RD 10 MATCH REPORTS V EASTS, T20 SF & METRO CUP
Randwick Petersham are through to the T20 Final, following two amazing wins against St George and UNSW.
Basit Ali belted a huge six over mid-wicket to get RPC home on the Sunday against Saints, before a blistering century from Adam Semple saw RPC overcome an early hiccup against the Bees.
Earlier, RPC struggled against Easts, with only one grade coming away with six points against our local rivals.
Lefand Group 1st Grade @ Coogee Oval
Randwick Petersham 8-303 (50 overs) R Ayre 64 A Semple 51 def. Easts 6-272 (50 overs) A Semple 2-69
Lefand Group 1st Grade T20 SF @ Coogee Oval
Randwick Petersham 8-145 (19.2 overs) P Gaur 36, A Sams 27 def. St George 7-144 (20 overs) J Ralston 4-25
Lefand Group 1st Grade T20 PF @ Coogee Oval
Randwick Petersham 4-168 (19) A Semple 100* R Ayre 29 def UNSW 5-167 (20) J Ralston 1-16 R Ayre 1-20
Suttons City 2nd Grade @ Waverley Oval
Randwick Petersham 120 (48.5 overs) R Sachs 29, D Dubey 23 def by Easts 125 (40.3 overs) D Dubey 3-1, A Hussain 2-18, M O’Loughlin 2-19
RPC took on local rivals Easts in round 10, but unfortunately fell in an absolute nail-biter.
Bowling first, RPC were able to restrict the hosts to a score of 125 from 40.3 overs – 71 of which were scored by opener Max Glen. Easts lost an early wicket as Mitch O’Loughli (2/19) struck, but began to rebuild and got themselves into a decent position. Once Glen was dismissed by Akhter Hussain (2/18 off 10), RPC gained control and took the final six wickets for just 23 runs.
Chasing a lowish total, RPC got off to a strong start as James Mahony-Brack (15) and Reuben Sachs (29) combined for a 46-run opening stand. Unfortunately, the visitors collapsed from there despite the best efforts of Hussain (16) and Dave Dubey (23) to get them over the line.
Petersham RSL 3rd Grade @ Petersham Oval
Randwick Petersham 82 (33.2 overs) V Mahajan 26 def by Easts 179 (48.5 overs) S Deepak 2-21, V Mahajan 2-29
Cross town rivals Easts won the toss and elected to bat on what was a drier than usual Petersham Oval wicket and with the score reading 2/102 aided by some poor bowling it looked the right decision and Easts were well on their way to a big score with their opener flaying the RPC attack to all parts of Petersham oval.
However, the introduction of Sadeep Deepak (10 overs 2/21) and Viv Mahajan (10 overs 2/29) saw RPC claw their way back into the game and begin to squeeze the Dolphins batters reducing them to 7/138. Some intelligent batting towards the end saw the Dolphins find their way to 179 all out after 48.5 overs. In the end a great effort with the ball and in the field to peg back the Dolphins batting line up after it was looking ugly early on due to a poor first 10 overs with the ball.
Heading into the chase we were confident of chasing down the Dolphins score of 179 on a fairly placid Petersham deck and with the outfield quickening up compared to the morning session. Unfortunately, the run chase never got going as we struggled to find a way through good pressure bowling from the Easts bowlers as they reduced us to 5/28.
We never recovered from this point as we were soundly beaten, bundled out for 82 after 33 overs with only Mahajan (28) and Murdita (11) reaching double figures in what was a dismal batting display on a fairly docile pitch.
Mellick Wealth Management 4th Grade @ Trumper Park
Randwick Petersham 126 (34.1 overs) D Hackney 49 def by. Easts 5-129 (33.5 overs) S Stirling 4-50
On the road against local rivals Easts, RPC won the toss and batted first but were in a bit of trouble early on. At 2/21 and two lads gone for a duck, Luca Lopes (31) was seeing them well before getting knocked over.
Continually losing wickets at 5/57, Dale Hackney (49) arrived at the crease and produced a quality innings and got RPC to a defendable total of 126.
RPC were able to take two wickets in quick succession as Scott Stirling (4/50) tore through the top order, and at 5/71 the visitors were right in the game. Unfortunately, a strong partnership from Easts saw them chase the total five-down.
Community Bank Clovelly Bendigo Bank 5th Grade @ Kensington Oval
Randwick Petersham 9-154 (50 overs) H Schultz 48, A Ramakanth 41 def. by Easts 9-224 (50 overs) C Litchfield 4-26
Eastern Suburbs won the toss and elected to bat on a wicket that looked hard on the surface but could break up later in the day. The outfield looked fast as the grass was cut low so there would be value for runs hit on the ground.
The RPCC team congratulated young Jake Myers on making his debut in Grade cricket.
