Featured Image: Liam O’Loughlin took 6/19 off 10 in 5th Grade!
MATCH REPORTS (by Eddie Otto)
1st to 5th Grades – Round 9 v Campbelltown-Camden 50-Over Matches
PG’s – Round 9 v Blacktown (50-Over Match)
Metropolitan Cup v Mosman & Georges River
The Randy Petes were back in action on Saturday across the Grades, after the Christmas break and a couple of weekends off to recharge the batteries. With the Club still in the Top 6 in the Club Championship, it was a great opportunity for all Grades to continue that push, as well as try and secure some final’s cricket for ourselves, after all Grades missed out last season. With First and Second Grades sitting in third positions, and the lower grades still in the mix, there was plenty to play for this week.
1st Grade – Campbelltown-Camden v Randwick Petersham @ Raby Oval
Team – Everett, Bell-Drummond, Chhibber, A. Sams (c+), Ayre, Eaton, Matt Calder, D. Singh, Semple, Ralston, Jenkins
Result – Randwick Petersham 6/163 – 28 overs (Ayre 64, Everett 25, A. Sams 23) Defeated by Campbelltown-Camden 4/166 – 27.2 Overs (Ralston 2/27-6)
First Grade made the trip out West to Raby to take on the Ghosts, looking to cement a spot in the finals over the final couple of months of the season. Sitting in to 6th place, just 3 points behind Sydney University in 1st place on 33 points, the team was without David Warner, Jason Sangha and Daniel Sams as we took on 11th placed Campbelltown.
There were bizarre scenes out at Campbelltown this week with the main wicket unable to be covered due to fungus growing on the wicket. This meant several hours of sitting around, after the rain on Friday, frustrating both sides. Unfortunately, for once the game eventually got going, it was a narrow defeat that eventuated with the Ghosts managing to seal victory in the final over of a reduced overs game, chasing down our 6/163 from 28 overs in 27.2 overs for the loss of 4 wickets.
Matt Everett (25) and Captain Sams (23) managed to keep the side ticking along after we were sent in on a wicket that was still a bit sticky. Riley Ayre (64) was the mainstay of the innings coming in at Number 5, and built a patient innings before unleashing in the final five overs with six 4s and two 6’s. Riley has been one of our most consistent bats this season as well as having an excellent all round season.
In reply the Ghosts got off to a flyer at 0/82 and looked to be cruising to victory, before we hit back claiming 4 wickets for 35 runs to keep ourselves in with a shot. However, an unbroken 50-run fifth wicket partnership from the Ghosts’ batsmen edged them over the line. It was a tough afternoon in the field with a number of half chances and runs outs going astray.
Young quick Jason Ralston (2/27-6) continues to impress when given the opportunity, claiming two top order wickets in that burst, and bowling quickly to keep us in the game. The result drops us narrowly out of the Top 6 into 7th spot, just one point behind North Sydney in 6th place. We have a huge game next Saturday and Sunday as we take on competition leaders Sydney University at Petersham Oval, with the students still only 9 points ahead of us with five rounds to play.
PG’s Round 9 – Blacktown v Randwick Petersham @ Joe McAleer Oval
Team – Powell, Matt Calder, Mahony-Brack. Wood, De Silva, Eldridge, Montedoro, Mullins, Jenkins, Kenzie, O’Loughlin
Result – Randwick Petersham 7/191 – 50 Overs (Wood 37, Calder, Montedoro 29, Powell 25, Mahony-Brack 23 Defeated by Blacktown 3/192 – 39.2 Overs
PG’s arrived at Joe McAleer Oval in Blacktown with pride to play for, against a side high flying at the top of the table. Despite some good performances this season, a couple of narrow losses had put us out of the finals mix with one round to play, despite playing some good cricket this year.
Head Coach Michael Wood compiled the following report.
