& METRO CUP QF v Warringah

Camden Hawkins

With the torrential rain over the past fortnight it was an absolute miracle that all our grounds were available for Round 17. Huge credit must be paid to the groundsmen from Green Options who worked tirelessly from Thursday and through the weekend to get the grounds to playable conditions.
Furthermore, for the first time, in a long time, Randwick Petersham hosted all 5 Grades across Saturday and Sunday. 1st Grade defeated Norths at Coogee to set up a home QF v Manly-Warringah at Coogee while 2s lost another close encounter, 3rd and 4th Grade were beaten by the weather, 5th Grade couldn’t get the win and Metro Green’s shot at the QF was shot down on Friday night.

Lefand Group 1st Grade @ Coogee Oval

Randwick Petersham 8-232 (50 overs) C Hawkins 96 R Ayre 55 def. UTS North Sydney 188 (46.4 overs) R Ninan 5-39 B Mitchell 3-11


Ryan Ninan

Randwick Petersham confirmed its place in the 1st Grade Cricket finals commencing next week with a decisive victory over UTS North Sydney today. In a match transferred from North Sydney to Coogee Oval because of the deluge earlier in the week, the final scores were Randwick Petersham 7-232 (50 overs) to UTS North Sydney 188 (46.4 overs). Stars of the win were former IPL off-spinner Ryan Ninan who finished with 5-39 off 10 overs while opening bat, Camden Hawkins, scored a magnificent 96.

Opting to bowl first, the Bears did not gain the advantage which otherwise may have been expected from a pitch which had seen more water than sunshine in close to three weeks. And while they knocked over consistent opener, Will Affleck, with just 7 runs on the board, they had to wait another 118 to capture their second wicket, when Riley Ayre was caught behind for 55 off 102 balls with 4 boundaries. It was a double blow however, as Anthony Sams posted a rare failure leaving the score sitting at 3-126. But Basit Ali and Hawkins continued the good fight, putting on another 59 before Bas was run out for 25 off 16 balls with a customary 2 sixes. Six runs later, Hawkins was tragically bowled when attempting a reverse sweep when he was on 96. He had faced 120 balls and hit 7 fours. It was an innings deserving of the extra 4 runs.

In the run chase, Norths had made a solid start at 1-77 with former Randy Pete and Bears captain, Tom Jagot and gun bat, Justin Avendano, showing the way. But the introduction of Ninan, triggered a collapse which saw the score plummet from 1-77 to 6-107 within the space of 10 overs. Ninan took all 5 wickets and at one stage, had 5-20 off 5.4 overs.  A 34 runs rally followed but when skipper Daya Singh bowled Avendano for 57, it was left to Ben Mitchell to clean up the tail which he did with great efficiency, taking 3-11 from 3.4 overs to bring up the win.

It was the team’s 11th win in the past 13 rounds punctuated only by washed out draws the previous two matches. A fantastic season for the team and one which will ensure its opponents in the finals know they have a battle on their hands.

The match also brought up a few milestones such as:

  • In scoring 9 runs, Adam Semple passed 6,500 runs in 1st Grade for the club
  • Ryan Ninan’s 5-39 were his best figures in his three seasons with the club
  • Camden Hawkins passed 500 runs for the season, now totalling 535 with four half-centuries
  • Riley Ayre brought up his 15th half-century to go with two centuries, now totalling 526 runs for the season with three half-centuries
  • Basit Ali hit his 10th six in just 4 innings (with just 3 fours)
  • Adam Semple hit his 29th six this season and his 183rd for the club
  • Daya Singh passed 125 1st Grade wickets for the club, now recording 126
  • Ben Mitchell’s 3-11 were his best bowling figures since joining the club this season

In lower grades, 2ds and 5ths lost while 4ths recorded a washed out draw. Third Grade play at Coogee tomorrow (Sunday) and need a win with a bonus point to give them a chance of making the finals.

Lyall Gardner OAM

Peter Clifford and Whit

Great to welcome Peter Clifford back to Coogee Oval on Saturday – here with his old team mate Mike Whitney AM

Suttons City 2nd Grade @ Petersham Oval

UTS North Sydney 196 (49 overs) M O’Loughlin 4-40 def. Randwick Petersham 191 (49.1 overs) J Widerstrom 57 C O’Riordan 38


Mitchell O’Loughlin

2nd Grade arrived at Petersham Oval after a late change of grounds. We won the toss and elected to bowl. Connor and Mitch opened the bowling, with both of them taking a wicket each in their first spell.  Shivansh Parthak (10 overs 1-28) bowled really well throughout the middle overs and was unlucky not to have picked up a few more wickets. One of the highlights of the bowling innings was Puru Gaur (3 overs 1-9) taking a good catch off his own bowling to dismiss the North Sydney captain.

