This round v UTS North Sydney First Grade fell short by 2 wickets in a nail-biter at Coogee. After being 7-69 on the first day Daya Singh played a skipper’s knock to resurrect the innings with 103. In 2s Ben Stares stepped up with the ball to return 4-37 while Widerstrom (71) and Sachs (54*) showed their class and power with the bat. 3s pushed the Bears close in a 3 wicket loss with Hussain bowling economically with 3-33 while 4s had their opponents on the ropes early at 5-69 before they recovered and took the momentum through to the end. 5s toughed it out with Norths prevailing and the Green v Gold Derby saw Damo Sidney score his maiden ton in quick time while Bhat, Rasheed and Rushton all passed 50 with Gold taking back custody of ‘The Grouch.’

Lefand Group 1st Grade @ Coogee Oval – Day 2

Randwick Petersham 227 (80.2 overs) D Singh 103, W Affleck 54 def by UTS North Sydney 8-229 (83.2 overs) R Ayre 3-49, A Semple 3-56

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Adam Semple

Defending 1st Grade Cricket premiers Randwick Petersham suffered their second successive defeat at the hands of UTS North Sydney at Coogee.

Chasing a below-par target of 227 set the previous weekend, the Bears produced a three-stage innings to take the points. In the first stage, their openers put on 84 for the first wicket. In the second stage, the Premiers’ bowlers struck to take 8-61 including former Randy Pete 1st grader and top-scorer, Jack James, for 44. At 8-165, needing another 62, the momentum was clearly with the bowling side Randwick Petersham.

But in the third stage of the innings, Randy Petes’ second-youngest 1st Grade debutant, 19 year old Mac Jenkins, in his second year with North’s, along with opening bowler Matt Alexander, defied everything the six bowlers could hurl at them. In a period of solid concentration and determination over 107 tantalising minutes, the pair edged their way to the target hitting the winning runs shortly after the tea break. Jenkins finished with 26* off 88 balls and Alexander, 36 off 81. Both hit four boundaries. Riley Ayre with 3-49 off 19 overs and the “war-horse” Adam Semple, making a welcome re-appearance in two-day cricket, took 3-56 off 24 overs. Skipper Daya Singh had 2-41 off 15 to go with his first innings century. The loss saw Randwick Petersham drop to ninth place on the ladder although just one point out of the top six.

Lyall Gardner OAM

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

Randwick Petersham 137 (32.1 overs) J Widerstrom 71 & 4-136 (49 overs) R Sachs 54* def by UTS North Sydney 9d-267 (102 overs) B Stares 4-37, A Burton 2-45

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Reuben Sachs

With the Bears resuming at 8-220, early wickets were needed. Unfortunately, this didn’t occur with the Bears scoring a quick 40-50 runs declaring with a minimum of 88 overs to bat. From ball one, the Randy Petes were on the backfoot with 4 quick wickets putting us on the backfoot. With Ben Montedoro coming in, he steadied the ship with a gritty 20, but wickets kept falling around him leaving the team 7 down for not many. With James ‘Melbourne Storm’ Widerstrom coming in at 9 on his 2nd grade debut, it was visible from the get go that big horns were on the menu. Widerstrom (71) pummelled the Bears bowling attack with 9 sixes, as well as showing patience and looking good in defence. Unfortunately his innings wasn’t enough, with the Randy Petes falling for 130.

The Randy Petes were then sent in again, with plenty of intent shown from the get go by both Mellick and Widerstrom being promoted to open. Unfortunately the boys were left reeling at 4-60, but a well fought out 54* by Reuben Sachs and Jack Lyle with 23* batted out the rest of the day. Some positives were taken out of this game, but big improvements need to be made with our batting to get the W against Mosman next week.

Adam Docos (c)

Petersham RSL 3rd Grade @ Petersham Oval

Result: Randwick Petersham 175 (47overs) V Mahajan 44, Josh Segal 28 def by UTS North Sydney 7-177 (47.2 overs) A Hussain 3-33

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3s rocked up to a wet Petersham deck in overcast conditions and, after losing the toss, were sent in to bat. Two changes to the side; Josh “Steven” Segal coming up to 3s after some runs in 4s, and Jamie Hemphrey boosting our bowling stocks, we were looking to bounce back after some close defeats and a tie last week. We started our battings innings well with Segal (28) and Ross Elliott (15) dominating the early overs and getting us to 50 without loss after the 13th over. Apart from Vivek Mahajan (44) who took charge of the middle overs with the bat and set up a platform for us, unfortunately, we suffered the same fate as the previous weeks, losing wickets at regular intervals with a host of batsmen getting starts but no one going on, with some poor shot selection being the downfall. We ended up finishing up on 175, which was a competitive score on that deck, and able to be defended if we bowled and fielded well.