Having won the toss, the RP PG’s got down to business in setting a competitive total early. Dylan Powell (25 runs from 48 balls) has continued to make the opening spot his this season with another good performance. The score was 0/48 before a top edged sweep shot saw Dylan return to the shed. His opening partner Matt Calder (31 runs from 55 balls) was seemingly in the groove for another big innings until he hit a chest high full toss down to deep mid-wicket. There was some discussion between umpires about this dismissal, but alas, he had to depart despite a clear “no-ball” not being called.
James Mahony-Brack (23 runs from 41 balls), and Jake Wood (37 from 62 balls) combined well in the middle order as we continued to build solid partnerships. Ben Montedoro (29 runs from 40 balls) also steadied the ship to steer the Randy Petes boys into a competitive position. Some busy cricket with wickets in hand allowed Kel Mullins (17*) and Mac Jenkins (13*) to put the finishing touches on a decent total.
In reply, the Blacktown side boasting many First Graders, clinically chased the total down with 3 wickets down and 10 overs to spare. Risk free batting from NSW contracted player Jordan Gauci (90 from 98 balls) proved to be the difference between the two sides on the day. His patience and ability to turn the strike over was a masterclass on how to bat on a lifeless pitch with a slow outfield.
All bowlers toiled away without much reward, and the fielding standards were generally good with only two catches being grassed.
It marks the conclusion of the PG’s campaign for 18/19. It started with a wash-out against UNSW and then a comprehensive win over Sydney University. It ended with our batsmen showing plenty of backbone and our bowlers putting in a good performance against very strong opposition. Although the improvements this season will not show on the scorecard, the losses were mostly very close. In hindsight, the loss against North Sydney on our home ground was the turning point in the season from which we did not recover. Hopefully, next season will bear more championship points and a finals berth.
Big thanks to Managers Rod Stafford and David Bourke, Randy Petes hierarchy, the selection panel and the supportive parents. Special mention to young guns Luca Lopes and Mitch O’Loughlin who were a part of the extensive PG’s pre-season activities, and despite not getting much game time, are now showing the benefits from the solid work they’ve been putting in.
2nd Grade – Randwick Petersham v Campbelltown-Camden @ Coogee Oval
Team – Powell, Mahony-Brack, Lyle, Holland (c) Burton, De Silva, Wood, Powell (+), Humphrey, McKenzie, Loth
Result – Randwick Petersham 7/249 50 overs (Lyle 64, De Silva 64, Wood 40) Defeated Campbelltown-Camden 10/186
Second Grade resumed after Christmas looking to build on a great first half of the season with five victories, including an outright victory, and just three losses. Sitting in 3rd position on 34 points, we took on 10th placed Campbelltown at Coogee Oval, with Dylan Hunter assuming the captaincy and local juniors Ashley Burton and Rav De Silva in the team.
It was a great hit back from the team after the loss to Parramatta, with a thumping 65-run victory in a game we dominated from start to finish. After winning the toss and batting on a great surface, we piled up a very impressive 7/249 from our 50 overs before comfortably defending the total, bowling out the Ghosts for 186 in the 42nd over.
Despite winning the toss on a great day for batting first, the Ghosts soon had us under pressure at 4/48 when the Top 4 failed to make the most of it, as the Ghosts took a few early wickets despite good starts from Holland and Hunter. With the bat it was a mixture of experience and youth in the middle order, with Jack Lyle (64) and Rav De Silva (64) dominating the middle overs. Lyle looked very comfortable once again at Coogee, playing with good technique and style. De Silva and Wood (40) then both showed some clean hitting and excellent cricket shots to get us to a great score as over 200 runs were put on between the 5th and 7th wicket.
Hemphrey got the ball to talk early, claiming a couple of early calls, before they started to get away. The spin duo of Wood and Hunter seemed to slow the run rate and break the partnerships. Tom McKenzie was the pick of the bowlers, bowling a heavy ball into the deck and being duly rewarded with an outstanding five wicket haul.
