MATCH REPORTS (Liam ‘LJ’ O’Loughlin)
1st to 5th Grades – Round 8 v Eastern Suburbs (2-Day Matches) Day 2
Metropolitan Cup – RPC Gold v Hawkesbury & RPC Green v Warringah
Lefand Group 1st Grade @ Coogee Oval
Result: Randwick Petersham 310 (D Bell-Drummond 103) defeated Eastern Suburbs 305 (D Singh 4-66)
After posting a competitive total of 310 on day one thanks to a superb knock from Daniel Bell-Drummond (103) and strong contributions throughout the batting order, the Randy Petes returned to Coogee Oval on day two ready to rip through their local rivals.
Daya Singh (4/66 off 18.3) claimed the breakthrough of former Test star Peter Nevill, but Easts were well and truly in control throughout the majority of the day. Riley Ayre (3/60 off 18) claimed some more top-order bats, but at 4/238 the Randy Petes looked in severe trouble against the competition leaders.
At 5/294 it looked as though the Dolphins were going to cruise to victory – but what happened next could set in motion a massive second half of the season. Debutant Caelan Maladay (1/58 off 12) dismissed former Randy Petes player Jack Preddey, and the floodgates opened as the hosts took the last five wickets for just 11 runs.
The victory was one of the best in recent history and puts us into 3rd place on the ladder; just two points behind Sydney Uni. And the fact that it came against Easts makes it even sweeter!
3 – Daya Singh
2 – Daniel Bell-Drummond
1 – Riley Ayre
1st Grade Kingsgrove Sports T20 Preliminary Final @ Coogee Oval
Result: Randwick Petersham 4/157 (Sangha 82*) defeated by. Sydney 4/161 (Ninan 2/35)
Three days before Christmas and a packed crowd at Coogee Oval set the scene for a massive preliminary final as Randwick Petersham took on Sydney, who had they had defeated earlier in the season. But cricket is a funny game and it showed on this occasion, as the hosts were outclassed by a strong Tigers side.
Batting first, the Randy Petes were in trouble early after losing a wicket first ball and never looked fully-settled from there despite a classy knock from innings anchor Jason Sangha (82* off 61). Heading into the last over it could have been dire straits but Sangha blasted a few horns and could have turned the momentum back in our favour.
It was always going to be a tough score to defend on a good batting deck, and Sydney got off to a good start. But two wickets in quick succession to Ryan Ninan (2/35 off 3.4) and Caelan Maladay (1/16 off 2) brought some life into the Coogee crowd.
However it wasn’t to be, as Sydney chased down our total with 2.2 overs remaining for the loss of just four wickets. It was a great day out for the fans however and showed that the Randy Petes culture is alive and well. Massive thanks must go out to Eddie Otto for rallying the troops all season long and helping to organise the day with Paul O’Loughlin and the committee, and big shout out to DJ Adam Pustetto for providing bangers all arvo. Go follow him on Instagram (@djadamjames) and Spotify (Adam James).
Sutton City 2nd Grade @ Wavelery Oval
Result: Randwick Petersham 349 (S Doheny 132, J Eldridge 77*, R De Silva 54) defeated Eastern Suburbs 171 (M O’Loughlin 4/36)
Having batted first on day one and being driven by a superb century from Stephen Doheny, the Randy Pete’s decided to bat on with Jackson Eldridge resuming the day’s play on 54 not out. Randwick Petersham applied the pressure early doors by piling on the runs, eventually being bowled out for a well-made 349. Jackson Eldridge, adding to Doheny’s 132 with a well-made 77 not out.
The Randy Petes then faced the challenge of bowling out the league leaders on their home patch. Tom McKenzie started the innings off perfectly with a wicket first ball, which set the tone for the session. Easts kept losing wickets thanks to Mitch O’Loughlin who kept putting the ball in the right areas and reaping the rewards. Easts entered lunch feeling a little defeated at 4-54.
The pressure didn’t hold up in the middle session. Randy Pete’s brought on Jacob Wood who bowled with great patience and discipline, while the seamers rotated from the other end. The only resistance for the 7th wicket eventually fell due to some experienced bowling from Tim Affleck. The Randy Petes approached the final session only needing 3 wickets for the win.
Due to the bowling of Mitch O’Loughlin (16-3-36-4), Tom McKenzie (18.4-6-42-2) and Jacob Wood (19-8-23-1) and all the other bowlers the randy Pete’s completed a commanding 178 run win over the league leaders.