We closed out the innings well with Mitch( 10 overs 4-40) taking 2 wickets in a row to end the innings and be on a hattrick next season.

Our batting innings didn’t get off to a great start losing 2 quick wickets. There were some solid contributions from Puru (23) and Jack Lyle (28), but we kept losing wickets at regular intervals. At 8-136 our chances to win looked slim. Connor O’Riordan (38) accompanied James Widerstrom (57) and put on a great partnership, with multiple sixes being hit. A couple of the sixes that James hit may have gotten close to the 100 meter mark. We ended up falling 5 runs short after some great striking by Connor.

Petersham RSL 3rd Grade @ Coogee Oval

Randwick Petersham drew UTS North Sydney 93 (39.2 overs) J Mahony-Brack 4-25 G Chandar 3-12


Working to get the game on

3rd Grade arrived at Coogee on Sunday morning to a decent pitch and a requirement of a bonus point win to push us into 5th position and a finals berth, up against a UTS North Sydney side that had no chance of making finals. RPC lost the toss and were asked to bowl first. The Bears started off well but Dane Coombs (1-17 off 6) got the first breakthrough to kick us off. From there, the bowling in partnerships was fantastic as we continued to restrict the runs and put all the pressure back on them, taking wickets at regular intervals. Vivek Mahajan (1-18 off 10) held down the Titan Fitness end bowling 10 straight and getting plenty of turn and bounce, and his pressure allowed James Mahony-Brack (4-25 off 9) to attack from the North End picking up 2 key wickets in his first spell and unlucky to have a 3rd not given. Guru Chandar (3-12 off 7.2) was able to extract some turn and continue to bamboozle the batsmen, including a very smart caught behind and a stumping to Kel Mullins. Our fielding in general was impeccable throughout the day with Vivek combining with Tom Holland to get a very smart run out from the boundary, and our ability to cut off runs in the ring was great to see: one of the better fielding efforts we’ve produced all season.  In the end we rolled the Bears for 93 and needed to chase that down in 30 overs for a bonus point win and a berth in the finals.
However, it seems that Parramatta (6th on the ladder) were doing the rain dance all morning and the heavens opened up and dumped what seemed like a metre of rain on Coogee at Lunch before we were able to get underway with our batting innings. The boys toiled hard in the afternoon under the direction of Jaya Murdita, scooping up buckets of water, dumping them in bins and emptying them on the sideline; the super sopper was in use for 3 hours straight trying to get the outfield into a decent condition; sawdust was laid out on the outfield, as was bags of peat moss courtesy of an Alan Wright bunnings run; the leaf blowers were set on the wet patch of the pitch; brooms were used to disperse water away from the square; and everyone down there (except for the Bears’ players of course) helped out to get the ground back to a playable condition. Unfortunately, the outfield was still in a condition the umpires deemed unsafe for play and it was called a draw. We can take heart knowing we did everything we could to get the game on, and the support from the RPC community was huge. Special shout out to the Coombs family, Roy Robinson, James Widerstrom, Ben Montedoro, the O’Loughlins, Alan Matthews and all the guys that came down to support and helped out on the field in trying to get our game back on; it was very much appreciated. When we have people from throughout the club doing their best to get our game on, from the President Mike Whitney jumping on a broom and a bucket, to the boys who came down for a beer, it really shows the support we have for the club and it definitely doesn’t go unnoticed, so thank you.
As it stands, the draw left 3rd Grade finishing 9th on the ladder from a season which included 6 washouts. Regardless, considering we finished 18th last season, it is a marked improvement and we will only get stronger. Roll on season 2022/23.

Mellick Wealth Management 4th Grade @ Snape Park

Randwick Petersham drew UTS North Sydney


4th Grade

4th Grade were transferred to Snape Park but upon arrival they were greeted with wet run ups and the decision was to abandon the match.

Community Bank Clovelly Bendigo Bank 5th Grade @ Kensington Oval

UTS North Sydney 5-88 (29.5 overs) C Hathurusinghe 2-13 def. Randwick Petersham 87 (43.3 overs) CS Hathurusinghe 17 C Litchfield 14


Luke Takacs

UTS won the toss and without any hesitation asked RPCC to bat on a newly cut wicket which was also damp due to the past 2 weeks of heavy rain. Inspite of the grass being cut the outfield looked very slow and there was going to be poor value for shots hit along the ground for the side batting first.

The plan for the RPCC opening batsmen was as to try and see through the first 10 or 15 overs.

