Round 2 Match Reports v Manly-Warringah & Metro

All Grades took the field for the first time in 2021-22 and celebrated with the top 3 teams recording wins against Manly-Warringah on the Saturday and First Grade backing up to win away against the same opposition in the T20 competition.

There were a number of standout performances with the bat including Will Affleck’s 96*, A Sams blistering 79* from 46 balls, Ash Burton’s 79* and Dr Asif Rasheed’s blitzkrieg 75 off 43 balls. The standout with the ball was Basit Ali on debut in 2s with 4/39 while Sadeep Deepak in 3s was economical with 3/9 from 6 overs.

Lefand Group 1st Grade @ Coogee Oval

Randwick Petersham 2/248 (45.1 overs) W Affleck 96*, A Sams 79* def  Manly-Warringah 6/244 (50 overs) D Singh 3/43

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William Affleck

Randwick Petersham Cricket pulled off a mighty win in the 1st Grade clash against Manly-Warringah this past Saturday at Coogee.

Manly batted first and knocked up a healthy 6-244 off their 50 overs. Skipper Jay Lenton hit 104 off 133 balls with the Randy Petes captain, Daya Singh, best of the bowlers with 3-43 off 10 overs.

And while he was getting ready for his big day on Sunday, opening bat Will Affleck showed no pre-wedding nerves in the run-chase, carving up the Sea Eagles attack to be still there on 96* when his batting partner Anthony Sams, hit the winning runs off 45.1 overs. Affleck faced 136 balls and hit 6 fours and 3 sixes. While he was the “rock” of the innings, Sams was the star. Coming to the crease after Riley Ayre had gone for 39 in a partnership of 104 for the second wicket, Sams wasted no time in getting stuck in, bringing up his 50 off just 27 balls. He finished with 79* off 46 balls with 8 fours and 4 mighty sixes. It took his tally of sixes with the club to 69 while Affleck, who also likes to see the ball fly, brought up his 34th in just his third season.

The pair put on an unconquered 115 for the third wicket in the final tally of 2-248 to take the points in a super display.

Lefand Group 1st Grade T20 @ Manly Oval

Randwick Petersham 2/105 (15.2 overs) M Malhotra 34*, B Mitchell 31 def  Manly-Warringah 104 (19.5 overs) R Ayre 3/11

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Manish Malhotra

Randwick Petersham Cricket maintained its unbeaten record over Manly-Warringah in the opening match of the 1st Grade Kingsgrove Sports Twenty20 Cup at Manly Oval on Sunday. It was the fifth time the sides had met in this short form of the game since 2013-14 with all five being won by Randwick Petersham.

With an imposing batting line-up, Manly batted first but were quickly in trouble when Adam Semple got the edge of NSW player Jack Edwards’ bat, to give Anthony Sams his 403rd wicket-keeping dismissal for the club. Saturday’s century-maker against us at Coogee, skipper Jay Lenton, was run out shortly after and when Riley Ayre had Ollie Davies caught by Daya Singh, all three of their State representative players were in the pavilion with just 16 runs on the board.

Two runs later, Ryan Farrell, who made 68 at Coogee a day prior, was out lbw to Riley Ayre, giving the left-arm spinner his 100th wicket for the club in 1st Grade. Manly were unable to rescue the innings thereafter, despite some contributions from the tail, being dismissed for just 105—their lowest score since making 6-134 against us at the SCG in 2015-16. Ayre ended with 3-11, Adam Semple 2-29, while Jason Sangha, in his first match this season after returning from State duties, took 2 wickets in his first over to finish with 2-15.

In the run-chase, it was two club debutants in Ben Mitchell and Manish Malhotra, who opened the innings and when Mitchell was run-out after a mix-up for a well-made 31 off 26 balls with 6 fours, they had made half the score with 52.

Sangha joined Malhotra and when he was caught on the fence for 8, only 31 runs were needed. The in-form Sams then combined with Manish to put the issue beyond any doubt with 15* off 14 balls to go with his winning score of 79*off 46 on Saturday. The winning score of 2-105 was brought up after just 15.2 overs for an 8 wickets win—the team’s highest margin win over Manly in T20 cricket. The impressive Malhotra finished unconquered on 34* off 39 balls with four fours and a six.

An outstanding weekend for Randwick Petersham’s 1st Grade team recording two wins over one of the competition’s legendary clubs.

The Investment Collective PGs @ Manly Oval

Randwick Petersham 7/122 (20 overs) J Mellick 43 def by Manly-Warringah 5/126 (18.3 overs) B Mitchell 3/17

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Josh Mellick

Sunday embarked the start of the PGs season. An early start brought us to Manly Oval where a few debutants were on display. Congrats to Ben Mitchell, Dave Dubey, Charlie Howard, Connor O’Riordan, and Shivansh Pathak on their PGs debut.

After losing the toss, Manly sent Randwick into bat. After excelling well in the power play, Randwick began well and was looking at setting a good foundation with the bat. Some clever bowling from the Manly team and not establishing a middle-over partnership saw Randwick restricted to 7-122 off the 20 overs.