3 – Stephen Doheny
2 – Mitchell O’Loughlin
1 – Jackson Eldridge
Petersham RSL 3rd Grade @ Kensington Oval
Result: Randwick Petersham 148 (R Elliot 36) defeated by. Eastern Suburbs 9/157 (B Stares 3/10)
After being bowled out for a low score of 148 on day one, it was always going to be tough for the Randy Petes at Kenso against local rivals Easts. An early pole to Ryan Miskella (1/28 off 14) gave some hope but at 2/109 the visitors looked like they were going to cruise to victory.
A strong rally later in the day saw the Randy Petes take five wickets for just 21 runs and swing the momentum back in their favour. Ben Stares (3/10 off 4.3) and Scott Sharma (2/47 off 11) showed their experience, while seamer Hayden Fox (2/62 off 23) returned to a bit of form.
In the end, Easts passed our score for the loss of nine wickets in what ended up being quite a close game. Another 20 runs the week prior could have given the Randy Petes their second win of the season.
3 – Scott Sharma
2 – Hayden Fox
1 – Ben Stares
Mellick Wealth Management 4th Grade @ Trumper Oval
Result: Randwick Petersham 247 (R Connolly 73, R McNamara 53) defeated by. Eastern Suburbs 5/251 (S Sultan 2/23)
After posting what seemed to be a good total on day one, the Randy Petes arrived at Trumper Park a few days out from Christmas ready to rock and roll and gain some momentum.
An early wicket to seamer Simran Sandhu (2/48 off 10) had the boys up and about, but from there Easts were in control for the majority of the day. At 4/143 at tea, the game was in the balance and there was a good feeling in the sheds that we could get stuck into the tail, but a quality knock from their No.4 who tonned up put us in the chair.
Despite being a part-timer, Sayem Sultan (2/23 off 10) again showed how reliable he is with the ball when called upon. Losing seamer Will Hutchison before day two due to bushfires back home put us on the back foot and meant someone had to bowl big overs. The skipper got through 28.4 with 11 maidens but it wasn’t enough and the wickets were few and far between.
After the break the lads will be feeling good and hoping to get some experienced lads back on board and try end the season well.
3 – Ryan Connolly
2 – Sayem Sultan
1 – Reid McNamara
Bendigo Clovelly Community Bank 5th Grade @ Snape Park
Result: Randwick Petersham 9/158 (F Heaton 59) drew with. Eastern Suburbs 187 (A Lee 5/32)
After a sedate start, Will Deller (18) who was looking the goods dabbed at a ball outside the off to be caught in the slips off their fiery Irish fast bowler. Marley Besgrove (11) soon followed top edging a hook shot off the same bowler. Peter Iosifidis (4) also was back soon in the pavilion, bowled by an absolute beauty by their leg spinner. At 4 for 42 RPCC were reeling and needed a fightback.
Angus Beaumont (40) and Hamza Mahmood (3) put on a quick partnership of 31 runs, with Angus the aggressor getting 27 runs of this to bring us back into the run chase. Unfortunately, Hamza was adjudged LBW and RPCC were 5 for 73 in the 37th over and 47 overs to still in the day.
Skipper Fabian Heaton (59) joined Angus and this had to be a good partnership if RPCC were going to pull off a win. But, this was not to be as Easts big Irish fast bowler was brought back into the attack and outdid Angus with a bouncer that did not come off the wicket fast enough – ending up caught and bowled.
It was time to consolidate with Fabian and Freddy Whalebone (5) adding 35 runs. Fabian was the aggressor cutting and pulling the bowlers. The partnership was broken when Freddy was unlucky to be given out LBW after he had played onto his pads and the umpire buckled under pressure of the appealing.
With RPCC 7 for 118 in 59 overs and the Easts sniffing victory Fabian and Yogesh Wanzare dug in a and gutsed out a tough session and put on a 35 run partnership. It was survival now not to lose any more wickets as Easts had their tail up and bowling tight lines and length. With only 3 overs to go Fabian was out bowled to a good ball by the Easts spinner. RPCC 8 for 153.
Adam Lee (0) in the same over got a ball that popped and was caught close in on the on side.
With pressure on young Ben Thomas (0) to survive 2 more balls in the over it was pin drop silence in the stands. Ben confidently played out the over with a dead bat. Thanks to all the throw downs by our team mates.
With 12 ball to go the Easts medium pacer tried every ball in the book to get Yogesh out but Yogesh gallantly ducked and weaved and left most of the balls then took a single of the last ball to face up to the last over of the day.
