Round 12 Match Reports v Parramatta + Metro (Day 1)

MATCH REPORTS (Liam ‘LJ’ O’Loughlin)

1st to 5th Grades – Round 12 v Parramatta (2-Day Matches) Day 1 

Metropolitan Cup – RPC Gold v Eastern Suburbs & RPC Green v Mosman

Lefand Group 1st Grade @ Old Kings Oval 

Result: Randwick Petersham 6/268 (J Sangha 93, W Affleck 49, A Sams 47*)

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Competition leaders Randy Petes took on Parramatta at Old Kings Oval and the toss was won by the home team who elected to bowl. Shaun Eaton (20) and Will Affleck (49) started well once again before Eaton was dismissed with the score on 53. Affleck continued his good form with a solid dig against his former club until he was caught, which brought Jason
Sangha (93) to the crease.

Sangha and DBD built a decent partnership, however when DBD was caught behind, the momentum came to a halt. The game was then interrupted with temperatures soaring past 43 degrees. After a few hours off the field, the lads were back out and Riley Ayre (11) was dismissed soon after the resumption of play with Randy Pete’s 4-149.

The lads shifted momentum back with the partnership of Sangha and Anthony Sams (47). The seemingly slow deck and high temperatures (meaning there was a drinks break every half hour) meant it was hard to switch on and off. Sangha was dismissed just seven runs short of a ton, as the Parramatta spinners took 2 quick wickets leaving the lads 6-268 with Sams not out to end the day alongside Daya Singh (11). The lads will be looking for quick runs next week before sending Parra into bat, in a bid to continue their winning run.

Sutton City 2nd Grade @ Coogee Oval

Result: Randwick Petersham 5/234 dec. (T Affleck 103*) won first innings vs. Parramatta 70 (T McKenzie 7/24) & 1/29  

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With a scorcher on the cards, 2nd grade were grateful for the Coogee Oval sea breeze, even after losing the toss and being put in the field. From ball one (a strangle down leg side) it was the Tom McKenzie (7/24 off 9) show at our home ground. From the Dolphin Street end T-Mac obliterated the Eels batting line-up in a serious display of quick bowling, settling into a great channel and swinging the ball both ways at pace to knock over the first 7 wickets. 

At the first drinks break the Eels were 7-47, with 7-10 for T-Mac and every chance of taking all 10 wickets. The re-introduction of Jamie Hemphrey (3-29 off 5.3) proved critical taking out the last 3 poles to see Parramatta rolled for 70, the innings deservedly belonging to T-Mac finishing with his best figures for the club. 

Beginning our innings prior to lunch we started positively and passed their score for the loss of just 2 wickets. Getting to the hotter part of the day it was important to knuckle down and keep rotating the strike which we did well through multiple contributions of 20+ but unfortunately losing regular wickets along the way. 

An excellent knock from number 3 Tim Affleck (103*) proved to be the mainstay of our innings, dropping anchor early and grinding down the Eels attack to complete his first ton for the Randy Petes, with the added bonus of it coming against his former club. Tim showed great resilience and concentration on a tough day, accelerating well for his last 20 runs bringing up his ton in the final over before the declaration. Tim received great support from Rav De Silva (30) and Jackson Eldridge (26*) to get us to 5/234, a lead of 164.

The declaration allowed us 8 overs at an Eels line up with their backs against the walls, this paying immediate dividends when Jamie Hemphrey (1/17 off 4) nicked off the opener for a golden globe. Unlucky not to take another one with us, stumps were called at 1/29. The boys will be looking to claim the remaining 9 wickets next Saturday (still leading by 135) to leave with 10 points and jump straight back into the finals mix.

Big thanks to Paul O’Loughlin, Peter Devlin, Mick Wood, and Stan Beale for valuable help through the day.

Petersham RSL 3rd Grade @ Merrylands Oval

Result: Randwick Petersham 6/194 (Radford 4/39)  

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3s ventured out to Merrylands oval on what promised to be a scorcher, as they welcomed back some key players into the side. The plan was to win the toss and bat but that wasn’t to be; we were sent into the field instead. 

