After a tough opening round saw the Randy Petes win just one game against North Sydney, all grades will be looking for an improved performance against Campbelltown-Camden.
1st Grade will be celebrating a huge milestone for one of their veterans, while 3rd Grade will look to continue their red-hot start to the campaign.
Round 2 will see the return to two-day cricket for all grades, which could present the opportunity for some players to step up.
Lefand Group 1st Grade @ Raby Oval 1
Daya Singh (c), Manish Malhotra, Camden Hawkins, Riley Ayre, Anthony Sams, Adam Docos, Ben Mitchell, Ashley Burton, Basit Ali, Shivansh Pathak, Jason Ralston
1st Grade will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing loss to North Sydney, with just one change to the side in the form of Shivansh Pathak coming in for Ryan Ninan.
Saturday’s clash with the Ghosts will mark Anthony Sams’ 300th 1st Grade match, which includes his time with Bankstown prior to joining the Randy Petes. Samsy also needs 42 more runs to reach 6,500 total runs for the club, and the keeper is likely to become our highest scoring bat this season overtaking Adam Semple.
Daya Singh provided the main form of resistance in the opening round, scoring an unbeaten 61 against Norths. The knock from the captain also saw him surpass 1,000 runs for the Randy Petes.
Adam Docos will be a player looking to revel in the two-day format and take some runs with him to the Coogee Bay post-game, where he will be sure to chew a few ears off.
Suttons City 2nd Grade @ Petersham Oval
James Mahony-Brack (c), Zak Keogh, Tim Tector, Ben Montedoro, Dave Dubey, James Widerstrom, Akther Hussain, Zac Maron, Ben Tracey, Connor O’Riordan, Kashif Naseem
An admittedly poor performance from the 2nd Grade side in the opening round will hopefully be shaken off rather quickly, with a couple of changes to the team sheet this weekend.
Wicket-keeper Zac Maron will play his first game for the Randy Petes, while fellow recruit Ben Tracey makes the jump up to 2s after a stellar performance with the ball in his club debut last weekend.
Ben Montedoro hit the ground running in his return from injury last week, top-scoring with 36 and taking two wickets, but skipper James Mahony-Brack will be looking for others to stand up with bat and ball.
Speaking of JMB – the captain needs just 26 runs to surpass 1,000 in 2nd Grade, and while it might take him 155 balls to get there, but we’re backing him in. His sidekick Montedoro also needs 15 runs to reach 1,500 total runs for the Randy Petes.
Petersham RSL 3rd Grade @ Raby Oval 2
Tom Holland (c), Josh Mellick, Mahsen Narval, Blake Weymouth, Ben Chaplin, Jaya Murdita, Ross Elliot, James Apostolakis, Guru Chandar, Sadeep Deepak, Dane Coombs
The major highlight from Round 1 was the performance of Tom Holland’s 3rd Grade, who rolled the Bears for a low total and gained a bonus-point victory.
The bowling attack all delivered in spades against North Sydney, and will be boosted by two new faces. Ross Elliot drops back from his sole game in 2s, while James Apostolakis jumps up from 4s after a strong all-round performance in a losing side.
Ben Chaplin managed to burgle a wicket last weekend after begging for a bowl since arriving at the club, proving the doubters wrong. Chapo has emerged as a real leader in the club recently and will be hoping to cash in with some runs against the Ghosts.
Two-day cricket could be right up Guru Chandar’s wheelhouse, with the economical left-arm spinner set to bowl plenty of overs.
Mellick Wealth 4th Grade @ Kensington Oval
Nigel Singh (c), Sayem Sultan, Ryan Lynch, Rhythm Singh, James Stirton, Jake Myers, Jordan Segal, Damian Sidney, Freddy Whalebone, Tom Gibson, Liam O’Loughlin
A narrow DLS defeat to the Bears wasn’t the way 4th Grade were hoping to start the year, but there were plenty of positives to take out of the clash and room to grow.
Round 2 will see the introduction of a plethora of new faces. Jake Myers, James Stirton and Tom Gibson will all move up and make their 4s debut for the Randy Petes, while Ryan Lynch comes down from 3rd Grade to take the gloves.
Captain and club great Nigel Singh celebrated his 250th game for the club last weekend, and looked in fine form with ball in hand and will be excited for the two-day format.
Jordan Segal chimed in with an important knock last weekend and looks primed for a breakout year with the bat.
Clovelly Community Bank 5th Grade @ Raby Oval 3
Jeremy Jastrzab (c), Nimesh Desai, Angus Beaumont, Chaik Hathurusinghe, Azan Syed, Jack Gibbens-Johnson, Cotter Litchfield, Daman Brar, Atharv Ramakanth, Samarpreet Singh, Mark Tape
5th Grade had a tough outing first-up against North Sydney, but a number of changes to the lineup might spark them towards a victory in Round 2.
With regular skipper and keeper Fabian Heaton out this round, club stalwart Jeremy Jastrzab will take the reins and play his first game in 5s for a number of years. Azan Syed will also join the lineup, fresh off a brilliant knock in Metro Cup that saw him claim the coveted “chicken” for Chargrill’s Charlie award for Player of the Round.
Nimesh Desai, Angus Beaumont and Mark Tape also join the side, giving them a completely new-look outfit from Round 1.
Syed will be hoping to continue his form and help lift the RPC batting lineup to a big score, with the likes of young guns Jack Gibbens-Johnson and Chaik Hathurusinghe also required to step up.
Mr Taxman Metro Gold vs Gordon @ Snape Park
John Stewart (c), Armaan Sidhu, Oscar Murray, Sam Connolly, Andrew Newton, Yash Mishra, Ashish Bhat, E-Young Khoo, Qasim Ali, Shervin Luvkesh, Ben Thomas
Metro Gold had a big win in the opening round, with a quality bowling performance helping them get the six points.
Ben Thomas and E-Young Khoo have been around the lower grades systems for many years and will be vital against Gordon again this round, while Sam Connolly will be another key member of the side looking to make an impact.
Cartwright Insurance Metro Green vs St George @ Petersham Oval
Jay Patel (c), Jameson Hinds, Nibhas Samudrala, Nate Tucker, Ashane Jayapragash, Rory Steinberg, Ryan DiBlasio, Rishabh Goyal, Archie Robinson, Charith De Silva, Zack Narayan, Chris Parthenis, Akash Padavala
Metro Green made sure it was two-from-two in the opening round, producing a fantastic display with both bat and ball.
While they will lose their two top-scorers from the win over Mosman in Syed and Beaumont, it opens the door for other blokes to put their hand up and continue a strong start to the year.
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