the Randy Petes.
1st Grade – Randwick Petersham v Blacktown @ Coogee Oval
Team – A. Sams (c+), Eaton, Hughes, Chibber, Bohannon, Kemp, Ayre, Semple, Neser, Ram, Warren
Result – Randwick Petersham 10/147 – 44.5 Overs (Ayre 40, Hughes 19) and 2(dec)/226 – 59 Overs (Hughes 102 n/o, Eaton 91, Chibber 22n/o) Defeated Blacktown 10/124 – 45.2 Overs (Semple 6/35-13.2, Neser 2/9-8, Warren 2/24-8) and 4/121 – 34 Overs (Semple 4/53-11)
First Grade were keen to ram home the advantage on Day 2 against Blacktown at Coogee Oval, having already claimed a tense 23-run first innings victory on a wild Day 1 of action. Whilst 20 wickets fell on Day 1, the goal here would be to push past 200 as we resumed at 0/3 in our second innings, 26 runs ahead overall, and set up a run chase for a struggling Warriors outfit that had already suffered a dramatic middle order collapse last Saturday under the pressure of some tight bowling.
The boys dominated Day 2, performing well with bat and ball, however were denied an outright victory by a defensive Blacktown side in their second innings run chase. Having set Blacktown 250 from 40 overs, many expected the Warriors to have a lash at the target given their current predicament. However, instead they were content to see out the day, finishing on 4/121 before an early stumps was called.
Earlier in the day with the bat we were the complete opposite to our first innings, with the top order punishing the Warriors’ attack to finish on 2/226 before the declaration was made. New opener Shaun Eaton (91) and Jason Hughes (102n/o) were the stars of the day, with the pair combining for an outstanding 173-run partnership after the Warriors had taken an early wicket. Eaton is relishing a return to the top of the order after a couple of inconsistent seasons, and has now scored heavily in three of the first five rounds this season, and was unlucky to miss the 100 here that he deserved. Jason Hughes has already made scores of 62 and 83 this season, and he went one step better here bringing up a deserved century. There wouldn’t be many better players in Sydney at the moment than Hughes, with his ability to bat long periods, with his ten 4s and one six spanning a 180-ball stint at the crease. Hughes has slotted into Nathan Price’s Number 3 role seamlessly, and now has 266 runs at an average of 66 in his first year with our Club.
Despite Eaton and Hughes’ exploits, it was Adam Semple (4/53-11) who stole the man of the match honours with a memorable 10-wicket haul for the match, after picking up another 4 second innings wickets. Another remarkable stat was the dismissal “caught A. Sams bowled Semple” occurred seven times in the match, with Anthony Sams recording 8 catches for the game in a fantastic display of wicket keeping. Semple now has 15 wickets at 21 for the season, and remains a pillar of consistently in our attack, which has suffered some injuries so far this season.
The victory sees us move to 19 points, just one point outside the Top 6 in 7th spot. Next week the boys make the trip out west to take on Penrith at Howell Oval. With the Panthers struggling in 17th spot, another victory would see us back in the Top 6, as we inch closer toward the halfway mark of the season.
JC Travel Professionals MVP Award
3 – Adam Semple
2 – Riley Ayre
1 – Anthony Sams
Jason Hughes salutes
1st Grade T20 Round 3 – St. George v Randwick Petersham @ Hurstville
Team – A. Sams (c+) Semple, Eaton, D. Sams, Kemp, Chibber, Bohannon, Everett, Ayre, Mahony-Brack, Ram
Result – Randwick Petersham 8/188 – 20 overs (D. Sams 92, Eaton 28, A. Sams 17, Bohannon 17) Defeated St. George 4/173 – 20 Overs (Eaton 3/23-4)
Our First Grade T20 campaign was in need of lift-off as we travelled to Hurstville Oval to take on Saints. Despite having won three 1st Grade T20 competitions, the boys are on the back foot early in the 2017/18 campaign having dropped both our opening games at home to Sutherland and Newcastle at Coogee. James Mahony-Brack would make his First Grade debut after some excellent form for PG’s in their six T20 games this season. Mahoney-Brack has come through the Club’s junior system, vice-captaining Green Shield, and since finishing school 18 months ago has risen right up the ranks from 5th Grade to make it to 1st Grade, and is a very talented all-rounder capable of having a long 1st Grade career. Daniel Sams also returned after a successful stint in New Zealand First Class cricket for Canterbury. The Saints are always hard to beat at home and they would be boosted by the return of two NSW contracted players in Kurtis Patterson and Moises Henriques to add plenty of punch to their batting order.
