Randwick Petersham Cricket Round 5 vs Penrith & Metro

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)



In the second greatest-ever run chase in the history of Randwick Petersham Cricket, the 1st Grade team defeated Penrith at Coogee Oval on Saturday, overtaking the Panthers’ massive total of 8-359 declared with a score of 7-360. In the club’s 22-year history, only the 5-378 to run down Blacktown Mounties’ 9-373 declared in 2016-17 was a higher successful run chase.
Camden Hawkins (44 off 75 balls with 6 fours and a six) got things going early but at 2-66, Jason Sangha (who was brought into the team to replace Riley Ayre who could not play day two due to his involvement in the NSW/ACT match against West Indies), was joined by Anthony Sams. The pair then put on 137 for the 3rd wicket. Sams was out at 3-207 for 48 off 100 balls. When he got to 37, it was a special moment in his career and the club’s history, as that gave him the honour of being the greatest run-scorer for Randwick Petersham across all grades, passing the record of 6,629 runs established last year by the retiring Adam Semple.
But it was Sangha at his best against the Panthers. The champion batter and NSW vice-captain ended with a massive 150 off 242 balls, hitting 21 fours and one six. When he was caught, the score had slumped to 7-302 with 58 runs needed. That brought together no. 8 in the batting order, 19-year-old debutant Angus McTaggart and no. 9 Ashley Burton, who was playing his 10th Belvidere Cup match and was in only his 8th innings.
The pair however, showed few nerves as they belted 13 fours and a six over the following eight overs to clinch the match. McTaggart, who took 2 wickets opening the bowling on the first day, finished with 41* off 51 balls with 6 fours and a six. At 7-344 when an inexperienced pair might tighten up, Angus hit a six to bring up the 350. With 10 to get, he then kept supporters on the edge of their seats as he played out a maiden. Ash Burton took a different approach next over. He smashed the required 10 runs off the first four balls of the 96th over to bring up a remarkable win. Burton finished unconquered with 32* off only 24 balls with 7 fours.

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.

Sent in to bat under sunny skies, Penrith lost skipper and NSW hard-hitting batter, Ryan Gibson for 3 with only 8 runs on the board. He was adjudged LBW to 19-year-old debutant and newly capped player no 149, Angus McTaggart, who went on to finish with 2-26 from 8 overs.
Penrith’s third wicket fell at 110 to give the Randy Petes a real hope of achieving further breakthroughs. However, a 168 runs partnership cruelled those thoughts as opening bat, Nick Adams, belted 146 from 202 balls with 15 fours and 6 sixes. Four of those sixes came off successive balls in Shivansh Pathak’s 8th over which cost 26. And while the last 5 wickets fell for just 75, the final tally of 8-359 was the highest for the day across the 1st Grade competition. Riley Ayre stuck skilfully to his task ending with 4-107 off 25 overs with 7 maidens.
What a game and what a win! It was NSW Premier Cricket at it’s best.

Suttons 2nd Grade: Penrith 7/293 (Chandar 3/63) def. RPC 255 (Weymouth 51)

2s lost the toss and were sent in at Howell oval on a good batting wicket. Blake Weymouth (51) played patiently for a half-century, while James Widerstrom (42) played a typically big-hitting innings before he was caught on the boundary. Randwick had six players score between 20 and 50 and ultimately were bowled out for 255.
An early wicket before stumps saw the visitors 1/50 with 200 to get on day 2. Widerstrom picked up an early wicket but from there Penrith batted patiently and without looking like losing. Debutant Guru Chandar (3/63) and all-rounder Ben Montedoro (2/58) both toiled hard, but the Panthers passed the score shortly before tea with three wickets in hand.

Petersham RSL 3rd Grade: RPC 9/307 (Segal 99 MacBeth 61 Elliot 52) drew with. Penrith 4/295

3rd Grade arrived to Petersham Oval looking to maintain the good work of the previous rounds and book in another 6 points. With a team that sported only 4 players from the previous round, and two 3rd grade debutants in young quick Tom Gibson and Irishman Scott MacBeth we were still confident in our ability to perform and to win. We lost the toss and were asked to bowl and we struggled a bit early on a flat deck. Dave Dubey (1-19 off 8) got the first breakthrough with the score on 81, but we had to wait until the score was 205 before the second breakthrough came, courtesy of Scott MacBeth (1-75 off 21), with Alan Matthews (1-45 off 12) striking shortly after and a brilliant run out from Jaya capped off the day as we finished up the first day 4-296 off 80. Penrith asked us to continue bowling on Day 2 and Tom Gibson (2-43 off 12.1) picked up his maiden 3rd grade wicket and grabbed a second shortly after before Penrith declared, after facing 5 overs and 1 ball of a 6th, leaving us 72 overs to chase down 328.
Our plan was to bat positively and set up the platform for us to launch in the afternoon. We started out well with Ross (52) and Josh Segal (99) putting on 77 for the opening wicket, with Ross looking in ominous form hitting 3 big bombs, including one over cover, putting Penrith on the back foot early. Dubey (23) continued on, however 3 quick wickets put a dent in our momentum. Through it all, Josh Segal plied his trade, combining some big power hitting and clever running and manipulation of the field, unfortunately falling agonisingly short of what would have been a well deserved ton, departing with the score on 226. Scott MacBeth (61) and Huss (21no) combined and put on 65 for the 7th wicket and got us to within striking distance of the target with MacBeth playing some ridiculous shots and treating the bowlers with absolute disdain, and was well supported by Huss. However, when MacBeth fell, and Sadeep shortly after, the decision was made to drop anchor with Huss and Tom Gibson facing out the last 6 overs for the draw finishing 9-307 off 72 overs.
A lot of positives to take from the game in that we almost chased down 330 which 3rd grade haven’t been close to doing in a long time. We have the ability to perform when we put our minds to it, but need to work on our bowling, especially on flatter decks, and our intent and attitude when up against it in the field. Roll on next week!

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)

Green won the toss and elected to bat at the massive Charles MacLaughlin Reserve. It was a slow day (despite being shortened) on a huge outfield, with contributions through out taking the team to 7/147 after 70 overs. The stand out innings came from Nate Tucker, who followed up his maiden 50 two rounds ago with a solid 48. Resuming the second day, youngsters Gregor Aitchison and Zak Narayan continued to battle gamely to bat the opposition out of the game, also ably supported by Thanay Gowda. Gregor finished 45 not out, continuing to impress with his temperament, as the innings was closed at 9/219 off 98 overs. In the last three innings, the Green batting has lasted 88, 85 and 98 overs, which bodes well for the future of our battings stocks once the young bodies pile on some muscle.
Leaving the opposition with a mountain to climb by giving them only 50 overs to chase, Gregor and Zak combined again in the bowling innings to take 5 wickets between, while ably supported by a brace from Ryan Di Blasio. The Maroon team from the North West collapsed to 8/110, and if not for a few dropped catches, the game could have been very well been taken out by the Green team. Despite Maroon finishing  the day at 8/160, there were certainly many more positives to take from the Green team’s performance that outweigh any negatives.
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