Season 2020-21, Randwick Petersham’s 20th season, began on September 26 with First and Second Grade taking the field against Fairfield-Liverpool under the leadership of Daya Singh and Jackson Eldridge.

Uniquely both sides were at home, with First Grade returning to the historic Petersham Oval for the first time in 2 seasons and it was a proud moment for all to bring First Grade cricket back to the Inner West and we thank all at Inner West Council for their support.

Lefand Group 1st Grade @ Petersham Oval 

Result: Randwick Petersham 5/255 (50 overs cc) A Sams 107, D Singh 39 defeated Fairfield-Liverpool 197 (47.1) (C Maladay 2/27, R Ninan 2/28, D Singh, 2/34)

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Randwick Petersham Cricket was away to a flying start in defence of its 1st Grade Premiership with a strong win over Fairfield-Liverpool on the opening day of the 2020-21 NSW Premier Cricket season at Petersham Oval. In the absence of Jason Sangha (Sheffield Shield bubble) and Adam Semple Shaun Eaton, three debutants were capped and former First Grade skipper and capped player #65 Scott Coyte returned.

Tim Affleck joined his brother Will as capped player 133 following 487 runs in his debut season for the Randy Petes. Puru Gaur, a top-order batsman, who represented Wests CC in Newcastle last season scoring 635 runs including a top score of 115 became capped player 134. James Seymour from Melbourne via the NT Strike League in Darwin was capped player 135. Seymour from Essendon CC was Victorian Premier Cricket’s joint Jack Ryder Medallist last season with 711 runs at 47.00 as well as 78 runs in T20s. Thank you to Mike Whitney AM and Richard Chee Quee being on hand to present our newest debutants with their baggy greens.

Daya Singh won the toss and took first use of the wicket. It was a slowish start as Will Affleck (19) and Seymour (26) worked to build a platform. Following Seymour’s dismissal at 48, Anthony Sams picked up where he left off from last Saturday’s trial at Petersham (88 v North Sydney) and showed his class scoring his ninth 1st Grade century hitting 107 off just 98 balls with four boundaries and seven mighty sixes to take him to second place on the club’s 1st Grade run-getter’s list with 5,230 runs.  Randwick Petersham made 6-255 off its allotted 50 overs. Apart from Sams, Daya Singh belted 39* off just 16 balls.

Fairfield was bowled out for 197 in the 47th over with five bowlers sharing the wickets aided by two run-outs. Caelan Maladay with 2-27 returned the best figures alongside Singh 2-34 and Ryan Ninan 2-28.

A ton for Samsy

Apart from the win, it was a memorable day for Randwick Petersham’s wicket-keeper/batsman Anthony Sams. No sooner had he cooled down from his ton he was back on the field taking the first wicket of the season with a catch-behind off skipper Daya Singh. That snare took his club record to 364 1st Grade dismissals, passing the previous record of 363 held by former Randwick and Randwick Petersham gloveman Andrew Millican.

It is the greatest number of 1st Grade dismissals by any wicket-keeper in the 260 playing years of the Randy Petes and its founding clubs.

Suttons City Rosebery 2nd Grade @ Kensington Oval 

Result: Randwick Petersham 151 (48.5 overs) J Eldridge 42, James Mahony-Brack 30* defeated by Fairfield-Liverpool 8/154 (50 overs cc) M O’Loughlin 3/42, J Hemphrey 2/22

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2nd Grade began the 2020-21 season at Kensington Oval under new skipper Jackson Eldridge with two Club debutants in the side. Joshua Mellick made the move across from UNSW in the off season but this was not his first time in Randy Petes colours having toured England & Ireland in 2017. Rehan Anjum also made the move during the winter from Hawkesbury having scored 506 runs at 46.00.

It was also wonderful to have no fewer than seven former Randwick Junior Cricket Club players in the side – Jackson Eldridge, Adam Docos, Ravin De Silva, James Mahony-Brack, Ashley Burton, Joshua Mellick & Mitchell O’Loughlin.

Mitchell O’Loughlin

Having won the toss Fairfield-Liverpool elected to bat making steady progress before the pick of the bowlers Mitchell O’Loughlin 3-42 knocked over both openers. From there the Lions recovered before 4 wickets fell late in the innings for 19 runs. Mitch was ably supported by Jamie Hemphrey 2-22 whose experience at the death strangled the Lions lower order who finished 8-154 (50 overs cc).

James Mahony-Brack

In pursuit of 155 Mellick fell early. A Captain’s knock from Eldridge 42 built a solid platform and when he fell there was still a deficit of 47. But with James Mahony-Brack at 8 there was confidence amongst the team that the chase was on. JMB played a strong innings to finish 30* but the Lions got a sniff and held their nerve to see 2s fall 3 agonising runs short of victory in the penultimate over.

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