Adam Semple, take a bow!

After RPC were bowled out for 101 away from home against Fairfeld, the veteran all-rounder produced a spell for the ages, finishing with figures of 6/37 including an incredible hat-trick. The performance from Sempy took him past 400 poles for the club, which is no surprise for the man who seems to get better with age.

Elsewhere, 2nd Grade went down in a nail-biter as Adam Docos fell agonisingly short of a century, while a brilliant display from Mandar Mariguddi in 4th Grade helped them to a second-straight win. 3rd Grade were called off due to rain, while 5th Grade were able to put themselves on the fringe of the top six with a great win and in Metro Green E-Young Khoo returned his best figures of 4-11.

Lefand Group 1st Grade @ Rosedale Oval 

Randwick Petersham 101 (31.3 overs) Ali 26 def. Fairfield-Liverpool 84 (27.5 overs) Semple 6-37

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It’s never over ‘til it’s over. That old saying was right on the money today when Randwick Petersham pulled off an amazing win against Fairfield-Liverpool in the 1st Grade cricket match at Rosedale Oval, Warwick Farm—101 to 84. And the man behind it all was the same man who has been behind many of Randwick Petersham’s great wins since he joined the club 16 seasons ago in 2006-07–Adam Semple. Defending a poor total, Randwick Petersham needed a big bowling effort and Semple turned it on, taking 4 wickets in 6 balls including a hat-trick! At 0-11 in the 4th over, Semple bowled the opener Singh, had the next batter, Sharma, get a nick to ‘keeper Anthony Sams off a high ball, while next ball he shattered the stumps of Luke Ohrynowsky (who always seems to get runs against us) as he shouldered arms. A hat-trick! Adam’s first for the club.
He completed the over with a wide and a single but first ball of his next over, an edge to Sams saw opener Naqvi back in the pavilion for a 4-13 scoreline. Not content with 4 wickets in 6 balls, second ball of the following over he again sent the bails flying, giving him 5 wickets in 13 and leaving the Lions struggling at 5-21. Worse was to follow for the home side with a run out and Basit Ali bowling the experienced Jarrad Burke for a 7-41 scoreline. And while a defiant batting tail got the total to 7-80, needing just 22 to win, it was Semple the “Iron Warrior” once again, claiming a wicket before the innings was wrapped up 4 runs later. Adam finished with the amazing figures of 6-37 off 10 overs including his prized hat-trick. He also achieved another milestone as his 5th wicket gave him 400 for the club. It was also his 8th 5 wicket haul.
Earlier in the day, skipper Daya Singh had lost the toss and the Randy Petes were sent in to bat after overnight storms. The conditions looked ideal for bowling. And so it proved to be, with the side up against it from the get-go. Prolific run-scorer Will Affleck was bowled for an 18 ball duck, but worse was to follow with 3 more wickets going down with the score on 19. The Lions seamers kept up the pressure and at 7-48 there was some doubt about the side making 50. However, Basit Ali had other ideas and belted 26 with 3 sixes in a 19 ball partnership of 32 with Ash Burton, who ended up last-man-out scoring 17 with the total 101 from 31.3 overs.
In a strange twist, both teams scored the majority of their runs after being 7 wickets down with the no. 9 on either side top-scoring. What a game!

Adam Semple – Hattrick

What a day for the Randy Petes – 8th January 2022!!

Headlined by back to back Test centuries by the Randy Petes no. 1 son Usman Khawaja the day was bountiful for current and former Randy Petes both home and abroad.

In Melbourne, Jason Sangha took the reins of the Sydney Thunder leading them to a 129 run defeat of the Renegades with Dan Sams starring with a MOTM performance – 98* from 44 balls and 1-10.

While in the West Indies Andrew Balbirnie played a skipper’s hand with 71 (his 13th ODI half century and passed 2,500 ODI runs in the process) and was ably supported by Harry Tector scoring his 5th ODI with 53.