From The Pavilion – Round 11, Day 2 vs Northern Districts + Metro

Match Reports

1st to 5th Grades – Round 11 v Northern Districts – (Day 2)

Metropolitan Cup – Penrith & Warringah

The Randy Petes headed into a crunch Day 2 of Round 11 against Northern Districts with several games in the balance, and final’s positions on the line in the top four Grades, whilst Fifth Grade would be looking to ram home the advantage after building a first innings lead on Day 1. Both Metropolitan Cup teams were also in action over the weekend – Find out who starred below in Round 11 with bat and ball, with the competition entering its final five rounds. 

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1st Grade – Randwick Petersham v Northern Districts @ Coogee Oval 

Team – A. Sams (c+), Everett, Hughes, Chhibber, Bohannon, D. Sams, Kemp, Eaton, Semple, Ram, Warren 

Result – Randwick Petersham 10/274 – 75.5 Overs (D. Sams 83, Chhibber 54, Kemp 44, A. Sams 26) Defeated Northern Districts 10/231 – 87 Overs (D. Sams 6/54-27, Semple 2/84-28)

First Grade broke through for a crucial 43-run victory over Northern Districts at Coogee Oval to stay in the finals’ race. After posting a competitive, but maybe slightly below par 274, on Day 1, the boys did a great job to bowl Northern Districts out for 231, after the visitors had reached a commanding position at 3/178 on Day 2. Samsy’s men knew their season was on the line, and produced an inspirational final session, picking up the last 7 wickets for just 53 runs, as the Rangers’ middle and lower order folded under the pressure of a run chase. 

On another good batting wicket at Coogee, it was a hard grind for the bowlers, but Daniel Sams (6/54-27) put in a remarkable performance, claiming a brilliant 6-wicket haul in a marathon 27-over effort. Not only did Sams go for just 2 runs an over, but he completed a stunning man of the match performance after top scoring with 84 runs with the bat. Sams bowled with good pace and aggression and knocked over the key wickets of top order batsmen Hunt and Anderson, before skittling the middle and lower order. Sams wasn’t the only bowler to no doubt be feeling the effect of a huge workload on Sunday morning, with veteran paceman Adam Semple (2/84-28) putting in hard yards at the other end. 

Whilst opening bowlers Sams and Semple picked up 8 wickets and shared 55 overs between them, Sean Eaton (1/16-8) played a crucial little role in changing the momentum of the game with an 8-over spell when not much was happening. Eaton kept things tight and picked up the big wicket of Harriott for 77, clean bowling him after the Rangers’ captain had threatened to take the game away from the Randy Petes. 

Captain Sams was delighted with the win, sending a massive shout out to his bowlers who put in a massive effort, with no spinner, in hot conditions, with everyone giving everything they had! Sams said it was the fact that our bowling was extremely disciplined and patient that we got the rewards, by only conceding 60 runs in the first session, with wickets in the last two sessions. 

The victory take the boys to the cusp of the Top 6, sitting in 8th place just one point behind 6th placed Blacktown. Next week it’s another huge game against 12th placed Gordon, as we return to our other home ground at Petersham Oval for a Saturday/Sunday 2-day match. A victory could take the side as high as 4th as the race heats up to get into the finals over the final four rounds. 

JC Travel Professional MVP Points

3 – Daniel Sams

2 – Adam Semple

1 – Soumil Chhibber

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2nd Grade – Northern Districts v Randwick Petersham @ Mark Taylor Oval 

Team – Mahony-Brack, Tector, James, Calder, Holland (c), De Silva, Lyle, Mullins+, Hemphrey, Jenkins, Magann 

Result – Randwick Petersham 10/197 -79.2 Overs (Lyle 59, James 51, Hemphrey 26, Calder 23) Defeated by Northern Districts 7/214 – 71 Overs (Hemphrey 3/57-20, Edwards 2/30-15)

Second Grade put up a mighty fight but went down narrowly to the Rangers by three wickets at Mark Taylor Oval on Day 2. It was always going to be a mighty task against a side sitting ten points clear at the top of the table, however we made them really sweat for their victory, with their 8th wicket pair putting on 36 under pressure, after we had reduced the Rangers to 7/162.

