MATCH REPORTS (Liam ‘LJ’ O’Loughlin)
1st to 5th Grades – Round 6 v Sydney (One-Day Matches)
1st Grade & PGs T20 – UTS North Sydney
Metropolitan Cup – RPC Green v Georges River
Lefand Group 1st Grade @ Coogee Oval
Result: Randwick Petersham 7/323 (Affleck 65, Sangha 65) def by. Sydney 9/324 (Bell-Drummond 4/54)
First Grade batted first at Coogee and started well until Shaun Eaton (17) fell just shy of a 50-run opening stand with Will Affleck (65). Enter Daniel Bell-Drummond (52) who continued his rich vein of form to put on a strong partnership with the opener before he departed. The injection of Jason Sangha (65) at No.4 continued the scoring rate, putting on a 52-run partnership with DBD as we looked set for a big total. Contributions through the middle order from Daniel Sams (33) and Anthony Sams (45) helped us to a competitive total of 7/323 at the close of the 50 overs.
The bowling effort was most certainly there despite the Tigers getting off to a reasonably good start. Daya Singh (3/67 off 10) was consistent and got some big wickets, but it was Bell-Drummond (4/54 off 10) who tore through the Sydney batting line-up. With the game in the balance heading into the final over, the Randy Petes fell agonisingly short of a victory as the visitors passed us with one wicket in hand and just one ball to spare. The lads will regroup and take confidence knowing they were missing some big guns in Semple and Abbatangelo, and still came extremely close to a victory.
3 – Daniel Bell-Drummond
2 – Jason Sangha
1 – Daya Singh
Lefand Group 1st Grade T20 @ North Sydney Oval vs UTS North Sydney
Result: Randwick Petersham 4/218 (Bell-Drummond 75) def. North Sydney 3/166 (Singh 2/21)
After a tough loss on Saturday in their 50-over clash against Sydney, First grade had to get their mind back on the job and keep their unbeaten T20 record intact against the Bears at North Sydney Oval in front of a boisterous travelling crowd. At the top of the order, Daniel Bell-Drummond (75 off 43) continued to make bowlers look silly as he disposed of them to all parts of the ground. It was a composed innings and gave no chances to the opposition, striking cleanly with 10 fours and a six.
Daniel Sams (44 off 24) did what Daniel Sams does, belting the bowlers around Bear Park with three fours and three big horns. Riley Ayre (38 off 18) continued to set the same pace as his predecessors, hitting a few boundaries and a couple of maximums at the end as the Randy Petes reached 4/218 at the close of the 20 overs. An early wicket for Sams (1/27 off 4) got rid of a big danger man in Justin Avendano for the Bears but wickets were few and far between for the rest of the innings. The Randy Petes did a fantastic job however of restricting the run flow, and a stellar spell from Daya Singh (2/21 off 4) made sure we never looked in doubt.
The win keeps us atop the Sixers conference, and the final game of the regular season takes place on Sunday against local rivals Easts.
Sutton City 2nd Grade @ Drummoyne Oval
Result: Randwick Petersham 178 (Everett 90) def by. Sydney 5/182 (Hemphrey 2/36)
2nd grade lost the toss at Drummoyne Oval on what turned out to be a tacky pitch offering movement for the seamers. Sydney’s attack was well-suited to the pitch, taking the pace off and bowling smartly to their fields while making use of the long straight boundaries, not allowing our bats to score freely without taking risks. Matt Everett (90) was the standout performer in a stuttering batting display with a well-made knock, anchoring the innings and speeding up well towards the back end with a few horns. Without the middle and lower order firing we battled to be all out for 178 in the final over.
With plenty still in the pitch and a semi-competitive score on the board, our openers attacked well and bowled with intent but were let down by a few dropped chances. Debutant Caelan Maladay (0/42 off 9.1) threatened constantly after coming on 1st change, swinging the ball both ways at pace and unlucky not to grab a few poles. Protecting a sub-par score you have to take your chances early and this hurt us, Sydney ultimately passing us 5 down with 7.5 overs to spare.
2nd grade return to Coogee for round 7 against Blacktown sitting in 15th spot needing a lift in all departments to turn the season around.
