1st to 5th Grade – Round 6 Day 1 v Penrith
Metropolitan Cup – Round 6
PG’s – Round 7 v Manly @ Manly Oval
Round 6 was upon us as we tackled another series of 2-day matches against the Penrith Panthers in 1st to 5th Grades. Both Clubs had made a solid start to the season with the Panthers sitting at 10th, 3 spots below the Randy Petes in 7th on the Club Championship ladder. On a hot day in Sydney, First Grade, Third Grade and Fifth Grade were out in the Wild West where temperatures soared, whilst Second Grade and Fourth Grade played their first games of the season at Petersham and Coogee respectively. Whilst PG’s would play the first of their 50-over matches of the season against Manly at Manly Oval. Read below to find out who starred in Round 6 as the season pushed on towards the Christmas break.
1st Grade – Penrith v Randwick Petersham @ Howell Oval
Team – A. Sams (c+), Eaton, Hughes, Chhibber, Bohannon, Kemp, Ayre, Semple, Neser, Ram, Warren
Result – Penrith 10/191 – 50.1 Overs (Ayre 3/70-17.1, Neser 3/45-9, Semple 2/41-15) v Randwick Petersham 5/94 – 45 Overs (Hughes 25, Chhibber 21 n/o, Ayre 19 n/o)
First Grade were looking to make it 4 wins from 6 to start season 2017/18 when they headed out to Howell Oval to take on the Panthers on Saturday. Penrith had traditionally been a powerhouse in the 1st Grade competition, however are fielding a young side this year and had got off to a slow start without a victory through 5 rounds, and with only 2 draws. Like Blacktown last week, they would be a desperate and dangerous outfit. For perhaps the first time this season we were able to name an unchanged side which will help not only continuity, but confidence amongst the group as we look to push into the Top 6.
On what proved another action packed day of cricket, 15 wickets fell as both sides finished the day with high hopes of securing a first innings victory with our boys 5/94 in reply to the Panthers 191 earlier in the day. We looked to be in massive trouble at 5/68, however a fighting partnership between Chhibber (21 n/o) and Ayre (19 n/o) saw us safely to stumps, as the Panthers threw everything at us. At the top of the order both Anthony Sams (19) and Jason Hughes (25) looked in good touch, but fell as we struggled to get on top of a desperate Panthers’ side.
Earlier in the day we had produced a very wholehearted effort with the ball after being sent in to the field on what was a hot day with no sea breeze out at Howell Oval. At 1/55 and 3/114 it would have been easy for the boys to wilt in the heat. However, we stuck to the task manfully, ending up taking the final 7 wickets for just 77 runs.
Riley Ayre (3/70-17.1) has been in outstanding all-round form in the past few games, and that continued here as the left arm tweaker picked up another 3 wickets as he did the bulk of the donkey-work in order to give the seamers a rest in the conditions. Ayre took the key wicket of Ryan Gibson for 47, before following it up with 2 wickets in 2 balls to rip the heart out of the Panthers’ middle order. Both Neser (3/45-9) and Semple (2/41-15) bowled outstandingly, leading the pace attack and taking 5 wickets between them and stepping up in the absence of some of our other leading seamers.
So next week everything is still to play for, with a tense and tight first session on the cards. With 98 runs required for victory, with 5 wickets in hand, the match is on an even keel. Whilst first innings points would be ideal, there is a big possibility this game could produce an outright result either way, so the boys will be hungry to get more points on the board and edge into the Top 6 next week.
PG’s Round 7 (50-Over Match) – Manly v Randwick Petersham @ Manly Oval
Team – Tector, James, Mahony-Brack, Bohannon, Calder, Claridge, Hart, Standing, Mullins, Jenkins, Kenzie
Result – Manly 10/265 – 50 Overs (James 2/43-10, Mahony-Brack 2/48-10, Jenkins 2/54-10) Defeated Randwick Petersham 10/108 – 32.2 Overs (James 27, Tector 25)
Our young PG’s side were back in action on Sunday, heading to the popular Manly Oval to take on the strong Manly side. Manly had been one of the leading teams through the T20 phase of the PG’s season, sitting in 4th spot on 10 points with 3 rounds remaining. Our boys had managed a couple of great victories against Campbelltown and St. George, but still remained in 14th spot after six T20 games, needing to win all our remaining three 50-over games to have a chance of breaking into the Top 8 and competing in the finals.
Unfortunately it was a tough day for the boys against a really strong Manly side as we went down by 157 runs. Manly put themselves in a commanding position, racking up 265 courtesy largely from a stunning innings of 163 from 124 balls from young star Oliver Davies. In reply, we got off to a solid enough start at 1/61 before being bundled out for 108 in just 32 overs.
