1st to 5th Grade – Round 6 Day 2 v Penrith
Metropolitan Cup – Round 6 v Blacktown, UNSW Gold
1st Grade T20 v Eastern Suburbs @ Waverly Oval
Day 2 of Round 6 saw the Randy Petes resume hostilities in our 2-day matches against the Penrith Panthers in 1st to 5th Grades. With the Top 4 Grades relatively evenly poised after Day 1, both Clubs had plenty to play for. We needed a couple of wins at least to stop the Panthers, sitting at 10th three spots below the Randy Petes in 7th, jumping us on the Club Championship ladder. With heavy rain set for the late afternoon and evening, it would be interesting to see whether the weather would deny both sides victory or if it were possible to squeeze in enough time to get the result. First Grade were also in action on Sunday, with one of our local derbies, as we took on Eastern Suburbs at Waverly Oval in the final round of the Kingsgrove Sport T20 competition. Read below to see who starred on the weekend for the Randy Petes.
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) Defeated by Randwick Petersham 9/261 – 81 Overs (D. Sams 87, Chhibber 69, Ayre 31, Hughes 25)
First Grade secured a fantastic first innings victory over Penrith after a tense battle at Howell Oval on Saturday. Everyone on both sides essential knew the match would be decided in the first session, with the Randy Petes resuming in the somewhat precarious position of 5/94 chasing the Panthers 191. At 7/139 the Panthers looked to be on top, however some outstanding batting by our boys saw us finish in a dominant position at 9/261 before the rain arrived and brought an early end to the match.
Chhibber (67) and Ayre (31) continued where they left off from last week, playing sensibly in the morning to get us through a crucial first 45 minutes, before Ayre was dismissed for 31. The crucial 67-run partnership between our two main spinners shows the quality of all-rounders we have in First Grade, which has always been a strength of ours over the years. Chhibber was joined by Daniel Sams (87) who, fresh off a stunning 92 from just 38 balls in the recent T20 against St. George, went about a blitzkrieg of the Panthers. Sams is full of confidence and has taken his game to another level the past couple of weeks, having performed outstandingly for Canterbury in the New Zealand First Class competition. Here he was unstoppable, blasting 87 from just 76 balls with twelve 4s and three 6s, as he simply stole the game away from Penrith with some powerful stroke play mixed in with technical precision. Sams is one of the most dynamic all-rounders in the State, and if you throw his athletic fielding in to the mix, I really think he would be banging down the door to break through and earn some BBL appearances in the very near future.
Whilst Sams proved the match winner, it was Chhibber (61) who was the anchor man playing a vital innings under pressure. Chhibber has always been a very underrated batsman in terms of the opportunities presented, given our long batting orders over the years, but he is really doing the business for the team at Number 6 this season. His innings included seven 4s and two 6s, and demonstrated some really positive footwork to the spinners, as well the ability to play the fast bowlers late. Chhibber always seems to have plenty of time playing the quicks and is particularly strong square of the wicket through the off side as he flayed a number of boundaries.
Captain Sams said it was great to see some of the younger players continuing to step up as the team experienced a changing of the guard in some respects this season. With a number of draws yesterday this was really a priceless victory as we moved up to 4th place just two points off Campbelltown on 26 points who lead the competition. Given the amount of injuries and unavailable players so far this season, it’s been a great effort from First Grade to pocket 4 wins and a draw from their opening 6 matches this season. Next week it’s back to white ball cricket, with a 50-over match against 7th placed Manly at Manly Oval as we look to keep the momentum going heading towards Christmas.
First Grade T20 Round 4 – Eastern Suburbs v Randwick Petersham @ Waverley Oval
Team – Semple, Chhibber, A. Sams (C+), D. Sams, Bohannon, Eaton, Ayre, Everett, Mahony-Brack, Ram, Warren
Result – Randwick Petersham 4/171 – 20 Overs (Bohannon 65n/o, A. Sams 52, Semple 24) Defeated Eastern Suburbs 8/135 – 20 Overs (D. Sams 3/15-4, Ram 2/24-4)
First Grade headed just up the road to Bondi to take on local rivals Eastern Suburbs in the final round of the T20 competition, needing plenty of things to go our way in the final round to have a chance of making the finals. With Easts still having two games to play in the same pool, the home side had plenty to play for, and so it was all set up for a competitive local derby.
