Round 2 – Match Reports

Grades 1-5 v Campbelltown-Camden
Metro Green v NWS Hurricanes Gold
Metro Gold v Blacktown

SAMS REACHES MILESTONE AS TON LIFTS FIRST-GRADERS TO STRONG WIN AT COOGEE

An unbeaten 130 from our own Australian international Daniel Sams gave Randy Petes a comfortable opening round win in their first grade Belvidere Cup clash against Campbelltown-Camden last Saturday at Coogee Oval.

Sams’ blitz off 89 balls featured 12 fours and six sixes, as he passed 3500 first grade runs for the club.

After an opening round bye, the team were primed and ready for the visitors, who won the toss and elected to bat. Visiting openers Justin Mosca and captain Toby Flynn-Duncombe started well, putting on 71 for the first wicket.

It was Connor O’Riordan who brought the crucial wicket of Flynn-Duncombe, finding his edge to enable Anthony Sams to do what he does best.

From there, O’Riordan was in charge, as he took three further scalps to leave the visitors reeling at 4/111 when Mosca fell for 53.

Captain Riley Ayre then assumed the chief destroyer role, taking four wickets off his own, with Campbelltown-Camden not able to make the most of their useful start, despite a near run-a-ball 50 from middle order batter Henry Railz.

The visitors finished their innings at 9/247 off their 50 overs, with O’Riordan (4/38) and Ayre (4/31) enjoying the majority of the spoils.

1st Graders

Randwick-Petersham made a stuttering start to the chase, with Ben Mitchell, Ayre and Alex Ross all dismissed for low scores, leaving the team at 3/36 when Daniel joined brother Anthony Sams at the crease. When keeper Anthony fell for 23 at 4/48, the team were on the brink.

Further wickets left Randy Petes at 6/115 when Angus McTaggart fell. Ultimately, the winning partnership was the 110-run stand between Daniel Sams and O’Riordan. While Sams did what he does best with expansive strokeplay, especially at the expense of Ryan Freeman, O’Riordan’s 42 off 55 ensured the required rate was never insurmountable.

O’Riordan’s downfall at 7/225 gave ample time for Daniel to finish the job alongside Jackson Gwynne and Jason Ralston, as Randy Petes overhauled the visitors’ total with 27 balls to spare.

The first graders’ next assignment will be a trip to the outskirts, as they face Hawkesbury at Bensons Lane on Saturday!

O’LOUGHLIN SHINES IN NARROW SECOND GRADE DEFEAT

Randwick Petersham’s second graders suffered their second loss of the season, as they fell short by 21 runs in their Round 2 clash at Raby Oval against Campbelltown-Camden, despite a starring performance from opening bowler Mitch O’Loughlin.

Andrew Salian was the star for the home team, leading the way with an even 100 after the Ghosts elected to bat. His opening partnership with Adam Whatley put on 89 before Jake Egan broke the stand, followed by Basit Ali taking the second wicket with the score on 98.

Another strong partnership of 82 between Salian and Campbelltown-Camden skipper Quinn Paslow recovered the Ghosts’ position, before Ali and Ash Burton combined to leave the hosts at 4/211. Despite Salian reaching a well-made ton, O’Loughlin then stood tall to take five of the remaining six wickets, with home team only making a further 24 to be bowled out for 235 in the 50th over. While O’Loughlin had the figures with 5/50 off 9.3 overs, Burton was the chief strangler of the innings, taking 2/17 off 10 miserly overs.

Josh Mellick fell early in the chase, before Adam Docos and Ash Burton combined for a 49-run stand to settle things for Randy Petes. Burton’s dismissal was closely followed by Jake Egan, leaving the visitors 3/77 and with the game in the balance.

Docos was joined in the middle by Thomas Coady, and their 53-run stand restored hope of overhauling the total. However, regular wickets after Coady’s dismissal meant that Randy Petes could not ever dominate the chase. Docos fell for a well-made 60 at 6/171, leaving too much for the tail with little time in store. The runout of O’Loughlin for the final wicket meant we fell 21 short of the target.

Randwick Petersham will return to home comforts next week, as they look to open their account at Petersham Oval on Saturday against Hawkesbury.