Our bowlers all toiled manfully on the small and picturesque ground with James (2/43-10), Mahony-Brack (2/48-10) and Jenkins (2/54-10) all picking up a couple of wickets and keeping the score in check. In reply, our opening batsmen James (27) and Tector (25) were batting fluently before their dismissals triggered a mass collapse. The boys now head for a Christmas break before resuming their campaign against Fairfield-Liverpool on January 7 at Petersham Oval.
2nd Grade – Randwick Petersham v Penrith @ Petersham Oval
Team – Everett, Tector, James, Calder, Hart, Holland (C), Edwards, Hemphrey, Mahony-Brack, Mckenzie, Jenkins
Result – Randwick Petersham 10/308 – 87.4 Overs (Calder 132, Everett 112) v Penrith 0/7 – 6 Overs
Second Grade were looking to bounce back in Round 6 after a disappointing outright defeat to Blacktown in the previous round. The boys were back at home where they hoped to enjoy the same success at Petersham Oval as they had at Coogee Oval, where we had won 2 from 2 this season. Sitting in 13th spot, with 2 victories from 5 games, we needed another win to stay in contact with the Top 6. The Panthers have been firing on all cylinders this season in 2nd Grade, with 4 victories, and just 1 loss including an outright victory, putting them on 28 points and in 4th position. The only change to our side was in the pace bowling stocks, with Tom McKenzie coming into the side for Doug Loth. McKenzie has played plenty of 2nd Grade in the past and his pace would hurry up a few of the Panthers’ batsmen.
Just like 1st Grade, this match is evenly poised after Day 1 with our boys having racked up an imposing score of 308, with the Panthers 0/7 at stumps in reply. It could have been even better for Tom Holland’s men after we were in total control at 3/264 after the tea break and looking at a score of closer to 400. However, the Panthers fought back hard and we lost our last 7 wickets for 44 as the visitors stormed back into the contest.
After winning the toss and batting on another great batting surface at Petersham Oval, the loss of 3 early wickets had the Panthers on top at 3/55. Enter the two Matts – Everett (112) and Calder (132) – who had a day they would long remember, both racking up centuries in an incredible 206-run partnership after coming together with the team in trouble. It was Everett’s second 2nd Grade century, and Calder’s first ton, with both boys showing the talent they possess in what is a young and emerging team.
Everett has been 2nd Grade’s most consistent batsman for 18 months, and his century was composed and disciplined as ever, including 17 fours and 1 six. After experiencing some 1st Grade through the T20 format, Everett looked in great touch with some powerful drives and scoring all around the wicket. Calder’s innings was truly astonishing given his first 5 scoring shots were all horns. I’m not sure I have heard of that in any game anywhere in the world, but it certainly shows the confidence and authority he took to the crease. Calder pulverised the Panthers’ attack with eighteen 4s and six 6s, scoring over 100 runs in boundaries alone, with his lightning quick hands and feet dispatching the spinners especially.
Next week, whilst the wicket is flat, it’s always great to have runs on the board, so the boys will be backing themselves to defend 308 and get their third win of the season.
3rd Grade – Penrith v Randwick Petersham @ Bill Ball Oval
Team – Murdita, Eldridge, House, Lopes, Graham, Mullins+, N. Stares, Sidney, Budwee, N. Singh (c), Dellar
Result – Penrith 10/187 – 60 Overs (Budwee 4/67, N.Stares) v Randwick Petersham 1/46 (Eldridge 25)
Third Grade are the side on a roll at the moment, having staged two fantastic come-from-behind victories against UNSW and Blacktown over the past two rounds. The victories actually had us in equal 6th spot, but relegated to 9th on percentage, as we headed out to Bill Ball Oval to take on the 12th placed Panthers. It’s not often a team is forced into making six changes from a winning side, however that was the incredible situation here with a host of players unavailable this round. So it was a great opportunity for players like Luca Lopes, Alex Dellar and Damien Sidney who would all make their 3rd Grade debuts after strong form in 5th Grade this season. Jaya Murdita and Ed House would add some experience to the batting line-up, while Gab Budwee boosted the fast bowling cartel, with Nigel Singh replacing Ben Stares as captain for this match.
The theme of the day across most of the Grades was ‘contests in the balance’ and that was no different in 3rd Grade, with the boys in a solid position at 1/46 in reply to the Panthers’ 187. With so many changes this week, it was a fantastic effort from a side that could have easily wilted having lost the toss and found themselves out in the furnace which is Bill Ball Oval on a hot day.