However, once the action got underway it was pretty much all one-way traffic in the Randy Pete’s favour, as we swatted the Dolphins aside with a comfortable 36-run victory. With the bat, our English import Josh Bohannon (65n/o) was in sparkling touch, providing a great finish to our score of 4/171 with an unbeaten 65 from just 40 balls. Bohannon was inventive in scoring six 4s and three 6s, as he smashed the Dolphins to all parts in the final overs. Captain Anthony Sams (52) had earlier crashed a booming half-century from just 34 balls, including four steepling 6s. This was after Adam Semple (24) had got the day off to a bright start with a solid 24.
In reply Easts were threatening to make a game of it at 1/70 before they lost 4/17 to collapse to 5/87 and we cruised home from there. Once again our strike spearhead Daniel Sams (3/15-4) was dominant with the ball up front and at the depth as he continues to prove why he is one of the top few T20 players in the whole competition. Sams was well supported by Kushall Ram (2/24-4) who took both big wickets of Moran and Robson to effectively swing the momentum back our way and end any chance Easts had.
Whilst it’s always enjoyable to knock off your local rivals, the win was not enough to sneak us into the quarterfinals. However, the win was enough to knock Easts out of the finals with the Dolphins finishing just outside the Top 4 in the Sydney Sixes pool in 5th spot, whilst we finished in 7th, also on 12 points.
Talented Import and All-Rounder Josh Bohannon improvising yet again!
Daniel Sams in rare form
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) Drew With Penrith 4/284 – 68.2 Overs (James 2/32-8)
Second Grade ended up escaping with a draw at Petersham Oval, with Penrith finishing on 4/284 from 68 overs when the rain brought an early end to the day. The Panthers were clearly in hurry in the middle session as they scampered towards the total at a rate of knots, knowing the rain was set to intervene around tea time. However, frustratingly for them, it arrived with them still needing 25 runs for victory with 6 wickets in hand, and we happily took 1 point home for the draw, moving on to the next round.
Whilst scoring 308 last week was a pretty good total on the surface, from 3/261 the platform was set to score 350 plus and that would have been more reflective of the dominance we had held on Day 1 and the nature of the batting wicket. Whilst all our bowlers toiled away manfully, it was our spinners that picked up all 4 wickets to fall on Day 2 at the batting paradise that has become Petersham Oval over the past few years. With the outfield looking fantastic, and runs flowing, it’s great to see the ground providing full value for batsmen that get themselves in.
Jack James (2/32-8) ended up taking the honours with the ball with his off-spinners, having really added another dimension to his game over the past 18 months. Jack was a very handy stump-to-stump seamer, before a number of back injuries curtailed him. However, he has quickly become a very handy and canny tweaker. Whilst he is not a big turner of the ball, not many off-spinners are, and Jack has the ability to bowl really flat and accurately building pressure at the same time. I really wouldn’t be surprised to see him get plenty more overs as the year progresses now he has added a genuine second string to his bow.
Our two left arm spinners, Jenkins and Edwards, both picked up a wicket as they continue to build their combination bowling together. Captain Holland thought the boys were pretty flat in the field and a far better effort will be required next week if we want to be competitive and win more games of cricket. Whilst the draw drops Tom Holland’s men down to 14th spot on the table, we are only 12 points behind 6th placed North Sydney who are on 25 Points. Next week, the boys are back at Petersham Oval again to take on 9th placed Manly, as we look to get back in the winner’s circle and move up that table.
Jack James proving he can do it with ball in hand also
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 2/37-10.1) Drew With Randwick Petersham 5/121 – 60 Overs (Mullins 35, Murdita 34, Eldridge 25, House 20)
Third Grade were left stranded at Bill Ball Oval on Saturday as the the rain swept away their chance of a likely victory against Penrith. The boys would have been confident of taking home the 6 points having finished on 5/121 chasing 188 for victory, requiring another 67 runs with more than a session of play still remaining. Given the fact our middle to lower order performed so well last week, I’m sure we would have got the chocolates. However, like so many games this round, we were forced to go home with 1 point and a share of the spoils.
