MATCH REPORTS (Liam ‘LJ’ O’Loughlin)
1st to 5th Grades – Round 7 v Blacktown Mounties (2-Day Matches) Day 2
1st Grade T20 – Conference Semi Final v St George
Metropolitan Cup – RPC Gold v Georges River (2-Day Match) Day 2 & RPC Green v Blacktown Mounties (120-Over Match) Day 1
Lefand Group 1st Grade @ Joe McAleer Oval
Result: Randwick Petersham 6/407 (dec) (D Bell-Drummond 131, W Affleck 61) v Blacktown 334 (D Singh 4/48)
Continuing play with Blacktown needing a further 368 runs with 10 wickets in hand, it was obvious that early wickets were essential. Blacktown got off to a decent start before Jason Ralston (2-30) shifted the momentum with 2 quick wickets and Riley Ayre (1-75) claiming 1 within a few overs to leave the hosts 3-99.
A steady partnership was built before lunch until Daya Singh threw down the stumps with a run out to have Blacktown 4-165 at the break. Randy Pete’s toiled hard in the middle session without much luck and the score was piling up until chief partnership breaker Shaun Eaton (1-17) was introduced and made an impact almost instantly. It wasn’t long after that DBD produced the second run out of the day, and with Singh (4-48) taking a wicket before the tea break, the hosts were in a bit of strife at 7-272. Blacktown came out firing after the break and the score quickly passed the 300 mark with the 8th wicket partnership rising to 48 runs.
With 80 overs being passed, the Randy Pete’s decided to take the new ball; the visitors would go on to claim the last 3 wickets for 14 runs – giving the lads a reasonably comfortable win in the end by 73 runs. The side will head into next weekend’s clash with ladder-leaders Eastern Suburbs with plenty of confidence after a hard-fought win.
3 – Daniel Bell-Drummond
2 – Daya Singh
1 – Anthony Sams
Lefand Group 1st Grade T20 @ Coogee Oval vs St George (Conference Final)
Result: Randwick Petersham 5/154 (J Sangha 69) def. St George 7/150 (R Ayre 2/24, R Ninan 2/24)
The Randy Petes won their semi final clash against St George, banishing the demons from last year’s loss and booking a home Conference Final against Sydney on Sunday December 22nd. Captain Jason Sangha led the way with the bat, following a tight bowling performance from the spinners.
The match was the first to be live streamed – watch the full match below if you missed out on the weekend!
Sutton City 2nd Grade @ Coogee Oval
Result: Randwick Petersham 296 (Doheny 170) defeated by Blacktown 9/298 (M O’Loughlin 3/61, T McKenzie 3/66)
2nd grade were faced with the task of taking nine Blacktown wickets while defending a further 218. In an agonisingly close finish, we ended up on the wrong side of the result. Blacktown started the day well in their chase putting on 41 before Mitch O’Loughlin (3/61 off 20) piled on the pressure by bowling stump to stump, eventually cleaning up their number 3 and having their captain caught in the ring. A sharp run out by Stephen Doheny saw the back of the set opener, and a Tim Affleck wicket (1/29 off 12) right before the break saw the boys going into lunch with the score at 5-155 and match in the balance. A great passage of play where we took 4-36 brought us right back into it.
A couple of good partnerships after lunch and the pitch flattening out made it a real grind in the afternoon session, taking only 1 wicket with the new ball – a third to O’Loughlin. At tea the boys were left needing to take 4 wickets with only another 35 runs to play with. A big team talk got us going and fired up Tom McKenzie (3/66 off 27.1 overs) for the best spell of the day, seeming to channel Adam Semple with some brutal in-swinging yorkers removing the 2 set bats. With about 11 runs to get it looked as though another ripping yorker had cleaned up the number 10 but T-Mac had overstepped, to add insult to injury the ball ran away for 4 off the stumps. There were a few close calls to finish but the 11 managed to scamper a single to win the game for Blacktown.
