ROUND 6 MATCH REPORTS V PENRITH & METRO
T20 1st Grade & PGs v Easts
Randwick Petersham have secured a spot in the T20 Finals, defeating Easts in a champagne performance on Sunday afternoon. Anthony Sams scored an unbeaten century at Coogee Oval against our local rivals, much to the joy of the boisterous crowd, before the bowling attack ripped through the Dolphins. On Saturday, 1st Grade picked up a good win against Penrith, while 2s and 4s both went down to the Panthers. Also the Metro sides had strong rearguard wins with Green cementing their position in the Top 6.
Lefand Group 1st Grade @ Howell Oval
Randwick Petersham 6/174 (Affleck 72 Sams 36 Singh 33*) def. Penrith 5/169
It was 7.26 pm on Saturday night and all the action was at Howell Oval, Penrith. There was one ball to be bowled and Penrith needed a six to win. But Randwick Petersham skipper, Daya Singh, sent down a tight one restricting the scoring to a single and the Randy Petes had won! What a game! That’s what NSW Premier Cricket is all about!
It was a limited overs match scheduled for 50 overs each, but after the huge storm the night before, play didn’t get away until 3 pm with the number of overs reduced to 28. Sent in to bat, Randwick Petersham was in early trouble at 2-27. That brought Anthony Sams and opener Will Affleck together and the pair got the innings going with a partnership of 72, before Sams was out for 36 off 33 balls with 2 fours and 2 sixes. Next man in, Ben Mitchell, was run out without facing a ball for a 4-99 score-line. Affleck continued the good work, hitting 72 off 82 balls with 3 sixes before he was caught at 5-132. Puru Gaur made 9 for 6-138 leaving Daya Singh to swing the bat, which he did with great effect, hitting 33* off just 18 balls with 3 sixes while Ash Burton (3* off 3) held up his end. The final score of 6-174 off the 28 overs was competitive, but with a drying wicket, looked well within reach.
The Panthers were away to a flyer and despite six bowlers trying, after 12 overs all wickets remained intact. But at 66, 1st Grade debutant Basil Ali, had Nick Adams caught behind by Sams for 28. A run out at 93 was immediately followed with a break-through by 19 year old leg-spinner Shivansh Pathak, who caught and bowled Tyran Liddiard (44 off 37)—his first wicket in Belvidere Cup cricket. And in a hat-trick of “first wickets”, Ash Burton, in just his second game in the top grade, snared the skipper Cameron Weir—4-116. From then on, the bowling tightened and the runs dried. Runs were like gold. Another wicket for a 5-146 score-line left 28 to get off 19 balls. Then it was 21 off 12. Then the last over– 14 off 6. And skipper Daya took the ball. It was then 12 off 5; 10 off 3; 8 off 2; and finally 6 off one. A single only! It was all over. A win by 5 runs–5-174 to 5-169. Heart stopping stuff!
The win put Randwick Petersham into 4th place on the competition points ladder and 6th after quotients.
Lefand 1st Grade T20 @ Coogee Oval
Randwick Petersham 3/177 (Sams 115*) def. Eastern Suburbs 100 (Pathak 4/3 Sangha 2/26)
Simply brilliant! They are the only words to describe Anthony Sam’s amazing century for Randwick Petersham in the big win over Eastern Suburbs in the Kingsgrove Sports Twenty20 Cup match at Coogee Oval on Sunday afternoon.