The boys were a little bit baffled to turn up and see the middle 18 yards of the pitch to be on the wet side with both ends bone dry. The outfield also hadn’t seen a mower during the week, so it wasn’t going to be an easy task to knock off the remaining runs with those conditions, and with a side with so many changes, three players having made their debut from 5th Grade the previous week.
One of the in-form batsmen in the Club at the moment is young wicketkeeper batsman Kel Mullins (35), and he continued on from where he left off last week scoring quickly and really taking the attack to the bowlers. Mullins was promoted all the way from Number 9 to Number 3, and he really dug in here to show his maturity and character in tough conditions. Mullins’ confidence was clearly high having scored a brilliant 43 last week to catapult us to victory in a tough run chase, and he came out with plenty of intent here hitting the ball hard and being rewarded with a number of boundaries. The worst way for a batsman to get out when they are seeing the ball like a beachball is run out, and unfortunately that was the fate that was to land upon Mullins here as his innings was frustratingly cut short.
Another player to look in good touch was Jaya Murdita (34) who played a nice innings from the number 4 position. Murdita has made a good transition over the past couple of years to being predominantly a batting all-rounder and his 40 run partnership with Mullins here at the Randy Petes well on Top at 2/104 before he was dismissed just as he looked set for a match winning knock. Earlier in the day Ed House (20) was another play to look good and get a decent start with the bat.
Captain Singh was really proud of his troops, given the conditions and the team changes, and felt his side might have been robbed of what would have been a great victory. With just two results possible yesterday in 3rd Grade because of the rain, the boys are still relatively well placed in 9th, just 1 point behind Northern Districts who sit 6th on 20 points. Next week is a massive game against 8th placed Manly at Graeme Oval. Manly sit on the same 19 points as us, with a win next week capable of taking us as high as 5th and a loss having the possibility of dropping us to 13th.
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) Drew With Penrith 1/123 – 53 Overs (Tsalikidis 1/43-10)
Fourth Grade escaped with a draw at Coogee Oval on Saturday with the Panthers in command at 1/125, chasing 168, when the rain that swept around Sydney at 3pm intervened and brought an early stumps. Whilst it’s probably unlucky for the visitors, I don’t think they can have too many complaints given they scored at just 2 runs per overs and every man and his dog knew that rain was going to arrive around tea time. With just 44 more runs required, it’s unlikely we would have taken the 9 remaining wickets, so it’s a good point to take home and means we still only have one loss through the opening 6 rounds.
Flanagan (0/21-14) and Sterling (0/11-10), our two opening bowlers, did a great job of containing the Panthers and in the end, despite not picking up a wicket, were a large reason why we managed to stay in the game and walk away with a point. The boys bowled 24 overs between them, including 7 maidens, conceding just 35 runs and were unlucky on several occasions not to pick up a wicket which could have changed the momentum of the game.
Fox (0/18-8) and Stares (0/17-8) came on and both bowled a good line and length, however we just couldn’t manage to break the defences of the Panthers’ top order. Tsalikidis (1/43-10) hasn’t had a great deal of bowling this year so it was good to see him get 10 overs under his belt and pick up a wicket, as he looks to have a big impact on the second half of the season.
The result leaves the boys still sitting pretty in 4th spot on 24 points after six rounds. Captain Bourke was happy to get away with a draw, despite not much luck going the side’s way. He singled out Hayden Fox for praise saying the youngster was really good with bat and ball on both weeks, and that he is going from strength to strength as a cricketer. Next week it is a real blockbuster as we take on top of the table Manly at Coogee Oval. With Rod Stafford back in the line up, Captain David Bourke will be looking to reverse the side’s form at Coogee as we look to make it five wins from seven games to start the season.
