Round 1 T20 & PGs Match Report – Sep23-24 2023-24

1st Grade T20 v Easts & Campbelltown-Camden

PGs v UNSW

FIRST GRADERS NOTCH T20 DOUBLE AT RABY

Strong batting was the foundation behind two impressive wins at from our first graders at Raby Oval last weekend, with the top three of Jack Wood, Anthony Sams and captain Jason Sangha leading the way.

The team tasted victory against local rivals Eastern Suburbs in the first game by 26 runs, and followed up with a stronger performance against home team Campbelltown-Camden by a whopping 68 runs.

The first game was spearheaded by debutant Jack Wood and Anthony Sams, who put on 96 in 9.4 overs for the first wicket.

Sams made his 34th half-century for the club, before he fell for 58 off 35, with three fours and five sixes. His dismissal was quickly followed by Sangha being stumped, leaving the score at 2/97.

Sydney Thunder’s Alex Ross joined Wood at the crease, and they put a further 41 before Wood fell for a well-made 69 off 38, with five fours and five sixes. At 3/138, further work was still required to post a competitive target. It was here where Ross began to flourish, with the remaining batters rallying around led the debutant, before he fell for 43 off 26. In the end, Randwick Petersham posted 6/188 off the 20 overs.

Jack Wood & Alex Ross – Club Debuts

In response, our bowlers got to work in taking regular wickets to halt the Dolphins’ progress. Captain Sangha claimed the catch to remove his NSW teammate Daniel Hughes. Aside from a fighting 74 off 45 from Easts’ skipper Baxter Holt, Randwick Petersham’s bowlers kept control of proceedings, with Jackson Gwynne the pick taking 2/30 off three overs, while Riley Ayre kept things tight with 1/15 off four. Easts finished their innings with 5/162, delivering a 26-run triumph for our lads.

Again, Randy Petes batted first in the second game against Campbelltown-Camden. Sangha was the star of the batting, posting a brilliant unbeaten 114 off 59 balls to power his team to 5/193 off 20 overs. Sangha’s knock was his fifth century for the club, and just one run short of Anthony Sams’ club record from two seasons ago, and featured 11 fours and six sixes.

Sangha was well-supported by Jack Wood at the top with 28 from 16, and from Angus McTaggart at the end with 13 from seven balls.

In reply, Ghosts’ opener Justin Mosca hit Riley Ayre for six off the first ball, but Ayre got his revenge with the second, with Alex Ross claiming the catch. Despite some further lusty hitting from our opponents, our bowlers maintained control of their run-rate, with no one in the Campbelltown-Camden middle order able to strike at above 100. Ayres and Ryan Ninan shared the spoils with three wickets each, and Sangha couldn’t stay out of the game, claiming his opposite captain Toby Flynn-Duncombe with the ball. Despite a strong flurry both at the beginning and end of their innings, the Ghosts’ batting fell well short, as Randy Petes mopped them up for 125 off 18.3 overs, delivering our first win against these opponents since the memorable 2013/14 Grand Final victory under lights at Drummoyne Oval.

Our first graders will again take the field in T20 action next Saturday, this time at home at Coogee as we face Penrith at 9.30am and Western Suburbs at 1.30pm. It is also Ladies and Legends Day and it is hoped we have a big crowd of supporters to cheer on the team. See you there!

CENTURY AND DEBUT HAT-TRICK DELIVER RANDY PETES THRILLING WIN IN OPENING PG CLASH

It’s the start of the season, and what a way to begin!

At Coogee Oval, our under-21 Poidevin-Gray defending champions defeated local rivals UNSW in a thrilling encounter at Coogee Oval that went down to wire. In all, 541 runs were scored and 19 wickets fell in 101 pulsating overs. There was no shortage of big hits either, with 36 fours and 17 sixes. When the final wicket fell on the very 606th and very last ball of the day, cue bedlam as our Randy Petes celebrated a magnificent win to open up their season.

Angus McTaggart skippered the side for the first time by winning the toss and electing to bat. Zak Keogh made his opportunity count with a magnificent 100 off 119 balls with nine fours and two sixes, and was ably supported by keeper Tom Coady, who made a fine debut with 52 off 42 balls, as the pair put on 83 for the fifth wicket. In all, Randy Petes posted 9/280 – 23 short of the club record.

In their reply, the Students started well, posting 101 without loss. Needing a breakthrough, the Randy Petes tightened their bowling and fielding, bringing two quick wickets to leave UNSW at 5/180. A comeback was briefly threatened when a 62-run partnership between Jared Humphreys and Rithvik Sharma brought the visitors closer to their target, but it was Cricket Ireland Overseas Scholarship recipient Jake Egan who delivered the breakthrough, finding the edge of their number 7 Sharma, with keeper Tom Coady making no mistake.

With 39 required off 26 balls, the game was in the balance. This narrowed further, with UNSW required 22 off the last 12. Once again, it was Egan who removed their top scorer, Jared Humphreys for 71, with our centurion Keogh claiming the vital catch. Egan made it two from two by snaffling a return catch from the new batter James Smith, leaving him on a hat-trick.

What a statement set from our new all rounder Egan, who then took the vital wicket of Nirav Prasan not only for a hat-trick, but on his club debut, his first game in Australia, and on our iconic patch at Coogee Oval. A big congratulations to Jake Egan, and hopefully a sign of things to come.

James Apostolakis did the final honours by removing Abhishek Mohanaraj with the final ball, bowling out UNSW for 261. Egan was the star man with 4-49 off his 10 overs, and well supported by Apostolakis with 2-41 off his full quota.

As far as statement wins from the defending champions go, this was an amazing start to the season. The PG side will next take the field with a trip to Allan Border Field on 22 October to face Mosman.

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