NSW Premier Cricket Round 11 vs Hawkesbury
Round 11 produced some great results across the board for the Randy Petes, with four out of the five grades coming away with victories against Hawkesbury.
Jackson Gwynne and Blake Weymouth both played their part in their 1st Grade debuts in an outright win, while three players across the club took five-wicket hauls.
3rd Grade cemented their spot inside the competition’s top-four, while 4th Grade and 5th Grade also kept themselves in the hunt for finals. Metro Gold completed their 5th win in a row to entrench themselves within the top 6 of the Metro Cup.
Lefand 1st Grade: RPC 176 (Singh 64 Sams 51) & 7/148 (Ayre 55* Weymouth 40) def. Hawkesbury 145 (Gwynne 3/16 Pathak 3/19 Ayre 3/36) & 178 (Ayre 3/55)
Suttons 2nd Grade: Hawkesbury 8/115 (O’Loughlin 5/23) def. RPC 98
Petersham RSL 3rd Grade: RPC 187 (Mellick 50) def. Hawkesbury 107 (Apostolakis 4/3 Hussain 4/23) & 8/118 (Apostolakis 3/11 Hussain 3/15)
Mellick Wealth 4th Grade: RPC 9/169d. (Sachs 52 Lopes 51) def. Hawkesbury 121 (Ramakanth 5/21 Singh 4/28)
4s lost the toss and were sent into bat on a wicket that looked like it was going to give the bowlers a bit of assistance. Solid batting from Luca Lopes (51) and Reuben Sachs (52) got the team into the strong position of 1 for 97 before Hawkesbury got back into the game via some tight bowling, a slow outfield, and heat starting to take effect. The team limped to a total of 170 – about 50 short of where the side were hoping at the first drinks break.
Clovelly Community Bank 5th Grade: RPC 60 & 8/205d. (Lynch 59) def. Hawkesbury 85 (Tape 5/52) & 111 (Tape 4/38)
Round 11 saw us come against the hawks and us in pursuit of finals cricket, we were looking to get a dominant win. The hawks skipper won the toss and chose to bowl first which proved to be a master stroke, as a combination of a bouncy and stick wicket with some questionable shot selection and Hawkesbury fronting a second grade quick, we were dismissed for a total of 59. However the boys weren’t defeated and we took the attitude of, well if they can do it so can we.
It took a few overs before we made our first breakthrough, but from then on we were taking wickets at regular intervals, managing to dismiss the opposition for 85, with Mark Tape taking his first five-wicket haul for the club finishing with figures of 5/52 off 13.5, with the other wickets going to Adam Coombs (2/21) and Jake Myers (3/8). We then were sent in to bat again, and finished the day at 2/41, keeping us well within the game.
To complete the reverse outright in week 2, it was simple, put enough runs on the board, declare with enough overs and back ourselves to take 10 wickets. Ryan Lynch (59) and Angus Beaumont (45), along with some other contributions, saw us reach a total of 8/205, giving Hawkesbury 180 to chase in 39 overs. The wickets weren’t coming as frequently this week, however we slowly made inroads through their top order. However their second grader continued to bat through and we didn’t help by dropping him on a couple of occasions. We had the Hawks five down with 10 overs to go, not sure how the game would finish. What followed was one of the most outrageous barbecues ever seen on a cricket field, with the striker hitting straight to mid on and calling yes, with Chris Parthenis throwing the stumps down with the batter in another post code.
Mark Tape returned for his second spell and managed to dismiss the set second grader with a cracking Yorker. With the hawks 8 down and with there being 4 overs left, Chris was introduced into the attack and bowled an unplayable ball to dismiss their number 9. It came down to Mark Tape with the last over, dismissing the 10th wicket with 3 balls to spare and handing us victory. Mark ended up with 9 wickets for the match and bowled superbly. We continue our climb up the ladder in search of finals cricket.
Mr Taxman Metro Gold: RPC Gold 6/220 (A Gilmore 61, R Goyal 54, L Takacs) def. UNSW (S Suresh 4/21, R Goyal 2/18)
RP Gold finally won a toss on week 1, and elected to bowl under grey skies and on wicket that had a bit of water on it during the week. The decision was vindicated in manic first half hour, as the bumblebees were reduced to 2/13 – with a wicket each to Rishabh Goyal and Ryan Di Blasio – which could have been worse if not for some contentious umpiring. From there, two young bees rode their luck and valiantly fought their way out of trouble, as the wicket eased out. Fortunately for Gold, the bees’ half centurion BBQ’d his partner just before tea to leave the score at an even 3/90. After tea, the spinners really tightened the screws – Sriram Suresh leading the way – as Gold wrested control of the match back to take 6 wickets in the session. We weren’t quite able to crack the last scalp, but 9/174 at the end of the day was a good recovery considering the wicket held up much better than expected.
3 overs into day 2, and Sriram took the last wicket to finish with a well-deserved 4-fer, leaving Gold with a chase of 178 for first innings points. Rishabh Goyal held firm at one end, ensuring that Angus Gilmore had a set partner when he walked in at a slightly precarious 3/68. Any nerves were well settled after Angus took after the bowling after tea, racing from 3/78 at the break to 3/152 in 15 overs, while icing a half century on the way. After Angus fell for 61, Rishabh brought up his second half century in a mature knock, though couldn’t quite get the target over the line. At 6/167, Luke Takacs (34*) rode his luck early in his returning knock while Archie Robinson (22*) got some valuable time in the middle. Stumps were called at 6/220 with six points, good centre practice and an improved quotient to boot.
Cartwright Insurances Metro Green: RPC Green 170 (K Van Keulen 43, R Steinberg 34) drew North West Sydney Gold (S Singh 2/13, T Gowda 1/13)
Green lost the toss and were put in on a sweltering day out in the Hills. They weren’t able to make use of the heat though, as they collapsed to 9/112. Rory Steinberg made the most of recent good form and spent most of his time holding together the innings with a skilful 34. From there, a resolute 10th wicket stand with the maverick Keegan Van Keulen and evergreen Jay Patel put on 58 to keep the Hurricanes out in the heat and putting forward a formidable total – Keegan falling short of a well-deserved half-century, making 43. The Hurricanes were only left with 45 overs to chase 171 and charged through the gates like a bull in a china shop, taking 20 from the first two overs. However, Samarpreet Singh (2/13) and Thanush Gowda (1/13) stuck to their line and had the Hurricanes reeling at 3/28 before rain set in and they couldn’t leave fast enough. While a draw was a dent to Green’s finals chances, they can take heart from a spirited effort in the heat that will at least help the Gold team with their finals tilt.