There was a bit of something in the wicket early on as seamers Luke Radford (4/39 off 10) and Doug Loth (0/23 off 5) beat the bat with ease, as well as picking up a couple of early poles. As the wicket began to flatten out and the mercury rose, Parra put together a couple of solid partnerships. 

However, the patience and control of off-spinner Ben Montedoro (2/41 off 16) and a vicious spell from Radders just before tea had the Eels six wickets down and the Randy Petes well and truly in the contest. 

We were called off the field and play ended due to the heat with Parra 6/194 off 57 overs.

Mellick Wealth Management 4th Grade @ Kensington Oval

Result: Randwick Petersham 8/154 (Segal 34, Hussain 31)

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While not as hot as the conditions a few Randy Petes sides had to play in on Saturday, Kenso was still very warm and it looked like an important toss to win. Luckily, that’s exactly what the hosts were able to do and we elected to bat on day one.

Things started slow as openers Ross Elliot (7) and Josh Segal (34) dug their heels in, but some rash shots saw us sitting at 2/28. Segal stuck around with Pommy import Ryan Miskella (19) for quite some time and got us to a decent position of 2/74 until Giggsy departed. It was definitely the toughest conditions Giggsy would have ever had to bat in, and in the end the heat defeated him.

Segal would soon depart after well over two hours at the crease, and then it was up to Neale Crawford (28) and Akhter Hussain (31) to try and restore some order. We would lose two wickets in the final over of the day to finish 8/154 in what was an awfully slow day of cricket. 

The need for runs early on day two is evident, but with a strong bowling attack at our disposal anything is possible against the Eels and if we can strike early with the ball, we could be on for back to back wins.

Bendigo Clovelly Community Bank 5th Grade @ Castlewood Oval

Result: Randwick Petersham 83 (Heaton 34) Parramatta 4/50 (Thomas 2/13)  

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RPCC lost the toss and were put in to bat on a scorching day at Castlewood Oval and the advice to the top four batsmen was to be cautious, determined and leave balls for the first hour. Unfortunately, both openers fell cheaply and we were 2/7 inside 5 overs. 

The wickets kept tumbling and at 4/21 the lads looked in severe trouble, but skipper Fabian Heaton (34) joined Freddy Whalebone (15) with the Parramatta team bustling and chatting away with their tails up. The pair frustrated the bowlers for some time but eventually Whalebone departed and another collapse was on. 

RPC ended up all out for 83 in 29.4 overs, in what was a great bowling effort by the Parra team and a big bowling effort from our lads was required. 

Mitch Winslade (2/31 off 6) was a tad expensive initially especially to balls on the batsmen leg stump but came back strong after a brilliant catch by Will Deller diving forward in cover of a bullet shot by their opener and then got the Parra skipper bowled with his next ball. Ben Thomas (2/13 off 6) executed his bowling as per the plan discussed and well rewarded as Parra finished the day with 4/50 from 12 overs.

Skipper Heaton wanted to thank Mike Deller as well as the other parents for helping out with the extra esky, scoring and advising the umpires when the temp reached 43 degrees. Their contribution played a major part in us getting the 4 wickets as the overs were reduced and the team had to try harder to get to our 83 runs in fewer overs in the day.

Metropolitan Cup: Cartwright Insurance Green v Eastern Suburbs @ Marrickville Oval

Result: Randwick Petersham Green 82 (A Coombs 16, E Khoo 13*) v Mosman 2/70

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Metro Green arrived at Marrickville buoyed by two emphatic wins over the Australia Day long weekend. Another toss was won and Green looked to take advantage with the bat and with 6 from the first over it looked as though the new opening partnership of Saeed and Xu was about to be fruitful. But, pushing for 3 to the danger end, Saeed was run out halting Green’s momentum. Robinson (6) joined Xu and looked to play himself in. A lush outfield, good lines and pace off the ball made scoring difficult. All batsmen looked to play themselves in and guts out an innings but frustration intervened in many a dismissal. In the latter parts of the innings Pingu (13*) and Coombs (16) including the only boundaries of the innings went on the attack with the former playing a beautiful punch off the spinner. 

