1st to 5th Grade – Round 5 v Sutherland (50-Over matches)
PG’s – Randwick Petersham v North Sydney at Petersham Oval (50 Over Match)
Metropolitan Cup – Randwick Petersham v Easts & Georges River
The Randy Petes marched into Round 5 off the back of another winning weekend against Western Suburbs, with victories in three out of five Grades. We remained in a clear second position on the Club Championship, 63 points behind front runners Sydney University, after a hugely impressive first quarter of the season across the Grades. This weekend there was extra excitement in the air as we took on Sutherland who had also experienced a strong start to the season, sitting in sixth spot in the Club Championship, 79 points behind RPCC. With perhaps the biggest Grade game in the last decade taking place at Coogee, with David Warner, Steve Smith, Shane Watson, Jason Sangha, Daniel Sams and Austin Waugh all playing, a huge crowd was sure to get to Coogee to see a glimpse of the action and the stars. PG’s were also looking to keep pressing towards a final’s spot as they hosted the Bears at Petersham Oval. Read below to see who starred over the weekend across the Grades as well as in Metropolitan Cup.
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1st Grade – Lefand Group Randwick Petersham v Sutherland @ Coogee Oval
Team – Warner, Bell-Drummond, A. Sams (c+), Sangha, Chhibber, Ayre, D. Sams, Eaton, Kemp, Semple, D. Singh
Result – Randwick Petersham 8/267 – 50 Overs (Bell-Drummond 106, A. Sams 55) Defeated By Sutherland 7/269 – 49.4 Overs (D. Singh 2/43-8, Ayre 1/37/-10)
First Grade were gunning for four wins from five to start the season as they arrived at Coogee Oval for a massive game against Sutherland. In one of the most highly anticipated games in Grade history, the Randy Petes side was boosted by the inclusions of David Warner, Jason Sangha and Daniel Sams, whilst Sutherland brought their own artillery including Steve Smith, Shane Watson and Austin Waugh.
In what was a thrilling game at Coogee, it was the visitors that emerged victorious, reeling in our competitive score of 8/269 with two balls to spare in the final over, for the loss of 7 wickets. In front of a big crowd and national media, it was the sort of contest that showed everything that is great about First Grade cricket, with two high quality sides battling it out until the wire. After Shane Watson had gone on an early rampage, his wicket plus the wicket of Steve Smith for 47 saw us claw back into the game with the Sharks 4/158. However, a late flurry from Austin Waugh saw Sutherland over the line.
With the ball, Daya Singh (2/43-8) continued to impress, making another early breakthrough, to set the Sharks back early. Our spinners Ayre (1/37-10), Sangha and Chhibber did a great job of holding things together and containing a powerful batting line up, with Ayre being rewarded with the prize wicket of Smith, stumped by captain Anthony Sams for 48.
With the bat, the star of the day was overseas player Daniel Bell-Drummond who showed his class with a century on debut for the Randy Petes. Bell-Drummond had only arrived in the country a few days earlier, however showed he meant business scoring a brilliant century containing just six 4’s and one 6, as he expertly chipped the ball around and rotated the stake throughout. Captain Anthony Sams (55) scored a polished half-century in sharing a 117-run second wicket stand with Bell-Drummond, as we looked on course for a score of around 300. Whilst D. Sams, Chhibber, Ayre and Eaton all chipped in with scores between 15-20, the Sharks kept us at bay somewhat to set up a thrilling run chase.
Whilst the result was disappointing in the end, it was a marquee day for Grade cricket and for Coogee Oval, with a big thank you to John Stewart and the army of volunteers and Club officials that helped things run smoothly on the day. These people put in a power of work and are the lifeblood of the Club – well done to all! We drop back to sixth on the ladder, however can look forward to another home game in Round 6 with a 2-day fixture against Hawkesbury at Petersham Oval.
Coogee Oval was pumping with over 2000 fans in attendance for a grade game!