The Bears batsmen came out of the blocks firing scoring freely from some relatively inconsistent bowling. Sadeep Deepak (1-46 from 9) got the early breakthrough, but it was Akther “Hollywood” Hussain (3-33 from 10) who stemmed the flow, with wickets in his first and third over and his ability to tie the batsmen down from one end; the best I’ve seen Hollywood bowl! Consistent bowling from Scott Stirling (1-33 from 10) from his 2 spells, along with a great return spell from Hemprhey (1-35 from 10) in the middle, tidy bowling from Luca Lopes (1-21 from 6) at the end, some great catches and solid fielding overall, we had the Bears batsmen in trouble. Unfortunately, some great batting from the Bears was enough to get them over the line 7 wickets down in the 47th over.

Overall, our bowling and fielding was a vast improvement from previous weeks, and I’m proud of the boys for that. To push another top 6 team deep in the innings shows massive potential for the 3s boys. We just need to tidy up our game as a whole and put forward a complete game and we’ll begin collecting wins. We’re not far away! Roll on next week.

Tom Holland (c)

Ahkter Hussain

Mellick Wealth Management 4th Grade @ Bon Andrews

Result: Randwick Petersham 113 (36.1 overs) C O’Riordan 24, C Sapariya 21 def by UTS North Sydney 8-228 (50 overs) H Schultz 2-46, B Abbasi 2-57

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After some disappointing results in previous weeks, there were a host of changes to the 4s lineup with Corey Graham and Bilal Abbasi returning, and Harry Schultz making his debut. The Randy Petes lost the toss and bowled first, and things started in a positive manner.

Schultz (2-46 off 10) took the new rock and struck early, while Alan Mathews (1-38 off 10) kept it tight from the other end as we took the first two wickets for just 14 runs – highlighted by a ridiculous one-hand catch at slip by Graham.

The introduction of Abbasi (2-57 off 10) into the attack worked wonders as he took a pole either side of drinks, with another brilliant catch from Graham, putting the visitors in the box seat. At 5-68 we looked in complete control, while the skipper kept it tidy from one end with 1-36 off 10. Right after the final drinks break, we struck again through Schultz and broke a solid partnership.

However, in the last 15 overs some missed chances gifted the Bears no.7 a score of 84* off as many balls as the hosts finished 8-228 after 50 overs.

The batting started slow, but with all 10 wickets in the shed at 0-62 heading into the second-half of the innings, there was no reason the Randy Petes couldn’t take it out. Unfortunately, another abysmal batting collapse saw us lose all 10 wickets for just 51 runs. A couple of starts from openers Connor O’Riordan (24) and Chintan Sapariya (21) went to waste, before five of our batsmen were dismissed for ducks.

It was another extremely disappointing display from the boys, who will need a mass improvement in all facets of the game if we are to score six points next weekend.

Liam O’Loughlin (c)

Bilal Abbasi

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

Result: Randwick Petersham 122 (40.5 overs) G Chandar 33 def by UTS North Sydney 1-123 (42.3 overs) W Deller 1-17

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UTS North Sydney won the toss and decided to bowl under cloudy conditions. The Kenso wicket looked harder than usual with a bit of grass cover and the outfield was lush.

The top 4 RPCC batters were asked to play themselves in and at least one batter to be in at the 50th over. A total of 160+ would be a great total to defend on a slow Kenso outfield. Running between the wickets for 2’s and 3’s would be key to build up a total.

Unfortunately, RPCC were 4 down for 39 in 11 overs. Max Robinson (19) and Skipper Heaton (17) tried to steady the ship but both fell in successive overs. Then Guru Chandar (33) played a vital role to get the total to 122. RPCC all out in the 41st over.

With a good bowling attack, the RPCC bowlers were fired up and we would need to take those early catches. However, the UTS boys were not going to give in and stuck it out to win by 9 wickets in the 43rd over.

Big, credit to our bowlers who all bowled good lines. Pick of the bowlers were Will Deller (1-1o off 10), Mitch Winslade (0-29 off 10) and Chandar (0 -7 off 5)

Another very disappointing loss, but on the positive it was great to see Gus Small making his debut in grade opening the batting and looks like a great talent and our bowlers who all did splendidly.

Big thanks to Jeremy Jatzrab and Michael Wood who helped with the fielding drills. Thanks to Alex Deller for great tips for the bowlers and to not give up the game easily. Greg Small for his motivating chat during the 1st drinks to take the game deep. Thanks also to John Stewart our RPCC CEO and other Metro players who helped with the covers at the end of the day.

We have great talent in the team and club and looking forward to turning things around in game 7 against Bankstown.

