MATCH REPORTS (Liam ‘LJ’ O’Loughlin)
1st to 5th Grades – Round 3 v Gordon (2-Day Matches) Day 2
Kingsgrove Sports T20 v Sydney & Manly-Warringah
Metropolitan Cup – RPC Gold v Blacktown & RPC Green v Gordon
Lefand Group 1st Grade @ Coogee Oval
Result: Randwick Petersham 7/347 (Sangha 80, Abbatangelo 76*) def. Gordon 343 (Semple 4/47)
With the scores at 0/16 at the start of day two, anything was possible for the Randy Petes as they looked to chase down a big total at Coogee. Affleck (31) and Eaton (23) both performed well and got off to good starts at the top of the order, while Riley Ayre (36) was well-composed coming in at No.3. But the hosts needed somebody to go on a make a big score, and that’s exactly what skipper Jason Sangha (80) was able to do. Leading by example, Sang batted for 212 minutes and was ever-so-patient, clinically taking apart the Stags bowling attack.
Daniel Sams (32) did it the only way he knows how, hitting 3 fours and 2 sixes in a quickfire cameo, before Ben Abbatangelo (76*) came in and set us up for the win in a quality innings. Ben arrived at the club during pre-season and has been an outstanding addition both on and off the field for the Randy Petes, and is well-respected by players throughout the grades. His performance here, sticking around to see out the victory, showed true RP grit and he did it in style with 9 fours and 4 sixes. Adam Semple (25*) was there at the end giving the hosts a much-needed win. Next week will be another tough one, on the road against Penrith – but the win in Round 3 and the performances in the T20 fixtures on Sunday should give the lads plenty of confidence.
3 – Adam Semple
2 – Ben Abbatangelo
1 – Jason Sangha
Lefand Group 1st Grade T20 @ Coogee Oval v Sydney
Result: Randwick Petersham 6/161 (Sams 83*) def. Manly 8/159 (Ninan 3/27)
In the earlier fixture on Sunday, the Randy Petes secured a great win over Sydney before the crowd fully rolled in. After losing both openers cheaply, Jason Sangha (30 off 18) came in to get the innings back on track, while both Sams brothers gave steady contributions. Veteran Adam Semple (65 off 43) then strutted out to the crease and took it to the Sydney attack, hitting 8 fours and 2 sixes in a fantastic innings. A crafty dig from Riley Ayre (17 off 13) late in the piece saw the Randy Petes reach a defendable score of 8/165.
With the ball, the Randy Petes were on fire early and had the visitors 4/23 as Riley Ayre (3/17 off 4) tore through the top order. Ryan Ninan (2/41 off 4) also chimed in with a couple of poles, while Semple (1/24 off 4) was economical and made life very hard for Sydney. The visitors finished 7/152 off their 20 overs, giving the Randy Petes a good win that obviously instilled plenty of confidence for the afternoon fixture.
Lefand Group 1st Grade T20 @ Coogee Oval v Manly-Warringah
Result: Randwick Petersham 8/165 (Semple 65) def. Sydney 7/152 (Ayre 3/17)
T20 fixtures at Coogee Oval don’t get much bigger than what we saw last Sunday, when the Randy Petes faced off against a star-studded Manly line-up that included former South African Test star Morne Morkel. The visitors batted first and got off to a flyer, with openers Jack Edwards (31 off 14) and Jay Lenton (22 off 11) teeing off early doors. But the hosts were able to fight back positively and claiming both scalps, before Ryan Ninan (3/27 off 4) knocked over the prized scalps of young gun Oliver Davies and Sydney Thunder star Chris Green cheaply. There were some contributions through Manly’s middle order but it was the home side who were on their game, and were able to restrict them for a very chase-able 6/159.
Shaun Eaton (33 off 19) started the Randy Petes innings off well, but after Ben Abbatangelo and Anthony Sams departed quickly things were beginning to look a tad dire. Enter Daniel Sams (83* off 45) who blasted the Manly attack to all parts of the ground – and over the fence five times. With the game in the balance, and Morkel steaming in on a hat-trick, Irishman Stephen Doheny (13* off 12) came out to the crease and held up an end nicely with Sams. And as the Randy Petes began to get on top, the boisterous crowd were beginning to let the Manly fielders know about it. And when Morne Morkel (4/24 off 4) was sent into the Pro Dive shop across the road by Sams, everyone was up an about.
