Feature Image: Daya Singh 4/35 off 19 overs
MATCH REPORTS (by Eddie Otto)
1st to 5th Grades – Round 13 v Manly (Two-Day Matches)
Metropolitan Cup v Nth West Sydney & Warringah
The Randy Petes were looking for some strong performance down the stretch of the season as we entered our Round 13 clashes with Manly. Last weekend spelled a strong improvement with two victories and two draws against a very strong Club in Bankstown. The Club is now 11th in the Club Championship, with Second Grade closing in on ensuring a finals’ berth, whilst 1s, 3s and 5s remain outside hopes. This week’s opponent sits 9th. It was also a big weekend for Metropolitan Cup with both sides still fighting for finals berths.
1st Grade – Randwick Petersham v Manly @ Coogee Oval
Team – Everett, A. Sams (c+), Chhibber, Ayre, D. Singh, Hunter, Matt Calder, Semple, Mahony-Bracks, J.Wood, McKenzie/Ralston
Result – Manly 10/225 – 78.3 overs (D. Singh 4/35-19, Ayre 3/63 -19, Semple 2/35-18) Randwick Petersham 4/39 – 15 Overs
First Grade returned to Coogee for the first time post-Christmas, trying to make a late run for the Top 6, sitting in 13th place on 31 points, 12 points behind 6th placed Gordon. Manly were struggling in 20th place, however have been very competitive. With Shaun Eaton out injured, promising young batting all-rounder James Mahony-Bracks won a well-deserved call up to First Grade for his debut 2-day match in the top grade.
The boys have their backs to the wall at 4/39 in chase of Manly’s 225, after an entertaining first day’s play at Coogee Oval on Saturday.
Winning the toss and electing to bowl, both Singh and Semple made early inroads with Manly reduced to being 3/37 early, having been sent in to bat after overnight storms in Sydney saw the wicket receptive to seam movement early in the day. Manly steadied to be 3/128 as the wicket flattened out, however a good team performance saw us pick up the remaining 7 wickets for just 97 runs.
With the ball, Daya Singh (4/35-19) continued his excellent season, claiming four wickets including three clean bowled. Singh now has 32 wickets at an average of just 21, after having only joined the Club this season from Blacktown. Left arm spinner Riley Ayre (3/66-20) and veteran seamer Adam Semple (2/35-18) also chipped in with five wickets between them.
However, the visitors went to stumps on top after claiming four wickets with a burst of 4/10 late in the day, after Randwick Petersham had moved safely to 0/27 with Sams and Everett having done some hard yards early.
Despite the loss of four top order batsmen, we are expected to have Sydney Thunder batsmen Jason Sangha and Daniel Sams available next week to bat on Day 2, as we look to push for a victory to keep the season alive.
The consistent Adam Semple
2nd Grade – Manly v Randwick Petersham @ Manly Oval
Team – Powell (+), Lyle, De Silva, Holland (c), Burton, Eldridge, Jenkins, Radford, Loth, Deller, Fox/McKenzie
Result – Manly-Warringah 9(dec)/302 – 90 Overs (Radford 4/64-14, Burton 3/13-4, Fox 2/62-20) v Randwick Petersham 1/7 – 4 Overs
Second Grade are flying the flag for the Club at the moment, remaining in 5th place on 46 points, but now 8 points ahead of their opponents, 7th placed Manly, as we inch towards a finals’ berth. We can almost confirm a berth in the finals for the first time in a few years in 2s as we look to put a 14 point gap between the two teams. Tom Holland would captain the side in Mitch Calder’s absence, with Jackson Eldridge up from Third Grade.
Our boys endured a long day in the field as the hosts batted for all bar three overs of the first day, declaring at 9/307 before picking up a late wicket before stumps to leave us at 1/7 from 4 overs. After winning the toss and batting on a wicket showing not many signs of the overnight rain, Manly were always in control, marching to 126 before they lost their first wicket. We then managed to take 5 wickets in a short space off time to pull them back to 5/151, before they got away from us again towards the end of the day to reach the 300 mark.
Luke Radford (4/64-14) reminded everyone of his quality, taking four wickets including three of the top four batsmen in a devastating second spell after lunch. Hayden Fox (2/62-20) made a great fist of his Second Grade debut, getting through a power of work and being rewarded with two wickets. Ashley Burton (3/13-4) reminded everyone of his all-round qualities with a good little burst towards the end of the day of three wickets. Captain Holland mentioned both Fox and Jenkins bowled particularly well, with Jenkins getting through 26 overs for just 63 and very unlucky not to pick up a couple of wickets.
Next weekend we have the job ahead of us in such a crucial game, still requiring 296 runs with 9 wickets in hand. Manly Oval is a small ground and if we can get through the opening session, as the hosts did on Day 1, we give ourselves an opportunity to pick up a place in this year’s finals’ series. Captain Holland emphasised the importance of a really strong week’s preparation to give ourselves the best chance possible. Good luck boys!!
