1st to 5th Grade – Round 2 v UNSW (Day 1 of 2-Day Matches)
Metropolitan Cup – Round 2 v Easts and Georges River
The Randy Petes bounced into Round 2 for a local derby of sorts against UNSW, with the first set of 2-day matches for the year set for lift off. UNSW sat just above us in 7th place on the Club Championship ladder, with wins in 1s, 4s and 5s in Round 1, whilst we secured victories in 1st and 2nd Grades. See below who starred on Day 1 of Round 2 as we racked up some big scores and had some great individual efforts across the Grades.
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Lefand Group – 1st Grade – Randwick Petersham v UNSW @ Coogee Oval
Team – Warner, Everett, A. Sams (C+), Semple, Kemp, Sangha, Chhibber, Ayre, Eaton, Ram, D. Singh
Result – UNSW 10/279 – 86.3 Overs (Semple 4/50-20.3, Sangha 3/43-19, Chhibber 2/20-8) v Randwick Petersham 2/17 – 7 Overs
First Grade returned to Coogee Oval, after a thrilling last-ball victory against Saints in Round 1, to take on local rivals UNSW. Both sides were looking to start 2-0 having recorded opening week victories, with the Randy Petes able to name an unchanged line-up.
In what was a tough and evenly contested day, the Randy Petes suffered a late wobble, finishing on 2/17 in reply to the visitors 279, with former Randy Pete Hayden McLean taking the big breakthrough wicket late in the day of David Warner, who was unlucky to chop onto his stumps after his was all conquering against Saints last week on the same ground.
The Randy Petes had toiled hard all day on a good surface, reducing the visitors to 8/192, and looking like having a dominant day before the last two wickets put on 87 to add impetus to the Bees’ score. Adam Semple (4/50-20.3) once again led the attack with distinction, taking a wicket in the very first over of the day, as well as removing the dangerous David Dawson for 48 both caught by Captain Anthony Sams behind the stumps.
Playing the supporting cast were spinners Jason Sangha (3/43-19) and Soumil Chhibber (2/20-8) who combined for five wickets between them and regularly broke partnerships with disciplined and controlled bowling. Everyone knows Sangha is a prodigious batting talent, however he is also a skilful leg spinner. Sangha extracted good turn and bounce with his long and energetic run up, taking three key middle order wickets, as well as going for less than 2.5 runs per over. Chhibber had both his wickets caught by Matt Everett who managed three catches on the day.
With both openers falling, Captain Anthony Sams took the right option letting his batsmen, and not a nightwatchman, see out the day as he and Sangha survived a testing period. All to play for next week, with the Randy Petes still requiring another 263 runs for victory with 8 wickets in hand.
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Suttons City – 2nd Grade – UNSW v Randwick Petersham @ David Phillips
Team – Mahony-Brack, James, Tector, Hunter, Matt Calder, Mitch Calder (C+), Wood, Ralston, Hemphrey, Magann, McKenzie ,
Result – Randwick Petersham 9(Dec)/388 – 80 Overs (Tector 118, Calder 110, Mahony-Brack 34, James 33) v UNSW 0/26-14 Overs
Second Grade were away from home for a second game running, but only around the corner this time, making the short trek to take on the Bees at David Phillips Oval. Bouyed by a tense first-up victory against Saints, our boys were looking to start 2-0 for the first time in many years against a UNSW side that was comprehensively beaten in Round 1.
Our new look side totally dominated Day 1 of the contest, compiling a huge 9/388 declared, before sending the Bees in to survive a tense 14 overs before stumps. There were two heroes on the day with Harry Tector (118) and Matt Calder (110) both smashing centuries. Whilst both batsmen scored centuries, they were in totally contrasting styles. Tector took responsibility to bat for the majority of the day from Number 3, batting for 200 minutes and facing 188 balls, stroking 19 boundaries and 3 sixes. The younger brother of Jack who played for the club last year already seems like he will be a huge addition for both higher grades and PGs in 2018/19.
