RPC Green Shield Round 4-5 Recap vs Wests & Easts

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Randwick Petersham’s AW Green Shield team opened their week with a narrow loss away to Western Suburbs before a gutsy win at home to Easts confirmed the side in 4th place on the ladder with 2 matches to go before the finals.

Round 4: RPC 7/176 (Parthenis 38*, Goyal 27) def by Wests 8/177 (Narayan 3/5)

Our under 16 A W Green Shield boys tasted their first defeat when narrowly beaten by Western Suburbs at Pratten Park on Tuesday. And like the first three matches which went our way, this was another nail-biter with the locals reversing the trend to take the points, 8-177 (42.3 overs) to 7-176 (50 overs). Batting first, Randwick Petersham lost both openers with the score on 20. Zakary Graham then belted 19 off 22 balls with 4 boundaries but when he went, the tally was a shaky 4-49. Rishabh Goyal in his first game this season, played well for 27 off 43 with 4 fours, but, burdened by 3 run-outs, the side was in real trouble at 7-120. Where there’s a will there’s a way, they say, and once again it was up to no. 8 in the batting order Christopher Parthenis, who is fast becoming the “Go To” man in the team. He combined with Atharv Ramakanth to put on an unconquered 56* for the 8th wicket to post a competitive, but below par, 7-176 when the 50 overs were up. Chris remained 38* off 45 with 5 fours. In the four matches played, he has only been dismissed once giving him a “Bradman like” average of 107. Atharv ended with 26* off 34.
In the run chase, the Ashfield boys were doing it comfortably at 3-134 after 33 overs. But when Zack Narayan bowled opener Flynn Nicholls for 52 it triggered a collapse which saw 5 wickets fall for 24 and an 8-158 scoreline. Narayan had 3-5 (all wides) off 3 overs. It was anyone’s game. But like our tail in recent matches, Wests nos. 9 and 10 defied everything thrown at them over 5 overs to sneak home. A very even contest, although conceding 33 extras including 23 wides (Wests’ third top score), kept the scorers busy but didn’t help our chances.
Despite the hiccup, the team remains well placed for a finals berth, being parked in 4th place on the points ladder.
Rishahb Goyal

Round 5: RPC 7/245 (Graham 86, Myers 57) def. Easts 243 (Aitchison 5/45 Ramakanth 2/46)

What a game of cricket!  Today’s local derby clash between Randwick Petersham and Eastern Suburbs under 16 years A W Green Shield teams will sit in the memory for some time. And deservedly so. It was a match which had everything and was decided in the 100th over of the day with Randwick Petersham getting to 7-245 with 4 balls to go to chase down the Dolphins 243.  For the home side, paceman Gregor Aitchison began well, sending two back to the pavilion for a 2-6 scoreline. But there was plenty of resistance and at 4-150, the visitors were well on top. They looked even better at 6-223 until leg-spinner Atharv Ramakanth (2-46 off 10 overs) broke through. That gave the early wicket-taker Aitchison a bit of incentive and he returned to the bowling crease to wrap up the innings for 243, taking 5-45 off 9.5 in the process. Young Gregor was just the second player in the past 10 years to take a “5-for” in Green Shield for the club.

Zak Graham

The most amazing thing about the Easts innings however, was that, despite a couple of solid 40s by the batters, top-scorer was the Randy Petes’ 50 extras! And while it included 41 wides, only one no-ball was bowled and one bye allowed. Easts conceded 28 when they bowled which seems minute against it. The team of 2014-15 conceding 46 to Sutherland is the only record close to it.  Head-shaking stats.

In the run chase, the Randy Petes openers began slowly and watchfully. Rishabh Goyal (who took a hat-trick in Metropolitan Cup cricket early in the season) was first to go for 27 with the score on 45. At 2-54, left-hander Zakary Graham was joined by right-hander Jake Myers who had struggled to get past 17 while opening the batting the previous 4 games. He and Zakary batted through to the 43rd over when Graham was out for a brilliant 86 off 99 balls with 11 fours and a scoreline of 3-201. They had put on 147 for the 3rd wicket—just 9 short of the club record set 19 years ago. A total of 43 runs were needed off 42 balls. Chaik Hathurusinghe hit 21 off 18 including the only 6 of the season. But at 228, Myers was run out for a well-made 57 off 77. Nerves then kicked in and wickets fell at 234, 235 and 236. It was 7-236 with 8 to get off 11. Into the last over—4 needed off 6. Hunter Palmer struck a 4 off the second ball of the last over and it was game, set and match at 7-245. Sweaty palms all round!

Next round is against UTS North Sydney (one win behind us in 7th place) NEXT TUESDAY at Coogee Oval from 10 am.

Gregor Aitchison 5 wickets

Reports compiled by Hon. Club Historian Lyall Gardner OAM



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