ROUND 2 MATCH REPORTS V BLACKTOWN
& ROUND 1 1ST GRADE T20 & PGs
Over the last 2 weekends cricket has begun to ramp up. 1st and 2nd Grade faced the Warriors from Blacktown in 2 day cricket. 1s wrapped up a comprehensive win, while 2s had another narrow loss in a nailbiter.
T20 cricket returned and for the first time was played amongst the leafy surrounds of Kensington Oval. In the first match of the double-header v UTS North Sydney PGs had a tough start but 1s brought their campaign home on the back of the veterans.
Lefand Group 1st Grade @ Petersham Oval
Result: Randwick Petersham 6d-362 (96 overs) J Seymour 137, J Sangha 95, A Sams 61 def Blacktown 264 (74.1 overs) D Singh 4-55, R Ayre 4-65
Lefand 1st Grade returned to the picturesque Petersham Oval for Round 2 action. Winning the toss the Randy Petes decided to bat first against Blacktown which, turned out to be a great decision, losing just one wicket in the first session.
James Seymour starting his 2 day campaign in great style, putting on 171 for the 2nd wicket with Co-Captain Jason Sangha who was dismissed just 5 runs short of what would’ve been another First Grade Century with 95 runs. Anthony Sams came in at 4 and continued his strong form, smashing 61 and easily leading the bomb count for this season.
However the day belonged to Jimmy who finished on an incredible 137 and with support from the middle order, we declared at 6/362.
With the ball, we got off to a great start as Co-Captain Daya Singh took a pole in the first over of the innings. With constant partnerships throughout the innings, the game was in the balance until the second session bowling partnership of Riley and Daya taking 4 quick wickets between them. The game was finished off with a spectacular catch by Jacob Wood, replacing Sangha who had been rushed into the Shield bubble late in the week, as we bowled Blacktown out for 264. Daya finished with 4 wickets, which took his tally to 8 wickets in the 2 games he’s played against his former club. Riley was the pick of the bowlers with superb figures of 4/65 off 24 overs.
The Randy Petes boys are sitting 2/2 in their quest to defend their title.
Daya Singh (Co-Captain)
The 1st grade lads started their T20 campaign in terrific fashion with a comfortable victory against North Sydney.
After being sent out to field, the Randy Petes started phenomenally with Ayre and Semple taking early power play wickets to have the visitors 2-9 including the dangerous Avendano 3rd ball on nought. North Sydney started to get on a roll and were 4-100 after 14 overs.
Then it was the Scott Coyte show!!
After not playing Premier Cricket for a few years, Coytey came back in style taking a hat-trick on his return. He finished with amazing figures of 4-18 off 3.5 overs and was tremendously backed up by the experienced Adam Semple (3-15 off 4) bowling out the Bears for 122 and it turned out to not be enough as Will Affleck (48*), playing in his first T20 for the club and Anthony Sams (33) riding the boys home with an eventual 6 wicket victory with 1.2 overs left.
Daya Singh (c)
Suttons City Rosebery 2nd Grade @ Kensington Oval
Result: Randwick Petersham 301 (95.4 overs) S Sharma 79*, J Mellick 51, J Mahony-Brack 46 def by Blacktown 8 dec-306 (96.1 overs) J Wood 4-116, M O’Loughlin 2-53
Having lost the toss and being asked to field, the boys grinded away for 97 overs to have Blacktown 8/306 at the end of the day. Spinner Jacob Wood (4-116 off 33 overs) was well supported by Mitch O’Loughlin (2-53 off 24) and Ashley Burton (2-61 off 18).
Coming into Day 2, Blacktown declared and the Randy Petes made an outstanding start to be 0-92 at Lunch with Josh Mellick (51) and Adam Docos (63) setting up the team well. However, a poor middle session, losing 6 wickets was the difference in the game as only Jackson Eldridge (28) made contribution in the middle order. Late in the day Scott Sharma (79*) and James Mahoney-Brack (46) got us back into the game, however the Randy Petes ultimately fell 5 runs short of victory, all out 301.
Small patches of poor fielding and batting have ultimately cost us the game, but losing our first 2 games by a total of 8 runs shows we are close to a win and will hopefully put a good performance in next round against Bankstown.
Jackson Eldridge (c)
The Investment Collective PGs @ Kensington Oval
Result: Randwick Petersham 73 (18.3) P Gaur 31 def by UTS North Sydney 1-77 (11.3) M O’Loughlin 1-5
Randwick Petersham won the toss and elected to bat first against UTS North Sydney at Kensington Oval. The Randy Petes looked to put pressure on the Bears from the opening ball but had the opposite start by losing opener Josh Mellick first ball. Kel Mullins and Puru Gaur (31 off 28) looked to consolidate the innings but unfortunately Kel was dismissed for 3. This brought Reuben Sachs to the crease who was able to build a 21 run partnership with Gaur before being dismissed for 6 and from the then on the Randy Petes began losing wickets in clumps ending with a total of 73 from 18.3 overs.
With a low total to defend the Randy Petes looked to be aggressive and get a few early wickets. Spearheading the bowling attack was Mitch O’Loughlin and Caelan Maladay who only had 5 runs conceded between their first overs. Mitch was able to get a wicket in his second over to give some life to the defence but unfortunately the Bears were able to chase down the total comfortably in the 11th over. Notable mentions to Mitch O’Loughlin (1-5 off 2 overs) and Puru Gaur (0-7 off 2 overs).
Caelan Maladay (c)
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