MATCH REPORTS (Liam ‘LJ’ O’Loughlin)
1st to 5th Grades – Round 2 v Sydney University (2-Day Matches) Day 2
Poidevin-Gray Shield Round 1 & Kingsgrove Sports T20 Round 1 v Mosman
Metropolitan Cup – RPC Gold v Sutherland & RPC Green v North West Sydney
Despite the forecast of a month’s rain this last weekend, most games were able to get on and get results across an action-packed weekend. With a win, two draws and to losses against last season’s club champions, the ledger was decidedly even. The Poidevin-Gray Shield and Kingsgrove Sports T20 campaigns got underway as well, while the Metropolitan Cup finished up their lot of one dayers.
Lefand Group 1st Grade @ Coogee Oval
Result: Sydney Uni 8/280 dec. (Semple 3/65) drew with Randwick Petersham 5/145 (Eaton 59)
After the first day of play was washed out at University Oval, it was always going to be a long shot for either team to claim a result. The Students batted first and compiled a strong total of 8/280 (dec) from 65 overs. Adam Semple (3/65 off 15) toiled hard and led by example, while Daya Singh (2/49 off 12) and Jason Ralston (2/52 off 11) also performed well with the ball.
The Randy Petes had to do their best to not get bowled out, with the chances of winning the game in the afternoon quite slim with grey clouds lingering overhead. Opener Shaun Eaton (59) continued his stellar early season form, while skipper Jason Sangha (44) showed his class in the middle-order. Overall it was a solid day considering the situation and conditions, and the boys will regroup to take on the Stags next weekend.
3 – Adam Semple
2 – Shaun Eaton
1 – Daya Singh / Jason Sangha
Lefand Group 1st Grade T20 vs Mosman @ Coogee Oval
Result: Randwick Petersham 1/96 (Abbatengelo 50*) def. Mosman 95 (Semple 3/4, Ninan 3/26)
After the first day of play was washed out at University Oval, it was always going to be a long shot for either team to claim a result. The Randy Petes kicked off their Kingsgrove Sports Twenty20 season with a comprehensive win over Mosman at Coogee Oval on Sunday afternoon.
The Whales batted first and were rolled for just 95 runs, with former RPC player Matt Calder (37) providing the only real resistance. Adam Semple (3/4 off 3) was immense for the hosts and set the tone well early including a sharp caught and bowled. Spinner Ryan Ninan (3/26 off 4) continued the Randy Petes momentum, while PG’s skipper Jason Ralston (2/13 off 3.2) finished off Mosman’s dismal batting effort.
The Randy Petes were on fire with the stick and made light work of the sub-par total, reaching 1/96 in just the 13th over of their innings. Ben Abbatengelo (50* off 39) guided the home side to victory with a great knock at the top of the order, and skipper Sangha (36* off 27) was again scoring freely and showed how classy a batsman he is at this level.
A great start to the T20 competition for the green and gold!
Sutton City 2nd Grade @ Pratten Park
Result: Randwick Petersham 5/270 dec. (Everett 94, Docos 81) def. Sydney Uni 129 (McKenzie 3/13) and 9/169 (Hunter 3/34, Hemphrey 3/61)
After a poor performance in Round 1, the 2s boys knew they needed to step up their game, especially after losing Captain Jack Lyle to injury. The team saw the return of the run machine Matt Everett and having won the toss decided to have a bowl on what looked a decent all-round deck. Radders took a pole in the first over which set the tone for what was to come. Jamie Hemphrey’s opening spell was very testing and was unfortunate not to have presented him with a few more wickets. This tight opening partnership was well backed up in the middle overs with regular rotation of the bowling attack, with each of the spinners getting an opportunity.
JMB was raring for an opportunity, and in true JMB style didn’t disappoint breaking a developing partnership thanks to a blinder at gully from Stephen Doheny. Some further excellent catching and a run out from Doheny, to snare the dangerous Varun George, put a halt on the Students innings, before Tommy Mac blew away the lower order with some hostile short bowling which the opposing side just couldn’t handle. The boys bowled Sydney Uni out for 125 and would have taken that any day of the week, however they knew they needed to set about the chase in a positive manner.
Adam Docos and Matt Everett walked out to face the first ball and walked off together un-beaten at stumps. Matt was the early aggressor playing some fluid shots, however it wasn’t long before Docos jumped in on the action with some characteristic legside flicks. We returned to Coogee in a commanding position – 0-80 overnight. With 101 overs in the day and knowing that if the weather held out we stood a chance of taking 10 points home. After pulling back the covers we were greeted by a hard and flat-looking Coogee wicket.
