RD 12 MATCH REPORTS V BANKSTOWN & T20 CHAMPIONS
& METRO CUP v BLACKTOWN & MOSMAN
For the third season in a row, Randwick Petersham have taken home a piece of silverware.
After winning the Belvidere Cup in 2019/20 and Limited Overs Cup in 2020/21, RPC backed it up on Sunday afternoon against Sydney Uni, claiming a remarkable victory in the T20 Cup Final.
On Saturday, Randy Petes secured four wins from five games against Bankstown, while Metro Green added another win to close in on top spot, with some fantastic performances across the board.
Lefand Group 1st Grade @ University Oval No.1
Kingsgrove Sports T20 Cup Champions
Randwick Petersham 114 (18.1 overs) Hawkins 52 def. Sydney Uni 83 (18.1 overs) Semple 3-11 D Sams 2-8
Lefand Group 1st Grade @ Bankstown Memorial Oval
Randwick Petersham 8-221 (44 overs) Ayre 52 Hawkins 47 def. Bankstown 166 (41 overs) Ralston 3-24
Suttons City 2nd Grade @ Coogee Oval
Randwick Petersham 8-233 (47 overs) Burton 64 Ali 52* def. Bankstown 7-221 (47 overs) Burton 2-31 M O’Loughlin 2/60
After a delayed start at Coogee and losing the toss, Randwick were sent into bat on Saturday. A slow and steady start got Randwick to 0-20, but unfortunately lost 2 quick wickets. Mr Reliable Ashley Burton (64) steadied the ship with a well crafted innings, with James Mahony-Brack assisting well to get us back on track. Max Robinson entered the crease and chipped away, nudging the ball around with Ashley to get us to steady score at the 35th over. This is when the action started, with Basit Ali entering the crease and the fireworks began. Basit sent all Bankstown bowlers out of the ground with a MASSIVE horn shifting the momentum into Randwick’s favour and leaving us with a very respectable total of 233 and Basit finishing on 52 off 23 balls.
Randwick began slowly with the ball as Bankstown got off to a positive start. Connor O’Riordan delivered with the new rock pulling the score back. Basit Ali and James Widerstrom bowled perfectly to their plans in the middle overs pegging back the Bankstown batsman with runs hard to come by. The 3rd-wicket partnership was becoming increasingly difficult to break, but when Ashley was brought into the attack (a wonderful captaincy decision) this is where it all fell short for Bankstown looking quick wickets and the run rate required increasing to over 9 an over.
With some smart death bowling by our bowlers, we secured the MASSIVE win for the boys who were agonisingly short in previous weeks.
Petersham RSL 3rd Grade @ Kelson Park
Randwick Petersham 7-215 (50 overs) Holland 68 Chaplin 54* def. Bankstown 137 (42.3 overs) A Mathews 3-9 D Coombs 3-27
Mellick Wealth Management 4th Grade @ Kensington Oval
Randwick Petersham 109 (34.6 overs) Elliot 27 Howard 25 def. by Bankstown 8-130 (37 overs) Mariguddi 2-28
After a hard-fought win against Blacktown a week prior, 4th Grade were hoping to edge closer to the top six against Bankstown on Saturday. After a delayed start due to a wet pitch and ongoing showers at Kenso, play eventually started as a 37-over game.
Bankstown got off to a quick start through their skipper, before Mandar Mariguddi (2/28 off 8) dismissed him. After that, the visitors batted steadily and while RPC were unable to get wickets in clumps, they were able to restrict the run-flow. Bankstown finished with a score of 8/130 from their 37 overs, a target that would be tough to chase but well within reach.
Unfortunately, three early wickets really hurt the Randy Petes and despite the best efforts of Ross Elliot (27) and Charlie Howard (25), the side finished 21 runs short after being bowled out with two overs remaining.
Community Bank Clovelly Bendigo Bank 5th Grade @ Grahame Thomas Oval
Randwick Petersham 157 (29.4 overs) Cullen Hathurusinghe 36 Josh Segal 28 Litchfield 25 def. Bankstown 9-124 (30 overs) Whalebone 4-23 Litchfield 2-32
RPCC lost the toss and were sent in to bat on a newly cut grassy wicket which was bit soft understandably with the overnight rain and intermittent heavy showers late morning and early afternoon. Play was delayed due to a large damp area one end of the wicket which was just back of length on the off side for a right handed batsman. The outfield looked spectacular and green with the grass cut low.
Due to the rain delay the overs were reduced to 35 overs per side. A total of 170+ would be a good score to defend considering the conditions.
The RPCC opening batsmen were asked to bat the first 10 overs conservatively and get through without losing a wicket. Big slog shots were not required early as the outfield was quick and there would be good value for shots along the ground.
RPCC opened with Damien Sidney (6) and Freddy Whalebone (11). Both openers being left handers were a great bonus for RPCC as this negated the wet area back of length on the off stump at one end where the ball would could pop however it would be called a wide for the left hander if ball was left alone. Bankstown cleverly opened with off spin at one end and was rewarded early with the wicket of Damien.
Chaik Hathurusinghe (15) was next in and after some fine wristy shots was run out when he drove a ball to the right of midwicket and set off for a single but was sent back. RPCC 2 for 35 in 11 overs.
