Feature Image – Hayden Fox
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 had their backs against the wall as we entered Day 2 of our Round 13 clashes with Manly. It is fair to say all Grades started the day behind in the game, so it would be a good chance to show some character and see if we can jag a couple of wins. The Club is now 11th in the Club Championship and, with Manly in 9th, ideally we don’t want the gap to increase. It was also a big weekend for Metropolitan Cup with both sides still fighting for finals’ berths.
1st Grade – Randwick Petersham v Manly-Warringah @ Coogee Oval
Team – Everett, A. Sams (c+), Chhibber, Ayre, D. Singh, Hunter, Sangha, D.Sams, Semple, Wood, Ralston
Result – Manly 10/225 – 78.3 overs (D. Singh 4/35-19, Ayre 3/63 -19, Semple 2/35-18) Defeated Randwick Petersham 10/121 – 55.3 Overs (D. Singh 20, Sangha 20) and 4/77 – 28 Overs (Chhibber 31n/o)
The boys had a difficult task, resuming at 4/39 in chase of Manly’s 225, after an entertaining first day’s play at Coogee Oval on Saturday. Despite the late loss of 4 wickets last weekend we were boosted by the return of Jason Sangha and Daniel Sams, after their Sydney Thunder exploits, to give us greater batting depth in pursuit of the 187 runs needed for victory.
Unfortunately it was all the visitors on Day 2, as we were bowled out for 121, before having to follow on, ending the day on 4/77 from 28 overs when an early stumps was called. Manly continued to make early inroads on Day 2, not playing anything like a side at the bottom of the table. Daya Singh (20) and the returning Sangha (20) and Daniel Sams (17) all made good starts without going on with it.
We were in further trouble at 4/42 after following on with Manly pressing for an outright victory. However, Number 3 Soumil Chhibber (31n/o) batted with patience and discipline to remain not out with Riley Ayre at the end of the day’s play with an unbroken 35-run partnership.
First Grade is now in 15th place without a chance of making the finals, after failing to pick up a victory post-Christmas, with the side being weakened through unavailability. Next weekend there is pride to play for as we take on Northern Districts at Mark Taylor Oval, with the Rangers sitting one place above us in 14th place.
Jason Sangha returned from the Big Bash and made 20
2nd Grade – Manly-Warringah v Randwick Petersham @ Manly Oval
Team – Powell (+), Lyle, De Silva, Mahony-Brack, Burton, Matt Calder, Radford, Jenkins, Loth, Deller, McKenzie
Result – Manly-Warringah 9(dec)/302 – 90 Overs (Radford 4/64-14, Burton 3/13-4, Fox 2/62-20) Defeated Randwick Petersham 10/141 -53 Overs (Loth 41n/o, Radford 34) and 5/130 – 35 Overs (Calder 32, De Silva 29n/o, Burton 27)
Second Grade resumed with a big run chase ahead at Manly Oval, still requiring 296 runs with 9 wickets in hand. The side were given a couple of big boosts with Matt Calder and James Mahony-Brack returning to the bating line up after Sangha and Sams came back into First Grade. Calder has had a phenomenal season, averaging a remarkable 226 in Second Grade with over 450 runs, having only been dismissed twice.
Once again we were outplayed on Day 2 by the hosts, being bundled out for 141, before following on and managing to avoid an outright defeat finishing on 5/130 from 35 overs when stumps was called. After resuming one down, we were quickly in all sorts at 6/41 with some good bowling by the Manly openers having us well and truly on the back foot. Both Lyle and Calder attempted to halt the rot before Radford (34) showed what an explosive all-rounder he can be with a quick fire innings including 4 fours and two booming sixers. However it was Doug Loth (41n/o) who was the star of the innings, batting with aggression and also patience to remain unbeaten on 41, as we managed to delay the inevitable and hence put Manly in a tougher position to win the game outright.
After losing two early wickets in the second dig, Burton (27) and Calder (32) set about rebuilding the innings. The pair put on 38 with Calder at his explosive best scoring his 32 from just 21 balls with 6 boundaries. Burton dug in for 80 balls to frustrate the Manly bowlers. Lyle and De Silva (29n/o) also chipped in as all our middle order found some form heading into a crucial game next weekend.
We remain in 6th place with two rounds to go on 46 points, however Manly are now just 2 points behind us in 7th. Next weekend is another massive game against 9th placed Northern Districts who are just 6 points behind us in 9th place. With the side almost back to full strength the boys have had a great season, and with one more victory should be able to maintain a final’s place. It would be good to see plenty of people down at Coogee next weekend to support the boys.
