Round 10 NSW Premier Cricket v Easts & T20 SF 2021-22 Preview

& Metro Cup v Warringah and Penrith

It’s the Local Derby this weekend with a full round of Limited Overs from 10 am against our neighbours, Eastern Suburbs. By a strange co-incidence, in our 20 years history, we have played Easts 85 times across the grades with the win ratio 42.5 each—exactly half. There have been 42 wins each with one tie in 2nd Grade, 5 years ago. In that time there have been 7 draws, but we have never had a match washed out without a ball bowled. And while this has been the second wettest January in the past 26 years, let’s hope we can keep that record intact for the sake of both clubs this weekend. An interesting statistic is that in the past 7 seasons, Easts have beaten us twice in all 5 grades while we have done the same to them once. In Metropolitan Cup cricket, our Green and Gold teams play Warringah and Penrith respectively.

1st GRADE this SUNDAY 23 January: It’s the semi-final of the Kingsgrove Sports Twenty20 Cup competition and we play St George at Coogee from 2.30 pm. In the preliminary matches we finished 2nd with Saints 3rd. We were scheduled to play them in round 2 last November but the whole match was washed out without a ball bowled. Over the years we have played St George 6 times in T20 matches with the record 3 wins each. Two of those matches were played at Coogee and we won both. A win means we will progress to the Preliminary Final on Australia Day, Wednesday, 26 January with the Grand Final 11 days later on Sunday 6 February. We have won this competition three times and possess the outstanding record of 48 wins from 68 T20 games.  IF YOU CAN GET THERE, COOGEE IS THE PLACE TO BE THIS SUNDAY CHEERING ON OUR TEAM!

1st Grade is at Coogee: The side has won 5 in a row and 7 from its last 8 games to be in 3rd place on the points ladder. We are on 42 points behind Mosman (2nd on 46) and NDs (1st on 57). Easts are 12th on 24 points. We have played Easts 7 times at Coogee winning 3 to their 4, the most damaging being our loss in the Grand Final of 2003-04. Adam Semple will play his 300th match for the club on Saturday while it will be his 299th in 1st Grade. He is the 24th player to pass 6,000 runs and 400 wickets in the history of NSW Premier Cricket. With Anthony Sam’s hundred last week, he is now the 125th highest-ever scoring batter while as a wicket-keeper, he is one of only 7 to pass 400 dismissals in the history of the competition.

Anthony Sams and Puru Gaur

Anthony Sams

Anthony Sams

2nd Grade is at Waverley: With 3 losses in the past 4 games the boys will be keen to get back in the winner’s circle. And while they are 15th on 19 points, the side is just 2 wins from 6th place. Easts are 7th on 31. Wins all the way home could see us knocking on the door of a finals berth. We have played 5 times at Waverley Oval for 2 wins and 3 losses while the overall record is 5 wins to 8 with one tie.

Max Robinson

3rd Grade is at Petersham: The side has suffered a few hiccups since it was leading the comp. after the 5th round. After 8 rounds it is 8th but just one win out of 5th place. Historically we have won 9 to their 4. It’s 3 wins each in the last 6 clashes. We have only played Easts once at Petersham, winning in 2005-06.

Blake Weymouth

4th Grade is at Trumper: A washout last week was both annoying and costly. The side had won 3 of its previous 4 games. We have beaten Easts 9 times to their 6 although 5 of their wins have come in the last 6 games. They are 9th and we are 12th in the comp. Should be a close match. It’s 2 all in matches at Trumper.

Adam Coombs

5th Grade is at Kensington: The side is on a real roll with 4 wins and a draw from the past 5 rounds. With 27 points in 5th place, the team is just 7 from the leaders, UTS North Sydney. But Easts are going even better than us in 2nd place on 32 points. With 5 points the difference and 6 allotted for a win, we will move in front of them if we can pull off a victory this Saturday. Historically, we lead 8 wins to 6 although 5 of their wins have come in the past 7 clashes. The teams have met each other 3 times at Kensington with Easts wining all 3. Time to change that statistic. This could be the match of the round.

John Stewart

Metropolitan Cup. While it hasn’t been released in its full form, the home draw for the rest of the Metro season is very friendly to say the least, with the Green team enjoying home comforts for 4 out of the 5 remaining games. They’ll take on Warringah this Saturday, who until last season we had not beaten in the Metropolitan Cup. Both Green and Warringah have won the same number of games so far, so a win will go a long way to determining the final standings. Gold will take on Penrith on Sunday at Kensington, with both teams also sitting on the same number of wins. The Penrith team is a far cry from the dominating outfit that it has been in recent years, but they can never be underestimated. That being said, Gold ought to make use of the fact that the cats will likely have a number of players missing due to Green Shield quarter finals.

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

Lyall Gardner OAM

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