LJ’S RANDY PETES PREVIEW ROUND 3 VS BANKSTOWN
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Round three kicks off this weekend with two-day matches against Bankstown, and it looms as an important game for our top two grades.
1st Grade have started the season how they finished the 2019/20 campaign with two straight wins – but run into a tough clash here with another undefeated side.
2nd Grade have had two excruciatingly narrow losses under new skipper Jackson Eldridge, but they certainly aren’t far off.
Lefrand Group 1st Grade vs Bankstown @ Bankstown Oval
Things have certainly started well for 1s this season. Some big losses have been replaced perfectly with the additions of Scott Coyte, James Seymour and Puru Gaur. This weekend all three will be in action, and will be major keys to a potential victory.
It has been a tough history overall against the Bulldogs, having won just eight games from 18 encounters. Recent history however is more in the Randy Petes’ favour, having won four of the past five.
The aforementioned James Seymour is the player to watch here after a terrific century against Blacktown last weekend. Seymour is coming off a successful campaign in Melbourne last year, and hasn’t missed a beat since joining us.
Suttons City Rosebery 2nd Grade vs Bankstown @ Coogee Oval
It was another heartbreaking loss last weekend, going down by just five runs to the Mounties. Despite three players scoring half-centuries – including a brilliant 79 not-out from Scott Sharma – it still wasn’t enough for the Randy Petes to get home. This weekend, they welcome back seamer Jamie Hemphrey.
The hosts have produced nine wins and one draw from 16 matches, giving us a positive record against this weekend’s opponents. Last year we were on the losing end, and with a very similar XI lining up this weekend, a bit of revenge will be on the mind.
Jack Lyle handed over the captaincy reins to Jacko ahead of this year to focus on his batting, and after missing the first game through injury, should be primed for a strong second-up performance here.