From the Archives – Looking back on 19 seasons – Series 1


Season 2020-21 marks Randwick Petersham’s 20th Anniversary. Over 19 seasons there have been an infinite number of team and individual performances. In that time 2 Club Championships and 15 Premierships have been won; most recently the Belvidere Cup. So as we head towards the 20th season we’ve dug into the archives to present some of the best memorable moments since 2001.

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The First 1st Grade Premiership: On Australia Day 2012 1st Grade defeated Sydney University to win their first Twenty20 title.

Skipper Scott Coyte’s decision to bat first paid off when Damian Wall (16 off 13) and Usman Khawaja (34 off 16) started like a bomb rattling up 40 off just 3.4 overs. When Ussie went we were 2-58 off 4.5 and when Scott Coyte (16 off 16) departed the score was a healthy 3-91 off 10.1. Adam Coyte carried on the good fight with some great partnerships. With Nathan Hauritz (23 off 18) they put on 43 off 33 balls; with Adam Semple (4 off 5) they hit 13 in 11 balls; while he and Nathan Price (21 off 7) scored a massive 34 off the last 15 balls. When the final ball was bowled the score was a mighty 5-181 with Adam Coyte the hero smashing 57 not out off 46 balls. The total included 9 sixes and 10 fours.

The run chase couldn’t have started any better for us with Nathan Hauritz removing the hard-hitting Nick Larkin caught behind by Anthony Sams first ball!  Hauritz (2-15 off 4 overs) followed up next over to take out Faraday and the students were 2-11. When Burt Cockley bowled Greg Mail (21) they were well behind the clock at 3-46 off 9.5. With 29 off the next 15 balls it was game on but Cockley (3-34 off 4) struck again removing Robertson and Miller in successive balls and the score had slumped to 5-75 off 12. Danger-man Scott Henry, who scored a century against us in last season’s Grand Final was still at the crease but when Scott Coyte (1-18 off 4) knocked him over for 52 and Adam Semple (1-31 off 4) removed Somerville with the score 7-98 off 15.2 it was all over bar the shouting. Nick Warren (1-38 off 4) cleaned up at the end with a bit of lusty hitting from the tailenders all in vain. With the final score of 8-136 well below the 181 target the Twenty20 Cup for 2011-12 was ours and for his performance with bat and ball Nathan Hauritz was named the David Warner Medallist. 

The First 1st Grade XI: With 19 Clubs participating in the 2001-02 season Round 1 was a bye for the Randy Petes. Therefore the First 1st Grade side took the field at Petersham Oval on September 29 2001 against UNSW Cricket Club under the Captaincy of Capped player #1 Paul Toole. 

The remaining members of the team were awarded their caps in batting order as follows: #2 Daryl Parmenter #3 Ian Barter #4 Richard Chee Quee #5 Graham Doig #6 Andrew Millican #7 Paul Staunton #8 Grant Parmenter #9 Adam Warren #10 Andrew Harrison and #11 James LeHuray alongside Peter Devlin (Club Coach), Bobby Bartman (Manager), Ruth Kelleher (Scorer), Bill Anderson (Director of Coaching) and Mike Whitney (President)

The Randy Petes’ First Premiership – 4th Grade 2002-03: At Petersham Oval under the captaincy of Greg “Prince” Hartshorne the 2002-03 4th Grade side defeated a spirited Manly Warringah District Cricket Club​ by 52 runs to hold aloft The Reid Cup. Extra special was the fact that this signalled the Randy Petes first Premiership in only its second season. Troy Brewster was the star with the bat scoring his 5th century of the season with 148 (62% of the team total of 237).

In reply Manly were in disarray with Zachary Levien running through the top order with 3 quick wickets. When Nigil Singh chipped in they were reeling at 4-36. A determined partnership pushed the score to 126 before an inspired bowling change from “Prince” brought about the breakthrough. At 9-185 Singhy bowled a full toss to clean up the last wicket and the Reid Cup was ours.

Back row: Bill Hendricks (umpire), Owen Ridge (scorer), David Townsend​, Nigel Singh​, Zachary Levien, Aaron Hildred, Greg Hartshorne​ (c), Darren McCoy, Tim Donahoo (umpire).
Front row: Matt Taylor​, Denis Hinds, Grant Frakes, Troy Brewster, Andy Hollingsworth, Michael Watson​, John Connell (manager)

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