Round 10 was a disappointing outing against Gordon results wise but 2s did push their opposition in the final over.

There were a number of strong performances with the bat notably Ashley Burton 50* and career best scores for Ben Montedoro 86, Connor O’Riordan 85, Luke Takacs 65* and Freddy Whalebone 48.

Metro Gold also faced Gordon and Metro Green almost got up against Mosman on the back of Valmik Ahire’s 4-22.

PGs restored pride for the Randy Petes on Sunday with Puru Gaur scoring 86* in the chase and finished the second leading run getter in the competition at the completion of the regular season (367 at 73.40 with a top score of 115).

Lefand Group 1st Grade @ Coogee Oval

Randwick Petersham 235 (48.5 overs) A Semple 57, T Affleck 45 def by Gordon 6-298 (50 overs) A Semple 3-47

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Semple 57

Despite a disappointing loss to Gordon at Coogee Oval yesterday, Randwick Petersham has won a place in the Qualifying Finals of the 1st Grade Limited Overs competition. Finishing fifth, they will play fourth-placed Bankstown at Bankstown Oval on Sunday 7 February.
The defeat by Gordon was the team’s only loss in the five-match competition. In that match, the Stags were away to a flyer in perfect conditions and aided by some missed chances, lost only three wickets in bringing up 200. They ended with the imposing total of 6-298 from their allotted 50 overs. Best of the bowlers was champion all-rounder Adam Semple with 3-47 off 10 overs while Jason Ralston took 2-37 off 7. The thorn in the side was former Randy Pete, Dylan Hunter, who switched to Gordon this season. He belted 90 off just 75 balls before he nicked one off Semple to ‘keeper Anthony Sams when 10 short of his ton. Interestingly, he and Semple put on 146 for the eighth wicket when batting together against Bankstown two years ago. Hunter was also one of the stars for Gordon with the ball, taking two wickets in a spell when 4 wickets were lost for 12 runs after being 2-83. At 6-95, a win looked a forlorn hope, but Semple and Tim Affleck got together in an 89 runs partnership for the seventh before Adam holed out for 57 off 40 balls with 6 fours and 2 sixes. Affleck ended with 45 off 68 while earlier, opening bat, Matt Everett, had given the side a reasonable start with 41 off 68 balls hitting 6 fours. The final total of 235 all out in 48.5 overs was 63 runs short. It was the sixth time the clubs had met in limited overs matches in Randwick Petersham’s 20 seasons with Gordon holding the advantage 4 wins to 2. In the Belvidere Cup 1st Grade competition, Randwick Petersham is ninth, just one win out of the top 6.
Lyall Gardner OAM

The Investment Collective PGs @ Coogee Oval 

Randwick Petersham 6-205 (48.3 overs) P Gaur 86*, R Sachs 31, V Mahajan 24*, Josh Segal 24 def UNSW9-204 (50 overs) V Mahajan 3-25

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Puru Gaur 86*

The Investment Collective PGs closed out their season with a down to the wire win over UNSW Cricket Club at Coogee Oval last Sunday.
Having won the toss the Bees posted 9-204 with Vivek Mahajan (3-25) the standout & supported by Mitchell O’Loughlin (2-52).
In the chase Puru Gaur (86*) was rock solid and well supported by Reuben Sachs (31) Josh Segal (24) and Mahajan 24* who ended proceedings with a 6 in the 48th over.

Suttons City Rosebery 2nd Grade @ Chatswood Oval

Randwick Petersham 9-241 (50 overs) B Montedoro 86, A Burton 50* def by Gordon 5-244 (49.3 overs) J Hemphrey 2-51

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Ben Montedoro

Second grade ventured to Chatswood Oval searching for their first win of the new calendar year. Winning the toss and batting first, the innings did not start well for Randwick-Petersham with only Adam Docos (25) and Jackson Eldridge (32) making a contribution in our top order. After slumping to 6-80 and then 7-120, Ben Montedoro (86) and Ashley Burton (50*) put on a terrific recovery mission to take us to 242 – under par on the great batting surface but a competitive score nonetheless. It was both players first second grade half century and a credit to their hard work during the season so far. It once again came down to the final over, with Gordon hitting the winnings runs with two balls remaining, as second grade have now had four defeats in the last over of the game or within 5 runs of the oppositions total, showing how close they are to stringing wins together. With the ball, Jacob Wood and Scott Sharma were terrific in the middle overs, however we simply did not have enough runs on the board.