Batting first after winning the toss, skipper Jason Sangha (12) and Camden Hawkins (17) were back in the pavilion with just 36 runs on the board. Riley Ayre (12) was a second victim to former Randy Pete and Easts skipper Jack Preddey for a 3-66 score-line. But that was the launching pad for the hard-hitting Anthony Sams. In the overs which followed, he and Puru Gaur (16* off 20 balls) put on an unconquered 111 to finish with the highly competitive total of 3-177 off the regulation 20 overs. Sams remained 115* scored off 55 balls with 9 fours and 7 sixes! He brought up his 100 off 50 balls with 7 fours and 7 sixes (70). In the run chase, Easts lost 3 wickets on 27 with Sangha grabbing 2. At 5-59, with gun bat Angus Robson gone for 40, the Dolphins had it all to do. At 5-89, skipper Sangha introduced his 7th bowler—19 year old leg-spinner Shivansh Pathak who had taken his first wicket in Belvidere Cup cricket only yesterday. In 2 overs, the youngster took a breathtaking 4 wickets for 3 runs! Ash Burton then got into the act bowling Jonathan Cook second ball and it was all over for a neat 100 in 17.3 overs. The win assures Randwick Petersham a place in the T20 semi-finals to be played on 9 January 2022.
The innings of Anthony Sams was a masterful one of stroke-play, power and placement. It was also his 10th century in 1st Grade for the club, second only to Test bat Usman Khawaja, who has 15. It was also a NEW RECORD for the club in Twenty20 cricket eclipsing the previous highest score of 102* off 64 against Manly scored by current England opening bat Rory Burns, who played with the club in 2013-14. Nathan Price was another century-maker with 101 off 51 playing against Sydney in 2015-16. It also took Anthony past the 6,000 runs milestone to 6,039—second only to Adam Semple in 1st Grade. He also has 25 fifties and has hit 81 sixes—16 this season! All that by a man who as wicket-keeper, has completed 408 dismissals behind the stumps!!
The Investment Collective Poidevin-Gray @ Coogee Oval
Eastern Suburbs 8/121 (Owen 2/13 Pathak 2/18) def. Randwick Petersham 6/120 (Mitchell 34 Mellick 30)
At the magnificent Coogee Oval, Randwick Petersham took on Eastern Suburbs in the final round of the PGs season.
Easts won the toss and chose to bat on what could be mistaken for the M5. With the ball, Randwick Petersham got off to a flying start, having Easts for 2 – 26 in the opening five overs. Easts were expecting to secure a huge score after the 10th over when they were 3-89, but excellent bowling and some exceptional fielding saw Easts finish their 20 overs with a score of 8 – 121.
RPC went into bat with 122 to win, which the team thought would be an attainable target.
RPC got off to a fast start and were 1-50 after six overs, with openers Josh Mellick (30) and Ben Mitchell (34) both getting starts with the bat. However, they were unable to create another middle-over partnership in order to secure the victory. Despite some late hitting from Connor O’Riordan (23*) and Luca Lopes (13), Randwick lost by one run.
All of the PGs guys would like to express their gratitude to Paul O’Loughlin and Sanjiv Dubey for their assistance and support throughout the PGs campaign. Unfortunately, we were unable to bring home the chocolates in our final game, but we wish our departing PGs players – Josh Mellick, Kel Mullins, Mitchell O’Loughlin and Jackson Gwynne – all the best, as well as those who will continue in PGs next season.
Suttons City 2nd Grade @ Coogee Oval
Penrith 172 (O’Riordan 4/36 O’Loughlin 3/28) def. Randwick Petersham 164 (Eldridge 38 O’Riordan 32)
Second grade had the chance to enter the top six, however fell 8 runs short of victory on Saturday at Coogee against Penrith.
Winning the toss and bowling, the team were outstanding, highlighted by 4 wickets to Connor O’Riordan and 3 to Mitch O’Loughlin, whilst wicket keeper Adam Docos claimed 5 catches. Bowling out Penrith for only 172 inside 47 overs meant the team was confident going into the batting innings.
RPC struggled to build momentum and partnerships, with only Jackson Eldridge (38) andConnor O’Riordan (32) making scores of note. Tellingly, 9 of the 10 wickets to fall were against spin as we struggled to rotate the strike against the Penrith bowlers.
An important game looms against the 3rd placed Sutherland, with a win keeping us in the hunt heading into Christmas.
