Round 4 will see the Randy Petes take on two sides from south of Sydney, with games against Sutherland on Saturday and the 1st Grade T20 and Poidevin-Gray outfits facing St George. While Metro Cup enters Round 5 at home against current Metro Cup champions Warringah and Blacktown Mounties Gold.
After a washout three weekends ago, RPC will face the Saints at Hurstville Oval in a double-header on Sunday in what is still technically Round 1 of that competition despite Round 2 being played last week. Let’s get the numbers to Hurstville for both games with 1st Grade playing at 10am. If you can’t get there the 1st Grade match will be broadcast live on Kayo Freebies.
Grades 1-5 will take on the Sharks in two-day fixtures, with the high-flying 3rd Grade looking to further entrench themselves in the top-six of the competition.
Lefand Group 1st Grade @ Glenn McGrath Oval
Singh (c), Muyeye, Hawkins, Ayre, A.Sams, Docos, Mitchell, Burton, B. Ali, Pathak, Ralston
1st Grade are yet to get off the mark so far in the Belvidere Cup, with one loss and one draw from their two games this year.
Tawanda Muyeye started his career in the green and gold in style last weekend, top-scoring with 84, and the overseas recruit has already become a favourite among the club. Daya Singh has been in good touch with the bat as well, while still taking wickets at will despite limited overs.
After both Riley Ayre and Anthony Sams were run-out against Northern Districts, the two experienced heads will be looking to produce big scores in a crucial game against Sutherland.
Jarryd Biviano and young gun Sam Konstas loom as the major threats from the opposition heading into this clash.
RPC 1st Grade T20 @ Hurstville Oval (Sunday 10am) – Kayo Freebie
Singh (c), Hawkins, Ayre, A. Sams, Ninan, Mitchell, D.Sams, B. Ali, Muyeye, Ralston, Burton, Malhotra, Widerstrom
After taking out the competition last year, Randwick Petersham got their T20 title defence underway with a good win over North Sydney last Sunday at home, but will be on the road for a match against St George this weekend.
BBL star Daniel Sams was instrumental to the side’s win, taking 3/13 from four overs, while Tawanda Muyeye gained some more admirers on the famous Coogee Hill with a solid contribution with bat in hand.
Riley Ayre’s (1/18 and 41*) all-round performance against the Bears was also a huge positive, and alongside spin-twin Ryan Ninan, will likely be a major factor in the Randy Petes’ potential success against the Saints.
Nick Stapleton and Luke Bartier are always two men to watch out for and hopefully jag for a lows score whenever RPC come up against the Red V, and this Sunday won’t be any different.
RPC Poidevin-Gray @ Hurstville Oval (Sunday 2.30pm)
Mitchell (c), Keogh, Tector, Narval, McTaggart, Dubey, Maron, Tracey, Pathak, Weymouth, Robinson, D. Coombs, O’Riordan, Macbeth
After a heartbreaking one-run loss to the Bears last weekend, RPC’s Poidevin-Gray outfit will be looking to make a statement when they take on the Saints.
It was no surprise to see skipper Benny Mitchell as the man to stand up in the loss, top-scoring with 71 and taking three wickets. After an enormous off-field effort in the hours that followed, Boozer should be back to his best by Sunday and ready to rip and tear against the Red V on the road.
New recruits Zak Keogh and Zac Maron will also be looking to find some runs come Sunday arvo, with the PGs set to be the ‘main game’ at Hurstville.
Skipper Ben Mitchell
Suttons 2nd Grade @ Coogee Oval
Mahony-Brack (c), Malhotra, Keogh, Tector, Montedoro, Dubey, Widerstrom, Maron, McTaggart, Hussain, O’Riordan
Despite falling short against the Rangers last round, there was plenty to like about the batting performance from the Randy Petes and that is the main positive to take into this important game with the Sharks.
Ben ‘Obstructing The Field’ Montedoro and James ‘Melbourne’ Widerstrom both produced scores above 60, while some handy contributions elsewhere saw RPC reach a score of 287 – a score that should win you more games than not. If those two lads can replicate their efforts and skipper JMB can rally the troops in the field, there’s every chance the six points will be coming with the hosts.