The side are now well entrenched in the Top 6 on 40 points, already 13 points ahead of 7th placed Manly. This weekend it is a mighty challenge as we take on the runaway front runners Sydney University, who are on an amazing 59 points with 8 victories and one outright, and without a loss so far this season.
3rd Grade – Campbelltown-Camden v Randwick Petersham @ Raby 2
Team – Montedoro, B. Stares ©, Eldridge, Murdita, Graham, Mullins (+), Lopes, Kenzie, Fox, Sterling, Dellar
Result – Campbelltown-Camden 10/67 – 26.2 overs (Kenzie 3/18-4.2, B. Stares 2/5-3, Fox 2/11-5, Stirling 2/15-6) Defeated by Randwick Petersham 1/68-23.3 Overs (Montedoro 29n/o, B. Stares 24, Eldridge 11n.0-
Third Grade were looking to push towards a Top 6 spot, as we made the trek to Raby to improve on 9th position, with a respectable 4 wins and 4 losses, heading into the Christmas break.
The boys put in an extremely dominant performance after having to sit around for 4 hours before any play was possible. Having sent the Ghosts in to bat, we put in a great team bowling performance to roll them for 67 in 26.2 overs, and chased the score down for the loss of just 1 wicket in the 24th over.
It was bizarre scenes at Raby all morning as the covers at Raby 2 failed to do the job, leading to the groundsman preparing a brand new wicket within 90 minutes to get play on.
Captain Stares won the toss and had no hesitation sending the Ghosts in to bat. Fox (2/11-5) and Stirling (2/15-6) did a great job up front, keeping the Ghosts under double wraps and making the early breakthroughs, at one stage reducing the Ghosts to 6/31.
Bailey Kenzie got his first wicket in Third Grade and would have had a hat trick if not for a missed opportunity in the field. Kenzie (3/18-4) is a very accomplished short form bowler and he proved a star once again here, picking up 3 wickets in just 4.2 overs with his left arm spinners.
With the bat openers Ben Montedoro (29n/o) and Ben Stares batted sensibly and patiently, on a wicket that was not the easiest, to put on nearly 50 for the first wicket, before Jackson Eldridge came in and finished the job alongside Monte. The wicket got really slow quite quickly, and it would have been hard for new bats to score on it.
Captain Stares was very happy to only lose one wicket, and even happier to pick up a bonus point.
The win was a huge one in terms of implications on the ladder, with the team now up to a season high of 4th place on 31 points. Next weekend it’s a huge 50-over game against 2nd placed Sydney University at Coogee Oval with an opportunity to get within 2 points of our opponents.
Young gun Bailey Kenzie dominated in the bonus point win
4th Grade – Parramatta v Randwick Petersham @ Merrylands Oval
Team – King, Mahajan, Crawford, Ahmed (+), Sachs, Jedwood, N. Stares, Coombs, Kashyap, M. O’Loughlin, Boyns
Result – Randwick Petersham 10/245 – 50 Overs (King 67, Ahmed 64, Sachs 22, Redwood 20, N. Stares 20) Defeated Campbelltown-Camden 10/146 – 45.3 Overs (Kashyap 4/50-10, Boyns 2/19-6.3Mahajan 2/12-5)
Fourth Grade needed to string some victories together after the side remained in 16th spot on 13 points, with 2 victories, 1 draw and 5 losses heading into the Christmas break. The boys had a great opportunity to start 2019 with a victory as they took on 20th placed Campbelltown-Camden at Petersham Oval on Saturday.
The team had a new look to it, with Nathan Stares taking over the captaincy and a number of fresh faces into the side after the Christmas break. The deck was unbelievably flat (although quite slow) with a nice crumble for the afternoon, so Nathan Stares was delighted to win the toss and elect to bat. After the Parramatta game, the skipper set the boys the goal of batting 50 overs. King (67) and Ahmed (64) batted beautifully and set up the innings perfectly. Both scored half centuries and compiled a vital 98-run third wicket partnership.
