Randwick Petersham Cricket Round 6 vs Sydney Uni & Metro

NSW Premier Cricket Round 6 vs Sydney Uni, 1st Grade T20, PGs & Metro Recap

Round 6 wasn’t pretty viewing across the board for Randwick Petersham, losing all five grades to Sydney Uni in two-day fixtures.

1st Grade fell agonisingly short of chasing down Uni’s total at Petersham Oval, while a spirited chase from 3rd Grade at Coogee Oval wasn’t quite enough.

James Mahony-Brack’s effort with the bat wasn’t enough to get 2nd Grade home on the road, while 4th Grade bottled their chance to secure six points.

Luckily, the T20 fixtures for both 1st Grade and Poidevin-Gray saved face for the Randy Petes, with both sides securing their spots in the finals with quality victories. Metro Gold also got up with a maiden win over the Saints at Snape.

Lefand 1st Grade: Sydney Uni 183 (Ralston 4/35 Singh 3/49) def. RPC 172 (Sams 62)


It was a bleak batting performance by the Randwick Petersham 1st Grade team, going down to Sydney University at Petersham Oval.Resuming at 1-47 chasing a below-par 183, the side finished 11 runs short at 172, with only Anthony Sams (62) showing any resolve against a persistent attack, while Camden Hawkins (28) and Ben Mitchell (24) both made starts.

After a promising start last week to be 0-43, early inroads today by the students saw the score slump to 6-85. A series of small partnerships with Sams kept supporters on the edge of their seats. With Mitchell, the score got to 7-124 and with skipper Daya Singh, it was 8-143 when he was caught behind for 9. Jason Ralston then helped Sams add another 19 before he nicked one to the ‘keeper to be out for 3 off 37 balls. He presented the first 32 balls he received with the broadest of bats before scarpering through for 2 off his 33rd. Last man Shivansh Pathak joined Sams who cleverly farmed the strike. But with the total 9-172 and 12 needed to win, a slightly lofted Sams cover drive, which looked like a boundary off the bat, was well intercepted by a highly excited fielder to bring the charge to a halt.

The irony was that two of the stars for University were former Randy Petes. Dylan Hunter, who put on 146 for the 8th wicket with Adam Semple in 2018-19, was the match top-scorer with 66*, while Caelan Maladay, who took 4-50 today, remains the youngest at 17 years and 294 days to take five wickets in an innings (5-15 in 2019-20) for the club.

On the first day of play, skipper Daya Singh called correctly at the toss and invited the students to bat first in dry, sunny conditions. The call proved a correct one as University were bowled out in the 68th over for 183 after being 2-93 and then 6-123. Young gun Angus McTaggart gave the side a boost with the new ball, by having Uni’s top bat Nick Larkin, caught by Ben Mitchell for just 8. And while he finished with 1-22 off 8, it was the experienced duo of Jason Ralston (4-35 off 13.3) and Singh (3-49 off 20) to take advantage of that early success. Mitchell (1-45 off 17) and Riley Ayre (1-16 off 6), introduced late in the day, shared the spoils.

Lefand 1st Grade T20: RPC 7/181 (Sams 62 Hawkins 54) def. Sydney 7/163 (Ayre 2/23)

Defending Twenty20 Cup champions Randwick Petersham took another step forward in its quest for back-to-back titles with a resounding win over Sydney at Coogee Oval this evening. In the second of the “novel” 1st Grade fixtures played on a Thursday afternoon from 3.45 pm, skipper Daya Singh, celebrating his 100th game for the club, called correctly at the toss and offered to bat first. It was a good decision as the side knocked up an impressive total of 7-181 off its 20 overs. In 74 T20 matches, it was the team’s 11th highest score and second best in 4 wins from 7 matches against Sydney.
The side was away to a flyer with 17 runs coming off the second over and 93 off the first 10. Camden Hawkins was the cheerleader bringing up his 50 off just 28 balls in the 9th over. He was caught for 54 off 33 with 6 fours and a six when the score was 2-96. But champion wicket-keeper/ batter Anthony Sams, maintained the momentum racing to 62 off 45 balls with 8 fours. And while he went with the tally 6-177 off 19, he was assisted along the way by big hitter, Basit Ali, who clobbered successive sixes in making 23 off 12 balls. Singh’s 14 off 9 also kept up the pressure. Taking 21 off the 18th over was the icing on the cake.
In response, Sydney was behind the eight-ball at 2-60 off 10 overs due to some tight bowling and enthusiastic fielding. And while the final 10 brought 103, the game always seemed to be in hand. All bowlers did their part with Riley Ayre (2-23 off 4) and Ben Mitchell (2-34 off 3) returning best figures. But Jason Ralston’s 4th over and the 19th of the innings where he conceded just 7 runs when 34 were needed off 12 balls, was a match-winner.