Overseas player Daniel Bell-Drummond debuted with a very impressive century
Anthony Sams stumping Steve Smith off the bowling of Riley Ayre
Prior to Round 1, 9 year old Sam Williams from Ballarat, Victoria wrote to Randwick Petersham expressing his desire to see David Warner, his hero, back in action and to support grass roots cricket. As David was playing for Randwick Petersham Sam said he would love to travel to Coogee to watch him play. Even though he lives in Ballarat he follows the Club and believes “some of Australia’s best cricketers have come out of the region.” Along with mum Marita they arrived in time for the warm ups last Saturday. As a surprise we didn’t tell Sam that he would get to meet David. They both thought they would be watching from behind the pickets. The highlights of the day for Sam was to look after David’s bat during warm ups, participate in pre-game touch, run waters throughout the day and he even lapped Coogee Oval with David during our innings. The day was made even more special as David gifted him a signed pair of gloves and his Randwick Petersham one day shirt. It was a great experience for Sam and his mum and a very special day. They didn’t leave Coogee till 7:30pm. Sam is definitely the Randy Petes #1 Fan. Below is a note from his parents.
Dear Randwick Petersham Cricket,
Sam cried Sunday and Monday a bit and he said “Mum it’s not that I’m ungrateful. It’s just too hard to take in all that happened to me”.
He has also clearly said I’m going to work harder to live my dream and play for Randwick-Petersham, prior to hopefully being selected for Australia. It would be awesome to represent the club and give Randwick-Petersham Cricket Club something back.
He really has been taken back. To be honest we all have. Sam idolises David and has a passion for cricket that amazes us and most people who meet him. It would be hard to imagine what he’s feeling following his Saturday knowing him and what his dreams are.
Can you please pass on our total gratitude to all – Mike, John, the players, coaches, trainers, Committee and club members, sponsors, the lovely wives and girlfriends (on my behalf) and the list goes on. Also, a huge thanks to David he was amazing, sincere, phenomenal and as Mike said on the day and in interviews gone to print- “he couldn’t ask anymore from him” and neither could we. I will think of a formal reply but I do want to somehow find a way to express our feelings in print.
Sam, Marita and Rod
David Warner with 9 year old fan Sam Williams
President Mike Whitney and Platinum Sponsor Philip Iacavou from Lefand Group with Sam Williams
PG’s Round 7: Titan Fitness Coogee Randwick Petersham v North Sydney @ Petersham Oval
Team – Mahony-Brack, James, Sangha, Tector, Matt Calder, Standing, Wood, Powell, Kenzie, Jenkins, Fox
Result – North Sydney 10/224 – 50 Overs (Kenzie 2/28-10) Defeated Randwick Petersham 10/211 – 48.1 overs (Sangha 57, Tector 51, Mahony-Brack 37, James 31)
Our PG’s team have been in great early season form, winning two of their three T20 matches, with the 50-over leg of the competition kicking off with a matchup against the Bears at a pristine looking Petersham Oval. The boys were sitting on the fringes of the Top 8 in ninth spot after an unfortunate washout against UNSW, meaning we needed to win at least two of our last three games to sneak into the finals. The side was given a huge boost with recent NSW centurion Jason Sangha back in the side.
In an enthralling game, we suffered an impactful defeat, going down narrowly by 13 runs in pursuit of the Bears 224. Whilst we were going strongly at 2/135 and 3/160, the Bears bowled outstandingly well on a wicket which was tiring and very hard to score on late in the day. The in-form Harry Tector looked all set to carry the Randy Petes to victory, with around 20 odd runs remaining and 4 wickets in hand. However, a brilliant leg side stumping keeping from the Bears turned the game on its head, as we lost Tectos who looked to be in complete command of the situation making an effortless half century.
