Randwick Petersham PGs Conference Final Recap vs North Sydney

The Investment Collective Poidevin-Gray: RPC 3/174 (Mitchell 52 Keogh 40*) def. North Sydney 173 (Mitchell 3/17 McTaggart 3/43)

Match report courtesy of Lyall Gardner
We’re in the GRAND FINAL!
An outstanding win over UTS North Sydney in the Sixers Conference Final of the U21 Poidevin-Gray competition has lifted Randwick Petersham into its first Grand Final in this competition.
And while our founding clubs took out the competition 12 times between them, the best we have finished in our 22 years was 4th in 2004-05. The last time the old Petersham-Marrickville club won was in 1972-73––51 years ago––while Randwick has to go back 56 years to 1967-68. But today the boys reserved a spot in the big one to be played on a date and venue to be determined. It was history in the making.
And what a hollow victory it was at North Sydney Oval. Scores in the 7-wicket win were 3-174 to 173. Having won the toss and decided on first use of the wicket, at 2-53 the Bears had made a comfortable start against some tight and enthusiastic bowling and fielding. But when the breakthrough came, runs were at a premium. The only batter to show any resolve was North’s skipper and former Randy Pete, Mac Jenkins, who made 57 and was last man out. The last 4 wickets were cleaned up for just 13 for a well-below-par score of 173.
Our skipper Ben Mitchell led from the front as he has done throughout this competition, finishing with 3-17 off 7.4 overs. He was well supported by all bowlers with Angus McTaggart taking 3-43 (10), Connor O’Riordan 2-32 (😎, Scott Macbeth 1-42 (10) and Shivansh Pathak 0-39 (10). O’Riordan has now taken 20 wickets–4 more than the previous club record of 16 by Alex Graham in 2010-11.
In reply, Macbeth went for just one run but partnerships of 61, 31 and 75* followed to annex the target in just 36.2 overs. Mitchell was also the star with the bat knocking up 52 off 55 balls with 9 fours. At one stage he had 34 off 23 in a score of 1-68 off 10 overs. Blake Weymouth also took to the attack with 32 off 34 and 3 fours while Zac Keogh was solid with 40* off 77 and 2 boundaries. Tim Tector came in at no. 5 and wasted no time in piling on the runs to finish with 38* off just 47 balls with 3 fours and the only six of the innings. He also snared 3 catches. Mitchell now has 319 runs in the competition and is within sight of the 367 runs record set by Puru Gaur two years ago.
The Grand Final will be against Parramatta who have today beaten Northern District in the Thunder Conference Final. Keep a lookout for details of the Grand Final to be announced shortly.
It’s exciting times for Randwick Petersham Cricket!
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