3 – Matt Everett
2 – Jamie Hemphrey
1 – Jacob Wood
Petersham RSL 3rd Grade @ Kensington Oval
Result: Randwick Petersham 196 (Burton 98) def by. Sydney 8/201 (Loth 3/53)
Third Grade went down in a thrilling game against Sydney, with Ben Stares’ team falling by five runs. Randwick Petersham fielded first and once again set a high standard on wicket not offering too much to the bowlers to restrict Sydney to 201 for the loss of eight wickets. Mitchell O’Loughlin (2/43 off 9) continued his good form with the new ball and at the death – a big haul is around the corner for him. Fellow opener Doug Loth (3/53 off 8) claimed three, whie the spin twins of Bailey Kenzie (1/26 off 10), Ben Montedoro (0/29 off 10) as well as Ben Stares (1/21 off 7) bowling a terrific spell of containment through the middle session and were well backed up in the field.
Despite losing an early wicket, Ben Montedoro (53) and Ashley Burton (98) put on a century partnership before Montedoro was caught on the boundary – this was his first half century of the season. From then on, Randwick Petersham struggled to put any semblance of a partnership together with a combination of poor shots and a few unlucky dismissals seeing the Randy Petes enter the last over needing 8 to win but ultimately fell short. Burton was the glue of the order on return from his Nepalese pilgrimage, before being given out lbw on 98 in what would have been his first century for Randwick Petersham.
A loss was tough to handle for the third grade boys who will look for their second win next round against Blacktown.
3 – Ashley Burton
2 – Ben Montedoro
1 – Doug Loth
Mellick Wealth Management 4th Grade @ Birchgrove Oval
Result: Randwick Petersham 9/170 (O’Loughlin 2/20, Hussain 2/23) def. Sydney 8/169 (Hussain 46)
After some disappointing losses, 4s fielded a strong side on paper against Sydney at Birchgrove Oval on Saturday but the game almost never happened. With a hole in the pitch cover leaving a massive wet patch right on a good length at one end, it took until 2pm for play to commence and both sides would be restricted to 35 overs. The visitors won the toss and bowled, with Ryan Miskella (0/7 off 4) setting the right tone early as he restricted the top order for Sydney. The injection of leg-spinner Ryan Connolly (1/42 off 7) was always going to provide some chances, but it was the other two spinners who did the damage. Akhter Hussain (2/23 off 7) bowled very well, restricting the run rate at a difficult time and chipping in with two wickets as his bowling continues to improve.
Some big hitting at the end from Sydney took them to 169 and it was no doubt going to be a tough run chase. Sean Rushton (18) and Dylan Powell (24) got us off to a flyer and at 0/48, we were cruising. But as has been the case in recent weeks, the Randy Petes lost wickets in a clump and went from 0/48 to 4/69. It was up the middle order and Akhter Hussain (46) really stood up to play a patient innings before running himself out late in the piece. With four runs needed from the final over and one wicket in hand, it was up to Anis Bugti (10*) and yours truly (3*) to get the lads home for just the second win of the season.
There will need to be mass improvements if we are to compete for a finals spot this season, but the signs are there and the win over Sydney should give the lads plenty of confidence going into Christmas.
3 – Akhter Hussain
2 – Dylan Powell
1 – Anis Bugti
Bendigo Clovelly Community Bank 5th Grade @ Marrickville Oval
Result: Randwick Petersham 130 (Heaton 29) def by. Sydney 195 (Sandhu 4/34)
RPCC won the toss and decided to bowl in near perfect bowling conditions with a cloudy sky, a deck that had some grass cover and soft underneath due to the overnight rain. The medium pacers were advised to bowl in the channel, top of off stump and pitch the ball up. The wicket would do the rest.
Ben Thomas (2 for 51 of 10) bowled with good pace and had the Sydney batsmen hopping around trying to avoid the short deliveries. Ben bowled cleverly and was unlucky not to get couple more wickets. Simran Sandhu (4 – 34) on debut used the near perfect bowling conditions to great advantage and drew first blood in his 3rd delivery by clean bowling their opener. For the remaining overs the batsmen did not know what to expect as Simran moved the ball both ways in the air and off the wicket.
