LJ’S RANDY PETES PREVIEW ROUND 7 VS UTS NORTH SYDNEY & ROUND 5 V BLACKTOWN

& METRO CUP ROUND 5 V PENRITH & MOSMAN

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Last weekend was a dire weekend for the Randy Petes, going down in all five grades as well falling in Metro Cup, Poidevin-Gray and 1st Grade T20 competitions.

Things will need a quick turnaround this weekend, with some extremely important games across the club. The 1st Grade T20 side will take on Sydney and Sutherland in a double-header on Sunday, while 1s and 2s begin a two-day fixture with North Sydney.

The lower grades will take on Blacktown in one-day games on Saturday, as they look to turn their seasons around. While Metro Green face Penrith at the foot of the mountains and Gold enjoy the surrounds of Balmoral against Mosman on Sunday.

Lefrand Group 1st Grade vs UTS North Sydney @ Coogee Oval

Will Affleck

After being taught a tough lesson by Manly last round, 1s will welcome back some experienced campaigners in Adam Semple and Scott Coyte for this clash with the Bears.

In our 22 clashes with North Sydney over the years, we have come away with 15 wins and three draws, giving us a very impressive record. The last time the Bears defeated us in 1st Grade was all the way back in 2011. We played them earlier in the season in a T20 fixture and got the win – can we make it 2/2 this year?

After a quieter start to the season than the form he showed last year, Will Affleck is due for a big score and what better place to do it than Coogee Oval. Affleck scored 715 runs at 51 last season, and is one of the best batsmen in grade cricket when he’s on.

Suttons City Rosebery 2nd Grade vs UTS North Sydney @ Tunks

Adam Docos

A tough loss last week did have some highlights, with some handy contributions with the bat and ball. Reuben Sachs, Ben Stares and James Widerstrom are the fresh faces in the side this week, while Adam Docos will take the reins as captain in the absence of Jackson Eldridge (1st Grade) and Scott Sharma.

A mixed record against the Bears has us sitting with 8 wins and 7 losses. However, the recent fixtures between the two sides have been in our favour, with our opponents winning just once since 2012.

After a century two weeks back in 3rd Grade, Sachs will make the jump back up to 2s here and will be a player to watch. Still very early in his career, Reubs has maturity and presence at the crease that not many can match.

Petersham RSL 3rd Grade vs Blacktown @ Petersham Oval

Vivek Mahajan

A narrow defeat last weekend against Manly was a bitter pill to swallow, but the boys should take plenty of confidence out of it.

Another thing they should take confidence out of is the Randy Petes record against Blacktown in this grade. Over the years, our opponents this weekend have recorded just two victories in 13 games. The only downside is, both of those wins have come in the past three meetings.

Ross Elliot scored a breakthrough 79 last weekend in a gallant effort against the Sea Eagles, and looks to be in good form with the bat. If he can back up last week’s performance with another big score, the hosts will be well on their way to a victory.

Mellick Wealth 4th Grade vs Blacktown @ Jim Hanshaw

Connor O’Riordan

A disappointing batting display cost 4s their second win of the season last weekend, and they will need to regroup and knuckle down on Saturday. Freddy Whalebone and debutant Alan Mathews are the fresh faces in the side this weekend.

Similarly to 3rd Grade, this side have only been defeated by Blacktown twice in 13 games – with both of them coming in the past three meetings as well.

Connor O’Riordan is playing solely as a batsman at the moment, and has got off to a solid start. With a shift up the order this weekend, the former Dragons prodigy will need to score big runs and lift his side to a much-needed win.

Clovelly Community Bank 5th Grade vs Blacktown @ Kensington Oval

Carly Leeson

Another tough loss last weekend sees 5th Grade now drop to 19th on the ladder and in desperate need of a win. Some changes to the lineup this weekend will hopefully bring a change of fortune.

Over the years, 5s have a mixed record against the Mounties with 7 wins and 6 losses. Unfortunately, the past three clashes have seen us on the losing end, and it’s time to turn things around on Saturday.

Carly Leeson had a breakout WBBL campaign with the Melbourne Renegades, taking 11 wickets during the campaign. She will be a key factor in the result on Saturday for 5s with both bat and ball.

Metropolitan Cup: Cartwright Insurances Green vs Penrith @ Rance Oval

Metropolitan Cup: Titan Fitness Gold vs Mosman @ Balmoral Oval (Sunday)

Jay’s Green team clocks some more kilometres on the odometer with a trip out the Rance Oval to take on perennial table toppers, Penrith. The Panthers have won three of the past six Metropolitan Cups, but seem to have a season of rebuilding on their hands. The last time Green played Penrith, E-Young Khoo batted for 20 overs to ensure that an outright defeat was avoided, but the team heading out there will have their best chance to get the win, they’ll just have to ensure that the heat doesn’t beat them first.

The Golden boys continue their Sunday forays with a trip to Balmoral Oval to take on Mosman. The sight of the beach across from the ground will no doubt be tempting in the heat, but they’ll first have to get past the Whales, whom we have had more success than not in the last few seasons. While some two-day thrillers have fallen in our favour and created lasting memories, our last one dayer against Mosman was one better consigned to history…

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