Preview Round 2 v Campbelltown-Camden and Metro Cup Round 2 2023-24

What a great start to the season with the club well placed in 3rd position in the Club Championship on 132 points, just 15 behind the early leader, Gordon. 1st Grade have already made the Twenty20 Cup Qualifying Final to be played on Sunday 15 October while our under 21 Poidevin-Gray team began well in defending its premiership won so well last year.

This weekend we start the first of the one-day Limited Overs matches against Campbelltown-Camden in ALL GRADES from 10am.

1st Grade is at Coogee; 2nd Grade is at Raby 1; 3rd Grade is at Petersham; 4th Grade is at Raby 2; 5th Grade is at Kensington.

In 1st Grade, Jason Ralston will play his 100th game for the club this weekend while 3rd Grade skipper, Tom Holland will step out in that grade for the 75th time.

In Metropolitan Cup, RPC Green plays NWS Hurricanes Gold at Marrickville on Saturday while on Sunday, RPC Gold play Blacktown at Petersham. Both games start at 10 am. Our brilliant CEO John Stewart needs just 10 runs for a 1,500 runs milestone. Consistent bowler, Charith De Silva needs just 2 wickets to reach the 150 wickets mark.

One of the highlights in this early part of the season, is the performance of a number of our debutants. Here’s how some of them fared in their first game with us:

 1st Grade: Jack Wood, a Queensland-born all-rounder, joined us from Port Adelaide CC in Adelaide. Scored 69 off 38 balls with 5 fours and 5 sixes in the T20 match defeat of Eastern Suburbs at Raby Oval.
 1st Grade: Alex Ross, a South Australian, joined us from the Sydney Thunder BBL team. Scored 43 off 26 balls with 4 fours and 2 sixes in the T20 match defeat of Eastern Suburbs at Raby Oval.
 Poidevin-Gray: Jake Egan joined us as the Cricket Ireland Scholarship recipient. Took a hat-trick in his 4-49 off 10 overs to defeat University of NSW at Coogee Oval.
 Poidevin-Gray: Thomas Coady joined us from Eastern Suburbs (via Dubbo). Scored 52 off 42 balls with 5 fours and 2 sixes. He then combined with fellow debutant Jake Egan to complete his first wicket for the club as wicket-keeper with a stumping.
 2nd Grade: Cricket Ireland Scholarship recipient, Jake Egan, made his NSW Premier Cricket debut against Bankstown at Bankstown Oval. Scored 100* off 114 balls with 3 fours and 6 sixes in a last ball defeat.
 2nd Grade: Wicket-keeper/batter, Thomas Coady, in his first match for the club against Bankstown at Bankstown Oval, scored 46 off 46 balls with 3 fours and 2 sixes.
 3rd Grade: Lachlan Skelly joined us from Orange City.
Took 5 successive wickets to finish with 5-37 off 10 overs in the defeat of Bankstown at Petersham Oval.
 4th Grade: Alfie Roy-Webb joined us from Burley-in-Wharfedale, Leeds, England. Alfie was appointed captain in his first NSW Premier Cricket match and scored 62 from 116 balls with 3 fours. As wicket-keeper, he took 3 catches and completed a stumping in a narrow loss by 2 wickets.
 5th Grade: Rory Anderson joined us as a local junior.
Rory took 3 wickets in the first up win against Bankstown at Kensington Oval. After dismissing the opposition opener, Rory returned to help stifle the Dog’s fightback, finishing with 3-41 off 10 overs.
 Metro Green: Sinthujan Maheswaran joined us from Cheetahs Cricket Club &; Samarpal Singh joined us from Fairfield-Liverpool Watson Shield. Sinthujan rescued the first innings of the Green team with 49 valuable runs at Marrickville Oval. Taking Green to a total of 148, he also chipped in with a wicket and almost help pull off an unlikely win. Samarpal had earlier cut a swathe through the top and middle of the UNSW batting order to give his team a shout, with 3-18 off 8 overs.
 Metro Gold: Aarush Mandadi joined us from Bankstown Weblin Shield. Aarush opened the bowling for Gold at Petersham Oval against Georges River and had an immediate impact. After badging the opener first ball, his fourth ball was spooned to cover, while the first ball of the second over was lobbed to mid-off. His third wicket, via the gloves to second slip, reduced River to 3-32 in pursuit of 190. A sharp catch at point later helped go a long way to seal the match.

Go the Randy Petes!!

Lyall Gardner OAM
Club Historian

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