RPC Green Shield Round 1-3 Recap vs Sydney Uni, Hawkesbury & Gordon

 

Randwick Petersham have begun their AW Green Shield season in style, winning their first three games against Sydney Uni, Hawkesbury and Gordon.

Coached by Glen Standing and captained by Jake Myers, the U16s side are looking to rebound from their tough 2021/22 campaign and are already going the right way about it with three quality victories.

Round 1: RPC 6/187 (Graham 41 Ramakanth 37*) def. Sydney Uni (Narayan 4/35)

Randwick Petersham Cricket began the 2022-23 A W Green Shield season with a thrilling win over Sydney University in a 50 overs per side match at Coogee today. The home side won 6-187 to 9-186, although the scores don’t indicate the closeness of the match, as the winning runs were scored with just 7 balls to spare.
Best bowlers for Randwick Petersham were Zack Narayan (4/35) and Thomas Gibson (2/23). Both sent down 10 overs although after just 3.1 overs (19 balls) from Zack, he had the impressive figures of 3-1. And after being 6-87, the Student’s lower order rallied to put on another 99.
However, it wasn’t enough, with Zachary Graham hitting 41 at first drop followed by Chaik Hathurusinghe who made 34. Atharv Ramakanth (37*) and Christopher Parthenis (27*) were still there at the finish having put on an unconquered 54 for the 7th wicket to take the points.
Zack Narayan

Round 2: RPC 9/169 (Graham 69) def. Hawkesbury 168 (Aitchison 3/26 Ramakanth 3/28)

It was edge of the seat stuff at Richmond today in the under 16 AW Green Shield clash between Hawkesbury and Randwick Petersham. In drizzly conditions and with heavier showers fast approaching, last man in, opening bowler Gregor Aitchison, strode to the wicket to join his new-ball partner, Thomas Gibson. The scores were tied at 168 each with one over to come from the Hawks fast bowler, who already had 3 wickets. But Aitchison was up to the task with a dashing single second ball to take the points! It may not have come to that had Christopher Parthenis not been run out on the last ball of the previous over going for the win! Not good for the heart flutters.

Earlier the Hawks won the toss and batted. Gregor Aitchison, who had a game to remember, sent the first 3 back to the pavilion with just 17 runs on the board. At 5-78, Atharv Ramakanth got into the act with 2 more while Zachary Graham chipped in to have them 7-78. But just when it looked like the innings could be wrapped up quickly, the tail wagged and the next 3 wickets put on 90, ending with a total of 168 off only 39.2 overs.

The star of the innings however, turned out to be Randy Petes wicket-keeper Hunter Palmer, who took 5 catches without conceding a bye. It was the best performance since Alexander Wynn held 6 against Parramatta in 2009-10. Aitchison finished with 3- 26, Ramakanth 3-28 and Gibson 2-28.

In reply, it was slow going against a persistent attack although the run tally was building. However, the loss of Chaik Hathurusinghe for 34 at 3-107 triggered a mini-collapse which saw the total a shaky 7-148. One of those victims was first drop Zachary Graham with top-score of 69 off 105 balls hitting 8 fours. But a little fudging by the tail, including a valuable 13 off 12 by Parthenis, got the side over the line with 4 balls to spare.

Zack Graham in full flight

Round 3: RPC 7/141 (Jayapragash 32) def. Gordon 140 (Ramakanth 4/22 Brar 4/30)

It was another nerve-wracking finish by our under 16 years Green Shield boys to-day but once again, they were up to the task to take the points. In the first match of the New Year, the side travelled to Chatswood Oval to take on Gordon. After a couple of wet days it was a good toss to win and the Stags were sent in to bat. But the openers were on their game and it wasn’t until the total reached 64 that the breakthrough came. And at 2-115, a big chase looked on the cards. However, the uncertainty of cricket raised its head.

With bowlers 5 and 6, Atharv Ramakanth and Daman Brar taking a turn at the crease, the complexion of the game changed in the twinkling of an eye. Together, they caused a collapse which saw 7 wickets fall for 9 runs and the score tumble from 2-115 to 9-124. And while the last two put on 16, the final tally of 140 looked well below par. Ramakanth ended with 4-22 (8 overs) and Brar 4-30 (7).

In the run chase, Ashane Jayapragash (32 off 79 balls)) and Zakary Graham (21 off 43) looked comfortable enough with the total cruising along at 1-72. The introduction of Gordon’s fifth bowler, Vivaan Gandhi, however, threatened to spoil the party by taking 5-8 off 6 overs and have the Randy Petes teetering at 7-99. But the resolve of Christopher Parthenis and Archie Robinson knew no bounds and the pair showed what determination and grit can do by putting on an undefeated 42 for the eighth wicket to sneak past the target at 7-141. Parthenis remained 29* off 44 with 2 fours, the second of which he hit to tie the scores, while Robinson was defiant with 11* from 26 balls.

The win leaves the side in third spot, just one point shy of Mosman and Parramatta, the joint leaders. It is only the second time since 2010-11 Randwick Petersham has won their first three Green Shield matches.

Atharv Ramakanth

 

Reports compiled by Hon. Club Historian Lyall Gardner OAM

 

 

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