RD 13 MATCH REPORTS V UNSW
& METRO CUP v GORDON & SYD UNI GOLD
Randwick Petersham have cemented their spot in the 1st Grade top four, claiming a hard-fought victory over local rivals UNSW in a two-day fixture.
2nd Grade kept their slim finals hopes alive with a nail-biting win, highlighted by a big-hitting display from James Widerstrom, who finished 70* off just 27 deliveries.
All three lower grade sides fell to UNSW, but both 3rd Grade and 5th Grade remain on the edge of the top six.
Lefand Group 1st Grade @ Petersham Oval
Randwick Petersham 5-137 (63.4 overs) Hawkins 72* W Affelck 32 def. UNSW 133 (76.4 overs) Semple 3-18 Singh 3-27
Suttons City 2nd Grade @ DP South
Randwick Petersham 8-275 (50 overs) Docos 76 Widerstrom 70* def. UNSW 8-265 (50 overs) M O’Loughlin 2-50
Petersham RSL 3rd Grade @ Coogee Oval
Randwick Petersham 186 (45.3 overs) Chaplin 49 def. by UNSW 9-299 (50 overs) D Coombs 3-46
Mellick Wealth Management 4th Grade @ DP North
Randwick Petersham 163 (44.2 overs) Weymouth 46 Elliot 33 def. by UNSW 3-164 (41.2 overs) L O’Loughlin 1-29
4th Grade had an ‘away trip’ last Saturday against the Bees, playing on one of the smaller grounds in grade cricket at DP North.
Batting first, RPC got off to a decent start with a few lads getting starts. Ross Elliot (33) batted patiently at the top of the order, while Damian Sidney (22) played an aggressive innings up top. Blake Weymouth (47) looked in fantastic touch but copped a rough LBW decision, which unfortunately saw RPC collapse and lose 8/49 and finish our innings all out for 164.
The bowlers tried hard, but with a small field, below-par total and a wicket that wasn’t giving us much, UNSW were able to pass the score for the loss of just three wickets in the 42nd over.
Community Bank Clovelly Bendigo Bank 5th Grade @ Kensington Oval
Randwick Petersham 5-119 (50 overs) Gibbens-Johnson 34* def. by UNSW 3-124 (29 overs) Whalebone 2-36
RPCC won the toss and decided to bat on a wicket which looked flat but a bit soft underneath and looked like it would dry out. The outfield looked slow as the grass cover was quite thick. Balls hit along the ground would struggle to reach the fence.
It was a slow cautious start by the RPCC batsmen with some tight lines being bowled by the experienced UNSW bowlers. At 1st drinks RPCC were 1 for 32 off overs with Freddy Whalebone (2) back in the sheds and Jack Myers (14) and Chaik Hathurusinghe (16) the not out batsmen. The RPCC batsmen were asked to try and rotate the strike and lots of running would be required as the balls hit along the ground and even lofted balls were not reaching the fence due to the slow outfield. If we get to about 80+ by next drinks with 5 or more wickets in hand, we could push for a score of 150+ which would be very competitive.
However, all the UNSW bowlers continued bowling tight lines and although our RPCC batsmen were playing some powerful shots they were repeatedly hit straight to the fielders in the ring building up the pressure as overs were getting consumed with the scoreboard not ticking over. At next drinks RPCC were 4 for 64 in 35 overs with Jake Myers run out, Chaik unfortunately adjudged LBW and Cotter Litchfield (2) caught and bowled followed in quick succession. The not out batsmen at drinks Jack Gibbens-Johnson (34 not out) and Marley Whitcombe (15) were asked to bat with intent and up the ante with taking quick 1’s and run the 2’s and 3’s as we had plenty of wickets in the sheds now.
Jack and Marley tried their best to lift the score with some quick and risky running between wickets and tried to hit out, but the UNSW bowlers seemed too good for us by bowling one side of the and to their field. Marley was out when the score was 85 in the 42nd over and Harry Schultz (18 not out) was promoted up the order to lift the run rate. 31 runs were added to the RPCC total in the remaining 8 overs without any further loss of wickets. We would have liked to have at least another 20+ runs especially since with 5 more wickets still in the sheds. RPCC finished with 5 – 119 off 50 overs.
But, with a slow outfield and the wicket beginning to keep low at one end RPCC players were all fired up to defend this low total. 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 119. We might be able to get some quick wickets as UNSW would probably try to attack our bowling to try and get a bonus point.
As expected, the UNSW openers batted aggressively and reached 30 runs in 9 overs in spite of Harry Shultz (0 for 24 off 6) and Samarpreet Singh (1 for 32 off 7) bowling good opening spells. Sam struck first cramping their dangerous UNSW left-handed opener who tried to pull as ball to be caught down the leg side by Keeper Fabian Heaton. UNSW 1 for 31 off 10 overs.
A double bowling change was made and Freddy Whalebone (2 for 18 off 7) and Cotter Litchfield (0 for 38 off 7) immediately put pressure on USNW batters by bowling back of a length on the offside resulting in plenty of dots. Freddy struck just before drinks to a brilliant catch by Harry at short extra cover running forward and then diving full length in front to take a two-handed catch inches off the turf. Immediately after drinks the UNSW opener was caught and bowled by Freddy when he tried to slog a ball over mid-off but only skied it for Freddy to take a finely judged high catch. UNSW 3 for 47 off 17 overs.
Unfortunately, with the experienced UNSW number 4 left hand batsman at the crease and rain continuing to fall and the ball hard to grip our RPCC bowlers began to stray in their line and length. This resulted in 73 runs being scored in the next 13 overs without UNSW losing any further wickets and getting the bonus point as well. UNSW 124 for 3 off 29 overs. Besides it being a disappointing loss for us really gutted to have given away the bonus point.
On a positive note for us our middle order is getting confident to bat out the 50 overs and only a total of 5 wides and 2 no balls were bowled which means our bowlers are getting their line quite good. Big difference to when we started the season where by now we have been 20 odd extras especially wides.
Big big thank you to Ben Montedoro for coming to our game and helping set things up and also with the fielding drills and a pep talk to our 5th grade team. You are awesome mate and a top team man and club man. Also, thanks to all the parents who helped us with the covers and also collecting the cones from the boundary (Jake’s dad) after our game. Much appreciated!!
Before the next game we have a bit of work to do on our batting to try and place the ball in the gaps and bowlers sticking to line and length.
Cartwright Insurance Brokers Metro Green v Gordon @ Killara
Randwick Petersham Green drew Gordon
No play possible at Killara but Metro Green’s thanks are extended to the Gordon captain, players and groundsman who put in a monumental effort to try and get play underway before a torrential downpour put an end to the day.
Mr Taxman Metro Gold v Mosman @ Coogee
Randwick Petersham Gold 118 (46.1 overs) Brar 32 def. by Syd Uni Gold 7-119 (39.4 overs) Diblasio 2-12 Padavala 2-19
A couple of changes in the Gold side almost reaped rewards with a much improved performance across the board. Batting first Azaan Syed (37) played a mature innings at the top of the order while Daman Brar (32) anchored the middle of the innings. Both were unlucky not to go on to higher scores.
In defence of 118 the young quicks, including debutant Zac Narayan (2-26) sent shivers through the Students batting order with wickets falling at regular intervals. At one stage they were staring down the barrel at 4-30 and then 5-49, with Ryan Diblasio (2-12) and Aakash Padavala (2-19) joining the wicket taking party. But determined batting from the 8th wicket partnership saw them home in the 39th over.
Overall, a strong performance from the Golds led by the youngsters.
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