Fabian Heaton (c)

Guru Chandar

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Result: Randwick Petersham Gold 266 (48.4 overs) D Sidney 107, A Bhat 58, Y Wanzare 31, J Patel 3-13, W Preston 3-39, A Rasheed 3-45 def Randwick Petersham Green 216 (48 overs) A Rasheed 68, S Rushton 52, Y Wanzare 3-19, E Khoo 2-17, T Gowda 2-36

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The annual Metropolitan Cup derby came early this year, with the cricketing deities blessing both teams with a day of absolute perfection for cricket. Green won the toss and elected to bowl, hoping to make use of the moisture from the previous evening’s rain. It started off looking like a good decision, as the Gold openers and number 3 were dismissed within the first 13 overs of the match with the score on 42. All three of Angus Beaumont, John Stewart and Neale Crawford got starts but weren’t able to carry on as Warick Preston bowled with excellent pace and Valmik Ahire stuck to his nagging line and length.

It was up to the odd pairing of Yogesh Wanzare, with his particular mannerisms and stature-driven technique, and Ashish Bhat, with his Laissez-faire attitude belying the competitive fire, to resurrect the innings. Yogi’s deft touches were complemented by Ash’s willingness to bludgeon the loose ball. Eventually, the Greens lost their stranglehold on the proceedings and the upped the scoring rate, particularly exposing the long boundary and tiring fielders. Just before it became an emergency, Dr Asif Rasheed intervened to have Yogi play onto his stumps. But if they though this would bring some respite, prodigal son Damian Sidney was about the make sure that the smiles were short lived.

Damo always had the ability and the power, but his sabbatical brought a new found maturity to his game. With complete freedom of mind and expectation, Damo – backing up from the previous day – set about making up for lost time by blasting the bowling to his preferred corners of the ground – in place of the once maligned slogs were simply cricket shots executed with great power. While he got the the crease with Ash on 43, Damo himself reached 43 by the time that Ash had reached 49. Not to be out done, Ash smacked two boundaries down the ground after reaching his first 50 for Randwick Petersham, before Warwick returned to claim his third wicket (3-39).

Undeterred, Damo continued on – mixing boundaries and smart singles at the end of the over – to power to his maiden Randwick Petersham century off a mere 45 balls in his 93rd match for the club. Ironically, the century was brought up with a pushed single down the ground. Well played and welcome back, Damo! After 10 boundaries and 6 sixes, he fell in the finals overs push for 107 as Green captain Jay Patel (3-13) and the Doctor (3-45) mopped up the tail but the damage had been done as Gold finished their innings on an imposing 266.

Damian Sidney – maiden ton

Determined to make a game of it, the Doctor and Sean Rushton set about giving the Gold team a stern examination. The former played aggressor and the latter took the anchor as the returning Simran Sandhu struggled with his lengths and the ball began flying faster and further than happy hour drinks at the Coogee Bay Hotel. Doctor peppered the straight boundaries and behind third man when the wide ball came, while Sean played with uncharacteristic patience and determination, pouncing on anything fractionally within his arc. The Green 50 was brought up in the 8th over, while the score read 0-113 after 16 overs at the first drinks. Gold’s bowling plans had been torn to shreds and quick regroup was needed!

E-Young ‘Pingu’ Khoo started off with a maiden after drinks and a visibly tired Doctor was the sniff that the teams needed – with the latter trying to blast the former down the ground, only to be caught in Angus ‘Beefy’ Beaumont’s prime rib for a rapid 68. From there, the Gold finally had a chance to get the scoring rate under control, but still needed remove the solid Rushton – who had moved to 52 with one of his most disciplined innings. As Pingu and Thanush Gowda spun their wiles through the middle overs, the pressure finally cracked in the 27th over as Sean was unfortunately run-out but with the score on 150, there was all to play for.

After Warwick was dismissed bowled by Pingu, the task became much harder. Thanush’s toil was rewarded with a pair of middle order wickets – a bowled and LBW just desserts for keeping it on the stumps and refusing to give the batsmen an inch. Just as Pingu (2-17) and Thanush (2-36) had finished their allotted overs, the mini-collapse was completed with the wicket of James Taipari to the team’s third off-spinner, Yogi, and with the score at 6-168, the Gold’s felt much safer going about their task of finishing the game.

To the credit of Green’s lower order, they ensured that they took the game deep, with Valmik showing some unconventional determination and Parth Patel blasting two of the biggest sixes of the day (in which 10 were hit), they took the score to 216 before steam finally ran out – Yogi cleaning up the tail with 3-19. And so finished an exciting day with 482 runs scored in total and all 20 wickets taken, but once again played in the spirit befitting the club’s values – with all players looking forward to their next chance to play at the seaside paradise.

Jeremy Jastrzab

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