In a tough weekend for the Randy Petes the highlights were 1s staving off an outright defeat while 3s, RP Green and PGs went down in close chases.

Round 7 against UTS North Sydney District Cricket Club will be played against Grades 1 and 2, while Grades 3, 4 and 5 will play catch up with a one dayer against Blacktown Mounties Cricket Club and Metro Cup face off against Penrith and Mosman.

Also don’t miss out on the T20 Double Header at Coogee on Sunday v Sydney and Sutherland.

Lefand Group 1st Grade @ Manly Oval – Day 2

Randwick Petersham 98 (42.4 overs) R Ayre 47 & 7-192 (90 overs) R Ayre 56* def by Manly-Warringah 5dec-230 (51 overs) M O’Loughlin 2-24, D Singh 2-42

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Riley Ayre 56*

With a tough day 1, and our backs against the wall, the boys needed to fight hard with the bat to turn the game around. We started well, as the Affleck brothers put on 70 for the first wicket before a triple blow sent us to 3/88. In form Riley Ayre was showing great temperament and grit, along with young Puru Gaur as they moved the score along to 133. Manly took some late wickets, however the boys dug deep to save a possible outright victory, finishing on 7/192 after 90 overs and Ayre 56*. The boys will be sure to come back strongly in the next game against UTS North Sydney at Coogee Oval.
Daya Singh (c)

Lefand Group 1st Grade T20 @ Allan Border Oval

Randwick Petersham 8-129 (20 overs) A Sams 48 def by Mosman 3-132 (19.2 overs) C Maladay 1-5

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Anthony Sams

Winning the toss on a good pitch, we decided to bat first and put up some scoreboard pressure against Mosman. Losing wickets throughout the power play didn’t help our cause, as we battled to 8-129 with Anthony Sams (48) and Puru Gaur (33) providing the majority of the runs. Needing early wickets, Riley Ayre took yet another wicket in his first over. However, it was all Mosman from thereon as they chased down the total with 7 wickets in hand. A strong positive sign was the fact that our bowlers kept it extremely tight and took the game to the last over. We must now win our final two T20 games at Coogee this Sunday to qualify for the finals.
Daya Singh (c)

Suttons City Rosebery 2nd Grade @ Coogee Oval 

Randwick Petersham 201 (74 overs) S Sharma 51, B Montedoro 43, A Burton 41* def by Manly-Warringah 9dec-346 (96 overs) S Sharma 4-60, A Burton 2-36

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Randy Petes had a disappointing loss but were beaten by the better team over the two days. Started off on the backfoot being 2 for 2 in the first few overs, which made the first sessions difficult to build momentum. The opposition bowled well, consistent and challenged the batsman every ball resulting in only one batsman (Scott Sharma 51) scoring more then 17 runs out of the top six. The team were only able to manage 201 runs for the day off 74 overs. There were some highlights in the late sessions of the day with Ashley Burton (41) and Ben Montedoro (43) putting some runs on the board with some great shot selection(s) and putting it back on the opposition.

Scott Sharma

In summary of the game, there were to be some lessons learnt both in the bowling and batting department from an opposition that sits at the top of the ladder.
Moving into this week, would be great to see the lads build some intensity and become their own leaders by working together at training and on the field to achieve the success that seems to be within reach. Been a lot of discussion post-match games where we agree we are playing good game to game, just missing those 50/50 moments that can be the difference of a win and a loss. We’ll need to be thinking about where we need to improve our individual performances and get to work at it.

Scott Sharma (c)

Petersham RSL 3rd Grade @ LM Graham

Result: Randwick Petersham 8-223 (50 overs) R Elliot 79 def by Manly-Warringah 9-231 (50 overs) S Deepak 3-46, L Lopes 2-42

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With more changes to the side, 3s travelled up to LM Graham Reserve in Manly to take on a high-flying Waratahs side. Lost the toss and were asked to bowl, we toiled hard early with veteran Scott Stirling (1-34) getting an early breakthrough, however some ill-discipline with the ball made the day look dire from the outset. At the first drinks break it looked like we were going to be chasing 300 plus, but the boys really pulled it back well with a great middle and final session with Akther Hussain (1-38) holding down an end, and the other 3 seamers, Sadeep Deepak (3-46), Luca Lopes (2-42) and new starter James “Darude Melbourne” Widerstrom (2-63) continuing to ask questions of the batsmen. The Manly boys finished up 9-231 at the end of their 50, courtesy of 32 extras and an extra 20 odd runs let through via misfields.

James Widerstrom on debut

We were still confident of chasing the total given we put on over 230 the previous week, however, again, our batting sustained the same issues we’ve faced over the last 3 or 4 weeks with 1 batsman making a big score whilst others couldn’t capitalise on starts. Ross Elliot (79) was the rock of the innings this week playing with great composure and big shots when necessary and really looked the goods. Starts from Jaya Murdita (22) and Vivek Mahajan (21) were good, but it was “Darude Melbourne” Winderstrom that closed the gap and got us close with a dominating 50*, including 3 monster horns, and some able partners in the lower order in Hussain (14) and Sadeep (15). Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough, and we went down by 9 runs in the end. The difference being their 8 sundries to our 32.

