Riley Ayre

MATCH REPORTS 

1st to 5th Grade – Round 6 v Hawkesbury (Day 2 – Two Day Match) 

1st Grade T20 –  UTS North Sydney v Randwick Petersham @ North Sydney Oval  

Metropolitan Cup vs Penrith & Mosman

The Randy Petes headed into Day 2 of Round 6 against the Hawks with opportunities to win in all Grades. Out at Bensons we were on top in Second and Fourth Grades, whilst Firsts, Thirds, and Fifth Grades faced slightly more uphill struggles after Day 1. Being in fourth place in the Club Championship, it was important to have a strong round after recording just one victory from five games against Sutherland in Week 5. First Grade were also in action on Sunday as they took on the Bears as we looked to keep our hopes alive of reaching quarter finals in the T20 competition, plus there was all the action from Metropolitan Cup vs Penrith and Mosman in another jam packed weekend of cricket.

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1st Grade – Randwick Petersham v Hawkesbury @ Petersham Oval 

Team – Warner, Everett A. Sams (c+), Sangha, Bell-Drummond, Ayre, Eaton, Kemp, Semple, Ralston, D. Singh

Result – Hawkesbury 6/377 – 92.1 Overs – (D. Singh 2/56-17. Warner 2/48-12) Drew with Randwick Petersham 8/335 – 99 Overs (Ayre 87, Kemp 46, Semple 40n/o, Warner 35) 

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First Grade had a mountain to climb as they returned to Petersham Oval on Day 2 in chase of the Hawks big score of 6/377. We were boosted by the return of Jason Sangha who was back in the side after contesting the Shield game against Queensland the previous week. 

In what was a very evenly contested match, both sides walked away with one point for a draw as we finished on 8/335 from 99 overs at the end of play. The match looked to be tipping the Hawks way at several points, however our middle and lower order has often been the strength of the side for years, and we demonstrated our quality depth in batting here by holding out by only losing two wickets in the final 30 overs as we continued to try and keep pace with the run chase. 

It was a frustrating day for many of our gun batsmen who looked in terrific touch in ideal batting conditions, only for many not to convert their great starts into a big century. Representative pair Warner (35) and Sangha (43) looked in sublime touch, only to be undone just when they seemed to be taking control of the game. 

Riley Ayre (87) was the leading run scorer of the day, playing a great, patient innings from Number 6 with his highest score since joining the Club. Riley has been a batsman who has flown under the radar somewhat, scoring 332 runs at an average of 41 last year, and now averaging 50 in the two-day competition this year having only been dismissed three times. He held the innings together here and was only denied his first First Grade hundred when he was LBW to young Nivethen Radhakirtian. 

Ayre was well supported by Alex Kemp (46) and Adam Semple (40n/o) who would have to be the best Number 9 in the competition by several lengths having batted much higher in the order for many years in his illustrious First Grade career. 

Whilst the result wasn’t what we wanted, it keeps the side to just one loss through the opening six games, now sitting in 7th place just one point outside the Top 6. With Sydney University on 27 points, it’s a congested table as we remain just 7 points off top spot. Next weekend is an important game with a two-day fixture at Chatswood Oval against Gordon. 

1st Grade T20 – UTS North Sydney v Randwick Petersham @ North Sydney Oval 

Team – Warner, Bell-Drummond, A. Sams (c+), Ayre, Matt Calder, Eaton, Kemp, Semple, D. Singh, Jenkins, Ralston

Result – UTS North Sydney 8/147 – 20 Overs (Semple 2/15-4, Jenkins 2/36-4) Defeated by Randwick Petersham 1/148 – 14.4 Overs (Warner 81, Bell-Drummond 58 n/o) 

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Randy Petes First Grade’s T20 side were looking to stay in touch with the finals’ race as they visited the picturesque North Sydney Oval to take on the Bears on Sunday. After an opening round double-header where we managed a super over victory over Mosman and a defeat to Gordon, it was imperative we stayed on the winning side of the ledger in this short competition in which we have already claimed two titles. 

This game was dominated by the Randy Petes from the very outset, as we restricted Norths to a modest score of 8/147 before hunting down the runs in just 14.4 overs for the loss of one wicket. David Warner is one of the best T20 players in the world and, whilst Australia certainly missed him at the SCG on Sunday night, it was to the Randy Pete’s advantage as he blazed 81 from just 49 balls, scoring to all parts of the ground. The Bull is enjoying his cricket at the Randy Petes and has contributed greatly on and off the field, playing every game so far and showing his class by compiling 575 runs at an average of 71 in all formats to date. 