With the bat, openers James (31) and Mahony-Brack (37) continued their great opening combination getting the side off to a solid start, putting on 61 runs for the first wicket. Jack James has looked in great touch all weekend, and was only undone by a ball that nipped back sharply and clipped the leg stump. The returning Sangha was quickly into his stride, and after having to survive an early onslaught from Norths, took on the spinners and rotated the wicket well with both Mahony-Bracks and Tector.
But alas, no-one in the middle-lower order could get themselves in on a deteriorating wicket as the required 16 runs from 24 balls, proved too much. Head Coach Michael Wood wishes to thank Mitch O’Loughlin, Luca Lopes and Ben Montedoro who assisted the boys on the day by running drinks and helping in the canteen. Assistant Coaches David Bourke and Rod Stafford were also on hand to provide great feedback throughout the day, with Sam Boyns also scoring on the day.
Special mention from the coaches to Mac Jenkins who captained the side well, and Dylan Powell whose wicket-keeping has improved with every game. It was a bitterly disappointing narrow loss however one the boys competed hard in and will learn form. The result now leaves any semi-final hopes resting on winning the upcoming games. We are back at Petersham this Sunday to take on a strong Bankstown side who are sitting in fourth spot.
The ode and a minute silence at 11am on Nov 11 for PG’s Remembrance Day Round – Petersham Oval
2nd Grade – Sutherland v Suttons City Randwick Petersham @ Glenn McGrath Oval
Team – Mahony-Brack, James, Tector, Hunter, Matt Calder, Lyle, Mitch Calder ©+, Wood, Ram, Wood, Hemphrey, Jenkins
Result – Randwick Petersham 5/286 – 50 Overs (Tector 93, Matt Calder 53, James 52, Hunter 36, Mahony Bracks 31) Defeated Sutherland 10/199 -42.3 Overs (Hemphrey 4/29-10, Mahony-Brack 4/32-8.3 Overs)
Second Grade were looking to bounce back from their first defeat of the season last week as they made the trip to the shire and Glenn McGrath Oval to take on Sutherland. Conditions were typical of Glenn McGrath with a really fast outfield in play. With both sides inside the Top 6 it was going to be a big game, with the Randy Petes boosted by the return of Matt Calder and Hunter to the batting line up.
In what was a dominant performance by the boys, the Randy Petes, after being sent into bat, secured their 4th win from 5 starts this year with an impressive 87-run triumph on the road. The Randy Petes had set Sutherland a big task with a massive score of 5/286, before bundling the home side out for 199 in reply in the 43rd over. The Sharks were making a fist of things at 3/130, before we took the final 7 wickets for just 69 runs to secure an easy win.
The two stand out bowlers were pacemen Jamie Hemphrey (4/29-10) and James Mahony- Bracks (4/32-8.3) who were both in devastating form, ripping the heart out of the Sharks’ batting order to combine to take 8 wickets between them as well with four each. Mahony-Brack proved particularly potent against the middle and lower order, spearing the ball into the stumps and collecting two bowled and an lbw in his four scalps. Hemphrey hasn’t had a lot of bowling since Round 1, but showed his worth here as an experienced performer, taking four wickets and going for less than 3 runs per over.
With the bat it was a fantastic display with remarkably all of our Top 5 batsmen passing 30, showing what sort of white hot form this side is in. Two of our Under 21’s, Mahony-Brack (31) and James (52) put on 65 for the first wicket to get things off to a great start. Jack James managed to go on with things and bring up his half century. After James was dismissed, Tector (93) was in sparkling form once again as he continued to dominate Second Grade. Since arriving from Ireland, Tector has 292 runs at an average of 58 as he continues to produce runs and great value for the Club. Dylan Hunter (36) made a bright and breezy contribution, hitting the ball hard and finding the fence, whilst Matt Calder (52) continued his blitzkrieg on season 2018/19 by blazing a quickfire 50 as we continued to put the foot down in search of 300.