It’s very promising that we can get as close as we did against a very good outfit in Manly, and we’re not far off recording a win; we just need to put a complete game together. A couple batsmen need to capitalise on starts to put on a big total, and our bowling and fielding discipline needs to improve. Once we collaborate all of that together we will win games, simple as that. Roll on next week.

Tom Holland (c)

Mellick Wealth Management 4th Grade @ Petersham Oval 

Result: Randwick Petersham 133 (40 overs) J Segal 32, C O’Riordan 23 def Manly-Warringah 6-195 (50 overs) D Coombs 3-53

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Back at Petersham on Saturday, there was a sense of excitement around the group following the first win of the season the week prior. Winning the toss (as per usual), we sent Manly in with a plan to bowl tight and chase the runs down in the afternoon when the deck was flatter.

Things started in solid fashion, as openers Will Deller (0-47 off 10) and Mitch Winslade (1-32 off 10) applied pressure. At drinks we had them 2/43 after a wicket each to Winslade and Dane Coombs (3-53 off 10). The next session was a really good one for the Petes as well, as the skipper (1/17 off 10) and Haider Ali (1-32 off 9) kept things reasonably tight.

Welcome back Dane Coombs

Heading back out after the second drinks break, Manly were 4-103 and the hosts certainly ahead of the game. Things got away from us in the last 10, with the visitors posting 6-195 – more than we would have liked, but definitely a score we thought we could chase down.

It’s quite difficult to explain what followed with the bat. At 3-91 and 27 overs remaining, we were absolutely in the box seat to go on and win the game if we batted smart and kept our composure. However, poor shot selection reared its ugly head once again as we were dismissed for 133 in the 41st over. A really disappointing performance with the bat, in a game that we most certainly should have won. Eight out of the ten wickets were caught, with none of them due to good bowling – it all came down to poor batting.

There were some decent knocks from Josh Segal (32) and Connor O’Riordan (23), but both failed to go on with it and get us over the line.

Big thanks to Alex Deller, who despite being ruled out injured during the week, came to the game and helped us with the warm-up before scoring the entire 91 overs of the game.

On to the next one…

Liam O’Loughlin (c)

Clovelly Community Bank Branch Bendigo Bank 5th Grade @ Mike Pawley

Result: Randwick Petersham 128 (45overs) A Mathews 31, M Robinson 30 def by Manly-Warringah 8-133 (36 overs) S Suresh 2-27, P Kashyap 2-30

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The Randy Petes lost the toss and were asked to bat on a wicket that was unusually damp in spite of the warm weather over the preceding few days. The outfield looked fast with good value for shots.

The batting plan for RPCC was to bat with intent and also look for every possible single on offer. Since the deck was soft and good overcast conditions for seam bowling it was going to be important for the batsmen to leave as many balls and put away the bad balls and not lose wickets in the first 15 overs.

Unfortunately, poor shot selection to swing bowling by the top order and a vital run out saw 5s reduced to 5 for 40 in just 13 overs. Max Robinson (30) batting at 3 and Alan Matthews (31) at 7 tried to steady the ship with a partnership of 38. Both batsmen show maturity beyond their years with some fine running and elegant cuts, pulls and drives. Once they fell the next notable knock was from Guru Chandar (17 not out) who played to the situation and helped lift the score to 128 with some calculative batting and fine hits in the gaps. If he had not run out of partners 150+ was on the cards.

Max Robinson

The RPCC medium pacers were asked to bowl tight lines and let the wicket do the rest. With the wicket much harder and the sun well out Alan Matthews (1 for 16 off 8) and Adam Coombs (2 for 45 off 8) bowled their hearts out to try and make early inroads.

With Manly 2-47 off 12 overs and the wicket looking good to bat on for pace it was time for our spinners to come into play. Sriram Suresh (2 for 27 off 8) and Pratulya Kashyap (2 for 30 off 8) tried their best to deceive the Manly batsmen with flight and spin but with some desperate shots the Manly batsman hit a few boundaries. With not many runs to play with Guru Chandar (0-6 off 2) and Max Robinson (1-3 off 2) were brought on for bit more variety and did a great job.

Robinson towards the end was the pick of the bowlers with 2 tidy overs under pressure and the ball of the match to bowl the Manly number 9. If we had another 15 to 20 runs the game was ours.

On a positive note our running between the wickets was fantastic, Young batsman showed plenty of grit, bowlers stuck to their lines and we up put up a great fight defending a small total on a wicket that had dried out and was better for our opposition to bat on in the afternoon. Keep practicing your batting and bowling drills in the nets and a win is definitely round the corner.

