Randy Petes Round 3 Preview vs North Sydney
Randwick Petersham are hot off the heels of a successful round two across the grades, with wins in 2s, 3s and 5s, as well as a draw in 1s and 4s meaning we got the bragging rights over our rivals UNSW.
This round is another two-day game and we’re up against North Sydney, and with the momentum built in round two, there is plenty to be excited about and more big scores and poles for the Randy Petes lads could be on the horizon.
Last season we won three out of five grades against the Bears, and we will look to improve on that over the next two weeks and continue our solid start to the season.
1st Grade is at North Sydney Oval:
A draw last round against the Bees only came due to the rain, and there were plenty of strong performances from the Randy Petes. Jason Sangha was the standout with bat and ball, scoring 67* and taking three wickets.
This week, both Sangha and Daniel Sams were selected for the NSW Sheffield Shield squad for round one, meaning they are unavailable for the second week of the fixture. This is extremely exciting for the club, Daniel and Jason – and it also means that we welcome Jamie Hemphrey and the debuting Matt Calder into the side in week two.
Our record against the Bears in 1s is overall pretty strong, with 19 matches against them delivering us 12 wins, three draws and four losses. The recent history however, indicates that we have the wood over them, winning our last six matches against them.
All-rounder Riley Ayre looms as a player to watch this round – able to perform under pressure as we saw in round one, he is due for a few poles this week and don’t be surprised to see him put in a standout performance.
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2nd Grade is at Coogee Oval:
A convincing win in round two against UNSW means we remain undefeated to start this campaign, while North Sydney are yet to come away with a win so far meaning we start this game as definite favourites. Jack Lyle and Mac Jenkins return to 2s in the second week of this game due to Calder and Hemphrey moving to 1s.
Our record against North Sydney is fair, with 15 contests between the two sides producing 7 wins, 7 losses and a draw. In recent years, we have come away with wins in three out of the last four matches despite losing last season.
James Mahoney-Brack is a player to watch this round, a player who always looks to take the game away from the opposition with both bat and ball, and while still quite a young player, is a leader in the side and will play a big part in a potential victory.
JMB in full flight
3rd Grade is at Bon Andrews Oval:
A huge win in round two against the Bees was spearheaded by paceman Doug Loth, who went home with 10 wickets in a fantastic display. Ash Burton has been rewarded for his big score last round with a call-up, while Ben Montedoro comes in during the second week due to the movements in higher grades.
Our record against the Bears is very good over the years in 3s, with 11 wins and just the three losses proof of our dominance against them. The recent history is no different, as we haven’t lost to them since the 2012/13 season.
Alex Deller will be a huge threat to the opposition batting lineup this round. ‘D-Train’ has grown immensely as a player in the last year, and his consistent line and length bowling will surely provide him plenty of poles as the season progresses.
4th Grade is at Petersham Oval:
A washout in the second week of our game against the Bees robbed the side of any chance of victory after a strong batting performance in week one from Burto and Jaya ‘Mal’ Murdita. This round, Pommy quick Luke Radford returns, big-hitting Jack Standing comes into the side and Reuben Sachs will join in week two.
Our record against North Sydney in 4s is similar to 3s, as we have come away with 11 wins in the 14 matches against them, and just three losses. The boys will know not to take them lightly, but will go in with plenty of confidence after last week.
Skipper Nigil Singh will be a key to victory in this clash – with the wet conditions around Sydney this week, the legendary seamer will make the most of the moisture in the deck and have the batsmen questioning themselves all day long.
Luke Radford returns to action
5th Grade is at Tunks Park:
It’s only taken the lads two rounds to equal the amount of victories they had last season in 5s, and the fresh side is full of confidence under the leadership of Fabian Heaton. This round, Peter Iosifidis comes in for the second week due to the changes above.
We lost last year to the Bears, and overall our record against them is only fair. In our 16 clashes, we’ve come away with 7 wins, two draws and 7 losses, but the momentum from last weekend makes this an intriguing matchup.
Dane Coombs will be a threat to the Bears with both bat and ball – a wicket with his first ever delivery in grade cricket showing he can produce in both aspects. His batting has shown plenty of promise and a big score wont be far off.
The Little Master (Fabian Heaton) with the Master Blaster (Richard Chee Quee) at the season launch
Metro Preview by Jeremy Jastrzab:
With both one dayers washed out last week, Metro now rejoin the premier cricket schedule with good ol’ two day cricket. Even if the weather intervenes again, there’s always next week! John’s Gold boys head to Bland Oval to take on the Georges River Stingrays, who were comprehensively beaten by a record partnership and a dominant Green bowling attack the last time that cricket was played. With Gold’s own bowling armada firing on all cylinders, they’ll look forward to taking on a batting line up that’s low on confidence. The Green machine head north west to Castlewood Oval, to take on North West Sydney – a new and completely unknown entity in the Metropolitan Cup. Castlewood has though been previously known as a batting paradise, so any rain-provided assistance will be jumped on like a pack of wolves by the nascent Green attack.