ROUND 5 MATCH REPORTS V CAMPBELLTOWN-CAMDEN & METRO
T20 1st Grade & PGs v MOSMAN
For the first time in a long time, Randwick Petersham have completed a clean-sweep of a rival club, winning all five grades on Saturday against Campbelltown-Camden. 1st Grade kept their strong start alive due to some late heroics from Adam Semple and Daya Singh, while 3rd Grade remained at the top of the tree. 4th Grade and 5th Grade won their first games of the season, while 2nd Grade bounced back from their previous loss to Sydney Uni.
Lefand Group 1st Grade @ Petersham Oval
Randwick Petersham 7/261 (Semple 68* Hawkins 56 Singh 51) def. Campbelltown-Camden 7/257 (Ralston 2/38 Singh 2/38)
In a superb exhibition of 1st Grade Limited Overs cricket, Randwick Petersham today defeated Campbelltown-Camden by 3 wickets at Petersham Oval—7-261 (49.2 overs) to 7-257 (50 overs). Chasing a competitive total by the Ghosts, a win to the home side looked unlikely when the score slumped from 3-122 to 5-122 in the space of 3 balls.
The run-out of Camden Hawkins (56 off 75 balls with 4 fours) and the dismissal of Puru Gaur (17 off 24) in the 28th over, changed the complexion of the match. And when Ben Mitchell went for a 6-140 scoreline, the cat was well and truly amongst the pigeons. The situation called for a cool, experienced head. Fortunately for Randwick Petersham, they had two – Adam Semple and Daya Singh. With deft placement and smart running of singles, the pair got safely to the 40th over, needing 96 from the final 10. From there, they “upped the ante” without playing any silly shots, although they managed to tonk 8 over the fence between them. But when Singh was caught for 51 off 47 balls with 4 sixes, just 7 runs were needed off 12 balls. Debutant Ashley Burton, only hours after receiving cap no 144, joined Semple with the ground buzzing. A couple of singles and a 2 off his first 4 balls saw him on strike for the last over with 2 runs needed. He took a single off the first, leaving Adam Semple to lift the next ball high into the outfield for the winning runs. Semple finished with 68* off 58 balls with 2 fours and 4 mighty sixes in one of his best innings—the 270th for the club in 1st Grade while scoring 6,141 runs.
Earlier, skipper Daya Singh had won the toss, but the invitation for the visitors to have first use of a good batting strip, didn’t bring the quick wickets anticipated. It was hard yakka for the bowlers as the score of 3-183 at the end of 39 overs indicated. Singh and Jason Ralston each took 2-38 to share the bowling honours. The win puts the side into 8th place on the competition points ladder after 5 rounds.
Saturday’s match also marked the official 1st Grade debut of Ash Burton, one of the club’s favourite sons. A proud local junior, Burto has achieved the rare feat of playing Green Shield, Poidevin-Gray, Metro Cup and all five grades – last season, fellow local juniors Rav De Silva, Jackson Eldridge and Mitch O’Loughlin also completed this tremendous achievement. Burto scored 4* at the end of the innings against the Ghosts, and his call-up to the side comes after years of hard work on and off the field.
Lefand 1st Grade T20 @ Petersham Oval
Mosman 7/145 (Ninan 2/26) def. Randwick Petersham 143 (Semple 55)
Randwick Petersham was knocked out of the lead in its division of the Kingsgrove Sports T20 Cup on Sunday with a loss to Mosman at the picturesque Petersham Oval.
Batting first under heavy overcast skies, the side was looking for a good score after Camden Hawkins belted the second ball into the gardens surrounding the oval. But there was little cheering after that, with four soft dismissals quickly following to have the team in trouble at 4-40. Puru Gaur got things going hitting 28 off 28 balls with 3 fours, but it was the “Iron Warrior”, Adam Semple, who took the total to something reasonable when he smashed a 50 off 21 balls with 5 sixes which had dog-walkers huddling their canines to protect them from the onslaught. His performance came to an untimely and unexpected end, when a straight drive ricocheted off the bowler’s hand on to the stumps as “Sempy” backed up. He made 56 off 26. The final tally of 143 off the full 20 overs didn’t look nearly enough and that’s the way it turned out, with the first ball of the last over knocked over the fence for six to bring up the Mosman win in a 7-145 score-line.
Despite the very gettable target, the Whales made heavy weather of it amid some tight bowling and athletic fielding, particularly from Gaur who may have brought off the “catch of the season” when he dived full length on the midwicket boundary to bring off an amazing snare. Five of the six bowlers shared the wickets with Ryan Ninan’s 2-26 off 4 overs the pick.
The loss saw Randwick Petersham slip to third on the points table, needing a win over Easts at Coogee next Sunday to secure a spot in the finals series.
