Match Report Round 3 v Hawkesbury and Metro Cup Round 3 v UNSW & Penrith 2023-24
Another brilliant win last Saturday for Randwick Petersham taking on Hawkesbury in a 1st Grade limited overs match at Benson’s Lane, Richmond following Jake Egan’s debut. The side won by 58 runs bowling out the Hawks for 168 in reply to its 9-226 off 50 overs. The Hawks’ bowling subdued the visitors’ batting to some extent, with top-score coming from number 7 bat Angus McTaggart, making 55 off 66 balls while hitting 6 fours. Earlier, skipper Riley Ayre had set the scene with a solid 50 off 87 balls with just 2 boundaries. Alex Ross, in his second Belvidere Cup match, made a valuable 41 off 56 balls. Former Australian left-arm spinner, Steve O’Keeffe ensured runs were hard to come by, taking 4-34 off 10 overs.
In the run chase, the locals made a reasonable start to be 2-61 off 15 overs before losing 3-19. From 5-102, the Randy Petes bowlers really hit their straps taking the last 5 wickets for only 66 runs to pocket the points. Fast bowler Jason Ralston returned best figures with 4-19 off 9 overs while spinner Ryan Ninan took 3-31 off 10.
It was in fact a huge day for the club with all 5 grades winning. It is the 19th time we have achieved that feat and the second occasion playing Hawkesbury. Among the top performances, Reuben Sachs hit a brilliant 127 not out off 102 balls with 10 fours and 4 sixes in 3rd Grade while teammate Lachlan Skelly took 6-31 off 10 overs to complete the job. It was his second “five-for” in his first three matches for the club. And to add to the good news, Randwick Petersham Gold won its Metropolitan Cup match against University of NSW. Randwick Petersham Green was the only casualty during the day going down by just 4 runs against Penrith.
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