Lyall’s Preview Round 7 v Parramatta and Metro Cup Round 7 v Warringah & Blacktown

It was a real dampener for us last weekend in more ways than one with draws in 1st and 3rd grades and losses in 2s, 4s and 5s. Our two Metro Cup matches were also drawn because of the rain. The wet second day did us no favours with Mosman taking all the chocolates. As a result, it was a real blow to our position in the Club Championship. In just 5 weeks we have gone from leading by 51 points to struggling in 10th spot and 174 behind the leader Parramatta, who we come up against this weekend across the 5 grades.

1st Grade will play on Saturday and Sunday at Coogee in what will be a replay of last season’s semi-final at Old Kings. Parramatta gave us a real shellacking on that occasion and went on to win the premiership. At present, we are running 5th on 19 points and they are 6th on 18. The four lower grades will play 50 overs-per-side matches. All games start at 10 am.

There was little to be enthused about last round, although we had some excellent performances. 1st Grade skipper Riley Ayre took 6 successive wickets to return 6-42–his second-best career figures while Shivansh Pathak took his first “five-for” with 5-27 in 2nd Grade. In 3rds, Mahsen Narvel was denied his second ton of the season when unluckily caught from a deflection from the non-striker for 96 while Damian Sidney held 5 catches behind the stumps in 5th Grade.

Probably the “highlight”of the round, or more appropriately described as the “lowlight”, were the amazing batting collapses in 2nd Grade. Batting first, Mosman went from 3-105 to be all out for 121 after losing 7-16! And while that was some sort of collapse, it was highly contagious, as we went one better by losing 8-16 after being 2-96 to be all out for 112 and lose the match by 9 runs!


Round 7 v Parramatta

1st Grade is @ Coogee, Saturday and Sunday: Whoever loses is likely to drop out of the top 6 on the points ladder.

2nd Grade is @ Old Kings: Parra are running 3rd while we are 18th. Time to pull up our socks and show our talent.

3rd Grade is @ Petersham: The defending premiers have won 6 from 6. If we are to be premiership contenders, we need to knock them over.

4th Grade is @ Merrylands: We are 12th and they are 3rd. A tough match.

5th Grade is @ Kensington: Parra are 2nd and we are 5th. This could be a close tussle.

Our METROPOLITAN CUP matches this weekend are one-day limited overs fixtures from 10am Saturday. RPC Green plays Blacktown at Whalan 2 while RPC Gold plays Warringah at Snape.


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