Luke Radford took 4 wickets
3rd Grade – Randwick Petersham v Manly-Warringah @ Petersham Oval
Team – Montedoro, Lopes, Murdita, Ahmed(+), Rushton/B.Stares, , Graham, Hutchison, M. O’Loughlin, Stirling (c), Sachs, Hussain/Fox
Result – Randwick Petersham 10/76 (Ahmed 22) and 2/19 v Manly-Warringah 5(dec)/142 (M. O’Loughlin 4/22)
Third Grade were looking to finish the season well, back at Petersham for the first time post- Christmas, after a couple of defeats in recent rounds seemingly putting an end to our finals’ chances, sitting in 14th place on 30 points with three rounds remaining. The table remains fairly congested with 6th placed Parramatta just 12 points ahead of us on 42 points.
This was a day dominated by the visitors as they managed to gain first innings points before sending us back in late in the day and claiming two second innings wickets. With steamy conditions at Petersham Oval we were unable to get through the early onslaught with some excellent bowling from the visitors having us on the back foot right from the start at 4/18, eventually being bowled out for 76. Rocky Ahmed (22) showed great character and technical qualities to bat for over 2 overs against a sustained fast bowling attack. He was given good support from popular Clubman Sean Rushton (18) who managed to display patience and quality in building a good partnership before the tea break.
With the ball we came out with good intent with Captain Stirling and youngster O’Loughlin (4/22-11) setting the tempo. Mitch was rewarded with a well deserved four wicket haul as we briefly had hopes of a miracle first inning win, with Manly slumping to 5/55. O’Loughlin has risen up the Grades the past few years, and bowled with good pace and control here on a wicket still offering just enough.
Unfortunately the last hour in the field the wicket started to flatten out and we flagged a little in the field, putting down a couple of chances as Manly threw caution to the wind with some lusty blows. Declaring with still seven overs remaining, they had their tails up with Jaya Murdita and nightwatchman Stirling doing well to get to stumps.
Next weekend will be an uphill climb for the boys, still 47 runs behind Manly with 8 wickets in hand. With hopefully fine conditions ahead, building a lead can hopefully see them put under pressure in the 4th innings.
4th Grade – Manly-Warringah v Randwick Petersham @ Graham Thomas Oval
Team – Jedwood, Crawford, G. Standing/N.Stares, Boyns (c), M.Wood, Imroze/Hussain, Kashyap, Awati/Rushton, Grills, Iosifidis, Lee
Result – Manly-Warringah 7/376 – 80 Overs (G.Standing 3/59-15 overs) v Randwick Petersham
Fourth Grade were looking to make it two victories on the bounce when they headed North to take on Manly at Graham Thomas Oval. Sitting in 15th place on the table pride was on the line more than anything against 5th placed Manly.
The boys endured a long day in the field day with the hosts putting together a great day of batting sitting on 7/376 from their 80 overs. It was a tough slog all day with the Manly top order batting well, getting to 1/189 before piling on further runs late in the day. Glen Standing (3/59-15) has been a great addition to the team late in the season, picking up another 3 wicket haul here to make it 8 wickets in two weeks for him.
Ishrak bowled a good 11-over spell either side of tea to have them 1-93 after 36. Rohan Awati took his first Grade wicket in a short spell of leg spin, but they teed off and piled on runs at the end of the day. Noah Jedwood kept tidily for a long stint in the field, and displayed great sportsmanship in calling their Captain back when he didn’t take a stumping cleanly. Woody rolled back the years with a controlled spell of offies, and was a great help in the field with his experience.
Captain Boyns was impressed with the way the boys stuck to the task to keep their heads up right to end, and we kept our standards high, finishing the day off with four good high catches in the deep in the last few overs. Next weekend there is the job at hand for our boys who can hopefully keep showing some fight and dig in to make it hard for the hosts.
5th Grade – Randwick Petersham v Manly-Warringah @ Kensington Oval
Team – Segal, Sapariya, Sultan, C.Singh, Saady, Heaton (+c), Coombs, L.O’Loughlin, Gibson/Apostolakis, Wanzare, Connolly
Result – Manly-Warringah 10/204 – 60.4 Overs (Saady 3/50-20, Coombs 3/18-7.4, L.O’Loughlin 2/19-11)
Fifth Grade were keen to get back on the park, fresh from a week off after their wash out against Bankstown the previous week. It was a battle of the middle of the table with our boys sitting in 10th spot and Manly in 12th as we returned to our home at Kensington Oval. It was great to have experienced club legend Chris Singh filling in to help us out this round. Was also nice to nice popular player and leg spinning all rounder Ryan Connolly back in the mix and playing 5th grade.
Unusually the Kensington Oval deck had some extra grass and, although the wicket looked hard, it looked like it would favour our seamers. The day’s proceedings started off with Mr Ron Hoenig, an Australian barrister who served as Mayor of the City of Botany Bay in New South Wales from 1981 to 2012, presenting a novelty cheque to the Randwick Petersham Cricket Club.