Lefand 1st Grade T20: RPC 9/138 (Hawkins 36) def. Eastern Suburbs 5/135 (Ralston 3/20)

Randwick Petersham 1st Grade supporters will be looking for an extra dose of heart pills after some nerve-racking finishes this weekend, after Saturday’s narrow defeat was corrected by a three-run victory over local rivals Easts in the T20 clash on Sunday. The win means that the team finished equal third on the points ladder with Sydney and Manly-Warringah, with a calculation of net run-rate putting the Randy Petes into the playoffs.
Randwick Petersham began smartly, racing to 1-55 off 6 overs. But when Anthony Sams fell for 23 off 15 and Camden Hawkins, who took 14 off the opening over, followed at 3-62 having knocked up 36 off 25 balls with 4 fours and 2 sixes, the scoring slowed appreciably. The next 5 overs produced just 17 runs. The bowling was tight and runs were hard to come by. Riley Ayre then chanced his arm to end with 32 off 31 while skipper Daya Singh was unconquered on 21 off 15 after the 20 overs. The final tally of 9-138 looked a bit short but as it turned out, Easts’ batting followed a similar pattern.
The first 6 overs brought 43 but only 14 came during the next 4. With 10 overs to go, The Dolphins needed 87. But Jason Ralston, bowling well, snared three quick wickets (3-11 off 3) to put the batters on the back foot. Ralsto’s performance would see him pass 100 wickets in 1st Grade for the Randy Petes – a fantastic achievement for one of the club’s great men and consistent performers.
Numbers 5 and 6 in the Easts line-up, Thomas Coady (57*off 38) and Michael Sciberras (22 off 19) took the fight to the bowlers, putting on 67 to 5-123 when Sciberras was caught. Just 16 were needed off the last over with Ben Mitchell, who had 18 taken off 2 overs, given the “death” bowling job. Just 2 runs off the first four balls left 14 to win off 2. Coady then hit a 6 and a 4 to finish 4 runs shy of a win and 3 from a tie.

The Investment Collective Poidevin-Gray: RPC 6/169 (Tector 66) def. Easts 101 (O’Riordan 3/19 McTaggart 3/24)

Randwick Petersham is into the U21 Poidevin-Gray qualifying finals for the first time since 2015-16! A huge win on Sunday in a Twenty20 match against Eastern Suburbs at Waverley Oval and the defeat of both Gordon and Sydney who were ahead of us on the points ladder, secured the position.

It was a spectacular batting and bowling performance today with the side smashing the Easts bowlers to the tune of 6-169 off their 20 overs. Tim Tector hit 66 off 50 balls with 4 fours and 3 sixes while Scott MacBeth scored 40 off 27 with 5 fours and a six opening the innings. Skipper Ben Mitchell’s 20 off just 9 with 4 fours kept the run rate flowing.

MacBeth (2-17) also opened the bowling with his spinners and grabbed 2 wickets in his second over to have 2-4. Mitchell (2-18) and Angus McTaggart (3-24) also chipped in but it was the man of the series with the ball, Connor O’Riordan, who cleaned up with 3-19. That performance saw him step into the club record books as his 18 wickets in the 6 preliminary rounds created a new record, breaking the mark of 15 established by Alex Graham 12 years ago in 2010-11. He could also have the bowling average record if his current figure of 8.67 stands up through the finals. The average record is 9.75. Easts were all out for 101 in 16.2 overs.