With 20 odds overs in the day Mosman looked keen to knock over the target of 82 and it looked on the cards as pace on the ball made scoring a lot easier than in the morning. Both Coombs and the returning Simran Sandhu bowled some absolute jaffas, none more so than Coombs who bowled one that reared and struck the batsman on the hand forcing an early retirement (Green send best wishes to the batsman). Braithwaite continued the tight bowling and was rewarded with a unique LBW with one that stayed low pinning the crouching batsman in front and also combined, with an athletic snare off Sriram, leaving Mosman 2/70 and 13 in arrears and an interesting Day 2 to play out. 

John Stewart

Metropolitan Cup: Titan Fitness Gold v Warringah @ Snape Park 

Result: Randwick Petersham Gold 118 (A Bugti 48, W Grills 26) v Eastern Suburbs 2/28

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On the surface, the Snape Park deck had a nice even covering of grass and was hard enough… but those who have played long enough there would have noticed the barren patches at each crease. Sure enough, after a season of having played true, Snape Park was back to it’s old tricks – low, slow, crumbling and prone to a grubber. With the knowledge that things were unlikely to get any better through out the day, Gold won the toss and elected to bat. Local rivals Easts, whether by necessity or design, actually had the ideal attack for the deck – where making your own pace on the ball was exceptionally difficult.

While it wasn’t as hot as it was out west, it was still a challenging 80 overs for all involved. The hero of the day was Anis ‘the BEARD’ Bugti, who eschewed his usual wanton aggression for sagely patience – befitting his magnificent, flowing beard. Bugti watched as his partners either succumbed to failing patience or the pitch playing tricks, all the while playing with grit, determination and the basics of getting behind the ball in defense. Will Grills (26) and Jarrod Hookey (12) provided a few tent posts of assistance to get the score moving, but it wasn’t until he was joined by the bottom order that he unleashed his customary array of powerful strokes to take the score to something defendable. Bugti batted for 57.4 overs in an innings that lasted 57.5 overs – for 48 runs that would be worth probably 148 in friendlier conditions.

118 may not seem like a lot but, on a deck where players where no longer able to mark centre and temperatures still in the 30s, anything in 3 figures was going to be a challenge to chase. And the Easts batsmen certainly laboured in the 20 overs they had left to face. Charith De Silva gained appreciable swing, while Bugti was still able to crank the last sinews of strength from his beard to push the speed gun, despite being out on the field for the entirety of the game until that point. It would be change bowler Will Grills though, that would get the break through via a catch by Peter Iosifidis at mid-wicket. With the shadows closing in, it was left to the biggest spin-twins in Sydney – Thanush Gowda and Atharv Ramakanth – to apply the screws at the day’s end. The latter was rewarded for a tidy spell with a caught and bowled off the Easts captain and best batsman – leaving Easts at a laborious 2/28 after 20 overs. If the game gets on, the Golds are confident of being able to defend the remaining 90 runs with conditions unlikely to get any better for batting.

Jeremy Jastrzab

Round 11 Match Reports v Campbelltown-Camden + Metro

MATCH REPORTS (Liam ‘LJ’ O’Loughlin)

1st to 5th Grades – Round 11 v Campbelltown-Camden (1st Grade: Saturday & Sunday / 2nd – 5th Grade: One-Day Matches) 

Metropolitan Cup – RPC Gold v Mosman, RPC Green v Sutherland & RPC Green v Gold – Coogee Derby

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Lefand Group 1st Grade @ Coogee Oval 

Result: Randwick Petersham 301 (Ayre 64, Sams 52) def. Campbelltown-Camden 158 (Singh 3/27, Ayre 3/48) and 120 (Ralston 5/14, Ninan 3/28)

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It was Randy Petes’ day on this Australia Day at Coogee Oval with the home side completing a resounding outright win in the 1st Grade cricket match over Campbelltown-Camden. 

Sending the Ghosts in to bat after Friday storms proved a good decision with early breakthroughs bringing about a score-line of 3-33. A 61 runs partnership was brought to an end with a run-out and from there it was all downhill for the visitors to be all out for 158. Seamer and skipper Daya Singh (3/27 off 9) and spinner Riley Ayre (3/48 off 18) did most of the damage in the first innings.

