Tom McKenzie on debut at Petersham Oval
MATCH REPORTS (by Eddie Otto)
1st to 5th Grades – Round 10 v Sydney University (Two-day match 1st Grade; 50-Over Matches 2s to 5s)
Metropolitan Cup v Easts & UNSW
The Randy Petes headed into Round 10 off the back of a strong weekend in Round 9, with four victories from five Grade games against Campbelltown-Camden, with only First Grade going down narrowly in the final over. However this week would prove the ultimate litmus test against a rampaging Sydney University who were clearly on top of the Club Championship. University led the table in 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Grades, and were in the Top 5 in 5th Grade, whilst we remained in 6th place in the Club Championship. Read below to see who starred in Round 10 and how we fared across the Grades.
1st Grade – Randwick Petersham v Sydney University @ Petersham Oval
Team – Everett, A. Sams (c+), Chhibber, Ayre, Eaton, D. Singh, Matt Calder, Hunter, Semple, Jenkins, Mckenzie
Result – Randwick Petersham 10/274 – 80.1 Overs (Ayre 72, Eaton 70, Hunter 32, Chhibber 31, D. Singh 20) Defeated by Sydney University 7/275 – 63 Overs (Semple 4/78-22)
First Grade were back on home turf at Petersham Oval this weekend for a rare Saturday/Sunday two-day game against competition leaders Sydney University. The side was missing some star power, with Warner, Bell-Drummond, Daniel Sams and Jason Sangha missing, however the opportunity presented for players like Mac Jenkins and Tom McKenzie who both have been a staple of the Second Grade side this season.
In a well contested game, University prevailed by 3 wickets just on tea on Sunday, as they ran down our score of 274 for the loss of 7 wickets. Whilst University controlled the run chase well, it was largely thanks to a superb 133 not out from Hayden Kerr who proved the difference between the two sides on a flat wicket at Petersham.
Adam Semple (4/78-22) continues to lead the attack strongly, picking up his 4th four wicket haul of the season including three of the top five batsmen. Two wickets from Semp had Uni at 3/70, before the 4th wicket partnership of 123 runs took the game away from us.
With the bat it was Eaton (72) and Ayre (70) who were the mainstays of the innings, combining for a 118-run 4th wicket partnership. Eaton was the more aggressive of the pair, scoring his 72 from 96 balls, whilst Ayre dug in to face 180 balls. Riley has now scored 420 runs this season at an average over 50, with four half centuries. Chhibber (31) looked in good touch at Number 3, whilst Dylan Hunter (32) played a composed innings from Number 8 to add some handy runs to a competitive but maybe slightly underpar score.
The side is now 8th, but still only one point behind 6th placed Parramatta with five rounds remaining. Next weekend it’s a huge local derby against 15th placed Easts at Waverley Oval. Whilst Easts are seven places below us on the ladder, they can jump us with a win, such is the congested nature of the table.
Shaun Eaton top scored with an aggressive 72
Riley Ayre continued his great form with a classy 70
2nd Grade – Sydney University v Randwick Petersham @ University Oval
Team – Powell (+), Mahony-Brack, Burton, Lyle, Holland (c), De Silva, Montedoro, Wood, Radford, Loth, Dellar
Result – Sydney University 10/266 – 47.2 Overs (Loth 4/62-10, Mahony-Brack 2/32-6.4) defeated Randwick Petersham 10/128 – 37.4 Overs (Holland 40, Wood 36n/o)
Third placed Second Grade were involved in a blockbuster clash near toward top of the table, as they made the short trip to Sydney University Oval to play the runaway competition leaders. With Mitch Calder still out injured and Dylan Hunter in First Grade, long term Second Grade Captain Tom Holland was back to captain the side. Ben Montedoro would make his debut in Second Grade for the Club after some strong performances in 3s, whilst explosive all-rounder Luke Radford was back from injury.
Two’s lost the toss and were asked to bowl. The pitch was hard with a good grass covering, and they would have batted first as well. Our bowlers weren’t consistent in the first few overs and the Nerds got off to a flyer, bombing 50 odd off the first handful of overs. Unfortunately this was a game that ended up being a fairly one sided contest, with Uni showing why they are so far in front on top of the table with their strength in depth of experienced players. Having to chase 267 to win, we were always up against it and ended up being bowled out for 128 in the 38th over, to go down by 138 runs.
