1st to 5th Grade – Round 2 v UNSW (Day 2 of 2-Day Matches)
Metropolitan Cup v Blacktown / UNSW
The Randy Petes headed into Day 2 of Round 2 in strong positions across the Grades against one of our local rivals in UNSW. Whilst 1st and 5th Grades were chasing targets, 2s, 3s and 4s had put up imposing scores and were a strong chance of getting dominant victories. The weather was a big factor though, with heavy rain on Thursday and Friday putting pressure on grounds across Sydney. We were fortunate to get extended action in four of the five games, with just 4th Grade being abandoned – another big effort by Green Options who do a great job at Coogee, Petersham, David Phillips and Kensington. Find out below who starred on Day 2 as it was a big day for the Randy Petes, with three victories and a draw. PGs was abandoned without a ball bowled on Sunday due to rain.
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) drew with Randwick Petersham 2/17 – 7 Overs
First Grade returned to Coogee Oval, after a wet week, hoping to get back on the field in chase of the Bees 279, with 263 runs still required with 8 wickets in hand.
Unfortunately it was a frustrating day for both sides with play unable to start until well after lunch time due to a wet square caused by the heavy rain on Thursday and Friday. When play did eventually begin it was a stalemate of sorts, with the Randy Petes having to dig in for a draw with no realistic chance of getting the runs with the amount of overs lost to rain.
Captain Anthony Sams (30) and Jason Sangha (67 n/o) resumed under pressure, with the Bees having nabbed two wickets late last week and sticky conditions present due to the late start. The boys safely guided us through a testing first hour putting on 58 for the third wicket to ease fears of an early onslaught. Sangha showed his class by playing a measured innings early, before showcasing some of his silky skills as time moved on, to score an effortless unbeaten half century.
Soumil Chhibber (30 n/o) completed a useful all round game with an unbroken 73-run partnership with Sangha, and the boys guided us to safety as the game fizzled out to a draw. An opportunity lost perhaps to get another 6 points, with the side having to settle for 1 point and remain undefeated after two rounds.
Next weekend it’s an exciting match up at one of the best grounds in Sydney, North Sydney Oval, as we take on the Bears in a two-day fixture. With the ground expertly produced by Peter Devlin throughout the Ford Ranger Cup, both teams will be excited to get out there and fight it out for 6 points.
3 – Jason Sangha
2 – Adam Semple
1 – Soumil Chhibber
The first grade slips cordon
More runs for Jason Sangha
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2nd Grade – UNSW v Randwick Petersham @ David Phillips Oval
Team – Mahony-Brack, James, Tector, Hunter, Matt Calder, Mitch Calder, Wood, Ralston, Hemphrey, Magann, McKenzie
Result – Randwick Petersham 9(Dec)/388 – 80 Overs (Tector 118, Calder 110, Mahony-Brack 34, James 33) defeated UNSW 10/291 – 90 Overs (McKenzie 4/50-21, Magann 4/73 – 22)
Second Grade were looking to start with two wins from two games after posting a massive 9/388 on Day 1 before the Bees went to stumps on 0/26. An excellent job was done on the ground with play virtually starting on time despite a huge amount of rain across Thursday and Friday.
Once again our boys put in a great performance, bowling out the Bees for 290 in the 90th over, after having to grind away for the majority of the day. The Bees had actually made a great start and, at 1/107, the game looked like it could go the distance. However we picked up 4 quick wickets to reduce the hosts to 5/151 nearing tea. The Bees then progressed to 5/225 before another 4 quick wickets had them 9/240 and in all sorts of trouble, before a 51-run last wicket partnership frayed a few nerves on the Randy Petes’ side.
Clearly the two standout bowlers on our side were our opening bowling pair of Pat Magann (4/73-22) and Tom Mckenzie (4/50-21) who combined for eight wickets between them. Both quickies got through a power of work, combining for 43 overs of toil, with both bowling over 20 overs, showing not only their skill but their fitness. Magaan skidded the ball through and used his angle to trap the batsmen to the crease, whilst McKenzie has continued on his fine form from last season, as both boys look to keep pushing their cases for First Grade spots as the season progresses.
Both Dylan Hunter (1/32-12) and Kushall Ram (1/41-14) bowled tightly, with Hunter to chip in with wickets at vital times. A great start tones skipper Mitch Calder’s career with the Randy Petes starring a young but talented side to back to back victories. Next weekend the boys finally get to play their first home game of the season as they head to Petersham Oval to take on North Sydney.
3 – Harry Tector
2 – Matt Calder
1 – Tom McKenzie
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) defeated UNSW 10/149 – 55.5 Overs (Loth 7/40 – 18.5, Dellar 2/29-11) and 4/129 – 31 Overs (Loth 3/28-8)
Third Grade were looking to bounce back from defeat to Saints as they returned to Petersham Oval in a strong position, having racked up 267 on Day 1 before going to work late, snaring two of the Bees’ top order as they went to stumps on 2/27 still requiring 243 runs for victory.
Captain Stares was very thankful for the boys’ and Green Options’ efforts in the pre-game, as we managed to get on at 11.30am despite a huge amount of rain throughout the latter part of the week. The advantages of playing at home on weeks like this can be huge given the job Green Options do to help get us on at start time, when it would be easier to abandon games in such circumstances where the ground is likely to get a good working over. The wicket, considering it had been covered for three days, was a belter considering.
