Round 7 (1s & 2s) Day 1 and Round 5 (3s, 4s, 5s & Metro) against UTS North Sydney District Cricket Club and Blacktown Mounties Cricket Club and Penrith and Mosman.
Both 1s and 2s are still well in their respective games, while 3s pulled off an exciting last-gasp tie, and RP Gold returned to the winners circle to keep up their positive start to the season.
Unfortunately, we have been knocked out of the Kingsgrove Sports T20 for this season.
Round 7 against UTS North Sydney District Cricket Club continues for grades 1 and 2, while grades 3, 4 and 5 will play one day fixtures against the same club for their Round 6 clash and Green and Gold face off in the annual derby.

Lefand Group 1st Grade @ Coogee Oval – Day 1

In Progress: Randwick Petersham 227 (80.2 overs) D Singh 103, W Affleck 54 v UTS North Sydney 0-55 (13 overs) 

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Daya Singh – skipper’s knock

The highlight of last week’s 1st Grade NSW Premier Cricket matches, was the amazing performance of St George’s Andrew Walsh to score 208 at no. 8 to defeat UTS North Sydney, chasing down 355 after being 6-52. Last Saturday saw another outstanding lower order batting performance at Coogee Oval–again involving UTS North Sydney.

Despite the brutal heat, the North’s bowlers were well on top after Randwick Petersham won the toss and batted. At 7-69, it looked doubtful that the Randy Petes could match their previous lowest score against Norths of 121 made 14 years ago in 2006-07. But skipper Daya Singh, batting number 9 in the order, came out and smashed a brilliant maiden century with 103 off 164 balls with 11 boundaries and two sixes. With partnerships of 68 for the 8th wicket; 73 for the ninth and 17 for the 10th, the last three wickets put on 158 to get to a competitive score of 227. Singh was the last man out.

It was a brilliant effort by the tail after opener Will Affleck with 54 off 150 balls hitting four boundaries and a signature six, was the only one of the bats to fire. Fast bowler Jason Ralston hit his best 1st Grade score of 24 off 58 balls while all-rounder Scott Coyte had earlier knocked up an entertaining 26 off 28. Norths were 0-55 at stumps with Randwick Petersham having it all to do next Saturday to take the points. Congratulations Daya Singh! A simply outstanding performance.

Lyall Gardner OAM


Lefand Group 1st Grade @ Coogee Oval – Match 1

Randwick Petersham 137 (17.5 overs) R Ayre 37*, S Eaton 32 def by Sydney 4-206 (20 overs) S Coyte 2-46

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Scott Coyte

It was a tough weekend in the heat for the Randy Pete’s, as we failed to make the T20 finals. Needing to win both games to qualify, the boys struggled to find any momentum against a strong Sydney team who remained undefeated in the short format this season. Riley Ayre 37* batted well as the rock of the innings. The away team won comfortably by 69 runs.

Lefand Group 1st Grade @ Coogee Oval – Match 2

Randwick Petersham 7-121 (20 overs) S Coyte 27, Will Affleck 26* def by Sutherland 8-125 (19.5 overs) R Ninan 2-17, R Ayre 2-18, S Coyte 2-22

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Ryan Ninan

The second game against Sutherland was much closer, as the Randy Petes’ showed great fight in almost defending 121. Sutherland passed the total 8 down, with 2 balls to spare. Riley Ayre (2/18 off 4) and Ryan Ninan (2/17 off 4), were the pick of the bowlers.

