NSW Premier Cricket 1st Grade Qualifying Final v Manly-Warringah 2021-22 Preview
It’s Finals time! And we are in it. Well and truly in it. This weekend we play Manly-Warringah in the first leg—the Qualifying Final at Coogee. The winner will advance to the Semi-Final the following weekend with the Grand Final played over 3 days—1, 2 and 3 April 2022. The highest placed loser on the competition ladder this weekend, will also advance to the semis.
The final points table for the top 6 reads: Northern District 91; Mosman 85, RANDWICK PETERSHAM 81; Manly-Warringah 75; St George 59; Sydney 58. The other Qualifying Final matches are: NDs v Sydney at Asquith Oval and Mosman v St George at Allan Border Oval.
This will be the third time in our 21 seasons we have played Manly-Warringah in a finals match. In 2015-16, we played them at the SCG in a T20 Qualifying Final, winning 7cc-146 to 6-134 while last season, we beat them in the Semi-Final of the Limited Overs competition, 213 to 128. We went on to win both of those competitions. Quite surprisingly, this will be the FIRST TIME we have played the Waratahs in a BELVIDERE CUP finals match.
We do however, have a sound record against Manly-Warringah in 1st Grade. We have played them 18 times in the Belvidere Cup, winning 10 times to their 6, with 2 drawn. At Coogee, we have clashed 7 times, winning 3 to their 2 with 2 drawn. We played them at Coogee this season in round 2, winning by 8 wickets. In that match, Manly skipper Jay Lenton hit 104 in their score of 6-244cc (50 overs). In reply, we made 2-248 (46.3). Will Affleck was still there at the end with 96* (a good wedding present as he tied the knot next day) while Anthony Sams finished with 79* after Riley Ayre had made 39. Daya Singh took 3-43, including a wicket with his first ball of the season. At Coogee in 2018-19 however, they made 225 and knocked us over for 121.
The Randwick Petersham 1st Grade squad is: Daya Singh (Captain), Will Affleck, Camden Hawkins, Riley Ayre, Anthony Sams, Adam Docos, Adam Semple, Ben Mitchell, Basit Ali, Ryan Ninan, Jason Ralston, Puru Gaur, Ash Burton, Shivansh Pathak. Final XI to be determined on morning of the match.
Congratulations to Riley Ayre, making his first-class cricket debut for NSW against Western Australia at Bankstown this week. He joins Jason Sangha in the team. He is the 759th Baggy Blue. Well done Riz!!
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Go the Randy Petes!!
Lyall Gardner OAM
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