The middle order then did a great job getting some quick runs with Sachs (22), Jedwood (20) and Stares (20) closing the innings out nicely, and frustrating the Ghosts’ bowlers with good partnerships.
Bowling wise, the quicks toiled hard on a flat slow deck, keeping it tight, to set up the spinners to bowl freely without pressure. Kashyap (4/50-10) continued his recent wicket taking exploits, bowling aggressively, whilst Nathan Stares (1/20-10) was very tidy as always, and Mahajan (2/12-5) impressed on a wicket starting to take some turn late in the day.
The skipper wanted to say a thank you to Antony Sachs, Paul O’Loughlin, and Sandeep Mahajan for all their help behind the scenes on game day which is much appreciated. The boys are now 16th on the table, but only 12 points behind 6th placed Hawkesbury. They have a stiff challenge next week against first placed Sydney University away from home.
5th Grade – Campbelltown Camden v Randwick Petersham @ Raby 3
Team – Segal, Iosififidis, Sultan, Grogan, Heaton (+c), Apostalakis, McNamara, Hutchinson, Gibson, Lee, L. O’Loughlin
Result – Campbelltown-Camden 10/101 – 45 Overs (L. O’Loughlin 6/19-10) Defeated by Randwick Petersham 5/102 – 31 Overs (Saddy 32, Apostalkis 23n/o)
Fifth Grade were looking to build on a really promising first half of the season as they arrived at Raby 3 to take on the Ghosts. On arrival at Raby 3 we were surprised to see a damp wicket and one side of the bowler’s run up a bit wet. After some grass clippings being strewn at the bowler’s run up end and areas close to the wicket, the ground was suitable for play at 10.45am.
Captain Heaton knew winning the toss was important and bowling first was crucial. Luck was on our side and we won the toss. Nick Saady (1/20-8) and Jack Gibson (1/6-6.2) got into a rhythm and got the ball to kick from short of good length. This sent shivers through the Ghosts’ change room. Young gun Jack Gibson is improving every game and once again was miserly with his runs.
Bowling changes in the form of Will Hutchison (1/9-6) and Reid McNamara (1/9-5) were just brilliant. Both bowled again to a plan and stemmed runs. Will Hutchison bowled the Ghosts top scorer with the best ball of the match, a well disguised slower ball. Reid McNamara was unlucky not to get more wickets as this was his best bowling performance to date, moving the ball almost at right angles to the deck.
The introduction of Liam O’Loughlin (featured image) in the 25th over (6/19-10) had the Ghosts batsmen mesmerised and they fell like nine pins. It was the finest piece of off-spin bowling, and the batsman had no clue how to read Liam’s off spin and flight. Credit also to all the fielders who held on to the catches.
The instruction to the opening batsmen was to be watchful in the first 10 overs but punish the loose ball, as the intent was to get to the target under 30 overs so we could get a bonus point. Peter Iosofidis and Josh Segal saw off the first 10 overs and were getting into their stride when they lost their wickets in quick succession. After two more quick wickets the game was up for grabs, however James Apostolakis (23 not out) and Nick Saady (32) consolidated with a 51-run partnership and were edging closer to getting us a bonus point. Unfortunately, it was not to be, as Nick Saady was out stumped to a good ball by the young Ghosts’ spinner in the 29th over. With 10 balls and 13 runs to get, Reid McNamara (4 not out) and James Apostolakis played out the overs to get the Randy Petes a win.
Captain Heaton wanted to say a special thanks to Mr Segal for doing the first half of the scoring, and to Belinda Gibson for the second half, and an extra thanks to Belinda for tallying up the extras and wides for both the sides.
