Lyall’s Preview Round 11 v Sutherland & Round 10 Metro Cup v Auburn and St George Poidevin-Gray v Manly-Warringah & A W Green Shield v Parramatta

The Christmas break has come and gone and now it’s time to get back to the business of winning cricket matches. But what a great couple of weeks for Randwick Petersham through a number of its 1st Grade players and former players. We had David Warner and Usman Khawaja opening the batting for Australia; Usman Khawaja heading the WORLD Test Cricket stats with most runs for 2023 (1,210); the retirement of David Warner from Test Cricket; Jason Sangha, Dan Sams, Alex Ross, Nathan Ellis and Henry Thornton playing in the Big Bash League; the naming of Dan Sams and Nathan Ellis in the ESPN Cricinfo Men’s T20 Team of 2023; The naming of Nathan Ellis as having taken most wickets (66) in T20 International Cricket in 2023; the inducting into the NSW Cricket Hall of Fame of Mike Whitney AM and former Randwick Test cricketer, John Dyson; and the awarding of Life Membership of Country Cricket NSW to former Randwick player Greg Arms. Wow! Santa did well this Christmas!

Back to reality, this Saturday its Round 11 of the 16 rounds NSW Premier Cricket competition. We take on Sutherland in a series of Limited Overs matches. It’s the last of the one-day matches for the season for first grade, with their remaining 5 rounds being played as two-day games. Like us, Sutherland are not enjoying one of their better seasons being in 12th position in the Club Championship, just 22 points in front of us as we struggle in 15th place. But it’s a new year. Time to get serious and produce the results our teams are capable of. With a bit of effort, we could finish the summer in the top 10.

On Sunday, we play Manly-Warringah in the semi-final of the Sixers Conference in the under 21 Poidevin-Gray competition, which we won last year. Manly have won 4 of the 5 games played to date while we have won 4. We need this win to keep our hopes alive in defending our title. It will be a big day at Manly Oval from 10am. At the same time, our under 16 A W Green Shield team, take on Parramatta at Coogee. Both teams have won 2 of the 3 games played although the Eels are in first place (having secured a bonus point) while we are breathing down their necks in 4th spot. The side is going well and a big win here would give the boys a great kick-along. In our 22 years, this is the only competition we haven’t won and we are REAL KEEN to overcome that issue!

ANTHONY SAMS ON THE EDGE OF HISTORY:

This weekend could hold special significance in the history of the Sydney Grade Cricket / NSW Premier Cricket 1st Grade competition which has been played since 1893-94. In that time, only one wicket–keeper has completed 500 dismissals. That was Ernie Laidler who played with St George from 1929 until 1958. In that time, he caught 295 batsmen and stumped another 247 for a tally of 542 dismissals. On Saturday, Anthony Sams takes the field with 498 dismissals to his name. He caught 5 with Bankstown before he joined Randwick Petersham in 2010-11, but since then, has caught another 441 while stumping 52. In all, a total of 493 with us and a career tally of 498.  Two more dismissals will give him the coveted 500.  Ernie Laidler passed the 500 dismissals mark in 1955-56. Should Anthony pick up two this Saturday, not only will he be just the second Sydney 1st Grade wicket-keeper to achieve 500 dismissals, it will be the first time that mark has been achieved in the past 68 years!  Now that’s history!!  Go Anthony!!

Round 11 v Sutherland

1st Grade is @ Coogee: We have won 4 and lost 4. The Sharks have won 3 and lost 5. We are 11th and they are 15th. We have played Sutherland 12 times at Coogee and won 6, lost 5 with one drawn. Clearly, there will be nothing in this match.

2nd Grade is @ Glenn McGrath: Sutherland have won 4 and us 2, They are 14th and we are 18th. Plenty to play for.

3rd Grade is @ Petersham: This was our big premiership hope this season but have lost the close matches. That could all change with a little luck from now on. We are 15th and the Sharks are 9th.

4th Grade is @ Sutherland: They are 16th and we are 17th. Anyone’s game.

5th Grade is @ Kensington: Sutherland are 10th and we are 12th. The side is much better than its place on the ladder.

Our METROPOLITAN CUP matches this weekend are one-day limited overs fixtures: RPC Gold plays Auburn at Snape 10am Saturday while RPC Green plays St George at Olds Park on Sunday from 10am.

SUNDAY 14 January at 10am:  In Poidevin-Gray we play Manly-Warringah in the Sixers Conference semi-final at Manly Oval. In A W Green Shield, we play Parramatta at Coogee Oval.  The Green Shield boys also play next Tuesday and Thursday against Fairfield-Liverpool and Penrith respectively.

GO THE RANDY PETES…..and Happy New Year!!

Lyall Gardner OAM

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