The boys put in a dominant performance, coming out fired up from the get go, before rolling the Bees for 149 and enforcing the follow on in quest of 10 points. The chance for all 10 points looked realistic as the Bees slumped to 3/24 in their second innings before they steadied to be 4/129 when stumps was called.
Day 2 witnessed one of the great individual bowling displays in Randy Petes’ recent history, with Doug Loth taking a remarkable 10 wickets for the day as he rampaged through the Bees’ batting order throughout the day. Loth relished the sticky conditions, hitting great length and moving the ball off the seam, becoming unplayable at times. Loth arrowed in on the stumps and remarkably bowled 5 batsman alone in his 7-wicket haul in the first innings, plus snaring an LBW, showing how he attacked the stumps relentlessly all day. When Loth took 3 early wickets in the second innings he was a man possessed and I’m sure dreamt of getting 15 wickets in the day. He finished the day with total figures of 10/68 from 26.5 overs, and also took one of the best caught and bowled chances you are ever likely to see.
Whilst it was predominantly Loth doing all the damage, he was ably supported by young quick Alex Dellar (2/29-11) who hammered away on a good line and length, picking up two first innings wickets. Dellar was playing Metropolitan Cup and 5th Grade just twelve months ago and is experiencing a rapid rise.
Next weekend the boys hit the road to Tunks Park as they take on the Bears. Both sides are on 6 points and will have the opportunity to go to 2-1 on the season in this 2-day fixture.
3 – Doug Loth
2 – Tom Holland
1 – Hayden Fox
4th Grade – UNSW v Randwick Petersham @ David Phillips Oval
Team – Montedoro, Lopes, Ahmed, Burton, Murdita, Graham, Segal, Imroze, N. Singh, M. O’Loughlin, Stirling
Result – Randwick Petersham 10/251 – 79.2 Overs (Murdita 97, Burton 72, Graham 26, Segal 23) Drew with UNSW
Not much to report from David Phillips in 4s, with the game having to be abandoned on Friday afternoon after one of the covers blew off in the wind in awful conditions on Thursday night. A tough blow for the boys given they were in a strong position, having posted 251 after being bowled out for just 89 in the opening round.
Next weekend Nigel Singh’s men play their first home game of the season as we take on the Bears at Coogee Oval. With both teams having posted a draw in Round 2, it will be a big game, with Randy Petes and the Bears going in search of their first victory of the season.
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) Defeated By Randwick Petersham 9/178 – 66.3 Overs (Saddy 56, Heaton 25 Hutchinson 22)
Fifth Grade were looking for their first win of the season in an evenly poised game at Kensington Oval. The boys competed really hard on an attritional Day 1 to be 2/31 at stumps, with the side requiring another 147 runs for victory on Day 2, with 8 wickets in hand.
In what proved a thrilling run chase, we managed to sneak over the line by one wicket, with the final pair of Sam Boyns and L.J O’Loughlin holding their nerve with a 7-run unbroken partnership to break the Bees’ hearts. Both boys have played plenty 5th grade for our club and they combined here to not panic under pressure. At 5/78 and 7/121 UNSW looked to be in control of the game, however our middle and lower order never stopped fighting and showed the side’s development this season in quality under pressure and tense situations.
There were several contributions throughout the order with five players scoring 14 or more, and seven batsmen in double figures, as we managed to dig in on what was a slow and slightly soft wicket that wasn’t easy to score on. The mainstay of the innings was veteran RPC all-rounder Nick Saady (56) who showed all his experience to score a classy half century. Saady crafted 56 from 86 balls with just 3 boundaries, showing he was patient and willing to take the ones that were on offer.
Captain Fabian Heaton (25) provided good leadership from Number 5, holding things together in the middle, whilst Hutchinson (22) played a very good innings from 9 under pressure, as he rotated the strike, but also made a couple of lusty blows with a towering six to help change the momentum of the game. The boys sung the song loud and proud after the game and will be looking to continue their strong start to the season against the Bears away from home next week.
3 – Nick Saady
2 – Sam Boyns
1 – Will Hutchison
Metropolitan Cup – Randwick Petersham Green v Blacktown @ Marrickville Oval
Team – Rushton, House, Lau, Hussain, Sultan, Jastrzab (c+), Gibson, Besgrove, Gandhi, Brennan, Thomas, Awati
Result – Randwick Petersham Green drew with Blacktown
Randwick Petersham Green were unable to get on the field against second placed Blacktown, as the previous weeks inclement weather put paid to any possibility of play.
Metropolitan Cup – Randwick Petersham Gold v UNSW @ Alexandria Oval
Team – Stewart, Grogan, Iosifidis, Sapariya, J Wilson, W Deller, Antaw, Wanzare, Dharman, Apostalakis, Sherriff, De Silva
Result – Randwick Petersham drew with UNSW
Randwick Petersham Gold turned up to Alexandria on Saturday morning, though inevitably the game was called off when the pitch surroundings were revealed to be mud. Both teams will be on the road next week as the two dayers begin.