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

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Randwick Petersham’s champion wicket-keeper / batter, Anthony Sams, played his 250th game in 1st Grade for the club in the Limited Overs defeat of Parramatta at Coogee Oval today. And he celebrated in the only way he knows how, hitting a magnificent century. Coming in to bat at 2-74, he was still there at the end of the 50 overs when the innings closed at 6-236, with a score of 113* off just 97 balls hitting 3 fours and a massive 7 sixes. He went from 89 to 101 with 2 sixes in 3 balls. It was his second ton of the season and his 11th in 12 seasons in a club career total of 6,169 runs. His 7 sixes also gave him 16 for the season and a career record of 81. The innings was set up well by Camden Hawkins with a breezy 35 off 41 balls with 3 fours and a six while Riley Ayre was his consistent self, hitting 36 off 73 balls with 2 fours.
In the run chase, the Eels were making a go of it at 2-82. However, the introduction of leg-spinner, Shivansh Pathak, who celebrated his 20th birthday last Tuesday, put a spike in their challenge with 2 quick wickets for a 4-92 scoreline. When Daya Singh struck along with Ayre, complemented by a run-out, Parra needed 80 with 3 wickets remaining at the 40 overs mark. Another run-out and a wicket to Jason Ralston saw the score quickly slump to 9-164. That left the question as to whether champion all-rounder Adam Semple could reach the milestone of 400 1st Grade wickets today. He made the 400 mark across all grades last week and went into the game with 399 in 1st Grade. With one wicket to fall, skipper Singh threw him the ball.
And after 8 wicketless overs, Semple duly saluted when the last man was caught by Hawkins off a skied slog from his fourth ball for Parramatta to be all out for 167. A solid win for his team and a record 400 1st Grade wickets to Adam Semple in his 298th match across 16 seasons! With more than 6,250 runs, he is clearly one of the greatest all-rounders to have played NSW Premier Cricket.


Anthony Sams and Adam Semple on what was another sensational day for Randwick Petersham Cricket.

Lyall Gardner OAM
Suttons City 2nd Grade @ Old Kings
Randwick Petersham 158 (46.1 overs) Robinson 46 J Lyle 38 def by Parramatta 5-161 (48 overs) M O’Loughlin 2-29
Randwick Petersham looked to put last week’s disappointing result behind and them get back on track against Parramatta. The hosts sent RPCC in on a slowish Old Kings wicket. The openers looked to get us off to a strong start with both reaching 20. Consistent wickets unfortunately throughout the Randy Petes’ innings led to our demise with a middle order collapse with only Max Robinson (46) and Jack Lyle (38) contributing largely. Wickets continued to tumble throughout the innings, with still leaving 3 overs to bat after being bowled out for 158.
Mitchell O’Loughlin and Basit Ali started strongly with the ball, getting an early break through. The bowling unit toiled hard all day in the scorching heat with the wicket offering not much to the bowlers. Parramatta continued to chip away at the total with small partnerships being built throughout the day. Unfortunately Parramatta were too strong on the day reaching the total with 2 overs to spare and 5 wickets in hand. The bowlers did exceptionally well to drag them back, but disappointingly there was just not enough runs on the board.

Max Robinson

Petersham RSL 3rd Grade @ Petersham Oval
Randwick Petersham 100 (34.5 overs) T Holland 18 S Deepak 18 def by Parramatta 9-183 (50 overs) S Deepak 3-36 V Mahajan 2-21 B Weymouth 2-38

Blake Weymouth – on debut

3s arrived to a Petersham Oval with a slightly sticky wicket and decided to bowl first after winning the toss. We bowled well in our first 15 overs, restricting the runs and building the pressure with Mandar Mariguddi (1-27 off 9) making the first breakthrough. Vivek Mahajan (2-21 off 10) came on to bowl 10 straight in the middle making an immediate impact in picking up two big scalps and continually building the pressure while the quicks rotated from the other end. Sadeep Deepak (3-36 off 9) bowled well in his two spells, continuing his knack of finding ways to get wickets. Dane Coombs (1-27 off 8)bowled well throughout his two spells getting a breakthrough post-drinks break and Blake Weymouth (2-38 off 6) on debut chipped in with a couple of handy poles at towards the end as well, his figures only stretched due to 24 coming off his last over.
Disappointing finish in the field after having them 9-135 with 5 overs to go to then letting them reach 183. A few dropped catches and some sloppy fielding throughout the innings, along with another 20 extras gave all the momentum to Parramatta going into our batting innings.
It started in the worst possible way with Reuben Sachs dismissed first ball of the innings, following by Ben Chaplin in the 2nd over. From there, wickets fell consistently throughout the innings as no one looked to fight through the tough periods. Tom Holland (18) battled hard after coming in the 2nd over, as did Kel Mullins (17) and Sadeep (18) in the middle, but we were effectively blown off the park by a combination of good bowling and poor shot selection, ending up all out for 100 in the 35th over.
A very disappointing result for RPC 3s, however after only played 2 of our last 5 games due to washouts, and the Christmas break, it looked as if a few guys were underdone. A big comeback is needed this week against local rivals Easts if we are to make our way back into the top 6.
Roll on next week.

Mellick Wealth Management 4th Grade @ Merrylands Oval – ABANDONED

Randwick Petersham drew Parramatta 

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Josh Segal

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 

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Marley Whitcombe

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 

The Derby

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

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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.

John Stewart

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