In reply, Will Affleck (42) took his season tally passed the 500-run mark with a quality dig at the top of the order, while Shaun Eaton (29) also started well. Jason Sangha (41) and keeper Anthony Sams (52) contributed nicely in the middle-order. But it was all-rounder Riley Ayre (64) who would top score and prove yet again why he is one of the Randy Petes biggest assets with both bat and ball. The innings was the team’s eighth score over 300 in 11 games this season.

In the second dig it was a similar story with an early 3-58 score-line for the Ghosts. The introduction of tearaway fast bowler Jason Ralston (5/14 off 6.1) with heavy storms rolling in soon put the issue beyond doubt with him having a major hand in the last 6 wickets falling for just 23 and the visitors bowled out for just 120 runs. 

The win confirmed Randwick Petersham at the top of the 1st Grade leader-board with four rounds to go before the finals.

Sutton City 2nd Grade @ Raby No. 1

Result: Randwick Petersham drew with Campbelltown-Camden  

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Turning up to Raby #1 and looking to keep their slim finals hopes alive, the Randy Petes were made to wait for quite some time before they could get on the field after the pitch was not prepared. 

Unfortunately, the game would only last three balls after Caelan Maladay rattled the Ghosts opening batsman with a blow to the helmet. The decision was made by the umpires to halt play, and despite the best efforts of skipper Jack Lyle and the rest of the side, there would be no further play and the Randy Petes would have to cop a draw in very frustrating fashion.

Petersham RSL 3rd Grade @ Kensington Oval

Result: Randwick Petersham 200 (Sharma 54) def. Campbelltown-Camden 160 (Loth 3/29)  

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The Randy Petes were back at home for a clash with the Ghosts, and looking to get a much-needed victory. The lads struggled with the bat in the early goings, but a gutsy knock from Ash Burton (38) got us back on track somewhat. 

A half-century from experienced campaigner Scott Sharma (54) and some steady contributions from skipper Ben Stares (24) and Pommy Luke Radford (27) got the hosts to a defendable total of 200.

With a very strong bowling attack on paper, it was always going to be in our favour if we could get a few early poles. The three-prong pace attack of Radford (2/22 off 6), Jamie Hemphrey (2/28 off 10) and Doug Loth (3/29 off 8.3) set in motion a pretty steady bowling effort that saw us bowl the Ghosts out for 160 in the 48th over at Kenso.

Mellick Wealth Management 4th Grade @ Raby No. 2

Result: Randwick Petersham 4/290 (Mullins 125*, Murdita 57, Holland 54) def. Campbelltown 144 (McNamara 3/10)

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While 2s were unable to get on at the same complex at Raby, 4s were able to start at the scheduled time on what looked to be a tricky deck. The plan was to bowl first, but we lost the toss and were sent in to bat. 

Early doors the lads struggled to score freely in tough conditions, but the plan was to keep wickets in the shed late and try lay a platform. Kel Mullins (125*) did exactly that at the top of the order, taking his time to get himself in and played a tremendous innings to bring up his second century of the season.

The Randy Petes began to put the foot on the pedal once Jaya Murdita (57) entered, as ‘Mal’ scored freely and took on the Ghosts bowling attack hitting five fours and one six. The momentum continued once he departed, as Tom Holland (54) came in and maintained the pressure. But it was Mullins’ day out, as he showed that he is clearly a class above Fourth Grade and guiding the visitors to a huge score of 4/290. 

The bowling attack for the Randy Petes had plenty to be excited about, and openers Hayden Fox (2/13 off 8.4) and Ryan Miskella (1/18 off 10) were exceptional in the early stages as the Ghosts fell to 3/15. Spinners Sayem Sultan (1/26 off 8) and myself (1/18 off 6) kept things tight, but it was in the injection of left-armer Reid McNamara (3/10 off 6) that tore through the middle-order. 

The Randy Petes would bowl their opponents out for just 144 runs in 43 overs to claim a bonus-point victory in what was just the third win of the season in 4th Grade.

