Round 8 saw First and Second Grade face Mosman. On Day 1 Maladay took 3 wickets as the Whales compiled 371 at Coogee while Rehan Anjum and James Widerstrom pushed 2s to 224 at AB Oval.
3s, 4s and 5s faced Bankstown with 5s pushing the Dogs to the wire with W Deller and PK combining for 9 wickets. Deller continued his rich vein of form on the day with 64 in the chase as the boys fell 12 agonising runs short. Metro Green and Gold fell to the students of Sydney Uni.
But PGs brought life back to the competition with a hard fought win against Sutherland at Coogee on the back of 3 wickets apiece from the skipper Maladay and Maraguddi while Gaur’s 76 and Mullins’ 43 was the backbone of the chase.

Lefand Group 1st Grade @ Coogee Oval – Day 1

In Progress: Randwick Petersham 0-0 (2 overs) v Mosman 371 (91.1 overs) C Maladay 3-90, J Ralston 2-61, A Semple 2-93

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Caelan Maladay

 It was a tough, grinding day for the Randy Petes’ on a good batting deck and a bowler down, as Daya pulled up ginger midway through his 9th over. Losing the toss, we were sent into bowl and started quite well taking 3/74. The first innings was in the balance as the Mosman batters went hard all day and we bowled well without luck. Maladay was the pick of the bowlers taking 3/90 as the opposition were bowled out for 371, giving us 2 overs to bat. Puru and Will got through unscathed and will be hoping to set the tone early in week 2.
Daya Singh (c)

Suttons City Rosebery 2nd Grade @ Allan Border Oval – Day 1

In Progress: Randwick Petersham 224 (74.2 overs) J Widerstrom 71, R Anjum 46 v Mosman 1-79 (19 overs) M O’Loughlin 1-39

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Rehan Anjum & James Widerstrom

The boys walked out this week ready with some new energy following some changes being implemented from the coaches, selectors and captain during the week and a number of returning players boosted the side.

The Randy Petes started the day winning the toss and elected to bat. Losing two quick wickets put us on the back foot early and we toiled hard to lunch. A good start for Josh Mellick getting some runs under his belt with 45. In the middle session Rehan Anjum (46) and James Widerstrom (71) put together a great partnership with some exciting shots. But we were unable to get through the last session to capitalise on the harder sessions in the day being all out for 224 in the 74th over.
Mosman took advantage of the late session on a flat deck and added 79 for the loss of one. Next week we will need to take advantage of the moving ball and win the first two sessions. We are more then capable with our bowling attack. If we do that, we will get the win. The boys are enjoying being around the playing group with plenty of laughs and good banter. Train hard this week lads.

Scott Sharma (c)

Petersham RSL 3rd Grade @ Kelso Park North

Result: Randwick Petersham 76 (30 overs) def by Bankstown160 (49.1 overs) M Mariguddi 3-37, S Deepak 2-33

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3s rocked up to Kelso Park North with a bit of drizzle around and a slightly tacky deck, duly winning the toss and bowling. Our opening 10 overs weren’t the greatest with Bankstown racing to 1-50, however our middle session was phenomenal. Akther Hussain (0-16 off 10) tied the batsmen down at one end and allowed our quicks to attack from the other with wickets being shared around, as Mandar Maraguddi (3-37 off 10), Sadeep Deepak (2-33 off 10), James Mahony-Brack (2-35 off 9.1) and Alexander Deller (2-37 off 10) shared the spoils. Some late hitting and good running between wickets had them score a bit freely towards the end however a great runout from Josh Segal in the deep put an end to the Dogs innings at 160.

Josh Segal

With a flat deck that staying quite low and a slow outfield, we knew our plan was to bat sensibly and bat long. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to play to our plan courtesy of poor shot selection and some poor umpiring decisions and we were all bundled out for 76 which was pretty disappointing given our lineup. It’s the first game this year that the 3s boys haven’t been competitive in a game, but we’ll come back this weekend and search for that elusive W before Christmas. Roll on next week.

Tom Holland (c)

Mellick Wealth Management 4th Grade @ Petersham Oval

Result: Randwick Petersham 142 (44.4 overs) C O’Riordan 38, S Stirling 24* def by Bankstown 2-143 (25.3 overs) L O’Loughlin 1-26, B Abbasi 1-30

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After quite a few games of chasing and failing, the Randy Petes were sent in to bat first against the Bulldogs at our home ground of Petersham Oval.

