ROUND 7 MATCH REPORTS V SUTHERLAND & METRO CUP
Randwick Petersham gone into the Christmas and New Year break with plenty of momentum, winning four out of five grades against Sutherland. 1st Grade proved far too strong at Coogee Oval, with seamer Jason Ralston doing a heap of damage, while 2s and 4s got themselves out of trouble late in the day to claim much-needed victories. 5th Grade also improved their season record, while both Metro sides unfortunately went down on Sunday.
Lefand Group 1st Grade @ Coogee Oval
Randwick Petersham 9/261 (Affleck 60 Semple 41) def. Sutherland 196 (Ralston 4/28 Ninan 3/41)
Suttons City 2nd Grade @ Coogee Oval
Randwick Petersham 186 (Malhotra 81 Docos 47) def. Sutherland 168 (O’Riordan 3/22 O’Loughlin 3/36)
Second grade recorded a hard fought victory over Sutherland and head into Christmas in 10th spot, just one win outside the top 6. Winning the toss and batting, Malholtra (81) and Docos (47) got the side of too a great start, and once Eldridge was dismissed the score stood at 3/150 off 30 overs, with a score of over 280 well within reach. However, our worse passage of play for the year saw us be dismissed in the 45th for only 186, very much under par at Glenn McGrath.
Sutherland similarly got off to a fast start and were 2/90 after 17 overs and in control of the game. Once again though, our bowling attack put the choke on the opposition and along with a pack mentality in the field, started to take wickets and gradually reduce the run rate. Regular wickets followed and the side eventually bowled out Sutherland for 168 and recorded a spirited win. O’Loughlin and O’Riordan shared 3 wickets a piece with Ali chipping in with 2 as the boys belted out a big song to end the calendar year.
Petersham RSL 3rd Grade @ Petersham Oval
Sutherland 7/196 (Chandar 2/21 Dubey 2/43) def. Randwick Petersham 105 (Murdita 35)
Third Grade arrived at the home of cricket, Petersham Oval to take on the sharks with a point to prove after last rounds match was abandoned in farcical circumstances. The Sharks captain called correctly and chose to bat on what looked to be a pitch with some life in it.
We were able to make some early inroads to have the sharks 3/57 after 14 overs however the wickets were mixed in with plenty of wayward bowling which made it hard to set fields and sustain pressure. Dane Coombs (1/20 off 7) was the pick of the bowlers early doors. The introduction of spin from both ends in the form of Vivek Mahajan (0/30 off 10) and Guru Chandar (2/20 off 10) mixed with some excellent fielding in the ring put the breaks on the sharks. Something had to give, and it did with a run out quickly followed by the Sharks trump swinging wildly for the fences and having his castle disturbed by Guru as the Randy Petes spin twins turned up the heat on the sharks, 6/110 after 35 overs. Some intelligent batting and a lack of execution with the ball saw the Sharks number 6 & 7 put together a handy partnership to guide them to 7/196 after their 50 overs. Probably 20-30 short of a par score at Petersham with honours shared heading into the lunch break.
The Sharks came out breathing fire with the rock in hand and the Randy Petes top wilted under the pressure, as we lost early wickets and were reduced to 4/57 after 15 overs. Murdita (35) and Mahajan (17) attempted to stage a fight back, however it was short lived. Once they both fell the Randy Petes were all out for 105 after 30 overs. A poor batting display in a chase that was more than achievable had we batted the 50 overs. All in all, it was a disappointing display with both bat and ball from a team that was unbeaten this season heading into the match. We went away from the disciplined bowling which had been a cornerstone of our start to the season with a whopping 39 extras bowled including 29 wides which did not help our cause. Furthermore, with bat in hand we showed a lack of grit and desire to stick out tough periods and find a way to get through good bowling to set up a successful run chase in pursuit of a modest score.
We would like to take this opportunity to wish the Randy Petes Family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, stay safe and enjoy the time with family and friends. Looking forward to seeing everyone back at training in the New Year as we continue to build on what has been a great start to the season for the club.
Sutherland won the toss and decided to bat on a wicket that look hard and flat but could start to keep low in the second session. With the outfield heavily dressed with sand, shots hit around the field was definitely going to be difficult to reach the fence. A target of 140 + would be a good score with the conditions. defend.
The RPCC medium pace bowlers were advised to keep the ball up on the off stump and make the batsmen to drive and be alert in the ring to cut off singles and make the batsmen to play out of their comfort zone with consistent dot balls. .
Opening bowlers Ashish Bhat (0 for 10 of 6 ) and Matthew Adam (1 for 19 of 5) started off the proceedings. In the last ball of the Ashish’s first over Marley Whitcombe pounced on a ball cut to point and through to the keepers end to run out Sutherland’s opening batsman. 1 for 0
Next over Matt struck with his very 1st ball on debut for RPCC enticed the Sutherland opening batsman to go for a flick of the pads for Heaton to take the nick diving on down the leg side. Sutherland 2 for 0. Dream start for RPCC. Both opening bowlers repeatedly beat the bat and Matt especially was terribly unlucky not to get 2 more poles with 2 caught behind’s turned down.
Jack Gibbens-Johnson (0 for 13 of 4) was next on and bowled tightly but with the wicket beginning to flatten out and the Sutherland’s number 3 and 4 settling in it was time to turn to introduce spin.
Spinners Tanush Gowda (1 for 26 of 10), Atharv Ramakanth (3 for 24 of 7.4), Marley Whitcombe (2 for 1 of 3) and Daman Brar (1 for 10 of 3) bowled splendidly and did not let the Sutherland batsman settle. Daman Brar claimed his first wicket in grade cricket and for RPCC when he got the vital scalp of the Sutherland number 4 bat who was looking extremely dangerous caught and bowled. The RPCC quartet of spinners really spun a web around the Sutherland batsmen and kept Wicket Keeper Heaton busy. Heaton claimed 3 catches and 1 stumping. Marley affected another runout once again running in from point and throwing the ball at the keeper’s end for Heaton to complete. Sutherland all out 103 in 38.4 overs.
With a small total to get but the wicket beginning to keep low and the slow outfield it was important for RPCC to take the 1’s and 2’s by hitting the ball in the gaps to keep the scoreboard ticking. It was decided that at 1st drinks the team would analyse if the bonus point was gettable.
Unfortunately, the RPCC’s top were put under pressure early with Sutherland opening the bowling with spin. With the ball not coming onto the bat, good line/length bowling by the Sutherland and good fielding in the ring the runs were drying up. RPCC’s top order batsmen Armaan Sidhu (10), Daman Brar (4), Krish Patel (9 run out), Jack Gibbens-Johnson (15) and Luke Takacs (4) tried at times to lift the scoring rate but in the process were out. At 56 for 5 in the 31st over Heaton (13) joined MOM Marley Whitcombe (30) and stabilised the situation with a 36 run partnership. With only 11 runs to get in 4 overs 3 wickets fell in the space of 2 overs. However the finisher Ashish Bhat (6 not out) brought us home. Marley was the pick of the batsmen and played with lots of patience and responsibility. RPCC win by 2 wickets
It was a great feeling singing the team song again. It was a fantastic team effort and more enjoyable with 2 debutants getting a wicket each in their first outing in Grade cricket. Looking forward to all of us training hard as a team again in the Newyear and pulling off some more wins.
Big thank you to all the wonderful parents who helped us with putting on the covers at the end of the day and supporting all the team when we were bowling and batting. Really appreciate all your help and the time taken to support.