Round 2 NSW Premier Cricket & Metro Cup 2021-22 Round Preview
Round 2 v Manly-Warringah, Hawkesbury & North West Sydney Maroon
Round 1 Twenty20 Cup & PGs v Manly-Warringah
Not the start we were hoping for last weekend with both 1st and 2nd grades going down to Mosman. However, there are better days ahead, starting this Saturday with a full round of matches against Manly-Warringah. The round also brings about the return of the 3rd, 4th and 5th grades. All five teams will play a 50-overs-a-side match commencing on Saturday at 10 am. The Metropolitan Cup competition also commences this Saturday and Sunday v Hawkesbury and North West Sydney Maroon. On Sunday we have the start of the 2021-22 Kingsgrove Sports Twenty20 Cup at Manly Oval commencing at 12.45pm after the PGs (under 21) play a T20 from 9.15 am.
We had four new players turn out with the club last weekend and this round we have a number of others in lower grades. Welcome to Chaik Hathurusinghe, son of former Sri Lanka Test player Chandika, along with fast bowler Basit Ali and all-rounders Cotter Litchfield and Jacob McCormick. We are sure all of you will enjoy playing with Randwick Petersham.
1st GRADE is at Coogee Oval on Saturday: Last season Manly gave us a bit of a hiding in the 2 day match but in the Semi-Final of the Limited Overs Cup at Manly, we knocked them over for 128 after setting a target of 213. That was the springboard to a place in the Grand Final in which we were able to go on and win the Cup defeating Sydney. In our 20 seasons we have played the Sea Eagles 7 times for 4 wins and 3 losses. And while we lost our match against Mosman last weekend they lost to Northern District. We are fielding the same team as last week. Jason Sangha is unavailable due to NSW commitments.
1st Grade is at Manly Oval on Sunday for the Twenty20 Cup from 12.45pm: We have played Manly four times in T20 matches and won them all. It is an imposing record and one we won’t want to upset on Sunday. Our first game against them in 2013-14 resulted in a win by 24 runs after Rory Burns, the current England opening bat, who will be here for the Ashes this season, belted 102* off just 64 balls with 11 fours and 4 sixes. His score is the club record in T20 matches.
2nd GRADE is at Manly Oval: It was a disappointment going down by just 5 runs last week after hitting the second-highest 2nd Grade score of the day. Congrats to Adam Docos who passed the 1,500 club runs milestone last week while Ash Burton almost made the 2,000 runs mark scoring 78. He needs just 9 more. Basit Ali makes his club debut. The scary thing about playing at Manly Oval is that of the 7 times we have played there in 2s, Manly have won 6 times. Time to reverse that record.
3rd Grade is at Petersham Oval: We have won 7 out of 15 playing Manly in 3s, with only one win coming from the four we have played at Petersham. We have also won 13 times in the first match of the season so we hope that trend continues. The experienced Tom Holland, with 169 games under his belt, will captain the side once again. There’s quite a good bit of young talent in the team so their progress will be followed with great interest.
4th Grade is at LM Graham Reserve: The honours over the years are equal with both clubs winning 8 matches. Manly, however, have won the last 3 clashes. At Graham Reserve we have a slight advantage winning 4 times of the 7 we have played there. This season we have co-captains with Liam O’Loughlin and the returning Nigil Singh sharing the leadership duties. Nigil led the 5th Grade side to the premiership in 2016-17 and hasn’t played a great deal since. But he is our record holder with 500 wickets for the club. Great to have him back on deck! Our younger players will have an ideal role model in Nigil. Liam is also one of the club’s valuable assets despite his youth. Good to see the experienced Damian Sidney and Ben Chaplin in the side as well.
5th Grade is at Snape Oval: He may be 57 years of age but there is no doubting his enthusiasm for the game, the club and for the development of junior players within his team. Fabian Heaton will again lead our 5th graders and how fortunate are we that he is doing so. Last season’s Clubman of the Season, Fabian not only remains a solid bat but he takes on the arduous role of wicket-keeper! A true Randwick Petersham icon.
Metropolitan Cup. Gold will play Hawkesbury at Kensington Oval on Saturday while Green plays at Petersham on SUNDAY against North West Sydney Maroon, both games from 10 am. Jay Patel captains Gold while Jeremy Jastrzab looks after Green. As always, we have a number of debutants and new players coming in to debut to the club. We congratulate all the players who have graduated to NSW Premier Cricket and welcome: Jack Gibbens-Johnson, Rahul Kaemra, Rory Steinberg, Tom Gibson, Alvin Rajesh, Nimesh Desai, Vraj Patel, Matthew Adam and Adnan Riaz. We also welcome a second North West Sydney team, to ensure a 14 team competition and no bye rounds.
Poidevin-Gray is at Manly Oval on SUNDAY from 9.15 am: Our under 21 boys line up for their first match of the season under the captaincy of Josh Mellick. This is a good chance to get some early points on the board as they count towards the Club Championship.
Go the Randy Petes!!
Lyall Gardner OAM
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