A Record Breaking Day at Coogee

Randwick Petersham Cricket had an amazing day with the bat on Day 1 of Round 3 against Bankstown, scoring a total of 667 runs for the loss of just 14 wickets across both 1st and 2nd grades.

But the day was headlined by two former Randwick Juniors Ravin De Silva and Jackson Eldridge putting on 246 for the 3rd wicket.

In 2nd Grade it was a day of records. Being sent in to bat at Coogee Oval, both openers were gone with 26 on the board. That brought together, Ravin De Silva and skipper Jackson Eldridge, who scored a new 2nd Grade partnership record of 246 for the 3rd wicket. The previous best was 168 by Richard Phillips and David Mitchell against St George in 2002-03—18 years ago. It was the also the second highest partnership for the 3rd wicket in the club’s 20 year history behind the 265 scored by Troy Brewster and David Townsend against Blacktown in 4th Grade in 2002-03.

Ravin made 165 off 253 balls with 14 fours and 4 sixes. It was his first ton in 2nds and his second for the club having made the current record high score of 155 in 3rd Grade in 2017-18. Jackson scored 114.  It was his first century in 2s and in just his third game as captain. It was also his second for the club having hit 105* in 4th Grade in 2016-17. It was also the fifth time centuries by two players had been scored in the same innings in 2nd Grade. And the final score of 7-379 was the highest against Bankstown since the team hit 7-389 in 2008-09.

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The 1st XI made 7-288 with Riley Ayre scoring a maiden 1st Grade century having previously made eight half-centuries. Riley scored 108 off 247 balls in 326 minutes with 12 fours at Bankstown Oval and in the process brought up a personal milestone, passing 1,500 runs in the top grade to take him to 1,558 in 57 innings in his 65th match for the club. Tim Affleck scored 64 off 153 balls with 8 fours. The pair came together with the side struggling a little at 3-51 and put on 130 for the 4th wicket. Skipper Daya Singh threw the bat late in the day for 32 off 47 while Scott Coyte, who took his second T20 hat-trick for the club the previous weekend, whacked 28* off 28.

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Lyall Gardner

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