Skipper Mitch Calder made a number of game notes which included the fact we scored more runs in the final 14 overs than the first 36 of the innings, as a solid platform was made to launch. Also the fact Hunter was on 0 from 15 balls, before scoring his 36 from roughly the next 15 balls! Calder mentioned the fielding was of a high standard and that we stuck to our bowling plan really well.
Next weekend the side hits the road with the longest trip in the game out to Owen Earle Oval to take on the Hawks. The side is flying high in third place on 24 points, whilst the Hawks are struggling in 20th place.
3rd Grade – Bendigo Bank Clovelly Randwick Petersham v Sutherland @ Petersham Oval
Team – Montedoro, Powell(+), B. Stares ©, Burton, Holland, Graham, Standing, Fox, Dellar, N Stares, Loth
Result – Randwick Petersham 10/206 – 49 Overs (Burton 93n/o, Montedoro 22) Defeated by Sutherland 8/207 – 49 Overs (B. Stares 3/19-5, N. Stares 1/35-10)
Third Grade were back on home turf, after making the short trip to Blick last week, with a home game against the Sharks at Petersham Oval. Captain Ben Stares was back in the side as well as Tom Holland to really strengthen the batting order further.
The Randy Petes fought hard all day but ultimately slipped to a 2-wicket defeat despite a dramatic late fightback in the field. The Sharks looked to be cruising at 3/182 in chase of our 206, however a strong finish saw the Randy Petes claim 5 wickets for just 17 runs to set up a pulsating final two overs. The Sharks held their nerve to get the remaining 10 runs needed on the last ball of the 49th over.
In the field most the bowlers were able to bowl tidily without taking wickets, as Sutherland were kept in check despite the partnerships they built through the middle overs. Nathan Stares (1/35-10) bowled 10 overs on the spin to two set batsmen, and bowled a really consistent line and length and was rewarded with a wicket late in his spell. Ben Montedoro bowled sensationally at the death from one end without any luck, whilst Ben Stares used his off breaks (3/19-5) to great effect to cause a collapse in the final 10 overs as he proved very hard to get away. Hayden Fox also pulled off a magnificent run out at the bowler’s end with a back hander on to the stumps, and a further run out saw hopes raised of a huge come-from-behind win.
With the bat it was Ashley Burton (93n/o) who stole the show with a very determined and classy innings batting from Number 3. Burton mixed his trademark bludgeoning drives with patience and a disciplined approach which is a rare commodity in Grade cricket these days. Burton has 232 runs at an average over 40 this year and will continue to push for a higher Grade spot. Ben Montedoro (22) continued his promising season with plenty of starts only frustratingly not to go on with it as he was out LBW sweeping.
Captain Stares was pleased with the side’s fight throughout the day, but less happy with a less than ideal warm-up for the game in terms of preparation. One of the freak incidents of the day was openers Powell and Montedoro colliding mid-pitch after a boundary had been hit. We were nearly forced into a double retired hurt with Montedoro’s helmet smashed and his being forced out of the game on Sunday!
Next weekend the boys play another home game but this time at Coogee Oval to take on the 17th placed Hawks as we look to get back inside the Top 6 after the loss on the weekend.
4th Grade – Sutherland v Petersham RSL Randwick Petersham @ Sutherland Oval
Team – Lopes, Eldridge ©, Murdita, Mullins+, Ahmed, Coombs, Crawford, Sachs, Hutchinson, L. O’Loughlin, M. O’Loughlin
Result – Randwick Petersham 6/196 – 50 Overs (Eldridge 87, Mullins 44) Defeated By Sutherland 2/197 – 32.2 Overs
Fourth Grade were looking to make it back-to-back victories and get some momentum going in their season when they took on Sutherland on Saturday. Arriving at the spacious Sutherland Oval saw a new look team, with Jackson Eldridge in charge for the first time and Jaya Murdita back from a spell after his 97 in Round 2.
