In Round 12 the Randy Petes faced the seasoned campaigners Sydney Uni in the first round of 2 day matches. Day 1 was disrupted by rain with 4s and 5s playing 120 over matches on Day 2.

1st Grade saw defeat on Saturday but bounced back with a hard fought win over Bankstown in the Limited Over QF v Bankstown. 3rd and 4th Grade disrupted the high-flying Students with strong confident wins which will certainly provide the teams with drive moving into the final rounds of the season.

In Metro Cup, Gold had a dominating win over Blacktown to move the team to equal 4th.

Next round sees the Randy Petes face off against our neighbours UNSW in Premier Cricket while Metro v Sydney Uni and Hawkesbury. On Sunday get behind First Grade in the SF v Manly at Manly Oval.


Lefand Group 1st Grade @ Coogee Oval 

Randwick Petersham 145 (67.1overs) R Ayre 50, D Singh 37 def by Sydney University 7-146 (58.3 overs) J Ralston 3-41, A Semple 2-45 

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How’s that, Sir?

What a great fight shown by the lads! Losing the toss on a deck where you’d bowl 10/10 times, the boys were up against it as Sydney University had us 8-96. Riley Ayre (50) showed some solidarity along with Daya Singh (37) to put up a respectable total of 145. As day 2 came around, the bowlers were up against a mammoth task and on a day where the covers went on and off half a dozen times, the match ended up being a nail biter. Sydney Uni collapsed to 6-82 however a 7th wicket partnership of 49 ensured they scraped home to victory. It was an impressive performance from all the bowlers with their backs against the wall as Jason Ralston led the charge with 3-41. This game however kept us well in the hunt for finals as there were many drawn games throughout the competition. Onto the next match against UNSW.

Daya Singh (c)

Sharp catch – Jason Sangha


Lefand Group 1st Grade @ Bankstown Oval 

Randwick Petersham 5-255 (50 overs) W Affleck 80, M Everett 56, A Sams 37 def Bankstown 7-251 (50 overs) J Ralston 2-37, A Semple 2-59

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Will Affleck top scored with 80

What a cricket match! And it took until the 600th ball of a scheduled 600 ball game to have a winner! It was Limited Overs cricket at its best today when Randwick Petersham got up off the last ball to defeat Bankstown at Bankstown Oval in the Qualifying Final of the 1st Grade Limited Overs Cup competition. The final scores were Randwick Petersham 5-255 off 50 overs to Bankstown’s 7-251 off 50. The Bulldogs needed 13 off the last over bowled by Randwick Petersham’s “Iron Warrior” Adam Semple and “Sempy” did the business, keeping them to a single run off the last ball when they needed 6 to win!
It was a welcome return from Sydney Thunder Big Bash duties for skipper Jason Sangha, who won the toss and batted on a beautiful strip in perfect conditions. The opening bats certainly thought so with a 93 runs partnership–80 to Will Affleck off 118 balls with 5 fours and 4 sixes while Matt Everett belted 56 off 76 with six fours and a “Dorothy”. Sangha hit a timely 29 off 41 while Anthony Sams hit two balls out of the oval in his 37 off just 27 balls in a majestic innings. Semple also chipped in at the end with 29* off 19 after hitting the first ball he received into a nearby park drain.

Matt Everett 56

In the run chase, it looked like Bankstown would run down the target at 1-158 with plenty of overs left. But fast bowler Jason Ralston send down a couple of thunderbolts to take the bat edge of Nick Carruthers (94) and Zeeshaan Ahmed (41) to open up the match. It was then a matter of tight bowling and enthusiastic fielding as the required run-rate increased as the overs passed. It is pleasing to report that there were no heart attacks from the band of Randy Petes fretting in the grandstand when the big swing off the last ball failed to connect and the required six did not eventuate. Semple finished with 2-59 off 10; Ralston 2-37 off 7; and Ryan Ninan 1-26 off 10. The win means that Randwick Petersham will play Manly-Warringah at Manly Oval in the Semi-Final NEXT SUNDAY.
Today’s success helped the side to get over a loss to Sydney University yesterday in the Belvidere Cup competition. The students won 7-146 to 145 at Coogee Oval. The loss saw the side drop to equal sixth on points but seventh on quotient. Three games remain for the team to push for a final six spot to defend its 1st Grade title won last season.
Lyall Gardner OAM