AW Green Shield Round 1 – Randwick Petersham v Penrith @ Coogee Oval
Team – McNamara (c), Segal (vc), Sachs (vc), Lau, Mahajan, Horseman, Crebert, Gibson, Bird, Grogan (+), Hutchison, Apostolakis
Result – Penrith 5/241 – 50 overs (Mahajan 2/24, Crebert 1/44) def Randwick Petersham 10/89 – 32.3 overs (Segal 26, Sachs 25)
The 2018/19 season began for the Randwick Petersham Hospitality Employers Mutual AW Green Shield squad on Sunday Dec 16 at Coogee Oval (the 3rd ground change within the week). Before play last season’s Green Shield Captain and First Grade #120 was on hand to present the squad with their caps (a new tradition started this season and courtesy of new AW Green Shield sponsor – Hospitality Employers Mutual).
Following the overnight downpour play started on schedule and Penrith took first advantage of the wicket. The bowlers struggled early to find their lengths and the Panthers capitalised before Crebert got the breakthrough at 66. But the opener continued to turn over the strike and keep the scoreboard ticking. The Skipper McNamara came on from the Titan end and a tap on ran out his counterpart at the non-striker’s end. Spin was the order of the day as Mahajan bowled unchanged for rewards of 2-24 pulling the Panther’s run rate back. But in the last 10 overs inconsistent bowling released the pressure allowing the Riff to end their quota 5-241.
The chase began confidently as Mahajan (19) and Lau (4) played straight and looked at ease against the pace but with the introduction of spin the screws were turned. Segal (26) and Sachs (25) mounted a fightback to get the Randy Petes to 3-77 before losing the last 7 wickets for 12 runs to fall well short in the 32nd over.
AW Green Shield Manager
Former Green Shield Skipper Mac Jenkins presenting
skipper Reid McNamara with his Green Shield Cap
AW Green Shield Round 2 – Randwick Petersham v St George @ Coogee Oval
Team – McNamara (c), Segal (vc), Sachs (vc), Lau, Mahajan, Horseman, Apostolakis, Gibson, Bird, Grogan (+), Hutchison, Iosifidis
Result – Randwick Petersham 7/193 – 50 overs (Grogan 78, McNamara 37) def by St George 5/194 – 47.3 overs (Gibson 2/24, Hutchison 2/39)
The Randwick Petersham Hospitality Employers Mutual AW Green Shield set out to improve on their overall performance from Game 1 and give themselves a reasonable chance to win the game. They had to learn from mistakes in Game 1 and try to implement game plans better.
With a win of the toss the boys chose to bat and have a turn at defending a total. In Round 1 the ability to put partnerships together was lacking and the boys knew they needed to be better this game. Their main goal was to bat the 50 over giving themselves a chance of maximising runs.
A strong start by by Mahajan (36) but lacked a long-term foil. Partnerships were being created but not built on and it took our middle order of Grogan (78) and Reid (37) to bat the Randy Petes deep into the final overs. 193 was a sound total and gave the bowlers a defendable total.
*Note from Lyall Gardner – Skipper Reid McNamara (37 off 69 balls) and wicket-keeper Emmanuel Grogan (78 off 87 5×4) took the score from 4-61 to 5-174 putting together a partnership of 113 for the 5th wicket. This was a new club record breaking the previous mark of 109 scored by Tom McCarthy and Ethan Grinham against Sydney in 2010-11.
Our lengths in Game 1 were poor with too many extras and short balls. Hutchison (2-39) and Gibson (2-24) toiled hard and bowled a better game but we failed on our lengths again. Leg side wides are an extra the bowlers need to improve.
They boys must understand that the game requires only 1 run to win and when you give away multiple runs with wides and no balls you are actually winning the game for the opposition. Same with misfields, dropped catches, slow running between the wickets and not taking quick singles which are all areas where if you play to 100% you generally win games.
Unfortunately we couldn’t keep a hold on the opposition and 193 was about 30 runs to short.
I feel we have improved slightly in areas which is pleasing and the road ahead looks good we just need to get better as a unit and work together.
Thanks to all for a sensational lunch spread the boys and I appreciate it. Thanks to those who helped score for the day and those who came and supported the boys
AW Green Shield Coach
AW Green Shield Round 3 – Randwick Petersham v Bankstown @ Coogee Oval
Team – McNamara (c), Segal (vc), Sachs (vc), Iosifidis, Mahajan, Horseman, Apostolakis, Gibson, Bird, Grogan (+), Hutchison, Lau
Result – Bankstown 9/211 – 50 overs (Sachs 2/24) def by Randwick Petersham 4/138 – 35 overs (Iosifidis 30, Sachs 24, Grogan 37*) on Duckworth Lewis
McNamara again called correctly and elected to bowl. It was emphasised to the lads about discipline and that it was imperative to hit our lengths. The field was on notice today as we had to be better backing up our bowlers up.
The lengths were better but the ability to bowl straight needs some serious work but the boys couldn’t quite get the 10 wickets with Bankstown posting 9-211. It was a much improved performance in the field although nowhere near the standard of these boys.
Wickets were shared around and two spinners were utilised for the first time. It was pleasing with 3 run outs effected with the skipper involved in two of them which means we are progressing and giving ourselves every chance in the game.
With 211 to chase the boys were confident and knew we had to bat smart from ball 1. With weather changing later we knew D/L would be in play and managed to stay above the run rate at all times. The top order batted well which is pleasing and Peter Iosifidis in his first match scored 30 and was backed up by Segal (19), Sachs (24) and Grogan (37*) batted superbly and always kept us in the game. The heavens opened at over 35 and we were still in front at 4 – 138. There looked like a chance of getting back on at 6pm leaving about 17 overs but with more lightning the game saw no further play.
The boys take a win into Christmas although it would have been nice to see us chase it down and give the boys the extra experience. The team looked a lot better at the crease today so well done lads.
Thanks to all again, supporters, scorers, Randy Petes staff and all the parents for another great spread.
The boys and I appreciate all that’s been done behind the scenes and hope we can continue to make you guys proud.
We are the Randy Petes!!
AW Green Shield Coach