Rd 11 Match Report v Sutherland, PGs, AWGS and Metro Cup

PGs Conference SF v Manly-Warringah
AWGS Rd 4 v Parramatta
Metro Cup v Auburn and St George

Petersham RSL 1st Grade def Sutherland

Angus McTaggart & Riley Ayre

1st Grade team got back into winning form with a decisive win over Sutherland in the limited overs clash at Coogee Oval today. Final scores were: Randwick Petersham 227 to Sutherland 164. Stars for the home club were Angus McTaggart who hit a career-best 89 off 107 balls in a partnership of 121 for the 4th wicket with skipper Riley Ayre who made 50. In reply, McTaggart and Jason Ralston struck early to have the Sharks 2-23. And while a steady flow of wickets followed, Austin Waugh at the top of the order was immovable. In the end, he was last man out for a well-made 80 off 116 balls. Star with the ball was Ralston who ended with 5-28 off 8.1 overs. It was his fourth “five-for” for the club and his second this season. Ayre completed a fine double with a 2-25 off 9 overs effort. If there was an anti-climax to the match it was the fact that wicket-keeper Anthony Sams was presented with just one catch. That leaves him on the history-making edge with 499 1st Grade dismissals behind the stumps. We’ll just have to wait another week to celebrate his 500th!!

Suttons 2nd Grade downed by 1 run

Josh Mellick

2nd Grade lost the toss and were sent into bat where they were off to a flyer with Josh Mellick scoring 78 and getting out before the 10th over. Their innings continued steadily but lost wickets consistently with the middle order all getting starts. Thankfully Josh Segal (35) and Shiv Pathak (23) put on 40 odd for the 9th wicket, before the team were bowled out with an over to spare with 245 on the board.

The bowling’s innings started well with consistent early wickets from 2nd Grade’s leading wicket taker Mitchell O’Louglin (3-37) and Ben Mitchell (2-39). Sutherland put together some good partnerships and with a rapid outfield and targeting of a short boundary they needed 9 off the final over. It went down to the final ball where Montedoro was bowling and the batsman Philpson went inside out over cover to the short boundary splitting deep cover and deep point perfectly just beating them for Sutherland to win the game. Was a brilliant game to be a part of and a real character builder for the boys who fought until the end. They go again next week

Mellick Wealth Management 3rd Grade back in the winner’s circle

Josh Segal

2024 started with 10 of us, and eventually Jackson Dodd after he made a Hail Mary attempt at sneaking into 1st Grade, back at the picturesque Petersham Oval. Things started quite well with the Randy Petes winning the toss and electing to bat, whilst the Sutherland skipper elected to not bring a new ball to the ground.

Mahsen Narvel led the way up top, despite not having seen a cricket bat in over a month, compiling 67. He and Ross Elliot (50) managed to put on 116 for the opening stand before Narvel fell at long-on to their leg spinner. This introduction of spin into the attack catalysed a bit of a momentum swing, which, coupled with Jake “The Snake” Myers being the only middle-order bat to reach 20, led to us falling to 9-201. Thankfully, Hayden Fox (22*) and Atharv Ramakanth (12) applied themselves to see us dismissed for 227 of the last ball of the innings.

Defending a score that was probably slightly below par, we certainly needed a strong start. This proved no issue as Hayden Fox (2-17) and Jimmy Apostolakis (1-11) bowled brilliantly up top and quickly had the visitors 3-12. They then rallied slightly before Snakey Myers entered the attack and quickly struck to have the Sharks reeling at 5-42. Following this there was meagre resistance overall with us eventually dismissing them for 97 to claim a much-needed bonus point victory. Atharv continued to be a shining light following his debut last month, bowling exceptionally well in general, but particularly for a leg-spinner of his age. Whilst our catching, although featuring a couple of juggles and Reuben Sachs deciding to headbutt one before snaring it, was also flawless.

Overall, a very strong performance which will hopefully serve as the first step in a resurrection of our season.

Titan Fitness 4th Grade back in the winner’s circle

Jordan Segal

Rocking up to Sutherland oval the boys were confident that if we managed to string together some good periods of play throughout the day we could come away with the win. After losing the toss and being sent in the field, we started off with some tight bowling which had the sharks 2 down for not many. There were a few partnerships that built throughout their innings, accompanied by some looser bowling, always kept Sutherland in the game, with us eventually bowling them out for 169, with wickets shared around.
With the bat we got off to a decent start, but a run out occurred at the wrong time was less than ideal. However Ashane and Freddy managed to steady the innings before Jordie came through and whacked a magnificent 55 to get us in arms reach of the target. Qasmin and Rory managed to steer us home, chasing down the 170 target 7 down. A great all round effort from the boys, with both positives and areas we can work on moving forward.