Suttons City Rosebery 2nd Grade @ Tunks Park – Day 1

In Progress: Randwick Petersham v UTS North Sydney 8-221 (96 overs) B Stares 4-37, A Burton 2-27

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Ben Stares

After losing the toss in batting friendly conditions, North Sydney decided to bat first. After a tight opening spell of bowling by Mandar & Ashley, we quickly had 2 wickets in the sheds. James Widerstrom, on his 2’s debut with both Ben Montedoro and Ashley Burton bowled perfectly to their fields, having the Bears only going at 2 an over to lunch with 3 wickets down. After another wicket to Montedoro, on came the veteran Ben Stares. Staresy showed discipline all throughout the day, snatching the key wicket of their opener. With Staresy only expecting to bowl a few overs throughout the day, ended up bowling 22 overs straight in the scorching heat with 4 wickets to his name, with Ben Montedoro also bowling 31 overs. We kept the fielding and bowling extremely tight throughout the 96 overs, with the boys staying disciplined and maintaining the positive energy throughout the day in the field. Big hats off to the bowling group who kept coming at the batsman all day in the hot conditions, leaving the Bears with only 220 on the board with 2 wickets in hand. The boys are looking for 2 quick wickets on the second day and knock off the runs.

Adam Docos (c)

Petersham RSL 3rd Grade @ Petersham Oval

Result: Randwick Petersham 243 (50 overs) V Mahajan 46, A Hussain 43 tied Blacktown 243 (49 overs) S Deepak 4-31

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3s arrived at Petersham Oval to a green top and had no hesitation in bowling first when winning the toss. A few changes to the team from last week with Kel Mullins coming back and PGs coach Sanjiv Dubey making his debut in 3s. Some very early inroads had us right on top with Sadeep Deepak (4-31 off 9) picking up 3 quick wickets in his first 2 overs and a 4th from Scott Stirling (2-50 off 10) coming in the 9th. From there, some loose bowling and lazy fielding allowed the Blacktown batsmen to get some quick runs and build their total. We did well to stem the runs in the middle however some late hitting allowed them to reach 243 with wickets from al bowlers: Luca Lopes (2-49), Akther Hussain (1-44) and Dubey (1-49).

Sadeep Deepak

Vivek Mahajan

The tie

Our batting started off well, with Ross Elliot making a quickfire 20, however Mullins copped a bizarre dismissal after a clear bump ball. From there, the same story with wickets lost at regular intervals played out, with starts from everyone but none able to go on an capitalise. Vivek Mahajan (46) and Lopes (24) got us back into the game in the middle overs, battling the extreme heat and fatigue, putting on 60 in the middle when we needed a couple guys to stand up. Lachy Bird (28) batted maturely in the last 15 overs to get us within striking distance of their total, along with Akther Hussain (43*) who dominated the Blacktown bowlers with a good combination of big hitting and smart running. Some late wickets had us biting our nails and needing 7 to win off the last over and finally 2 off the last ball. Stirling bunted one out to get a single and was unfortunately run out going for the second to end up with a tie.

We’re getting very close to a win and have found ways to score runs more than we have in previous years. Tighten up our fielding and bowling and we’ll get the 6 points. Until then, roll on next week.

Tom Holland (c)

Mellick Wealth Management 4th Grade @ Jim Hanshaw

Result: Randwick Petersham 106 (34 overs) C O’Riordan 25 def by Blacktown 5-243 (50 overs) A Mathews 2-54

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On the road out west for the third time this season, 4s lost the toss and bowled first against the Mounties. Tough conditions in 40+ degree heat and playing on a road, it was never going to be easy for the bowlers.

Blacktown batted patiently and while the bowlers toiled hard, wickets were few and far between. Haider Ali (1-28 off 10) continued his strong start to the season with another quality spell of leg-spin bowling, while debutant Alan Mathews (2-54 off 10) troubled the batsmen on a deck that was offering very little for the seamers.

Haider Ali

Some poor fielding and bowling as well as some missed catches and run outs saw the hosts finishing with 5-245. However, given the conditions and the fact that they would be out in the field during the hottest part of the day, we thought we were every chance of chasing it down.

Unfortunately that wasn’t the case, as the Randy Petes again struggled with the bat. Poor shot selection and some questionable LBW decisions saw us bowled out for 106 and suffer another tough defeat. Connor O’Riordan (25) showed some resistance, but there were minimal highlights in another ordinary display.