Will Deller (2 for 15 of 5 overs) hit his straps in his 2nd over and bowled with great control. He bowled 2 of the best balls of the match to get balls to jag in and hit top of the stumps. Will is getting better and better with each outing. Hamza Mahmood (0-25) another 5th grade debutant for RPCC took over from Simran and impressed immediately by repeatedly swinging the ball from outside leg to the off stump. Once again, he was unlucky not to get couple of wickets as the batsman edged and played and missed several times.
Pratulya Kashyap (0- 31 of 10 overs) who is in great bowling form got the ball to rip and turn and some deliveries were almost unplayable. The Sydney batsmen were glad to see him off. PK was another bowled who was unlucky not to get 2 or more wickets this game. At 7 for 83 in 18 overs RPCC were well set to run through the Sydney side but a 92 run stand for the 8th wicket got Sydney to a competitive score of 195. The score would have been much lower if we held the catches given by their 8 and 9 batsmen.
On a wicket that was getting better to bat on the top 4 batsmen were asked to be watchful in the first 10 overs but to attack the bad ball and most importantly rotate the strike that would keep the scoreboard ticking. However, that was not to be as the Sydney’s bowlers stuck to a good channel and were backed by some tight fielding in the ring. Deakin Antaw (8), debutant Marley Besgrove (11) and John Stewart (5) battled hard and we were reduced to 3 for 49 in 27 overs.
Angus Beaumont (22) another youngster who is improving every game stroked the ball well and was out trying to up the ante. The ploy to send in a pinch hitter in the form of Simran Sandhu (4) did not pay off. Hamza Mamood (28) and Fabian Heaton (29 not out) came together and tried desperately to lift the run rate. But, with the loss of Hamsa on 96 and no big hitters in the bank our next best was to get to 119 and deny Sydney the bonus point.
Thank you to Mike Deller for scoring the 1st half of the innings and parents who came to support our team. Sorry we did not pull off a win this week. But, looking forward to seeing you all next week and see us getting back into the winning circle.
3 – Simran Sandhu
2 – Hamsa Mahmood
1 – Will Deller
Metropolitan Cup: Cartwright Insurance Green v Georges River @ Bland Oval
Result: Randwick Petersham Green 193 (Shahid 73, Xu 28) def. by Georges River 7/282 (C De Silva 2/41)
The Green machine headed down the M5 to Bland Oval to take on Georges River. The toss was lost on a perfect batting wicket, but Charith De Silva (2/41) made sure that going was hard early on with two wickets, one each with an outswinger and inswinger. Ahsan Shahid also chipped in, leaving the River in rebuilding mode. The 4th wicket partnership made the best of conditions and made the Randy Petes work hard for the next breakthrough.
E-Young Khoo and Thanush Gowda each took a wicket with some good bowling that almost kept the score below par. This was before the River skipper took the long handle to the attack with an exceedingly violent 48 off 13 balls, making good use of the 40m boundaries. This assault led the River to a total of 7-282 off 50 overs.
For a long part of the chase, the Greens were well within a shot of the score. Ahsan Shahid (73) and Alan Xu (28) took the score to 75 without loss, before Gus Small joined in with Shahid to take the score to 2-140 after 29 overs. Unfortunately, Small was run out and Finlay Munro was out LBW two balls later, and the rest of the chase petered out for 193, with some useful but ultimately insufficient cameos on the way.
1 – Ahsan Shahid
2 – Alan Xu
3 – Charith De Silva
CEM Poidevin Gray Shield v UTS North Sydney @ UTS North Sydney Oval
Result: Randwick Petersham 7/102 (Ralston 38) def by. UTS North Sydney 2/104 (Wood 1/20)
It was not an ideal day for PG’s, as they were completely outclassed by the Bears, after a great win the week before against St George. Batting first, the top and middle order failed to deliver and luckily skipper Jason Ralston (38 off 30) was there to restore some credibility to the score. Jacob Wood (22 off 21) also chipped in late to take the score to triple figures.
It was always going to be tough for the bowlers and it showed, as the Bears passed our total for the loss of just two wickets. Jacob Wood (1/20 off 4) bowled well in a tough situation, but there will need to be a big improvement if they are to make a late miracle run for the finals.