Lyall’s Preview Round 13 v Sydney & Metro Cup Round 12 v Mosman & Sutherland

When the going gets tough, the tough get going. So the saying goes. Well, it’s tough for us at present so we’d better get going. And after the worst weekend in our 23-year history, this is the time to start. With all 5 grades losing in the same round last weekend for the fourth time this season and a loss on Sunday in the Poidevin-Gray Conference Final, there’s only one direction we can go. Up.

We take on the Sydney club this weekend with a 1st Grade Saturday-Sunday match at Drummoyne Oval while our lower grades play a one-dayer on Saturday. Our Metro Cup sides also play a limited overs round. While Metro Green had a hard-fought draw, Metro Gold was the only winner last week and in sensational circumstances. Playing Fairfield-Liverpool, the Lions looked comfortable at 6-84 chasing our 94, yet lost 4-7 to give us a 3 runs win! It was good to see them keep the Randwick Petersham flag flying high, where it should be.

Sydney CC is also having an ordinary season currently placing 18th in the Club Championship on 543 points we are 110 ahead of that total on 653 in 16th spot. The leader is Manly-Warringah who cleaned up against us last weekend, on 1,307. Bankstown is 10th on 847 and while they are 194 in front of us, it is conceivable if we put some wins on the board in the remaining four rounds, we could still finish in the top 10. Gotta go for it.

Some great performances coming out of last round’s disaster. Anthony Sams produced a brilliant effort at Manly Oval completing his record 500th wicketkeeping dismissal while hitting his 13th century with the club in 1st Grade, both on the same day! Also on that day, 2nd Grade fast bowler Mitchell O’Loughlin brought up his 100th wicket in 2nd Grade–just the third bowler to hit the ton in that grade. In 4th Grade, new bod this season, Alfie Roy-Webb snared 6 wicketkeeper catches behind the stumps in 4th Grade, only the third to do it while his 7 for the match equalled the team record.  It was a round for ‘keepers as 3rd Grades’ Ross Elliot and 5ths Rory Steinberg both held 4 catches. Toby Mackenzie also did well in the 4th Grade outright loss with match figures of 6-50 (3-35 and 3-15).

And speaking of records, congratulations to Tom Coady whose 12 dismissals was a new PGs wicketkeeping record passing Max Moran’s 11 in 2015-16.  Also in PGs, Jake Egan’s 8 fielder catches equalled the record held by Ashley Burton since 2016-17.

Round 13 v Sydney

1st Grade is @ Drummoyne on Saturday and Sunday from 10am: We are 11th on 31 points and Sydney are 16th on 24. Gordon and Mosman are 5th and 6th on 40 and 37 respectively. That’s just a win and a bit ahead of us. That means we are still a show in making the finals if we can get our act together these final 4 rounds. An outright win somewhere would be handy.

Lower grades all play on Saturday only from 10 am.

2nd Grade is @ Petersham: We are last (20th) on 12 points while Sydney is just ahead in 18th spot with 15. Surely, we can have some luck soon! The boys have been playing well and are capable of pulling off a big win shortly. Hope it’s this weekend.

3rd Grade is @ Birchgrove: We are 14th and Sydney 15th. Neither team can make the finals. The side just got done last Saturday. Time to make amends.

4th Grade is @ Coogee: Sydney is in 10th place, five places ahead of us. We are much better than lasy week’s outright loss.

5th Grade is @ Ryde: We are 14th on 26 points and Sydney is one behind on 20. We have a young side but there’s plenty of talent. Time for it to be displayed.


METROPOLITAN CUP: Metro Gold v Mosman at Petersham on SUNDAY and Green v Sutherland at Kensington on SATURDAY, both games from 10 am. Gold is running 5th on 39 points, just 9 from the lead. A good run home could see us in a good position for the finals. Green is 14th, 15 points from 5th. A few wins and you never know!


Lyall Gardner OAM

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