Unfortunately, Manly chased the runs five down in the 18th over. Randwick had their chances in the field, but it just slipped away from us at the end of the day. We can only take positives out of the game and look to next week when we take on St George.

Suttons City 2nd Grade @ Manly Oval

Randwick Petersham 8/218 (49.1 overs) A Burton 79* def Manly-Warringah 7/216 (50 overs) B Ali 4/39

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Ashley Burton

Second Grade made the trip over the Spit Bridge to Manly Oval to take on the defending second grade premiers, who arrived with an almost identical line up to the one that claimed The Albert Cup last season.

Manly won the toss and elected to bat, and after a fast start, soon had no answers too debutant Basit Ali (4/35) who’s unrelenting accuracy brought Randwick Petersham right into the game.

Once the ball started to get softer, batting was a lot easier and Manly put several partnerships together to reach 216, a very attainable score for the side. Dave Dubey was also a standout again (1/19) showing a tremendous one day skills, with his variety of slower balls and yorkers once again slowing the oppositions momentum.

The visitors lost two wickets early in the chase, however a partnership between Adam Docos (25) and Jackson Eldridge (33) steadied the ship.

When both men were dismissed, it was man of the moment Ashley Burton (79*) who won the game for the Randy Petes, ably supported by Jack Lyle (22) and Basit Ali who’s late cameo of 14* off 6 sealed the game.

After a five-run defeat in the opening round, it was great to be on the right side of the ledger and register the first win of the year, long may it continue against the Students next Saturday.

Petersham RSL 3rd Grade @ Petersham Oval

Randwick Petersham 170  (43.4 overs) R Sachs 34 def  Manly-Warringah 118 (42.5 overs) S Deepak 3/9, A Mathews 3/27

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Sadeep Deepak

3rd Grade arrived to a pristine Petersham Oval given the weather throughout the week and that many games didn’t get on at all. The pitch was a touch soft on top but hard underneath, however after losing the toss we were sent in to bat.

The score progressed along very quickly, assisted heavily by Manly bowling 28 extras, including 14 no balls and 10 wides, and at the first drinks break we were 1-77 with James Mahony-Brack (28) and Reuben Sachs (34) ticking along nicely.

 From there however, the Manly bowling improved and the runs became harder to come by as a steady stream of wickets were lost, mostly to poor shot selection. Jaya Murdita (28) and Jacob McCormick (21) steadied the ship in the middle overs, but the wickets continued to fall and we were all out 170 in the 44th over. A disappointing finish to a great start on a deck and ground where 210+ was par.

Our bowling started off with a bang as Sadeep Deepak (3/9 off 6) picked up three quick wickets bowling nagging and questioning areas, along with opening partner Dane Coombs (1/23 off 7) bowling in a fantastic partnership.

Murdita (2/13 off 4) picked up a crucial wicket just before drinks after sustained pressure bowling in partnerships from Alan Mathews (3-27 off 10) to have them 4-39.

The middle session continued from where we left off with very good containing bowling from Guru (0-27 off 10) and JMB (1-17 off 6) and sustained pressure having them 6-70 after 34 overs. Manly came out swinging after the 2nd drinks break but crucial partnership breaking poles from Alan and Dane left their tail exposed, and Alan finished the job with excellent death bowling to have Manly all out 118 and a big win for the boys.

The bowling and fielding was the best it’s been for a long time, with Kel Mullins taking 4 catches behind the stumps, and our sustained pressure in the field was a huge positive. The batting still needs work, but alas, it was good to get the 6 points and sing the song nice and early in the season. Roll on next week.

Mellick Wealth Management 4th Grade @ LM Graham Reserve

Randwick Petersham 8/166 (50 overs) B Chaplin 39, L Lopes 32 def by Manly-Warringah 9/220 (50 overs) A Coombs 2/33

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Luca Lopes

In their first game of the season, Randy Petes travelled across to play Manly and despite some rain during the week, were presented with a lovely wicket and a great day for cricket.

The visitors started reasonably well, with skipper Nigel Singh (2/40) and seamer Adam Coombs (2/33) getting some early breakthroughs. With the hosts 4/86 the game was wide open as Liam O’Loughlin (2/46) took another, but a big partnership for the fifth wicket hurt the Randy Petes, as their opening bat went on to score a century. Some strong bowling at the death from Coombs and debutant Charlie Howard (2/47) helped restrict Manly to a score of 9/2220, which was always going to be tough but definitely attainable on a nice deck.

A great start from Luca Lopes (32) was undone as the Randy Petes went on to lose their first three wickets for just 19 runs, before a steady partnership between Ben Chaplin (39) and Charlie Howard (28) helped get us back on track. At 3/117 and plenty of overs and wickets left, there was a chance for the Randy Petes to take the game – unfortunately that wasn’t the case, as we lost both set batsmen and struggled to up the run-rate with wickets falling, finishing 54 runs behind the target.