Englishman Daniel Bell-Drummond has certainly hit the ground running since arriving at the Club, backing up his century against Sutherland with an undefeated 58 here from just 37 balls. Bell-Drummond and Warner went toe to toe, putting on 139 for the opening wicket, and combining to hit twelve 4’s and seven 6’s.

Earlier in the day our bowlers had all done a great job on a North Sydney ground that can be hard to defend. Veteran seamer Adam Semple (2/15-4) was the clear best of the bowlers, picking up the key wickets of Justin Avendano and James Crosthwaite, as well as affecting a run out. Youngster Mac Jenkins (2/35-4) also picked up two wickets as we never let an improved Bears’ outfit away from our clutches.

We currently sit third in the Sydney Sixers conference, and victory in Round 5 against UNSW would ensure a quarter finals’ spot. The Bees currently sit 6 points behind us on 6 points, but with such a log-jammed table, remain a chance to make the finals. This final round match is at Village Green, a great ground that has been out of action for a couple of years, and it kicks off on December 2 at 10am.

More runs Davey – yep!

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Adam Semple attempting a run out – great shot Peter Bannigan!

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2nd Grade – Hawkesbury v Randwick Petersham @ Owen Earle Oval

Team – Mahony-Brack, James, Tector, Matt Calder, Hunter, Lyle, Mitch Calder, Ram, Wood, Hemphrey, Jenkins

Result – Hawkesbury 10/117 (Hemphrey 3 wickets, Mahony-Brack 2 wickets) and 10/141 (Hemphrey 5/43, Ram 2/45) Defeated Outright by Randwick Petersham 6/223 (dec) – (Calder 122 n/o, Hunter 38, Mahony-Brack 25) and 1/25.

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Second Grade arrived at Owen Earle on a mission to ram home the advantage and push for outright points, as they already led the Hawks by over 50 on the first innings, with six wickets in hand. Ten points would give us an opportunity to move into the Top 2 on the ladder after six rounds, with a young side chock full of talented and in-form players.

In what was another dominant display on Day 2, Mitch Calder’s side cruised to an outright victory by 9 wickets, after dismissing the Hawks for 141 and knocking off the required 25 runs for the loss of one wicket. Earlier in the day, we had declared 106 runs in front, after some quick fire runs in the morning set the momentum for the day.

Matt Calder (122n/o) resumed on 95 not out and had little trouble bring up his third century of the season in 2nd grade. Captain Mitch was at the other end when he brought it up, which was a special moment for both players. Matt now averages 394 for the season in Second Grade with him being on his own island as the leading runs scorer in twos this season. That might be a record hard to hold on to though, as I’m not sure how much more Second Grade Matt will be playing this year given his barnstorming form.

 It was a brilliant effort to take 20 wickets in the game given the wicket was flat and dead, especially on the second day. Jamie Hemphrey (5/43) has been Second Grade’s spearhead for the past 18 months, and he was at it again here in this game taking a mammoth 8 wickets for the game, as well as a great 5-wicket haul in the second innings. Hemphrey did the same up front, and some sustained quality short pitch bowling removed a couple of the Hawks, including a brilliant catch at short leg by Jack James off a short ball which kept the momentum going. Kushaal Ram (2/43) also chimed in with some aggressive short bowling as he attacked their opening batsman. Harry Tector completed his second run out of the game, with both batsmen ending up at the same end.

Skipper Calder wanted to say a special thank you to Stan and Michael Wood for scoring and supporting the boys throughout the two days of play. The 10 points elevated us to 34 points and 3rd position, marginally behind Sydney University on 37 and Bankstown on 34 points. Even more satisfying is that, after 6 rounds, we now have 5 victories and are already a full 15 points ahead of 7th place as we look to return to the Second Grade finals for the first time in a long while. Next weekend the boys play their first game of the season at Petersham Oval for the season as we take on 17th placed Gordon.