Liam O’Loughlin (c)

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

Result: Randwick Petersham 142 C Graham 28, D Sidney 23, C Leeson 22 (39 overs) def by Blacktown 5-237 (50 overs) P Kashyap 3-58

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RPCC won the toss and decided to bowl to make use of the cooler morning conditions as temperatures were expected to reach 40+. The Kenso wicket looked harder than usual with a bit of grass cover and the outfield was lush. The bowlers were tasked with bowling to their field and not give the batsman room to cut or pull. Also, more importantly not to gift away runs with short balls and full tosses.

But, it was not our day in the bowling department with the Blacktown batsman having a partnership of 54 for no loss in 9 overs. Then their number 3, 4, 6 and 7 attacked our bowlers and capitalised on anything full or short. Guru Chandar (0 – 11 of 10) was the pick of the bowlers alongside Carly Leeson (0 – 31 of 10). Whenever they came on for a spell they tied up the batsman bowling one side of the wicket and good line and length.

Adam Coombs (0 -50 of 10), Max Robinson (0 – 50 of 10), Pratulya Kashyap (3 for 58 of 8) and Angus Beaumont (0 – 26 of 2) tried to stick to the plan but the Blacktown batsmen just pulled off some great one day cricket shots to score 157 runs in the last 20 overs to get to a score of 5-237.

With a big target for RPCC to chase down the RPCC batters were asked to bat with intent and good positive running between wickets was paramount. Also, it would be hard for the Blacktown bowlers to get through their overs as the temperature was now just over 40 degrees. Any opportunity to punish the bad balls was not to be missed.

Carly Leeson

The pick of the RPCC batters was opener Carly Leeson (22 of 18 balls), who brought her big hitting from the WBBL, including some crisp lofted drives and elegant pull shots. Corey Graham (28), Beaumont (18) and Damian Sidney (23) tried to up the ante to keep us in the game in the blistering heat. But, full credit to the Blacktown bowlers who stuck to the plan and in the heat applied the screws to our batters. RPCC all  out for 142 in 39.2 overs

It was a disappointing loss once again and after the team talk all are fired up to do well the next game and bring home the goods.

A very special and big thanks goes to Jeremy Jatzrab who was at the ground inspite of the heat and earlier than usual start. Jeremy took the team through some fielding drills and then also substitute fielded for us for about 25 overs, did scoring and helped with the covers. Great team man!!

Also, big thanks to Michael Wood who did some throw downs for the batsman and helped with some useful tips during the game and to Alan Wright and Greg Small who also came by to support us.

Fabian Heaton (c)

Titan Fitness Metro Gold @ Balmoral Oval

Result: Randwick Petersham 6-226 (50 overs) A Xu 65*, N Crawford 50, J Ellery 43 def Mosman 184 (45.1 overs) J Dodd 3-22, C De Silva 3-35, T Gowda 2-33

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If you’re going to be sent to play cricket anywhere on a day that’s forecast to be 42 degrees, the beach-side ground at Balmoral is far from the worst options. Even with the early start, the forecast temperatures sent the locals scurrying to shoreside, making parking spots a valuable commodity. The 8:30am toss yielded a favourable result for the Gold team, choosing to bat on a wicket where almost 400 runs were scored on the previous day. And the early signs were promising as Neale Crawford took 8 from the first over. James Taipari wasn’t able to make use of the start, but Yogesh Wanzare took up his usual fidgety method of accumulation. Yogi fell for 12 and with the score on 2-40, the game was at crucial juncture. Enter Alan Xu, looking to make use of the form he showed in the north west. ‘Cindy’ and ‘Taronga’ complimented each other as their experience came to the fore, with the latter getting the former on strike to allow the big man to show his power game.