Petersham RSL 3rd Grade @ Bill Ball Oval
Mellick Wealth Management 4th Grade @ Petersham Oval
Penrith 148 (Hathurusinghe 2/11 Stirling 2/20 O’Loughlin 2/30) def. Randwick Petersham 109
After a quality bowling and fielding performance a week prior against Campbelltown-Camden, 4th Grade returned to Petersham Oval for the first time this season. Losing the toss and bowling first, the hosts struggled early with the ball but a couple of poles to Scott Stirling (2/20) before the first drinks break gave us a little sniff.
After the break, RPC flipped the switch and really lifted in the field as spin dominated from both ends. Liam O’Loughlin (2/30) and Guru Chandar (1/24) got through their 10 overs each, before the introduction of Chaik Hathurusinghe (2/11) for the first time with the ball this season turned the game on its head. A lovely run-out from Stirling and a cracking diving catch from Jordy Segal towards the end of Penrith’s innings saw them bowled out for just 148 runs.
With the pitch looking a good one to bat on, RPC got off to a great start and at 0/34 early, looked set to cruise towards a victory. Unfortunately, wickets began to fall regularly and the hosts were bowled out for just 109 in 31 overs. An extremely disappointing batting performance overall, with just three players making double-figures and two of them being tail-enders.
RPC will need to reset and improve rapidly heading into the final game before the Christmas break, with a battle against last year’s premiers, Sutherland.
Community Bank Clovelly Bendigo Bank 5th Grade @ Kensington Oval
Mr Taxman Metro Gold vs North West Sydney Gold @ Kanebridge Oval
Randwick Petersham 4/176 (Whalebone 50* Patel 49) def. North West Sydney Gold 173 (Tahir 3/22 Desai 3/41)
North West Sydney Gold won the toss and elected to bat, not knowing the ferocious examination that was awaiting them. Talhah Tahir (3/22) and Nimesh Desai (3/41) had their tails up with the new ball, dropping the Hurricanes to 5/27 and then 6/53. While not quite able to keep up the momentum, the damage had been done in excellent batting conditions, and North West spent the rest of the innings rebuilding. Late partnerships took the score to 173.
The chase got off the a shaky start, as our Golds were reduced to 3/19, before Vraj Patel (49) started the rearguard, who put on 106 with Freddy Whalebone (50*), before Jarrod Trueman (25*) helped finish the job with 5 overs to spare. Once the batters had patiently seen off the best bowlers for North West, sensible batting took them to their first win of the season.
Cartwright Insurance Metro Green vs Penrith @ Snape Oval
Randwick Petersham Green 5/178 (Bhat 63* Adam 51) def. Penrith 8/176 (Whitcombe 3/40)
After a week of rain and uncertainties caused by a burst water main next to the pitch on Friday, rolling back the covers on Saturday morning saw a perfectly good looking wicket and the clouds rolling back told us we’d have a full day’s cricket. Green won the toss and bowled, and all the bowlers kept their lines tight and eventually forced the batters to hit out. At 7/117, it was hoped that we’d be chasing a more accomodative score, but a couple of dropped catches and batters chancing their arms with their winds at their backs saw the cats stretch to 8/176.
The chase was off to a less than ideal start, as Green collapsed to be 4/25 (with the 4th wicket being a shocker of a decision), before Alan Xu and Ashish Bhat started rebuilding. ‘Taronga’ looked good on the short ball, and was primed to go big until he was literally hamstrung and fell hitting out. At 5/60, Matthew Adam joined Ash and the two compiled a mature and intelligent chase. Starting off with a couple an over, they built their momentum and at the last drinks had brought us well back into the game at 5-118. As the partnership built and got quicker, the wheels started coming off for Penrith with catches dropped and easy run-outs missed. In the end, Ash (63*) and Matty (51*) did it in a canter, with Matt hitting a boundary to bring up his maiden RP 50, the win and a 118 unbeaten partnership for the 6th wicket.
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