Although the result sealed another defeat for 2nd grade there were a lot of positives to take away. This was probably the most this side have come together as a unit this season, showing a lot of fight to take the game that close. Batting for only 2 sessions on the previous Saturday is a cardinal sin, leaving 50+ runs out there and allowing Blacktown to bat in the easiest session of the day with the pitch at its flattest. We’ll need a further lift this weekend against an unbeaten top of the table Easts but the lads should take a lot of confidence from this round.
3 – Stephen Doheny
2 – Tom McKenzie
1 – Mitchell O’Loughlin
Petersham RSL 3rd Grade @ Jim Hanshaw Oval
Result: Randwick Petersham 167 (A Docos 67) defeated by Blacktown 8/168 (B Kenzie 3/35)
Needing to take eight wickets and with limited runs to play with, Third Grade returned to Sydney’s west to try and claim their second win of the season against Blacktown. And they would need to do it without Pommy Ryan ‘Giggsy’ Miskella who was injured mid-week and left us a bowler short.
Hayden Fox (0/29 off 11) bowled well without reward and was the leader if the attack early on. Bailey Kenzie (3/35 off 26.5 overs) had 10 maidens and was rewarded for his efforts with a few poles. The teenage spinner was well-supported by Akhter Hussain (1/36 off 20 overs) and skipper Ben Stares (2/31 off 12 overs) who took one wicket with his slow-meds and one wicket with spin.
A couple of dropped catches and not enough runs on the first day ended up cost us our chance to get off the bottom of the ladder as the Mounties passed the total with two wickets to spare.
3 – Adam Docos
2 – Bailey Kenzie
1 – Ben Stares
Mellick Wealth Management 4th Grade @ Kensington Oval
Result: Randwick Petersham 149 (R Connolly 55, S Sultan 49) & 4/143 (S Sheakey 49*) defeated by Blacktown 7/273 (dec) (Bugti 5/63)
Fourth Grade had a tough day on the first day of play and went into the second day against Blacktown having already lost the first innings. The goal heading in was to ‘win the day’ – and technically speaking, that is what the Randy Petes were able to do.
Resuming at 3/161, the visitors would have liked their chances of an outright but a resilient bowling display led by seamer Anis Bugti (5/63 off 16) only allowed them the chance to add an extra 112 runs on day two.
The home side were then sent in to bat again, but a classy innings from veteran Steven Sheakey (49*) and a quickfire innings earlier on from Jaya Murdita (25) meant that the Mounties skipper had no choice but to call the outright attempt off after we passed their total.
3 – Anis Bugti
2 – Ryan Connolly
1 – Sayem Sultan
Bendigo Clovelly Community Bank 5th Grade @ Whalan Oval No. 2
Result: Randwick Petersham 243 (F Heaton 43, F Whalebone 43) defeated by Blacktown 249 (Whalebone 2/21, Deller 2/30)
Our 2 young RPCC medium pacers Ben Thomas and Will Deller were asked to bowl top of off or outside off with no width for the batsmen to throw bat at. A brilliant quick pick up and thrown in at the stumps in the very 1st over of the day by Yogesh Wanzare from cover point caught both batsmen out of their crease. But although the throw from Yogesh at the keepers end was off target it set up a perfect run out as Marley Besgrove backed up beautifully from square leg and threw the ball to the non striker’s end for Ben Thomas to complete the run out. Ben and Will frustrated the number 10 and 11 batsmen with consistent line and length and they played and missed several times trying to swing at the ball to the frustration of their captain who was yelling from the fence that they need to make contact with the ball. Ben struck in his 3rd over cramping up their number 11 batsman who tried to go for a big hit but instead spooned the ball to Angus Beaumont at mid off who took a well judged catch. Blacktown all out 249 and RPCC to face 73 overs.