Having resumed on 2/59 on a very hot and humid day, the Rangers looked to be cruising towards their total at 2/84, before some inspired bowling from the Randy Petes saw the Rangers slump to 6/139. Leading paceman Jamie Hemphrey did the damage early, getting rid of the key scalps of the Number 3 and 4 batsmen, both caught behind by Kel Mullins. Left arm spinner Mitchell Edwards (2/30-15) has been a great addition to the team since his mid-season signing, and he put further pressure on the Rangers with a sustained 15-over spell, claiming two wickets and going for just two runs per over. 

Captain Holland mentioned we bowled well for the most part, and were unlucky not to pick up a few more wickets. In the field we were a bit flat, ramping up when a wicket was taken, then falling back to being flat and going through the motions a few overs later. Overall, Holland said we were probably 60-80 runs short, making it tough to defend a small total on a good wicket.  

Whilst the loss puts us down to 13th spot, it was a very encouraging performance from a young side that took it to the runaway competition leaders, and nearly beat them on their home turf.  The side contains seven players Under 21, and are hopefully going to progress and play First Grade together in the years to come. Next weekend it’s a trip to the picturesque Chatswood Oval to take on 15th placed Gordon, with us 12 points behind 6th placed Campbelltown-Camden. 

JC Travel Professional MVP Points

3 – Jamie Hemphrey

2 – Jack Lyle

1 – Jack James

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3rd Grade – Randwick Petersham v Northern Districts @ Petersham Oval 

Team – Standing, Eldridge, B Stares (c), Hart, Burton, Graham, Powell+, N Stares, Loth, N. Singh, McKenzie

Result – Northern Districts 10/215 – 76.3 Overs (Hart 4/34-15.3, Standing 2/31-7) Defeated Randwick Petersham 10/212 – 67.5 Overs (Powell 78, B. Stares 35, Burton 26, Standing 26)

Third Grade suffered a heartbreaking loss, by just three runs, in a battle between two top four sides at Petersham Oval. After winning a number of close games this year, perhaps this was the cricket gods getting one back on us, although it was another great performance from Ben Stares’ boys against the second placed team on the ladder. 

Resuming on 0/7 the game was in the balance heading into Day 2, however we got off to a bright start with young gun opening batsman Dylan Powell (78) and Jackson Eldridge (21) putting on 41 for the first wicket. Once Eldridge was dismissed, Powell and Captain Stares (35) dominated a strong Rangers’ attack with a aggressive stand of 80 to put us in command of the game at 1/121 before Stares was dismissed. Powell produced his maiden Third Grade half century, and was well on his way to a century before he was dismissed for 78, and we slumped to 5/144. 

Powell has always been a very talented young player, off front and back foot, and has made several good starts over the past couple of years. This innings should give him the platform to know he has the ability to play higher grades in the next couple of years if he can convert those starts into big contributions. Captain Stares mentioned the fact Powell’s cover drives and pull shots looked like player coming down from Second Grade rather than a player in his first few Third Grade games. 

Middle order players Ashley Burton (26) and Jack Standing (26) looked to have us well and truly home at 5/186 and 6/201, however both players fell just as it looked like they had done all the hard work under pressure. The Rangers managed to pull off a one-hand screaming catch that changed the momentum of the game. Unfortunately that exposed the tail who, despite fighting hard, were unable to halt the momentum swing, as the Rangers picked up the final four wickets for just 11 runs, to steal a fight back victory.

Captain Stares, whilst disappointed with the loss, is backing his side to bounce back quickly, after pushing the second placed side on the ladder all the way. He emphasised strong preparation leading into this Saturday’s game as being important. The setback hurts, as we would have been sitting in third spot, however it’s hardly terminal with the boys still experiencing a fantastic season sitting in sixth spot. Still sitting six points clear of seventh placed Manly, the stakes are raised next week when we take on tenth placed Gordon at Coogee Oval, as we look to respond to this heartbreaking loss. 

