Randwick Petersham Cricket Round 10 vs Gordon

NSW Premier Cricket Round 10 vs Gordon

Round 10 produced some great results across the board for the Randy Petes – including a great escape from 3rd Grade and a dominant victory from 1st Grade.

Anthony Sams blasted another brilliant century to help 1s get over the line at Chatswood Oval, while a fantastic spell from Sadeep Deepak in 3s cemented their spot within the finals picture.

5th Grade also came away with a much-needed victory on the road, while both Metro Cup sides clinched the six points.

Lefand 1st Grade: RPC 2/262 (Sams 134* Ayre 91*) def. Gordon 7/260 (Pathak 2/32 Burton 2/44)


Amazing. Astonishing. Jaw-dropping. Mind-blowing.
These are just some of the superlatives which may be directed toward the batting of Riley Ayre and Anthony Sams in chasing down a huge 7-260 set by Gordon in the 1st Grade limited overs match at Chatswood Oval. Coming together with the score a shaky 2-34, they put on an undefeated partnership of 228* for the 3rd wicket to take the points with a final tally of 2-262 with the clock ticking over to 7.25 pm! In 22 seasons of Randwick Petersham 1st Grade cricket, it had never been done. A new record, it smashed the previous mark of 217 set by Anthony himself, in concert with Jake Scicluna in 2016-17 against Fairfield-Liverpool at Coogee Oval.
When the winning run was struck after 40.2 overs, Sams had a massive 134* runs to his name made off only 119 balls with 16 boundaries and two sixes. Riley Ayre had made 91* off 104 balls with 8 fours and a six. In some ways it’s a pity there wasn’t more runs to get as Riley’s performance was most deserving of a century.
The day began with early rain which delayed the start and reduced the match from 50 to 42 overs for each team. Skipper Daya Singh won the toss and sent the Stags in to bat with an expectation of early wickets. Not to be and at 3-144, a big chase looked on the cards. And so it turned out with some hefty scoring against our limited attack with front-liner Singh under an injury cloud. Best figures were returned by Shivansh Pathak with 2-32 (5) alongside Ash Burton with 2-44 (8 ) and Jason Ralston with 2-55 (8 ).
It was a mixed start in the run-chase with Tawanda Muyeye taking 14 off the first over (including a six) but consistent run-getter, Camden Hawkins, was out first ball of the second! They were both in the pavilion with 34 on the board as club history was about to unfold with Riley Ayre and Anthony Sams at the crease. It was a superb exhibition of limited overs cricket. There was no mad slogging, just methodical batting as time, overs and the score ticked over. None of the six bowlers could make inroads into the armoury of concentration, determination, experience and shot selection applied by the pair. With 10 overs to go, 70 runs were needed off 10 overs with Sams on 98* and Ayre 64*. From the following overs they took 2, 12, 6, 13, 3, 9, 13 and 9 leaving 4 to get off the 41st over. Only two balls were needed. What a win!
There were more records. Sams became the first Randwick Petersham cricketer to pass 7,000 runs, taking his overall total to 7,093—all in 1st Grade. The century was also his 12th for the club while his score of 134* is his second highest behind his 152, six years ago. And when you consider he has completed 447 dismissals as wicketkeeper, he is fast becoming one of the greatest batsman / wicketkeepers ever to play Sydney 1st Grade cricket. The great tragedy of his career is that he never played first-class cricket for NSW. Riley Ayre also reached a club milestone taking his record past the 3,000 1st Grade runs to 3,034.
A match like this confirms what many cricket followers know. For thrilling cricket, its hard to go past NSW Premier Cricket. It’s the game at its best.

Suttons 2nd Grade: Gordon 7/219 (Mahony-Brack 2/38 Gwynne 2/240) def. RPC 217 (Weymouth 67)

RPC lost the toss at Coogee and were sent in with a bit of rain around. Wickets fell regularly to see Randwick slump to 5/70 before a 60 run partnership between Blake Weymouth (67) and Scott Macbeth (26). When Scott was dismissed dismissed followed by Basit soon after it looked like a score of 150 might not be reached. Some tail wagging from Zac Maron (25) and Connor O’Riordan (17) saw a score of 217 all out posted.
Randwick fought hard with the ball on a wicket that, all told, was good for batting, taking the game to the last 49th over before Gordon passed the score 7 wickets down. JMB (2/38 off 10) and Jackson Gwynne (2/40 off 10) were the pick of the bowlers, while Basit (0/36 off 10) bowled economically and Connor (1/51 off 10) bowled better than his figures.
Unfortunately, fielding again was sub-par with two dropped catches, a missed stumping and another couple of half chances not taken.

