& METRO CUP v Gordon and Hawkesbury

Over the weekend Randwick Petersham were proud to participate in Reconciliation Round across all Grades in NSW Premier Cricket and Metro Cup.
It was  extra special before the 4th Grade match at Coogee as Auntie Maxine provided a Welcome to Country. Furthermore, her granddaughter Charlotte Ryan (designer of our Indigenous Cricket 4 Community) shirt was in attendance. Charlotte is also the great granddaughter of Club Legend Ken Devlin and many of the Devlin Clan were in attendance.

Randwick Petersham have continued their hot run of form in 1st Grade, completing an exciting win over Gordon on Saturday.

Adam Semple was the star of the show, taking four wickets and scoring a half-century.

3rd Grade kept their finals hopes alive with a big win over Gordon, with seamer Dane Coombs taking a five-wicket haul and Blake Weymouth solidifying the chase with 62*.

Metro Green fought hard to defeat the higher placed Hawkesbury to maintain their top 5 position on the back of 82 from Sam Connolly and 4-10 from E-Young Khoo.

Lefand Group 1st Grade @ Chatswood Oval

Randwick Petersham 7-218 (49.3 overs) A Semple 61 A Sams 53 def. Gordon 215 (46.2 overs) A Semple 4-29


Adam Semple

The Randwick Petersham 1st Grade team extended its Belvidere Cup record winning streak to 10, with a heart-stopping win over Gordon at Chatswood Oval. The Randy Petes got up with just 3 balls to spare in the 50 overs-a-side contest, winning 7-218 (49.3 overs) to 215 (46.2 overs). And the win can be directly attributable to all the experience mustered by two players with a collective total of 564 1st Grade matches for the club. Adam Semple (306 matches) and Anthony Sams (258 matches) both scored half-centuries when they were needed most. Chasing a target of 216, Camden Hawkins with 22 (34 balls), Riley Ayre with 18 (22) and Adam Docos with 26 (35), got the side away to a handy start. However, solidarity in the middle was required when the score had slumped to 5-112, after 30 overs. Sams and Semple then put on 75, before Anthony was caught on the square leg fence attempting to hit his first six. He had made 53 in a measured innings, facing 103 balls with just 4 boundaries. But all was not lost, as Semple continued the battle, taking the total to 204 when he was out for 61 off 56, just two balls after hitting successive straight-drive sixes to reduce the equation to 12 runs needed off 12 balls. He had hit 4 over the fence in his innings. The first when he was 15 and the second at 24. Renowned six-hitter, Basit Ali, had been sent in when Sams departed, but it wasn’t until 11 off 9 were needed, that he plonked one out of the ground. It was a big strike and the game was held up while the ball was located. But when it returned, Ali and skipper Daya Singh required just 5 balls to score the winning runs with 3 to spare. Ali finished with 14* and Singh 2*. Ali has only batted in 5 1st Grade games, yet has hit 10 sixes in his 83 runs!
Earlier, Singh had put the Stags in to bat after winning the toss. There was a steady fall of wickets and at 8-167 it looked like the run chase would be well under 200. However, the tail wagged and the last 2 wickets put on a valuable 58 runs to get to 215. Wickets were shared among 4 bowlers. Although Semple made an uncharacteristic start with 4 wides off his first 4 balls, he took the honours with 4-29 off 10 overs while young leggie, Shivansh Pathak, ended up with 2-15 off 3. He bowled the top-scorer, Max Newman for 58, at a crucial point in the match.
And despite preparing for his 40th birthday in a couple of months, Adam Semple showed his agility in the field by taking a spectacular diving catch to dismiss the opening bat. Anthony Sams was also athletic as ever in his sprawling catch to give Daya Singh his first wicket. Anthony held another 3 catches to take his tally with the club to 429 wicket-keeping dismissals. And after to-days performances, Sams has taken his tally of 1st Grade runs with the club to 6,362 while Adam Semple, a true “Iron Warrior” if ever there was one, now has 6,496—just 4 short of 6,500. All this proves what today’s match showed. You can’t beat experience!!

Suttons City 2nd Grade @ Petersham Oval

Gordon 2-112 (23.4 overs) C O’Riordan 1-13 def. Randwick Petersham 111 (34 overs) J Widerstrom 30


James Mahony-Brack

Gordon won the toss and elected to bowl first on a seamer friendly wicket at petersham stadium. Gordon’s bowlers bowled good areas with assistance from the pitch making it difficult to score runs. Randwick lost wickets at regular intervals with only James widerstrom passing 25 as the side were bowled out for 111 in 34 overs. Things didn’t improve in the fielding innings, with several deliveries sent down leg side for 5 wides. The bowling unit were unable to bowl consistent areas to make use of the conditions, dropping short regularly and getting hit to the boundary accordingly. Gordon finished the chase in the 24th over for the loss of 2 wickets.