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3rd Grade – Randwick Petersham v Hawkesbury @ Coogee Oval

Team – Montedoro, Powell, Burton, De Silva, Eldridge, Holland (c), Graham, Mullins+ Standing, Dellar, Loth

Result – Randwick Petersham 10/198 – 77 Overs (Burton 63, Montedoro 38, Powell 23) Defeated by Hawkesbury 5/202 – 73.5 Overs (Loth 3/46-17)

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Third Grade rocked up at Coogee Oval with their Round 6 match evenly poised, as we looked to defend our score of 198 on Day 1. With the Coogee outfield having been cored the week before, the chase was not going to be easy for the Hawks. Experienced leader Tom Holland was back in the side for David Bourke who filled in on Day 1.

Whilst we toiled hard all day, the Hawks managed to overhaul our score finishing on 5/202 to win by 5 wickets, as we suffered a setback after a strong start to the season. Whilst we looked to be on top early, having claimed the first five wickets for just 41 runs, sensible batting by the Hawks saw them put on 110 for the 4th wicket as the game slipped away from us.

The Randy Petes fought hard all day to keep the Hawks run rate around 2.5 runs per over, as we made them earn their win, as they only passed our score in the 74th over with little more than 5 overs remaining in the day’s play. Doug Loth (3/46-17) was the clear stand out of the bowlers, leading the attack with distinction once again. Loth claimed 3 early poles, 2 caught by wicket keeper Dylan Powell and one bowled, to put us in the ascendancy early. Dellar and Graham bowled tidily without luck, whilst Montedoro and Standing both picked up one wicket each and kept applying pressure as we searched in vain for that double breakthrough that would have changed the momentum of the game.

The loss drops the side to 9th place on 18 points, but just 2 points behind 6th placed Blacktown. It’s a huge game next week as we take on third placed Gordon at Killara Oval as we look to knock over one of the top teams and get back into the winner’s circle.

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4th Grade – Hawkesbury v Randwick Petersham @ Bensons Lane

Team – Lopes, Crawford, Kashyap, Sachs, Murdita, Ahmed (c), Radford, Fox, Stirling, M. O’Loughlin, Boyns

Result – Hawkesbury 10/143 – 45 Overs (Radford 6/50-18) and 4/79 – 33 Overs (Stirling 2/7-9) Defeated By Randwick Petersham 10/224 – 67 overs (Lopes 44n/o, Murdita 72, Lopes 58, Ahmed 28, Radford 24)

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Fourth Grade were going in search of their second victory of the season with the game at an advanced stage at Bensons Lane heading in to Day 2. Under Rocky Ahmed’s captaincy for the first time, the side had got themselves on top after Day 1 at 3/79 in chase of the Hawks’ moderate total of 143. With Hawkesbury sitting on top of the table though the boys were prepared for them to throw everything at us early, especially on their home deck.

As things panned out, it was a comfortable victory for Fours, securing just our second win of the season, winning easily on the first innings before inserting the Hawks back in to bat with an 81-run first innings lead. Despite some good bowling and strong intensity in the field, we were unable to claim outright points as the hosts finished on 4/79 from 33 overs when an early stumps was called. Stirling (2/7-9) produced his best spell of the season, claiming 2 wickets in his first two overs, as well as bowling with unnerving accuracy.

With the bat, our two not out overnight batsmen Lopes (58) and Murdita (72) did an outstanding job, resuming and taking us to within 5 runs of the total when Murdita was finally dismissed. Jaya has been in great form this season, backing up his 97 against the Bees with another impressive innings here in which he was watchful on Day 1 before unleashing his full array of shots early on Day 2. Despite Murdita resuming on 15, he actually passed Luca who was on 40, scoring his half century first before pummelling a number of boundaries to see us up for a crack at outright points in the afternoon.

Lopes showed his growing stature as a batsman by playing the anchor role to the freewheeling Murdita to bring up his half century, before eventually being dismissed for 58 with the total safely passed. Redford (24) and Ahmed (28) went in search of some quick runs before tea as we looked to take the game away from the Hawks and give them nothing to play for after tea.

It was great to see plenty of Club spirit showed by both 2’s and 4’s supporting each other and sharing a couple of Cricketers arms in the Clubhouse post match at Bensons. The victory was much needed as we now jump up to 16th place but remarkable only 7 points behind sixth placed St George after six rounds. Next weekend the boys play at Coogee for the first time this year, up against Gordon who are 7th. Victory would see us draw level on points with the Stags.

