Randwick Petersham Cricket Round 8 vs Blacktown & PG’s Semi-Final

NSW Premier Cricket Round 8 vs Blacktown + PGs Semi-Final vs Manly

Round 8 produced some great results across the board for the Randy Petes, securing a spot in the conference final for the Poidevin-Gray U21s competition.

Ben Mitchell led his side to victory with a fantastic knock before the bowlers cleaned up Manly for a low score on Sunday afternoon, setting up a clash with North Sydney in February.

On Saturday, three out of five grades came away with victories against Blacktown heading into the Christmas break.

Lefand 1st Grade: Blacktown 9/251 (Ralston 3/48) def. RPC 218 (Hawkins 61)


Randwick Petersham suffered its third loss in as many weeks when it was defeated in the 1st Grade Limited Overs Cup match against Blacktown Mounties at Joe McAleer Oval on Saturday. As the winner of the competition twice since 2011-12 and the current premiers, it was a bitter blow to a club which has dominated in the short form of the game. But as they say in all the good books, “that’s cricket”!
The Mounties won the toss and batted in good conditions. But early inroads saw them struggling at 3-48 off 8 overs and not much better at 5-115 off 24. The next wicket didn’t fall until the 38th over when the score had reached 190. And further strikes for a 9-217 scoreline looked like the innings would wrap up well short of the allotted 50. But no-one told nos. 10 and 11 in the batting line-up and they threw the bat to put on an unconquered 34 for the last wicket and reach a competitive total of 9-251 after 50.
That didn’t look like a real hurdle to the defending premiers as openers Camden Hawkins (61 off 34 balls with 9 fours and a six) and Adam Docos (38 off 71 with 3 boundaries) rattled up 78 in the first 10 overs. But 12 overs later, the score had advanced by only 47 for the loss of 2 wickets. The local spinners stuck to their task and the runs dried up amid a consistent fall of wickets. Ben Mitchell (36 off 45 with 2 fours and a six) was the only one to stand up in a crumbling middle-order as the run-rate increased and the available overs diminished. And when the last 5 wickets fell for just 41 runs in 11 overs, the Mounties had recorded their first win in the past 6 clashes between the teams. Not a good Christmas present for the side but they are sure to be back bigger and bolder than ever when play resumes in the New Year.

The Investment Collective Poidevin-Gray: RPC 6/266 (Mitchell 80 Macbeth 51) def. Manly 59 (Macbeth 4/18 McTaggart 3/10)

Randwick Petersham’s under 21 Poidevin-Gray team have won a place in the Final of its conference when it easily defeated Manly-Warringah at Manly Oval on Sunday. The side needed to win to advance, as Manly finished ahead on the points table in the preliminary rounds. And win it did, by a huge 207 runs, scoring 6-266 to the Waratah’s 59. Because of early showers, the delayed start meant the match was reduced from the normal 50 overs to 44.
Batting first, Randwick Petersham began with a solid 47 opening partnership before Blake Weymouth was lbw for 21 (41 balls; 2×4). Skipper Ben Mitchell joined Scott Macbeth and the pair put on 80 before Macbeth also went lbw for 51 (58; 5×4; 1×6). Tim Tector came and went for 12 off 12 but next man in, Max Robinson, combined with Mitchell for a 55 runs partnership for the 4th wicket. He was caught for 21 (28; 2×4) in the 37th over off the seventh bowler used. Two balls later Mitchell was snapped up for a magnificent 80 off 79 balls (7×4; 3×6) off the same part-timer. A 38* runs cameo at the end by Angus McTaggart (27; 6×4) put the icing on the cake to leave the Waratah’s a run rate of more than 6 runs an over to win.
In reply, Manly never got going, losing 3 wickets in the first 4 overs. By the 8th, they were 5-15, by the 16th it was 8-39 with the 10th wicket wrapped up in the 21st for a final tally of just 59. Only one Manly bat made double figures. The score is a new record, being the lowest-ever total made against the club in the Poidevin-Gray competition. The previous record was 68 by Hawkesbury in 2010-11.
The bowlers had a field day with spinner Scott Macbeth taking 4-18 off 9 overs to go with his half-century while fast bowler Angus McTaggart blitzed the early bats for a 3-10 off 6 overs return. There were 2 run-outs while Dane Coombs needed just 2 balls to knock over the last wicket.
The Final of the Division, known as the “Sixers Conference”, will be played on Sunday 5 February 2023 at a venue to be advised. After they defeated Gordon today, we will play the points leader in the preliminary matches, UTS North Sydney. The Bears will be led by former Randy Pete capped 1st grader, no. 120, Mac Jenkins. Put the date in your diary! Randwick Petersham history is about to be made.