The batting plan was that the openers had to try their best and bat out the 1st session and rotate the strike. If we had wickets in hand at the end of 30 overs the situation would be
assessed if we should go for a win. Left hand batsmen Marley Besgrove and Freddy Whalebone were advised that it was crucial that they be in as long as possible and rotate the strike. This would definitely put the Blacktown bowlers of their line and length and we should then capitalise on the loose balls. After an unusual start with the first 6 overs being bowled maidens, Deakin Antaw (29) and Marley Besgrove (15) picked up the pace to get RPCC to 43 when Marley was bowled by a good delivery in the 22nd over. Deakin followed shortly. At 2 for 59 in 24 overs experienced campaigner John Stewart (19) coming in at 3 after judging the pace of the wicket attacked the bowling and along with Angus Beaumont (22) pushed the score quickly to 86 in 31 overs. With the platform well set Hamza Mohammad (0) was sent in to take charge of the situation but unfortunately for us Hamza did not
trouble the scorers.
Fabian Heaton (43) joined Angus who looked well set, driving well both of the front and back foot comfortably. But, their partnership did not last as Angus was beaten by a ball that
cut back sharply of a good length and was bowled. With the batting order changed to get a left hander in the mix Freddy Whalebone (43) was moved up the order. Freddy batted with maturity and sensibly rotating the strike, blocking the good balls, pushing the bad balls for 2’s or or 3’s and along with Fabian put on 81 runs. Once again like in an earlier game against Penrith Fabian copped another dismal umpiring decision at a crucial time when RPCC were cruising to the target. Caught behind of a ball that did not have any contact with the bat. Will Deller (32) was promoted to 8 and joined Freddy in taking quick runs and still pushed for a win. Will was in sublime form and played some exquisite back foot cover drives to put on 47 in quick time.
However, after Freddy’s demise caught at gully in the 69th over with the score at 229, big hitter and experienced Adam Lee (5) joined Will with the team needing only 21 runs in 4 overs. The Blacktown bowlers cleverly reverted to wide negative bowling outside the off stump and frustrated both Will and Adam who ultimately threw their wickets. With 8 runs to get in 8 balls Yogesh Wanzare (0 not out) and Ben Thomas (3) tried to get to the runs in the last over but unfortunately Ben was out caught at square leg swinging hard to get a boundary. RPCC all out 243. Although we lost this game there were a lot of positives. Our young bowlers are excelling every game, batting is improving and fielding from the youngsters is top notch. Definitely predicting a few wins in the upcoming games.
3 – Freddy Whalebone
2 – Will Deller
1 – Fabian Heaton
Metropolitan Cup: Cartwright Insurance Green v Blacktown Mounties @ Kensington Oval
Result: Randwick Petersham Green 6-182 (W Deller 67*, J Dodd 39*) defeated Blacktown Mounties 178 (D Davies 7/33, J Dodd 2/34)
After both teams agree to play the match over 120 overs, a cracker of a match was played in the backdrop of the T20 semi final at Coogee Oval. Records were broken and youngsters stamped their mark on the play. The skipper finally won a toss, and elected to bowl in early sultry conditions. Jackson Dodd, returning from school cricket, had the ball hooping around, while our latest import – Anant Prabhakar – kept things tight from the other end. Dodd was rewarded with two strikes behind the wicket, including a sharp catch at gully from Daany Saeed. From there, Blacktown’s 3 and 4 bats bunkered in, weathering the early favourable bowling conditions before accelerating as the lunch break approached. Jay Patel became one of the oldest ever Randwick Petersham debutants, but it was another debutant – Welsh rugby player Daniel Davies – that would take a wicket into the break to have the visitors 3-125.