A wicket in just the second over wasn’t ideal, but it brought Luca Lopes (17) to the crease, getting off to a fast start before hitting one to point. Another wicket fell soon after and the hosts were in trouble at 3/32. Connor O’Riordan (38) and Sayem Sultan (17) then put on 56 for the next wicket before the opener fell. From there, Scott Stirling (24*) provided some resistance – but two ducks and another two scores under 10 saw us dismissed for just 142 with five overs remaining.

Bankstown started well with the bat and before we knew it, they were well ahead of the game. A wicket each to Bilal Abbasi (1/30 off 4) and the skipper (1/26 off 5.3) weren’t enough as the visitors passed our score with ease in the 26th over.

Another tough loss and disappointing performance with the bat, ball and in the field.

Liam O’Loughlin (c)

Luca Lopes

Clovelly Community Bank Branch Bendigo Bank 5th Grade @ Grahame Thomas Oval 

Result: Randwick Petersham 167 (48 overs) W Deller 64, F Heaton 34  def by Bankstown 179 (44.4 overs) P Kashyap 5-35, W Deller 4-9

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The Randy Petes lost the toss and Bankstown decided to bat on a wicket that had a bit of grass cover at one end but looked hard and the outfield fast.

Thanks to Smally who took the team through the fielding drills. It was great to have our head coach come out to support the team whilst he made the rounds to every grade.

The bowlers were asked to bowl 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. Will Deller (4 for 9 off 7) and Pratulya Kashyap (5 for 31 off 10) responded to the skippers instructions and were the pick of the bowlers.

Adam Coombs (0 for 22 off 6), Guru Chandar (0 – 31 off 5) and Sriram Suresh (1 for 30 off 10) also bowled and created some pressure.

At one stage the Bankstown batsmen were cruising at 1 for 104 in 22 overs. But, with the introduction of Sriram and PK the brakes were applied. Only 29 runs were scored in the next 11 overs and were 1 for 133 in 33 overs. With plenty of wickets in hand the Bankstown batsmen tried to tee off but PK’s clever bowling and consistent line and length bamboozled the Bankstown batsmen who were falling like nine pins from his end. Sriram then chipped in with the valuable wicket of their opening batsman for 90. Once Sriram and PK’s spells were complete Bankstown were 7 for 176. PK at one stage was on a hattrick and was unlucky  as the nervous Bankstown batsman just managed to block out the hattrick ball.

Deller came on for his 2nd spell in the 43rd over and was sensational. With pin point accuracy and good pace smacked the first ball into the number 8’s pads LBW and then with the 3rd and 4th delivery went bang bang bowling numbers 9 and 10. Bankstown all out 179 in the 45th over. Will will be hoping for a hattrick 1st ball of his next game.

Fielding and catching in the ring and on the boundary was also impressive this game and a fantastic team effort.

Pratulya Kashyap

RPCC batsmen were asked to be cautious in the early overs and play forward as the ball was keeping low at one end. There were plenty of runs if batsmen kept their wicket and with a fast outfield 180 runs was quite gettable.

Unfortunately, we lost both openers Gus Small (1) and Suresh (2) in the 4th and 5th overs. Max Robinson (18) and Alan Xu (18), in his return to Premier Cricket, put on a partnership of 32 with Max stroking the ball beautifully and Alan playing the anchor role with lots of commitment and grit. But, they both departed in the 15th and 18th over. Again we seem to be losing settled batsmen in quick succession.

Deller (64) and skipper Fabian Heaton (34) had an 85 run stand with some sensible and dogged batting. Will was the aggressor and looked a million dollars in an innings of drives, pulls and flicks capitalising on the bad balls and playing with full authority. Fabian who sustained a quad injury running a quick single early in his innings held up one end rotating the strike with Xu running the single and 2’s as runner.

When Will and Fabian departed RPCC still had the game in their grasp with 4 wickets in hand and 20 runs to get in 27 balls. But, the pressure was too much and unnecessary big shots allowed the match to slip from our grasp.

The whole team was gutted with the loss and so we all should be because each batsmen left the job to another person to finish.

But, on a positive note we know our bowling has come good and outfielding and catching was above par.

Next game if we can bat well with batsmen staying at the wicket as long as possible and playing within themselves and only playing shots which they have practiced we will come good.

We take on Mosman which is a strong side and look to pull off our first win.