However, it could have been so much different in this game if we had converted what was a strong position, having reducing Uni to 6/99 and 7/132, before their tail end batting combined to score 134 runs for the final 3 wickets.
With the ball, veteran seamer Doug Loth (4/62-10) was the best of the bowlers, picking up 3 of the top 5 batsmen, to have the home side’s strong batting line-up under pressure for one of the few times this season. Loth would have ended up with a 5-wicket haul if not for a dropped catch in the slips. James Mahony-Brack (2/32-6.4) chipped in with a couple of wickets, whilst both spinners Woods and Montedoro bowled tidy spells, picking up a wicket each and going for less than 4 runs per over.
With the bat, it was always going to be hard to recover from 5/40, however Tom Holland (40) looked in great touch, racing to 40 from 30 balls, before departing perhaps the worst way possible run out. Holland had flayed 5 boundaries. Jacob Wood (36n/o) made another strong contribution down the lower middle order, continuing his consistent form of late with the bat in Second Grade.
The team remains in a strong position in 5th place on the table, six points ahead of 7th placed Manly. It is a crunch local derby next weekend at Coogee, as we host 8th placed Easts and look to get back in the winner’s circle.
3rd Grade – Randwick Petersham V Sydney University @ Coogee Oval
Team – Eldridge, B. Stares (c), Murdita, Ahmed, Lopes, Hussain, Graham, Mullins (+), Fox, Sterling, O’Loughlin
Result – Sydney University 8/261 – 50 Overs (Fox 3/55-9, Sterling 2/34-10) Defeated Randwick Petersham 10/120 – 33 Overs (B. Stares 56n/o)
Third Grade were riding a wave of momentum as they headed into their clash with Sydney University at Coogee Oval, sitting in 4th place. With University on top of the table, this would be another test of our team which has been performing consistently across the season. Mitch O’Loughlin made his Third Grade debut.
Captain Stares won the toss and elected to bowl in the hope we could chase a total, since we have struggled to set a target all year. We started off very well with the students 4 /72, but a few dropped catches and poor ground fielding hurt us.
Sterlo (2/34-10) bowled really well and was fired up – when he came to Sydney he first trialled with Uni and they told him to find a park team to play for! Mitch O’Loughlin took a one-handed running sideways screamer on the fence in one of the best catches you will ever see. Hayden Fox (3/55-9) bowled well at the death and was rewarded with a well-deserved haul. Hussain kept a cool head with a handy run out – he would have heard “bowler” and “keeper” about 10 times each and didn’t panic.
Unfortunately our batting was not up to scratch on the day. Jaya Murdita looked in good touch with captain Ben Stares (56n/o) before being strangled down the leg side. The skipper was in great form as wickets fell around him, carrying his bat after opening the innings. This is the second time Ben has done this and he wanted to pay some credit to the batting clinic that was held over the break by RPCC coaches to help find his form.
Ben also wanted to give a massive thanks to Paul O’Loughlin for his help. Third Grade has missed someone like him over the years and made the job of the skipper a whole lot easier. The side is now 9th and faces another huge challenge next week against first placed Easts at Trumper Park.
Skipper Ben Stares carried his bat through the innings with 56*
4th Grade – Sydney University v Randwick Petersham @ St. Pauls Oval
Team – Mahajan, Crawford, Sultan, Sachs, Jedwood, Grogan (+), N. Stares, Coombs, Hutchinson, Kashyap, Boyns
Result – Randwick Petersham 9/142 – 50 Overs (Hutchison 46n/o, Grogan 27) Defeated by Sydney University 2/143 – 25.1 overs (Kashyap 2/25-8)
Fourth Grade were shooting for back-to back-victories under new captain Nathan Stares as they headed to St. Pauls Oval to take on table topping Sydney University. The side was once again full of changes with young Green Shield keeper Emmanuel Grogan taking the gloves, looking to build off a strong AWGS campaign.
The Students have been a strong side this year, and they flexed their muscles here now outclassing us as they ran down our score of 9/142 for the loss of just 2 wickets in the 26th over.