5th Grade – Penrith v Randwick Petersham @ Rance Oval
Team – Crawford, Hodges, Segal, Sapariya, Wall (c), Jastrzab (+), 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) Drew With Randwick Petersham 6/75 – 49.2 Overs (Geraghy 23)
Fifth Grade showed some character by hanging in for a draw against Penrith at Rance Oval, finishing on 6/75 from 49.2 overs when rain ended the game abruptly. After being bowled out twice in a day last game, it was great to see the boys apply themselves and frustrate the high flying Panthers, denying them victory with some resolute and gutsy batting under pressure on Day 2.
Captain Wall described the conditions as pretty ordinary, with the pitch tough to bat on and the outfield having grown longer since Day 1. Whilst we only managed to score at 1.5 runs per over, runs became irrelevant chasing such a large score, and it was all about survival, and to bat 50 overs for the loss of 6 wickets was a great improvement in performance from our batters against the top ranked side in the competition.
Lachlan Hodges really dug in towards the end, getting a not out in his first game back for three years, as Penrith became incredibly frustrated with their chances of victory slipping away. The boys are now in 18th place and head to Manly next week to take on the 7th placed Waratahs.
Metropolitan Cup – Randwick Petersham Gold v Blacktown @ Kensington – Day 2
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) defeated Randwick Petersham Gold 42 – 28 Overs & 3/17 – 10 Overs
The Gold team returned to Kensington oval, 2/13 overnight and chasing 166 for first innings points. The outfield had been cut, but the extra grass on the pitch was still there, and the clouds began to gather and darken. Wanzare and Sherriff resumed their innings, but it was not long before they came under attack from Blacktown’s sinister seamer from the previous week. The two bats brought out their defences, but before too long, they were both castled; Wanzare by said bowler, and Sherriff by the prowling off-cutting bowler from the other end. The sinister seamer then ran through numbers five, six, eight and nine which saw more castling, and snicking-off to slips. During this mayhem, Bala Mohan had parachuted into the ground, seemingly operating from a different time zone, and batting on a different pitch.
The in-form stalwart decided aggression was the best defence as he lustily hit-out, managing to beat the slow outfield on one occasion and get four. His cameo was cut short, when his partner, Charith De Silva, who was seeing them like a beach ball, was run-out for having his bat in the air (but some might say the ball was already dead) – RP Gold all out for *gulp* 42.
Needless to say we were sent back in, and this time it was the prowling off-cutting bowler who had his moment in the gloom. In the fifth over he castled the skipper, then the very next ball had Mohan trapped in front, and the ball after that had Whalebone caught behind to complete a fine hat-trick. Wanzare and Chaudhary were in damage control mode, when Blacktown were reminded that the tea break was overdue. The dark skies then opened-up, and it was agreed-upon to call the game. Hoping for a bit less grass on the deck in next week’s derby match.
3 – Bala Mohan
2 – Charith De Silva
1 – Raj Chaudhary
Metropolitan Cup – Randwick Petersham Green v UNSW Gold @ David Phillips South – Day 2
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 111 – 59.5 Overs (Stewart 25, Kashyap 22)
RP Green is the second team this season to return to David Phillips South on a Sunday after a deluge to find a wet pitch. Thankfully this time, the sun was out and all were confident that the wet patch on a length would eventually dry out. After taking an early tea, play got under way with big skip John Stewart and big marn Jarrod Hookey starting cautiously. The students then picked up 2-in-2 as their opening bowler snared a pair of LBWs. Hookey and Jastrzab slowly tried to rebuild but an unusually erratic DP pitch the batters never feeling quite in.
The students took another 3 for no runs, to leave the Greens 8/82, with 40 runs still to get. First season players Corey Sherriff and Joel Robertson then took it upon themselves to take the game to the brink, with a mature and patient partnership. Good balls were kept out, and the limited runs on offer were picked off without fail. With the target only 12 runs away, the UNSW opener returned at the first allowable opportunity, and trapped Sherriff in front. Denis ‘Groucho’ Hinds, was looking dangerous, but a grubber dealt the final blow to our victory charge. Another round, and another close loss. Though the Randy Petes definitely won on the moral high ground. At least half of the metro playing base will be able to finally celebrate a win at next week’s derby, to be played at Kensington Oval.
3 – Corey Sherriff
2 – Joel Robertson
1 – John Stewart