In the penultimate round of the 2020-21 season 3 of the 7 teams were on the road with 2s and 4s travelling to Benson’s Lane while Metro Gold visited the unfamiliar Charles McLaughlin Oval. Whereas 1s, 3s, 5s and Green enjoyed the luxury of remaining at home.

1s, 3, 5s and Metro Gold all returned wins with many standout individual performances including half centuries to Jack Lyle, Reuben Sachs, Denesh Hewa-Gamage, Max Robinson and Milan Lambert and the highest of the round to Josh Segal (93) as well as a maiden 5fa to Valmik ‘Rockets’ Ahire.

With their victory, Metro Gold qualified for the Metropolitan Cup finals next weekend. They will take on Warringah at Mike Pawley Oval over the next Saturday and Sunday.

Anthony Sams continues to make history this time entering the records as the first gloveman to claim 400 dismissals for the Randy Petes!!

Lefand Group 1st Grade @ Coogee Oval 

Randwick Petersham 9d-209 (63.1 overs) J Eldridge 48, J Sangha 38 def Hawkesbury 132 (55.2 overs) A Semple 4-23 & 5-179 (55 overs) C Maladay 3-32

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Jackson Eldridge 48

 In an amazing turn of events in the NSW Premier 1st Grade cricket competition today, Randwick Petersham was able to leap-frog three teams to grab seventh place on the points ladder with just one round to go. The top six after the next round will contest the finals to determine the 2020-21 premiership.
Going into round 14 against Hawkesbury at Coogee Oval, Randwick Petersham needed to register a win and hope other results went its way, for it to improve its position from 10th. Surprisingly, the three teams immediately above it on the points ladder and another equal on points, were all beaten. In fact, it was four teams above which were beaten, but late in the day, Gordon, who had lost to Sydney on the first innings, turned things around with an outright win to nudge us out of sixth place.
Next Saturday’s one-dayer against second placed Sydney, who it defeated in the recent Limited Overs Cup Grand Final, will determine if the club gets the chance to defend the premiership it won last season. That will also depend on how Gordon goes against Easts (who are eighth) at Chatswood.
In today’s match, Randwick Petersham defeated Hawkesbury, 9-209 declared to 132 and 5-179. Last week, skipper Jason Sangha put the Hawks into bat after winning the toss. The bowlers duly responded, knocking them over for just 132. Adam Semple took (4-23) with Daya Singh (2-24), Jason Ralston (2-17), Caelan Maladay (1-28) and Ryan Ninan (1-19) sharing the remainder. Sangha was 38* at stumps in a scoreline of 3-71, but was called to join the NSW Sheffield Shield side in its clash with South Australia in Adelaide. He was replaced to-day by Jackson Eldridge who carried on the good work going on to top-score with a well-made 48 off 67 balls with four boundaries and a six. Semple added 34 with Singh belting 33 off 36 with two sixes to give the side a lead of 77. Looking for maximum points, the bowlers again got stuck in to have the visitors 4-101 before the shutters went up to finish 5-179 off 55 overs when time was called.
Lyall Gardner OAM

Jason Sangha (c) 38


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A feature of the Hawks second innings was the 400th 1st Grade dismissal for Randwick Petersham by wicket-keeper Anthony Sams. He is the first player in the long history of the club, dating back to 1899, to achieve such a feat. An historical moment for Anthony and for Randwick Petersham and its founding clubs in a total of 260 playing seasons.