JC Travel Professional MVP Points

3 – Dylan Powell

2 – Joe Hart

1 – Jack Standing

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4th Grade – Northern Districts v Randwick Petersham @ Asquith Oval 

Team – Gracias Flor, King, House+, Murdita, Montedoro, Bourke (c), Stafford, Graham, Budwee, Stirling 

Result – Northern Districts 10/184 – 79.4 Overs (Montedoro 6/43-25.4 Overs, Fox 2/42-14) and 1(dec)/149 – 18 overs Defeated Randwick Petersham 10/97 (King 40n/o, Fox 25) and 5/86 – 22 overs (King 34n/o, Budwee 26n/o))

Fourth Grade suffered a tough day at Asquith on Day 2, slumping to a heavy first innings defeat after heading into the day with high aspirations of knocking off one of the front-runners in the competition. The Rangers came out pumped up in defending a moderate 185, skittling us for 97, before rattling up a rapid fire 1/148 to put us under further pressure to avoid an outright defeat. Despite the loss of early wickets having a crack for the win, we managed to hang on, going to stumps at 5/86 to avoid an outright defeat. 

Whilst there were not too many bright spots on the day, for a side that has been consistently playing good cricket this year, Chris King stood head and shoulders above the rest on day two, remarkably remaining not out in both innings. King spent the entirety of the two day’s play on the paddock, having carried his bat in both innings as our rock at the top of the order. King played a lone hand on a difficult wicket, to remain 40 not out, as wickets fell at a rapid rate around him. Despite batting Number 10, Hayden Fox (25) continued his good form with the bat, with Corey Graham (13) the only other batsman in double figures. 

King (34 n/o) frustrated a rampant Rangers’ side in the second innings once more, as we looked to take some consolation from a tough day’s cricket. Gab Budwee (26n/o) came in at Number 7 and batted out the remaining 15 overs after we had dropped another five early wickets and were under all sorts of pressure. The loss drops Bourkey’s boys to 9th spot on the ladder, however the ladder is very congested with them being just 8 points behind 4th placed Penrith. It’s getting towards the must win stage if we want to play finals, and next week is a crucial game against 6th placed Gordon at Beauchamp Park, who we can leap frog on the ladder with a victory. 

JC Travel Professional MVP Points

3 – Ben Montedoro

2 – Chris King

1 – Hayden Fox

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5th Grade – Randwick Petersham v Northern Districts @ Kensington Oval  

Team – Andonopulous, Lopes, Clark, Frith (c), Hodges, Fox, Wall, M. O’Loughlin, Dellar, L. O’Loughlin, Kashyap

Result – Northern Districts 10/45 – 29.1 Overs (Dellar 4/1 -7, M.O’Laughlin 3/11-9, Lopes 2/16-6) and 10/128 (M. O’Laughlin 5/28-16, Dellar 1/21-13) Defeated by Randwick Petersham 10/102 – 58 overs (Frith 44, Clark 17, Dellar 13) and 4/60 – 9 Overs (Frith 38)

Fifth Grade sung the song loud and proud on Saturday, having broken through for a much deserved victory against Northern Districts after weeks of near misses. A 57-run first innings lead soon became a pursuit of outright points as we bowled out Northern Districts for 128 in their second innings. Requiring 73 from 9 overs, our boys put the pedal to the metal, but fell agonisingly short at 4/60, still delighted to have claimed our first 1st innings victory of the season. 

Captain Tom Frith has done a sensational job since taking over, not only with the bat but with his leadership, in moulding a young side together. Frith top scored in both innings with 44 and 38 as he went desperately close to pulling off an outright victory, finishing just 13 runs short of securing all ten points. 

The Kensington wicket from the week prior was a different beast this week, with long grass adding something extra for both bowling line-ups to work with throughout the day. The lower order managed to hold out for ten overs before the Rangers took the final three wickets, with Frith holding the innings together with 44 from 126 balls. 

The Rangers came out with a more reserved temperament in their second innings, looking to grind out the day’s play rather than push for an outright win. The fired up Randy Pete’s boys had a different idea, taking a couple of quick wickets to get the innings off to a strong start for RPC. Wickets came about more slowly after this bright start, with the breakthrough wicket coming from the bowling of Luca Lopes when LJ O’Loughlin took a one-handed screamer in the gully to dismiss the settled opener.

After this, Mitch O’Loughlin (5/28-16) went to work, bowling a fantastic line and length at striking pace, to pick up a very well deserved 5-wicket haul. O’Loughlin now has 19 wickets at an average of 17 in 5th Grade since coming into the side midway through the season. Alex Dellar (1/21-13) kept things tight at the other end building pressure. 