Metropolitan Cup – Randwick Petersham Gold v Mosman @ Kensington Oval
Team – Stewart (C), Lau (+), Rushton, Sapariya, Lee, Wanzare, Partol, Bugti, Gandhi, Khoo, Dharman, De Silva
Result – Randwick Petersham Gold 167 – 48.2 Overs (C Sapariya 60, A Lee 46) defeated Mosman – 46.4 Overs (Y Wanzare 3-10, A Bugti 3-18)
Stewart called correctly and invited Jay Patel and his Whales to field first on a humid day at Kensington. This decision firstly backfired as the slow wicket brought the demise of Lau, Stewart and Rushton with 24 runs on the board. This brought Lee (46) and Sapariya (60) together and they resurrected the innings with an 88 run partnership for the 4th wicket. Both batsmen toiled hard running the majority of these runs and Sapariya was certainly spent at the end of his innings. Gold were bowled out for 167 in 48.2 overs, a defendable total on a wicket that was beginning to play low and slow.
Bugti (3-18) had the defence on the front foot removing the opener first ball and his new ball partner Partol (1-15) joined the party next over. Mosman began to resurrect their innings before Charith De Silva (2-20 off 10) entered the attack and was basically unplayable. His first wicket was courtesy of a diving one-handed Pingu at mid-wicket before they combined again 3 overs later (Pingu 3 catches in the innings). Wanzare (3-10 off 4.4 overs) spun a web and with Bugti, and a sharp run out to Partol, cleaned up the tail leaving Mosman 44 runs short in the 47th over and cementing Gold’s place in the top 6.
Chintan Sapariya – 3
Anis Bugti – 2
Yogesh Wanzare – 1
Metropolitan Cup – Randwick Petersham Green v Georges River Stingrays @ Bland Oval
Team – House, Besgrove, Grills, Hussain, Bird, Wilson, Robinson, Imroze, Awati, Sherriff, Brennan, Jastrzab (c+)
Result – Georges River Stingrays 144 – 36.1 Overs (A Hussain 4-28, J Wilson 2-33) defeated by Randwick Petersham Green 7-146 – 40.3 Overs (W Grills 37, M Robinson 17*)
With clear blue skies and glorious sunshine, it was an optimistic drive down the M5… but the Green team found that the Bland Oval pitch was left uncovered from the overnight rains. Play was delayed for an hour to give the pitch a chance to dry, and the Green skipper finally called correctly at the toss to give the fledgling attack first use of a still damp pitch. Corey Sherriff (1-28) got the opener to play on after a bouncer stuck in the pitch 3rd ball. However, oppressively sultry conditions and an overly strict interpretation of the wide rule had the Stingrays turning an early wicket into a flyer. Akther Hussain, against his favourite opposition, took a couple into the first drinks break to peg them back.
Even the drinks did little to provide solace from the humidity steaming out of the ground, as a Stingray batsman was taken by delirium to set off for a suicidal single. In a session of attrition against the weather, the Stingray batsmen spluttered to 7-89, with Ishrak Imroze (1-39) nabbing the dangerous number 5 and Joel Wilson (2-33) grabbing a brace with his trundlers. From there, the Stringray skipper took control and dragged his team kicking and screaming to 144, falling as the fourth victim to Hussain (4-28). Unfortunately, the lunch provided little relief, as the Greens found themselves 2-8 after two overs, with both openers back under the canteen block.
From there, William Grills (37) and Akther Hussain (22) rekindled their partnership from the last round, with the highlight being Grillsy almost sending a ball onto the M5. But Huss fell with 55 on the board, and Grills went down swinging at 4-86. Lachie Bird and Joel Wilson fell cheaply, to have the 6th fall before the 100 was passed. Then as Ishrak and Max Robinson began to rebuild, the former chipped back to the bowler, with the target still 33 runs adrift. Joined by Rohan Awati (17*), who has already shown to play well under pressure, 13 year old Max played with maturity beyond his years to patiently take the game to the target. And with that win, it completes a clean sweep of results against Georges River this season so far
Akther Hu,ssain – 3
Max Robinson – 2
William Grills – 1
Editor’s Note: Green Shield reports will be published separately. Stay tuned!