The wicket at St. Pauls had a lot of pace in it all day, a deck that if set would be very nice to bat on. The outfield was very long and difficult to score boundaries along the ground.
Neale Crawford and Emmanuel Grogan (27) were patient and got us back into the game after we were in all sorts of trouble early at 4/9. Hutchison (46n/o) batted beautifully with a good mixture of defensive play and aggression, hitting a few horns.
Bowling wise the Students came out super aggressive and were 0-90 after just 9 overs. “PK” (Kashyap) bowled really well for 2-25 once again. Overall the bowlers were a bit rattled and lost any rhythm and confidence to bowl the right line and length. The side is now in 16th place and takes on 8th placed Easts at Petersham Oval this weekend.
5th Grade – Randwick Petersham v Sydney University @ Kensington Oval
Team – Segal, Iosififidis, Sapariya, Heaton (+c), Grills, Saady, McNamara, Lee, Apostalakis, Gibson, L. O’Loughlin
Result – Sydney University 10/92 – 38 Overs (Lee 3/14-5.5, McNamara 2/10-6, L. O’Loughlin 2/11-5) Defeated By Randwick Petersham 7/93 (Sapariya 32, Segal 22, Lee 12n/o)
Fifth Grade were looking for back-to-back victories when they took on the Students at the refurbished Marrickville Oval. Marrickville has hosted plenty of home games over the years and it was good to see the ground back in action again.
The wicket at Marrickville Oval was green with the top surface seemed hard and likely to have good bounce and carry. The outfield looked a bit heavy although the grass was cut. So boundaries would be hard to come by if shots were played along the ground.
Randwick Petersham won the toss and without hesitation decided to bowl. With Sydney Uni third on the ladder and a strong batting side, the team needed to be at their best. As expected, the Sydney Uni opening batsmen came out with positive intent, ran hard between the wickets and tried hard to attack our opening bowlers. However, the experienced Nick Saady (1/18-7) and young Jack Gibson (1/22-7) continued to build the pressure with some good pace bowling and an attacking field.
In the 11th over, with the score on 31, with both the openers getting set, Nick Saady drew first blood and caught their opener on the crease with a great rock that seamed in off the deck. The Syd Uni Number 3 batsman started in style with a boundary and was looking good, but was outdone by the ball of the match by under 15 year old James Apostolakis (1/16-5). The ball hit the seam and kicked up on the off stump to take the top edge of the bat and flew to the keeper. Just a great rock!!
With Green Shield Captain Reid McNamara (2/10-6) on at the other end, bowling his left arm mediums, cleverly and consistently beating the bat, the Syd Uni batsmen were beginning to feel the pressure and Reid was giving nothing away.The next double bowling change in the form of off-spinner Liam O’Loughlin (2/11-5) and senior player Adam Lee (3/15-5.5) just tore through the Syd Uni batsmen. LJ continued his good form by mixing his deliveries cleverly and once again mesmerised the batsmen with flight and drift to get both of his victims stumped. Adam Lee was impeccable with his consistent in swing and was almost unplayable with the wind behind him and the movement of the green deck.
Sydney Uni were all out 92 in the 35.5 over. The Captain was brilliant behind the stumps taking 3 catches and 2 stumpings to end with 5 dismissals. With only 92 to get, the chat in the dressing room was for us to go for the bonus point. The Randy Petes opening batsmen were asked to capitalise on the loose deliveries and run hard between the wickets as the outfield was slow. Josh Segal (22 with 2 fours) and Chintan Sapariya (32) and put on a 28-run partnership to get us to 45 in the 21st over. Reid McNamara and Adam Lee saw the team home in 41 overs.
It was a great win by the Randy Petes. We have now progressed to 9th on the ladder, only 2 points behind 7th place.
Captain Heaton wanted to say a special thanks to Antony Sachs, Reuben Sachs and Paul O’Loughlin for helping to cover the wicket on Thursday. Also, thanks to Paul O’Loughlin for purchasing more pegs to tie down the covers. With the wind that was blowing, if they were not tied down we could most probably have found the covers at Bondi Beach. Thanks to David Gibson for helping with the organising of the removing of the covers with the boys who were there early. This really helped us save time with our pre-match warm up and one less thing to worry about.