In a compelling and highly entertaining game between two talented teams, we were able to finish on the right side of the ledger, winning by 12 runs. In a high scoring game, the Saints looked in control at 1/120 with Henriques and former Randy Petes all-rounder Nick Stapleton at the crease, before a great fightback with the ball saw us limit them to 4/173, after amassing 8/188 earlier in the day.
With the bat, we were in early trouble at 2/2 after winning the toss and batting, before the returning Daniel Sams (92) had nearby houses at Hurstville in peril as he belted 92 from just 38 balls in a brutal display of talent and power. Sams has long been a standout performer in the T20 format, and played a huge role in a couple of our title winning campaigns with his dynamic all-round abilities. After a successful stint in New Zealand First Class cricket, Sams surely must be belting down the door to gain a Big Bash contract. Sams was well supported by skipper Anthony Sams (17) and Josh Bohannon (17), before Shaun Eaton (28) continued his great form from the previous day, belting 28 from 16 balls to give our innings a sprightly finish.
With the ball, Sean Eaton (3/23-4) was the man who really pegged back the Saints, putting on a one-man show with the ball. Eaton came on when we were going around the park a bit, and really controlled the game for us by getting the key scalps of Stapleton and Henriques in quick succession. Both Adam Semple and Daniel Sams then did what they do best in the death overs, as we got over the line by 15 runs. The boys now lie in 9th spot in the Sydney Sixers conference, with just one regular season T20 game remaining against Easts at Waverley Oval.
2nd Grade – Blacktown v Randwick Petersham @ Joe McAleer Oval
Team – Everett, Tector, James, Calder, Hart, Holland (C), Edwards, Hemphrey, Mahony-Brack, Loth, Jenkins
Result – Randwick Petersham 10/126 – 40.1 Overs (Everett 35, Mahony-Brack 18n/o, James 17) and 10/201 – 68 Overs (Mahony-Brack 94, Calder 30, James 26) Defeated Outright by Blacktown 4/270 – 53 Overs (Edwards 2/82-14, Loth 1/28-6) and 3/59 – 12 Overs (Humphrey 2/41-6)
Second Grade were looking to show some fight on Day 2 after a disappointing Day 1 where we coughed up a big 1st innings lead. Not much went to plan last week, with Blacktown bowling us out for 126 before securing a 144-run lead with still 6 wickets in the shed. Whilst any form of victory for us looked out of the equation, it would be a good opportunity to dig in and deny the home side the 10 points, as well as build some momentum towards Round 6, having made a positive start to the season with two wins already on the board through 4 rounds.
Whilst our display on Day 2 was much improved, we couldn’t quite manage to stave off outright defeat as Blacktown completed a dominant 7-wicket outright victory with around an hour’s play remaining. The Warriors rattled off the 59 required for victory fairly quickly for the loss of 3 wickets, after we amassed an improved 201 from 68 overs earlier in the day, to put the outright result in some doubt.
With the bat we looked to be heading for disaster once again as a strong Warriors’ attack had us 6/79 just after lunch and staring down the prospect that we wouldn’t make the hosts bat again. However, James Mahony-Brack (94) had other ideas, making a brilliant 94 from the Number 8 batting position. Mahony-Brack has always been a top order player in his junior days and through Green Shield, however he has had to bide his time, and this year has shot up the ranks as a genuine all-rounder in 2nd Grade and PG’s. A powerful and stylish player, James is riding the crest of a wave this week having been picked for his debut in a First Grade game against St George on Sunday in the T20 fixture at Hurstville. Mahony-Brack showed his full array of shots here, smashing 13 boundaries in a dominant display before unfortunately being the last man to fall with a century just one scoring shot away.
