1s, 2s and RP Gold came away with hard fought wins over Penrith and Warringah, with 1s stealing victory from the jaws of defeat at Coogee.

At the foot of the mountains Eldridge’s 2s finally being rewarded for their hard work. 3s had a close loss, but 4s and 5s will look for improved showings next week against Manly-Warringah.

The Randy Petes also farewell First Grade capped player James Seymour #135 who returns south of the border to rejoin his Victorian Premier Club Essendon after making a strong impact at the top of the First Grade order.

Lefand Group 1st Grade @ Coogee Oval 

Result: Randwick Petersham 9-244 (50 overs) R Ayre 57, T Affleck 55 def Penrith 232 (47.5 overs) C Maladay 6-31, D Singh 2-45

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What a cracker of a game!!! The 1st grade lads produced one of the all time comebacks to secure victory in what is probably going to be the match of the season!

Winning the toss, we batted first against a strong Penrith lineup and were in a bit of trouble early at 3/45. However, Tim Affleck (55) and Riley Ayre (57) both continued their strong form with a partnership of 103. With some strong lower order hitting from Puru Gaur (22), Adam Semple (30), and Ryan Ninan (32), we finished the innings on 244. This seemed to be a par score on what looked like a good cricket wicket.

Caelan Maladay 6-31

Semple (2-53) took a wicket first ball of the innings, but Penrith went all guns blazing from there on and were cruising at 3-126. Back to back wickets from Daya Singh (2-45) gave the boys some hope, however things weren’t looking great as Penrith needed 20 runs to win in 6 overs, with 5 wickets in hand.

The ball was then handed to Caelan Maladay and the rest was history. We took the last 5 wickets for 6 runs and “cattle dog” finished with amazing figures of 6/31 off 6.5 overs. The lads are now unbeaten in the Belvedere Cup and sitting well in 4th place.

Daya Singh (c)

The Randy Petes also farewell First Grade capped player James Seymour #135 who returns south of the border to rejoin his Victorian Premier Club Essendon.

In his short stay in Sydney he certainly has made an impact with 247 runs in all formats at 41.17 including a top score of 137.

The Randy Petes wish Jimmy the best for the remainder of the Victorian Premier season and look forward to hearing reports of plenty of runs for the Bombers.


Lefand Group 1st Grade T20 @ Chatswood Oval 

Result: Randwick Petersham 9-125 (17.4overs) R Ayre 64 def by Gordon 7-182 (20 overs) J Ralston 2-29 R Ayre 2-48

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Riley Ayre starred with bat and ball

An unfortunate result in our T20 campaign as we went down to a Gordon team who played some great cricket on the day. We were sent out to field first and Gordon came out swinging, going 10 an over in the power play with Riley Ayre and Daya Singh picking up a wicket each. Despite a minor comeback by youngsters Caelan Maladay (1-30) and Jason Ralston (2/29), Gordon finished on 182 with former Randy Pete having a great day scoring 88.

Riley Ayre c&b

Losing wickets in the power play never helps and when we were 3-24 in the power play, it was always going to be a difficult ask as we were bowled out 9/125 (Woody injured). Riley Ayre put some respect to the total with a quick fire 64, but it wasn’t enough as we slumped to our first loss of the year. We now have won 1, lost 1 and drawn 1 in the T20 competition.

Suttons City Rosebery 2nd Grade @ Howell Oval 

Result: Randwick Petersham 7-275 J Eldridge 58, A Docos 46, J Wood 39 (50 overs) def Penrith 235 (47 overs) M O’Loughlin 3-42, J Wood 2-32

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Second Grade have put together some outstanding passages of play this season without a victory, but finally put together a full day’s work to score the 6 points over Penrith at Howell Oval.

Against the backdrop of Panthers Stadium, Randwick Petersham won the toss and elected to bat first and began well with Josh Mellick (32) and Adam Docos (46) contributing 78 for the opening partnership. A number of steady partnerships saw us steadily build our total, with strong contributions from Rehan Anjum (35) and Jacob Wood (39) helping the Randy Petes to a total of 275 with Jackson Eldridge last man out for 58.