With the wicket looking hard and fast the RPCC medium pacers were asked to bowl back of a length on the off stump and nothing short to pull or cut. Fielding would have to be tight in the ring to cut off the singles and put pressure on the Eastern suburbs top order with dot balls.
Harry Shultz (0 – 42 of 9) and Samarpreet Singh (1 for 45 of 8) started of proceedings. Harry bowled with good pace and Samarpreet bowling against the wind bowled to the plan. However, the Eastern Suburbs young openers cleverly kept rotating the strike by taking quick singles and turning 1’s into 2’s and 2’s into 3’s. Freddy Whalebone (1 – 2 of 10), Matthew Adam (1 for 28 of 5) and Cotter Litchfield (4 for 32 of 10) were brought on in the first session. But, the Eastern Suburbs openers stuck it out to be 0 – 55 of 17 overs at 1st drinks.
The RPCC players were asked to dig deep and stick to the bowling plan and chances will come when dot balls build up in the form of run outs or catches in the deep.
After couple of missed run out chances the first breakthrough came when leg spinner Atharv Ramakanth (2 for 42 of 10) beat the Eastern suburbs opener in flight when he went for a big hit to be stumped by Heaton. Eastern Suburbs 1 for 82 in 23.1 overs.
Skipper Heaton rotated the RPCC bowlers and at the 2nd drinks break managed to restrict Eastern Suburbs to 130 for 2 in 34 overs. Matt Adam getting the vital wicket of the Eastern Suburbs opener for 61 who was looking dangerous.
RPCC Were asked to bowl tightly and outside off and hopefully can restrict Eastern Suburbs to under 190. RPCC bowlers Freddy, Atharv and Cotter bowled their heart out and reduced Eastern Suburbs 6 for 170 in the 45th over.
However, in the last 5 overs with Harry and Samarpreet bowling against the wind the Eastern Suburbs batsmen through their bat and scored 54 runs that included 7 fours and 2 sixers. Eastern Suburbs 9 for 224 in 50 overs. Cotter and Freddy were the pick of the RPCC bowlers.
The RPCC batsmen top order batsmen were asked to be conservatively for the first 10 overs and to rotate the strike so the scoreboard would be ticking as we needed just 4 runs per over. If we had 5 wickets in hand in the last 10 overs to get 80 or 90 runs we could pull off a win.
Openers Armaan Sidhu (3) and debutant Jake Myers (4) started their innings watchfully but both fell in quick session and Azaan Syed (0) our inform batsman followed. RPCC 3 for 13 in 7 overs.
Daman Brar (5), Freddy Whalebone (7) and Cotter Litchfield (0) followed soon after. RPCC 6 for 33 in 22 overs.
With RPCC in dire straits the remaining batsmen were advised to bat out the innings to ensure we do not give Eastern Suburbs a bonus point and to take the game to the 50th over. Youngster Atharv Ramakanth (41) was promoted up the order by skipper Heaton to hold the fort and bat out the overs. Youngster Atharv showed extreme skill and batted superbly. He ran beautifully between wickets, pounced on bad balls to hit them to the boundary and rotated the strike. Atharv was involved in 2 good partnerships with Matthew Adam (18) 41 runs and Harry Shultz (48) 69 runs to get RPCC to 154 in 50 overs. Harry was absolutely the demolisher and showed how much depth we have in our batting.
Cartwright Insurance Brokers Metro Green v Warringah @ Snape
Randwick Petersham Green 124 (48.5 Overs) A Beaumont 31, N Desai 30 def. by Warringah 4-125 (39.1 Overs) A Robinson 1-15
Winning the toss and electing to bat on a good looking surface but slow outfield almost paid dividends. Our batsmen all looked comfortable but struggled to pierce the field and could have been more aggressive between the wickets. At 5-107 going into the final 10 overs, we were unable to capitalise on the death overs and were bowled out for 124 – with notable contributions from Angus Beaumont (31) and Nimesh Desai (30).
While short of a desirable score, the opening and first change bowlers put in a sterling effort before the first drinks to keep Warringah in check. Once the batting applied the pressure on the fielders at the 25 over mark, their smart running and ability to find the gaps led to bowlers making mistakes and the Northern Beaches players passing the target with 10 overs to spare. A few late wickets ended some respectability to score.
Mr Taxman Metro Gold v Penrith @ Kensington
Randwick Petersham Gold 136 (46.4 Overs) J Trueman 37, R Steinberg 30 def. by Penrith 9-170 (50 overs) M Liguory 3-18
Gold won the toss and elected to bowl, and despite taking wickets across regular intervals and sharing across bowlers, a solid foundation from the Penrith opener and contributions through out took Penrith to 9-170 in their 50 overs.
Gold took the batting slow and steady in order, but went deep to ensure they needed 50 runs in the last 10 overs. Jarrod Trueman (37) and Rory Steinberg (30) carried the team to a positive position but the chase ran out of steam in the dying light late on Sunday afternoon.
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