The Investment Collective Poidevin-Gray @ Petersham Oval
Mosman 3/101 def. Randwick Petersham 8/95 (Mellick 46)
At the pristine Petersham Oval, Randwick Petersham played against Mosman in round four of the PGs fixtures. Congratulations to Thomas Owen on making his PGs debut.
Mosman won the toss and sent Randwick into bat on a belter of a wicket after waiting for the rain to stop and the match to be reduced to 17 overs a side. RPc got off to a terrific start, scoring 1-70 off 11 overs as skipper Josh Mellick (46) starred with the bat. Unfortunately the side collapsed in the final five overs, finishing with 8-95 from their 17 overs.
Mosman opened their innings with Randwick thinking they were roughly 20 runs shy of a competitive total.
With the ball, debutant Thomas Owen (1/19) got off to a flying start, taking a wicket in his first over and putting the pressure back on Mosman. Randwick had Mosman 3-16 after five overs, with Ben Mitchell (1/24) and Mitchell O’Loughlin (1/16) each taking a wicket.
Mosman’s superb batting saw them chase down the score in the 15th over. We look towards next week’s game against Eastern Suburbs at Coogee Oval.
Suttons City 2nd Grade @ Raby Oval 1
Randwick Petersham 4/162 def. Campbelltown-Camden 9/161
Second grade made the long trip to Raby Sports Complex and deservedly came away with six points and our second win of the season. Once again being asked to field first, Randwick-Petersham restricted Campbelltown-Camden to 161, claiming nine wickets in the process.
Basit Ali once again claimed three wickets, and was well supported by the entire bowling attack with Mitchell O’Loughin, Connor O’Riordan, Dave Dubey and Akhtar Hussain all claiming wickets.
With the bat, Manish Malhotra anchored the innings scoring 86* as we passed the total four wickets down with five overs to spare. Manish was supported by Dubey (26*) and Eldridge (22) as we recorded a comfortable win, a change compared to our usual, tense, final-over games. The win sees the side into 11th on the ladder, with a win against Penrith in round 6 giving the side the opportunity to potentially move into the top six on the ladder.
Petersham RSL 3rd Grade @ Coogee Oval
Randwick Petersham 9/271 (Holland 63 Mahony-Brack 57 Elliot 57) def. Campbelltown-Camden 9/225 (Coombs 3/25)
3rd Grade arrived at Coogee Oval for our first game at the venue in a few years ready to extend our lead on top of the table. We lost the toss and were sent in to bat on a road; even more perplexing was that the Ghosts only had 10 players for the first hour of play.
Ross Elliot (57) and James Mahony-Brack (57) started us off with a bang with some combined great hitting and clever running, notching up our first 100-run partnership for the season. The 113-run opening stand was the highest in 3rd Grade since the 2013-14 season, when Nick Charlwood (109) and Any Coles (34) put on 121 against North Sydney at Petersham.
Once Ross and JMB departed, Max Robinson (37) and Tom Holland picked up where they left off and combined for a 77-run stand to get us over 200 in the 40th over. From there, a series of poorly executed shots, with guys trying to clear the fence, saw multiple wickets fall in quick succession. Some late hitting and fantastic running between the wickets from the middle-lower order, including Jacob McCormick (20) off not many balls, pushed us to 9-271 after our 50 overs. This was 3rd grade’s highest total for a good few years, as well as the highest in the club’s history against Campbelltown. The skipper was also especially pleased that the side batted to their plan of setting up a platform and being able to launch later in the innings.
Our bowling started with a bang with Dane Coombs (3-25 off 8) striking with his first ball and again in his 3rd over to have them in trouble early. Alan Matthews (2-39 off 10) picked up an early wicket as well after some fantastic pressure bowling in his first spell, and JMB (1-49 off 10) picked up the Ghosts’ captain who was looking dangerous early. However, we were unable to capitalise on a fast start with the ball with some wayward and inconsistent bowling allowing the batsmen to get into the game. Our fielding was fantastic and we were still able to restrict their runs, which continued to build up the pressure on the Ghosts’ batting, with them 4-111 at the 3nd drinks break. The Ghosts came out of their shell a little bit in the last session, but never threatened at actually chasing down the total, rather more intent on batting the 50 and getting some time in the middle. Sadeep (2-54 off 9) picked up a couple late ones, as did Dane and Alan and a sharp run-out as the innings closed out at 9-225.
A disappointing display with the bowling overall, as any pressure we built was summarily lost with a few bad balls each over. Regardless, it was pleasing that we bank the 6 points on the back of our batting, which is something we’ve struggled with in the last few years. Our top order has done the job for us in the last 2 games now, and hopefully we can take that momentum into next week against the Riff. Roll on next week.