Petersham RSL 3rd Grade: RPC 98 def. Gordon 84 (Deepak 4/23 O’Loughlin 2/12)

3rd Grade arrived to Beauchamp Oval with rain falling and delayed start to 11.30 with 49 overs each side. Surprisingly, the deck was hard and the outfield, whilst being slower than Kenso, was still a bit wet, so after winning the toss (finally) we decided to bat first. After losing a wicket in the first over, Ross Eliot (15) and Tom Holland (18) consolidated to get through the first 10 overs, however after some tight bowling, both were dismissed just before the drinks break. From there, a steady stream of wickets fell throughout the remainder of the innings, all down to poor shot selection, with only Akther Hussain (13) and Sadeep Deepak (14) making double figures while Dane Coombs and Mitch O’Loughlin put on 16 for the last wicket, seeing us all out for 98 in the 37th over.
With Gordon seemingly thinking they’d already won, we went to work in the bowling innings. The pitch was becoming a bit more two-paced with the ball either shooting through low or raring up off a length, and so we maintained our tight discipline early with both Mitch (2-12 off 7.4) and Dane (1-10 off 7) striking early and putting increased pressure on the Gordon batsmen. Huss (1-22 off 9) bowled tidily and Dave Dubey (1-14 off 8) finished off a great spell with a wicket of his own. At 4-70 in the 32nd over it seemed that Gordon thought it would just happen for them. But a runout to Sadeep followed by a stumping off Sadeep’s (4-23 off 9) bowling, courtesy of some smart wicket-keeping by Ross, and another 3 quick wickets had them in strife with the Gordon batsmen unsure of what was happening. Mitch finished the innings off to gift us victory from the jaws of defeat, rolling Gordon for 84, of which is one of the more memorable wins I’ve been lucky enough to be a part.
Our fielding throughout the bowling innings was phenomenal, with Josh Mellick and Sadeep each taking a screamer at 2nd slip and gully respectively, Ben Tracey was again the leader in the field with the batsmen scared to run if the ball went anywhere near him. It was pleasing to see that we never gave up hope despite the scoreboard and shows that we can continue to win games from any position in the game. Roll on next week.

Mellick Wealth 4th Grade: Gordon 8/227 (Dodd 2/9) def. RPC 9/139 (Bird 42)


RPC won the toss and bowled first. Early wickets to Gibson and Coombes in their first overs had RPC flying. Consistent pressure and some tight bowling from Parthenis and Dodd had Gordon 5/80 and in the box seat. However, an exceptional innings from Gordon’s No.7 took the momentum away from RPC and saw Gordon post a competitive but below-par score after their 50 overs.

With the bat, we never got started, losing wickets at crucial moments. Lachy Bird showed glimpses of how destructive he can be, scoring a run a ball 42, and Hunter Palmer and Chris Parthenis spent some valuable time at the crease.

Clovelly Community Bank 5th Grade: RPC 9/209 (Sidney 40) def. Gordon 9/201 (Bird 4/36)


After a solid win against Sydney the week before, 5th Grade looked to take that momentum into a big game against Gordon. After some rain fell out of nowhere after a week of sun, we were faced with a reduced game of 46 overs per side.

RPC won the toss and elected to have a bat, backing our bowlers to defend whatever we put on the board. After an early wicket, the side managed to stick it out and there was some solid contributions during the middle overs, without anyone kicking on unfortunately. With some lusty blows towards the back end of the innings, RPC managed to post 2/209 after our allotted 46.

The visitors started their bowling innings off impeccably bowling tight lines and areas, which awarded us with a couple early breakthroughs, one each to Mark Tape and Zack Narayan. After an interesting umpiring decision awarded a life to one of the stags batters who began to tee off. Enter Josh Bird on his return to the club who take 4 poles for not many runs and put us right on top. Towards the back end of our fielding innings some dropped chances kept Gordon in the game, however we managed to claw ourselves back and won with eight runs to spare.

Mr Taxman Metro Gold: RPC Gold 5/158 (A Gilmore 50, O Murray 44*, A Tiwari 25) def. Blacktown Mounties Gold (S Suresh 2/10, A Gilmore 2/35)


RP Gold lost the toss on what felt like the hottest day of cricket in two years, and were asked to field on a belter of a Petersham pitch. There was nothing in it early for the pace bowlers, though Nimesh Desai broke a worrying opening stand when the younger of the two openers snicked off. From there, it was spin that controlled the play, with a young Blacktown side showing little intent but still managing to stick out the overs. Sriram Suresh (2/10) was made to look unplayable after Angus Gilmore (2/35) held the early sway. A late flurry pushed the Mounties to 157, which was at the very least 40 short of a part score.

Our young openers started well, particularly Aditya Tiwari (25) who launched into a glorious pull shot for 4 off his third ball, but one of the Mounties opening bowlers made sure we were kept honest with the best spell of the game. At 3/62, Gilmore (50) combined with Oscar Murray (44*) for a match-winning partnership at the young Blacktown charges withered in the afternoon heat, while Suresh got us close with a few finishing lusty blows. The 5-wicket win was also comprehensive enough to knab a bonus point and well and truly consolidate a spot in the top-6 for the well-performing Gold side.

Cartwright Insurances Metro Green: RPC Green 4/106 (D Brar 58*) def,  Blacktown Mounties Black 103 (K Van Keulen 2/11, R Di Blasio 2/16, C De Silva 2/24)

Green won the toss and did not hesitate to bowl at a rain-affected 42-over match at Kensington Oval. The decision proved to be the correct one, with Ryans Di Blasio (2/16) and Rajesh (1/22) ripping through to top order. The Mounties’ middle order tried to hack their way out of trouble, but veteran Charith De Silva (2/24) held sway to keep the scoring and runs in check, while also chipping in with his first two wickets of the season. Wickets were shared around, with Keegan Van Keulen picking up his first pair of wickets for the club, as Blacktown imploded for 103.

Promoted up the order to open the batting, Daman Brar (58*) powerfully guided the innings through to pass the score 4 down, with plenty of overs in the shed and a bonus point to spare. It was the fourth win of the season for Green, who had only won 4 games in total over the previous two seasons, and keeps them in contention of a finals position.

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