Heaton praised Belinda Gibson who breezed in during the second half of the game to take over the scoring and once again did an impeccable job with able assistance from Mrs McNamara scoring for the other team. Special thanks to David Bourke for popping over to say hello to the boys and pumping us up with some valuable tips on how to keep things simple on the field and this will win us the game.
Metropolitan Cup – Randwick Petersham Gold v Easts @ Snape Park
Team – Stewart (C), Lau, Rushton, Bird (+), Ganesh, Wanzare, Partol, Bugti, Gandhi, Khoo, Dharman, De Silva
Result – Randwick Petersham Gold 135 all out – 48.3 Overs (Bird 27, Rushton 24, Stewart 23, Wanzare 20) defeated Easts all out – 35.5 Overs (Y Wanzare 3-6, A Bugti 3-14)
Randy Petes Metro Gold had a slightly changed line up to face Easts at Snape with Green Shield opener Lachy Bird making the switch from Green.
Easts won the toss and with overcast conditions decided to bowl first. Bird (27) and Lau (6) settled into the innings before Lau was run out with the score 23. Rushton (24) combined with Bird to add 58 to the score. Ganesh came and went cheaply while Stewart (23) worked hard in the middle overs with Rushton and then Wanzare (20), against the spinners who made scoring hard, to pass the 100 mark. With 10 overs to go Stewart and Wanzare looked to up the ante with strong running but both fell leaving the tail exposed and when the last wicket fell in the 49th over a defendable total of 135 on the board.
Opening bowlers Bugti (3-14) and Partol (1-18) had Easts on the backfoot early with successive wickets to leave the Dolphs reeling in the shallows at 2-15. Their number 3 tried to force the issue with 21 but the damage was done once Bugti knocked over the skipper – 3-22. From this position Easts limped to the first drinks 4-43. The first 15 overs was the best bowling display from Gold so far in 2018/19 with every bowler doing their job and bowling a perfect line on a slow Snape wicket. Dharman (0-7 from 4 overs) and De Silva (0-15 from 7 overs) were the perfect foil to Gandhi (2-15) removing the number 3 and 6. Wanzare (3-6 from 5 overs) ripped through the lower order including a ripping offie hitting the top of leg stump leaving the number 8 stunned and his 3rd wicket to a sharp catch in close to the skipper. Bugti returned in the 35th over and only needed 5 balls to close out the innings with Easts dismissed for 82 giving Gold a bonus point in a comprehensive victory and cementing the team’s place in the Top 6.
Metropolitan Cup – Randwick Petersham Green v UNSW @ Kensington Oval
Team – House, Besgrove, Wilson, Brown, Schultz, Dodd, Imroze, Awati, Sherriff, Brennan, Robertson, Jastrzab (c+)
Result – Randwick Petersham Green 95 – 45.5 Overs (R Awati 19, J Jastrzab 18) defeated by UNSW 6-98 – 17.3 Overs
In much less oppressive conditions than the week before, but missing many of their recent heavy performers, Green won the toss (again!) and chose to bat one what looked a typical Kensington deck against bogey team UNSW – which contained two former Randy Petes. While most of the personnel were fresh, the ghosts of the past remained as the students reduced Green to 5-26 just after the first drinks break, through a combination of a slow pitch, poor running and bad luck. Ishrak Imroze and Rohan Awati (19) took the team past 36, but when Ishrak fell, the score read 7-41.
Awati and skipper Jez (18) then combined for the highest partnership of the innings to stem the bleeding, then Corey Sherriff and Joel Robertson took the score to something within the realms of being defendable. In a manic start, the likes of which only cricket can throw up, UNSW slumped to 6-30 – Joel Wilson and Jack Brennan cutting a swathe through the top six, with great support from Harry Schultz – to make the target of 96 seem a lot further away than it was. Enter the ubiquitous Metro Cup presence of UNSW skipper, JJ Tan, who seemed determined to live by the sword and rode all nine lives to take his team to a thrilling victory with an agricultural and unbeaten half century. The Green team will hope to take the lessons from this game and apply them to their next two games at the same venue.