Fabian Heaton (c)

The Investment Collective PGs @ Coogee Oval

Result: Randwick Petersham 8-198 (49.3 overs) P Gaur 76, K Mullins 43, L Bird 25 def Sutherland 9-197 (50 overs) M Maraguddi 3-24, C Maladay 3-49

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Puru Gaur

Randwick Petersham loss the toss and was sent into field first against Sutherland at Coogee Oval. The Randy Petes’ opening bowlers Mitch O’Loughlin and Caelan Maladay got us off to a good start with tight bowling, which created pressure and opportunities which was unfortunately dropped by Mitch off his own bowling. However, Caelan was able to strike to get us our first wicket, this was followed by two more quick wickets from Caelan’s bowling putting us in a dominant position at drinks. After drinks just when Sutherland look to be building a partnership we were able to take two wickets through good bowling from Vivek Mahajan (1-16 off 10) and Mandar Mariguddi (3-24 off 8). Good bowling from Vivek, Mandar, Jack Horseman and Haider Ali allowed us to control the pace of the game and not allow Sutherland get away from us through the middle. Again tight bowling from Horseman, Mariguddi and O’Loughlin gave us a good finish and restricted Sutherland to 9-197.

Chasing 198 to win Josh Mellick and Kel Mullins (43 off 77) look to get a free flowing partnership underway, unfortunately Josh was dismissed for 5. This brought Puru Gaur (76 off 93) to the crease who set about his work straight away. Kel and Puru built a great partnership of 86 runs and looked as though they were going to bat us to victory before Kel was dismissed for excellent 43. After that Reuben Sachs and Caelan were both dismissed cheaply leaving us in a bit of trouble with us still needing 69 runs to win. Fortunately, young gun Lachie Bird (25 off 33) dug us out of trouble with Puru putting on 39 before he was dismissed, with us still needing 30 to win. Luckily for us a quick 10 from Mariguddi , 5 not out from O’Loughlin and 6 not out from Horseman (including the winning runs) with a few extras got us over the line with two wickets in hand.

Caelan Maladay (c)

Titan Fitness Metro Gold @ Snape Park

Result: Randwick Petersham 115 (49.5 overs) N Crawford 26, A Beaumont 25 def by Syd Uni Gold 3-118 (34 overs) J Trueman 1-16, A Beaumont 1-22

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The Gold team won the toss and elected to bat in excellent conditions – kudos to the Green Options staff for putting up a rock hard wicket with consistent bounce and a lush but even outfield. They had a golden opportunity to reinforce second spot on the Metropolitan Cup ladder against Sydney University Gold, whose team comprised mostly of their Green Shield squad. Neale Crawford and Angus Beaumont started off promisingly, with a partnership of 49 in the first 20-odd overs. We kept our wickets in hand against some disciplined bowling, but once Neale fell trying to up the scoring rate, the next batsmen in weren’t quite able to match the tempo.

0-49 became 4-70, as a succession of batsmen fell trying to hit out. Ashish Bhat and Jarrod Trueman took the score past 100, but some tight death bowling and poor decisions meant that the students were able to restrict us to 115. We did well to almost bat out the overs, but could have been more proactive with rotating the strike in the middle overs rather than going for the money shots. Still, 115 has been defendable at Snape in the past, and with three spinners at our disposal, a positive result was still possible.

Ashish returned to open the bowling and should have had a wicket in the third over but a tough chance went through gully. With Charith De Silva having a rare off day, Angus returned to the bowling and took a wicket early on to take us to the first drinks. After the break, Jarrod picked up with first wicket for Randwick Petersham, while Yogesh Wanzare effected a brilliant run-out from midwicket to have the game in the balance at 3-50. Unfortunately, a couple of profligate swung the momentum back, and despite the best efforts of the spinners the students chipped their way to the target without too much more fuss. The Gold team will hopefully use this lesson going into the second half of the season to not take the foot off the pedal and will likely go into the Christmas break sitting 3rd on the ladder.

Jeremy Jastrzab ( C )

Neale Crawford

Cartwright Insurance Metro Green  @ Kensington Oval

Result: Randwick Petersham 98 (38.3 overs) Jordie Segal 24, W Preston 22 def by Syd Uni Blue 7-100 (24.3 overs) J Fortmann 2-13, Y Mengi 2-22

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Green returned to home surrounds at Kensington Oval to face Sydney Uni Blue. The opposition won the toss and elected to field. Saeed and Lambert fell cheaply to leave the Greens 2-28 with Warwick Preston (22) scoring the majority of the runs in the opening stanza.

Jordie Segal (24) in his first match for the Randy Petes stepped up and showed his ability to resurrect the innings somewhat and received good support from Krish Patel (15). Joel Fortmann (10*) hit a couple of late boundaries to see the innings close in the 38th over for 98.

In defence of the small total the Greens young attack worked hard led by Fortmann (2-13) and the young spinner Yuvraj Mengi (2-22). But the experienced Islam in the middle order saw the Students across the line 6-100 at the halfway mark.

Jay Patel (c)

Jay Patel

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