NARVEL KNOCKS UP TON TO LEAD THIRD GRADE THRASHING

Randwick-Petersham’s third graders delivered a near perfect performance at Petersham Oval on Saturday, to notch their second straight win having emphatically dispatched Campbelltown-Camden by nine wickets.

While opener Mahsen Narvel was the undoubted star of the show, with his unbeaten 107 and his 188-run opening stand with Ross Elliott (65) ensuring the result was put beyond question, the real work to win the game started after the toss.

Having sent the visitors in, Hayden Fox removed opposing captain Dylan Scott and first drop Luke Morgan early, leaving the Ghosts reeling at 2/17. While Isaac Gleeson (58) and James Lindsay (44) did well to put a 112-run stand to recover the innings, their combined dismissals at 129 and 140 meant the visitors rarely got out of second gear.

This double breakthrough paved the way for regular wickets to fall throughout the innings, with Fox leading the way with 4/25 off eight overs, while both Lachlan Skelly and James Apostolakis nabbing two each. Apostolakis removed last man Harpajan Singh for eight, with the visitors bowled out for 203 in the 49th over.

In response, Campbelltown-Camden’s bowlers were powerless to halt the relentless momentum of Ross Elliott and Mahsen Narvel. Opposing bowler Roshan Bhat struggled to maintain his trajectory, with 14 wides across 10 overs. The Ghosts’ sole success came late in the piece, as Elliott fell for a well-made 65, with only 16 required for victory. Narvel was joined by Joshua Segal, who finished the job with more than 11 overs still in hand.

Randwick Petersham will next travel to Bensons Lane next Saturday to face Hawkesbury.

DODD’S 5-FER SETS THE TONE FOR A CRUSHING BONUS POINT WIN FOR FORTH GRADE

Tight bowling and supportive fielding reduced the benefit of batting first by the visitors, with runs hard to come by. A steady fall of wickets kept the pressure on and only a small 44 runs partnership in the middle gave the batters any reprieve. While all bowled well, Jackson Dodd was outstanding, returning a magic 6-17 off 9.2 overs with 3 maidens. Brilliant stuff in a limited overs match. With a bonus point on the cards if the win could be achieved inside 30 overs, 9 runs came from the first over before the Reuben Sachs show began. Just 5 days after celebrating his 20th birthday, the dashing batter thrashed the attack to take the match in 26 overs, finishing with a classic 72*. Freddy Whalebone with 18* helped him along with a 51* runs partnership.

CREIGHTON’S ALL-ROUND PERFORMANCE ENSURES A THRILLING LAST OVER WIN FOR FIFTH GRADE

A good start by the Ghosts saw 32 posted without loss. But losing 5-48 saw the locals in front at 5-80. However, a determined 114 runs partnership got them back in the game. In reply, 0-18 to 3-19 was not the start we wanted. But a timely 77 runs partnership between new chum Keiren Creighton (44) and the consistent Damian Sidney (38) turned around the fortunes. With one over to go, 7 were needed, 8 down. With one ball to go, 5th Grade debutant Devesh Negi stroked one through mid-wicket for 3 to annex a great win. Creighton had a good double in his first game in 5ths, adding to his 44 with 2-21 off 8 overs.

GOLD’S SPIRITED PERFORMANCE NOT ENOUGH TO DEFEND A LOW SCORE

Aside from Randwick Petersham CEO John Stewart passing 1500 in Metro Cup, there weren’t too many batting highlights as the Golds collapsed to all out for 77 against Blacktown Mounties. They came out firing in the field, as a run out and two wickets to Aarush Mandadi set the tone, before the spinners sent a shudder through the batting line up, with Blacktown limping across the line with 2 wickets in the shed. Jeremy Jastrzab took his 100th wicket keeping dismissal in Metro Cup along the way as well.

NARROW LOSS FOR METRO GREEN DESPITE A STRONG BATTING DISPLAY

Contributions from Aayan Mazhar (43), Rory Steinberg (34), Keegan Van Keulen (32*) and Ryan Di Blasio (33*) too Green to 6-212 at Marrickville Oval, when at one stage they looked like they would struggle to get to 200. Wickets were taken at regular intervals, but not enough dot balls meant that North West Sydney Gold limped over the line in the last over with 2 wickets remaining.

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