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

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Randwick Petersham are the 1st Grade Kingsgrove Sports Twenty20 Cup champions for 2021-22 after defeating Sydney University at University Oval on Sunday.
The scores were 114 to 83, and while that is a winning margin of 31 runs, it in no way represents the closeness of the contest. In fact, the match can be summed up in a single word. Extraordinary.
It was extraordinary in that both sides suffered batting collapses with only one batter in each team making more than 17 runs. It was extraordinary and at times brilliant, bowling and fielding by both sides. It was extraordinary to think that in a T20 match, both teams failed to bat the 20 overs while the total runs scored were a mere 197 for the loss of 20 wickets. And it was extraordinary to experience the buzz around the ground from supporters of both teams. Truly a match to remember.
Under cloudy skies with showers continually threatening, Randwick Petersham skipper, Jason Sangha won the toss and batted. But after 10 overs, he and the Sams brothers, Daniel and Anthony, were back in the pavilion with the score a reasonable 3-73. Camden Hawkins was the real goer but nicked one to the ‘keeper when he had made 52 off 41 balls with 5 fours. At 5-98, Riley Ayre was gone and his dismissal triggered an amazing collapse which saw 4 wickets fall on 103. Chief destroyer was spinner Ryan McElduff who took 3 wickets in an over and ended with 4-16 off 3 overs. The score had slumped from 4-98 to 9-103 in just a few balls. And when Ben Mitchell was caught, Randwick Petersham was all out for just 114 off 18.1 overs. The deafening cheering from the University supporters in the grandstand clearly indicated that such a meagre score was just that. Very meagre.
But runs on the board can be a bit of a challenge for the chasers at times, particularly if the opposing bowlers and fielders put their mind to the job. And that’s what happened.
In Uni.’s innings, spinner Riley Ayre struck early and when “Iron Warrior” Adam Semple removed State bat, Nick Larkin, for a duck, the score was 2-6. Dan Sams and Daya Singh hit the stumps of Robertson and Cummins soon after and when Jason Ralston got the edge of Mortimer’s bat, the tally was a shaky 5-29 off 9 overs. Brought back into the attack, Semple removed both McElduff and Holloway in successive balls for a 7-38 scoreline. Sydney Sixers star Hayden Kerr, who was named in the BBL Team of the Tournament, was the student’s great hope. But when the over asking rate was approaching double figures, he was caught in the deep for 37 off 41 balls after hitting 2 sixes. The remainder provided token resistance against a determined and switched-on attack with the last man falling to an outfield catch for a final total of 83 from 18.1 overs. That was also the signal for a large and excited group of Randwick Petersham supporters, who had been vocal from the opposite side of the oval, to invade the ground and join in mid-wicket celebrations. Semple finished with 3-11, Dan Sams 2-8 and Daya Singh 2-29. Camden Hawkins was named Man of the Match. What a game!!
This was Randwick Petersham’s fourth win in the 13 years of this competition. The side has dominated all others in the T20 format, winning 51 of 69 matches since 2009-10. In a three year period, it has won all three competition conducted by the Sydney Cricket Association, having won the Limited Overs Cup last season and the Belvidere Cup the summer before.
Go the Randy Petes!!

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

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Riley Ayre

In a match hampered by regular showers after overnight rain, Randwick Petersham’s 1st Grade team created a new club record on Saturday, by winning its eighth successive match.
In the round 12 Limited Overs clash against Bankstown at Bankstown Memorial Oval, Randwick Petersham won, 8-221 to 166. Because of morning rain, the match didn’t start until 12 noon, while the number of scheduled overs for each team was reduced from 50 to 44. And although these matches generally finish around 5.30 pm, this one ended in heavy cloud cover at 7 pm.
In a welcome return to the side after being named Sydney Thunder Star of the Season and in the Big Bash Team of the Tournament (along with Dan Sams), skipper Jason Sangha called correctly at the toss and elected to bat. And while he and Will Affleck were lost early for the score to be a shaky 2-29, others stepped up, with Camden Hawkins (47 off 61 balls) and Anthony Sams (49 off 33 with 4 sixes) unlucky not to bring up worthy half-centuries. Riley Ayre was the rock of the innings with 52 off 106 balls, enabling Daya Singh (20 off 15 with one six) and Ben Mitchell (13 off 8 including a six) to push the final tally to a competitive 8-221 off the reduced 44 overs.
In reply, the Bulldogs struggled from the get-go, with both Adam Semple and Singh making early inroads. Wickets at 11, 13, 26, 48, 74 and 89, left Bankstown with it all to do. And while the tail fought hard, the innings was wrapped up after 41 overs. Fast bowler, Jason Ralston, took 3-24 off 9 overs with Semple ending with 2-16 off 5. Sangha’s leg-breaks also proved valuable, returning 2-12 off 4.
Saturday was the first time in the club’s 21 years history, that the 1st Grade team won eight Belvidere Cup games in a row. In 2011-12, it won seven, then drew the next after the second day was washed out. It was well placed to win that match against Manly. It then won the next game for a record of nine out of 10 with the one draw. Records are meant to be broken and today’s performance sets a new mark for the side.

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

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Basit Ali

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 

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Tom Holland

3rd Grade arrived to Kelso North to another thick and slow outfield and a deck which was a bit soft under the touch. Losing the toss and being sent in to bat, RPC again lost their first couple of wickets for not many runs inside the first 5 overs before a short rain delay. After the restart, another wicket lost and we were in strife at 3-24.
In the middle order, Tom Holland (68) and Jack Lyle (33) battled hard to put on 79 for the fourth wicket before Lyle was run out, bringing Ben Chaplin (54*) to crease and another 50-run partnership to push us up to 5-153 with 10 overs to play, a great platform for which to launch and aim for 200+. Chaplin and Lachie Bird (19) batted with aggression at the end, combining big hitting and smart running, and we finished 7-215 after our 50 overs, a fantastic total given our poor start.
Our bowling innings didn’t start off the best, with extras and inconsistent areas being bowled allowing the Bankstown bats to get off to a quick start, despite an early wicket to Dane Coombs (3-27 off 9) in his 2nd over. We came off at 1-35 off 7 as another deluge of rain hit resulted in time and overs being lost and a revised target of 202 off 43 overs being set. The Bankstown bats started off quick after the stoppage before the introduction of Guru Chandar (1-14 off 9) brought dividends with a big wicket in his first over, followed by Alan Matthews (3-9 off 8) doing the same in his first over courtesy of a Dane Coombs screamer at backward point leaving them 3-50. Guru and Alan bowled fantastically in tandem, strangling the runs and pushing the run rate ever higher, never giving the batsmen an easy opportunity to score; the best I’ve seen both bowl this season!
Sadeep Deepak (1-40 off 8) and Dane picked up wickets towards the end, but by then it was almost a forgone conclusion as the batsmen didn’t show any intent or desire to actually chase the runs. Vivek Mahajan (2-35 off 6.3) cleaned up the last two as we bowled them out for 137.
A big win for 3rd grade, knocking off the team coming 2nd on the ladder and again proving we can win from any position in a game and pushing us up to 7th in a very congested ladder.
Roll on next week.

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 

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Charlie Howard

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

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Cullen and Chaik Hathurusinghe

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

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Dr Asif Rasheed

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

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Talhah Tahir

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.

Talhir Tahir

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