Earlier in the day, another two of our emerging young guns in Jack James (26) and Matt Calder (30) had both looked in good nick without capitalising on the starts they achieved. Second Grade now lie in 13th spot and have a tough assignment next week against third placed Penrith at Petersham Oval.
JC Travel Professionals MVP Award
3 – James Mahony Brack
2 – Matt Everett
1 – Doug Loth
3rd Grade – Randwick Petersham v Blacktown @ Petersham Oval
Team – King, B Stares (C), Eldridge, Burton, Lyle, Montedoro, Graham, Mullins+, McKenzie, N Stares, N. Singh, Tsalikidis
Result – Blacktown 9/281 – 80 Overs (N.Singh 3/81-24, B. Stares 2/42-17, McKenzie 2/55-19) Defeated by Randwick Petersham 7/283 (Lyle 60n/o, B.Stares 47. Mullins 44 n/o, Eldridge 44, Montedoro 31, King 20)
Third Grade had the job ahead of them resuming on Day 2 as we looked to run down a significant score made by the Warriors. Whilst the Warriors did well to bat all day and amass 9/281, the wicket at Petersham Oval was on the flat side and, on a fast outfield, we were more than capable of doing the same thing with the right discipline and attention.
In what was a great contest and a day of fluctuating fortunes, Ben Stares’ men were able to claim a great first innings victory, running down Blacktown’s 281 in the shadows of the post with just 3 wickets to spare. Not only was it tight wickets-wise, but overs-wise, as the chase ballooned out to over 6 runs per over late in the day, before a late surge saw us get over the line with just 2.3 overs to spare in a match where we were facing an uphill battle for much of the contest.
Having lobbed up to Petersham to watch the climax of this game, I was able to see a brilliant late blitzkrieg from wicket keeper batsman Kel Mullins (44n/o) to pull the game out of the fire for us. Kel came in under pressure with only 10 overs remaining and more than 60 runs to get. However, he smashed the Warriors’ bowlers, belting 7 boundaries to all parts of the grounds, as the Warriors looked on stunned. Kel was at his best here, attacking the fast bowlers, and also with some sensational running between the wickets with the anchor of the innings Jack Lyle (60n/o). Lyle batted sensible and calmly to steer the side home after a middle order collapse that put Blacktown on top. When Lyle arrived at the crease things were going swimmingly at 2/119, before we slumped to 6/174 and the Warriors had their tails up.
There were a number of other key contributors on the day with Ben Stares (47), Jackson Eldridge (44) and Ben Montedoro (31) all playing a crucial role in the big run chase. Stares and Eldridge got things off to a great start taking us to 1/96 and combining for a 62-run, 2nd wicket partnership in the process after Chris King (20) had got us off to a solid start. Montedoro then picked up the tempo further in the middle order, scoring freely and looking in good form before he was dismissed.
The only frustrating thing for skipper Ben Stares was the fact a few players got starts, and didn’t quite go on with it, on a really good batting wicket. However, that now makes it back-to-back victories for 3rd Grade against UNSW and Blacktown, and both in games where we have looked in big trouble at the halfway point. The team clearly are playing for each other, and have a great team spirit, and that was evident from the sidelines as the support from the boundary grew louder and louder as Mullins and Lyle started shutting down the target.
The skipper wanted to pass on a big shout out to in his words “Rocky, Scott Stirling and Monte’s old man for the support, and an even bigger shout out to Amy Singh for doing tea and creating 3’s new segment “Tea Lady Talk” . Amy put together some some strong and on-point observations about the flow of the game that will help the team with their debrief , especially the great running between wickets from Mullins and Lyle towards the end. Next week 3rd Grade will be gunning for three consecutive wins when they make the trek to Bill Ball Oval to take on the Panthers. With our boys sitting in 9th spot and the Panthers in 12th spot, this is a mid-table struggle with the winner moving ever closer to the all important Top 6.