Community Bank Clovelly Bendigo Bank 5th Grade @ Snape Oval

Randwick Petersham 72 (27.2 overs) J Gibbens-Johnson 23 def by Manly-Warringah 8/246 (50 overs) T. Gowda 3/22

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Marley Whitcombe

Congratulations to our 5th grade debutants – Milan Lambert, Yuvraj Menji, Cotter Litchfield, Marley Whitcombe, Jack Gibbens- Johnson, Thanus Gowda, Akash Padavala.

RPCC won the toss and decided to bowl on a deck which although was hard on the surface was soft underneath and could assist the bowlers in the 1st 10 overs. The grass was well cut and the outfield looked spectacular. Great job by Green options!

The RPCC bowlers were advised to bowl just on or outside of off, back of a length and let the wicket do the rest.

Medium pacers Ashish (0 for 36 of 10), Ben Thomas  (1 for 18 of 6), Cotter Lichfield  (0 for 33 of 6) and Jack Gibbens-Johnson (0 for 7 of 2) shared the new ball and did brilliantly in restricting the free stroking Manly batsmen to 1 for 55 in extremely windy conditions.

Spin was introduced in the 17th over in the form of Marley Whitcombe (1 for 50 of 7), Yuvraj Mengi (0 – 35 of 5), Akash Padavala (2 for 46 of 10) and Thanush Gowda (3 for 22 of 4). The past 2 trial games played at Snape spinners got most of the wickets. But, unfortunately the pitch this time was not one for spinners and the Manly batsmen batted with authority and punished anything shot or full to  fence.

With Ben Thomas our key medium pacer injured after a fall on his right wrist Ashish Bhat and Tanush Gowder did well to restrict Manly to 247 for 8 at the death.

In the field some fine catches taken, 2 brilliant high running catches by Krish Patel, 1 by Tanush Gowda diving to his right at deep square leg and another high catch by Marley Whitcombe.

It was a big target to chase and the RPCC batsmen were asked to dig in for the 10 overs and look for singles and two’s. The situation will be assessed after the 1st drinks break. Importantly, we need bat the 50 overs.

But, the Manly seamers bowled excellently and had us in deep trouble 7 for 38 in the 19th over. Jack Gibbens-Johnson (23 not out) our number 6 batsman was a stand out and batted fiercely punishing the loose balls and defending the ones on his stumps. Yuvraj Menji (9) who opened the batting also showed lots of courage against the fine Manly seam attack.

Disappointing loss and plenty plenty of work to be done on our batting as a unit.

Big thanks to the Dads Wayne, Joel and David who helped us to put down the covers after the match which was an extremely challenging effort with the heavy wind and also help with boundary cones. Looking forward to rewarding you all with a win next game.

Mr Taxman Metro Gold @ Kensington Oval

Randwick Petersham 108 (36.1 overs) A Rajesh 30, A Sidhu 24 def by Hawkesbury 7/245 (50 overs) T. Gibson 2/40

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Jay Patel

Metro Gold finally took the field under the experienced captaincy of Jay Patel who called correctly and underneath overcast skies and gale force winds elected to bowl. The decision paid off with two quick wickets to Tom Gibson (2/40). This saw the Hawks reeling before a 3rd wicket partnership of 82 consolidated the innings.

Their opener was the foil as he compiled a strong 67 before a lapse in concentration saw him play a loose shot. A number of other middle order contributions saw an above par 245 posted. The evergreen Charith De Silva (2/46 off 10) bowled a perfect second spell and combined with Azaan Syed with a ripper of a catch diving forward at deep mid off.

The chase started well with Sidhu (24) and Stewart putting on 30 for the first wicket before Rajesh (30) showed experience beyond his yeas in the middle. Unfortunately a batting collapse saw the Golds all out in the 36th over for 108 with the Skipper Jay Patel unbeaten on 5.

Cartwright Insurance Metro Green @ Petersham Oval

Randwick Petersham  203 (44.4 overs) A Rasheed 75, A Sidhu 24 def by North West Sydney Maroon 221 (46.4 overs) E-Young Khoo 3/44, N Desai 2/22

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E-Young Khoo

Metro Green lost the toss and were asked to field on the most beautiful of autumn days at Petersham Oval. Debutants Nimesh Desai and Matthew Adam picked up a wicket each in their opening spells, but for each wicket that was taken, the young North West Sydney Maroon batsmen counterattacked to take the game back. After Ashish Bhat took his first wicket for the club bowling spin, E-Young “Pingu” Khoo cut a swathe through the middle order with 3 wickets, leaving the opposition 8-160. Some smart batting and running against some not-so-smart fielding dragged the score up to 221.

The pursuit went off like a house on fire, as Dr Asif Rasheed set Petersham Oval ablaze, peppering the boundaries and the eastern pagoda, with 75 off 43 balls. It took a spectacular catch from the opposition to halt the run, and from there some superb fielding and athleticism made the chase difficult, despite the best efforts of Vraj Patel, Ashish Bhat and Matthew Adam. Eventually the batting ran out of steam 18 runs shy, but all left in appreciation of a great game to start the season.

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