Suttons 2nd Grade: Sydney Uni 295 (O’Riordan 4/75 Widerstrom 3/43) def. RPC 209 (Mahony-Brack 86)

2nd grade bowled first on a good pitch offering plenty for batters and bowlers. The students raced to 0/60 off 10 before Widerstrom took the first wicket. Montedoro chimed in with a wicket and a strong second hour from Randwick saw the lunchtime score 3 for 120. O’riordan bowled a strong spell after the lunch break, regularly beating the edge and testing the batters on the short ball. Connor was rewarded with 4 wickets for the day. After having them 6/135, the students number 7 batted patiently, compiling 100 before he was dismissed with the score above 260. The last wickets fell cheaply for a total score of 298.
Facing 13 overs before stumps, Randwick lost both openers to go to stumps 2/30. On day 2, an early wicket saw JMB join night watchman O’Riordan who negotiated the first hour of play together with a 50 run partnership. Montedoro joined JMB, and was given out a questionable caught behind. Max Robinson batted well for 30 before running himself out to leave the score 6-172. When the 2nd new ball was taken shortly after, the tail couldn’t provide any resistance as the remaining wickets fell cheaply to be bowled out for 210. JMB the last man out for 86.
James Mahony-Brack

Petersham RSL 3rd Grade: Sydney Uni 262 (Deepak 6/66) def. RPC 245 (Segal 68 Murdita 65)

3rd Grade arrived to Coogee Oval and, after the losing the toss, were asked to bowl on a road. The return of Mitch O’Loughlin (3-62 off 20) proved to be successful picking up a wicket in his opening spell, but a bit of wayward bowling let the Nerds off and score a bit more freely. Jaya (0-18 off 8) bowled very well in the middle, along with Akther (0-48 off 20) and Scott (0-39 off 12) who turned the screws and really slowed down the run rate and made it difficult to score. Mitch broke the partnership in his second spell and Sadeep (6-66 off 25) took his first shortly after. Some more tight bowling after tea saw the Nerds struggle to score as they realised they needed to hit out a bit more, Sadeep taking advantage picking up 2 more in the last session adding to a fantastic run out from Ben Tracey and Jaya unlucky not to strike in his last spell at the end, finishing the day 7-229 after 80. Day 2 saw the Nerds unsurprisingly bat on, with Sadeep picking up his 5th in his second over of the day, followed by Mitch picking up a 3rd, and Sadeep wrapping up the end with a 6th for the Nerds to finish on 262 and giving us 68 overs to chase it down. This is Sadeep’s first 5 wicket hall for the club and capped off a brilliant 2nd and 3rd spell of bowling on Day 1 and early spell on Day 2.
The chase got off to a rocky start losing a wicket in the first over, but we consolidated with Josh Segal (68) continuing his good form, only to falter again with a double blow to remove Ben and Scott. Enter Jaya Murdita (65) who took to the Nerds’ spinners and pace bowlers alike and whose counterattack got us back into the contest, hitting 2 big sixes and 9 fours. Jaya and Josh’s partnership of 87 was the biggest for our innings and was great to see the smart running combined with big hitting from both batsmen. When Jaya fell, Dave Dubey (29) maintained the attacking mindset, as did Tom Holland (41) in the late afternoon. We looked to be in a strong position needing 56 off 20 overs with 4 wickets in hand until some a few wickets fell in quick succession at the end with Sadeep (18) the last man out and Mitch remaining 8 not out in the 64th over ending 18 short on 245.
A disappointing loss against a team we should have beaten. We got ourselves back into the contest multiple times throughout the game with both bat and ball, but ultimately our batting let us down losing wickets in pairs with some soft dismissals throughout the innings. Our bowling and fielding once again was a highlight as we were able to contain them on day 1 likely saving 30+ runs with our ground fielding which is a massive improvement from the last couple games.
Regardless, we still take plenty out of this game and roll on into next week against UNSW.

Mellick Wealth 4th Grade: Sydney Uni 8/199 (Singh 6/30) def. RPC 197 (Dodd 58)

RPC fell agonisingly short of a victory against Sydney Uni, going down by two wickets at St Pauls in their two-day clash.

Batting first on the opening day, the visitors got off to a familiar poor start, with four out of the top five batsmen falling for single-figure scores. Jordan Segal (46) and Jackson Dodd (58) were able to steady the ship in the middle-order, before the former fell to a questionable LBW decision. Dodd continued to bat with the lower-order bats, as both James Apostolakis and Chaik Hathurusinghe both scored 26 each. RPC would finish with a below-par total of 197, with the Students racing to 0/28 overnight.

