NSW Premier Cricket Round 5 vs Penrith & Metro Recap
Round 5 was a tough one across the board for Randwick Petersham, with only two out of the five grades coming away with a victory.
1st Grade chased down a mammoth total set by Penrith at Coogee Oval, with NSW and Sydney Thunder star Jason Sangha producing a knock for the ages, before debutant Angus McTaggart and club favourite Ashley Burton got the lads home.
5th Grade also picked up a much-needed victory, with Damo Sidney starting his captaincy career off with a bright start.
3rd Grade came away with a draw at Petersham Oval as Josh Segal fell agonisingly short of a century, while 2s and 4s both suffered disappointing losses on the road.
Both Metro sides came away with draws after losing some time on the first day to morning showers, with youngsters Archie Robinson showing maturity beyond his years to guide Gold to safety while Gregor Aitchison’s all-round efforts almost got Green over the line.
Lefand 1st Grade: RPC 7/360 (Sangha 150) def. Penrith 8/359dec. (Ayre 4/107)
On the first day of play, RPC chased plenty of leather today as Penrith piled on its highest score against the club in 1st Grade. The Panthers declared after 89 overs with an imposing total of 8-359 after being 2-97 at lunch and 3-203 at tea. Their previous best at the ground was 5-313 in 2018-19.
Suttons 2nd Grade: Penrith 7/293 (Chandar 3/63) def. RPC 255 (Weymouth 51)
Petersham RSL 3rd Grade: RPC 9/307 (Segal 99 MacBeth 61 Elliot 52) drew with. Penrith 4/295
Mellick Wealth 4th Grade: Penrith 234 (Whalebone 6/60) def. RPC 122 & 5/79
RPC came up well short of victory in their 4th Grade clash with Penrith at Bill Ball Oval, with the hosts proving far too strong on the second day of play.
Day 1 saw plenty of slow, patient and methodical batting from the Panthers, who dug in and made the most of a dead wicket. Freddy Whalebone (6/60) was the pick of the bowlers for the Randy Petes, taking his second-straight five-wicket haul in the process. James Apostolakis (2/43) also gave the Penrith batsmen plenty to worry about across his three spells and managed to grab two wickets for his troubles. Penrith would finish the day all out for 234, which should have been an attainable target for RPC on the second day.
Unfortunately, a horror batting performance saw the visitors rolled for just 122 in their first innings, with debutant Aman Rao (33) and lower-order batsman Cullen Hathurusinghe (31) the only players showing any real resistance. Penrith would enforce the follow-on and at 4/23 in the second dig, RPC looked in all sorts. Rao (20*) would step up again and play an important knock, while Jordan Segal (31) dug in from the other end before being dismissed. Penrith would call of their pursuit of 10 points with less than 10 overs left in the day.
An extremely poor batting display from RPC which will hopefully be rectified in the coming weeks at training and on gameday.
Clovelly Community Bank 5th Grade: RPC 207 (Hathurusinghe 56 Myers 50) def. Penrith 120 (Coombs 5/40)
Some late Friday night team movements saw Damo Sidney make his captaincy debut, leading out a young side in his 110th match for Randwick Petersham. His first move was the correct one – winning the toss and batting. On a difficult and grinding day, runs were hard work but two Green Shielders stood out. Chaik Hathurusinghe put his immense talent to good use, hitting a powerful 56 runs, while good mate Jake Myers put down the anchor at the other end for a patient 50. Useful contributions through out pushed the score to 207, and left the 5s with 11 overs at the cats. Tearaway quick Harry Schultz provided the welcome breakthrough, leaving the visitors at 1/23 at the end of the first day.
Day 2 begun with simmering tensions, as the Penrith chargers chipped away at the score while our opening bowlers refused to give an inch. It would be the returning Adam Coombs who got proceedings under way with a sharp caught-and-bowled. A few overs later he followed it up with a double – a leading edge caught smartly at short midwicket and a plumb LBW. At 4/38, the fervent updates for the opposition dried up, as Jake Myers, James Stirton and Adam Coombs all struck to leave Penrith teetering at 7/60. One of the veteran cats rallied to pull his team back in the game, to take the score to 94 at tea. His stay was finally curtailed in an impressive spell from Jake Myers, who finished with remarkable figures of 11 overs, 8 maidens, 2 wickets for 3 runs. From there, it was only a matter of time, as Jacob McCormick took his first wicket for the club, while Coombs rounded off a match-winning performance with figures of 5/40 – his first 5-wicket haul for Randwick Petersham – giving the 5s their first win of the season.
Mr Taxman Metro Gold: Sydney Uni Gold 6/253(dec) (M Tape 2/81) drew with RPC Gold 7/179 (J Jastrzab 29, A Robinson 24*, N Desai 24)
Gold lost the toss, but got what they wanted when they were asked to bowl at Petersham Oval on a shortened day – with morning showers springing life into a deck that conceded 300 runs on the previous day. Openers Ben Thomas and Mark Tape terrorised the young opening batters, with Tape the main beneficiary of the opening stanzas with a brace, while Ashish Bhat and Nimesh Desai refused to cede any control to the visiting batters and picked up a wicket each. After E-Young Khoo chipped in with a strike, the students were teetering at 5/88 off 40 overs. Unfortunately, the match got away in the last session, with the students plundering 91 runs in the last 15 overs in an impressive display of batting, finishing the day 5/179.
The intentions were clear on day 2 – both young batters chancing their arms for quick runs for the imminent declaration. While one managed to get to his hundred, the other ran himself trying – E-Young with the direct hit. The declaration came, leaving a target of 254 off 67 overs. While the batting conditions couldn’t have been friendlier, Gold found themselves in a bit of a hole, slumping to 3/29 within the first 10 overs. Nimesh ‘Fifty’ Desai held the fort though, putting together useful partnerships with Oscar Murray, John Stewart and Archie Robinson. After 40 overs of fight, Fifty was coaxed out of his crease before the last drinks, leaving the total at 6/98 and still 27 overs to survive. Skipper Jeremy Jastrzab combined with the young Robinson, as the pair played it smart then counterattacked to take the fight back to uni. After clearing the deficit by 50 runs, the skipper holed out with visions of getting 50, leaving Archie and a cameo from Jarrod ‘Itch’ Hookey to see off the remaining overs with minimal fuss.
Cartwright Insurances Metro Green: RPC Green 9/219 (dec) (N Tucker 48, G Aitchison 45*) drew with North West Sydney Maroon 8/160 (G Aitchison 3/25, Z Narayan 2/35)
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