There wouldn’t be a more in form player int he club right now then Matt Calder. Fresh off a century last week Calder strode to the crease and dominated form the outset crushing the spinners and blazing boundries to all sides of the ground. Calder is capable of winning you a game in a session and his 110 came from just 90 balls including 13 4s and 4 towering 6s. A First grade cap beckons for Matt as he and Tector compiled an effortless 159-run 4th wicket partnership to take the game away completely from the Bees.
Earlier in the day both openers James Mahony-Brack (34) and Jack James (33) got the day off to a great start, putting on 61 for the opening wicket before Mahony-Brack was out after a bright and breezy knock. Later in the day Wood (19), Ralston (20), and Magann (17n/o) kept the Bees on their knees in the field, before an aggressive declaration from Captain Mitch Calder.
Despite testing and tight bowling from Magann and Hemphrey, we were unable to make the late breakthrough which would have absolutely capped off a great day. Next week we require 10 wickets for victory, whilst the Bees have a mountain to climb with 362 runs still required.
Bendigo Bank Clovelly- 3rd Grade – Randwick Petersham v UNSW @ Petersham Oval
Team – B Stares (C), Powell, Kenzie, Lyle, De Silva, Holland, Mullins(+), Fox, N Stares, Dellar, Loth
Result – Randwick Petersham 10/267 – 67.2 Overs (Holland 92, Lyle 58, Fox 50, Powell 26) v UNSW 2/29-11
Third Grade were looking to bounce back from defeat to Saints as they returned to Petersham Oval to face UNSW on Saturday. Both sides were keen to avoid a 0-2 start, with Petersham Oval looking in great nick once again.
Captain Stares was very thankful for the boys effort in the pre game. The squad arrived 90 minutes before kick off and had a strong warm up. The wicket was a little soft and damp on arrival with the Bess skipper undecided somewhat when he won the toss and bowled. By the time we were in batting the deck had dried right up with the Bees opening bowler breaking down in the first over.
The Randy Petes ended up having the better of Day 1 as we amassed 267 in quickish time, before claiming two early poles to have the visitors under pressure at 2/29 at stumps. Dylan Powell (26) looked in awesome touch early, scoring at better than a run a ball and cutting the ball with authority, before he was caught behind just when he looked set. Jack Lyle (58) has been a staple of the middle order in 3’s for a few years, and he played another classy innings here, steadying the ship with a half-century after we had lost two wickets in quick succession.
However, the star of the day was veteran Tom Holland with a blazing 92 in a return to form for the popular Clubman. Holland played with maturity but also scored quickly, compiling 92 from 116, with 15 boundaries, as he kept the middle order together. Holland made the point of wanting to enjoy his cricket this year, after doing a great job captaining our young Second Grade team for the past couple of years, never an easy Grade to captain. He played with freedom here and his team-first mentality should provide a huge asset for Ben Stares this year as well as his wealth of experience.
Hayden Fox (50) is a young player on the rise and he made his mark here with a dashing 50 coming in from Number 8. Fox had played a number of cameos in 4’s and 5’s last season, however after a really strong pre-season he appears to have become a genuine all-rounder of higher Grade potential. Fox hits the ball very hard, and has a dead eye, and with tiring bowlers later in the day is a weapon to have in the middle to lower order with his ability to clear the ropes as seen here.
Both Doug Loth and Alex Dellar picked up a wicket late in the day, as the boys carried on the momentum from a better batting performance than 7 days earlier, with a couple of late wickets. Next week we require a further 8 wickets, whilst it is an uphill task for the Bees with still 239 runs required for victory.
Great to see Tom Holland back in the runs
Petersham RSL – 4th Grade – UNSW v Randwick Petersham @ David Phillips Oval
Team – Montedoro, Lopes, Ahmed(+), Burton, Murdita, Graham, Segal, Imroze, N. Singh (C), M. O’Loughlin, Stirling
Result – Randwick Petersham 10/251 – 79.2 Overs (Murdita 97, Burton 72, Graham 26, Segal 23) v UNSW
Fourth Grade headed up the road to David Phillips Oval looking to turn things around after not much went right in Round 1 against Saints. UNSW came into this game with confidence, having dispatched Campbelltown fairly easily in Round 1 on the same turf.