Suttons 2nd Grade: RPC 6/220 (Montedoro 65*) def. Blacktown 6/234 (O’Loughlin 3/46)

Blacktown won the toss and elected to bat first at Coogee oval. Mitch O’Loughlin (3/46 off 10) took an early wicket when the Blacktown opener was caught at cover, before the visitors put a partnership together. Rain stopped play at 1/96 after 24 overs and after the break, boundaries flowed before RPC tightened the screws with Scott Macbeth (0/33 off 10) bowling economically. Despite not taking many wickets, Blacktown’s run rate never got out of hand, finishing 6/234 after 49 overs and the hosts to chase 242 on DLS. Jackson Gwynne (2/37 off 10) picked up two wickets in his return from injury, while Mitch finished with three poles to be the pick of the bowlers along with Scott.

Randwick lost two wickets inside the power play with both openers dismissed, before Tim Tector and Max Robinson came together to put on a small partnership. When they were dismissed in quick succession, followed not long after by Macbeth, Ben Montedoro (65*) and Dave Dubey (40) began the rescue mission. Dave played a fluent innings before he was dismissed attempting a reverse-sweep with about nine overs and 45 runs to get. Monte was joined by the experienced Jaya ‘Malvin’ Murdita, who played an attacking innings to finish with 24* when rain ended the match six overs early and Randwick 20 runs in front on DLS.

Monte finished with an unbeaten knock, having dug the team out of early trouble and battling through a groin injury. As wickets fell around him, Monte kept a calm head to score the required runs without taking unnecessary risks in a pleasing return to form. Unfortunately for Monte, FrogBox didn’t capture his innings and he was unable to sit in a corner at the Coogee Bay Hotel and watch it ball-by-ball later that night.

Petersham RSL 3rd Grade: RPC 4/108 (Elliot 49) def. Blacktown 107 (Tracey 5/9)

3s arrived at Jim Hanshaw oval and after winning the toss (for a change) elected to bowl first on a deck with a bit of green coverage. With a new look side boasting two debutants in James Apostolakis and Aman Rao, we looked to make a statement in the last game prior to Christmas – and that we did.
Dane Coombs (1-32 off 7) started us off with an early pole while James Apostolakis (0-20 off 7) was unlucky not to jump in on the action with a few chances going down. From there, Guru Chandar (2-24 off 10) and Sadeep Deepak (1-9 off 6.2) each tied up an end, and with the pressure mounting on the Mounties, Ben Tracey hit the kill switch and bowled an outstanding spell of leg spin to finish up with 5-9 off 10 overs. A very sharp runout from Josh Segal and a tidy caught and bowled from Sadeep finished off the Mounties for 107 in the 44th over.
Our reply started with a bang as Josh Segal (14) belted 10 off his first over, but unfortunately fell shortly after. Ross Elliot (49) batted through an early onslaught from the Mounties as they bowled tidy lines and probing lengths. He was ably supported by Mahsen Narvel (20) as they then looked to up the ante by getting the runs inside 30 overs for the bonus point, which was aptly finished off by Ben Tracey (10*) as we passed their score in the 26th over to secure 7 points, our second bonus point victory of the season.
A great result heading into Christmas for 3rd grade as we continue to find wins and look to go deep in the season post-Christmas. Also great to see that regardless of the team changes each week, we can still maintain our same brand of attacking cricket and continue to develop young players with bright futures. Roll on 2023!

Mellick Wealth 4th Grade: RPC 5/266 (Chaplin 124*) def. Blacktown 127 (Schultz 5/27 Ramakanth 4/46)

RPC 4th grade took on Blacktown Mounties at Petersham Oval. Temporary skipper Ben Chaplin won the toss and elected to bat. The top order started quite slow until Ryan Lynch and Ben Chaplin steadied the ship. Chaplin hit a magnificent century, smoking the ball in every direction, finishing up on 124* with the support of Lynch (40). Having the Mounties shook, a total score of 266 was set for them to chase.

RPC got off to a spectacular start as Harry Schultz (5-27) had two hat-rick opportunities in the first three overs of his exciting spell. Tom Gibson supported Schultz the other end, bowling tight lines. Schultz ripped through the Mounties batting line up until his spell ceased.

Young gun on debut Atharv Ramakanth took over and picked up 4 wickets in an impressive spell. With 2 milestone achievements made in the match, the boys destroyed the Mounties, bowling them out for 127.

This great win puts RPC in a great position on the ladder for the next half of the season.

Clovelly Community Bank 5th Grade: Blacktown 8/158 (Coombs 3/31) def. RPC 9/157 (Hathurusinghe 67)

5s rocked up to gods country in Whalan Oval number 2. We lost the toss and were sent in to bat by the Mounties. We lost an early pole but then Ashane and Chaik set up a good platform for us to launch later on in the innings. Unfortunately we weren’t able to capitalise on their partnership, ending up on 9/157 off of our allotted 50 overs.

We started our bowling innings knowing we needed to put in in the field and bowl tightly to restrict Blacktown. Adam Coombs struck early, whilst Qasim bowled incredibly tight to restrict the Mounties batsmen. Mark Tape bowled incredibly well but was unlucky not to snare a couple poles. Chris Parthenis bowled well on debut as well. We fought hard towards the end, with Blacktown passing our total on the second last ball of the innings.

With a couple good wins, we’ll come back after the break looking to string a couple wins together to get us into finals contention.

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