Onwards and upwards in the last five rounds.

Jackson Eldridge (c)

Petersham RSL 3rd Grade @ Petersham Oval

Result: Randwick Petersham 166 (48 overs) V Mahajan 33, T Holland 30 def by Gordon 5-196 (50 overs) J Mahony-Brack 2-47

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3rd grade arrived to a green, hard, dry Petersham oval and bowled first after winning the toss with a look to capitalise on a harder deck in the afternoon. Our bowling started well enough but no chances were created early, until the introduction of JMB (2-47 off 10). Akther Hussain (1-24 off 10) bowled extremely well in partnership with Ben Stares (1-19 off 10) in the middle overs, keeping the run rate down and really putting the pressure on the batsmen. However the Gordon batsmen consolidated well and kicked off in the last 15 overs to get to 5-196, helped by some inconsistent death bowling and sloppy fielding.

Vivek Mahajan

Ahkter Hussain

In response, despite the run rate ticking along quickly, RPC lost a few quick wickets up front. A 61 run partnership between Vivek Mahajan (33) and Tom Holland (30) stabilised the middle overs and got us back in the game. Wickets were thrown away and fell in clumps to gift the game back in Gordon’s court, and despite Ben Stares (22) and Kel Mullins (19) partnership towards the end threatening to turn the game on its head once again, unfortunately we were all out for 166 in the 48th over.

Another disappointing close loss, where there were a handful of periods in the game that lost it for us. With some better game awareness we’ll go the right way to getting the first win for the season, it’s just a matter of people standing up and being the one to perform. Roll on next week.

Tom Holland (c)

Mellick Wealth Management 4th Grade @ Killara Park

Result: Randwick Petersham 182 (49.4 overs) C O’Riordan 85, B Abbasi 31 def by Gordon 5-185 (44.5 overs) L O’Loughlin 3-27

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Liam O’Loughlin 3-27

Batting first at Killara Park, the deck looked a real good one to bat on and it certainly showed as much in certain periods of the game. After Luca Lopes (7) ran himself out coming back for two, it was all guns blazing for the Randy Petes.

Connor O’Riordan (85) and Bilal Abbasi (31) put on a quality 62-run stand before the latter was caught off a full-toss. O’Riordan continued to strike well, putting on a 70-run partnership with Sayem Sultan (14).

At 2-149 with plenty of overs left, we were looking at a big score. Unfortunately, as has been the case all season long, we found a way to bottle it and lost the last 8 wickets for just 33 runs.

182 on the board certainly seemed defendable, but the Gordon opener came out and blasted a few early and was dropped twice, and he got them to 0-80 odd after 14. We did well to claw it back from there, with the skipper (3-27 off 10), Luca Lopes (1-19 off 8) and Bilal Abbasi (0-18 off 6) keeping it tidy.

Unfortunately a combination of the batting collapse, poor fielding and a quick start from Gordon’s batsmen gave us yet another loss.

On to the next one…

Liam O’Loughlin (c)

Connor O’Riordan 85

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

Result: Randwick Petersham 129 F Whalebone 48, F Heaton 31* (45.1 overs) def by Gordon 5-131 (33.4 overs) A Mathews 4-24

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RPCC lost the toss and was sent in to bat on a Kenso wicket that was unusually hard and with a bit of grass at both ends and looked good for batting.

The outfield as always at Kenso had thick grass cover so singles and two’s would be the way to go as balls hit along the ground would be hard to reach the fence. It was great to see the pavilion end boundary brought in by about 20 yards.

Freddy Whalebone took the team through the warm up drills and big thank to our vice captain PK who had to unfortunately miss the game due to a knee injury but came down to help with the fielding drills.

The team thanked the 2 green shield players Sriram Suresh and Alan Mathews who filled in inspite of their busy Green shield schedule. Also, we welcomed back Neale Crawford.

The game plan was to bat 50 overs and get to 150+ runs and put Gordon a team that has been relying on their bowlers all season under pressure with runs on the board.