Jackson Eldridge 58

Resuming after lunch, Jamie Hemphrey (2-48 off 10) and Mitchell O’Loughlin (3-42 off 10) once again started off tremendously for us and once the fourth wicket fell to Jacob Wood (2-32 off 10) with Penrith sitting at 4-78 the Randy Petes were travelling well. The Panthers however fought back with some smart batting, however disciplined fielding and tight middle over bowling from Woody and Scott Sharma (1-49) meant we were always just ahead of the game. Penrith required 95 off their last ten and once Humphrey and O’Loughlin returned to bowl we were able to have them all out for 235 in the 49th over, securing our first victory.

Adam Docos

A tremendous song followed the well deserved win. After some heartbreaking losses, rain affected games and a mishap last round against Northern Districts the boys could well have bought in a sub-par performance, however kudos to the squad with every player contributing in a resounding team effort with bat, ball and especially in the field. Next up are Manly, who are travelling well on top of the ladder but with some wind in our sails, a second victory in succession looks a great possibility.
Jackson Eldridge (c)

Petersham RSL 3rd Grade @ Petersham Oval

Result: Randwick Petersham 9-181 (50 overs) T Holland 56, K Mullins 27 def by Penrith 8-183 (48.1overs) M Mariguddi 3-27, B Montedoro 3-32

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Holland and Mullins

A good deck offering plenty for both batsmen and bowlers greeted us at Petersham Oval on Saturday. A loss of the toss saw the Cats send us in. Kel Mullins (27) rattled the bowlers early with some daring strokeplay but his entertaining knock was brought to an end by a great piece of fielding and was run out. Jack Lyle (22) and Tom Holland (56) steadied the ship but the constant loss of wickets throughout the innings damaged our ability to set up a big score and we finished on 181 thanks to some late hitting from Ben Stares, Akther Hussain and Mandar Mariguddi.

Mariguddi (3-27 off 10) started us off well with some quality bowling picking up 3 quick ones, and a brilliant run out from the deep from Ben Montedoro, assisted by tidy glovework from Lachie Bird, put us in the driver’s seat early. Hussain (1-31 off 8) and Stares (0-36 off 10) built plenty of pressure in the middle overs, however the Cats made solid progress on the scoreboard. A few rough decisions went against us as the Cats looked comfortable in chasing the total, before Monte (3-32 off 10) got us back in the game with some late wickets. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough, and the Cats got the total 8 down in the 48th over.

Despite the loss, there are plenty of positives to take out of the game: we batted the full 50 overs; we only bowled 4 extras in our innings compared to the Cats’ 18; and we took the opposition deep into their batting innings – an extra 40 runs on the board and we likely would have come away with a win. Roll on next week.

Tom Holland (c)

Mellick Wealth Management 4th Grade @ Bill Ball Oval 

Result: Randwick Petersham 44 (3.5 overs) def by Penrith 5-130 (38.2 overs) W Deller 2-11

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After the drive out to the foot of the Mountains, the boys were full of optimism after a washed-out game in the opening round.

Lj O’Loughlin

That didn’t last very long, as we were rolled for 44 runs in a very poor display of batting. Eight out of ten wickets were caught, with poor shot selection and a lack of composure at the crease cruelling us.

We managed to show some resistance with the ball, with Will Deller (1/8 off 6), Liam O’Loughlin (1/15 off 5) and Luca Lopes (1/13 off 4) all taking a wicket each. Penrith passed our low total after 19.2 overs and gave us a hard lesson.

Next week, we will look to bounce back against Fairfield-Liverpool. The only way is up after yesterday’s performance…

Liam O’Loughlin (c)

Clovelly Community Bank Branch Bendigo Bank 5th Grade @ Kensington Oval 

Result: Randwick Petersham 7-124 D Sidney 33 (50 overs) def by Penrith 8-208 (50 overs cc) A Mathews 2-36 S Suresh 2-39

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Penrith decided to bat on a deck which looked hard on the surface BUT would keep low as the day progressed. One side of the boundary was less than 60 m and would need protection at all times. Also the outfield looked slow with thick grass cover, so fielding in the ring to cut off the singles and taking  the catches that would come was important.

The RPCC medium pacers were advised to attack off and just outside off and the wicket would do the rest. Alan Mathews (2-36 off 8), Simran Sandhu (1-36 off 7) and Adam Coombs (1-26 off 7) started off well and contained the Cats to under 50 in 17 overs.