After being rolled for just 89 last week, it was a far different story on Saturday as we racked up a more than competitive 251, being bowled out in what turned out to be the final over of the day. After winning the toss and electing to bat, we were in early strife at 2/2 before Ashley Burton (72) and “Rocky” Ahmed steadied the ship. Rocky saw off the new ball before departing, and bringing “The Mail Man Mal” Murdita to the crease. After an unfortunate globe in Round 1, the Mail Man had vowed to deliver the goods in Round 2 and he did more than that as he obliterated the Bees’ bowlers with 97 of the best. Mal adopted the Chris Lynn approach of blocking some balls and dispatching others, launching an aerial raid with several strong lofted boundaries. Unfortunately, Mal tried to flick one with his maiden century within sight, and was cruely denied after looking so dominant and in control.
Ashley Burton (72) proved the rock of the innings playing with determination as well as glimpses of his power. Burton was at the crease for more than 3 hours, and only exited with the score on 182. Both Corey Graham (26) and Josh Segal (23) kept up the momentum, playing swift innings, however it was disappointing to lose our final 5 wickets for just 23 runs.
It’s all to play for next week as our 4’s look to maintain our strong record over the Bees at David Phillips. After not taking a wicket last week, this will be our first proper hit out, as we look to take the 10 wickets required to get to 1-1 on the season.
Coogee Beach Club – 5th Grade – Randwick Petersham v UNSW @ Kensington Oval
Team – Jedwood, Kashyap, Crawford, R. Sachs, Heaton (C+), Coombs, Lee, Hutchison, Saady, Boyns, L O’Loughlin
Result – UNSW 10/177 – 54 Overs (Boyns 3/53 -15 Overs, O’Loughlin 2/25-10, Lee 2/18-8.4) v Randwick Petersham 2/31 -16 Overs
Fifth Grade were looking to build on a competitive start to 2018/19 after a close loss to Saints in Round 1. This week they welcomed in UNSW to Kensington Oval for a 2-day fixture. In game which is evenly poised, the boys finished the day on 2/31 in reply to the Bees 177, with fortunes fluctuating throughout the day. Veteran English paceman Sam Boyns (3/53-15) was a huge part of 5th Grade’s Premiership in 2016/17, and he made an immediate impact back in the side with 3 wickets and leading the attack with aplomb.
Captain Heaton decided conditions looked good for bowling 1st as there was some dampness around. with the wicket flattened out after the 1st hour. After tea the wind picked up and Nick Saady and Adam Lee bowled into the wind and generated a lot of movement in the air and troubled the UNSW middle order batsman. Sam Boyns in his 2nd spell bowled with the wind and generated good pace and was unlucky not to snare couple more wickets.
Heaton said the boys should have restricted UNSW to under 150 but the bowlers tried too hard at times which resulted in some full tosses and short balls that went for unnecessary boundaries. Two of our promising younger players Will Hutchinson and Dane Coombs picked up their “first” Grade wickets. Both caught behind, just after tea, Dane picked up his first wicket with his first ball that he bowled in the innings.
LJ O’Loughlin (2/25-10) continued his great start to the season, chipping in with a couple of wickets, whilst Adam Lee (2/18-8.4) also strangled the Bees and made some key breakthroughs. The boys fought hard to be 2/31 at stumps, with the side requiring another 147 runs for victory next week, with 8 wickets in hand.
