NSW Premier Cricket Round 4 vs Sutherland, Metro Cup Round 5 v Warringah & Blacktown + T20s Rd 1 v St George & Rd 3 vs Gordon
Round 4 was dominated by the Randy Petes, earning wins in four out of five grades against Sutherland and multiple players having strong individual performances. Metro performed strongly as well, with a win and a dominating draw.
1st Grade proved way too classy for Sutho, with the likes of Anthony Sams and Daya Singh shining, while 2nd Grade picked up a great win at home off the back of a starring performance from skipper James Mahony-Brack.
3rd Grade continued their brilliant start to the year, with Max Robinson and Blake Weymouth both posting centuries and Guru Chandar taking five wickets against the Sharks.
Poidevin-Gray made it two wins from three games, getting home against St George and Gordon, while the 1st Grade T20 side fell short against the Saints and Stags.
See below for a bumper recap from the past two weekend’s of action!
Lefand 1st Grade: RPC 349 (Sams 83 Ayre 66 Docos 56) def. Sutherland 171 (Singh 5/36 Ayre 4/30)
RPC’s 1st Grade team had a resounding win over Sutherland at Glenn McGrath Oval. Chasing 349 – Randwick Petersham’s highest score at the ground—the Sharks were all out in the 58th over for 171 after being 3-91 at lunch and 7-154 at tea.
Under rare sunny skies and in warm conditions on the first day of play, Randwick Petersham enjoyed a batting bonanza at Glenn McGrath Oval, Caringbah. Playing against Sutherland, the final score was a huge 8-340 off 96 overs. The total at lunch was 1-86 and at tea 2-155, with another 185 runs coming in the final session. It was the club’s highest tally across the 14 occasions the sides have clashed at the ground since 2001. The team’s previous top score was 6-273 in 2017-18.
Best with the bat was Anthony Sams with 83 off 112 balls, hitting 12 fours. He and Riley Ayre, who made 66 from 155 balls with 9 fours, put on 126 for the third wicket after Adam Docos (56 off 111) and Camden Hawkins (40 off 85) had laid the foundation for a big score. It was Sams’ 28th fifty for the club and Ayres’ 18th, while Docos’ half-century was his second in his 11 matches in the top grade.
Stars of the second day were skipper Daya Singh, who took his second “five-for” for the club with 5-36 off 14.5 overs and left-arm spinner, Riley Ayre, with 4-30 from 18 well-controlled overs. Ben Mitchell starred in the field with three catches. It was the team’s 14th win over Sutherland from 28 matches since 2001. It is also the side’s 8th from 16 at Glenn McGrath.
Lefand 1st Grade T20: St George 3/136 def. RPC 134 (Hawkins 54)
Defending Kingsgrove Sports Twenty20 Cup premiers Randwick Petersham lost to St George in its Twenty20 clash at Hurstville Oval. Winning the toss and batting, Camden Hawkins was quickly into stride with 54 off 46 balls including seven boundaries. But he received little support from team-mates on a wearing wicket with uneven bounce. Only skipper Daya Singh (19), Tawanda Muyeye (16) and Anthony Sams (14) made double figures.
After being 2- 82 from 10 overs it was a regular procession back to the pavilion as the final 8 wickets fell for just 52 and a final tally of 134 off 19.5 overs. It looked about 20 runs short and that’s the way it turned out with the locals revelling in the conditions to take the match 3-136 off 18.4 overs. Dan Sams was Randwick Petersham’s best bowler with 1-20 off 4 overs.
The loss was the club’s third of four T20 matches played at Hurstville Oval although it was just the 19th out of 74 played, with 52 wins (including four premierships) since the competition began in 2009-10.
The Investment Collective Poidevin-Gray Shield: RPC 0/72 (Mitchell 41*) def. St George 9/71 (Macbeth 2/6 O’Riordan 2/5)
Randwick Petersham gained their first Poidevin-Gray win since January 2021, belting St George on Sunday afternoon at Hurstville Oval.
After losing the toss and bowling first, RPC started with a bang as Irish import Scott Macbeth (2/5) took two wickets in the first over. He would go for just five runs from his four overs, proving his right-arm off-spin to be a massive game-changer on a tough batting deck. Angus McTaggart (2/23) would also help tear through the Saints top-order, leaving the hosts scrambling.
1st Grade duo Ben Mitchell (1/14) and Shivansh Pathak (2/16) both added to the wicket tally, before Connor O’Riordan (2/5) blitzed through two lower-order batsman to put the Red V in disarray at 9/43 at one stage. The home side would rally late, putting on 28 runs for their final partnership and adding a few runs to their tally, finishing 9/71 from their 20 overs.
However, the score from St George would be nowhere near enough, as opening sticks Mitchell (41* off 34) and Zak Keogh (27* off 34) batted with intelligence and chased down the low total in 11.1 overs. Mitchell would hit three maximums in his classy knock, while off-season recruit Keogh launched two horns of his own.
PGs will look to improve their record to 2-1 when they take on Gordon next Sunday morning at Petersham Oval.
Lefand 1st Grade T20: Gordon 5/192 def. RPC 7/161 (Singh 44)
The Investment Collective Poidevin-Gray Shield: RPC 4/143 (McTaggart 57*Tector 52) def. Gordon 6/139 (Mitchell 3/21)
Suttons 2nd Grade: RPC 9/363d. (Mahony-Brack 98 Maron 95) def. Sutherland 332 (Mahony-Brack 4/41)
Petersham RSL 3rd Grade: RPC 3/303 (Robinson 111 Weymouth 100*) def. Sutherland 201 (Chandar 5/66)
Mellick Wealth 4th Grade: RPC 202 (Macbeth 56) & 4-121 (Josh Segal 50) def. Sutherland 153
RPC have produced a convincing victory over Sutherland in 4th Grade, winning by 49 runs in the first innings at Petersham Oval.