The second day of play started in Sydney Uni’s favour, before skipper Nigel Singh (6/30) tore through the batting lineup. Unfortunately, some dropped catches and solid batting from the Students’ tail saw RPC go down by two wickets in a disappointing result.

Clovelly Community Bank 5th Grade: Sydney Uni 7/134d. (Thomas 3/36) def. RPC 121 & 2/71

RPCC won the toss and chose to bat on a dry Kensington wicket that looked like the ball would keep low as the day progressed. The outfield looked green and although the grass was cut boundaries could be hard to get if the ball was hit along the ground.

The team congratulated Nimesh Desai, Archie Robinson, Chris Parthenis and Gregor Aichison for making their debut in grade cricket. Also, the team welcomed Ahsan Syed, Angus Beaumont, Ashish Bhat back to 5th grade after some recent good performances in Metros.

RPCC batsmen were asked to play in the V and run well between the wickets. With the nature of the wicket and slow outfields a total of 150+ would be a great score to defend.

Debutant Nimesh Desai (5) and Ahsan Syed (4) opened for RPCC. Ahsan was first out trying to hit over the infield. Ashish Bhat (23) joined Nimesh and both looked solid but just after 1st drinks Nimesh was unfortunately bowled by a beauty of a ball that pitched outside off stump and took middle stump. RPCC 2 for 31 off 2o overs.

Angus Beaumont (13) joined Ashish and after a cautious start Angus executed some excellent aggressive cover drives and cuts. But, just when Angus looked liked building a big score he was bowled inner edging a ball that kept relatively low.

Green Shield player and grade debutant Archie Robinson (1) joined Ashish. Again, just when RPCC really needed a partnership Ashish who had injured his knee whilst running between wickets on the newly laid turf at the sides of the wicket was out trying to hit a flighted ball from the leg spinner with no foot work. His wicket fell when were only 15 minutes from the tea break. Ashish batted with plenty of concentration and determination and was out in the middle for 30 overs. RPCC 4 for 55 off 35 overs.

Next in to join Archie was another Green Shielder and debutant Chris Parthenis (16). But, there was no partnership as Archie was out soon out LBW not offering a shot to a ball that cut back from off stump. RPCC were now reeling at 5 for 57.

Chris along with next batter in Qasim Omar (33) batted with a lot of maturity and just when they looked set to get us to a decent total Chris was out. RPCC 6 for 94.

With the wicket keeping lower and lower and the Syd Uni bowling a good line on or around off stump the remaining RPCC batmen could add only 27 runs. RPCC all out 121 in 62 over.

The RPCC bowlers were asked to bowl stump to stump and back of a length and with the wicket keeping low there will always be a chance of LBW’s.

Harry Schultz (2 for 30 off 13) and Ben Thomas (3 for 36 off 14) opened the bowling. Harry was bowling good pace and struck in the 9th over getting 2 wickets of consecutive balls. Qasim Ali (1 for 25 off 10) was the other wicket taker on day 1 claiming his 1st grade wicket. Syd Uni 3 for 63 at the end of play on day 1.

With RPCC defending 59 runs bowlers were asked once again to bowl stump to stump and back of a length and make the batman to play at every ball.

Sydney Uni at one stage were on the back foot with Ben Thomas bowling brilliantly and extracting pace and bounce from the wicket. His has work paid off claiming both the overnight batsmen caught by Wicket keeper Heaton with 2 great bouncers.

However, the Syd Uni batsmen gutsed it out and limped past RPCC target of 121 for 7 before declaring at 134 for 7. Green Shielder and debutant medium pacer Gregor Aitchison (1 for 13 off 5 overs) was the other wicket taker claiming his 1st wicket in grade cricket.

Put in to bat for the 2nd time RPCC lost Nimesh Desai (0) and Ahsan Syed (4) early. RPCC 2 FOR 10 in 5 overs.

Angus Beaumont (44 n.o 2 x 6’s) and Archie Robinson (18 n.o) batted brilliantly to ensure the game would be a draw. Angus’ innings was gutsy and aggressive and it was great to see him back in form. Archie’s crisp strokeplay, placement and running between the wickets was great to watch.

Although this was a loss, I am confident there will be many more wins round the corner because we have exceptional talent in the side.

Big big thanks to Glenn Standing for helping us out with fielding drills on day 2. It really helped as we were all great in the field.

