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A rain-affected weekend saw three losses and two draws for the Randy Petes, as the lower grades got their season underway.

First Grade and Fourth Grade were both washed out without a chance of result, while a batting collapse in Second Grade prevented them from earning their first win of the season.

This weekend, the Randy Petes have themselves a ‘home round’ against Penrith, which will see 1s, 3s and 5s all playing locally. For the other two grades, enjoy the road trip out to the foot of the Mountains!

Lefrand Group 1st Grade vs Penrith @ Coogee Oval

Anthony Sams

Sitting firmly in the top four, the reigning Belvidere Cup champions will be looking to climb a couple of spots this weekend when they take on the Panthers.

Over the years, we have come away with 10 wins, two draws and a tie against the Riff from 20 encounters. That gives us the overall edge – and after a 45-run victory last season, the Randy Petes have now won three of the past four clashes.

The leading run-scorer for the club so far this season, Anthony Sams has been in strong form and is averaging over 50 with the stick inside the opening four rounds. Add in five catches and two stumpings, and the veteran keeper is definitely a player who could make a huge difference on Saturday.

Suttons City Rosebery 2nd Grade vs Penrith @ Howell Oval

Ash Burton

After bowling NDs out for 126 last weekend, you would have thought the lads would be heavy favourites – but an unfortunate display with the bat cruelled them. Skipper Jackson Eldridge is said to be fired up, and will want to come home from the west with the chocolates this weekend to kick-start their season.

In 17 matches against the Panthers in this grade, the Randy Petes have come away with just six victories – our last of which came back in 2016.

After a slow start to the year, Ash Burton took 4/15 last weekend in a breakout performance. His left-arm seamers can cause plenty of damage when he is on, and he’s a more than capable batsman, making him the player to watch in this fixture.

Petersham RSL 3rd Grade vs Penrith @ Petersham Oval

Tom Holland

It wasn’t the way they wanted to start the year last week – but there is enough talent in this outfit to do some damage in 2020/21. Tom Holland returns this week as skipper in a huge boost for the side.

A tough loss last year sees our record drop to just six wins from 19 games against Penrith in 3s. This is tough reading, and recent history is not on our side either – our last victory coming all the way back in 2013. Time for a change of fortune, we hope.

Mandar Mariggudi arrived at the club in pre-season with plenty of promise, and looked the goods in the trial games. The quick bowls with plenty of aggression, which is never a bad thing, and is always hungry for wickets. Here’s hoping he is able to take a bag of them on Saturday.

Mellick Wealth 4th Grade vs Penrith @ Bill Ball Oval

Will Deller

A promising start last weekend was ruined by the rain, as 4s had a draw against the Rangers at Kenso. This weekend, the side welcomes back Luca Lopes, who will no doubt be hungry for runs and looking to prove a point.

The Randy Petes have had eight wins and four draws over the years against Penrith at this level. However, our last win came back in 2014 and after a three-wicket loss last year, they will be looking to turn things around.

Will Deller continues to prove himself as a player of the future. For a 15-year old, he bowls with plenty of maturity and is a major key to our hopes on Saturday. Dell is also a quality fielder and more than handy with the bat – having all those tools makes him a big asset to the side.

Clovelly Community Bank 5th Grade vs Penrith @ Kensington Oval

Adam Coombs

An opening round loss last weekend against NDs is certainly not the way 5s wanted to start the year. But the best thing about cricket is you only have to wait a week to turn things around, and that’s exactly what they’ll aim for here.

In 21 clashes against the Riff, we have come away with nine wins and four draws, giving us slight overall edge. Recent history is not on our side however, having won just one game from the past seven.

Pacer Adam Coombs made his grade debut for Randwick Petersham last week and will be disappointed with his returns. Carrying a true fast bowler’s heart and mind, the second Coombsy to play for the club will be firing on all cylinders and keen for an improved performance.

Metropolitan Cup: Titan Fitness Gold vs Warringah @ Snape Park

Metropolitan Cup: Cartwright Insurances Green BYE

After a few years of having an increasing number of teams, Metropolitan Cup falls back to a 13 team competition, following the losses of Sutherland and Eastern Suburbs. This has been offset, by Sydney University fielding a second team for the first time – a far cry from early season rumours that they may not field a side at all…

Following a resounding win in the Richmond Lowlands built on discipline with the ball and in the field, Gold return much closer to home to take on Warringah at Snape Park – having had road trips out to Mike Pawley for the last few seasons. We have yet to beat Warringah in the Metropolitan Cup, but with the return of young firebrand fast bowlers – Jack Braithwaite and Ben Thomas – and the talented Atharv Ramakanth, we’ve never had a better opportunity with moisture in the air and a team of new faces.

After the hard yakka of 5.2 rain affected overs at Petersham last weekend, Green have a well-earned rest after drawing an early season bye.

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