Jordan Segal (28 – 7 fours off 19 balls) and Cotter Litchfield (25 – 4 fours and 1 six) took to the bowling blasting boundaries all across the field. Unfortunately for us both batsmen could not carry on with their onslaught. Jordan was out caught at Cover in the 17th over with the score on 67 and then Cotter caught at short extra cover in the 22nd over with the score on 101 in 22nd over. Freddy followed immediately after a patient and determined knock. RPCC 105 for 5 in 23 overs.
After another rain interruption the overs were reduced from 35 to 30. With only 7 overs left and 5 wickets in the bank the plan was to get to around 140+ but we needed a cameo innings from any one of the remaining RPCC batsmen. Luke Takacs (8) and Jack Gibbens-Johnson (1) were soon back in the sheds trying to get quick runs. RPCC 7 for 121 in 26 overs.
Cullen Hathurusinghe (36 – 4 fours and 2 sixes of 18 balls) batting at number 8 played the innings RPCC was looking for with 2 runs a ball innings with clean elegant shots over mid off and deep mid wicket. Under pressure to get to a decent total he batted with controlled aggression to ensure he was still there at the end of the innings. What a fine innings. Harry Shultz (6), Scott Stirling (1) and Fabian Heaton (0 not out) also batted. RPCC all out 157.
With a competitive total to defend the RPCC bowlers were asked to bowl back of a length and one side of the wicket. Bowling dots, building pressure, catching well and good fielding in the ring was important to defend 157.
RPCC opening bowlers Scott Sterling (0 for 15 off 6) and Harry Shultz (0-21 off 6) stuck to the plan and bowled tidily and the first 8 overs Bankstown were 0 for 21.
A double bowling change was made with Cullen Hathurusinghe (1 for 29 off 6) and Cotter Litchfield (2 for 32 off 6) replacing Scott and Harry. Both bowlers continued the good work bowling tidily and well supported by the fielders. The first wicket fell when Damien pounced on that was ball driven to extra cover and threw once bounce to the keepers end for Fabian to complete a run out. Next Cullen bowled the in-form Bankstown skipper with a beauty of a ball that pitched outside off stump from just back of length and then curved in to crash into the top of middle stump. Cotter next enticed the Bankstown opener who was beginning to score freely to drive at a ball on the rise back to Cotter’s right who held onto a spectacular one handed catch. Next wicket fell when the ball was cut to point and Jordan dived to his right to field the ball and in one action threw it one bounce at the keeper’s end for Fabian to complete another run out. Bankstown 4 for 64 off in 18 overs.
With about 90+ runs to get in 12 overs and a crucial time in the game Freddy was brought into the attack. Freddy struck immediately trapping the Bankstown batsman plumb in front with a fine yorker. He was well rewarded with 3 more wickets in his 4th, 5th and 6th overs and was superbly supported at the death by Harry, Cotter, Stirling and Cullen in their 2nd spells and great fielding by all. 3 good catches were taken, Cotter – 2 and Jack – 1 at deep 3rd man in front of the Bankstown supporters. Bankstown 9 for 124 in 30 overs. RPCC win by 33 runs!!!!
This was a great win as we were under the pump to get more runs when the overs were reduced the second time. Also, In the field all were switched on and did a splendid job.
Singing the team song after this hard-fought win was sublime.
Big thank you to our club photographer Peter Bannigan for once again showing up to take photos of the game. Also, thank you to all the parents who came a long way to support the team and help monitor the sheds with our gear when we were fielding. Much appreciated!!
Looking forward to all continuing to work hard at training and be ready for our next game.
Cartwright Insurance Brokers Metro Green v Blacktown @ Petersham
Randwick Petersham Green 9-257 (50 overs) Rasheed 67 S Connolly 38 def. Blacktown 156 (46.1 overs) Rajesh 2-22 Ahire 2-23
The Green team once again lost the toss at Petersham Oval and were asked to do the opposite of what they would have wanted – and once again this turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Most batsmen cashed in against some loose bowling, with Asif Rasheed (67) and Sam Connolly (38) doing the hard work upfront, while Alvin Rajesh (23) and Samarpreet Singh (25*) hit some lust blows to turn a 180 score into 9-257.
The bowling upfront in defence was superb, but the fielding wasn’t able to keep up. Matthew Adam (2-28) toyed with the outside edge, before finally getting his reward by ransacking the batsmen’s castle twice to derail the chase. Valmike Ahire (2-23) squeezed the middle overs and Alvin (2-22) continued to make up for a slow but unlucky start to the season. Blacktown eventually crawled to 156 to grant the Greens a bonus point. If the team can improve it’s fielding, they’ll be an imposing prospect going into the finals.
Mr Taxman Metro Gold v Mosman @ Balmoral
Randwick Petersham Gold 134 (47.1 overs) Brar 29 Beaumont 29 def. by Mosman 6-207 (50 overs) T Tahir 3-24
Gold won the toss and asked Mosman to bat first following a wet week. Unfortunately, the bowlers were not able to keep the pressure up and the Whales were able to push the score past 200. Angus Beaumont kept the middle overs tight, while Talhah Tahir (3-24) picked up some wickets at the death.
The extras let go during the bowling innings proved to push the target too far out of reach, despite Angus and Daman Brar taking the innings deep. The team will look to cut down on the extras and sharpen their fielding before the next game.
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