Sadly, this was not to be our day as we were outplayed by a strong Shark side who easily ran down our score of 6/196 for the loss of just two wickets in the 33rd over of their run chase. Whilst we battled hard with the bat to reach a competitive score on a slow wicket and slow outfield, while conditions improved in the afternoon and the Sharks batted well to take the game completely away from us, after we claimed two early wickets to have them on their heels at 2/27. However, we didn’t take another wicket as the Sharks Number 3 and 4 put on an unbeaten 170-run partnership in impressive style.
There were some positives earlier in the day with Captain Jackson Eldridge (87) playing a real skipper’s knock, going close to scoring what would have been a memorable century. Eldridge had missed the first couple of rounds of the season through injury, but has hit the ground running as he built on his 30 last week by playing sensibly against the new ball, before upping the tempo of his innings in the final 20 overs. Eldridge’s final 35 runs came from less than 30 balls as he continued to push the score up towards 200. Sutherland Oval can feel a bit like the MCG without the suntans at times, as you have to really earn your runs with boundaries hard to come by, on a sluggish outfield and big ground. Ahmed (21), Murdita and Lopes all looked in good touch and made solid starts and supported Eldridge, however all were dismissed just when they looked like they were up and going.
With the ball we never quite got going as the Sharks went on the attack early and did not let up. Next weekend the boys will have to dust themselves off for another longer road trip as we head to Hawkesbury to take on a side flying high in first position on the ladder.
5th Grade – Sutherland v Coogee Beach Club Randwick Petersham @ Kensington Oval
Team – Rushton, Redwood, Iosifidis, Heaton (+C), Sachs, Saady, Sapariya, Hutchinson, Gibson, Lee, Boyns
Result – Sutherland 7/207 – 50 Overs (Gibson 1/35-10, Lee 1/39-10) Defeated Randwick Petersham 9/116 – 50 Overs (Saady 41n/o, Heaton 24)
Fifth Grade were hoping to build on their 2-2 record in 2018/19 when they clashed with Sutherland at Kensington Oval. The side had a more familiar look about it this round, with Captain Fabian Heaton back in the side as well as the in-form Nick Saady to give a couple of key boosts to the side.
The Sharks got the better of this one though, running out comfortable winners by 91 runs. Sutherland elected to bat first and put together a strong but gettable total of 7/207 from their 50 overs, however they controlled the game from there on in as we reached 9/116 from our 50 overs. Despite going down, it was good to see the side show some grit all the way to the end and bat out the 50 overs.
It was the two experienced boys who were best with the bat with Nick Saady (41n/o) and Fabian Heaton (24) top scoring. Saady has been holding together the middle order expertly this season and once again carried his bat here as he showed his class and ability to clear the field as well as stay the course. Heaton was well supported by youngster Ruben Sach (17) who is expected to play a big role in our AWGS campaign later in the season.
Captain Heaton said highlights of the day were three great run outs.
Run out 1: A bludgeoning drive from the batsman to Jack Gibson saw him just delicately flick the ball on his follow through on to the stumps.
Run out 2: The Sutherland batsman going for a second run could not beat the athletic fielding from Noah Jedwood who fielded the ball and threw accurately and sharply to Jack Gibson at the bowler’s end to catch the batsman short of his ground.
Run out 3: A full blooded shot to mid-off found Peter Iosifidis who moved like a panther and threw a direct hit in just one fluid motion.
Fabs wanted to send a big thanks to Antony Sachs for taking on the managerial duties helping with the organisation of the drinks and other housekeeping duties and helping mark the boundary. As well as a big thanks to Mr and Mrs Gibson (Jack Gibson’s parents) who spent their weekend helping to do the scoring for both teams. The skipper described it as a fantastic debut for Jack Gibson (under 15) who bowled like a pro (1/35-10) and fielded brilliantly. Jack had to bowl against the wind all of his 10 overs and showed a lot of maturity and courage. Adam Lee (1-39-10) also bowled a tight spell to keep things in check.
Whilst it was a disappointing result, there are plenty of encouraging signs after 5 rounds this season compared to 12 months ago. The side sits in 12th place and look forward to another home game next week against the 17th placed Hawks.
