Feature Image: 3rd Grade Skipper Ben Stares who starred with the ball!
MATCH REPORTS (by Eddie Otto)
1st to 5th Grades – Round 14 Day 1 v Northern Districts (Two-Day Matches)
Metropolitan Cup v Blacktown & Sydney University – No Play
The Randy Petes were looking to finish the season on a high over the final two rounds as we took on Northern Districts in the start of two-day matches across the grades on Saturday. It has been a tough few weeks for the Club, with us dropping to 14th on the Club Championship, with a heap of injuries and unavailability making it hard to get continuity across the Grades. This round’s opponents, Northern Districts, were sitting in 9th in the Club Championship, with the Rangers mid-table in most Grades and 6th in Third Grade.
1st Grade – Northern Districts v Randwick Petersham @ Mark Taylor Oval
Team – Everett, A. Sams (c+), Chhibber, Ayre, D. Sams, Eaton, D. Singh, Hunter, Semple, Wood, Ralston
Result – No Play Day 1
First Grade were looking for their first victory since Christmas when they made the trek to Mark Taylor Oval to take on the 12th placed Rangers. The side welcomed back Daniel Sams for a full game after he came back from Sydney Thunder duties last week. Shaun Eaton also slotted back into the side, with Matt Calder back to Second Grade to try to help the boys qualify for the finals.
No play was possible on Day 1 with 120 overs of cricket in front of us next weekend at Mark Taylor Oval.
2nd Grade – Randwick Petersham v Northern Districts @ Coogee Oval
Team – Mahony-Brack, Lyle, Burton, Matt Calder, De Silva, Mitch Calder (c+), Holland, Radford, Jenkins, Loth, Mckenzie
Result – Northern Districts 3/42 -18.1 Overs (McKenzie 2/6-6.1 Overs)
Second Grade faced a massive two weeks at Coogee Oval, remaining in 6th place with two rounds to go on 46 points, with Manly hot on our tails just two points behind us in 7th. We welcomed 9th placed Northern Districts who are just 6 points behind us. With the side almost back to full strength, we had the huge inclusion of Mitch Calder, with Tom Holland, James Mahony-Brack and Matt Calder all in to really bolster the batting line up. We also welcomed back big quick Tom Mckenzie who has had a great year in 2s so far.
After winning an important toss on a wet morning, only 18 overs were possible at Coogee with the boys making a good start to the game, reducing the Rangers to 3/42. Unfortunately that was all that was possible on the day as persistent rain ended any chance of getting back on, despite a good effort to get the game started at Coogee after the overnight and morning rain. Tom McKenzie (2/6-6) was a man on a mission, back from First Grade, bowling with good pace and control to knock over two early wickets and look likely in each over.
Skipper Mitch Calder declared it an on-and-off all day with rain – a delayed start due to wet run ups, the pitch was soft but playable, popping but not unplayable. Calder said T Mac bowled superbly, with great lines and a good mix of length, while JMB chipped in with a wicket. The boys hung around until late, hoping to get them 6 down on a wet track, but the weather didn’t improve. Seconds will be back next week and try to win, so will set a competitive but achievable target.
Skipper Mitch Calder
3rd Grade – Northern Districts v Randwick Petersham @ Asquith Oval
Team – Powell (+) B. Stares(c), Lopes, Ahmed, Eldridge, Graham, Mullins, Fox, Deller, M. O’Loughlin, Stirling
Result – Northern Districts 7/130 – 67 Overs (B. Stares 4/35-24)
Third Grade were looking to finish the season strongly, after a tough few rounds saw us slip to 15th place on the table. This week was another big challenge, making the long trip to Asquith to take on 6th placed Northern Districts. Captain Ben Stares was back in the side to bolster the battling line up, as were young guns Dylan Powell, Kel Mullins and Alex Deller.
On a day where we did well to get 67 overs in, the boys put in a disciplined and controlled performance in the field to reduce the Rangers to 7/130, to make for an interesting Day 2 with the home side pushing for a finals’ spot. After winning the toss we dropped a chance early, and then didn’t take our first wicket until around the 20th over. Dellar and Stirling both bowled long and tidy spells as we kept the Rangers under wraps.
At 1/49 and 3/88 the Rangers looked in control for most of the day, before a great late burst of 4/13 towards the end of the day. The skipper was the man to do most of the damage on the day, with Ben Stares (4/35-24) producing a great off spinning performance. Stares was hoping he could skid them on to the pads on a wet surface, but it went square with prodigious turn generated. Stares bowled 24 straight with a bar of soap and completely tied up one end, as well as taking wickets.
Captain Stares declared it as a fairly cold wet, slow day, with Rangers keen to get on at any cost because they were sitting in 6th, while we are 15th. Stares says he confidently backs our bowlers to get through the tail, and we will chase 140-150 for the win. He also wanted to send a shout out to the ND boys who helped out with Dickie throughout the day, especially when he fell through the chair.
Mike Whitney with Scorer Richard McCord (1427 games and counting)
4th Grade – Randwick Petersham v Northern Districts @ Kensington Oval
Team – TBA
Result – No Play Day 1
Fourth Grade were looking to play a rare game at Kensington Oval, with Petersham Oval now unavailable this season as it goes through a $170,000 upgrade to be ready for another great season next year. Fourth Grade are in 16th place on 26 points, and take on 12th placed Northern Districts. Nick Saddy has been in great form this season and he was up to captain Fourth Grade this week to give the side a boost in experience and quality.
Unfortunately, the rain that lashed the Eastern Suburbs on Friday meant the wicket was affected, and it was decided that it was best to call play off on Friday afternoon and get the ground up to scratch for 120 overs of cricket next weekend.
5th Grade – Northern Districts v Randwick Petersham @ Storey Park
Team – Segal, Iosifidis, Sapariya, Sultan, Heaton (c+), Connolly, Lee, Wanzare, Coombs, L.O’Loughlin, Bugti
Result – Randwick Petersham 8/104 – 58 Overs (Sultan 31, Lee 21)
Fifth Grade are now looking for a Top 10 finish over the finals two rounds, with the side now sitting in 11th spot on 33 points after a frustrating loss last weekend. We travelled to Storey Park to take on 18th placed Northern Districts as we look to finish a solid season on a high.
The wicket at Storey Park had a bit of grass cover at both ends and was, as expected, soft after the intermittent rainfall over the past two days. However, the outfield although a bit damp, looked fast.
It was any Captain’s dream to win the toss. Unfortunately, Randy Petes’ Captain Heaton lost the toss and his side was sent in to bat.
The wicket was slow with tennis ball bounce making it difficult for our openers to get on top of the bowling. Josh Segal and Peter Iosifidis gutsed out 17 overs to see off the opening bowlers. But, with the introduction of spin from both ends, Randy Petes lost both openers in the space of six balls.
With the wicket getting softer due to the constant drizzle, the Rangers’ spinners made bad balls look good by extracting unusual turn and unpredictable bounce to reduce Randy Petes to 4/32 in 27 overs. Ryan Connolly and Sayem Sultan (31) worked really hard out in the middle and put on a valuable 27-run partnership. Dane Coombs and Anis Bugti gritted it out until the game was finally called off in the 58th over due to the pitch being too wet and poor light.
Captain Heaton wanted to give full credit to Sayem who played a dogged innings and this helped the team to get to 3 figures. The boys will be looking forward to having similar conditions next week so we can defend a probable target of 120+ runs. Captain Heaton wanted to send a special thanks to Brett Coombs, Dane Coombs and Josh Segal who did a fantastic job scoring with exceptional detail of the number of balls faced and the duration spent by each batsman at the wicket.
Metro Cup – No Play