Yogesh played out the over in great style with rock solid defence.
Well fought DRAW!!
Lots of positives from the game in the sense that we bowled good lines and fielded well and finally gutsed it out to not lose. So glad to be playing with a great bunch of guys who are playing so well as a team and helping one an another.
Hopefully we can put all this together and win games.
3 – Adam Lee
2 – Fabian Heaton
1 – Angus Beaumont / Hamza Mahmood
Metropolitan Cup: Cartwright Insurance Green v Warringah @ Mike Pawley Oval
Result: Randwick Petersham Green 126 & 6/121 (J Dodd 51) defeated by Warringah 193 & 3/110 (dec) (H Schultz 5/23)
Leading into Christmas Green were looking to take a win into the break at Mike Pawley to farewell Jack Osborne, moving to Tassie for farm work to fulfil his Visa conditions. The toss was won and with the firepower on offer there was no hesitation to bowl first. This was almost justified with an edge off Dharman dropped at slip. The bowler’s toiled hard with Schultz’ pace unplayable. Warringah headed into tea 2/131 and a huge score looked on the cards. But the tea must have been agreeable as Schultz came out after the break and changed his line bowling 5 beautifully executed yorkers in the space of 4 overs to return his first 5fa for the Randy Petes (5/23 off 10). Jackson Dodd (1/20) bowled a number of miserly spells and was unlucky to not take a greater haul. Warringah were soon dismissed for 198 with the cagey Jay Patel troubling the young tail with (2/15) to wrap up the innings.
With 14 overs left in the day the openers were dismissed cheaply leaving Stewart (11) and Gill (27) to toil until stumps.
Day 2 opened with a boundary from Stewart before he fell in the next over. Gill went on the attack and was supported by Jackson Dodd (20) who dealt in 4s. Pingu (14) and Schultz (21) played a rearguard innings but with Dharman absent due to illness the innings closed 9/126 in the 49th over. Warringah had no hesitation to bat again and once they’d seen off Schultz they went on the attack with Jackson Dodd (2/28) and Atharv Ramakanth (1/38) making breakthroughs. Declaration came in the 19th over leaving 24 overs to stave off an outright. Gill (21) was promoted to opener with Osborne (16) and they went on the attack playing some audacious shots, scoring at 6 an over. With Osborne’s dismissal Stewart (19) knuckled down with Jackson Dodd (51) against disciplined bowling. Both fell late in the day leaving Pingu and Artharv to fight through to stumps.
3 – Harry Schultz
2 – Jackson Dodd
1 – Jack Osborne
Metropolitan Cup: Titan Fitness Gold v Hawkesbury @ Marrickville Oval
Result: Randwick Petersham Gold 121 (D Coombs 36) defeated by Hawkesbury 9/223 (C De Silva 2/23, A Prabhakar 2/30, S Suresh 2/30, T Gowda 2/33)
Winning the toss and batting on a sufficiently fine Marrickville wicket, Ahsan Shahid looked like he was about to miss a plane (he kind of was…) and succumbed to an overly aggressive approach. Gus Small and Max Robinson gave a glimpse of top order batting in the future, with both looking completely comfortable against bowlers that they were likely to face later that week as part of Green Shield. But after Gus was run out, and Max was bowled, the Golds suffered a mini-collapse. It was left to prodigal son, Dane Coombs to hold the innings together with a completely assured 36, while Jack Braithwaite helped take the score past 100. Lower scores than 121 have been defended at Marrickville, but the Golds didn’t do themselves any favours in the 20 overs afforded to them in the afternoon. That is, aside from veteran Charith De Silva, who had the ball swinging both ways and an ex-Randy Pete groping for dear life. Sriram Suresh would get the reward and Hawkesbury went into the second day at 2-85.
On a hot, stifling day two, the Golds made a good account of themselves against a disciplined Hawks outfit. Dane Coombs, joined in the field by younger brother Blake, bowled with pace, while Charith continued where he left off. The bowlers did well to bring the run-rate back from over 4-per-over to just under 3, as temporary Canadian signing, Anant Prabhakar picked up two wickets for himself to complete a well-appreciated cameo for the Randy Petes, while Sriram Suresh and Thanush Gowda grabbed themselves a pair each – the latter dismissing former state player, Liam Zammit – while Marley Whitcombe took his first wicket for the club with an excellent caught and bowled. Having passed score and with only 36 overs left, the Hawks graciously agreed to call the game at tea.
3 – Dane Coombs
2 – Thanush Gowda
1 – Charith De Silva