From the Archives – Looking back on 19 seasons – Series 5

First Grade T20 win 2011-12

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.

In Series 5 of From the Archives relives Usman Khawaja’s record-breaking and NSW First Class debut season, the Randy Petes hosting Cricket Ireland prior to the 2015 Cricket World Cup and First Grade’s 2003-04 Belvidere Cup Finals appearance.

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Khawaja’s record breaking season: In 2007-08 Usman Khawaja became the second Randy Petes’ batsman to crack the magical 1000 run season mark behind Richard Chee Quee.
He scored 1134 runs at 59.68 including 5 tons including 138 v Sydney Uni, 127* v Wests, 101 v Northern District, 102 v Gordon & 111 v St George.
On 15 Feb 2008, following a mountain of runs, Ussie was rewarded with his First Class debut for NSW v Victoria at the SCG scoring 85 in his only innings of the match.

The Irish come to Coogee:

Randwick Petersham were proud to host an international side, when they faced off against Ireland on Friday 6th February 2015 at the sea-side paradise, Coogee Oval; a result of 18 months of meticulous planning by John Stewart and John McLoughlin before the 2015 Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

In the week leading up to the match, the Irish team stayed around and trained at Coogee Oval, while assisting the Club and community by holding clinics for local children and giving Randwick Petersham players a chance to train against an international team.

In what was a career highlight for many players, Randwick Petersham finished victors on the day, winning by 5 wickets with 6.1 overs to spare. After Ireland captain William Porterfield with 74 (107) and Ed Joyce with 49 (62) and future Randy Petes First Grader and current Ireland Captain Andrew Balbirnie 26 led their side to a creditable 7-255 (wickets spread around) off their 50 overs, all the Randwick Petersham batsmen contributed, with Anthony Sams 80 (84) and Nathan Price 51 (71) in particular leading the way to the Waterford Crystal Trophy used to commemorate the match.

Less than two weeks later, the Irish would go on to open their World Cup campaign with a resounding win over the West Indies in Nelson, justifying their assertions that their preparations with Randwick Petersham were the best lead in they could have had.

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Belvidere Cup Finalists 2003-04: Between the 2nd and 4th April 2004 First Grade faced off against Easts in the Final at Coogee Oval (interestingly the first time both Clubs had met in a final since they began in 1951-52). Unfortunately Simon Katich was unavailable with injury and former England and Gloucestershire fast bowler Jon Lewis had returned home after a 52 wicket season.

The skipper Paul Toole won the toss, sent in the Dolphins and within 39mins were reeling at 5-15 with Glenn Farquharson (3-8) and backed up by Andrew Harrison dismissing Brad Haddin for 3 and Nathan Rosser knocking over Mark Patterson for a duck. A rearguard led by Michael Maclennan (133) pushed the score to 273.

In the chase 17-year-old Usman Khawaja (67) was the rock of the innings in a 5 hour stay at the crease. Brett Hunter (35) and Farquharson (28*) in support ticked over the scoreboard before the Randy Petes were dismissed 40 short of the target.

Rain heralded Day 3 before a 2pm resumption. Andrew Harrison breathed life into the contest with 3 wickets in 4 balls but it wasn’t enough as Easts batted to stumps and the cup.

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