3rd Grade – Randwick Petersham v Manly-Warringah @ Petersham Oval
Team – Montedoro, Lopes, Murdita, Ahmed, Holland, Eldridge, Graham, Hutchison, Fox, M. O’Loughlin, Stirling (c)
Result – Randwick Petersham 10/76 (Ahmed 22) and 10/104 (Fox 33, Holland 33) Defeated Outright By Manly-Warringah 5(dec)/142 (M. O’Loughlin 4/22) and 1/36- -6 Overs
Third Grade needed to show some character in Week 2 with the side still 47 runs behind Manly with 8 wickets in hand at the start of our second innings, having slumped to 2/20 at stumps last week after trailing by 67 runs on the first innings. The side was given a big boost with Tom Holland and Jackson Eldridge both retuning from Second Grade to give an inexperienced batting line-up a big boost. With hopefully fine conditions ahead, building a lead would hopefully see them put under pressure in the fourth innings.
Despite a better batting performance on Day 2, we were unable to prevent an outright defeat, with Manly claiming victory by 9 wickets around tea time. Once again we were under the pump early, losing 3 wickets against a really strong Third Grade attack. Tom Holland (33) looked in great touch returning from Second Grade surviving the early onslaught and playing some nice counter attacking drives and flicks despite wickets falling around him. Hayden Fox (33) then provided an onslaught, hitting a six off his first ball before marching to 33 in less than 20 balls as he played with quick hands and was not afraid to take the attack on. Unfortunately both fell quickly after that and Manly knocked up the runs in quick time.
Despite a tough week for the boys it was good to see them sticking together and in good spirits and spending time with each other well after the final siren had sounded. The side is now in 15th place and faces the long trip to Asquith Oval next weekend to take on 6th placed Northern Districts.
4th Grade – Manly-Warringah v Randwick Petersham @ Graham Thomas Oval
Team – Stares, Rushton, Iosifidis, Sachs, Jedwood (+), Hussain. N. Stares, Lee, Kashyap, G.Standing, Boyns (c)
Result – Manly-Warringah 7/376 – 80 Overs (G.Standing 3/59-15 overs) Defeated Randwick Petersham 10/129 – 59 overs (B.Stares 29, Rushton 20)
Fourth Grade had a huge mountain to climb at Graham Thomas Reserve chasing a massive 377 runs for victory after the hosts piled up a big score on Day 1 in batter friendly conditions. This was the job at hand for our boys who could hopefully keep showing some fight and dig in to make it hard for the hosts. We were boosted with the return of both Stares boys who we all congratulate in participating in the recent Indigenous Championships in Alice Springs.
Manly dominated Day 2 claiming a comfortable victory by 247 runs after blowing us out for 129. We did manage to make them work for their victory, batting for 59 overs as they had to bowl until well after tea to secure the result. Positives were a 50-run opening partnership from the returning Ben Stares (29) and Sean Rushton (20). Both openers did well to see off the new ball before the left handers launched into some nice drives with Rushton making contributions in both Third and Fourth Grades this round.
Redwood, Nathan Stares and Adam Lesson all chipped in with starts, however wickets fell regularly after the positive opening stand, with the finals 10 wickets falling for just 79 runs. Again, whilst it’s been a tough time post-Christmas with players unavailable and plenty of changes, this will be a good experience for a lot of players in the future.
The side is now in 16th place on 26 points and takes on 12th placed Northern Districts next week. Next weekend will be the final game at Petersham Oval before a $170,000 upgrade of the interior facilities takes place at our Inner West Home.
5th Grade – Randwick Petersham v Manly-Warringah @ Kensington Oval
Team – Segal, Gibson, Sapariya, Apostolakis, Crawford, Sultan, C.Singh, Connolly, Saady, Heaton (+c), Coombs, L.O’Loughlin
Result – Manly-Warringah 10/204 – 60.4 Overs (Saady 3/50-20, Coombs 3/18-7.4, L.O’Loughlin 2/19-11) Defeated Randwick Petersham 10/138 – 61.4 Overs (Saady 40, C. Singh 30)
Fifth Grade had a crucial run chase on their minds at Kensington Oval as they strapped on the pads requiring 205 for victory with all day to get the runs. With still a slim chance of making the finals, the boys have had a great year after winning just one game last season.
Despite putting in a fighting performance we went down by 66 runs, despite making the visitors work by batting for over 60 overs. At 5/33 it looks like it could be a big loss, however the middle and lower orders put up really strong performances losing 105 runs for the final 5 wickets.
