ROUND 9 MATCH REPORTS V PARRAMATTA & METRO DERBY
Anthony Sams has done it again.
The veteran wicket-keeper has produced another brilliant century, as Randwick Petersham came away with a convincing win over Parramatta in their 1st Grade fixture on Saturday.
In his 250th game for RPC, Sams finished with 113* from 97 deliveries, with contributions from both Riley Ayre (36) and Camden Hawkins (35) at the top of the order.
Elsewhere, 5th Grade cemented their spot within the top six with a hard-fought victory, while 2nd Grade and 3rd Grade unfortunately both lost due to disappointing batting performances. While in ‘The Derby’ Green prevailed in a tough contest to cement a spot in the Top 6 and only 7 points from 1st.
Lefand Group 1st Grade @ Coogee Oval
Randwick Petersham 6-236 (50 overs) A Sams 113* R Ayre 36 C Hawkins 35 def. Parramatta 167 (42.4 overs) Pathak 2-30 R Ayre 2-43
Anthony Sams and Adam Semple on what was another sensational day for Randwick Petersham Cricket.
Mellick Wealth Management 4th Grade @ Merrylands Oval – ABANDONED
Randwick Petersham drew Parramatta
Community Bank Clovelly Bendigo Bank 5th Grade @ Kensington Oval
Randwick Petersham 158 (50 overs) L Takacs 48 F Heaton 26 def. Parramatta 132 (44.1 overs) M Whitcombe 4-34 S Stirling 3-10
Parramatta won the toss and sent RPCC in to bat on a green top wicket that was soft underneath. With the overnight and early morning rain the outfield looked slow and soggy.
The RPCC openers were asked to bat conservatively, leave a lot of balls and get settled in. Driving might be a bit difficult early on so looking for 1’s and 2’s will be the key to keep the scoreboard ticking. Partnerships will be a key as like the games we won two or three 40+ partnerships will see us get to a good total of 180+. We would like to be atleast 50+ at drinks with no loss or 1 wicket down at the most.
Openers Azaan Syed (4) and Jordan Segal (22) started their innings watchfully as per the plan. But, just when both looked set Azaan was out caught at midwicket of a leading edge for a ball he could have played straight to mid on. RPCC 1 for 25 of 10
Chaik Hathurisinghe (22) joined Jordan and at drinks RPCC were 1 for 48. Almost perfect to plan.
The instructions were for these set batsmen to get us to 100 or 110 until the next drinks break.
RPCC were cruising along comfortably, but with the score on 67 Jordan was out holing out to mid-off after being well set to make a big score. Jack Gibbens-Johnson (0), Chaik run out, Freddy Whalebone (0) and Marley Whitcombe (1) fell in quick succession. RPCC 6 for 76 in 30 overs.
Luke Takacs (48) number 6 was joined by skipper Fabian Heaton (26) and both set up an invaluable partnership of 67 runs when Luke was out trying to smash a full toss over the bowler’s head to be caught and bowled. RPCC 7 for 141 in the 47th over.
Fabian, Harry Schultz (2), Scott Stirling (4) and Atharv (4 not out) helped the team to get to 158 in 50 overs. A competitive total considering the middle order collapse.
With the wicket a bit harder the RPCC medium pace bowlers were advised to bowl back of a length and let the wicket do the rest.
Opening bowlers Scott Stirling (3 for 10 off 10) and Harry Schultz (2 for 34 off 9) started off the proceedings. Scott was miserly with only 2 runs coming off his first 7 overs with 2 scalps. The 1st wicket was a ball that swung in from off and hit the pad and the 2nd wicket was enticing the batsmen to drive at leg cutter after 3 short balls to caught behind by Heaton.
Harry on the other hand was just too quick and sorely unlucky to not have more than 2 scalps in his first spell.
Freddy Whalebone (1 for 21 off 9) and Marley Whitcombe (4 for 34 off 9) were brought into the attack. Freddy got a well-deserved wicket making the batsman to flick to a ball that swung from the middle stump to be caught down the leg side by keeper Heaton. Marley in the meantime cleverly flighted the ball and a vital catch was taken at deep midwicket by Atharv.
It was a great team effort overall but a great bowling performance by all our bowlers to help get us a win. But, the highlight was youngster Luke who has been a key player in helping us win the last 2 games. So proud of Luke T and you have a great future!!
It was once again a fantastic feeling singing the Team song in the open field.
Big thank you to all the parents who came to support the team, Metro captains Jay Patel and Jeremy Jatzrab and Damian Sidney. Really appreciate this guys. Big shout out to our coach Michael Haire and chairman of selectors Alan Wright who work tirelessly behind the scenes to get the best and competitive team on the weekend.
Cartwright Insurance Brokers Metro Green
Mr Taxman Metro Gold @ Coogee
Randwick Petersham Green 9-123 (50 Overs) J Stewart 30*, H Mohsin 3-30, S Sharma 2-16 def Randwick Petersham Gold 80 (42 Overs) V Patel 14, E Khoo 4-13, A Robinson 3-9
At the annual Metropolitan Cup Gold vs Green derby hosted at Coogee Oval, Gold won the toss and elected to bowl. The decision proved to be an astute one, with Gold reducing Green to 3-15 in the early exchanges, with 2 wickets for Hasan Mohsin (3-30) and 1 for Alvin Rajesh. Nimesh ‘Fifty’ Desai and Dr Asif Rasheed led a brief recovery to take the score to 49, before the Dr and Matthew Adam were dismissed off consecutive deliveries from Shervin Sharma (2-16). Fifty and Valmik Ahire also fell and the Green team stood precariously at 7-59. Amidst the wreckage, John Stewart (30*) stood tall and used his experience to take the innings deep. Stringing together partnerships with Talhah Tahir and Jeremy Jastrzab, JS was able to guide Green through the 50 overs and put up a defendable score of 123.
Gold begun their chase patiently and made use of some loose bowling upfront. But the introduction of the ever parsimonious Valmik (2-11) meant that the batters were never able to continue their momentum. However, even at 1-32 at the first drinks and 2-60 at the 30 over mark, the chase was still very much achievable. Michael Liguory looked dangerous on debut, but it was the consecutive wickets of Krish and Vraj Patel just before the second drinks that put a shudder through the Gold batting. At 5-69, the Green spinners cut through the lower order to stop the valiant challenge from Gold. Archie Robinson (3-9) on debut started the rot with a wicket in each of his first three overs, while E-Young ‘Pingu’ Khoo (4-13) had some external motivation to clean up the remaining batters, while keeper Jastrzab was tidy behind the stumps with 4 grabs.
With the win, Green remains in finals contention, sitting 5th on the ladder currently. A special thanks to Peter Bannigan for spending the whole day with both teams and for taking some spectacular photos, as usual.
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