At eleven minutes past ten, Matt Everett and Adam Docos strode out to the middle with purpose and immediately put the Uni bowling attack to the sword. Both batters looked in total dominance reaching their half-centuries and then kicked on as we breezed past Uni’s total. After a quick chat at drinks, we set about scoring runs in an even more positive manner knowing we needed roughly 150 lead before sending Uni back in. Unfortunately, we lost Matt just 6 runs short of what would have been a fantastic 100, with Adam falling not long after for a brilliant 81. Some aggressive hitting from the Irishman Stephen Doheny (49*) allowed us to declare about an hour after lunch 140 ahead.
We had 54 overs to take 10 wickets for an outright win. The pitch was flat however Jamie Hemphrey found sideways movement picking up two wickets early. With little movement from the top end, we looked to Dylan Hunter who bowled with control picking up 3 wickets. His control from one end allowed rotation from the other with both Radford and McKenzie bowling with good pace bumping out their middle order. Unfortunately, Sydney’s lower order dug in and managed to hold out 9 down. Besides the obvious efforts with both Bat and Ball, it was a pleasure to see the high levels of energy in the field. It was a great effort to take 9 wickets on a relatively lifeless day 2 deck. Particular mention goes to Rav de Silva for chasing many a ball to the boundary whilst being fully kitted up for his short leg duties. This impressive win is one that will give the boys a lot of confidence going into our next 2-day game.
Big thank you again to Devo for sticking around on a cold day managing the canteen, and to Woody for warm-up/scoring duties.
3 – Jamie Hemphrey
2 – Matt Everett
1 – Adam Docos
Petersham RSL 3rd Grade @ Kensington Oval
Result: Sydney Uni 5/313 dec. (Doug Loth 2/56) and 0/0 dec. defeated Randwick Petersham 94 and 3/89
Third Grade dropped to their second consecutive defeat of the season when going down to Sydney University at St Paul’s over the weekend. Having been set 313 to win, Randwick Petersham were looking for a strong first hour of play, however Montedoro (4) was removed second ball of the day to put us behind the play early. From then on, it was poor viewing for the Randy Petes’ supporters as University’s opening bowler carved through the top and middle order with only Burton (16) and Eldridge (15) reaching double figures from the top 7.
3rds were dismissed for 94 just before tea with Loth (17) and M O’Loughlin (10 not out) providing the rest of the side a minor highlight in what was a poor session of play. The University captain declared his side 0/0 giving the Randy Petes a theoretical chance of victory, with 219 required in the last session. Despite losing opener Powell (0) early a significantly improved batting display saw Randwick reach 89 for the loss of 3 wickets before a downpour ended the day’s proceedings. Montedoro (43), Burton (25) and Eldridge (19 not out) all spent valuable time in the middle during the second innings.
A big week of training will be required for third grade as they look to improve all facets of their game. Having seen the skills displayed by last year’s finalists, the team will look to reach this level ahead of next round’s fixture against competition leaders Gordon.
3 – Doug Loth
2 – Ben Montedoro
1 – Ash Burton
Mellick Wealth Management 4th Grade @ Blick Oval
Result: Randwick Petersham 203 (Segal 51) defeated by Sydney Uni 2/205
Day one saw the Randy Petes compile a solid total of 203 at Kensington Oval against a historically strong Sydney Uni outfit. Ross Elliott (26) and Josh Segal (51) started off the innings well at the top of the order. It was Segal’s best performance to date in 4s, scoring a well-composed half-century and proving himself at that level. Skipper Tom Holland (38) produced a solid knock in the middle order but the we were eventually bowled out, but with a quality bowling line-up there was definitely room for optimism.
We got to the second day of play and there was not really much to say as the Students chased our total with ease, only losing two wickets. Conditions were vastly different from week 1 to week 2, which gave them all the advantages. In the end, we just didn’t bowl consistently enough. Ryan Miskella (1/59) bowled 20 straight and was fairly tight, but overall, loose balls and good batting from Sydney Uni dusted us in the end.
We’ll regroup during the week and get ready for another tough task against Gordon next week.