Our spinners Pratulya Kashyap (1-29 off 10), Sriram Sandhu (2-39 off 10) and debutant Guru Chandar (1-38 off 8) bowled exceptionally well. PK was at his best and the Randy Petes looked set to limit the Panthers to less than 150. Sriram from the 1st delivery was on song straight away and unlucky once again not to claim 4 wickets.

Damian Sidney

Unfortunately we had a mediocre day in the field with lots of fumbles in the ring and this helped Penrith reach 208.

In the chase the Randy Petes were 4-34 in 12 overs. Damian Sidney (33) and the skipper (18) tried to stem the rot with a partnership of 49 but when both wickets fell in successive overs the Panthers snuffed out any chance of a recovery.

On a positive note RPCC did have some good moments over the 2 weeks. Coombs and Chandar took their 1st wickets in Grade and last week Sriram and Max Robinson did the same.

It was good to see Damo in his 1st game back in Premier Cricket fire with the bat and was sharp in the field as well.

PK took a fine caught and bowled inches off the ground and followed up with  onehanded catch to his right on his tippy toes (probably had some ballet classes recently).

Big big thanks to Luke Takacs who showed up to the ground despite being injured and supported the team all day. What a fine young man. Cannot wait to see him fit again and ready to fire.

Once again it was a learning experience and after the team talk all are fired up for the next game. So looking forward to our top order doing a lot better in the next game and a better day in the fielding department as well.

Fabian Heaton (c)

Titan Fitness Metro Gold @ Snape Park

Result: Randwick Petersham 8-67 (23.4 overs) Y Wanzare 21* J Braithwaite 20 def Warringah 66 (25.2 overs) C De Silva 3-22 B Thomas 2-12 A Bhat 2-17

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A manic day of cricket in which 18 wickets fell within 50 overs finally ended up with the Gold team taking a double bonus point victory. Conventional wisdom tells you that a green deck at Snape Park is usually one for batting, but with plenty of moisture in the air following a few days of rain and a chilly breeze blowing through out, it was a good toss to win and send in the opposition. We’d never beaten a Warringah side before in the Metropolitan Cup, but most the side struggling to find the entrance to the Snape dressing rooms upon arrival, the bowling line-up liked their chances of helping them find their way back.

Fresh from finishing the HSC, Ben Thomas (2-12) found appreciable movement off the deck, while his slingy action extracted some surprising lift out of the deck, and Charith De Silva (3-22) found appreciable movement in the air. Ben took the first breakthrough, knicking off the opener who was smartly taken low by the wicketkeeper, Jeremy Jastrzab, before Charith produced an unplayable outswinger to take the top of off from the number 3. Not to be outdone, Ben produced a snorter of a delivery to get another one gloved through to the Jez – who completed 50 dismissals in the Metropolitan Cup for Randwick Petersham. The Warringah innings was left in absolute disarray then with Jez taking a smart stumping of Charith to leave the visitors reeling at 4-14.

Jack Braithwaite

There was to be no respite for the batting side, as Jack Braithwaite showed off some new found pace, accuracy and a very a heavy ball – setting up a classic one-two dismissal by dealing a body blow before uprooting the stumps with the next ball. Ashish Bhat has shown a happy knack for taking wickets so far and added two more in quick succession, with another caught behind – the fourth keeping dismissal of the innings – and a wicked swinging delivery castling the lower order bat. Not to be outdone, Atharv Ramakanth stopped the tail fighting back by inducing the number 9 to go for one shot too many, only to be caught in the deep, before number 11 committed cricket suicide off Yogesh Wanzare by chipping tamely to cover. Warringah were all out for 66 going into an early lunch.

There was still plenty of life in the pitch, and despite a strong start from Deakin AntawAlan Xu and John Stewart fell in quick succession, before Yogesh picked up from the previous week’s effort and helped to chip away at the target. But all hell broke loose, with the target 29 runs away a collapse of 4-13 leaving the target looking a lot further than it was – a mix of poor decisions from the batsmen. Jack and Ashish got things back on track, with Jack showing admirable maturity to put away the bad balls. With 2 runs to get, Ashish fell to a controversial catch and Jack was taken by an absolute screamer from the wicket keeper… but having seen through a few close results in his RP playing days, Ben sealed the win with a brace over cover and enough overs to spare to grab two valuable bonus points.

Jeremy Jastrzab 50 dismissals

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