Lyall’s Preview Round 10 v Easts and AW Green Shield Rounds 1 to 3

It’s the last round before the break and all we want for Christmas is to win some cricket matches!!  We are currently experiencing one of our worst losing spells and it’s time to turn it all around. In the past 6 rounds, we have won just 4 of 30 matches across the 5 grades although 4 of those were drawn. This follows wins in all 5 grades in round 4–a “Greenwash” against Hawkesbury. Since then, the boot has been on the other foot and we have been “Whitewashed” (losses in all 5 grades) by both Western Suburbs and last weekend by St George. Let’s hope Santa is generous this weekend when we take on our neighbours Eastern Suburbs in the local derby.

Last weekend, St George won all 5 tosses, batted first in all 5 games and won all 5. We had a win in Metro however, when RPC Green cleaned up RPC Gold at Coogee after Charith De Silva knocked them over with a 5-30 performance–his second “five-for” in 17 seasons. The only other good news was that our under 16 years A W Green Shield team has won its first two matches against Campbelltown-Camden and Bankstown while the round 2 clash with St George on Wednesday was washed out.

Our position in the Club Championship has taken a real dive and we are now 12th, some 373 points behind the leader Parramatta. However, although we are also 227 points behind 5th, it’s reasonable to think that with some improved performances from here on in, we could manage to end up in the top 5 or 6.  That should be the goal of every player over the final 7 rounds starting this Saturday.

This Saturday’s clash with Easts is another round of Limited Overs matches in all 5 grades. Easts knocked over Sutherland in the 5 grades last weekend so they will be on a high. We have a good record against our neighbours and this Saturday gives us an opportunity to expand on that and go to Christmas with plenty of goodwill cheer! It will be a tough battle but as President Mike Whitney said in his Christmas message:” When the going gets tough…..the tough get going”.  It’s now time to get tough. Real tough.


And the BIG NEWS is that this round will be the 300th time Anthony Sams takes the field for us. As wicket-keeper, he has 491 dismissals with Randwick Petersham. He also had 5 with Bankstown before joining us in 2010-11––13 years ago, which takes his career total of 1st Grade dismissals to 496. 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.

Round 10 v Eastern Suburbs

1st Grade is @ Waverley: We are 8th on 25 points and Easts are 12th on 21. We have won 6 of the last 7 clashes with one drawn.

2nd Grade is @ Petersham: Easts are 7th and we are 17th. We have had 2 wins and a tie from 7 clashes over the past 10 years.  

3rd Grade is @ Trumper: 5 losses and a draw from our last 6 games does not reflect the team’s talent. Easts are 4th and we are 14th.

4th Grade is at Coogee: Like 3s, we have had 5 losses and a draw from our last 6 games. They are 7th and we are 16th.

5th Grade is at Snape: Easts are 6th and we are 10th.

There are no METROPOLITAN CUP matches this weekend. The competition resumes on 13 January 2024.

GO THE RANDY PETES…..and Merry Christmas to all!!

Lyall Gardner OAM


The Brown Wright Stein Randwick Petersham under 16 years A W Green Shield team got off to a great start to its season with a solid win over Campbelltown-Camden at Raby Sports Complex, Campbelltown, today. And while the scores of 5-187 to 8-186 confirm a clear 5 wickets victory, the boys cut it fine, getting up with just 2 balls left in the game.
Winning the toss, just as St George did in all 5 grades against us yesterday, the home team batted first and were away to a reasonable start at 3-94. However, it was slow going mid-innings with some very tight bowling, in particular right-arm off-spinner Junaid Mansoor. With 11 wickets already to his name in 5th Grade, the youngster returned the amazing figures of 1-8 from 10 overs with 6 maidens. The wicket he bagged was a prize–the Ghosts skipper. At 4-142, medium-pacer Laurence Bennell, the eighth bowler used, took 2 quick wickets and with overs fast running out, it was a matter of restricting the scoring which was done with great efficiency. Bennell with 2-26 and Aarush Mandadi, who opened the bowling taking 2-35, returned the best figures.
In reply, it was “steady as it goes” and after 26 overs, the total was just 3-84. Skipper Ashane Jayapragash had set the scene with a solid opener’s innings of 29 off 62 balls. Interestingly, he did not hit a boundary but belted a 6 in his first 15 runs. Fellow 5th Grade team-mate, Yashvardhn Anoop Singh thereafter, was the rock, eventually falling for 54 off 82 balls with 3 boundaries when the score was 147 with 40 needed to win. Ben van Dam, batting at no 5, then took over, guiding the side home with 38* off 74 balls. He was supported at the end by Harrison Salmon who didn’t wait around, hitting 17* off 17 balls as the winning run was scored.


In a match reduced to 39 overs for each team following early showers, Randwick Petersham defeated Bankstown in round 3 of the A W Green Shield competition at Coogee Oval today. Final scores were: RPC 7-139 off 37.4 overs to Bankstown’s 9-138 off 39. Sent in to bat, the Bulldogs openers top-scored with 30 and 27 after putting on 56 for the first wicket. However, tight bowling eventually won through and only 3 other bats made double figures. The last 4 wickets fell for just 13 runs. Jonathon McDonald took 4-21 off 6 overs while Harrison Salmon ended with 2-28 off 8 and Aarush Mandadi, 1-14 off 6.

In reply, it was a steady start with the first wicket falling at 1-29 off 9 overs. Hunter Palmer was solid at the top of the order making 34 off 61 balls and when he went at 4-66, the equation was 73 required off 16 overs (96 balls). But when Junaid Mansoor was run out for 18 off 24, the score had only moved to 5-101 off 33 overs leaving 38 to get off 36 balls. Runs were hard to come by and with 18 balls to go, the 6th wicket fell with 22 still required. But showing no fear, right-hander Alexander Greenhill strode to the wicket and thrashed 15 off the only over he faced. This left the solid Ben van Dam and Laurence Bennell with 4 runs to get off 12 balls which they did with 8 balls to spare. Van Dam finished with 24* off 66 balls. He also ended with 38* off 74 balls in the win over Campbelltown-Camden in round 1. Interestingly, he has hit just one boundary across both innings. A great win today which puts the team in equal second place on points with leader Parramatta just one ahead.

The next match is against Parramatta on Sunday 14 January 2024 at Coogee.

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