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5th Grade – Randwick Petersham v Hawkesbury @ Kensington Oval  

Team – Segal, Jedwood, Stares, Sultan, Heaton (+c), Sapariya, Lee Hutchinson, Coombs, Gibson, Imroze

Result – Hawkesbury 9/138 – 74.4 Overs v (Sultan 3/26-16, Imroze 2/39-20,) and 4/63 – 37 Overs (Lee 2/13-8, Gibson 2/8-7) Defeated By Randwick Petersham 3/212 – 51 Overs (Redwood 53, Sultan 54, B. Stares 48n/o, Heaton 40 n/o

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Fifth Grade were in pole position to claim their third victory of the season as they went in chase of the Hawks’ moderate 138 on Day 2 at Kensington Oval on Saturday. The batting line up had a strong look to it, with regular Third Grade skipper Ben Stares making a one off appearance in Fifth Grade.

This day was totally dominated by the Randy Petes as we cruised to 3/212 declared, before the visitors finished on 4/63 from 37 overs, and we claimed a dominant first innings points victory.

The wicket looked almost similar to last week with a touch more grass.  With one side of the boundary quite long, running between the wickets and turning 1’s into 2’s and 2’s into 3’s was going to be important. Unfortunately, we lost our first wicket, Josh Segal (10) in the fifth over of the day. But this did not put the brakes on the Randy Petes with Noah Jedwood (53) and debutant to Fifth Grade Sayem Sultan (52) putting on a great partnership of 77 runs. Both batsmen stroked the ball to all parts of the oval and ran beautifully between the wickets, taking on the Hawks’ fielder’s arm in the deep.

Just when Noah was looking to compile a big score he was caught behind off a short wide ball from the leg spinner when the score was 102 in the 33rd over. Soon after Sayem, just after reaching his 50, smashed a pull short to mid-wicket and was caught with the score on 129 in 39 overs. Ben Stares (48 not out) and Fabian Heaton (40 not out) came together with 40 minutes of play left before tea. Both batsmen punished the loose balls and ran hard between the wickets to post an unbeaten partnership of 83 runs.

With 74 runs ahead we declared at tea and had 36 overs to bowl at the Hawks. Jack Gibson (2/8-7) once again bowled a great opening spell and showing promising signs to be one to watch this season and those to follow. On a placid wicket he was able to take the ball away from the bat with his stock ball bringing it in. Adam Lee (2/13-9) in his 100th game bowled brilliantly and moved the ball both ways.

Special thanks go to all the parents who helped out with many of the tasks during the day, which may seem little, but goes a long way in the smooth running of the day’s play and helps the players to focus on the game at hand – tasks like making the drinks, setting up the cones to mark the boundary, picking up and putting away the cones at the end of the day, organising the tea for the players, setting up the chairs and tables and then putting away the chairs and tables etc etc. Once again big thanks to Belinda Gibson’s meticulous scoring and also keeping the other Grades informed of the progress on the website. 

On behalf of the team, a big big thanks goes to Ben Stares who helped out the team in 5’s this game. Ben gave many of the young players (and older players) some invaluable tips on how to bat in the middle, look dominant when fielding, how to bowl at the top of off stump and finally how young players can progress up the grades by committing to training and ask the coach or senior players to watch what they are trying to do when bowling or batting. Ben also helped run the warm up sessions and showed us all what a true leader he is. It was great having a game with Staresy. We wish him well for his season back in Third Grade.

The side is now inside the Top 10, in 9th spot having won 3 games from 6 already this summer. We are now just 7 points behind 6th placed Gordon, and look forward to taking on the Stags at Beauchamp Oval

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Metropolitan Cup – Randwick Petersham Gold v Penrith @ Rance Oval

Team – Stewart (c), Ganesh, W Deller (+), Apostalakis, Bugti, C De Silva, Wanzare, Khoo, Partol, Antaw, Dharman, Rushton 

Result – Penrith 328 – 78 Overs (E Khoo 4-45, A Bugti 3-100) defeated Randwick Petersham Gold 162 – 60.3 (J Apostalakis 42, W Deller 25) Overs

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Quite the task awaited the Gold team at the end of the M4, with a hefty 329 target set by a resurgent Penrith team last week. John Stewart and Yogesh Wanzare started off proceedings solidly enough, putting on 24 for the first wicket before both openers fell in quick succession. Ekkam Partol followed soon after, and when Nav Ganesh was dismissed, things were looking grim at 4-51. It was then up to the two youngest on the team to dig the Golds out of the hole they were in. 

