Randwick Petersham SOS Hydration Australia AW Green Shield v Western Suburbs @ Pratten Park 19/12/17

Team – L Lopes, V Mahajan, E Grogan (+), M Jenkins (C), B Kenzie, N Hay, A Deller, L Barnes, O Sachs, R Sachs, A Melukote, R Gandhi

Result – Western Suburbs 10/84 – 35.2 Overs ( B Kenzie 4/18, A Deller 4/30) defeated by Randwick Petersham 4/87 – 22.3 Overs (M Jenkins 29*, N Hay 26*) including 1 Bonus Point

Randwick Petersham arrived at the historic Pratten Park to be greeted by muggy conditions, flat track and outfield. There was only one change to the side with Aryan Melukote debuting in the absence of Brock Larance representing Western NSW at the McDonald’s Country Colts Championship. With hot conditions forecast Assistant Coach Peter Schofield ran the boys through a condensed warm up. The energy within the group was high after a first round win but all knew the importance of 2 wins from the first two matches. 

Jenkins lost the toss and the Randy Petes were invited to field, but the boys were ready. Schofield emphasised the importance of bowling one side of the wicket and the bowlers responded wholeheartedly. Deller and Kenzie opened up with Bails making an early breakthrough trapping Gray plumb in the 2nd Over. This early pole set the tone of the Wests innings, with all but one batsman able to bat time. Bails (4/18) bowled impeccably, tightening the screws in tandem with Deller (4/30) cleaning up No. 3 and 4 in consecutive overs. By the 12th over the Magpies were flightless at 5/32. Truman, tried to put on a show, but the task became too great as Jenkins came into the attack and wore out the last remaining threads of the Magpies innings with miserly figures of 0/21 (10) with 2 maidens. Lewis Barnes bowled with pace and length from the other end starting with a wicket maiden to end with great figure of 1/14 (6). Jenkins read the play well and set fields to which his bowlers responded and were backed up 100% in the field. The pressure was evident in the lack of attacking shots, misjudged runs which culminated in a sharp run out to Lopes at mid-wicket. The Magpies eventually spiralled to be all out for 84 in 35.2 overs with Deller mopping up the tail within 4 balls. Credit also to 12th man Gandhi, Freddy Whalebone and Development Players Josh Segal and Karan Katli for ensuring the boys were hydrated throughout the day. Many thanks to SOS Hydration Australia too.

The mood was upbeat but Schofield and Stewart reinforced the job was only 50% done. Jenkins and the senior players reinforced the point, encouraging focus and determination in the run chase before a top class lunch was served. 

Mahajan (14) and Lopes (7) opened the chase with a stand of 23 in the first 8 overs but with Wests looking to make amends scoring was not easy. Lopes was soon joined in the sheds by Grogan bringing the Skipper to the crease. He and Bails set about re-establishing the run chase but their momentum was broken first ball after drinks with Kenzie chipping to mid wicket and giving Gray his 3rd wicket and the score 3/36. But this was as good as it got as Jenkins  (29*) mixed guile with attack clipping the Magpies wings with 5 of his last 7 shots being boundaries. While Hay (26*) boosted his confidence with smart batting playing a strong foil to the Skipper as they scored the deficit of 51 runs within 23.3 overs handing the Randy Petes the win and a bonus point. 

‘We Are The Randy Petes’ was sung with gusto and the belief in the squad continues to grow.

Alex Deller is making his mark this season both in Grade and Green Shield!

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Rd 3 AWGS report v Sydney

Randwick Petersham SOS Hydration Australia AW Green Shield v Sydney Cricket Club @ Drummoyne Oval 21/12/17

Team – L Lopes, V Mahajan, E Grogan (+), M Jenkins (C), B Kenzie, N Hay, A Deller, L Barnes, O Sachs, R Sachs, A Melukote, R Gandhi

Result – Sydney 10/149 48 Overs (A Deller 3/27, N Hay 2/24, M Jenkins 2/26) defeated by Randwick Petersham 6/151 48.2 Overs (R Sachs 44, M Jenkins 24*)

Randwick Petersham arrived at Drummoyne to overcast skies, a green pitch and fast outfield. The boys were aware that Sydney would be a big test and warmed up with a game of Ted Ball. Against the odds the Skipper’s team won their first match of the season (much to Mac’s delight) and this was the first of many as Mac went on to win the toss and invite Sydney to bat. 

The energy from Tuesday was pulsing and the team remained unchanged. Alex Deller opened from the Northern End and had danger man Sherriff caught behind 5th ball of the match for a duck. Sydney regrouped before Lewis Barnes entered the fray and it was deja vu claiming Shaw for 14 giving Grogan his 2nd catch for the match. Credit to Manny who kept well all innings and finished with 4 catches behind the stumps. At drinks Sydney were 3/54 and Deller in two separate spells was sitting on 2/13 (6). 

Jenkins introduced himself straight after drinks and was rewarded with the wicket of opener Sidgreaves well caught by Mahajan at mid off. Again Mac did the business applying pressure through the middle overs to finish with 2/26 (10) including 2 maidens. Nick Hay also bowled well claiming 2/24 (9) and is sitting on a hattrick over the Christmas/New Year break after wrapping up the Sydney innings for 149 in the 48th over.

The chase required 3.1 an over but a less than ideal start ensued with Mahajan out cheaply. Reuben Sachs entered at 3 and showed intent, with a willingness to take the attack to the openers. He and Lopes (22) put on 59 for the 2nd wicket to slightly dampen the Sydney charge. When Sachs, Kenzie and Hay fell in quick succession the tension increased but Jenkins showed his experience and strong temperament with a patient innings, wrestling back the momentum. With eyes on the par and run rate Jenkins played the pivot as Oscar Sachs took on the role of attack with a hard hitting 18 before Deller (13*) and Jenkins (24*) scored the remaining 22 for victory with 4 wickets in the shed and 2.2 overs remaining. A loud cheer from the boundary erupted as Deller hit Little straight for 4 and the win. 

It has been a strong start to the AW Green Shield campaign with 3 wins from 3 including a bonus point to place the boys equal First in the competition, just behind Parramatta on quotient. Skipper Mac Jenkins is sitting 4th in the Batting Aggregate with 138 in 3 innings, with a best of 85* and is yet to be dismissed. Alex Deller is 2nd in the Bowling Averages with 9 wickets at 8.78 and best figures of 4/30.

Reuben Sachs hitting the winning runs

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