MATCH REPORTS (Liam ‘LJ’ O’Loughlin)
1st to 5th Grades – Round 12 v Parramatta (2-Day Matches) Day 1
Metropolitan Cup – RPC Gold v Eastern Suburbs & RPC Green v Mosman
Lefand Group 1st Grade @ Old Kings Oval
Result: Randwick Petersham 6/268 (J Sangha 93, W Affleck 49, A Sams 47*)
Competition leaders Randy Petes took on Parramatta at Old Kings Oval and the toss was won by the home team who elected to bowl. Shaun Eaton (20) and Will Affleck (49) started well once again before Eaton was dismissed with the score on 53. Affleck continued his good form with a solid dig against his former club until he was caught, which brought Jason
Sangha (93) to the crease.
Sangha and DBD built a decent partnership, however when DBD was caught behind, the momentum came to a halt. The game was then interrupted with temperatures soaring past 43 degrees. After a few hours off the field, the lads were back out and Riley Ayre (11) was dismissed soon after the resumption of play with Randy Pete’s 4-149.
The lads shifted momentum back with the partnership of Sangha and Anthony Sams (47). The seemingly slow deck and high temperatures (meaning there was a drinks break every half hour) meant it was hard to switch on and off. Sangha was dismissed just seven runs short of a ton, as the Parramatta spinners took 2 quick wickets leaving the lads 6-268 with Sams not out to end the day alongside Daya Singh (11). The lads will be looking for quick runs next week before sending Parra into bat, in a bid to continue their winning run.
Sutton City 2nd Grade @ Coogee Oval
Result: Randwick Petersham 5/234 dec. (T Affleck 103*) won first innings vs. Parramatta 70 (T McKenzie 7/24) & 1/29
With a scorcher on the cards, 2nd grade were grateful for the Coogee Oval sea breeze, even after losing the toss and being put in the field. From ball one (a strangle down leg side) it was the Tom McKenzie (7/24 off 9) show at our home ground. From the Dolphin Street end T-Mac obliterated the Eels batting line-up in a serious display of quick bowling, settling into a great channel and swinging the ball both ways at pace to knock over the first 7 wickets.
At the first drinks break the Eels were 7-47, with 7-10 for T-Mac and every chance of taking all 10 wickets. The re-introduction of Jamie Hemphrey (3-29 off 5.3) proved critical taking out the last 3 poles to see Parramatta rolled for 70, the innings deservedly belonging to T-Mac finishing with his best figures for the club.
Beginning our innings prior to lunch we started positively and passed their score for the loss of just 2 wickets. Getting to the hotter part of the day it was important to knuckle down and keep rotating the strike which we did well through multiple contributions of 20+ but unfortunately losing regular wickets along the way.
An excellent knock from number 3 Tim Affleck (103*) proved to be the mainstay of our innings, dropping anchor early and grinding down the Eels attack to complete his first ton for the Randy Petes, with the added bonus of it coming against his former club. Tim showed great resilience and concentration on a tough day, accelerating well for his last 20 runs bringing up his ton in the final over before the declaration. Tim received great support from Rav De Silva (30) and Jackson Eldridge (26*) to get us to 5/234, a lead of 164.
The declaration allowed us 8 overs at an Eels line up with their backs against the walls, this paying immediate dividends when Jamie Hemphrey (1/17 off 4) nicked off the opener for a golden globe. Unlucky not to take another one with us, stumps were called at 1/29. The boys will be looking to claim the remaining 9 wickets next Saturday (still leading by 135) to leave with 10 points and jump straight back into the finals mix.
Big thanks to Paul O’Loughlin, Peter Devlin, Mick Wood, and Stan Beale for valuable help through the day.
Petersham RSL 3rd Grade @ Merrylands Oval
Result: Randwick Petersham 6/194 (Radford 4/39)
3s ventured out to Merrylands oval on what promised to be a scorcher, as they welcomed back some key players into the side. The plan was to win the toss and bat but that wasn’t to be; we were sent into the field instead.
There was a bit of something in the wicket early on as seamers Luke Radford (4/39 off 10) and Doug Loth (0/23 off 5) beat the bat with ease, as well as picking up a couple of early poles. As the wicket began to flatten out and the mercury rose, Parra put together a couple of solid partnerships.
However, the patience and control of off-spinner Ben Montedoro (2/41 off 16) and a vicious spell from Radders just before tea had the Eels six wickets down and the Randy Petes well and truly in the contest.
We were called off the field and play ended due to the heat with Parra 6/194 off 57 overs.
Mellick Wealth Management 4th Grade @ Kensington Oval
Result: Randwick Petersham 8/154 (Segal 34, Hussain 31)
While not as hot as the conditions a few Randy Petes sides had to play in on Saturday, Kenso was still very warm and it looked like an important toss to win. Luckily, that’s exactly what the hosts were able to do and we elected to bat on day one.
Things started slow as openers Ross Elliot (7) and Josh Segal (34) dug their heels in, but some rash shots saw us sitting at 2/28. Segal stuck around with Pommy import Ryan Miskella (19) for quite some time and got us to a decent position of 2/74 until Giggsy departed. It was definitely the toughest conditions Giggsy would have ever had to bat in, and in the end the heat defeated him.
Segal would soon depart after well over two hours at the crease, and then it was up to Neale Crawford (28) and Akhter Hussain (31) to try and restore some order. We would lose two wickets in the final over of the day to finish 8/154 in what was an awfully slow day of cricket.