Metropolitan Cup – Cartwright Insurance Randwick Petersham Gold v Georges River Sharks @ Snape Park
Team – Jastrzab (c+), Awati, Sultan, Hussain, Mohan, Ganesh, W Deller, Apostalakis, Robertson, Bugti, C De Silva
Result – Randwick Petersham Gold 2-127 – 26 Overs (S Sultan 64*, A Hussain 53*) defeated Georges River Sharks 126 – 45.4 Overs (A Hussain 4-20, S Sultan 3-12, C De Silva 2-17)
Different team but same result at the toss for the skipper – losing the toss and being asked to bowl at the now immaculately kept Snape Park. After a few rounds of two dayers, some players had forgotten what an early start is like, and were a bit sleepy in the field first up. Opening bowler Anis Bugti (1-17) coaxed an edge early, but it was club legend Charith De Silva (2-17) that really got the ball rolling a brace thanks to his unerring accuracy at targeting the off stump. From there, the young sharks team took the score to 3-81 at the half way point.
From there, the spinners armada of Sayem Sultan (3-12), Akther Hussain (4-20) and Rohan Awati (0-8) applied a slow constriction on the scoring rate, and Georges River imploded on themselves. Sayem kept the middle order quiet and chipped away at them, Akther cleaned up the tail and Rohan was the supporting act. Aside for a doughty innings for the nuggety opener, there wasn’t much for the shires team as they eventually subsided for 126.
Usually at Snape Park, this would actually be a challenging score. But with the outfield cut and the pitch playing remarkably consistently, Sayem (64*) and Akther (53*) brushed aside the early loss of the openers and an accurate spell from the new ball bowlers to take the game home in a canter – finishing the chase with 24 over and 8 wickets to spare. It was certainly a cathartic result after close losses last round and several weeks lost to rain.
3 – Akhter Hussain
2 – Sayem Sultan
1 – Charith De Silva
Metropolitan Cup – Specsavers Marrickville Randwick Petersham Green v Easts @ Waverley Oval
Team – Stewart (C), Besgrove, McNamara, Sherriff, Schultz, Wanzare, Antaw, Brennan, Thomas, Brown, Dharman, Khoo
Result – Randwick Petersham Green 5-198 – 50 Overs (McNamara 71*, Besgrove 47) def by Easts 9-215 – 50 Overs (Brennan 3-9)
Green arrived at Waverley ready to emulate the success of Gold from the previous day with the bulk of the team being regular Green players. The match also saw the return of Pingu from the HSC. On a good looking track Easts called correctly and elected to bat. Brennan and Sherriff bowled a probing opening spell and maximised the life with the new ball. Brennan grabbed the early breakthrough with a well taken catch at point from Schultz. The skipper played himself in and with the no. 3 moved to the break without another loss. An extended break for Remembrance Day placed the match in perspective as both teams gathered for a minutes silence. With the tune of ‘Waltzing Matilda’ playing at the adjacent ceremony the spin of Wanzare claimed the no.3. The middle overs saw a resurgence as Easts gritted it out as the gaps were found and the fielding slowed. McNamara bowled with good pace and carry and Dharman probed well. With Wanzare bowled out, Stewart returned to the bowling crease after 3 years but it was the return of Brennan who knocked over the skipper for 60 odd and ended with 3-9. In the last few overs Easts got away as a few more wickets fell.
The chase was halted early before Besgrove (47) and Dylan Brown (38) resurrected the chase. Brown fell after drinks holding out to mid-wicket allowing McNamara (71*) to display great maturity in an innings that defied his age. He coupled aggression with grace to increase the rate and manipulated the field even after Besgrove fell for a marathon innings. With 80 to get off the last 10, McNamara got Green close but 21 runs shy of a Lazarus-esque victory.
3 – Reid McNamara
2 – Jack Brennan
1 – Marley Besgrove