Bendigo Clovelly Community Bank 5th Grade @ Marrickville Oval

Result: Randwick Petersham 151 def. Campbelltown 58 (A Deller 5/9, D Coombs 4/25)  

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RPCC lost the toss and were sent it to bat on a wicket that had lots of grass cover at both ends of the wicket and soft in the good length areas due to the overnight rain. The outfield although lush and green looked very slow and value for shots hit along the ground was definitely going to be hard to come by.

The top 4 batsmen were asked to ensure that they built partnerships and rotate the strike, as running between wickets was important on a very slow outfield. If we had wickets in hand by the 35th over then we could accelerate. The target was 200-plus. 

However, the wicket assisted the Ghosts bowlers with its variable bounce and RPCC were reduced to 2 for 21 in the 10th over with Sean Rushton (0) and debutant Ashan Shahid (5) out to a ball lifted off from a good length. Neale Crawford (24) and Akther Hussain (16) started to build a partnership with Akther the aggressor. But unfortunately with the score on 43 and in the 23rd over Akther was bowled playing defensively forward to a ball that hit a crack.

Angus Beaumont (9) was getting settled but unfortunately holed out to midwicket to the experienced Ghosts Leg spinner. Neale Crawford soon followed, run out. RPCC were under pressure at 5 for 81 in the 30th over. Will Deller (23) and Fabian Heaton (24) once again had to dig deep to get to a fighting target of at least 150+. But, with the Ghosts tail up and the slow outfield Will and Fabian had to run hard between wickets.

But, after a fighting partnership of 35 runs, Fabian was adjudged LBW in the 42nd over stepping right down the track to attack a ball that pitched outside leg by the Ghosts medium pacer. With the score on 116 and 8 overs to go and the deck being 2 paced RPCC needed a cameo innings from one of the incoming batsman. Mitch Winslade (21 not out) was the man for the moment and belted a valuable dig off 13 balls as RPCC were all out for 151.

With 151 runs to defend on a wicket with unpredictable bounce and a sluggish outfield, the new ball bowlers were asked to bowl one side of the wicket and back of a length as this was where the ball would sometimes take off or skid through.

Alex Deller (5/9 off 8) returning from injury and Dane Coombs (4/25 off 8) were absolutely brilliant and bowled with great control. Alex bowled the left-handed Ghosts opener with the second ball of his first over and got his next 3 wickets of consecutive overs. Skipper Heaton said ‘it was one of the best bowling performances I have been part of in the many years’ after the win. Deller baffled the batsmen with his late swing and enticed them into snicking to the keeper. Dane on the other hand skidded the ball through and varied his pace intelligently. Coombs definitely deserved a five-wicket haul but unfortunately did not get a chance to come back as the RPCC wrapped up the game in the 26th over.

Metropolitan Cup: Cartwright Insurance Green v Sutherland @ Tonkin Oval

Result: Randwick Petersham Green 6/149 (F Whalebone 39, D Saeed 30) defeated Sutherland 148 (H Schultz 5-16, M Robinson 2-31)

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Green arrived at Tonkin with probably its strongest side all season ready to take on a strong Sharks side boasting a number of their Green Shield and led by former Randy Pete and current Sutherland First Grader Liam Hehir. 

Humid conditions and a green wicket were taken advantage of after winning the toss and the opposition were in early disarray as Schultz and Coombs (1/16) scythed through the top 3 batsmen with 6 runs off the bat and the score 3/10. The middle order resisted before Dodd (1/20), Whalebone (1/23) and Robinson (2/31) made crucial breakthroughs. With the tail wagging Schultz was reintroduced to the attack cleaning up with 3 wickets in four balls to end the innings in the 42nd over and completing another clinical 5 wicket haul (his second for the season). 

Daany Saeed (30) and Xu opened the chase but with Taronga gone early Robinson (16) went about setting a platform. The middle order all made contributions with Whalebone (39) leading the way in partnership with Will Dodd (22). With the equation 33 from 33, Green Shielder Luke Takacs (16*) stood tall against his contemporaries and in an over put the ascedancy back in the Randy Petes favour seeing the target passed with Jackson Dodd (8*). A strong win against the 4th placed side and set up the team for the Derby v Gold on the Monday. Belief is high in the side to make a late surge for finals cricket with 3 rounds remaining.