Mellick Wealth Management 4th Grade @ Raby Oval 2
Randwick Petersham 5/88 def. Campbelltown Camden 87 (Coombs 4/17 Stirling 3/23)
After a tough first two games followed by a washout, Randwick Petersham travelled out to Raby for a clash with the Ghosts. After losing the toss, RPC bowled first on a deck that looked to be a good one for batting, but still one that could offer something for the bowlers early on. The latter part of that statement was spot on, with seamers Adam Coombs (4/17 off 7.4) and Scott Stirling (3/23 off 10) tearing through the top-order to have the hosts 5/30.
From there, Randy Petes applied the squeeze through spinners Guru Chandar (0/18 off 10) and Liam O’Loughlin (1/21 off 10) and despite Campbelltown putting on a small partnership, the visitors were well-ahead of the game. Jackson Dodd (2/7 off 5) came on with a late cameo with the ball and took some late poles, helping bowl out the Ghosts for just 87 runs in 43 overs.
Chasing a low total, RPC got off to a nice start with Luca Lopes (14) scoring a few quick runs, but wickets began to fall. With one eye on the bonus-point, Ben Chaplin (21) and Guru Chandar (16*) did what they needed to do, as we passed the Ghosts’ total at the end of the 28th over.
It was a much-needed victory for 4th Grade – the bowling and fielding was really strong, but the batting still needs some work. It will be a tough two weeks heading into the Christmas break against Sutherland and Penrith, but the lads should have gained some confidence after breaking through for a big win.
Community Bank Clovelly Bendigo Bank 5th Grade @ Kensington Oval
Randwick Petersham 4/112 (Litchfield 30* Sidney 28*) def. Campbelltown-Camden 108 (Singh 6/26 Ramakanth 3/23)
Congratulations to Armaan Sidhu, Tom Gibson and Atharv Ramakant on making their for RPCC in 5th grade.
RPCC won the toss and decided to bowl on a Kenso deck which had a bit of grass at both ends, some loose spots at the good length and slight softness in the deck which would harden later. The deck was expected to have some uneven bounce and could assist the bowlers early due to these conditions.
The RPCC bowlers were advised to pitch the ball up on the off stump or just back of a length and let the wicket do the rest. The catchers behind the wicket were asked to be particularly vigilant and to hold on to the edges that come by. Early wickets were important for RPCC to take advantage of the bowling first. It was also important to defend the short end of the boundary which was square of the wicket at the park end so bowlers were asked to not give the batsmen room to cut or pull towards this short end.
Opening bowlers Samarpreet Singh (6 for 26 off 9.5) and 14 year old debutant Tom Gibson (0 for 18 of 5) executed RPCC’s bowling plan perfectly. With the new ball popping around and beating the bat when pitched up there were few edges the Campbelltown batsmen. Something had to give!! Rightly for RPCC Samarpreet struck in his 3rd over with a beautiful delivery that pitched on middle stump and moved off the seam, took a thick edge for keeper Heaton to cling onto diving to diving to his right. From then on it was no stopping Samarpreet with 3 more wickets in his first spell (6 overs 4 wickets for 8). Campbelltown 11 overs 4 for 27.
With plenty of chat in the RPCC camp and the team determined to back Samarpreet’s fine bowling efforts medium pacers Cotter Litchfield (0 for 10 of 6) and Jack Gibbens-Johnson (1 for 17 off 5) continued to execute the RPCC’s bowling plan.
At drinks with Campbelltown 4 for 42 after 18 overs and the Campbelltown batsmen beginning to look settled it was important for the RPCC bowlers to continue to bowl to the plan and wickets would come. Jack rose to occasion to get rid of the Ghosts number 3 batsman. The delivery pitched on the off stump on a good length and tailed in of the seam to hit top of middle stump.
Spinners Thanush Gowda (0 for 12 off 4) and debutant Atharv Ramakanth (3 for 23 off 7) continued the good work and together reduced Campbelltown to 7 for 81 in 30 overs. However, with the Campbelltown big hitters in and targeting the short boundary Thanush was taken off and Samarpreet was brought back into the attack with instructions to attack the stumps. It was Sam’s day and he delivered for RPCC. In the process there was a sensational caught and bowled by Arthav running sideways towards mid-off to take a low one handed catch. Campbelltown all out 108 in 36.5 overs.
With a small total to get but the wicket still doing a bit especially for the medium pacers it was important for the openers to see off the new ball and play cautiously the first 10 overs and leave as many balls. The batting plan was that if we were only 1 or 2 wickets at drinks then the batting order would be revamped and we would go for the bonus point. However, if wickets were falling our attacking bats would be held back until the situation is stabilised.