With the ball, the returning Gabriel Budwee (4/67) had a barnstorming performance, leading the pace attack by picking up 4 wickets on a good batting surface and continually pegging the Panthers back when they threatened to score over 200. Budwee was very ably supported by the ever reliable Nathan Stares (2/37) who picked up a couple of key wickets as well as keeping things really tight and tying up one end.
In reply we made a really confident start with Jackson Eldridge (25) taking it to the Panthers’ bowlers early. Eldridge, backing up from his 44 last start, has been in good form but would be frustrated he fell late in the day as the Panthers managed a late wicket to peg back our momentum. Next week we require another 143 runs for victory, with 9 wickets still in hand as we look to make it three victories on the bounce.
4th Grade – Randwick Petersham V Penrith @ Coogee Oval
Team – Powell (+), B. Stares, Andonopoulos, Radford, Bourke (C), Hilder, Ganesh, Fox, Flanagan, Sterling, Tsalikidis
Result – Randwick Petersham 10/168 – 67.5 Runs (Powell 47, Bourke 22, Hilder 22, Fox 22) v Penrith 0/25 – 12 Overs
Fourth Grade were flying high and looking for a 5th win from 6 games as they took on the Panthers in our first home game at Coogee Oval for the season. Whilst we sat in 4th spot on 24 points, this was a danger game with the Panthers in 13th position. Fourth Grade have had a good record away and at Petersham over the past couple of years, but have struggled at Coogee for whatever reason. The side was forced into a number of changes, with the big loss being veteran all rounder Rod Stafford who was unavailable. Another legend of the Club would step into the mix, with Matt Hilder making his first appearance of the season to help out his great friend David Bourke, with the Club running low on troops for various reasons. Ben Stares would add quality at the top of the order, whilst Nav Ganesh would make his 4th Grade debut. The biggest inclusion was that of Luke Radford, a First Grade all rounder, who was coming back from injury, unable to bowl but providing a great option in the top order.
Despite winning the toss and batting on a good wicket we failed to capitalise, with the Panthers on top at stumps at 0/25 in reply to our 168. Top scoring for Bourkey’s boys was youngster Dylan Powell (47) who has been putting some consistent performances on the board this season, and he top scored here, holding the top order together. Powell played some crunching drives and pull shots and took on the spinner a couple of times before it proved his downfall in the end. Captain Bourke (22) was playing a rear guard action once more before his 88-ball stint was ended by a jaffer from the opposition’s left arm spinner.
Also making solid contributions were the returning Matt Hilder (22) and Hayden Fox (22) who both showed grit and determination to help us edge our way towards a competitive, if slightly under par, score. With a slower than usual outfield at Coogee playing a role, 168 is probably more like score around 200 according to Captain Bourke, and he is confident of getting the points. Whilst all 10 wickets are required next week, the Panthers still need 143 runs and, given their bats have not been in the best form this season, I’m sure Bourkey and the boys can put the cat amongst the pigeons with a couple of early wickets.
5th Grade – Penrith v Randwick Petersham @ Rance Oval
Team – Crawford, Hodges, Segal, Sapariya, Wall (c), Jastrab (+), Geraghy, O. Sach, M. O’Laughlin, Fowler, Waugh
Result – Penrith 10/319 – 66.5 Overs (Wall 5/33-12, M.O’Laughlin 3/48-15) v Randwick Petersham 2/21 (Geraghy 17n/o)
Fifth Grade were looking to bounce back from a tough outright defeat against a strong Blacktown side when they took on another Western Sydney outfit in Penrith. Rance Oval isn’t one of the better grounds in Grade cricket and, on a hot day in Sydney, it would be no place for the faint of heart. With Penrith sitting in 2nd spot with 4 victories this would be another tough test for our side that has had so many changes since our remarkable Premiership victory last season. Whilst none of this week’s team played in that premiership last season, there were lots of fresh faces eager to impress. Into the side came Hodges, Segal, Jastrab, Gerathy, and Sach, whilst one of the Club stalwarts in Cameron “Chook” Fowler was back for his first game of the season. Chook has always been a quality 5th Grade spinner and would add much needed strength to the side.
On a stinking hot day at Rance, our boys were made to work, with the Panthers racking up a good score of 319, before picking up a couple of late wickets to have us struggling at 2/21 at stumps. In ideal batting conditions, our boys showed plenty of character to peg back the Panthers from 2/200 and looking at a score closer to 400 to have them all out for 319 before stumps.
