Randwick Petersham Cricket Round 9 vs Sydney

NSW Premier Cricket Round 9 vs Sydney

On a wet weekend after the Christmas break, Randwick Petersham have come away with three victories from three games against Sydney.

1st Grade produced a dominant display with the bat against the Tigers at Coogee Oval, while both 2nd Grade and 5th Grade starting the second-half of the season in style. Metro Gold also got a win in club CEO John Stewart’s 250th match.

Lefand 1st Grade: RPC 2/200 (Muyeye 90* Sams 62*) def. Sydney 8/198 (Burton 2/27 McTaggart 2/27 Ralston 2/27)

 

What a great start to 2023 with a commanding 8 wickets win over Sydney CC in a 1st Grade limited overs match at Coogee yesterday! Sydney made 8-198 off their 50 overs with Randwick Petersham chasing that down in 43.4 with a final score of 2-200.
Stars with the bat were our Zimbabwean-born recruit Tawanda Muyeye who hit 90* off 143 with 12 fours and 2 sixes in the process. He and Anthony Sams, who made 62* off 74 with 3 boundaries and a six, put on an undefeated 132 for the third wicket—the team’s best partnership this season. It was Anthony’s third score of 62 and his fifth half-century in a total of 569 runs so far. He now has 6,960 1st Grade runs with the club and 446 wicket-keeping dismissals. Forty runs more and 4 dismissals will give him a club milestone of 7,000 runs and 450 dismissals. Outstanding stuff. What a cricketer!
After 3 inches of rain on Friday, skipper Daya Singh made the right call at the toss and invited Sydney to bat first. That decision produced early dividends with our pacemen wrapping up the first 5 batters with only 97 on the board. Some resistance followed with Sydney’s Harry Manenti hitting 73 before Riley Ayre got one past him. Ash Burton cleaned up and the final tally of 8-198, while not a big score, was still a solid target in gloomy overcast conditions. The winning runs weren’t scored until 6.40pm. Bowlers Angus McTaggart, Jason Ralston and Burton all finished with identical figures–2-27 off 10 overs. They did the job well as skipper Singh was unable to bowl due to a back injury.
The win follows a disappointing three successive losses finish to 2022. Still a bit of work to do to make the finals but the side is on the right track.

Suttons 2nd Grade: RPC 6/193 (Weymouth 62 Robinson 51) def. Sydney 9/158 (O’Riordan 2/26)

2nd grade were sent in after losing the toss at a wet Drummoyne oval in a reduced 39 over per side fixture. After losing a couple of early wickets, two of the clubs young players to watch in Blake Weymouth and Max Robinson batted well on a sticky wicket, each brining up half centuries. Blake and was dismissed for 62 trying to up the ante with 7 overs to play with Max following shortly after for a run a ball 51. Randwick were able to take advantage of the long Drummoyne boundary to pinch 2s to up the scoring rate in the late stages, ending up with a total of 193.
In reply, Sydney never really got going. Basit Ali struck early with Jackson Gwynne grabbing a wicket shortly after from the other end. Scott Macbeth came on with his right arm spinners, and when Sydney failed to realise he does not spin the ball, another wicket fell. Connor O’Riordan continued his pleasing run of form with the ball, taking 2 wickets for 27 off his full allotment of 7 overs and skipper JMB chimed in with 2 of his own. Macbeth, Ali, JMB and O’Riordan each finished with 2 wickets, as Sydney ended their innings 9/158, Randwick comfortably victorious.

Clovelly Community Bank 5th Grade: RPC 2/40 def. Sydney 39 (Tape 3/6 Coombs 3/7 Myers 3/12)

After a deluge late in the week, 5th Grade rocked up to a very wet Kensington outfield. However under the guidance of groundsman Sean, we were told to expect a game of cricket and that we did. It was evident from the get go that our counterparts from Sydney were not there to play cricket and this was reflected in the result.

Having won the toss and bowled first we couldn’t have asked for a batter start with Adam Coombs (3/7) taking a wicket off the first ball of the innings, followed by an absolute BBQ of a runout leaving the visitors 2/0 after the first over. From then on it was just a continual procession of wickets, with our bowlers all contributing, Mark Tape (3/6) , Jake Myers (3/12) and Freddy Whalebone (0/13), to bowl out Sydney for 39.

The batters were told that we were to go for the bonus point, meaning we had to chase down 40 in 22.1 overs. After a reserved start, Chaik came in and hit there one spinner for a few boundaries in the one over and that sealed the fate of Sydney. We finished the chase 2/40 after 10.2 overs and we went home with the bonus point victory.

Mr Taxman Metro Gold: RPC Gold 122 (A Tiwari 43) def. Mosman (S Singh 4/15, E Khoo 2/11, S Suresh 2/4)

 

A week of rain wasn’t going to stop a special day down at Snape Park, with club CEO John Stewart notching up his 250th cap for Randwick Petersham, becoming only the 5th player to join this illustrious and venerable group. Unfortunately, further celebrations had to be put on hold as losing the toss sent in the team to bat in difficult conditions. Archie Robinson held up an end gamely, as wickets tumbled around him, ensuring that the rot was minimised. Aditya Tiwari (43) and Daman Brar (21) held the innings together, taking the score to a defendable 122.

Samarpreet Singh picked up two early and crucial wicket, while Nimesh Desai kept it tight, ensuring that the otherwise gettable run-rate kept climbing through out the innings. After Rishabh Goyal picked up a wicket and the returning Sriram Suresh got a crucial run-out, E-Young Khoo (2/11) proved unplayable while also picking up two wicket. A tense final stanza after the last drinks played out, before Sriram (2/4) broke the burgeoning 7th wicket partnership, and Samarpreet (4/15) finished the job, as Mosman finished 23 runs short.

In an eerie coincidence, the skipper’s 100th match was also played at Snape Park in the 2018/19, with RP defending 124 against Georges River, also bowling them out for 99.

Cartwright Insurances Metro Green: RPC Green 3/195 (A Sidhu 61, O Murray 50, A Syed 34) def. by Gordon 1/197 (J Mansoor 1/20)

Green batted first on a second day Snape wicket, which was now benefitting from the sun and warmth, and were made to battle against a disciplined bowling and fielding effort from the Stags. Young openers Armaan Sidhu (61) and Oscar Murray (50) refused to throw away their wickets, and were rewarded with their maiden half centuries for the club. While it was slow going at first, a now customary burst from Azaan Syed (34) almost pushed the final score to 200.

Gordon went on to show why they are the front-runners for the competition this season, with a ruthless chase against an inexperienced bowling line-up. Their opener brought up a second century against a Randwick Petersham team this season. Despite a few too many wides and a lacklustre fielding effort, there were plenty of green shoots, in particular with encouraging performances from young spinners Riley Myers and Junaid Mansoor.

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