Fabian Heaton (c)

Investment Collective Poidevin Gray @ Allan Border Oval

Result: Randwick Petersham 133 (19.1) J Mellick 65 def by Mosman 5-144 (20 overs) C Maladay 2-34 

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Joshua Mellick

Randwick Petersham loss the toss and was sent into field first against Mosman at Allan Border Oval. The Randy Petes’ got off to a good start with ball dismissing Mosman’s opening batter second ball of the innings. Tight bowling from our opening bowlers Mitchell O’Loughlin and Caelan Maladay put us in a strong position as both combined to take 3 wickets off the first 5 overs. This was followed by two excellent spells from Jack Horseman and Mandar Mariguddi and the wicket of their inform batter, which added even more pressure onto the Mosman batter. This enabled our spinners Vivek Mahajan and Puru Gaur to get in and out of their spells for not many runs. Unfortunately in the last few overs the Mosman batter fancied their chances against them and were able to release the pressure through two big overs. However tight bowling from Mariguddi, O’Loughlin and Horseman brought the run rate back down.

With 144 set opening batters Kel Mullins and Josh Mellick looked to go hard early and it paid off with Josh and Kel getting off to a good start before Kel was dismissed, which brought Gaur to the crease however his stay was short lived hitting a catch straight to mid wicket. Reuben Sachs strolled to the crease and looked to play with intent and start to build a partnership with Josh, unfortunately Reuben was dismissed. This brought Maladay to the crease who looked to work in singles and rotate the strike with Josh who was hitting the ball with power. However,  Josh was dismissed and this turned the game back in Mosman’s favour. Fortunately Lachie Bird ran hard between the wickets with his skipper, but just as they were getting started the latter fell. After that we lost dismissals in regular intervals, leaving us too much to chase in the last over.
Notable mention – Josh Mellick 65 off 38

Caelan Maladay (c)

Titan Fitness Metro Gold @ St Paul’s Oval

Result: Randwick Petersham Gold 84 (28 overs) J Dodd 21, A Bhat 19* defeated by Sydney University Blue 191 (49.4 overs) J Dodd 3-31, J Braithwaite 3-39, C De Silva 2-34

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On the road for the third time in four rounds, thankfully Gold didn’t have to go too far this time around and were greeted the seasonal colours of the jacaranda trees that surrounded St Paul’s Oval at the University of Sydney. It’s long been known that while the students don’t have too brains between them, they do have a bit of luck as the toss fell in their favour and they made use of a flat deck and generous boundaries. Jackson Dodd and Charith De Silva did will in the opening stanza, with their constricting lines ensuring that the latter picked up openers as they tried to hit out. Ashish Bhat continued his happy knack of picking up wickets when he got through the burly number 4, while the opposition keeper sold himself up the river to give the veteran pair of John Stewart and Jeremy Jastrzab a combined run out. At four down, signs were promising for another swift finish, before the opposition three and captain settled in for the afternoon.

Unfortunately this time around, spin wasn’t able to curb the scoring but at no stage did the students get away. It wasn’t until Jackson Dodd (3-31) and Jack Braithwaite (3-39) were brought back that wickets fell in a clutter at the death, as both bowlers targetted the stumps. What at one stage was looking like a score in excess of 200 was kept to 191 as the students fell swinging in the final over of the innings.

Unfortunately, it was one of those batting days that are best consigned to the aberration pile, three wickets fell in the second over of the innings to leave the chase reeling at 3-14. Wickets kept being picked up at regular intervals and the chase was never able to get off the ground. Credit does go again to Dodd for a counter-attacking 21 and Bhat for a valiant 19 not out to ensure that the innings wasn’t a complete write off.

St Paul’s Oval

Cartwright Insurance Metro Green  @ Snape Park

Result: Randwick Petersham 169 (49.3 overs) S Rushton 52, A Rasheed 34 defeated by Warringah 5-182 (50 overs) V Ahire 3-14

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Skipper Jay Patel won the toss and elected to bowl on a greenish deck, against a side that was bowled out here for 66 only two weeks prior. Warringah’s start was much more promising this time around, as they steadily accumulated runs until a brain fade from the batsman and wicket keeper somehow resulted in a stumping and first wicket for young off-spinner Akash Padavala. From there, Valmik ‘Rockets’ Ahire had a day out to slowly constrict the Warringah batsmen and pick up three wickets along the way. There was a run-out thrown in there for good measure too. At 5-103 with 12 overs to go, the Green team were looking at low score to chase on a wicket that was much better than the 66 all-out game.

Enter Manly-Warringah legend Warren Evans, who was filling in to play with his son, and showed his experience with a brutal 56 not out in the last few overs to make the game a contest and run the fielders ragged. Green would be left 183 to win.

The chase started off poorly as Deakin Antaw chipped to midwicket, before Daany Saeed also holed out in the same position. Sean Rushton and Milan Lambert steadied the ship but progress was slow. Rushton valiantly battled against his spin weakness to remain, but it was that man Evans again that put a stranglehold on the innings with 10 overs on the trot that only conceded 10 runs. at 2-55 in 30 overs, Rushton hit the go switch and a flurry of boundaries took him to 52 before his innings was unfortunately ended with a run-out. Dr Asif Rasheed kept the innings afloat with a rapid 34 before an unfortunate LBW, and with that the innings petered out to all out for 169 in the last over – leaving the team to lament their slow-going in the middle of the innings.

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