Thanks to Jake Myers for helping out with fielding as a substitute and fielded brilliantly.

Thanks to Ashish for taking us through the warm and fielding drills.


Mr Taxman Metro Gold: St George 123 (D Brar 5/11, M Tape 2/20) & 6/82 (M Tape 3/23, D Brar 2/8) defeated by RPC Gold 151 (R Rajesh 49, A Rasheed 27)



Gold lost the toss in their first ever clash against St George in Metro Cup, and were invited to field first knowing that batting would get more difficult as the day went on. The young left-handed dragons opener blazed away and made the decision to bat look a good one, though Mark Tape’s (2-20) marathon opening spell kept Gold in game. At 2-70, Ryan Rajesh (1-8) in only his third game took out the opener to break the game open, while Rishabh Goyal (1-8) also bowled tightly. However, it was Daman Brar’s ripping off-break from way outside off that took out middle just before tea that sent a shudder through the Saints. At 5-98, 14-year-old Ethan Fong (1-22) on debut took his first wicket for the club and could have had a few more, but his tight support allied Daman’s ripping off-breaks well, as he hit the stumps 4 more times en-route to 5-11 – his first ever 5-wicket haul – and Saints all out 123. With 34 overs left in the day, Dr Asif (27) blazed away before being taken by a screamer, while Rishabh setup stall and battled through many tricky moments to finish the day on a gallant 17 not out.

Starting day 2 on 2-57, the instruction for the batsmen was that it didn’t matter how long it took, but the primary goal was to get the remaining 67 runs. Unfortunately, the plan didn’t quite go as we wanted, as two wickets fell in the first two overs. Thankfully, two of the Green Shield potentials – Daman and Ryan – shelved their attacking instincts and played the long game. They added 38 runs in 24 overs, which ground the patience out of the young Saints. While Daman fell with 28 runs to get, Ryan was joined by the skipper, and with the target in sight, ramped up the run rate to shock the opposition. With two runs to get, the skipper was castled by a traditional Snape-snake, but Ryan’s ice-like temperament took the team over the line. In chasing a target to set, he fell for 49 runs that belied his age, unselfishly going out to help the team.

Even though the Golds only held a 28 run lead, they rolled the dice and sent the Saints in again. For a moment it looked like the decision might lead to an early close as the openers blazed away, but the Eveready Mark Tape backed up his first innings efforts with 3 wickets – all bowled to set up a riveting finish. Unfortunately, without an official umpire, it was always going to be a struggle. However, Daman was able to add two more scalps for his match tally, while young Ethan also took another scalp to send one last shudder through the Saints – who had just lost a Metro Cup match for the first time.

Cartwright Insurances Metro Green: Penrith 8/297 dec. (B Chaplin 5/76, S Singh 2/40) defeated RPC Green 271 (B Chaplin 63, C Litchfield 63, S Singh 50, A Jayapragash 29)

Penrith won the toss and batted at a pristine Petersham, putting a patchwork Green team to the sword. The returning Samarpreet Singh (2/40) took a few wickets early, but with Penrith having a number of players backing up from 5th grade, it was always going to be a challenge. At 2/180, Ben Chaplin’s cameo appearance took shape, as he affected a solo run out and ran through the wickets in the afternoon session, picking up 5/76 off 23 overs and his first 5-wicket haul for Randwick Petersham. Penrith finished the day at 8/297, which could have been a lot more had it not been for Chappo’s experienced intervention.

Penrith declared overnight, knowing that they’d need all 80 overs to affect a result. Their hunch proved correct, as the young top-order stuck to their task well – Ashane Jayapragash was rock-solid for his 29 while Julian Rutkis was also positive. The experience of Ben Chaplin (63) and aggression of Cotter Litchfield (63) swung the game back to Green, cutting down the deficit to less than 100 runs. Unfortunately, a flurry of wickets left target 86 runs adrift and only two wickets left. Samarpreet Singh made good use of the open spaces and kept all the game’s possible results available, and putting 40 runs on for the last wicket with skipper Jay Patel and bringing up his maiden 50 in the process. Unfortunately, with 26 runs and 4 overs to play, the Green resistance fell at the last hurdle. All said and told, it was an excellent match where almost 600 runs were scored over 2 days and all 4 results were possibly at 6pm on the second day.


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