The need for runs early on day two is evident, but with a strong bowling attack at our disposal anything is possible against the Eels and if we can strike early with the ball, we could be on for back to back wins.
Bendigo Clovelly Community Bank 5th Grade @ Castlewood Oval
Result: Randwick Petersham 83 (Heaton 34) Parramatta 4/50 (Thomas 2/13)
RPCC lost the toss and were put in to bat on a scorching day at Castlewood Oval and the advice to the top four batsmen was to be cautious, determined and leave balls for the first hour. Unfortunately, both openers fell cheaply and we were 2/7 inside 5 overs.
The wickets kept tumbling and at 4/21 the lads looked in severe trouble, but skipper Fabian Heaton (34) joined Freddy Whalebone (15) with the Parramatta team bustling and chatting away with their tails up. The pair frustrated the bowlers for some time but eventually Whalebone departed and another collapse was on.
RPC ended up all out for 83 in 29.4 overs, in what was a great bowling effort by the Parra team and a big bowling effort from our lads was required.
Mitch Winslade (2/31 off 6) was a tad expensive initially especially to balls on the batsmen leg stump but came back strong after a brilliant catch by Will Deller diving forward in cover of a bullet shot by their opener and then got the Parra skipper bowled with his next ball. Ben Thomas (2/13 off 6) executed his bowling as per the plan discussed and well rewarded as Parra finished the day with 4/50 from 12 overs.
Skipper Heaton wanted to thank Mike Deller as well as the other parents for helping out with the extra esky, scoring and advising the umpires when the temp reached 43 degrees. Their contribution played a major part in us getting the 4 wickets as the overs were reduced and the team had to try harder to get to our 83 runs in fewer overs in the day.
Metropolitan Cup: Cartwright Insurance Green v Eastern Suburbs @ Marrickville Oval
Result: Randwick Petersham Green 82 (A Coombs 16, E Khoo 13*) v Mosman 2/70
Metro Green arrived at Marrickville buoyed by two emphatic wins over the Australia Day long weekend. Another toss was won and Green looked to take advantage with the bat and with 6 from the first over it looked as though the new opening partnership of Saeed and Xu was about to be fruitful. But, pushing for 3 to the danger end, Saeed was run out halting Green’s momentum. Robinson (6) joined Xu and looked to play himself in. A lush outfield, good lines and pace off the ball made scoring difficult. All batsmen looked to play themselves in and guts out an innings but frustration intervened in many a dismissal. In the latter parts of the innings Pingu (13*) and Coombs (16) including the only boundaries of the innings went on the attack with the former playing a beautiful punch off the spinner.
With 20 odds overs in the day Mosman looked keen to knock over the target of 82 and it looked on the cards as pace on the ball made scoring a lot easier than in the morning. Both Coombs and the returning Simran Sandhu bowled some absolute jaffas, none more so than Coombs who bowled one that reared and struck the batsman on the hand forcing an early retirement (Green send best wishes to the batsman). Braithwaite continued the tight bowling and was rewarded with a unique LBW with one that stayed low pinning the crouching batsman in front and also combined, with an athletic snare off Sriram, leaving Mosman 2/70 and 13 in arrears and an interesting Day 2 to play out.
Metropolitan Cup: Titan Fitness Gold v Warringah @ Snape Park
Result: Randwick Petersham Gold 118 (A Bugti 48, W Grills 26) v Eastern Suburbs 2/28
On the surface, the Snape Park deck had a nice even covering of grass and was hard enough… but those who have played long enough there would have noticed the barren patches at each crease. Sure enough, after a season of having played true, Snape Park was back to it’s old tricks – low, slow, crumbling and prone to a grubber. With the knowledge that things were unlikely to get any better through out the day, Gold won the toss and elected to bat. Local rivals Easts, whether by necessity or design, actually had the ideal attack for the deck – where making your own pace on the ball was exceptionally difficult.
While it wasn’t as hot as it was out west, it was still a challenging 80 overs for all involved. The hero of the day was Anis ‘the BEARD’ Bugti, who eschewed his usual wanton aggression for sagely patience – befitting his magnificent, flowing beard. Bugti watched as his partners either succumbed to failing patience or the pitch playing tricks, all the while playing with grit, determination and the basics of getting behind the ball in defense. Will Grills (26) and Jarrod Hookey (12) provided a few tent posts of assistance to get the score moving, but it wasn’t until he was joined by the bottom order that he unleashed his customary array of powerful strokes to take the score to something defendable. Bugti batted for 57.4 overs in an innings that lasted 57.5 overs – for 48 runs that would be worth probably 148 in friendlier conditions.
118 may not seem like a lot but, on a deck where players where no longer able to mark centre and temperatures still in the 30s, anything in 3 figures was going to be a challenge to chase. And the Easts batsmen certainly laboured in the 20 overs they had left to face. Charith De Silva gained appreciable swing, while Bugti was still able to crank the last sinews of strength from his beard to push the speed gun, despite being out on the field for the entirety of the game until that point. It would be change bowler Will Grills though, that would get the break through via a catch by Peter Iosifidis at mid-wicket. With the shadows closing in, it was left to the biggest spin-twins in Sydney – Thanush Gowda and Atharv Ramakanth – to apply the screws at the day’s end. The latter was rewarded for a tidy spell with a caught and bowled off the Easts captain and best batsman – leaving Easts at a laborious 2/28 after 20 overs. If the game gets on, the Golds are confident of being able to defend the remaining 90 runs with conditions unlikely to get any better for batting.