John Stewart

Metropolitan Cup: Titan Fitness Gold v Mosman @ Balmoral Oval 

Result: Randwick Petersham Gold 112 (F Munro 30, D Davies 30) defeated by Mosman 3-113

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A sultry day and a full parking lot greeted the Gold team on their trek to the end of Military road and the promised land of Balmoral. Having had a few good results here over the past few seasons, the boys were hopeful again of putting up a strong showing, despite being sent in on a slightly soft wicket. All signs were positive, as the run rate went on at a decent click, while top order bats Finlay Munro (30) and Daniel Davies (30) put up strong showings in very stifling conditions. At 3/100 after 26 overs, the team was on track for a very competitive total. That all unfortunately unfortunately unraveled, as the Mosman bowlers tightened the screws and sent a shudder through the middle and lower orders to bowl out the Golds for 112.

After a disastrous start with the ball, the Golds got back into the game with a direct hit run-out from Jack Braithwaite, before Charith De Silva tightened the screws with a superb spell of swing bowling that had the batsmen groping in desperation to hold onto their wickets. But even as the Mosman batsman rode out the Chaz wave, Vijay Dharman at the other end also produced a superb spell of controlled outswing. Had there been more runs to defend, they may have seen more success, but at least were able to ensure that Mosman didn’t get the full complement of bonus points.

Metropolitan Cup: Titan Fitness Gold v Cartwright Insurance Green @ Coogee Oval 

Result: Randwick Petersham Green 8-183 (L Takacs 41, P Iosifidis 36) defeated Randwick Petersham Gold 58 (S Suresh 4-12, H Schultz 3-12)

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Seizing the initiative and pushing the much-awaited return of the Metropolitan Cup derby being played at Coogee Oval back a week turned out to be a planning masterstroke, as the rain from the previous Sunday probably wouldn’t have allowed the game to go ahead. Attempting to make use of the humid and overcast conditions upfront, the Gold team bowled first and kept things tight for the first half of the innings, barely allowing the Green team to get away. Peter Iosifidis played the long game, and was ready to unleash some powerful stroke play, but It wasn’t until Freddy Whalebone was joined by Luke Takacs that the innings really got a kick-start. Staring at a chase of 200+, the gold team did well to ensure that the total remained at 183.

It wasn’t the best start for the Golds, as in-form quick Harry Schultz cut a deadly scythe through the top order to leave his club mates reeling at 3/5. Jackson Dodd got into the act and the scoreline looked a tad morbid at 5/10. A brave recovery followed from Marley Besgrove and the enigmatic ‘Falafel Kebab’, to ensure that the side wasn’t completely decimated, but Sriram Suresh put an end to the resistance with four wickets, while E-Young Khoo finished off the show that he put on for his fan club in attendance with two wickets in two balls to go along with some Jonty Rhodes-esque fielding.

While the result was one-sided, the atmosphere and spirit of play through out the day was exemplary, as players no doubt appreciated their experience on playing on a first grade deck next to the seaside paradise. Positively as well, the Green team is well within catching distance of the finals now as well.

Round 10 Match Reports v Mosman + Metro

MATCH REPORTS (Liam ‘LJ’ O’Loughlin)

1st to 5th Grades – Round 10 v Mosman (One-Day Matches) 

Lefand Group 1st Grade @ Allan Border Oval 

Result: Randwick Petersham 9/167 (Semple 40) def. Mosman 154 (Singh 4/39, Ninan 3/13)

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Adam Semple blasting them

1st grade turned up to a wet Allan Border Oval needing a victory to secure a home quarter final in the one-day competition. The home team won the toss and sent us in, however rain delayed play. Persistent rain throughout the day meant plenty of card games and banter. 

Play eventually started at 3.30pm with the game reduced to 24 overs each. We were put under a bit of pressure with regular wickets falling. When the lads slipped to 5/95, Mosman had the upper hand. Adam Semple continued his great form against the white ball, smashing the ball to all parts of the field on his way to a well-made 40 off 26 balls. Some good lower order hitting ensured the lads posted a defendable target of 167. 

