MATCH REPORTS (Liam ‘LJ’ O’Loughlin)
1st to 5th Grades – Round 10 v Mosman (One-Day Matches)
Lefand Group 1st Grade @ Allan Border Oval
Result: Randwick Petersham 9/167 (Semple 40) def. Mosman 154 (Singh 4/39, Ninan 3/13)
1st grade turned up to a wet Allan Border Oval needing a victory to secure a home quarter final in the one-day competition. The home team won the toss and sent us in, however rain delayed play. Persistent rain throughout the day meant plenty of card games and banter.
Play eventually started at 3.30pm with the game reduced to 24 overs each. We were put under a bit of pressure with regular wickets falling. When the lads slipped to 5/95, Mosman had the upper hand. Adam Semple continued his great form against the white ball, smashing the ball to all parts of the field on his way to a well-made 40 off 26 balls. Some good lower order hitting ensured the lads posted a defendable target of 167.
This momentum carried over to the bowling innings with Riley Ayre (2/32 off 5), Semple (1/37 off 5) and Daya Singh (4/39 off 5) all taking wickets in their first over of the power play, leaving the home team chasing their tail at 4-50.
A steady middle order partnership was crucially broken by Ryan Ninan (3/13 off 5) and the game was in the balance. Mosman needed 36 off the final 4 overs, but this proved to be too big of a target with some great death bowling as star bowler Ninan picked up 2 wickets in his final over leaving him with outstanding figures.
The lads winning by 13 runs and ensuring a home QF against Gordon (February 9 at Coogee) in the One Day tournament is massive, and it was also a big win as it put them in top spot of the Belvidere Cup.
Sutton City 2nd Grade @ Coogee Oval
Result: Randwick Petersham 115 (Affleck 28) def by. Mosman 2/134
After the constant rain and floods, Coogee Oval worked its magic and got us a start on time. A steady start saw us to 2-59 after 18 before the rain came and wiped us out for over 4 hours. Getting a resumption at 4pm we were given a further 12 overs to bat, scraping to be all out for 115 on the last ball of our 31 overs.
DLS gave the Whales a revised target of 133 off 31 overs. Some quality new ball bowling from Caelan Maladay (1/31 off 5) and Mitch O’Loughlin (1/35 off 5) reduced Mosman to 2-10 with us right in the driving seat, but after that it became a one-sided affair. Plenty of aggression with the bat alongside some luck with ball not going to hand got the Whales home in the 18th without losing another wicket.
A pretty tough loss to take when not doing a lot wrong but being stung by the rain. Credit to the boys for sticking in there on a tough day for cricket which took a lot of patience in the pursuit of 6 points, and big thanks to Paul O’Loughlin for sticking around to help us out.
Petersham RSL 3rd Grade @ Rawson Oval
Result: Randwick Petersham 80 def by. Mosman 7/182 (Loth 2/28, Connolly 2/28)
Randy Petes won the toss and sent the Whales in, and struck early courtesy of Doug Loth (2/28 off 7) leaving them 1/16 off 6 before the rain break. The weather reduced it to a 36-over match and at one stage, the visitors had Mosman 3/30-odd before their captain hit them to all parts.
Ryan Connolly (2/28 off 5) bowled well again, but overall the fielding and bowling was the worst it’s been all year and it actually looked like a team that is in last place. Mosman finished with 7/182 but there was no reason it couldn’t be chased.
Unfortunately, the batting wasn’t much better than the bowling and fielding, with plenty of poor shot selections and good bowling having wickets tumbling. A gallant dig from Ross Elliot (17) and a cheeky red ink from Connolly (13*) were the pick of the bats in a dismal display.
Mellick Wealth Management 4th Grade @ Kensington Oval
Result: Randwick Petersham 1/43 (Mullins 22*) drew with Mosman
Match was washed out.
Bendigo Clovelly Community Bank 5th Grade @ Balmoral Oval
Result: Randwick Petersham drew with Mosman
Match was washed out.
Metropolitan Cup: Cartwright Insurance Green v Titan Fitness Gold @ Coogee Oval
Result: Match Postponed
The long awaited return of the Metropolitan Cup Coogee Derby was postponed for one week, which turned out to be a good decision following a weekend of torrential but much required rain. Both teams will now line up on Australia Day instead.