The score advanced to 96 as Cindy passed 50, but that was as far as he got. Marley Besgrove showed encouraging intent to ensure the scoring didn’t stagnate, but once again fell in the teens. When Ashish Bhat fell, the score read 5-125 with 15 overs in the innings to go. Newcomer Jack Ellery had yet to score in two attempts for the Randy Petes, but a short ball served up on a platter got him under way. While a target of 180 had initially been desired, the mix of Taronga’s experience and Jack’s unconventional power meant that the score soared to 200+ as the Mosman fielders wilted in the searing conditions. Taronga brought up his first 50 for the club with 4 overs to go, and then found his range with some late boundaries. Jack was dismissed for 43 in the final over going for the milestone, but that allowed Jackson Dodd to apply the finishing touches to the innings and take the score to 6-226. Taronga finishing 65* and earning a cold shower after batting for almost 38 overs.

The Mosman openers bravely trod out to open the batting having fielded for 50 overs in the worst of the heat, as the afternoon change brought gale force winds swirling around the oval. Over the course of the afternoon, players witnessed no less than 4 trees toppled by the cyclonic forces. But it was the opening force of Doddy and Charith De Silva that were causing the batsmen problems. At one stage, Doddy had three edges that didn’t go to hand in the over, before Chaz snuck a well-deserved LBW. The other opener fell to the happy knack of Ashish, with the score coincidentally at 2-40. However, Mosman grabbed the game by scruff of the neck after the first drinks with a mix of controlled aggression from the number 3 and agricultural power from the number 4. They took the score to 2-116 after 26 overs… but just as the fielders felt the oppression of the conditions, so were the batsmen after their 50 overs in the field.

Rolling the dice, Chaz was brought back to buy a wicket. And with almost immediate effect, he induced the number 4 into a rank slog that was superbly caught by debutant Jarrod Trueman, who showed admirable composure and skill. Not done there, Chaz also picked up the number 3 with a feather behind to finish with figures of 3-35. From there, front line spinner Thanush Gowda took over; having bowled superbly without any luck, he got his reward by sharply turning one through the gate, before dismissing veteran and former Randwick player Simon Paine with a sharp caught and bowled, finishing with 2-33. From there, Yogi and Doddy came back to turn the screws, and with the balls remaining having caught up to the number of runs required, the Mosman batsmen simply weren’t able to keep up. As he’s done in the last two games, Doddy complemented his tight opening spell with incisive death bowling and the final three wickets to fall to finish with 3-22. Once again, the Gold team can be proud for a consummate team performance where everyone contributed in attritional conditions.

Jeremy Jastrzab (C)

Jackson Dodd

Cartwright Insurance Metro Green  @ Rance Oval

Result: Randwick Petersham 96 (32.5 overs) D Saeed 22 def by Penrith 3-99 (22.4 overs) W Preston 2-27

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Jay Patel led his men down the M4 for the second time this season to the improved Rance Oval. With oppressive conditions forecast the match started early and the Randy Petes were sent in. Daany Saeed (22) and Milan Lambert (12) opened the innings with the former playing his best innings for the Club with a couple of lovely drives and a commanding pull shot. Unfortunately his stay fell on 28. Lambert and Stewart proceeded to push the score along on a docile wicket ticking the scoreboard past 60 before JS hit out and fell at cover.

Lambert fell and The ‘Doc’ Asif Rasheed (14) played a couple of lusty blows, including one into the adjacent shops before falling to an absolute screamer at mid wicket. This triggered a collapse losing our remaining wickets for 26 runs in a disappointing display.

Over lunch the lads looked to regroup and defend a small total. Warwick Preston (2-27) kept running in for 7 wickets to shake up the Cats chase along with his new ball partner Goodsir who put his body on the line to stop a lusty blow of his bowling. At 2-29 the Riff regrouped with a partnership of 45 for the 3rd wicket before E-Young Khoo (1-28) broke the defence of the number 4.

Unfortuantely, 96 wasn’t enough as Penrith knocked off the remaining 22 to take the win.

Now Green look to regroup in the annual derby v Gold this Sunday.

Jay Patel (c)

Daany Saeed

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