Rd 4 Match Report v Western Suburbs, PGs v Mosman and Metro Cup 2023-24
It was all Western Suburbs in the two-day 1st Grade Belvidere Cup clash with Randwick Petersham at Coogee Oval today. Relishing the invitation to bat first, by stumps the Magpies had rattled up a huge 7-365 off 96 overs–the highest score ever made by them against the club in 1st Grade.
Their previous top was 301 at Pratten Park in 2002-03 while their previous best at Coogee, was 7-280 in 2008-09. And the hero of the day was first drop Joshua Clarke who remained 142 not out off 243 balls with 12 fours and 2 sixes. He and Liam Sparke put on 196 for the second wicket after Jason Ralston had taken the first with just 18 on the board. Sparke went on to make 92 off 209 balls before edging Ralston to wicket-keeper, Anthony Sams. Ralston was clearly the local’s best bowler but clean bowling Clarke with a no-ball when the total was 1-74 was a costly error. Ralston finished the day with 2-56 off 14 overs. Skipper Riley Ayre returned the next best figures with 2-98 off 24. The Randy Petes bats will have it all to do next Saturday but may be inspired by the fact they made 6-350 against Wests 5 years ago.
On Day 2 the side provided just token resistance in response to the huge 7 declared for 365 the Magpies posted last weekend, making just 220. Only one batter produced a decent score and that was our Ireland Cricket Scholarship recipient, 20-year-old Jake Egan, who made a terrific 94 off 148 balls hitting 11 fours. It was an innings worthy of the extra 6 which would have given him a century in just his second bat in 1st Grade. While he batted no. 6 in his first game against Hawkesbury scoring just one run, today skipper Riley Ayre sent him in to open the innings with Ben Mitchell. It was a bold move but a good one, as Jake batted through to see the score 186 when he was the 6th wicket to fall. The best partnership was for the 5th wicket when he and 18-year-old Max Robinson, playing just his fourth innings in 1st Grade, put on 77. Max made 28 off 60 balls with 3 fours.
Being 145 runs in arrears and with 30 overs left in the day, Wests enforced the follow-on. However, at 2-52 after 16 overs, stumps were called. Egan was again in the runs, making 29 off 34 balls.
It was just the opposite in 2nd Grade where Randwick Petersham made its lowest-ever score of 139 against Wests. The previous lowest was 144 three seasons ago. At stumps, Wests were 3-105 before closing out the defeat by 7 wickets.
In 3rd Grade the team scored 183 before Wests passed their total to hand them their first loss of the season by 6 wickets.
Wests 4th Grade joined in the record-breaking day by hitting their highest score against the club when they made 284 and crushed them by 191. Their previous highest was 9-280 last season at Petersham. While Wests passed our 5th Grade score 6 wickets down.
It is the first time we have lost all 5 grades to Western Suburbs and strangely, it comes on the heels of our 5 wins in all grades over Hawkesbury last round! The only saving grace today was Gold’s win over Sydney University in Metropolitan Cup. At one stage they were staring down the barrel as the Students raced to 1-110 before the spin twins of Abhy Chauhan and E-Young Khoo were introduced and 9-13 was claimed. Gold’s chase was led by the Dr with a trademark explsoive 55, and Stewart’s 22, to bring a 1st innings win. While Green dominated a young Mosman with the standout being Angus Beaumont’s maiden century (110).
BOWLERS SHINE AS RANDWICK-PETERSHAM SECURE BONUS POINT AT MOSMAN
Randwick Petersham has continued its strong defence to its Poidevin-Gray Shield title, having dispatched Mosman by three wickets and secured a vital bonus point on a day where ball dominated at Allan Border Field last Sunday.
After calling right and electing to bat, Mosman were quickly under pressure from Randy Petes’ opening quicks Luke Callanan and James Apostolakis. After seven overs, the home team were struggling at 3/32, and were languishing further when Randy Petes skipper Angus McTaggart pulled off a magnificent outfield grab to remove Ryan Hicks, leaving Mosman 4/41. This was a major scalp, given Hicks notched 75 in Mosman’s previous round victory against Sydney.
At four down, Mosman repaired some of the damage with a 53-run fifth-wicket stand between Will Adlam and William Allen, before tweaker Ben Tracey brought the important breakthrough. From there, the final five wickets fell for 46 runs, as Callanan (4/24 off nine) and Apostolakis (4/32 off seven) to set Randwick Petersham a tricky chase of 141.
The reply began well, with openers Blake Weymouth and Jake Egan fluent and willing to attack against the new ball. With the bonus point in sight, the openers put on 66 in the first seven overs, before both fell in quick succession. Runscoring from there wasn’t as easy, as but useful contributions from across the middle order (Max Robinson with 21, McTaggart with 18, and Thomas Coady with 14), ensured victory was never in real doubt, despite a late flurry of wickets from Mosman’s Zac Hall. The visitors overhauled the target in the 29th over, thus securing their second win and the bonus point.
PGs action returns on 12 November, when Randwick-Petersham host Manly Warringah at Petersham Oval.
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