Following lunch, it would be Davies – playing his first cricket match in several years – who would cut a swathe through the Blacktown batting order. In his fourth over after lunch, Davies had Blacktown’s top scorer out for 85, when he tried to sweep a ball that was too full before castling the next batsmen first rock with a much quicker and fuller ball. After this, it became a procession, as Davies took out captain with a catch in the outfield, while the fifth wicket came as lower order batsmen tried to prevent themselves from getting bogged down. The sixth wicket was the tamest, as the honorable ring-in chipped tamely to short midwicket, while Davies reached seventh heaven as the final batsman skied one to Will Deller at mid-off. Davies finished with astonishing figures of 7-33 – which are the best figures on debut in the Metropolitan Cup, quite possibly the best figures ever on Randwick Petersham debut and the 3rd best figures in the club’s Metropolitan Cup history. Credit too to Deller and Dodd for tight bowling from their end as well.
In some of the best batting conditions imaginable at this level, the Green team got off to a terrible start with Josh Lau being dismissed in the first over. After fighting the new ball for a bit, the team were unfortunate to lose Gus Small, Daany Saeed and Finlay Munro in quick succession to leave them precariously placed at 4-38. Will Deller strode in, having made his highest score in men’s cricket the day before, to join run-machine Ahsan Shahid, and steady the ship and have the Greens 4-59 at the tea break. After the break, both batsmen looked to up the ante, before Shahid fell against the run of play. After a brief partnership with the skipper, 14 year old Deller used all the experience that he gained from 3 years of men’s cricket to shoulder the responsibility of taking his team home – it had long been known that he had the technique and temperament, but now he had power to go with it as cover drives reach the long Kensington boundary all along the carpet. Ably supported by Dodd, the pair started cautiously before pouncing on some tired bowling to rattle towards the target. Along the way, Deller (67*) brought up with first half century in men’s cricket before Dodd belted the bowler back over his head to finish a comprehensive win in the end.
The win capped off a great weekend for Metro, with records, excellent performances from the young players and two wins to boot.
3 – Daniel Davies
2 – Will Deller
1 – Jackson Dodd
Metropolitan Cup: Titan Fitness Gold v Georges River @ Marrickville Oval
Result: Randwick Petersham Gold 191 (L Takacs 73, J Genner 34) & 8-116 (dec) (A Shahid 52) defeated Georges River 98 (A Coombs 4/2, C De Silva 3/20) & 5/125 (T Gowda 2/34)
After two dropped catches in the second last over let the big hitting skipper off the hook last Saturday, the brains trust got together that night to discuss tactics over fried chicken and ginger beer, coming up with an iron clad strategy for the following Saturday. Lo and behold, the skipper succumbed to the trap first ball, as he hit Charith De Silva’s first ball to mid-off. He was left none to happy and needing a new helmet… this left the flood gates open for a now fit Adam Coombs to tear in. It almost wasn’t fair, as a young batting line-up were exposed to the wicked pace of pace of the second Coombs brother, with two batsmen bowled in two ball before the hat-trick was narrowly missed out on. Big Chaz made sure he wasn’t left behind with one more scalp, before Coombs claimed the last two to finish with astonishing figures of 4/2, precipitating a collapse of 6/5 in 8 overs.
With the first innings secure and almost an entire day still to go, the Gold team set out to bat River out of the game, as Ahsan Shahid (52) and Alan Xu (18) got the team off to a flyer, with ‘Taronga’ being particularly punishing on the cut. River realised quickly that pace off the ball was the way to go, as their 13 year old spinner used conditions superbly to strike at regular intervals and had our lead looking a little less stable. After Shahid departed for an excellent 50, E-Young ‘Pingu’ Khoo and Charith De Silva allayed any fears with some daring stroke play, as Pingu hit his highest score for the club and Charith took the spinners down town. River were left with 210 to chase in 36 overs for an unlikely second innings win.
After tight opening spells from Charith and Coombs once again, River were not able to keep up with the run rate, while benign conditions meant that picking up wickets wasn’t going to be easy. The fiery opposition skipper had one last tilt at the target, before eventually holing out on the boundary. The River innings petered out at 5/125, with many of the players being able to sing the winning song for the first time. The win was the first of two for the Metropolitan Cup teams in the weekend.
3 – Luke Takacs & Adam Coombs
2 – Ahsan Shahid
1 – Charith De Silva