Lyall’s Preview Round 8 v Fairfield Liverpool and Metro Cup Round 8 v North West Sydney & Fairfield-Liverpool

It was a great win by 1st Grade over defending premiers Parramatta last weekend. They confirmed a spot in the top 4 with just two rounds left before the Christmas break. Unfortunately, our lower graders continued their run of outs with all 4 teams losing. That means that in the past 4 rounds–16 matches– we have won just one! Ironically, that poor form follows wins in all grades the round before. It was disaster for our Club Championship hopes as we dropped to 11th place. Having led the competition by 51 points on 22 October, we now find ourselves 227 points behind the leader Parramatta just 43 days later! We did manage a win in Metro Cup last weekend with Green knocking over Blacktown but Gold went down to Warringah.

We are up against Fairfield-Liverpool this Saturday in a round of Limited Overs matches. They are struggling a bit this season being in 15th place on 346 points in the Club Championship. In 1st Grade, apart from being a Belvidere Cup match, it is also round 3 in the Limited Overs Cup competition–something we won just 3 years ago. We are currently in 4th place on the ladder, one point behind St George, NDs and Penrith. The four lower grades also play 50 overs-per-side matches. All games start at 10 am. Plus on Sunday we have round 5 of the Poidevin-Gray under 21 competition. A win will ensure us a place in the conference finals.

Once again, despite our limited success, we had some excellent performances (and some poor ones) last round against Parramatta.

  • 1st Grade wicket-keeper Anthony Sams held 6 catches in an innings for the first time. On three previous occasions he has held 5. His record with us is now 489 dismissals–just 11 short of the magic 500. Only one wicket-keeper in the history of the Sydney 1st Grade competition has completed 500 dismissals or more–the legendary Ernie Laider of St George who has 544 against his name. Ernie played between 1929 and 1958.
  • In just his 6th Belvidere Cup match, towering fast bowler Connor O’Riordan, who set a wicket-taking record in our Poidevin-Gray premiership win last season, took 6-57 in 1st Grade last Sunday. All 6 wickets came from edges with Anthony Sams holding 5 and skipper Riley Ayre one at slip.
  • Alex Ross hit his maiden NSW Premier Cricket century last Saturday making 110 with many of his 9 fours and 3 sixes coming from his signature sweep shot.
  • The 152 runs partnership for the 4th wicket in 1st Grade between Camden Hawkins and Alex Ross was the best since Soumil Chhibber and Anthony Sams put on 142 against NDs at Mark Taylor in 2018-19.
  • With 31* last Saturday, Daya Singh passed the 1,500 1st Grade runs milestone. He now has 1,519.
  • Despite their loss, the 101 runs partnership for the second wicket in 4th Grade was performed by two 15-year-olds–Ashane Jayapragash and Yashvardhn Anoop Singh. Both will play A W Green Shield for us when it starts on Sunday 17th.
  • While 4ths lost last weekend, Parramatta’s third top score was the 42 extras we conceded which included 27 wides.
  • Unfortunately, 2nd Grade had another batting collapse, crashing from 2-41 to all out 80–a loss of 8-39.
  • The round 7 defeat was a continuation of the 3rd Grade poor record against Parramatta with our last win in 2010-11.
  • RP Green had their second win of the season after taking down the previously unbeaten Blacktown in slow and sultry conditions. Despite a narrow two-wicket loss to perennial challengers, Warringah, RP Gold are sitting in 8th and still well within striking distance of the competition leaders.


Round 8 v Fairfield-Liverpool

1st Grade is @ Rosedale, Warwick Farm: We are 4th and they are 6th.  Looks like a tough match. And the forecast is for 42 degrees!

2nd Grade is @ Coogee: They have 2 wins and we have one. They are 15th and we are 18th. We need to get some runs.

3rd Grade is @ Fairfield: We have scored 281, 345 and 248 our last 3 matches for 2 losses and a draw. Due for a change of luck.

4th Grade is @ Petersham: Both have had 2 wins. There will be nothing in this match.

5th Grade is @ Don Dawson: We have won 4 and they are yet to register their first win. Let’s hope it’s not against us!

Our METROPOLITAN CUP matches this weekend are one-day limited overs fixtures from 10am Saturday. RPC Green plays Fairfield-Liverpool at Kensington, with both teams sitting on two wins each – a win for either team will keep their race for the finals alive. RPC Gold plays NWS Hurricanes Maroon at Snape, and despite the narrow loss and games lost to rain, are still well placed to continue their run of form from the previous three seasons.

SUNDAY Poidevin-Gray: We play UTS North Sydney at Tunks Park from 10 am. This is the last of the 5 rounds before the finals. We are running equal 2nd with UTS Norths who have been going well. A win will cement second place and a home ground for the semis.


Lyall Gardner OAM

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