Randwick Petersham crowned Belvidere Cup winners in 2019-20

Congratulations to Randwick Petersham First Grade who have been crowned the Belvidere Cup winners for 2019-20. At the conclusion of the NSW Premier Cricket 2019-20 season, Randwick Petersham headed the Belvidere Cup 1st Grade points table with 77 points–11 ahead of next best Sydney University on 66 with Bankstown in third place on 61. That gave Randwick Petersham the minor premiership in the competition for the first time. Under the leadership of Co-Captains Jason Sangha and Daya Singh the team lost only one match during the rounds. This was an amazing turnaround in performances as the team finished 18th in 2018-19 and as a Club the Randy Petes lifted 8 positions in the Club Championship to finish 7th.

 The Finals Series comprising qualifying finals, semi-finals and a Grand Final was scheduled to be played between 21 March and 5 April. The winner of the Grand Final or the team with the higher position on the points table in the event of a draw, would be declared Premiers for 2019-20. Because of the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic and the action taken by the Australian Government to address its effect on the population, Cricket Australia issued a recommendation that club and community cricket close down amid the health concerns. Cricket NSW adopted that advice bringing to an end NSW Premier Cricket for the season. The Association also declared that the minor premiers of each grade would be declared Premiers for 2019-20. Randwick Petersham was accordingly named 1st Grade Premiers for 2019-20.

This was the first time in its 19 seasons Randwick Petersham were 1st Grade Premiers. The team had participated in three previous Belvidere Cup Grand Finals going down to Eastern Suburbs in 2003-04 and to Sydney University in 2010-11 and 2011-12. While the side were Premiers in the Limited Overs competition in 2011-12 and had won the Twenty20 competition three times between 2011 and 2016, the Belvidere Cup until this season, had eluded them.

Winning the NSW Premier Cricket 1st Grade Cricket Premiership is the pinnacle of achievement in cricket competitions at the level which feeds into NSW state and Australian international cricket teams. Most grade clubs have representative players in their ranks and we at Randwick Petersham were fortunate to have as part of our team, international David Warner, Daniel Sams and Jason Sangha – both from the NSW team and Sydney Thunder – and Kent English County representative Daniel Bell Drummond.

This of course is only part of the story, as playing alongside them we also had a group of highly skilled hard working players who all made outstanding contributions to the success of the team throughout the season. Many of these players have played in NSW 2nd X1, NSW Under 19 and NSW Under 17 teams. None more so than veterans Adam Semple and Anthony Sams whose experience and skill as cricketers was central to the teams success and the last two remaining players from our last Grand Final appearances. Our youngest player is 17 year old Caelan Maladay.

As one of the standout sides this season it is fitting to cap off 2019-20 with this silverware. But titles like these are hard to win and it requires a large group of people behind the scenes: administrators, volunteers, coaches, scorers and game day helpers to create a winning environment. These people have been a part of a truly extended team and club effort to assist the players in every possible way. Credit must be paid foremost to Director of Cricket Operations Bill Anderson who has been at the helm since our first season as a merged club. His dedication to First Grade is unrivalled and the fruits of his labour are clear for all to see. Congratulations are also extended to Head Coach Greg Small on his second First Grade title with the Randy Petes and to the selectors Alan Wright and Peter Devlin. Credit must also be paid to Veena Naidu the team scorer. Their dedication and commitment are also unrivalled. In addition, the contribution of our wonderful ladies in the canteen each match day, our honorary photographer Peter Bannigan, our CEO John Stewart and Management Committee should also not be underestimated. We are fortunate to have these people and many others behind the scenes, prepared to give up their time for the benefit and welfare of Randwick Petersham Cricket. We are truly indebted to them all. A great thanks to the entire supporter base of Randwick Petersham members who came down and cheered on 1st grade at as many match days as they could – having such dedicated support no doubt spurred the team on.

Proud 19 year old Captain Jason Sangha was elated with the win stating “It’s been a terrific season for the Randy Petes. Although this may not have been the ideal way to win the Belvidere Cup, I’m immensely proud of all players and support staff for what was a dominating season, finishing 11 points clear of second place. I want to thank all the players, support staff, game day staff, volunteers, supporters and sponsors for their unwavering support in 2019-20.”

The President Mike Whitney was beaming in his praise for First Grade’s win “It has been a long wait for this title but it is certainly a wait worthwhile. To finish Minor Premiers after 18th last season is testament to the hard work and skill of our 1st Grade team who were formidable all season. I am a proud President heading into our 20th season as defending Belvidere Cup Premiers!!”

The Randwick, Petersham and surrounding communities should be rightfully proud of the achievements of the Randwick Petersham Cricket Club and its 1st grade team in 2019-20.

