Round 9 NSW Premier Cricket v Parramatta & Metro Cup 2021-22 Preview

Green v Gold Derby

Rain has upset many matches this summer and it’s likely to continue through to the end of the season. And while it was a bit of an issue last weekend, we still did well with 3 wins to confirm our position of 8th in the Club Championship and only 81 points from 4th. Clubs are still struggling to fill full-strength teams with COVID raging in the community. The T20 Semi-Final in which we were to play last Sunday, was put back to Sunday 23rd in what was viewed as a sensible decision.

From 10 am this Saturday we have a full round of Limited Overs matches against Parramatta. The strange thing about that is that we have only played the Eels in a full round 15 times in our 20 seasons. With the draw not allowing clubs to play each other every season, Parramatta has been a regular missing opponent. We have played them in only 74 matches across the 5 grades with our record 32 wins, 23 losses and a mammoth 19 draws. Rain has been an issue when we are due to play Parramatta. Lets’ hope Jupiter Pluvius doesn’t stick its head where it’s not wanted this Saturday. 1st Grade is our best placed team in 3rd possie with 3rd Grade in 7th despite having 3 of its last 5 games washed out.

In Metropolitan Cup cricket it’s the home club derby with our Green and Gold teams clashing at Coogee Oval on Sunday. Plenty of excitement in that match!

1st Grade is at Coogee: Parramatta is in 14th place with 3 wins while we are 3rd with 6. It’s a pretty tight competition and we can’t afford any slip-ups if we are to continue our march to the finals. We have played the Eels at Coogee 6 times with 4 wins and just one loss. Our last match at home was at Petersham in 2018-19 when we scored just 113 to their 169. Overall it’s 6 wins apiece with 5 draws from 17 games. Our champion wicket-keeping all-rounder Anthony Sams will play his 250th game for us in 1st Grade on Saturday with Adam Semple closing in on 300, playing his 298th. Adam also needs just one wicket for 400 1st Grade wickets. Last Saturday he took his total to 401 for the club with that figure including 2 in 2nd Grade.

Anthony Sams

2nd Grade is at Old Kings, Parramatta: Our win record against Parramatta is 8 to 4 with 2 drawn. Three of those wins were at Old Kings from 4 attempts. On the ladder we are 12th and they are 16th. They had a good win over Uni. NSW last Saturday while we had (another) narrow loss. The side will be boosted with the return of Basit Ali and Manish Malhotra.

Manish Malhotra

3rd Grade is at Petersham: Our 3rd graders have been starved of cricket with no play in 3 of their last 5 games after they were leading the competition. We have played the Eels 3 times at Petersham for 2 wins. The win record is 5 wins apiece with 4 draws. In 2016-17 we made just 63 and they passed us with a score of 0-66. We don’t want a repeat of that performance. We are 7th and they are 11th. Tom Holland returns as captain while Orange youngster, Blake Weymouth, makes his NSW Premier Cricket debut. Ben Chaplin is also in the side up from 5ths while Mandar Mariguddi will add firepower to the attack after a big game last week.

Ben Chaplin at slip

4th Grade is at Merrylands: With 3 wins out of our last 4 games, our 4th graders are on a roll. But they’ll need to be because the Eels are travelling well in 3rd place on quotient while being equal leaders on 31 points. We are 10th on 20. We have the better historic record winning 8 to their 3. We have won 2 of the 4 clashes at Merrylands although our only loss there was in 2018-19 when we made our LOWEST SCORE EVER—36. That should provide plenty of incentive to play well this weekend.

Will Deller

5th Grade is at Snape: We are 7th on 21 points and Parra is 9th on 20. This will be a tough one. And historically the indication is that it will be a close match with the overall record 5 wins, 5 losses and 5 draws. We have never played Parramatta at Snape.

Scott Stirling

Metropolitan Cup. The annual Metropolitan Cup Coogee derby takes place this weekend. With both sides coming off losses the last weekend, there is small comfort in the fact that at least one Randwick Petersham side will come out victorious by the end of the weekend. Skippers Jeremy Jastrzab and Jay Patel will reprise their clash from last year, as the former stood victorious after last year’s game despite a brutal onslaught from the latter’s opening partnership gambit. Both sides have seen some major changes through the ranks, but it holds as an exciting opportunity for young players to step onto and play on a first grade ground.

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

Lyall Gardner OAM

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