Tim Tector has acclimatised to the Aussie conditions both on and off the field with ease – which shouldn’t be a surprise considering his last name – and will also be an integral part in a potential Randy Petes win this round.
Petersham RSL 3rd Grade @ Sutherland Oval
Holland (c), Mellick, Narval, Weymouth, M. Robinson, Murdita, Elliot, Tracey, Chandar, Deepak, D. Coombs
3rd Grade have made their way towards the top of the tree after the opening three rounds of the season, dusting Northern Districts last weekend.
Blake Weymouth is in fantastic touch with the bat, notching up 76 last weekend, and looks set for a massive season for the Randy Petes. And what about left-arm spinner Guru Chandar, who bowled 32 overs in a row last weekend and finished with six wickets.
Similar to last year, Tom Holland is getting the best out of his side, which has a great balance of youth, experience and good vibes.
A win against the Sharks would keep them within striking distance of Manly, and anything more than six points could see them land in first spot following four rounds.
Mellick Wealth 4th Grade @ Petersham Oval
Singh (c), Jordan Segal, Lynch, Chaplin, Macbeth, Josh Segal, Dodd, Lopes, Gibson, Apostolakis, Mathews
In the absence of skipper Nigel Swing last round, things didn’t go according to plan for 4th Grade in their long journey to Storey Park.
But a week is a long time in cricket and with the skipper back, a reasonably settled lineup and the Segal brothers looking the goods, there’s a golden opportunity for victory at the ‘Home of Cricket’ against the Sharks.
Last year, 4s pulled off a remarkable victory against Sutherland while travelling away. Can they replicate it back at home?
Clovelly Community Bank 5th Grade @ Tonkin Oval
Heaton (c), Whalebone, Sultan, Singh, Myers, Sidney, Rao, Stirton, Cullen Hathurusinghe, Q. Ali, A. Coombs
After a tough loss to NDs without veteran, captain, wicket-keeper and all-round legend Fabian Heaton, the great man will return this round and take the gloves for a vital match against Sutherland.
James Stirton was instrumental in 4th Grade’s win over the Ghosts back in Round 2 and drops back a grade for this clash. There will be six players with higher-grade experience already this season and another two from last year, giving this side plenty of ammunition.
Adam Coombs makes his return from injury and if he can continue from his 2021/22 campaign in 4s, he will be terrorising some Sharks players in what will be a home game for the Shire local.
Mr Taxman Metro Gold v Warringah @ Kensington Oval
Jastrzab (c), Stewart, Khoo, S. Connolly, Murray, Bhat, Goyal, Chaik Hathurusinghe, Litchfield, A. Robinson, Tape, Thomas
Following a week of rest after victory in a 120 overs match on Day 1, Gold face the incumbent Metro Cup champions Warringah on home soil. With Premier players returning and experienced players in form the clash should be an interesting prospect.
Mark Tape and Ben Thomas, with the new ball, will form a formidable opening bowling partnership and backed up by the guile and spin of Pingu will create plenty of opportunities. The Doc is absent this round but with Murray hitting form with the bat, Connolly not far from a score and confidence throughout the order Gold are ready for Round 5.
Cartwright Insurance Brokers Metro Green v Blacktown Mounties Gold @ Snape Park
Patel (c), Sidhu, Desai, Syed, Beaumont, Steinberg, Narayan, Parthenis, Rajesh, DiBlasio, Aitchison, De Silva, Brar
With confidence high after a strong batting performance last week Green return to the familiar surrounds of Snape Park. With an almost unchanged line up the youngsters are looking forward to returning to the winner’s circle against Blacktown who travel east for the second time in 3 weeks.
Parthenis batted well beyond his years and is looking to add to his run tally and Beaumont is champing at the bit for a big score. Narayan, Rajesh and Aitchison are developing into fine bowlers and will form a strong cartel for Green while the evergreen De Silva is looking for his first wicket of the season and where better than Snape which has always been a happy hunting ground for Chaz.
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