Round 8 NSW Premier Cricket v Fairfield-Liverpool, T20 Semi Final & Metro Cup 2021-22 Preview

v North West Sydney Gold & UNSW

It’s back this Saturday!  Long may the 2021-22 cricket season continue! In what are unprecedented times, the fact that NSW Premier and Metropolitan Cup cricket will resume this weekend is an amazing circumstance having regard to the extent of the COVID pandemic sweeping Australia and the world. No doubt it will be challenging for all clubs to field full-strength teams with so many people infected or considered a close contact of a person infected. Still, life must go on and playing cricket is life for many of us. The forecast for 20mm of rain on Saturday however, could be a real “dampener”.

From 10 am this Saturday we have a full round of Limited Overs matches against Fairfield-Liverpool. In Metropolitan Cup cricket, Green plays North West Gold on Saturday and Gold meets UNSW in a local derby on Sunday. We went to Christmas in 8th place in the Club Championship. Fairfield-Liverpool, who have struggled this season, are 19th. 1st Grade is our best placed team in 5th possie with 3rd Grade just one place adrift in 6th. From 89 games across all grades against the Lions in our first 20 seasons, we won 43 with one tie, 31 losses and 14 draws.

1st GRADE this Sunday 9 January: It’s the semi-final of the Kingsgrove Sports Twenty20 Cup competition and we play St George at Coogee from 2.30 pm. In the preliminary matches we finished 2nd with Saints 3rd. We were scheduled to play them in round 2 last November but the whole match was washed out without a ball bowled. Over the years we have played St George 6 times in T20 matches with the record 3 wins each. Two of those matches were played at Coogee and we won both. A win means we will progress to the Preliminary Final on Sunday 23 January with the Grand Final 3 days later on Wednesday, 26th, Australia Day. We have won this competition three times and possess the outstanding record of 48 wins from 68 T20 games. The match will be televised live on KAYO Sports

1st GRADE is at Rosedale, (Warwick Farm): Of the 26 times we have played Fairfield-Liverpool, we have won 12 while we tied in 2010-11 when their last man was dismissed going for the winning run with the scores 9cc-167 to 9-167. More importantly, we have won 7 of the last 9 matches. At Rosedale, we have met the Lions 9 times for 3 wins and a tie, 4 losses and a draw. In 2015-16 we scored 348 to their 152. That was the day James Psarakis and Soumil Chhibber put on a record 191 for the 8th wicket. They both made 98. Fairfield-Liverpool is running 15th while we are 5th. A must-win match.

Camden Hawkins

2nd Grade is at Petersham: We love playing the Lions at home where we have won 7 of 9. However, the record at Petersham is 2 out of 3. We are 10th and they are 17th on the points ladder. If we are going to be a force in the finals we need to take out this match.

Max Robinson

3rd Grade is at Fairfield: A bit of a hiccup last game after leading the competition just a week earlier. That can be rectified this weekend although we have only won twice from 7 attempts at Fairfield Oval. It’s an even overall record with 7 wins to their 6. We are 6th and they have not won a match to be in 19th position.

Guru Chandar

4th Grade is at Coogee: The playing record is 7 wins apiece with 2 wins and a draw out of 4 at Coogee. We are 13th and they are 18th but we are just 7 points out of a place in the top 6. Plenty of incentive to play well this weekend.

Nigel Singh

5th Grade is at Don Dawson (Cabramatta): Three times out of 6 games we have won on this ground although the Lions have won 2 of the past 3. And on the points table, we are 10th and they are 14th. Everything to play for.

Jordan Segal

Metropolitan Cup. Green will play North West Gold at Snape on Saturday while on Sunday, Gold plays University of NSW at David Phillips North. After a rough round before Christmas, having lost a number of key players, both teams will be looking to bounce back in 2022. Green have a wonderful opportunity to cement their spot in the top six, taking on the bottom-placed North West Sydney Gold. Despite their position, the Hurricanes have a number of experienced cricketers in their ranks and cannot be taken lightly. Snape has shown to have some of the best drainage, so getting on is paramount for the team. Our Gold team also have a great chance, with the ever dangerous UNSW highly likely to be hamstrung by unavailability through Green Shield, which is also being played on Sunday. Fingers crossed that the drainage at David Phillips North doesn’t play spoilsport.

Go the Randy Petes…..and stay healthy!!

Lyall Gardner OAM

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