This momentum carried over to the bowling innings with Riley Ayre (2/32 off 5), Semple (1/37 off 5) and Daya Singh (4/39 off 5) all taking wickets in their first over of the power play, leaving the home team chasing their tail at 4-50. 

A steady middle order partnership was crucially broken by Ryan Ninan (3/13 off 5) and the game was in the balance. Mosman needed 36 off the final 4 overs, but this proved to be too big of a target with some great death bowling as star bowler Ninan picked up 2 wickets in his final over leaving him with outstanding figures.

The lads winning by 13 runs and ensuring a home QF against Gordon (February 9 at Coogee) in the One Day tournament is massive, and it was also a big win as it put them in top spot of the Belvidere Cup.

Well caught Ralsto

Sutton City 2nd Grade @ Coogee Oval

Result: Randwick Petersham 115 (Affleck 28) def by. Mosman 2/134  

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After the constant rain and floods, Coogee Oval worked its magic and got us a start on time. A steady start saw us to 2-59 after 18 before the rain came and wiped us out for over 4 hours. Getting a resumption at 4pm we were given a further 12 overs to bat, scraping to be all out for 115 on the last ball of our 31 overs.

DLS gave the Whales a revised target of 133 off 31 overs. Some quality new ball bowling from Caelan Maladay (1/31 off 5) and Mitch O’Loughlin (1/35 off 5) reduced Mosman to 2-10 with us right in the driving seat, but after that it became a one-sided affair. Plenty of aggression with the bat alongside some luck with ball not going to hand got the Whales home in the 18th without losing another wicket.

A pretty tough loss to take when not doing a lot wrong but being stung by the rain. Credit to the boys for sticking in there on a tough day for cricket which took a lot of patience in the pursuit of 6 points, and big thanks to Paul O’Loughlin for sticking around to help us out.

Petersham RSL 3rd Grade @ Rawson Oval

Result: Randwick Petersham 80 def by. Mosman 7/182 (Loth 2/28, Connolly 2/28)  

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Randy Petes won the toss and sent the Whales in, and struck early courtesy of Doug Loth (2/28 off 7) leaving them 1/16 off 6 before the rain break. The weather reduced it to a 36-over match and at one stage, the visitors had Mosman 3/30-odd before their captain hit them to all parts. 

Ryan Connolly (2/28 off 5) bowled well again, but overall the fielding and bowling was the worst it’s been all year and it actually looked like a team that is in last place. Mosman finished with 7/182 but there was no reason it couldn’t be chased. 

Unfortunately, the batting wasn’t much better than the bowling and fielding, with plenty of poor shot selections and good bowling having wickets tumbling. A gallant dig from Ross Elliot (17) and a cheeky red ink from Connolly (13*) were the pick of the bats in a dismal display.

Waiting out the rain PC: Antony Sachs

Mellick Wealth Management 4th Grade @ Kensington Oval

Result: Randwick Petersham 1/43 (Mullins 22*) drew with Mosman

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Match was washed out.

Bendigo Clovelly Community Bank 5th Grade @ Balmoral Oval

Result: Randwick Petersham drew with Mosman  

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Match was washed out.

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Metropolitan Cup: Cartwright Insurance Green v Titan Fitness Gold @ Coogee Oval

Result: Match Postponed

The long awaited return of the Metropolitan Cup Coogee Derby was postponed for one week, which turned out to be a good decision following a weekend of torrential but much required rain. Both teams will now line up on Australia Day instead.

Round 9 Match Reports v Northern District + Metro

MATCH REPORTS (Liam ‘LJ’ O’Loughlin)

1st to 5th Grades – Round 9 v Northern District (One-Day Matches) 

Metropolitan Cup – RPC Gold v Sutherland & RPC Green v Hawkesbury

Lefand Group 1st Grade @ Coogee Oval 

Result: Randwick Petersham 4/313 (Affleck 118, Sangha 98*, Bell-Drummond 59) def. Northern Districts 7/312 (Singh 3/55, Semple 3/56)

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Losing the toss at Coogee Oval, the Randy Petes were bowling first. Adam Semple (3/56 off 10) started the new year in style with a wicket in his first over. However, that was the only wicket for a while as ND’s put on 137 for the second wicket. 