JC Travel Professionals MVP Award
3 – Jack Lyle
2 – Ben Stares
1 – Kel Mullins
4th Grade – Blacktown v Randwick Petersham @ Jim Henshaw Oval
Team – Powell+, Murdita, Andonopoulos, Frith, Bourke (C), C. Singh, Stafford, Fox, Flanagan, Budwee, Tsalikidis
Result – Blacktown 10/133 -57.2 Overs (Stafford 5/37-19, Flanagan 2/30-20, Budwee 2/18-7) Defeated by Randwick Petersham 5/134 – 57.3 Overs (Bourke 38n/o, Stafford 25n/o)
Fourth Grade were in the box seat at Jim Henshaw Oval, keen to wrap up the 6 points quick smart, resuming at 2/50 in chase of 133. After slipping up in Round 4, a victory would put us back into the Top 4 a third of the way through the season, with plenty of improvement still to come.
In the end the boys managed to get the job done with a minimum of fuss, passing the Warriors score 5-down before easy beers were achieved around tea time, with both sides content that there was nowhere near enough time for any thoughts of an outright run chase.
Whilst the result looks fairly comfortable and routine, when you look at the scorecard we did have to show some middle order resolve here after the Warriors made some early strikes on Day 2. At 3/54, 4/73, and 5/101 the result was not yet secured; however the trusted pair of Bourke (38n/o) and Stafford (25n/o) saw us over the finish line. Both senior pros have enjoyed batting together this season with Bourke taking up more of an anchor role, and Stafford the man capable of blitzing boundaries and scoring at a rapid rate. Stafford quickly snuffed out any chance of a Warriors’ victory here with some lusty blows, while Bourke was as reliable as ever batting with patience and discipline whilst picking off the loose ball. Bourke has only been dismissed 3 times this season, and is proving a rock at the crease, and like a fine wine, he appears to be getting better with the bat with age.
Bourkey’s men are the side flying the flag for the Club at the moment, having now secured 4 victories from 5 games to sit in 4th spot on 24 points on the competition ladder. Next week 4th Grade head to Coogee Oval for the first time this season to take on the 13th placed Panthers.
JC Travel Professionals MVP Award
3 – Rod Stafford
2 – David Bourke
1 – Padraic Flanagan
5th Grade – Randwick Petersham V Blacktown @ Kensington Oval
Team – Crawford, Rushton, Ganesh, Sapariya, Wall (c), Sidney (+), Dellar, Sekton, L. O’Laughlin, M. O’Laughlin, Waugh
Result – Blacktown 10/185 – 75.1 Overs (M. O’Laughlin 4/33-15, Sekton 3/59-15, L. O’Laughlin 2/45-16) Defeated Outright Randwick Petersham 10/68 – 44 Overs (Dellar 12n/o) and 10/78 – 46 Overs (Sidney 46)
Fifth Grade was perhaps the most evenly poised game heading into Day 2, with the boys looking to notch their first victory of the season by chasing down 185 against the Warriors at Kensington Oval. Last week I stated that Blacktown were sitting on the bottom of the table, however they were actually flying high with three victories and sitting pretty in the Top 6.
On the day, the Warriors put in a dominant display, bowling us out for 68 and 78 to complete a big outright victory. Our boys fought until the end, however were outclassed, eventually losing outright at the very end of the day despite a valiant effort to hold on.
There were not too many highlights on the day except for Damien Sidney (46) continuing his sparkling form in the second innings. Sidney now has 191 runs for the season in a side that has been struggling for runs and, averaging close to 40, he continues to score freely and play his natural game, which is attack the bowlers and try and change the momentum of the game. In the first innings youngster Alex Dellar (12n/o) showed some character to get a red ink as wickets fell around him.