However, there was plenty of support for both of the UTS opening bowlers due to the softness of the wicket.  Fabian Heaton (0) first to go with a ball that was pitched ball popped to catch the top of the bat. Next out was Freddy Whalebone (4) caught behind when he tried to square drive a full pitched ball outside off stump. Jack Gibbens-Johnson (8) was looking promising but was out to a beauty of a delivery that pitched on off stump and snuck through his defence to take middle stump. Next over Jordan Segal (4) followed when he tried to paddle a short ball to square leg but unfortunately popped the ball up to square leg for a simple catch. 9 out of 10 times the same ball would have been dispatched to the boundary. RPCC 4 for 21 off 14 overs.

Cotter Litchfield (14) and Chaik Hathurusinghe (17) tried to steady the innings and again when it looked like they were getting on top of the bowling Cotter was out caught at mid on trying to hit the medium pacer over the infield. Luke Takacs (0) soon followed LBW. RPCC 6 for 52 off 25 overs.

With the commencement of spin from both ends Chaik and Cullen Hathurusinghe (1) played a few overs watchfully. Chaik who was looking well set started playing more freely and hit couple of pull shots and wristy on drives to push the score upto 64. But, unfortunately both Chaik and Cullen after did not progress much further as both were caught of full tosses. RPCC 8 for 64 off 35 overs.

Harry Schultz (5), Scott Stirling (9 with 1 six) and Thanush Gowda (3 not out) got the score to 87 off 44.3 overs with 22 extras.

Chaik Hathurusinghe

With a slow outfield and still plenty in the wicket to support the bowlers, RPCC players were asked to bowl on off stump and back of a length and let the wicket do the rest. The UTS North Sydney batsmen would definitely be going for the bonus point. This could be a good thing and may work to our advantage because if we get couple of quick wickets and a drying deck anything could happen. Fielders were asked to be on their toes and switched on and take those half chances when they come our way.

Scott Stirling (1 for 20 off 7.5) and Harry Shultz (0 for 16 off 3) opened the attack. The UTS batsmen started off aggressively, driving and pushing hard at the balls pitched up and taking quick singles to be 0 for 22 on 5 overs. RPCC needed a wicket as the game was slipping away. In the 6th over the UTS batsman hit the ball to the right of Jack Gibbens-Johnson and took off but the non-striker did not respond and Jack threw the ball one bounce to the keeper’s end for Fabian Heaton to complete the run out. This was the break the RPCC needed. With the team all fired up Scott bowled the number 3 batsman who shouldered arms to a ball that pitched on off stump. UTS 2 for 34 off 11 overs.

Freddy Whalebone (0 for 11 off 4), Chaik Hathurusinghe (2 for 13 off 8), Cotter Litchfield (1 for 15 off 5) and Thanush Gowda (0 for 11 off 2) tried hard to get another quick wicket but in the process bowled some loose balls that got punished and put the pressure back on RPCC.

Like all games this year just when we needed a wicket Cotter was the one who did it for us. He did not disappoint us when he bowled the UTS skipper after a valuable 30 run partnership. UTS 3 for 64 off 20 overs.

With UTS still to get 24 runs Cullen stepped up and got 2 wickets in successive balls. In the 27th over he bowled a fantastic yorker and the batsman inner edged the ball to be caught behind by Heaton diving forward. Next ball he trapped the number 5 batsman plumb in front by an off cutter that nipped off the wicket. UTS 5 for 74.

With only 10 runs to get and still 5 wickets in hand for UTS the next step was for us to continue to bowl tight, try and get a wicket or at the least prevent UTS from getting a bonus point as a moral victory for us. But, it was not to be because in the 29th over they got 6 runs and managed to just get past the score.

If luck was on our side UTS would have lost the toss and if we had taken couple of half chances that came our way and a caught behind given things might have been different.

However, Inspite of the loss it was great to see how we fought hard, played fair and enjoyed the contest as a team. Our bowling is certainly top notch and they always step up to defend any total. Only 7 extras were given away by us compared to UTS’ 22. That says it all.

Big thank you to the RPCC parents and some our 4th grade players who came to the game to support us. Much appreciated!!!

Cartwright Insurance Brokers Metro Green @ Mike Pawley QF

Randwick Petersham Green drew Warringah


Unfortunately word came through late Friday night that the ground was unplayable and Mike Pawley was closed. After much excitement Green’s season, and their chance to play in the Qualifying Final, came to a brutal close. A shame after a promising season where the team gelled and played excellent cricket and deservedly finished 4th.

End of Season

With 1st Grade advancing to the QF next weekend the Club got together at Coogee for an end of season get-to-gether.

Many thanks to Daya Singh for organising and our proud sponsors Manoosh Pizzeria Randwick and Chargrill Charlie’s Coogee for catering. Show your Club card when ordering instore for an exclusive 15% discount.

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