Will Deller (25) and James Apostalakis (42) took the team to tea without any further damage. The pair had put on 49 for the fifth wicket, before Deller was caught trying to up the ante. After a few more quick wickets, Apostalakis took it upon himself to take the team forward but was dismissed by an absolute screamer of a return catch to leave the team 7-127. It was then left up to lower order meisters Vijay Dharman (19), E-Young ‘Pingu’ Khoo (7) and Charith De Silva (12*) to take the team to a respectable 162. Having launched the Penrith skipper over his head second ball for four before lacing a perfect cover drive, Chaz was a bit miffed to be abandoned when in full flow.

Despite the magnitude of the loss, a number of youngsters got to spend quality time at the crease in good batting conditions. 

3 – James Apostalakis

2 – E-Young Khoo

1 – Anis Bugti

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Metropolitan Cup – Randwick Petersham Green v Mosman @ Balmoral Oval

Team – Jastrzab (C+), House, Iosifidis, Besgrove, Hussain, Mohan, Chaudhary, Robertson, Awati, Brennan, Thomas

Result – Mosman 179 – 72.1 Overs (B Thomas 3-18, J Robertson 2-20, R Chaudhary 2-36, A Hussain 2-40) defeated by Randwick Petersham Green 9-180 – 83.4 Overs (R Chaudhary 86, E House 46) 

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They made it hard for themselves, but the Greens pulled off a thrilling 1 wicket win played across two tough days of cricket. Armed with a vastly experienced left-arm spinner, Mosman struck in the second over of the day as Peter Iosifidis misread the straight one. Seeing how much the pitch was turning, old mate settled in and would go on to bowl the day unchanged for 39 overs straight. With the outside edge constantly under threat, Bala Mohan thought the best form of defense was attack, launching a brief counter-attack. While only brief, it did help push the field back. 

Amongst the carnage, Ed House (46) played his most comfortable and settled in for the long haul with Raj Chaudhary (86). With the field back, the pair played intelligent and patient cricket to swing the momentum back towards the Greens. Old mate remained a threat through out, even to the left-handed Raj. The pair took the team to 3-99 at tea, still 81 runs adrift. After tea, Ed finally succumbed to the threat, 4 runs short of a half century after an 80-run stand, while the talismanic Akther Hussain was unable to get going this week, to leave the chase at 5-108. And when Rohan Awati was run-out, the score read 6-126 when a woefully out-of-form skipper joined Raj at the crease, still 54 runs away…

With experience and discipline, the pair played immaculately knowing that the run rate was never an issue. Slowly chipping away at the target, fielding shoulders began to drop, heels were laid back on and gaps became larger. But with 3 runs to win, old mate in his 40th over finally found the edge of the skipper’s bat to end a 51 run-stand, then had Jack Brennan stumped the next ball. Raj got another two runs, but perished after nearly 60 overs at the crease with one run left to win. Joel Robertson and Ben Thomas played out two overs of nervousness before a misfield finally got the Green team over the line… after a number of close losses in the preceding rounds. Everyone who was involved over the last two Saturdays agreed though that it was a fantastic and well spirited match to have been involved in. 

3 – Raj Chaudhary

2 – Ben Thomas

1 – Ed House

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Quite the task awaited the Gold team at the end of the M4, with a hefty 329 target set by a resurgent Penrith team last week. John Stewart and Yogesh Wanzare started off proceedings solidly enough, putting on 24 for the first wicket before both openers fell in quick succession. Ekkam Partol followed soon after, and when Nav Ganesh was dismissed, things were looking grim at 4-51. It was then up to the two youngest on the team to dig the Golds out of the hole they were in. 

Will Deller (25) and James Apostalakis (42) took the team to tea without any further damage. The pair had put on 49 for the fifth wicket, before Deller was caught trying to up the ante. After a few more quick wickets, Apostalakis took it upon himself to take the team forward but was dismissed by an absolute screamer of a return catch to leave the team 7-127. It was then left up to lower order meisters Vijay Dharman (19), E-Young ‘Pingu’ Khoo (7) and Charith De Silva (12*) to take the team to a respectable 162. Having launched the Penrith skipper over his head second ball for four before lacing a perfect cover drive, Chaz was a bit miffed to be abandoned when in full flow.

Despite the magnitude of the loss, a number of youngsters got to spend quality time at the crease in good batting conditions. 

3 – James Apostalakis

2 – E-Young Khoo

1 – Anis Bugti

Jeremy Jastrzab

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