Whilst the boys have taken some beatings this year, this is a very new side and there were positives to take especially from our bowling performance on Day 1. It doesn’t get any easier for 5th Grade next week, taking on 2nd placed Penrith in the picturesque surrounds of Rance Oval.
JC Travel Professionals MVP Award
3 – Mitch O’Loughlin
2 – Alex Deller
1 – Liam O’Loughlin
Metropolitan Cup – Randwick Petersham Gold vs UNSW Black @ Alexandria Park – Day 2
Team – Stewart (c), Jastrzab (+), Segal, Jedwood, Lopes, Fennech, Whalebone, Coombs, O Sachs, Kashyap
Result – Randwick Petersham Gold 122 – 40.2 Overs (Segal 32) defeated by UNSW Black 141 – 46.1 Overs (Lopes 3/44, Segal 2/4)
A golden opportunity slipped through the fingers of Gold, as UNSW Black passed the target of 123 with one wicket remaining. The previous night’s rain left a damp pitch and two teams sitting around waiting for the pitch to dry. Thankfully, there was no more rain and play started after tea. With 37 runs needed, the students knocked off 11 runs before Luca Lopes clean bowled one of the two remaining wickets. But the students had one last ace up the sleeve, as an accomplished no. 11 rode a few hairy moments with the UNSW chairman of selectors before unleashing a flurry of boundaries to put the result beyond doubt. A returning Kashyap finished off proceedings with a ball that showed inconsistent nature of the pitch. A bitterly disappointing result for a young team looking for their first win, but a number of positives came from a rapidly improving squad.
JC Travel Professionals MVP Award
3 – Josh Segal
2 – Luca Lopes
1 – Noah Jedwood
Metropolitan Cup – Randwick Petersham Green v Sydney University @ St Pauls – Day 2
Team – Coovre(c), Geraghty, Bhavsar (+), Mohan, Sherriff, Robertson, W Deller, C De Silva, M Deller
Result – Sydney University 6/330 – 53.4 Overs defeated Randwick Petersham Green 85 – 45.3 Overs & 5/181 – 56 Overs (Mohan 56, Bhavsar 40, Geraghty 39)
The Green team returned to the 161-year old oval, three down and still needing in excess of 280-plus runs for first innings. Bala Mohan and Will Deller showed some serious intent for the first ten overs, but the former was the first to go, slapping one straight back to the bowler, the score at 4/57 in the 32nd. Corey Sherriff and Deller then put on a 21-run partnership, Deller showing he is one to watch, displaying a terrific straight bat, and unfaltering concentration. Sherriff too, showed he has all-round abilities with a healthy mix of attack and defence. But in the 43rd, 44th and 45th overs they, as well as Joel Robertson, were defeated by good rocks. A suited-up Mike Deller, then joined Charith at the crease. But he only got to watch, as Charith entertained the workmen with a few ‘muscle shots’ before perishing at long-on.
All out for 85. Not surprisingly the Greens were told to bat again, but to their credit made a much better fist of it the second time around. Dane Geraghty and Alexis Coovre put on an opening stand of 63, the former whipping anything too straight over the top, and the latter driving well through the covers. Geraghty was cleaned-up for 39 in the 17th over, and his partner was given out leg before in the next (although replays show there was a clear deflection). Abbie Bhavsar put on a 56-run partnership with Mohan. Bhavsar smote the ball down the ground with his MAD axe, and Mohan punished the spinner, belting him into and over the fence, then out of the attack.
In the 31st, Bhavsar, was stumped going for the big one, but Mohan and Will Deller held fast, putting on a smart 56-run partnership, the crestfallen Mohan nonchalantly raising his bat for a cathartic half century, before he – then Sherriff – were cleaned-up. With stumps approaching, Will Deller denied the hungry Hyenas, with a superlative defence and penchant for putting away anything loose, to be 20 red at the end of the day, and denying Sydney Uni what they wanted the most.
JC Travel Professionals MVP Award
3 – Bala Mohan
2 – Will Deller
1 – Abbey Bhavsar