Cartwright Insurance 5th Grade downed by the Sharks

RP won toss and decided to bat.
Pretty tough day and hopefully some very good lessons learnt. Most batsmen never have themselves a chance to play themself in or get a good look at what the deck was doing. We lost wickets in clumps to some pretty poor shot selection and by sides Rishab Goyal getting 14 nobody else double figured. We had a partnership of 14 then 18 then not much after that. Bowled out just before the half way mark for 60.
Much better effort on the field good spirit and dedication, Tony Mackenzie had it on a string constantly beating the bat and was rewarded in his 3rd and 4th over finishing with 2/7. Devesh Negi was picked up the other wicket and they passed our score 17 overs in and 3 wickets  down.
Thanks again to Gavin Steinberg for scoring.

Coogee Courtyard Metro Gold def Auburn

Junaid Mansoor

Following a longer than usual hiatus Gold returned hungry to the familiar surrounds of Snape and a brand new wicket for the season from Green Options.
Auburn won the toss and sent Gold in which provided early dividends with both openers departing early. The Dr countered the attack but fell looking for more quick runs. At 3-20 the team was in a precarious position before Bland and Bhat combined to steady the innings. A disappointed Bland (14) fell but his efforts slowly shifted momentum setting up the platform for the experienced ‘Tex’ Walker to get his eye in before plundering the Eagles for 57. The tail wagged furiously to push the score to 162 when the final wicket fell.
In the chase the Eagles lost an early one before attacking the quicks. The introduction of Junaid Mansoor (3-14 off 7), Sriram Suresh (2-10 off 2) and Pingu (2-7 off 3) broke the back of their lineup and with a couple of lusty blows from the tail crumbled to 100 all out to move Gold back into the Top 6.

The Wright Physio Metro Green draw with St George

Charith De Silva

Due to ground scheduling Green’s match v the Saints was shifted to Sunday. A week out from his NSW rep duties Charith De Silva continued his fine pre Christmas form with the ball claiming 3-19 off 6 including 2 golden ducks and a caught and bold. Beaumont and Hunter Eldridge chipped in with 2 apiece including the dangerous 6 and 7 but the opposition finished 8-234.
In the chase Raf Kitching fell early and once the heavens opened play was abandoned in the 9th over.

Manoosh Pizzeria PGs def Manly to advance to the Conference Final

Weymouth

Defending premiers Randwick Petersham won a place in the under 21 Poidevin-Gray Sixers Conference Final after defeating Manly-Warringah at Manly Oval today. We will take on UTS North Sydney at a venue to be advised, on Sunday 28 January. Today’s scores were: Randwick Petersham 9-266 (50 overs) – Manly-Warringah 231 (46.4 overs).

Randwick Petersham won the toss and batted under cloudy and weather threatening skies. The Waratahs broke through early for a 2-20 scoreline. But a 99 runs partnership between stylish left-hand opening bat, Blake Weymouth and Jake Egan, got the score to 119 when Egan was caught on the boundary for 37 attempting a second six. It was then Weymouth and skipper Angus McTaggart, fresh from his thumping 89 in 1st Grade yesterday, with another 60 before Angus went for 42 off 37 balls with 5 fours and a six.  Tom Coady belted a quick 25 off 34 while Weymouth continued to build his innings. With just 5 overs to go and 223 runs in the bank, disaster struck. Attempting a quick single from the non-striker’s end, a direct throw found Blake short of his ground as he tried desperately to get back. Run-out for 97 off 112 balls with 9 fours. It was an innings worthy of the extra 3. Ben Tracey then put the icing on the cake with 31 off 19 balls before he was caught on the fence going for a fourth six. The target of 266 in drizzly and stormy conditions looked beyond the home side, particularly at 5-84.  The Randwick Petersham lower-grades attack was doing the job well until a 76 runs partnership for the 8th wicket threatened to spoil the party, especially with 21 taken off Jake Egan’s last over. With 40 runs needed off 5 overs, it was edge-of-the-seat stuff forcing skipper McTaggart to take the ball for the first time in the 45th over. Within the space of 11 balls he had 2 wickets and when Zac Keough ran out the last man, it was all over. A win with 35 runs to spare and 20 balls. James Apostolakis with 3-27, Zac Keogh with 2-30 and McTaggart with 2-9 returned best bowling figures.

Brown Wright Stein AW Green Shield defeated by Parramatta

Laurence Bennell

Our under 16 A W Green Shield team was also in action today against competition leader, Parramatta at Coogee Oval. The Eels showed why they are the side to beat with a dominant batting display to total a massive 4-296 off their 50 overs. Laurence Bennell with 2-34 off 7 overs did best with the ball. In reply and with storms rolling in, runs were a real struggle with only four batters managing double figures. Junaid Mansoor played well for 42 off 87 balls with Jonathon McDonald next best with 24. The side was out for 124 off 44.4 overs.  Next game is Tuesday against Fairfield-Liverpool at Rosedale Oval, Warwick Farm, although the weather forecast is not promising.

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