After knocking over the last of the Rangers, the boys were set the task of turning their first win of the season into an outright, needing 8 runs an over on a tricky wicket. RPC nibbled around singles and doubles for a few overs, before Frith (38) came to the crease at 2/14 blazing, hitting 38 from 20 balls (five 4’s and one 6) taking on the opening bowlers, to put RPC within striking distance of the outright. Requiring 12 from the last 3 balls, Frith holed out going for another horn. RPC ended their 9 overs at 4/60. (Frith 38, Lopes 8)

The win was well celebrated by a young side that has stuck together through some tough times this season. With growing confidence and momentum behind us, who knows what is possible against first placed Gordon as we return to Kensington Oval next week seeking back-to-back victories. 

JC Travel Professional MVP Points

3 – Mitch O’Loughlin

2 – Alex Deller

1 – Tom Frith

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Metropolitan Cup – Randwick Petersham Gold v Penrith @ Rance Oval

Team – Stewart (c), Jastrzab (+), N Crawford, T Crawford, Rushton, Segal, T Fox, Gandhi, Khoo, Jedwood, Chaudhary

Result – Penrith 2-329 (dec) – 59 Overs (Gandhi 1-54, T Fox 1-58) v Randwick Petersham Gold 145 – 62.4 Overs (Jedwood 35) & 2-115 – 26 Overs (Crawford 63*, Stewart 32)

Gold resumed at Rance with 11 this week welcoming back Noah Jedwood and Raj Chaudhray. Pingu (Khoo) motivated the team quoting Tendulkar, “People throw stones at you and you convert them into milestones.” With what transpired during the day, and the previous week, this was an apt quote. 

The wicket was greener than Day 1 and the outfield thicker but Gold were undeterred. Stewart (20) and Segal (21) resumed the chase at 3/42. It wasn’t a good start with Segal adjudged leg before 3rd ball of the day, bringing Jedwood to the crease. He attacked early putting on 34 with Stewart before the latter went LBW. Chaudhray (4) supported Jedwood before both fell in close proximity exposing the tail. But the tail wagged with Jastrzab (16) hitting boundaries and rotating the strike with Fox and Pingu  who was the last dismissed shortly after tea for his best score of 11. Even young Rohan Gandhi held his end up with aplomb. With 34 overs left in the day it was an interesting decision from the Penrith skipper to enforce the follow on and push for an outright. 

The order was slightly adjusted and the batsmen were determined to fight to the end. Rushton (11) fell with the score at 15 bringing Neale ‘Cindos’ Crawford to the crease, determined to make amends for his duck in the first innings and he certainly did with the first two balls faced laced through cover for consecutive boundaries. Cindos was in fine form hitting the chatty Hunter for 5 boundaries in an over to lift the entertainment levels. Combining with Stewart (32), deciding to play strokes, the pair put on an even 100 for the second wicket. Cindos finished unbeaten on 63 from 55 balls including 11 boundaries when the Captains shook hands after 26 overs of play. A fine back to the wall performance from Gold, inspired by Pingu’s quote and strong performances from a number of players holds the team in good stead heading into the final 4 rounds. 

John Stewart

JC Travel Professional MVP Points

Neale Crawford – 3

John Stewart – 2 

Noah Jedwood – 1

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Metropolitan Cup – Randwick Petersham Green v Warringah @ Mike Pawley Oval – Day 2

Team – Coovre(c), Robertson, Whalebone, Geraghty, Ganesh, Genner, O Sachs, Brandy, W Deller, M Deller, Miller

Result – Randwick Petersham Green 80 – 34 Overs (Geraghty 17) & 39 – 17.5 Overs defeated by Warringah 4-158 (dec) – 24 Overs (O Sachs 2-21)

Precisely 90.90 per cent of the Green team returned to Mike Pawley oval hoping to erase their 46-run deficit, and give the Warringah team something to chase. And we got an umpire in the second week, who amazingly only umpired for 20 minutes in the total match. Josh Genner looked up for the challenge, pulling ferociously for four, but the very next ball he feathered one through to the keeper trying to flat-bat one down the ground. Alexis Coovre got a good late-swinging yorker; An out-stretched Joel Robertson was given out LBW; and Mike Deller, who was promoted to number ten due to a sudden vacancy, was cleaned-up by the same bowler – and that was that. I hope there were not too many left-over sandwiches in the tea break.   

Alexis Coovre

JC Travel Professional MVP Points

Oscar Sachs – 3

Joel Robertson – 2

Dane Geraghty – 1

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