Mitchell O’Laughlin (3/48-15) continued his strong return from injury, toiling away manfully and going at just over 3 runs per over, when the Panthers were scoring freely. O’Laughlin bowled with good pace and control to finish with 3 wickets, however the star of the day was clearly the captain, Mark Wall (5/33-12), with a memorable 5-wicket haul. Wall skittled the Panthers’ middle and lower order with some great bowling, as he really hauled his side back from the brink.
Next week while the job looks a tough one on paper, Geraghy (17n/o) looked in great knock before stumps, with 305 more runs still required for victory. Let’s hope the boys can learn from last week’s Blacktown defeat and map out a more competitive batting effort.
Metropolitan Cup – Randwick Petersham Gold v Blacktown @ Kensington – Day 1
Team – Coovre(c), Wanzare, Bhavsar (+), Mohan, Sherriff, Robertson, Bowen, Chaudhary, Whalebone, Miller, S Singh, C De Silva
Result – Blacktown 165 – 69 Overs (Mohan 3/33) v Randwick Petersham Gold 2/13 – 9 Overs
Blacktown won the toss and chose to bat, on a wicket with a bit of extra grass on top, and some moisture below the surface. With ten bowlers to choose from, it was an X-Factor audition with a twist. Corey Sherriff strode in, getting the ball to nip off the deck, several chances in the cordon going down, the young man wondering when his lucky break would come. It was left-arm speedster, Fergus Bowen, however, got the first break-through, Joel Robertson taking a juggling catch at point.
Robertson then got a pole of his own in the 13th over, Tim Miller taking the catch, the score 2/34. A 53-run partnership then ensued, before resident spinner, Bala Mohan, who showed great control and variation all day, had the number four hitting a catch to Raj Chaudhary, then shortly getting the captain spectacularly caught at square leg, by none other than the indomitable, Charith De Silva, in what was indeed a ‘moment’ in the game. Debutant, Yogesh Wanzare removed the dangerous number three, then moments later Abbie Bhavsar whipped off the number six’s bails, to give Bala another scalp, the score 6/138. Charith then stormed the number seven and eight batsmen, and was backed-up nicely by Chaudhary, who finished off the tail – Blacktown all out for 165.
Alexis Coovre and Wanzare opened the innings for the Golds, with eight overs still left in the day. The Blacktown bowlers used the conditions effectively, getting Coovre snicking behind, and later Bhavsar in a similar fashion. Nightwatchman, Sherriff, joined Wanzare at the crease, who was showing the bigger boys how it’s done – at stumps the score 2/13.
Metropolitan Cup – Randwick Petersham Green v UNSW Gold @ David Phillips South – Day 1
Team – Team – Stewart (c), Jastrzab, A Hookey, J Hookey, J Trindal, Kashyap, Crawford, Smith, Sherriff, Robertson, Hinds
Result – UNSW Gold 121 – 53.4 Overs (Hinds 3/20, Sherriff 3/32)) v Randwick Petersham Green 3/69 – 24 Overs (Stewart 24*, Kashyap 22)
RP Green arrived at David Phillips South with a strong and newish side. During the week the Sherriff rounded up a posse of mates included a familiar face in Jason ‘Tricky’ Trindal and two new additions in Adrian and Jarrod Hookey. The team instantly gelled and continued tightening the screws throughout the ‘bumbles’ innings. ‘Tricky’ bowled with pace and utilised the uneven bounce of the wicket while Sherriff (3-32) capitalised at the other end (at one stage on a hattrick). With the run rate at 1 an over Grouch (3-20) was brought into the attack and proceeded to put on a masterclass. The young students were at a loss and a loose shot was caught by Stewart (3 catches) in the ring. PK at first slip all day was impenetrable and snarred two. Jastrzab relinquished the gloves and A Hookey performed well on a wicket that crumbled terribly over the course of the day. Smith (2-38 off 19) bowled with aggression and Robertson bowled a miserly spell as did PK (1-5 off 5). It was also a terrific effort in the field with ‘Big Cindos’ patrolling gully/point with great aplomb. At tea the score read 8-87 and soon after tea the resistance was broken with the final score 121.
Stewart (24*) and A Hookey opened the batting with Hookey dimissed early bringing Smith to the crease. Smith does not believe in defence and subsequently cracked his first ball through the covers for a boundary and hit another before being bowled going for the same. The skip and PK (22) put on 44 for the 2nd wicket before PK fell late in the day. This left J Hookey (5*) to bat through to stumps leaving a deficit of 53 for first innings points, but not before the big skip launch the student leg spinner behind the David Phillips practice nets as raucous cries of ‘HORNS’ from the side lines and the inane chatter on the field temporarily subsided.