Next Randy Petes won the toss and with a well-balanced bowling attack and plenty of bowling variety decided to bowl. Everything went superbly to plan until tea, with bowlers Nick Saady (3/50-20), Jack Gibson (1/18-9), Dane Coombs (3/18-7) and Liam O’Loughlin (2/19-11) ripping into the Manly team to have them 8/67. Our leg spinner Ryan Connolly (0/32-10) was super impressive and unlucky not to snare a couple of wickets.
However, after tea the Manly opening batsman, Alec Duly (150) who was dropped when on 5 runs, let loose and hammered our bowlers to all parts of the ground, including 7 big hits out of the short end of Kensington Oval. This took the opportunity of getting Manly out for a low score completely out of the equation. Finally, it was Dane Coombs who got his wicket with a tired shot by Alec and finely judged catch by Jack Gibson on the mid-on boundary.
Manly all out for 204 off 60.4 overs.
With 17 overs to be bowled the Randy Petes’ openers Josh Segal (5) and Jack Gibson (5 not out) looked comfortable until Josh got a rising delivery and was caught in the slips in the 6th over off a rising delivery. However, Chintan Sapariya (6 not out) and Jack stuck out the day. Special mention for young Jack Gibson who did a splendid job opening the bowling and then gutsily opening the batting for the first time in 5’s, and being not out, so next week a fill in can come in and bat.
A big effort will be needed next week for Randy Petes to get the runs for a first innings lead to help 5’s still stay in the running to get into the Top 6. We definitely have the batting depth to get the six points.
Captain Heaton wanted to send out a massive thanks to Belinda Gibson for helping the team out from start to finish by setting up the chairs, scoring, setting up the afternoon tea and at the end of the game picking up the boundary cones. Big thanks to Brett Coombs for coming in early and helping with the set up and then helping with the removing of the covers in the morning and bringing in the drinks. Thanks also to Mr Segal for setting up the temporary boundary markings for the first hour until the cones arrived. The team so much appreciates your help.
Youngster Jack Gibson
Metropolitan Cup – Randwick Petersham Gold v North West Sydney @ Snape Park
Team – Stewart (C), House (+), Bugti, Patterson, Chaudhary, Robinson, Hookey, Sherriff, Dharman, A Coombs, De Silva
Result – Randwick Petersham Gold 174 – 70.4 Overs (P Patterson 53) v North West Sydney 2-8 – 7 Overs (A Bugti 2-7)
Following the Friday night deluge Gold arrived to a pristine green deck at Snape. Stewart won the toss and took first use of the deck with the openers ticking the score along. It was difficult to get in on the slow deck but rewards would come for all batsmen. The pick of the batters was another Irishman – this time from Ardmore in Northern Ireland Phil Patterson battled through the heat for 53 and combined with youngster Robinson (18) for a 50 partnership. With the ability to bat to 11 Gold were eventually dismissed for 174 in the 71st over.
With 7 overs to face North West were under the pump at 2-8 with Bugti claiming both. While at the other Charith 0-1 from 3 overs tightened the screws. It’s all to play for next Saturday with Gold looking for first innings points early doors.
Metropolitan Cup – Randwick Petersham Green v Warringah @ Mike Pawley
Team – Jastrzab (C), Antaw, Besgrove, Hussain, Robertson, W Deller (+), Awati, J Brennan, Thomas, Smith, R Brennan, M Deller, Imroze
Result – Randwick Petersham Green 79 – 53.2 Overs v Warringah 5-178 – 24 Overs (B Thomas 3-42, J Robertson 2-31)
An undermanned Green team took the trip across the ditch and through the silvertail suburbs to Mike Pawley, with a couple of dads in tow, to take on 7th placed Warringah – who were certainly better than their position suggested. After (typically) losing the toss and being sent in following the Friday storms. The nascent team was given a simple instruction – bat time and value your wicket. And to their immense credit, all the batsman stuck out a skillful onslaught of swing and seam bowling. Deakin Antaw fronted up after a season of rotten luck and injuries, Will Deller batted with maturity and Jack Brennan made use of his first chance up the order to good effect, while the skipper blunted out his opposite number and lasted 25 overs. 79 in 53.2 overs may not seem like a lot, but for an outmatched group, it was a testament to their will and perseverance.
Unfortunately, the same will didn’t quite translate into the fielding performance. Warringah came out swinging as if there was rain guaranteed for the next week – and even though Ben Thomas (3-42) kept to his penchant for early breakthroughs to take Warringah to 3-33, the pitch and outfield had dried out, and the opener took full toll of the gaps. On a day where he could do no wrong, he pongo’d a century in within 20 overs to violently swing the advantage towards Warringah. A light spray at drinks saw the fielding effort pick up and the century maker was finally dismissed late in the day by Joel Robertson, who also picked one up in the last over of the day for good measure. Warringah may have taken the first innings, but with reinforcements en-route next week, the Greens will fight tooth and nail to ensure that they survive the second innings. A big thanks to Rob Brennan and Mike Deller for helping out the team in a tight spot; it was great to see the fathers and sons in action on the field.