Experienced campaigners Chris Singh (30) and Nick Saddy (40) have both scored a lot of runs in the lower grades over the years for RPCC, and they combined here to briefly have the visitors worried. Both looked to be on track for half centuries after doing the hard yards early, however their dismissals brought about the end of our chances. Connelly and Coombs both chipped in with scores in the lower order, however we were eventually dismissed for 138.
The side now sits in 11th spot on 33 points with two rounds remaining. Next weekend we talk on 18th placed Northern Districts as we look to finish a solid season on a high.
Nick Saady took 3 wickets and made 40
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, Wilson
Result – Randwick Petersham Gold 174 – 70.4 Overs (P Patterson 53) defeated North West Sydney 55 – 31.4 Overs (A Bugti 6-19, J Wilson 3-24) & 6-103 – 53 Overs
Gold returned to Snape Park with their tails up as North West Hurricanes resumed Day 2 on 2-9. Early thoughts amongst the team was to push hard and aim for an outright and Bugti (6-19 off 12 overs) ripped through the top order like a hurricane as Charith De Silva (1-1 from 6 overs including 5 maidens) bowled miserly from the other end. At one stage the scorecard read 6-10 from the first 7 overs of the day with Bugti 3-1 and De Silva 1-0. The introduction of Wilson (3-24) worried the batsmen bar their skipper who continually cut Wilson off leg stump. But he played one too many cuts as he chopped on to Wilson leaving the tail exposed. In the 31st over North West’s final wicket fell on 55.
With plenty of overs remaining North West were invited to bat again with maximum points on offer. The openers batted with greater application before a brain fade allowed Bugti the unusual honour of a wicket stumped. Some middle order hitting upped the rate slightly before tea was taken and the scoreboard read 2-17. In the final session the fielding lapsed slightly but the youngsters Max Robinson (1-11 off 6) and Adam Coombs (1-6 off 4) got a couple of good breakthroughs while Phil Patterson (1-9 off 6) took his maiden wicket for the Randy Petes bowling an impeccable spell of left arm orthodox. As the overs gradually dwindled Gold made one last push but alas the final 4 wickets were not to be as North West finished the day 6-103. This win was a strong all round performance highlighting the character and calibre of the players in the Gold side this season who now face the greatest challenge of runaway leaders Sydney University next round.
Anis Bugti took 7 wickets!
Phil Patterson from Ardmore CC, Northern Ireland – 53 and 1fa on club debut
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, Grills, Wanzare
Result – Randwick Petersham Green 79 – 53.2 Overs & 8-191 (W Grills 47, Y Wanzare 37, W Grills 26*) – 61 Overs defeated by Warringah 6-246 (dec) – 38 Overs (B Thomas 3-47, J Robertson 2-31)
Returning to Curl Curl for week 2, the great team shuffle of February 2019 resulted in not only 2 but 4 reinforcements showing up to help stave off the outright. Surprisingly, Warringah batted on with their stand-in skipper particularly enjoying some time in the sun. There was enough time for Ishrak ‘Spongebob’ Imroze to pickup a wicket on return. Their eventual declaration left the Greens with a deficit of 167 to over turn and 64 overs to do it in.
Deakin Antaw and Rohan Awati once again got off to a positive start, with a much healthier run-rate this time around. Marley Besgrove at 3 enjoyed the reprieve down the order, but all three were dismissed bowled, leaving the Green 3-58 with only a third of the overs bowled. Having being parachuted into the team, William Grills (47) and Yogesh Wanzare (37) provided some much needed ballast, ratcheting up the run rate and wearing out an attack whose optimism was waning. Yogesh was a rock in defense while Grillsy showed his power down the ground against the spinners.
As well as they played, their untimely dismissals with the bowling at their mercy let Warringah back into the game. 3-139 all of a sudden became 7-156, as a succession of batsmen succumbed to the Warringah spinner’s persistence. At 8-165, Green still needed 2 runs to send the game to a 4th innings, with more than 10 overs still to play out. Will Deller (26*) once again stepped up to the plate with a thrived on the pressure situation to guide the unconventional Ben Thomas (7*) – who too batted with admirable composure – through to an ultimately unassailable lead as the over in the day ran out. While the result was still ultimately a loss, the young and undermanned team played with pride to ensure that the full points weren’t taken. Special thanks to Mike Deller and Rob Brennan for stepping into help and providing two father-son pairings for the game.
Rob and Jack Brennan