3 – Josh Segal
2- Ryan Miskella
1 – Tom Holland
Bendigo Clovelly Community Bank 5th Grade @ Marrickville Oval
Result: Match Abandoned (no play either day)
Sitting around for 5 hours on the second day punting and walking to Maccas was the highlight of this game. On the bright side, at least the boys all got to get to know each other a bit better.
Metropolitan Cup: Cartwright Insurance Green v North West Sydney @ Marrickville Oval
Result: North West Sydney 167 (Khoo 2/18) defeated Randwick Petersham Green 63
Following a Rd 2 forfeit from Easts, Green were glad to awake to a clear but cold morning on Saturday for our Round 3 clash against North West Hurricanes at Marrickville Oval. Unfortunately the overnight rain delayed the start by 2 hours, reducing the match to 38 overs.
Another toss was won and confidence was high as the ‘Canes’ were sent into bat on a wet wicket. Jack Osborne (2-20) on debut got the first breakthrough while Bugti (2-31) played havoc with the openers from the other end. With balls bouncing irregularly the opener decided, with his number 3, that the best course of action was to hit out and he did so with success pushing the score past 40.
The first change of De Silva (2-24) was at his unplayable best and completely slowed the run rate and wickets began to fall in the middle overs. Spin from ‘Pingu’ Khoo (2-18) and Sriram Suresh ripped through the middle order while Dharman (2-23) skidded them through. It was great to see the bowlers use the conditions and though all 10 wickets were taken and extra 50 runs were conceded late in the innings.
With constant drizzle the wicket became stickier and only Xu (14) and Dharman (13*) showed any resistance in the conditions falling well short of the target in a disappointing loss but Green will look to bounce back in 2 day cricket against the Stags next round.
By John Stewart
3 – Anis Bugti
2 – Alan Xu
1 – Charith De Silva
Metropolitan Cup: Titan Fitness Gold v Sutherland @ Snape Park
Result: Randwick Petersham Gold 169 (Antaw 39, Grills 35) defeated by Sutherland 4/171
Despite some early dreary weather, it turned out to be fortuitous that Gold’s match was moved to Sunday – as the clouds gave way to a magnificent spring day. Tempted by the green Snape deck, Sutherland opted to bowl in the Metropolitan Cup debut, following a win by forfeit and wash out from the last two weeks. But Snape often flatters to deceive, as the openers moved steadily against a young but disciplined attack. Openers Antaw (39) and Shahid (21) brought up 50 without loss, while Grills (35) and Beaumont (27) then provided the impetus to help accelerate the innings. The lower order tried their best, but Sutherland’s wily captain ensured that the score never got too far away. Still, you’d take 170 to defend at Snape on most days.
The bowling innings started off brightly, as Thomas and Dodd bowled with pace, swing and discipline. But it was change bowlers Wilson and Shahid that brought about the wickets, as the Sutherland chased began to stutter. Not long after drinks, Gowda dismissed the burly left-handed number 5 for Sutherland, and at 4/63, the Golds were well in the game. Unfortunately, their number 6 made use of a some loosening bowling and a dried up outfield to play some surprisingly powerful shots, while the even burlier number 4 rode his luck through out. It was a much improved performance from the Golds but they will lament letting this one get away. They host the Blacktown Mounties at Marrickville next round in the preferred two-day format.
By Jeremy Jastrzab
3 – Deakin Antaw
2 – William Grills
1 – Thanush Gowda
Poidevin-Grey Shield: CEM PGs v Mosman @ Coogee Oval
Result: Randwick Petersham 110 (Lennox 25) defeated by Mosman 5/111 (Kenzie 3/18)
The first round of the PG’s season saw a couple of fresh faces in the line-up and there was plenty of reason to be optimistic against a strong Mosman outfit. An underwhelming batting display at Coogee saw us rolled for just 110, with debutant Cooper Lennox (25) and Bailey Kenzie (22) the only players getting a decent score.
Defending a small total was always going to be a hard task at such a good ground for batting, but the boys worked very hard and made the visitors fight for their victory, as they passed it for the loss of 5 wickets with just five balls remaining. Bailey Kenzie (3/18 off 4) was very tight and the Whales batsmen struggled to put him away, while skipper Jason Ralston (1/17 off 3.1) and Mitch O’Loughlin (1/21 off 3) also showed some promising signs in the first fixture of the season.
Plenty to work on moving forward for the young lads but there is enough quality in the side with both bat and ball to make a dent in the competition this season.