MATCH REPORTS (Liam ‘LJ’ O’Loughlin)
1st to 5th Grades – Round 9 v Northern District (One-Day Matches)
Metropolitan Cup – RPC Gold v Sutherland & RPC Green v Hawkesbury
Lefand Group 1st Grade @ Coogee Oval
Result: Randwick Petersham 4/313 (Affleck 118, Sangha 98*, Bell-Drummond 59) def. Northern Districts 7/312 (Singh 3/55, Semple 3/56)
Losing the toss at Coogee Oval, the Randy Petes were bowling first. Adam Semple (3/56 off 10) started the new year in style with a wicket in his first over. However, that was the only wicket for a while as ND’s put on 137 for the second wicket.
More runs from the middle order and the Rangers probably had 350 in sight. Momentum shifted in the latter overs with regular wickets and Randy Petes were given 312 to chase, which seemed a par total on a good batting deck. Daya Singh (3/55 off 10) and Sempy were the pick of the bowlers.
Will Affleck (118) came out of the blocks in style by taking a trip down to bomb city and dispatching NDs bowler over the sight screen on numerous occasions and brought up a superb ton. It was his first century for the club and hopefully there’s many more to come.
He was strongly supported with 100+ run partnerships alongside both Daniel Bell-Drummond (58) and Jason Sangha (98*) who played superbly and continued his good form.
The lads comfortably chased down NDs target in the end with 6 wickets left in the shed, putting them at 2nd in the overall standings.
3 – Will Affleck
2 – Jason Sangha
1 – Daya Singh
Sutton City 2nd Grade @ Mark Taylor Oval
Result: Randwick Petersham 7/257 (Hunter 130*) def. Northern Districts 224 (Wood 4/39)
2nd Grade traveled to Mark Taylor Oval off the back of a pre-Christmas win against league-leaders Easts, boosted by the inclusions of Dylan Hunter, Luke Radford, and skipper Jack Lyle returning.
After weather delayed the starting time and shortened the match to 49 overs per side, we lost the toss and were stuck in on a tacky-looking grassy deck. It was shaping up to be a good toss to lose, the boys getting away to a flyer by capitalizing on some loose balls early reaching 1-67 off 11. A wobble in the middle order had us 4-99 before Rav De Silva combined with Dylan Hunter to put on 68, the former falling unluckily to an outrageous catch for a quick 37. Hunter then proceeded to rip the chain off and hammer the NDs bowling to all parts of the ground including some huge horns and a smashed van window, he finished an amazing knock 130* off 118 with Jackson Eldridge offering great support in a 73 run partnership to close 7/257 off our 49.
Luke Radford’s return from injury paid immediate dividends by nicking off their opener, while Mitch O’Loughlin continued his great form getting one to jag back and hit the knee-roll of the number 3 to leave NDs reeling at 2-16. A few good partnerships got them back in the game but a great all-round bowling effort ensured the required rate steadily climbed until it was up around 7-8 heading into the last 10 overs. Great death bowling from Tom McKenzie (2-46) and Jacob Wood (4fer including a caught and bowled contender for catch of the season) closed the game out, NDs all out for 224.
The win gives us a slight bump to 14th on the ladder and not out of the finals hunt just yet. We’ll be aiming to back up with a similarly professional performance at Coogee this week as we take on 17th-placed Mosman.
3 – Dylan Hunter
2 – Jacob Wood
1 – Luke Radford
Petersham RSL 3rd Grade @ Kensington Oval
Result: Randwick Petersham 9/183 (Lopes 62, Sachs 53) def. Northern Districts 9/173 (Miskella 2/36, Connolly 2/44)
Batting first at Kenso, the Randy Petes were in complete disarray early on at 5/41 but the game changed when Luca Lopes (62) and Reuben Sachs (53) put on a 108-run stand. Ross Elliot (16*) had a good cameo at the end and batted selflessly to get the hosts to 9/183.
The Randy Petes were going to have to bowl well, and veteran Doug Loth (1/25 off 7) was good up front and laid a solid platform. Wickets were then shared around, with Elliot taking the first three catches. A couple of run outs and a good spell from 3rd grade debutant Ryan Connolly (2/44 off 10) put us in a good position heading into the death.
Ryan Miskella (2/36 off 10) and Ashley Burton (0/14 off 4) bowled with poise at the death and secured 3s second win of the season by 10 runs.
3 – Luca Lopes
2 – Reuben Sachs
1 – Ryan Connolly
Mellick Wealth Management 4th Grade @ Asquith Oval
Result: Randwick Petersham 189 (Montedoro 44) def by. Northern Districts 202 (Graham 4/33)
With a strengthened line-up and fresh from the break, there was plenty of belief within the Randy Petes camp heading into a clash with ND’s at Asquith Oval. The hosts batted first and after getting off to a strong start, Corey Graham (4/33 off 7) tore through the top order with a great spell.