Randwick Petersham thank our wonderful sponsors for supporting our Club in achieving great successes this season in particular Platinum Sponsor Lefand Group as well as Petersham RSL, Suttons City, O’Neills Sportswear Australia, Cartwright Insurance Brokers, Mellick Wealth Management, Sydney Airport, Bistro Rex, The Co-Australia, Adina Hotel Apartment Coogee, Clovelly Community Bank Branch Bendigo Bank, Titan Fitness, Palm Pilates, Mr Taxman, SOS Hydration Australia, Indian Paradise, Garrard & Flack, Elastoplast, Century 21 Eastern Beaches, Courtyard Cafe, Bamboozld, Out There Branding, Coogee Beach Club, QS1, The Investment Collective, Brown Wright Stein Lawyers and CEM. We are also appreciative to Randwick City Council and Inner West Council for their support as well as to Green Options in maintaining our grounds in an expert manner.  A special thanks to Cricket Ireland as well for their unending support and friendship.

We also extend our gratitude to The Hon Matt Thistlethwaite MP, The Hon Dr Marjorie O’Neill MP, The Hon Jo Haylen MP, The Hon Dave Sharma MP and Mr Owen Feeney Consul General of Ireland, Sydney for their support throughout the summer.

Randwick Petersham also congratulate the Premiers in Limited Overs, Kingsgrove Sports T20, Grades 2 to 5, Poidevin-Gray and AW Green Shield, Metropolitan Cup as well as Bankstown DCC as deserved Club Champions.

Trust. Respect. Humility.

Leading run scorer – Will Affleck (766 runs @51.1)

Leading wicket taker – Daya Singh (37 wickets @17.9)

Highlights of the 1st Grade Belvidere Cup Premiership Season

  • Of 10 two-day matches and five Limited Overs matches in the competition, only a LO match against Sydney was lost
  • Of the team’s 11 wins, two were won outright–the first time since 2002-03 two outright wins occurred in the same season
  • 4,039 runs were scored for 98 wickets (ave. 41.21)–284 above next best Gordon who scored 3,755 for 133 (ave. 28.23)
  • There were two scores above 400 and five over 300 with 7-430 to defeat Penrith the best (one run short of the club record)
  • The side was “sent in” six times scoring 272,323,310,167,268 and 2-83 (rain)
  • 143 wickets were taken for 3,393 runs (ave. 23.73)–second to North Sydney who took 150 for 4,146 (ave. 27.64)
  • The 53 and 57 scored by Hawkesbury in their outright defeat were the two lowest scores by any club against us in 1st Grade
  • Including LO finals, 438 fours and 73 sixes were scored; Will Affleck topped both with 82 fours and 21 sixes
  • Top scorers were Will Affleck (766); Jason Sangha (658) and Daniel Bell-Drummond (639)
  • Top wicket-takers were Daya Singh (37); Adam Semple (30) and Riley Ayre (27)
  • Wicket-keeper Anthony Sams completed 27 dismissals to take him to 353 in 1st Grade for the club
  • There were eight partnerships of 100 or more with 149 for the first wicket v Wests by Will Affleck and Shaun Eaton the best
  • Six centuries were scored with Jason Sangha’s 138 against Penrith the highest
  • Daya Singh’s 6-31 were the best bowling figures and the best ever in a LO Grand Final
  • Under 21 players Jason Ralston (5-14) and Caelan Maladay (5-15) both had match-winning performances
  • In the seven Limited Overs competition matches all seven tosses were lost
  • The 7-347 scored to defeat Gordon was the seventh time we have scored more than 300 against that club and was second only to the 9-354 chased down in 2009-10 with 3-357
  • The 7-323cc in the LO v Sydney match was the second highest score against them, the best being 6-336cc in 2006-07
  • The 4-313 scored to defeat NDs was only the second time the team had passed 300 against that club
  • Adam Semple finished the season with career figures of 5,673 runs and 350 wickets in 1st Grade
  • Anthony Sams brought up 5,000 1st Grade runs finishing with 5,103
  • Dan Sams passed 3,000 runs for the club in 1st Grade ending with 3,284
  • Worst score of the season was 113 to lose the match chasing Sydney University’s 194 in the LO Grand Final.

And in the Twenty20 competition

  • The team was defeated by Sydney in the Preliminary Final 4-161 to 4-157cc.
  • The 5-241 scored against UNSW in round 4 was the highest by the club in T20 cricket passing the 4-217 made against North Sydney in 2015-16; 22 fours and 14 sixes were scored (total 172).
  • The winning runs margin of 154 against UNSW was a new record for T20 cricket overtaking the previous best of 70 against North Sydney in 2015-16.
  • Riley Ayre’s 5-14 off 4 overs in the T20 match against UNSW was the first time any bowler had taken 5 wickets in a T20 match for the club.
  • The 4-218 scored to beat Nth Sydney in round 5 was the second highest score by the team and the highest against Norths.
  • 138 fours and 49 sixes were scored in the T20 Cup giving a season total of 576 fours and 122 sixes by the 1st Grade team.
  • In all matches Daniel Bell-Drummond hit 95 fours with Will Affleck and Jason Sangha hitting 21 sixes each.
  • Top run-scorer was Jason Sangha with 256 runs while Ryan Ninan took 18 wickets.

Contributions and Stats from Lyall Gardner