Round 4 NSW Premier Cricket & Metro Cup 2021-22 Round Preview
Round 4 v St George, Sydney University Gold & Hawkesbury
Round 3 Twenty20 Cup & PGs v UNSW
Once again it’s another big weekend of cricket. On Saturday the 5 grades play St George in a round of 50-overs-a-side match commencing at 10 am. In Metropolitan Cup we play Hawkesbury and Sydney University Gold, with both matches played on Sunday. Also on Sunday, it’s off to David Phillips South (Uni. of NSW) for a T20 double-header with round 3 of the Kingsgrove Sports Twenty20 Cup commencing at 2,30pm after the PGs (under 21), play at 10 am.
A wet weekend last round with the whole of the Sunday double-header washed out. The better news was that 1st and 3rds won against Sydney University putting us in 7th place in the Club Championship, 124 points from the leader Northern District on 301.St George, who we play this Saturday is running 3rd on 257 points so if we are to make inroads into the Club Championship lead, we need to win the majority of matches this weekend.
1st GRADE is at Coogee Oval on Saturday: Captain Jason Sangha (pictured) returns to the side for his first Belvidere Cup match this season. It’s also a big welcome to Camden Hawkins who becomes capped player no 143 on Saturday. Two seasons ago, Hawkins scored 680 runs for Otago in the NZ Plunkett Shield, the equivalent of our Sheffield Shield. Our opponent this weekend, Saints, have won their first three matches and are running 3rd in the competition. We are 8th with two wins. This will be a close contest despite the fact we have won 12 times to their 9 in the 26 matches we have played in the past 20 years with one game tied and 4 drawn. The last time they beat us in a Belvidere Cup match was in the 2012-13 semi-final when we were knocked over for 115 at Hurstville. Interestingly, the only time they have beaten us at Coogee was in 2006-07–221 to 263. There was however, a famous drawn match at Coogee in 2010-11 when we scored 9d-427 and they made 9-397 to save the game. We will also be up against two former Randy Petes–skipper Nick Stapleton and fast bowler, Tom McKenzie. If you can’t get there, it may be streamed live through: https://matchcentre.premier.cricketnsw.com.au/ – go to Match Centre and search for the match.
2nd Grade is at Hurstville Oval: A bit of a disaster last weekend after playing so well the first two matches. However, there’s plenty of talent in the side and the boys are more than capable of bouncing back. In 16 matches we have won 8 to their 7 with one drawn. Our record at Hurstville, however, is not flash losing 6 out of 8. Time to rectify that statistic. They have won 2 matches to our one this season. The side will be boosted by the return of Manish Malhotra who missed last week’s match.
3rd Grade is at Petersham: The team is on fire and leads the comp! A bonus point against Sydney Uni. last weekend was a great kick-along. The interesting point this weekend however, is that we have only beaten Saints 3 times in 15 games with 10 matches lost. Worse still, our record against them at Petersham is abysmal with 3 losses and a draw from 4 attempts. If we are ever going to straighten out the ledger at this ground, Saturday is the day! They won against Penrith after losing to Bankstown.
4th Grade is at Harold Fraser: Saints have only beaten us 3 times in 4th Grade while we have won 8 including one outright. We have played 4 times at Harold Fraser winning 2 and losing one with a draw. In 2006-07 we bowled them out for just 93 before winning by 7 wickets. We need to do something like that again to get the side on track after 2 losses. They lost to Penrith after beating Bankstown.
5th Grade is at Snape Oval: What a game last weekend with Rehan Anjum belting 158*–the second highest score in 5th Grade for the club behind Mark Carroll who made 159 in 2008-09. But the match was lost. We have a slight edge over St George winning 7 to their 6 out of 17 clashes with 4 drawn. But the last time we won, was in 2014-15. They have won 3 out of the past 5 with 2 drawn. We have never played Saints at Snape. They beat Bankstown in round 2 with a score of 4-275 but lost last week to Penrith. We will need early wickets and solid batting to get our first points on the board. Unfortunately, Anjum is not available this week.
Metropolitan Cup. Green will play Hawkesbury at Petersham and Gold plays Sydney University Gold at St Andrews. Both games are on SUNDAY from 10am. After rain dominated the previous round, the Metropolitan Cup players are all keen to just get back on the field and make up for both dropping their game in round 1. Green will have their work cut out for them, as Hawkesbury have started the season with 2 wins, which is only one less than they managed all of last season. With a good blend of youth and experience, they’ll fancy their chances of bouncing back strong. Gold will take on one of their bogey teams for last season, Sydney University Gold, who also started the season with a massive win but were washed out last week. Jay Patel leads a young team but one full of promise and talent.
Poidevin-Gray is at David Phillips South Oval on SUNDAY from 10am: A disappointing start in round 1 and a washout last week. However, we know the boys are much better than that. Should be a close encounter as the curtain-raiser to the T20 match at 2.30pm.
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