Petersham RSL 3rd Grade @ Beauchamp Oval

Randwick Petersham 8-201 (49.1 overs) Weymouth 62* Holland 42 def. Gordon 8-199 (50 overs) Coombs 5-31


Dane Coombs

Petersham RSL 3rd grade arrived at Beauchamp Dog Park to a pitch with a nice covering of grass but fairly firm underneath, although the constant drizzle throughout the morning meant the already thick and slow outfield would be soaked for the first innings. After losing the toss and being asked to bowl first, Sadeep (1-37 off 9) took a wicket in his first over, although the ball begun to get very wet very quickly. Dane (5-31 off 10) took two big poles in his opening spell, but the Stags recovered and batted well throughout the middle part of the innings. Guru (1-33 off 10) again bowled fantastically, made better by the fact that the ball was a beginning to resemble a bar of soap resulting in a change of ball mid-innings, although the change-up became just as wet not too long after. A bit of inconsistent bowling in the middle to end of the innings, and some dicey fielding saw the Staggs get away from us a little, however Dane finished with a flurry to have his maiden 5 wicket hall for the club, Staggs finishing 8-199 after 50 overs.
Our batting started off poorly with Mellick run out and Reuben snicking off early, but Ross (23) and Holland (42) steadied the ship with a 50-run partnership and begun pushing the scoring. Some poor shots in the middle saw the quick loss of wickets and we were right up against it when Blake Weymouth (62* off 65) came to the crease. Blake batted with maturity and temperament to combine big hitting and smart running, and worked superbly with the lower order. Blake and Sadeep (32 off 29) put on 60 for the 8th wicket to keep us at a run a ball to win, then quickened the pace to get us ahead of the run rate and needing 3 to win off the last over, with Blake crunching a glorious boundary over cover to get us the win.
Another cracking win for 3s, showing that we can win games of cricket from any position in the game and showcasing our ability as a team. The win sits us in 7th place, 1 point behind 6th, on a very congested table with only 12 points between 5th and 13th. Roll on next week.

Mellick Wealth Management 4th Grade @ Coogee Oval

Gordon 7-157 (40.2 overs) A Coombs 3-41 def. Randwick Petersham 156 (44.5 overs) Segal 39 Eldridge 38


Adam Coombs

4th Grade were back at Coogee on Saturday and had the help of a couple of familiar faces in Jackson Eldridge and Rav De Silva returning.

Batting first, RPC lost an early wicket but from there continued to build some solid little partnerships. Josh Segal (39) and Jackson Eldridge (38) both batted well before throwing their wicket away. Jackson Dodd (22) and Cullen Hathurusinghe (28) also built starts but were unable to go on with the job, as RPC were dismissed for 156 – eight of our 10 dismissals were caught.

The bowling started well as Mandar Mariguddi (1/46) took a wicket in his first over, before Adam Coombs (3/41) tore through the Gordon top-order. Hathurusinghe (2/17) also chipped in and bowled well, before Liam O’Loughlin (1/29) took a wicket and the visitors were on the ropes at 7/76. Unfortunately, RPC absolutely bottled it and Gordon chased it 7-down with less than 10 overs remaining. A mix of inconsistent bowling, extremely poor fielding and lack of energy cost the hosts another game they should have won.

Community Bank Clovelly Bendigo Bank 5th Grade @ Killara Oval

Gordon 5-134 (46 overs) Litchfield 3-18 def. Randwick Petersham 133 (45.1 overs) Takacs 65


Luke Takacs

Gordon won the toss and RPCC were asked to bat on a wicket that was damp due to the early morning rain. The outfield looked very slow as the grass cover was quite thick.

The game commenced after a 10 minute delay due to rain. The plan for the RPCC openers was to see the new ball off especially the first 10 overs as there would be something in the deck with the  new ball and dampness in the wicket.

Unfortunately for us things did not go to plan with Fabian Heaton (2), Jake Myers (2) and Chaik Hathurusinghe (0) back in the pavilion in only the 4th over. RPCC 3 for 6.

New batters Jordan Segal (15) and Cotter Litchfield (10) looked like they were getting us back on track playing some attacking shots but unfortunately both were dismissed to balls that could have been left alone. RPCC 5 for 40 in the 15th over.

With the Gordon bowlers bowling good attacking lines and the damp wicket also assisting them pressure was mounting on the RPCC batsmen at the crease. Jack Gibbens-Johnson (10), Luke Takacs (65) and Marley Whitcombe (4) battled hard to keep the score board ticking with some attacking running between the wickets as full blooded shots along the ground were not hitting the fence  because of the slow outfield. When Jack and Marley were dismissed, it was left upto Luke to dig deep and get RPCC to a respectable total.  RPCC now 7 for 81 in the 31st over.

Harry Shultz (8), Scott Stirling (5) and Thanush Gowda (0 not out) tried their best to hang in with Luke who was batting positively at the other end playing attractive lofted shots to all parts of the ground and converting 1’s into 2’s with his running. But, in the 45th over Luke was out for a very gutsy and masterful 65 runs. With his efforts RPCC ended up with 133 in 45 overs.