Unfortunately, the Gordon opening bowlers got the team of to a great start claiming 3 RPCC wickets for just 12 runs.  Ben Chaplin (14) batting at number 5 looked like the man for the job with some solid defensive shots and drives but it was to be and RPCC slumped to 5 – 31 in the 16th over.

Alan Mathews (10) and Freddy Whalebone (48) stemmed the rot. Freddy played freely pulling, driving and lofting the bowlers with ease and was great to watch. But, just when they were looking comfortable to build a big partnership Alan was dismissed going for a pull shot. The partnership yielded 42 valuable runs.

Skipper Fabian Heaton (31 n.o) and Freddy batted doggedly and once again just when both we were poised to build a big partnership a set batsman was out. This time Freddy was out nicking to the keeper with the score on 117 and 7 valuable overs to spare and a partnership of 45 broken.

Sadly Guru Chandar our go to man and perfect for these situations was dismissed immediately after caught behind and then Dane Coombs and Jackson Dodd followed, both clean bowled by 2 fine deliveries. RPCC all out 129 in 45.1 overs.

Freddy Whalebone

Gordon having a small total to chase on a good batting wicket inspite of losing couple of early wickets paced themselves and got the win in the 33rd over. Alan Mathews (4 wickets) was the pick of the RPCC bowlers. Jackson Dodd (0 – 28 of 7) is still in the hunt for his 1st grade wicket and we are confident that he will get it very soon.

Next week we take on Sutherland who are 17th. We must turn our luck around and finish with the chocolates.

Fabian Heaton (c)

Titan Fitness Metro Gold @ Beauchamp

Result: Randwick Petersham 124 (43 overs) L Takacs 65*, E Khoo 15 def by Gordon 4-128 (36.1 overs) T Gowda 1-22, A Bhat 1-24

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With a spot in the top 6 on the line, the Gold team headed out to Chatswood for their clash against Gordon, which mirrored the Premier Cricket draw. After weeks of rain over Christmas, the pitch had been dried out over the previous week and it looked like plates had formed. It was without hesitation that we chose to bat first, in anticipation of the pitch deteriorating over the day. All the batsmen looked solid until the umpire intervened, with the first four dismissals of the innings being LBW. While the old adage holds – don’t give the umpire a chance to give you out – any seasoned player or follower will tell you that this amount is suspiciously high. Among the wreckage, Luke Takacs stood tall with the innings we all knew he could play. Aggressive without being reckless, ‘Taka’ made use of batting through most of the innings with an impressive 65 not out in a total of 124.

Adam Coombs broke through in his second over with the pitch starting to play tricks. But Gordon continued to lead a charmed life, as their number 3 made use of two dropped chances and anything dropped short. Ben Thomas got a direct hit at the bowlers end from backward square, Ashish Bhat once again bowled a tight spell and Thanush Gowda made use of the pitch staying low. Unfortunately, even with no successful LBW shouts and a catch denied of a very late no ball call, the final total was simply not enough and the Stags chased the score with 6 in the shed. The Gold team is far from being out of contention but will need to improve their performance over their last four games.

Jeremy Jastrzab (C)

Luke Takacs

Cartwright Insurance Metro Green  @ Balmoral

Result: Randwick Petersham 9-149 (50 overs) A Beaumont 48 def by Mosman 163 (44.1 overs) V Ahire 4-22, J Fortmann 3-32

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Mosman won the toss and chose to bat first at Balmoral. Angus ‘Beefy’ Beaumont bowled a superb spell with the new ball and was rewarded with the dismissals of the openers. The seam bowling attack led by Valmik Ahire were instrumental in keeping the scores down, with Valmik taking 4-22 and Joel Fortmann bowling a superb second spell to take 3-32. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to capitalise on having Mosman 8-86, as their number 10 belted a half century to take them to all out for 163.

Once again, Beefy was at the fore with runs at the top of the order, hitting a powerful 48 while ably supported by James Taipari and Raghav Malhotra. Unfortunately, once the top order had been dismissed, the lower order was unable to keep up with the scoring rate and we fell 14 runs short on a see-sawing day of cricket.

Jay Patel (c)

Angus Beaumont

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