Round 10 NSW Premier Cricket v Blacktown 2021-22 Preview
& Metro Cup v Syd Uni Blue and Gold
What a week and particularly, what an Australia Day with our 1st Grade boys making the T20 Grand Final on 6 February. More of that next week.
This weekend was to be the start of the first two–day match round of the season, but it has been changed to a Limited Overs affair in all grades this Saturday. We play Blacktown Mounties who we have played 73 times across the 5 grades over the past 20 seasons and have an excellent record against them, winning 47, losing 22 with one tied and 3 drawn. We have “greenwashed” them (wins in all 5 grades) four times and will need to do something like that again this round if we are to improve our position in the Club Championship, where we have slipped to 14th. Our problem has been the lower grades where our batters have struggled. Last weekend we lost all 4 lowers to Easts with only 13 of the 44 batters making double figures with one score of 49 the top. Blacktown also lost heavily in the lowers last week with 3 losses and a washout. In Metropolitan Cup cricket, our Green and Gold teams play Sydney University Gold and Blue respectively.
1st Grade is at Joe McAleer Reserve, Blacktown: The side has won 6 in a row for the first time since 2011-12 when it won 7 on the trot. With NDs losing last weekend, we have moved a little closer to the lead. Northern District is still in front on 57 points with Mosman second on 53. We are 3rd on 48. At Joe McAleer Reserve, we have played 10 matches winning 5, losing 4 with one drawn. Blacktown have only won 2 matches this season—the last 2. In round 9 they beat St George with a score of 6-295 while they chased down Hawkesbury’s 194 last week with a 10th wicket partnership of 29*. They cannot be taken lightly.
2nd Grade is at Coogee: We have won 3 matches to be 15th and Blacktown have won 2 to be 19th. A disappointing result last weekend after bowling well. We have won 4 out of 7 at Coogee against them with 2 of them outright wins. The side is capable of repeating those performances, so here’s hoping.
3rd Grade is at Jim Hanson Oval, Whalan: While we are now 11th, we are only 7 points from 6th place. Wins in the remaining matches would almost certainly ensure a finals berth. Time to get the lead out and go for it. We have beaten Blacktown 10 times out of 14 with one match tied. The only 2 wins they have had was at Jim Hanshaw–this weekend’s venue. They are just 6 points behind us.
4th Grade is at Kensington: We are 10 points away from 6th place in 12th possie. Blacktown are 16th but only 5 points behind us. If we lose to them they go ahead. That’s a good enough incentive to play well. We have beaten them 11 out of 14 but their 3 wins have come in the past 4 clashes. Could be a close match.
5th Grade is at Whalan: Last week’s disappointing loss knocked us out of the top 6 into 7th possie. But we are only 6 points (one win) from 3rd in a tight points table. Blacktown are right behind us, 2 points away. Historically, both teams have won 7, although 4 of their wins have come in the past 4 clashes. We need to get some runs this weekend if we are to become premiership contenders.
Metropolitan Cup. RP Green plays Sydney Uni. Gold at Petersham on Saturday with RP Gold up against Sydney University Blue at St Paul’s on Sunday. Despite a couple of losses after Christmas, Green clings on to 5th position on the ladder but are in strong need of an improved performance across all facets of the game, particularly as they take on the top-placed Sydney University Gold team this Saturday. Sydney University teams have often played the bogey team for our sides in the last few years, but a victory would go a long way to setting up the Green team for the rest of the season. In E-Young Khoo, they currently have the leading wicket taker in the competition, but he’ll need to be supported by runs on the board. Gold will take on Sydney University Blue at St Pauls on Sunday, who despite sitting outside the top 6 will be no less dangerous an opponent. With players returning to school and rep cricket, both sides will have their work cut out for them to put competitive teams on the park.
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