Lyall’s Preview Round 9 v St George, Green Shield v Campbelltown-Camden and Metro Cup Derby

It’s the second last round before the Christmas break and it carries special significance as it is PINK STUMPS DAY in support of the McGrath Foundation. It is hoped everyone associated with the club will participate in this great cause. Our target is $2,000 and we are getting close to the target. Plus–all donations* places the donor in the draw for the following:

1st Prize $300 dinner voucher to Bistro Rex

2nd Prize Signed and framed Caricatures of Cricket

3rd Prize Glenn McGrath signed cap and ball

Tickets are just $5 each or 2 for $10 or 5 for $20. To purchase, go to:

Second Grade was the only team which flew the flag high for us against Fairfield-Liverpool last weekend. After a string of ordinary performances, it was good to see the side displaying their talent. Let’s hope that is the springboard for further victories. Our 1st, 3rd and 4th grades went down while the 5th Grade match was called off when the mercury hit 42.5 degrees. And while our PGs also went down on Sunday, they have cemented a spot in the finals with the division semi-finals not played until 14 January. In Metro Cup it was one up (Gold) and one down (Green).

Unfortunately, our position in the Club Championship suffered another setback after last round’s matches. While we retained 11th place, we dropped further behind the new leader, Northern District. We are now 260 points behind on 532. Let’s hope we can turn things around over the next two weekends and go to Christmas with some good cheer!

We are up against St George this Saturday in another round of Limited Overs matches. Saints are firing this season and are 5th in the Club Championship. They have won 7 out of 7 in 1st Grade and are cruising along in the lead. The four lower grades also play 50 overs-per-side matches. All games start at 10 am. Plus on Sunday we have our local derby Metro Cup clash between Gold and Green.

Round 9 v St George

1st Grade is @ Petersham: We need to win this if we are to keep our hopes alive for a place in the Limited Overs Cup finals. And it will be a big match for our champion wicket-keeper, Anthony Sams, who will take the field for the 299th time for the club. He already has passed the 300 matches career milestone when his 5 games with Bankstown are added.

2nd Grade is @ Hurstville: Saints are 12th and we are 17th. If we can reproduce the form from last Saturday, we should take the points.

3rd Grade is @ Coogee: We are 11th and they are 9th. There won’t be much in this if we can play to our ability.

4th Grade is at Harold Fraser: They are 11th and we are 14th. There’s no reason why we can’t win this one.

5th Grade is at Kensington: Saints are 5th and we are 10th.The boys have been going well and this is a real chance to carry on.

In METROPOLITAN CUP it’s the local derby between our two teams, Gold and Green at COOGEE on SUNDAY at 10 am. Always a keenly contested fixture it promises to be another feature just as it has been in previous seasons. Get down there and cheer on the boys!

Also this SUNDAY our Brown Wright Stein AW Green Shield face Campbelltown-Camden at Raby Oval in Round 1 of their campaign. Led by Ashane Jayapragash we have a 15 man squad with a blend of experience and talent, gunning for a successful season. They boys, and their coach Glen Standing, will appreciate all support during the season especially at the home matches at Petersham and Coogee.


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