The momentum continued to sway between the two sides through the middle overs, with the skipper tying down an end with 0/23 off 10 overs. Some ill-discipline with the ball and in the field hurt us in patches, but at the death the Randy Petes were strong as Ben Montedoro (3/47 off 10) and Will Hutchison (1/39 off 10) and we were able to restrict the Rangers to 202.
The openers in Montedoro (44) and Kel Mullins (36) got off to a fantastic start, putting on 78 for the first wicket. A run-out not long after took the wind out of our sails, but an explosive innings from Jaya Murdita (39) had us in complete control at 2/130.
But as has been the case plenty of times this season, the Randy Petes capitulated and lost the next 8 wickets for less than 70 runs to be bowled out for 189. It was a very disappointing result given the talent in the batting lineup, and the lads will hopefully use that disappointment as motivation for the rest of the season.
3 – Corey Graham
2 – Ben Montedoro
1 – Kel Mullins
Bendigo Clovelly Community Bank 5th Grade @ Snape Park
Result: Randwick Petersham
RPCC lost the toss and were sent it to bat in overcast and windy conditions on a greenish Snape oval pitch and slow outfield. On paper we were a good batting side and the talk in the camp that a score close to 200 would be ideal. The top 4 batsmen were asked to build partnerships, rotate the strike and bat up to the 20th over and then we can reassess. Having wickets in hand at the last 15 overs were the key. However, it was not to be and as RPCC were reduced to 4/39 in the 11th over.
Will Deller (33) and Fabian Heaton (35*) played cautiously and gutsed it out not to lose another wicket with Northern Districts right on top. Some poor shots and good catching by the young Northern District players saw our big hitter batsmen out without much contribution to the score and we were all out for 134.
With a low total to defend on a wicket that was playing true but hard to drive on the bowlers were asked to bowl just short of a length to entice the drive and utmost important to not bowl wides or no balls.
Our bowlers were fired up to do a good job but whist trying too hard the extras escalated to 17 wides and 3 no balls. Stephen Sheakey (1/14 off 8) was the pick of the bowlers with fiery pace, line and length and was unfortunate not few more wickets.
At our post game chat all were really fired up and bring on the next game as we are confident getting back into the winning games.
Fabian Heaton – 3
Will Deller – 2
Stephen Sheakey – 1
Metropolitan Cup: Cartwright Insurance Green v Hawkesbury @ Marrickville Oval
Result: Randwick Petersham Green 126 (A Xu 23) defeated by Hawkesbury 212 (J Dodd 3/37, E Khoo 2/21, H Schultz 2/30)
Green arrived at Marrickville with a strong and enthusiastic side and with overcast conditions and a spot of rain won the toss and invited the Hawks to bat. Schultz (2/30) broke through the opener on the 6th ball of the day before the 2 and 3 amassed 66 in 11 overs. Disciplined bowling from Jackson Dodd (3/37) brought an edge to Stewart at first slip. De Silva, gaining overs under his belt for Nationals, bowled an unplayable line knocking over former Randy Petes all-rounder Melukote with a beautiful seaming ball that kissed off stump. The spin twins Pingu (2-22) and Sriram Suresh (2-43) worked in tandem with Pingu on a hattrick and dismissing former NSW Blues spinner Liam Zammit first ball. Schultz final over was something to behold closing out their innings on the penultimate ball. Hawkesbury all out 212.
The chase began 0-5 courtesy of a 5 run penalty but with the wicket slowing the spinners put the breaks on with only Xu (23), Stewart (17), Saeed (14), W Dodd (16) and Pingu (14) reaching double figures. A disappointing loss but with many positives especially in the bowling department.
3 – Harry Schultz
2 – Jackson Dodd
1 – Alan Xu / E-Young Khoo
Metropolitan Cup: Titan Fitness Gold v Sutherland @ Tonkin Park
Result: Randwick Petersham Gold 127 (Takacs 33) defeated by Sutherland 2/128 (Gowda 1/25, Davies 1/25)
Winning the toss and batting on a slightly green but otherwise benign pitch was almost a good option, as the Golds put on 29 for not loss in the first 10 overs. From there, things went a tad awry, as procession of wickets left us at 5/54. Luke Takacs (33) started the recovery, making use of a poor but quick outfield to get regular boundaries. But the Sharks kept plugging away and were eventually able to dismiss the Golds for 127. Dane Coombs and Jack Braithwaite bowled well without any luck – a dropped catch and edges evaded the field to go for several boundaries. At 0/77 after 14 overs, the boys fought with pride to ensure that they didn’t concede a double-bonus point, while Thanush Gowda and Daniel Davies each sneaked themselves a couple of wickets.
3 – Luke Takacs
2 – Thanush Gowda
1 – Dane Coombs