Batting first at the ‘Home of Cricket’, the hosts started well through Luca Lopes (30) and Ryan Lynch (39), but neither man were able to go on with it for a bigger score. The same can’t be said for Irish import Scott Macbeth (56), who continued his strong start to his Randy Petes career with a an entertaining half-century that included six fours and three maximums. RPC would push towards a very defendable total, with the likes of Jordan Segal (19) and James Apostolakis (26) helping the lads finish with 202.
An early wicket overnight heading into the second day of play was a huge boost, but a big-hitting innings from Kenso groundsman Shaun Thornton for the Sharks put the result in some doubt. However, the Randy Petes proved too strong once he was dismissed, as Alan Mathews (3/34) and Nigel Singh (3/29) both assisted the side in bowling Sutho out for 153 in the first innings after less than 50 overs.
RPC would go into bat for the second innings, with Josh Segal (50 off 28) playing a dominant hand at the top of the order with four huge horns. In the end, an outright result was a little too far out of reach and RPC would settle for the six points, cementing themselves inside the 4th Grade top-six.
Clovelly Community Bank 5th Grade: Sutherland 206 (Whalebone 6/56) def. RPC 175 (Rao 77)
RPCC lost the toss and was asked to bowl on a wicket that was dry and hard. The outfield looked green and with the grass cut low there would be good value for shots.
The team congratulated Aman Rao who was playing his first grade game for RPCC and also welcomed Cullen Hathurusinghe and Adam Coombs who were returning from injury and playing their first game of the season.
The RPCC bowlers were asked to bowl stump to stump and back of a length and consistently make the batsmen play at every ball. Adam Coombs (0-25 off 10 overs) and Cullen Hathurusinghe (2-34 off 15.4 overs) opened the bowling. It was tough going with the wicket not doing much although the odd ball from Cullen’s end was keeping low. Cullen finally got the 1st Sutherland wicket in his 7th over.
RPCC bowlers James Stirton (0-17 off 8 overs), Freddy Whalebone (6 for 56 off 19 overs), Jake Myers (0-16 off 4 overs), Qasim Ali (0- 27 off 14 overs and 8 maidens) and Rhythm Singh (2-31 off 8 overs) toiled hard for the next 17 overs as the Sutherland batsmen at the crease batted with determination. Off spinner Rhythm Singh finally got RPCC the break getting the well set number 3 batsman LBW. Then it was Freddy Whalebone all the way with a fine 6fa when the side were going for the runs towards the end of the day.
Randy Petes were brilliant in the field to be able to restrict Sutherland to 206 on a dry and flat wicket. Highlight of the day with regards to fielding was Sayem Sultan taking a spectacular catch in gully.
RPCC returned on day 2 on Saturday 05/11 to a similar wicket as previous week. With a good batting team on paper the team was confident to get to the target only losing handful of wickets.
RPCC batsmen were asked to bat conservatively and play cricket shots as the outfield was quick and there was no reason to slog shots over the top off the infield.
But, shockingly RPCC lost 2 wickets in 2 overs for 0 runs on what we thought was a dead wicket. Thankfully Rhythm Singh (23) and Aman Rao (77) stuck it out in a 52 run partnership and consolidated the RPCC innings. With plenty of batting still to come and only 155 runs to get RPCC were quietly confident to get to the target.
However, Sutherland slow bowlers had a different plan and in a flash they had RPCC reeling at 6 for 72 with 3 wickets falling to their leg spinner in 5 balls. But next man in Cullen Hathurusinghe (41- last out) and Aman batted with determination for a partnership of 78 for the 7th wicket. Just when they were looking to bring home the goods Aman was LBW. RPCC 7 for 150.
With the wicket deteriorating the remaining batsmen could only add another 25 runs. RPCC all out 175. Very disappointing loss
Mr Taxman Metro Gold: RPC 7/276 dec. (C Litchfield 84, A Bhat 52) drew Warringah 6-217 (E Khoo 3-64)
Gold won the toss on week 1 and elected to bat on a rare sweltering day during this La Nina phase, and got off to a solid start, with Ashish Bhat (52) and Rishabh Goyal (29) holding strong early. Bhat was the aggressor, while Goyal was the anchor, as the former brought up his third fifty for the club. Taking tea at 1-83, the Gold team put on the accelerator, as Cotter Litchfield (84) played a power packed innings to firmly swing the game in our favour, and was ably supported by Archie Robinson (24). Even though Cotter was unable to bring up his century, falling unselfishly looking to increase the scoring, John Stewart and E-Young Khoo had some fun in the late afternoon to take the score to 7/276 at the close.
Declaring overnight, Ben Thomas and Mark Tape bowled with fire and fervour, but the breakthrough eluded them. The young Warringah outfit performed creditably to keep their wickets in hand, though we did not help ourselves with the odd bit of errant bowling or fielding. With the score 1-80 at tea, the chase kept getting bigger and bigger, and with the field set aggressively, encouraged the cagey batters to finally hit out. While six wickets were taken – with 3 to the ever burgeoning tally for E-Young Khoo – Warringah finished the day well off the target. Despite being unable to convert the win, there were a number of positives to be taken from the game.