Round 17 NSW Premier Cricket v UTS North Sydney 2021-22 Preview

& Metro Cup Qualifying Final v Warringah

It’s the same question this round—the third in a row. That is––will there be any cricket this weekend? The rain in the past week has been worse than the previous two rounds which were totally washed out. The news bulletins this week showed a couple of 1st Grade grounds under water while many ovals have not had any preparation for two to three weeks. It’s the last round of the season in Premier Cricket so it may well be that those who can get on, get on while those who can’t, don’t.  In fact 4 of our games have been changed to give them every opportunity of getting on.

1st Grade was originally scheduled for North Sydney Oval, 2s at Coogee, 3rds on Bon Andrews and 5ths at Tunks. The 1st Grade game will now be played on Saturday at Coogee while 3s will play at Coogee on SUNDAY from 10 am. The 2nd Grade match has been switched from Coogee to Bon Andrews (the former North Sydney 2) and 5th Grade to Kensington. Both those latter matches are on Saturday from 10 am. 4th Grade remains unchanged at Petersham on Saturday from 10 am.

We meet UTS North Sydney in a series of Limited Overs matches. The 1st Grade side has cemented a place in the Finals Series while 3rd Grade is in 7th place (just one point out of 6th) and 5ths are 9th, but only 4 points from 6th. Both 3s and 5s would have to win and hope other results go their way.

In the Club Championship, we are 8th on 1,003 points, 24 behind 7th placed Parramatta. We’ll have to pull out all stops if we are going to finish any higher. UTS North Sydney are 15th on 841 points. In our 20 seasons, we have played Norths in 89 matches across all grades and, apart from a massive 19 draws, we have won 36 to their 33 with a tie in 2nd Grade.

In Metropolitan Cup cricket, RPC Green have secured a spot in the Qualifying Finals and will meet Warringah on Sunday at Mike Pawley Oval. Best wishes to our Metro boys!!!

1st GRADE is at Coogee Oval: We are in 3rd place on 74 points, just 3 behind Mosman in 2nd spot and 10 from leader, Northern District on 84. If there are any glitches in Mosman’s clash with Campbelltown at Raby, and we win, we could sneak into 2nd place with the finals commencing the following weekend. And as mentioned the past three weeks, Anthony Sams has an interesting milestone coming up as he has a career total of 6,970 runs in 1st Grade which includes his early years with Bankstown. Just 30 runs will give him a remarkable 7,000 1st Grade runs. He will be the 113th player in Sydney 1st Grade to do it. If he can get past 7,246 he will be in the top 100. Adam Semple is also on the verge of another milestone, needing just 4 runs to reach 6,500 in 1st Grade.

2nd Grade is at Bon Andrews: We are 12th and Norths are 19th. It would be good to finish 2nds season with a win.

Lachie Bird

3rd Grade is at Coogee on SUNDAY at 10 am  We are 7th and Norths are 10th. A must-win match if the side is to have any hope of finals cricket.

Ben Chaplin

4th Grade is at Petersham: We are 16th and Norths are 12th. A win would complete the season for 4ths.

Liam ‘LJ’ O’Loughlin

5th Grade is at Kensington: We have a chance if we can win although they are going well in 4th place. We are 9th. This is a big match.

Cullen & Chaik Hathurusinghe

Metropolitan Cup. RPC Green (4th) play Warringah (3rd) at Mike Pawley Oval on Sunday. There is a slight feeling of de-ja-vu here. Last season, we qualified for the Metropolitan Cup finals, and had to travel across the Spit Bridge for this corresponding fixture, only this time we’re 4th instead of 5th. And rain was going to be a factor. Warringah are always a formidable foe and are one of the teams that beat us in the season regular. And until last season, we had never won a game at Mike Pawley. We broke that hoodoo in the most stunning fashion, rocking the then 2nd placed Warringah to burgle a first innings victory on the first day of last season’s qualifying final before rain scuppered the second day. If the wet weather stays away for long enough, a repeat of that effort would not go astray – and if they get it right, our young bowling line-up is among the most ferocious in the competition. If the batting can stand up with them, our chances of moving into one more week of the season drastically improve.

Go the Randy Petes…..and stay healthy!!

Lyall Gardner OAM

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