The Randy Petes secured the win with 3.1 overs to spare and 4 wickets in hand, and erupted into a thunderous team song in the Coogee sheds taking them to the top of the T20 ladder.
Sutton City 2nd Grade @ Chatswood Oval
Result: Randwick Petersham 308 (Hunter 86, Doheny 64) def by. Gordon 2/313
After setting a promising 308 on a difficult wicket, 2nd grade were hopeful for a positive result however we knew it would be a challenge, especially after being greeted by a batter friendly wicket. Gordon resumed their innings and set about the chase in a positive manner. Radford found an early wicket with a ball that clipped the top of off stump however it became very apparent that this week’s pitch was a batting paradise and a stark contrast to one that we had to grind on the week before.
With a strong partnership building, Wood found a magic ball that spun through the defences of the Gordon opener however that was the last time we would see a new batter walk to the crease. Gordon’s batters put our bowling to the sword and even with regular changes Gordon chased down our total with ease.
3 – Dylan Hunter
2 – Stephen Doheny
1 – Jacob Wood
Petersham RSL 3rd Grade @ Kensington Oval
Result: Randwick Petersham 194 (Eldridge 92) def by. Gordon 4/206 (Montedoro 2/78)
Gordon resumed Day 2 at 1/66 chasing 195. Early wickets were essential for Randwick Petersham to be in with a chance of taking the 6 points. While the boys fought well throughout the second day’s play, the league leading Stags ultimately reached our target for the loss of only four wickets. On a pitch devoid of movement and a lightning fast outfield, the Randwick bowlers were going to have to produce something special to take all nine wickets. Ben Montedoro bowled unchanged from one end for all but one over in the first session and returned figures of 2/78 off 23 while both Mitchell O’Loughlin and Hayden Fox provided the team with inspired spells in tough conditions.
Gordon eventually chased down the score just prior to tea with Jackson Eldridge claiming his first ever Premier wicket after almost 50 matches for the club. Despite struggling with the bat through the early part of the season, wicket keeper Dylan Powell has been tidy behind the stumps snaring 2 catches and setting the standard for the Randy Petes both up to the stumps and back to our quicks. Third grade will be searching for their first win round v Penrith at Bill Ball Oval and after an improved performance Stares’ men are keen to move off the bottom of the ladder.
3 – Jackson Eldridge
2 – Ben Montedoro
1 – Josh Segal
Mellick Wealth Management 4th Grade @ Killara Oval
Result: Randwick Petersham 9/260 (Mullins 124*) drew. Gordon 298 (Winslade 5/87)
Gordon batted on to start day two at Killara but after a couple of boundaries off Winslade’s first two balls, he claimed a wicket, giving him his first five-wicket haul for the club. It only took two balls of the second over from yours truly and the Randy Petes were in to bat. The boys started solid with the bat but after a few quick wickets, it was up to the two experienced campaigners in the batting line-up to steady the ship in Tom Holland (31) and Kel Mullins (124*). The pair put on a solid partnership before the skipper chipped one and was caught off the spinner.
Mullins continued to anchor the innings well, and was joined by Sayem Sultan (32) and the pair looked set to lead us to a massive victory. But after the latter departed, the wickets began to fall and Mullins was beginning to run out of partners. The tail stuck around long enough with the 19-year old to secure his maiden Premier ton in one of the better innings you will see in this grade. Anis Bugti held on with Mullins for the final 5 overs to secure a draw against the Stags.
4s return home to Kensington Oval next round against Penrith, and will need a much-improved bowling and fielding display.