Debutant Armaan Sidhu (11) and Milan Lambert (0) had some good throw downs and warmed up well. Unfortunately, Milan was bowled by a good ball that pitched on middle and took his off stump RPCC 1 -1 in the 1st over.
Next batsman Krish Patel (28) joined Armaan battled through the initial overs and then started opening up playing some beautiful strokes like square cuts, straight drives and cover drives. Unfortunately, just when they looked set but the deck still doing a bit Krish was out to a ball that kept low on the off and knicked the bottom of his bat. RPCC 2 for 42 of 15.
Cotter Litchfield (30*) joined Armaan and both were playing comfortably and cruising to the total when Armaan who was playing beautifully and looked to bat to the end stepped out and tried to hit the Ghosts leg spinner over mid off and holed out to cover in the 18th over. The batting order was shuffled and Thanush Gowda (4) was to hold the fort until the 25th over when we would reassess going for the bonus point. Unfortunately, Thanush was bowled to a dipping full toss from the leg spinner. RPCC 4 for 78 in 22 overs. 31 runs for the bonus points.
Enter Damian Sidney (28* off 13), who was all fired up and in a punishing mood and started his innings in the middle with 4,6,4,2 of the first 4 balls he faced. With Cotter at the other end feeling like he had to keep up blasted couple of beautiful lofted shots to the fence. RPCC home in 27.2 overs. Great effort Damo and Cotter at the finish.
It was a sensational feeling singing the team song especially with 3 debutants in the team. Hopefully we will have many more wins like this in the coming rounds. However, we need to continue to work hard at training to maintain success.
Thank you so so much to Belinda Gibson for helping out with the scoring and other tasks to help me and the team (they are numerous). Big thanks to the wonderful dads who helped us with putting down the covers at the end of the day and supporting all the team when we were bowling and batting. From the bottom of my heart I appreciate all your help and the time taken to support. Looking forward to getting you more wins.
Mr Taxman Gold vs Blacktown Mounties @ Snape Park
Randwick Petersham Gold 156 (Brar 38) def. by Blacktown Mounties 8/195 (Mengi 4/27, Padavala 2/30)
Blacktown Mounties won the toss and batted on a pristine looking Snape Park deck. Our fast and medium pace bowlers weren’t able to make much of a dent, as the top-order Blacktown batters took the game to the home side. The spinners, led by the leggie and offie pair of Yurvaj Mengi (4/27) and Akash Padavala (2/30), were able to peg things back and take wickets at regular intervals. Ably supported by Vraj and Jay Patel, the spinners between them too 7/75 in 27 overs. Rory Steinberg was a rock behind the stumps, with a catch, 2 stumpings and a run out. Unfortunately, the pacers weren’t able to finish off the innings, but a target of 196 was still gettable on a true surface.
The Gold team batted sensibly and took the game deep, with Daman Brar (38) impressing on debut as an opener. At 4/95 at the 30 over mark, the team was well placed to have a tilt at the target, but some tight bowling and greater experience from the Mounties meant the chase ran out of steam with a few overs to go and 39 runs shy.
Cartwright Insurance Green vs Georges River @ Coogee Oval
Randwick Petersham Green 5/315 (Desai 112*, Takacs 53, Xu 37) def. Georges River 8/143 (Whitcombe 3/21, Tahir 2/43)
Green won the toss and had no hesitation in batting on a pitch that had almost 500 runs scored on it the previous day, despite the overnight and morning rain. While the Georges River bowlers got some early movement, they were up against the in-form pair of Dr Asif Rasheed and Nimesh Desai. At 2/98 at the first drinks, a big score was on the cards. The returning Luke Takacs (53) put on 90 for the 3rd wicket with Desai, before River finally took a catch (albeit it with the fielders armpit). Alan Xu (37) helped continue the momentum for another 90 runs for the 4th wicket, before Matthew Adam (28) put a boost on the end of the innings. With 300 breached in the second last over, Desai brought up his hundred (112*) and continued through to the end of the innings. It was the first time a Randwick Petersham batsman had batted through a Metro Cup innings since George Frazakis in 2009/10, and the first time the team had breached 300 since 2016/17.
With Desai taking a well-earned break, opening bowler M Adam and Talhah Tahir beat the edge numerous time, and saw the edges that did take trickle to the boundary. While the River were going well as 2/46 after 10, before the introduction of Valmik Ahire and the spinners Marley Whitcombe and E-Young Khoo slowed the innings down to a crawl. Ahire had remarkable figures of 10 overs, no wicket for 10 runs, while Whitcombe (3/21) and Khoo (1/28) picked up 4 wickets between themselves, as the River very disappointingly gave up the chase and batted out the innings. Regardless, it was a great day and a great experience for all to play at the seaside paradise, even if the weather made it more like Hove than a Sydney summer.
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