Cartwright Insurance – Metropolitan Cup – Randwick Petersham Green v Georges River Stingrays @ Bland Oval
Team – Rushton, House, Lau, Hussain, Sultan, Jastrzab (C+), Gibson, Besgrove, Gandhi, Robertson, Thomas, Awati
Result – Randwick Petersham Green 5-247 – 45 Overs (A Hussain 109*, J Gibson 67*) defeated Georges River Stingrays 131 – 33.1 Overs (J Gibson 4-18)
An unbeaten, record stand for the 6th wicket highlighted another big win for the flourishing Green team. Sent into bat on what initially seemed a tacky wicket, any potential demons were nowhere to be seen as the openers gave the team a steady start. Rushton’s challenges against spin continued as he again fell just as he was about to ignite, while Josh Lau’s first bat for the club showed promise. All the batsmen resisted the temptation trying to launch the ball onto the M5, but steady wickets threatened to unravel the positive start. At 5-81, Jack Gibson (not the ‘super coach’) walked into to join Akther Hussain who was settling in for the long haul on 24.
The pair took the score to 5-125 with 10 overs to go, never showing any sign of the carnage to follow. From there, the Stingrays were left to rue bowling out their main bowlers too early and some unfortunate injuries as Hussain and Gibson laid waste to the flagging attack. The shortest straight boundaries in Sydney were peppered, run outs were fluffed, catches were dropped, and Gibson (67*) brought up a half century at his first bat for the club with a series of powerful drives and a big six over midwicket. Hussain entered the final over on 93, reaching 99 with a shot over long on and then reaching the first Metropolitan Cup hundred for the Randy Petes in almost 2 years by ramping a full toss for six, finishing 109 not out. The pair not only added 122 runs in the final 10 overs, they broke a 14 year old record by scoring 166 unbeaten for the sixth wicket, eclipsing the old mark of 118 by Ben Chaplin and Nick Pryde in 2004-05. When at one stage 180 looked a competitive score, the Greens now had 247 to defend.
With batting conditions flat and slow, the Stingrays started patiently and were aided by the edges to the short boundaries. Ben Thomas broke the opening stand with his first wicket for the club, while Jack Gibson continued his fine match with a searing outswinger to take out the other openers off stump. Rohan Gandhi nicked off the aggressive number for for the Randy Petes to take 3-55 into the first drinks. The middle part of the innings saw the two best Stingray batsmen putter along and make use of the fast field, with two wickets falling to blatant fielding traps. With 5-123 at the second drinks, it was time to put them out of their misery – Jack Gibson took two wickets in two balls to take wind out of their sails, finishing with 4-18 and two catches in total. Rohan Awati took the final wicket and the Greens set off back down the M5 with a 116 run win and a bonus point.
3 – Akther Hussain
2 – Jack Gibson
1 – Ben Thomas
Akther Hussain (109*) and Jack Gibson (67*) following on from their record 166 run partnership for the 6th wicket
Specsavers Marrickville – Metropolitan Cup – Randwick Petersham Gold v Eastern Suburbs @ Marrickville Oval
Team – Stewart (C), Grogan, Ganesh, Sapariya, J Wilson, W Deller, Antaw, Wanzare, Dharman, Bugti, Sherriff, De Silva
Result – Eastern Suburb 133 – 38.1 Overs (J Wilson 4-26, A Bugti 2-14) defeated Randwick Petersham Gold 6-135 – 39 Overs (N Ganesh 38, C Sapariya 32)
A delayed start due to a damp wicket reduced the match to 41 overs. Surprisingly Easts won the toss and batted and with the ball moving unpredictably there were many plays and misses before a sharp catch from Wilson off Bugti broke the opening the opening stand. Wickets fell regularly as the pace of Wilson (4-26) and the guile of De Silva (0-22) kept the batsmen in check. The fielding effort was much improved from Round 1 with Grogan taking 2 sharp chances at slip off Wilson. Easts were bowled out for 133 in the 37th over with the lower order providing little resistance.
The chase started poorly with Grogan playing early and caught close to the wicket in the first over. Stewart (15) and Sapariya (32) looked to put pressure on the field with a 40 run stand before the latter was run out. Ganesh (38) joined Chintan and they moved the score along before a couple of middle wickets fell to leave Wilson (21*), in a man of the match performance, with Deakin Antaw (4*) to see the Gold side across the line with a bonus point and a second place berth behind the Green team in the Metro Cup competition.
Joel Wilson – 3
Chintan Sapariya – 2
Emmanuel Grogan – 1