After a rain-affected Round 2 saw just one Randy Petes outfit get a result, Round 3 was always going to be a tough ask against reigning club champions, Northern Districts.
3rd Grade managed to come away with a stellar victory against the Rangers at Coogee Oval, while 1st Grade escaped with a draw at Petersham Oval.
1st Grade also got their T20 title defence off to a strong start, defeating North Sydney at Coogee on Sunday.
Here’s a full rundown of RPC’s Round 3 clash with Northern Districts.
Lefand 1st Grade: RPC 6/275 drew with Northern Districts 8/327d.
ND’s won the toss and elected to bat first on what seemed to be a great wicket. Tawanda Muyeye was making his first grade debut, and he was not disappointed with the start as Daya Singh took a wicket with the first ball of the match. Taking another wicket a few overs later, with a nice catch at second slip from Ben Mitchell, ND’s were in a bit of a pickle. The scoring rate remained steady despite no further wickets until the skipper was involved in the 3rd wicket, throwing the stumps down for a runout before lunch.
As the wicket flattened out, the scoring rate increased. Jason Ralston took 2 wickets in as many balls to pull it back as he and Riley Ayre combined for a mammoth 58 overs while taking two wickets apiece. ND’s declared at 8-327 which seemed a par total.
Week 2 came around, with the deck and outfield vastly different to Week 1 with the heavy rain playing a factor. The boys started solid with Adam Docos and Cam Hawkins seeing out almost the first hour. Unfortunately, it was one of those days where things didn’t go our way as both Riley Ayre and Anthony Sams were runout in bizarre fashion. Debutant Tawanda Muyeye (84) and captain Daya Singh (75) combined for a crucial partnership, but when that was broken, the runs were hard to come by.
We finished the day 6/275, which isn’t the ideal result we were after, however, lots of positives to take out of the day as we move on to Sutherland at Caringbah next week.
Lefand 1st Grade T20: RPC 7/149 (Ayre 41*) def. North Sydney 8/144 (Sams 3/13)
Randwick Petersham Cricket began the defence of its Twenty20 Cup Premiership in nerve-racking style today with a 5 runs win over UTS North Sydney at Coogee Oval. After early morning showers and in gloomy conditions, the hosts batted first against a keen attack. Camden Hawkins (2) was an early casualty in the first four overs which brought 39 runs. But it was disaster in the 5th over with the two big guns, NSW vice-captain Jason Sangha, out for 12 off 10 balls and Australian World Cup warm-up team all-rounder, Daniel Sams, out first ball. Anthony Sams was next to go for 13 off 18 for a 4-62 scoreline at the end of 10 overs. Kent import and opening bat, Tawanda Muyeye, was the rock but when he departed for 35 off 33, Randy Petes were a shaky 5-78 with 7 overs left. But the big-hitting Basit Ali who smashed 26 off 12 with 3 sixes and Riley Ayre, batting superbly for 41* off 34, got the side back on track. They took 48 off the 4 overs between 14 and 17 enabling a competitive 149 to be posted at the end of the 20 overs.
Suttons 2nd Grade: Northern Districts 7/310d. def. RPC 287 (Widerstrom 61 Montedoro 61)
Petersham RSL 3rd Grade: RPC 4/242 (Weymouth 76 Robinson 67 Mellick 50) def. Northern Districts 219 (Chandar 6/78)
Mellick Wealth 4th Grade: Northern Districts 6/306d. def. RPC 163 (Jordan Segal 51 Josh Segal 43) & 1/46
The toss was lost and the Rangers embarked on their journey towards a respectable score. Tom Gibson (1/21 off 13) and James Apostolakis used pace and tight lines to ensure there was no immediate deluge of runs, while the opposition’s defence prevented a flood of wickets. After 20 overs, Rangers crawled to 1/25. From there, there’s little to add.
The wicket flattened and became quicker. The outfield was now fast. And we replaced our 20-over-old ball with one that was last used in 2017. Alas, despite superb bowling from Harry Schultz, the Rangers’ run-rate began to climb. Scotty Macbeth (2/82 off 20) was equally as excellent with a wicket. The fielding was average-to-good and by day’s end, NDs had reached 6/306.