With a slow outfield and still plenty in the wicket to support the bowlers, RPCC players were asked to dig deep to defend the small total of 133. Plenty of dots bowled would put the Gordon batsmen under pressure and make them play out of their comfort zone. Taking all our catches and good fielding in the ring was crucial.

Scott Stirling (2 for 28 off 10) and Harry Shultz (1 for 33 off 9) started off brilliantly but unfortunately, it was a dismal start as we dropped 2 catches in the 1st and 2nd overs. With lady luck on Gordon’s side both openers went on the attack chasing the bonus point. Scott struck in his 5th over beating the Gordon opener by a change of pace to nick to Keeper Fabian. Gordon 1 for 31 off 9 overs.

Chaik Hathurusinghe (0 for 22 off 5) and Cotter Litchfield (3 for 38 off 10) came on in the 10th and 13th overs respectively. Both bowled tidily and beat the bat several times and, in the process, slowed down the runs. Cotter struck in his 4th over trapping the Gordon batsman LBW with a beautiful yorker.

Thanush Gowda (0 for 13 off 10) took over from Chaik and bowled sensationally under pressure. Gordon could only score 11 runs of the next 8 overs with a great bowling partnership between Cotter and Thanush. The Gordon batsmen feeling the pressure of this tight bowling partnership started taking suicidal singles and once again luck was not on our side as we were unable to hit the stumps when the run out chances came our way. Cotter picked up another wicket and immediately put the pressure back on Gordon . 3 for 68 off 21 overs.

Scott was brought back into the attack and along with Thanush continued to put the squeeze on the batsmen in the middle. But as we were steadily gaining the upper 2 more catches and couple of half chances were floored. This released the pressure for the Gordon batsmen.

Marley Whitcombe (0 for 14 off 3) came on in the 35th over started off well with some well flighted deliveries to entice the batsmen to hit in the air but with 26 runs the medium pacers were brought back at both ends. Scott, Harry and Cotter quickly picked up 1 wicket each as Gordon nervously crawled to the target in the 46th over.

They say catches win matches and unfortunately this is the game we needed it most and could not hand onto them. Also, 15 or 20 runs more would have seen us home.

Inspite of the loss there are some great positives we can take away from this game. Our bowling attack can be relied upon to defend any total and when batting it was great to see the positive intent by all the batsmen trying to score and rotate the strike even when wickets were falling around us.

Big thank you to the RPCC and Gordon players and umpires who joined in the “Cricket Australia Reconciliation Round” ceremony before the start of our game to demonstrate our commitment to lasting reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-indigenous Australians. Thank you to Andrew Shultz who took pictures and also the other dads present who helped out as well.

Cartwright Insurance Brokers Metro Green v Hawkesbury @ Kensington

Randwick Petersham Green 9-233 (50 overs) S Connolly 82 def. Hawkesbury 182 (45.2 overs) E Khoo 4-10 A Rajesh 2-23


Green returned to Kensington for the first time this season and in his 150th match Jeremy Jastrzab called correctly and elected to bat under overcast skies. The Dr (20) got off to his usual flying start before unfortunately mistiming one. On a beautiful batting track batsmen got starts but it was Sam Connolly (82) whose innings conveyed maturity as he dominated the bowlers with smart running and shot selection. He has provided glimpses of this talent all season and it was wonderful to finally see him turn his starts into a big score. He was eventually dismissed at 8-204 with the tail wagging and pushing the score to 9-223 at the end of 50 overs (the 5th time this season the team has batted the full 50).

In defence, Desai took a difficult skied catch to claim an early wicket but at 3-49 the Hawks Skipper and no.4 resurrected their innings taking advantage of quick singles and a few fielding misdemeanours. At 6-165 Pingu was introduced into the attack and his experience shone through with 4 controlled overs of off spin yielding 4-10 to pluck the Hawks before Singh returned to knock over the final wicket and cementing a place in the Top 6.

Sam Connolly

Mr Taxman Metro Gold v Gordon @ Snape

Randwick Petersham Gold 3-111 (31.4 overs) Brar 37* Steinberg 32 def. Gordon 110 (42.4 overs) V Patel 3-14 Diblasio 3-15 


Angus Beaumont

Again a couple of changes in the Gold side this round reaped rewards with a strong performance across the board. Batting first Gordon looked to dominate and got off to a relatively good start before Zac Narayan (1-13) made the breakthrough. This inspired Ryan Diblasio (3-15) to get in on the act dimissing the no. 3 and no. 4 for ducks. The middle order looked to regroup but consistent bowling from Vraj Patel (3-14) and Angus Beaumont (2-13) strangled the bats to see the Stags all out for 110 in 42.4 overs.

With confidence high Armaan Sidhu and Rory Steinberg (32) opened the innings. Steinberg showed plenty of maturity to face 75 balls with only 1 boundary to anchor the chase. With his dismissal Daman Brar (37*) completed the chase in another mature innings giving the Golds a resounding and confident-boosting win.

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