3 – Kel Mullins
2 – Mitch Winslade
1 – Tom Holland
Bendigo Clovelly Community Bank 5th Grade @ Snape Park
Result: Randwick Petersham 6/186 (Iosifidis 56, Willmore 54*) drew. Gordon 8/314 (Kashyap 3/106)
Gordon surprisingly batted on for another 7 overs to score 314 for 8 declared. The Stags batting on gave the team confidence highlighting that our opponents did not feel their bowling was strong enough. With 314 runs and 71 overs in the day to get them it was important for all batsmen to just bat, bat and bat.
Gordon, with a big total on the board, bowled attacking lines. Peter Iosifidis opening the batting was a picture of concentration and gutsed out the 2 sessions. Once set Peter executed some fine cover drives and top scored with a classy 56. Angus Beaumont then chipped in with a quick and valuable 19 and looked like going on to make a big score but unfortunately let one go that came back and rattled the stumps.
At 6 for 97 and with 30 more overs in the day Alan Willmore NSW Over 50’s allrounder making his debut for the club and Joel Wilson came together to put on a match saving unbeaten partnership of 89 that frustrated the Gordon bowlers who threw everything at both batsmen. They defended the good balls and swept, cut and drove the balls when in the zone. Alan Willmore (54 not out) and Joel Wilson (30 not out) both showed how to grind the opposition into the ground and not throw away their wickets when set.
Thank you to the dad’s Peter Beaumont, Mike Deller, Leo Iosifidis and other Randy Petes players Alex Deller, Jeremy Jastrzab and Will Forrester for helping out with the covers on such a windy day. We simply could not have done this without your help.
To all the 5th Grade players great team effort. We played well as a unit and everyone put in their best. Randwick Petersham has a bright future with many of you youngsters and look forward to you all doing well next game against Penrith.
3 – Peter Iosifidis
2 – Alan Willmore
1 – Pratulya Kashyap
Metropolitan Cup: Cartwright Insurance Green v Gordon @ Beauchamp Oval
Result: Randwick Petersham Green 175 (Stewart 45, Xu 32) & 0/52 (Osborne 25*) def by. Gordon 2/232 (dec)
Green returned to Beauchamp ready to defend 175. Adam Lee and Jack Osborne bowled strong opening spells and were unlucky as a number of decisions were turned down. A change of pace into the breeze with Chaz brought a sharp catch from Osborne at cover. A couple of overs later Khoo claimed a second breakthrough. With the wicket flattening out Gordon’s skipper took advantage, giving a couple of chances, before passing a hundred.
With a lead of 50 at 2/232 Gordon declared. A strong opening partnership from Xu (15) and Osborne (25) saw Green through to time at 0-52.
3 – Alan Xu
2 – John Stewart
1 – Jack Osborne
Metropolitan Cup: Titan Fitness Gold v Blacktown Mounties @ Marrickville Oval
Result: Randwick Petersham Gold 100 (Takacs 23) & 4/76 (Besgrove 29) def. by Blacktown 142 (Gowda 3/12, Thomas 3/30)
With only 28 runs to defend, the Golds had their work cut out for them if they were to sneak out a win against a youthful Blacktown side. Ben Thomas (3/30) and Adam Coombs (1/34) bowled with fire up-front – the former with a wicket, and the latter with a direct hit run-out from square leg – reduced the Warriors to 6/78, but the stubborn number 8 put the late cut to good use and eventually edged them over their target. Never at any stage did the Golds let Blacktown get too far away, with a gutsy and disciplined bowling performance. After debutant Takacs got another direct hit run-out, Thanush Gowda (3/12) cleaned up the tail on a wicket taking spin.
With 48 overs still left in the day, Ahsan Shahid and Marley Besgrove took the game to tea without any further issues. Shahid (22) ensure that Blacktown would have had to bat again before being unluckily given out, while Besgrove (29) spent some valuable time at the crease. The game petered out after tea though, as both sides shook hands at 4-76 with the acceptance that another 16 wickets weren’t going to fall in the remaining 20 overs. Thank you to Roy Robinson for subbing in the field, and a shout out to Blacktown and our boys for playing the game with excellent spirit – particularly the young fella from Blacktown who walked after edging behind and was given not out.
3 – Ben Thomas
2 – Marley Besgrove
1 – Luke Takacs