Day two started well, with the Segal brothers frustrating the Rangers’ efforts to destabilise our base. Josh (43) was dismissed LBW in controversial circumstances, while Jordy reached 51. Other than that, we struggled to blunt the Rangers attack, eventually falling for 160. The NDs skip then decided that if climbing Everest is possible, then anything is. He sent us back in with the hope of achieving an outright win within 45 minutes of play. 30 minutes later his request to leave the field was denied by the Petes’ skipper, and Ryan Lynch (28*) and Joshua Segal (11*) treated the lads to a superb 15 minutes of stroke play that those who witnessed it will seldom forget.
Clovelly Community Bank 5th Grade: Northern Districts 4/331d. def. RPC 178 (Sidney 45)
After finishing the first day at 0-12, the 5s batting line-up were well geared to batting long and seeing where the day would take them. Unfortunately, we lost two early wickets, before Freddy and Jake bedded in for the long haul. Freddy was impressive in his composure to make 31, while Jake’s innings saw him face a lot of balls, before each needlessly gave their wickets away. Damian Sidney, much more at home batting at 5, made a considered counterattack, batting at a run-a-ball with barely a shot in anger. With 4 wickets down at tea and 46 overs to go, the break wasn’t kind to our batters as 3 wickets fell in relatively quick succession, with Damo’s innings of 45 ended by one that stayed low. Randy Petes newcomer Qasim Ali (39) and stand-in skipper Jeremy Jastrzab then bedded in for the long haul, frustrating the trees for more than 25 overs, so much so that their first grader opening bowler on an injury comeback resorted to bowling left arm spin. Unfortunately, after the 8th wicket partnership made 50 runs and with 15 overs to go, skipper Jez was errantly fired LBW, and with one batsman having not shown up, we fell short in the dying light. While the size of the result doesn’t show it, there are a number of positives to be taken from the game, particularly for players challenging a return to the higher grades.
Mr Taxman Metro Gold 9-266 (A Rao 73, A Rashid 47) def. Blacktown Mounties Black 154 (E Khoo 4-24, B Thomas 3-34)
On a weekend where all 7 captains lost the toss, the Gold team was the only one asked to bat. Not that they complained, as Dr Asif Rasheed set off like a firecracker to take the score to 60 in the first seven overs. The scoring rate slowed down from there and our lower grade players got to enjoy a rare outing on the hallowed turf at Coogee Oval, with debutant Aman Rao making the most of the opportunity to hold the innings together with a composed 73. Archie Robinson (20) and Glenn Standing (38*) made a solid partnership at the backend of the innings to push the score to beyond 200 and eventually set an imposing 9-266 at the end of the agreed 60 overs.
In reply, the Gold team required patience and luck to grind down the Blacktown batting, as a large number of LBW shouts were turned down. After an errant first spell, Ben Thomas (3-34) breathed fire in subsequent outings, while E-Young Khoo (4-24) continued his fine form with the ball to squeeze the batting and finish off the tail. Eventually, the boys from the west were bowled out well short of the target for 154, with 12 overs left in the day. While it was a long and exhausting day, all players appreciated the efforts to ensure that a game was played, given the unavailability of Blacktown’s home ground from the weather that has been wreaking havoc across the season so far.
Cartwright Insurances Metro Green 180 (C Parthenis 54, N Tucker 51) def by. Sydney University Gold 8-318 dec (R Goyal 4-55 – inc. hat trick)
Despite being asked to bowl first at an idyllic looking Petersham Oval, the Green team made early in-roads against the students, reducing them to 4-60 on the back of a Rishabh Goyal hattrick – which is only the fourth hattrick ever recorded by a Randwick Petersham Metro Cup player. From there, the students dominated on the back of a big hundred from their number 3. Despite some errant bowling, great fielding from Ryan Di Blasio ensured that a couple of run-outs from the outfield would make sure that the students didn’t get too far ahead. After Sydney Uni Gold declared on 8-318, Green would go on to finish the day at 3-32, proving a tough lesson for a lot of the younger players who haven’t played two-day cricket for a while.