Rd 7 Match Report v Parramatta and Metro Cup 2023-24

DAY 1 – 1st Grade

The scene was set for an exciting finish to the clash between Randwick Petersham and defending 1st Grade premiers, Parramatta, at Coogee Oval on Day 2. At stumps, Day 1, the home club ended with 9-281 after 96 overs of tense cricket.
With widespread showers the past few days, the toss looked to be an advantage. And so it appeared to be after Randwick Petersham was invited to bat first. At 1-0 after two balls; 2-13 after 6 overs and 3-35 after 11 overs, the Eels held all the aces. However, there was little to cheer about for the bowling side for the next 50 overs until Camden Hawkins was caught for a brilliant 82 off 163 balls with 9 fours and a six. He and Alex Ross had put on 152 for the 4th wicket, with Ross going on to score his first century for the club. When he nicked one to the ‘keeper off opening bowler Michael Sullivan who took 5-71 off 29 overs, he departed with 110 runs to his name. They came off 169 balls with 9 boundaries and 3 sixes. Once again, he lived up to his well-known nickname “The Sweepologist”, with many of his runs coming from the sweep shot, including a few “reverses”. At 5-219, the Eels were well and truly in the hunt and in 34 overs after tea, they conceded only 65 runs with some tight bowling. Daya Singh, making a welcome return to 1st Grade after a lengthy injury, was still there at the end with a patient 31 off 72 balls in company with last man, Jason Ralston who has faced 33 balls in making an unconquered 6. The Parramatta side is strong in batting, so an absorbing day awaits cricket followers tomorrow in what is one of the few Saturday / Sunday matches this season. The match is live streamed.

Alex Ross

DAY 2 – 1st Grade

It’s not often that the headline act in a game of cricket is the wicket-keeping, but that was the case today when Randwick Petersham defeated defending 1st Grade premiers, Parramatta, at Coogee Oval. Randwick Petersham ’keeper, Anthony Sams, who has taken all before him in terms of records, today held 6 catches in a flawless display. Three times before he has taken 5 catches in an innings, but today’s performance displayed all the brilliance he has been renowned for throughout his career. He now has completed 25 dismissals this season for an overall club record of 489.
Amazingly, 5 of his 6 catches came from fast bowler Connor O’Riordan, playing in just his 6th Belvidere Cup match, who finished with the exceptional bowling figures of 6-57 from 18.5 overs. Sam’s other catch was from opening bowler, Angus McTaggart, who got the edge of NSW Sheffield Shield opener, Ryan Hackney with the 5th ball of the day. That was the start Randwick Petersham was looking for as the Eels began their cause in chasing down a sizeable 9-284 declared, scored yesterday.
With the lunch score 4-73 and the total wavering at 7-102 after 39 overs, an early finish appeared likely. However, the resolve of the tailenders held out for another 28 overs before no. 11 Michael Sullivan gave Sam’s his 6th catch and his team a win by 101 runs. McTaggart, who at just 21 years of age is fast making a name for himself as one of the top young all-rounders in Sydney, finished with 3-55 off 18 overs after taking the first two wickets with just 8 runs on the board. Skipper Riley Ayre was the other wicket-taker with 1-22 from 14 overs. A most satisfying win for the team after Parramatta had given them a walloping in the semi-final last season before going on to take out the premiership.
Next round is the third in the Limited Overs Cup competition. Randwick Petersham is currently in 4th place having won both its matches to date. The side meets Fairfield-Liverpool at Rosedale Oval, Warwick Farm, from 10 am on Saturday.
Lyall Gardner

Anthony Sams

Connor O’Riordan

In lower grades, it was all bad news for Randwick Petersham with its 4 teams going down. After losing 8-16 last week, the 2nd Grade side lost 8-39 today to go down by 7 wickets, 3-81 to 80. In 3s, our 243 was 29 short of the Eels’ 272 while 4th Grade put up a valiant effort in making 7-239 but couldn’t hold Parra with 5-241. And our young 5th graders ended 9-156 after their 50 overs in chasing 178. Metro Gold went within an over and two wickets of defending 148 against Warringah, while Green came up trumps in an arduous day at Blacktown, winning a low scoring game by 7 wickets.

Mahsen Narvel

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