Randwick Petersham have been devastatingly bundled out of the Green Shield competition, with their qualifying final clash with Hawkesbury abandoned on Sunday.
The side finished inside the top-eight after securing four wins in the regular season, but missed the chance to earn a second-chance in the finals due to inclement weather across Sydney.
Wins over Sydney Uni, Hawkesbury, Gordon and Easts saw the U16s outfit make the finals for the first time in seven years.
RPC Green Shield Qualifying Final vs Hawkesbury: Match Abandoned
Our under 16 years A W Green Shield team finished its 2022-23 campaign on Sunday, unfortunately washed out in the Qualifying Final against Hawkesbury at Blacktown. Despite day-long drizzle and showers, some play was possible with Hawkesbury facing a little over 24 overs for a score of 2-102 when the match was called off. Thomas Gibson and Jake Myers had a wicket each.
It was a disappointing finish to a wonderful season of cricket by the boys. They won four of the eight matches played, lost two with another two, the last two, drawn after being washed out.
It was the best season for the club in this competition since 2015-16, when ironically, our semi-final against Hawkesbury at Richmond, was washed out with the Hawks in front on the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern (DLS) system by one run. A further irony is that the team defeated Hawkesbury in round 2 this season.
RPC Green Shield Round 7 vs Northern District: Match Abandoned
Randwick Petersham was listed to play Northern District at Storey Park, Hornsby, in the final round of the under 16 years A W Green Shield competition of 2022-23. It was a late start after a stormy night with the match reduced to 41 overs per side. NDs won the toss and batted but after just 6.4 overs and 13 runs, the bowling approaches were deemed too slippery to continue and play was stopped. But close to 4pm under gloomy skies, the area had not dried sufficiently for the game to go ahead and it was abandoned as a draw.
The one point for the draw took the Randy Petes to 25 on the ladder, equal in 5th place with Easts, Gordon and Sydney. And while we are listed as 7th on the PlayHQ points ladder, by my calculations we ended up 5th as we had four wins and a draw to the four wins of the other three clubs.
Green Shield Round 6: North Sydney 6/264 (Aitchison 4/65) def. RPC 196 (Ramakanth 69)
UTS North Sydney had too many guns for our boys in the under 16 years A W Green Shield clash at Coogee Oval on Tuesday. The Bears won 6-264 (50 overs) to our 195 (45.1). It was the side’s second loss in the six rounds played so far with one to go. A win over Northern District at Storey Park (Hornsby) on Thursday, will however, ensure a place in the top 8 to contest the finals.
In today’s match, the Bears won the toss and batted. Opening bowler, Gregor Aitchison (who took 5-45 last game against Easts) struck early, knocking over an opener and first drop for a 2-13 scoreline. It was slow going thereafter and when Jake Myers (2-9 off 6) took 2 quick wickets, the bowlers were on top at 4-66.
However, there was no more cheering until the 5th wicket fell 116 runs later for a comfortable score of 5-182. Another 73 for the 6th wicket was fast putting the game out of reach and when 27 runs were taken off the final two overs, our boys were facing a challenging chase of 265 to win. Conceding 47 extras including 30 wides was also a heavy burden, particularly after 50 went by the wayside last match. Aitchison finished with 4-64 off 10 overs giving him a healthy 15 wickets so far in the competition.
It was slow going in the run chase although at 3-122, the side had a sniff despite overs ticking away. But Jake Myers’ dismissal for 32 immediately followed by two wickets, saw a scoreline of 6-126. Atharv Ramakanth was the hope of the side, but when he was caught for an impressive 69 off 89 balls with four boundaries, the score had slumped to 7-188. Unfortunately, the tail showed little resistance and at 195 they were all out giving the Bears a comfortable 69 runs victory.