More runs from the middle order and the Rangers probably had 350 in sight. Momentum shifted in the latter overs with regular wickets and Randy Petes were given 312 to chase, which seemed a par total on a good batting deck. Daya Singh (3/55 off 10) and Sempy were the pick of the bowlers.

Will Affleck (118) came out of the blocks in style by taking a trip down to bomb city and dispatching NDs bowler over the sight screen on numerous occasions and brought up a superb ton. It was his first century for the club and hopefully there’s many more to come. 

He was strongly supported with 100+ run partnerships alongside both Daniel Bell-Drummond (58) and Jason Sangha (98*) who played superbly and continued his good form. 

The lads comfortably chased down NDs target in the end with 6 wickets left in the shed, putting them at 2nd in the overall standings.

3 – Will Affleck

2 – Jason Sangha

1 – Daya Singh

Sutton City 2nd Grade @ Mark Taylor Oval

Result: Randwick Petersham 7/257 (Hunter 130*) def. Northern Districts 224 (Wood 4/39)  

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2nd Grade traveled to Mark Taylor Oval off the back of a pre-Christmas win against league-leaders Easts, boosted by the inclusions of Dylan Hunter, Luke Radford, and skipper Jack Lyle returning.

After weather delayed the starting time and shortened the match to 49 overs per side, we lost the toss and were stuck in on a tacky-looking grassy deck. It was shaping up to be a good toss to lose, the boys getting away to a flyer by capitalizing on some loose balls early reaching 1-67 off 11. A wobble in the middle order had us 4-99 before Rav De Silva combined with Dylan Hunter to put on 68, the former falling unluckily to an outrageous catch for a quick 37. Hunter then proceeded to rip the chain off and hammer the NDs bowling to all parts of the ground including some huge horns and a smashed van window, he finished an amazing knock 130* off 118 with Jackson Eldridge offering great support in a 73 run partnership to close 7/257 off our 49.

Luke Radford’s return from injury paid immediate dividends by nicking off their opener, while Mitch O’Loughlin continued his great form getting one to jag back and hit the knee-roll of the number 3 to leave NDs reeling at 2-16. A few good partnerships got them back in the game but a great all-round bowling effort ensured the required rate steadily climbed until it was up around 7-8 heading into the last 10 overs. Great death bowling from Tom McKenzie (2-46) and Jacob Wood (4fer including a caught and bowled contender for catch of the season) closed the game out, NDs all out for 224.

The win gives us a slight bump to 14th on the ladder and not out of the finals hunt just yet. We’ll be aiming to back up with a similarly professional performance at Coogee this week as we take on 17th-placed Mosman.

3 – Dylan Hunter

2 – Jacob Wood

1 – Luke Radford

Petersham RSL 3rd Grade @ Kensington Oval

Result: Randwick Petersham 9/183 (Lopes 62, Sachs 53) def. Northern Districts 9/173 (Miskella 2/36, Connolly 2/44)  

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Batting first at Kenso, the Randy Petes were in complete disarray early on at 5/41 but the game changed when Luca Lopes (62) and Reuben Sachs (53) put on a 108-run stand. Ross Elliot (16*) had a good cameo at the end and batted selflessly to get the hosts to 9/183. 

The Randy Petes were going to have to bowl well, and veteran Doug Loth (1/25 off 7) was good up front and laid a solid platform. Wickets were then shared around, with Elliot taking the first three catches. A couple of run outs and a good spell from 3rd grade debutant Ryan Connolly (2/44 off 10) put us in a good position heading into the death.

Ryan Miskella (2/36 off 10) and Ashley Burton (0/14 off 4) bowled with poise at the death and secured 3s second win of the season by 10 runs.

3 – Luca Lopes

2 – Reuben Sachs

1 – Ryan Connolly

Mellick Wealth Management 4th Grade @ Asquith Oval

Result: Randwick Petersham 189 (Montedoro 44) def by. Northern Districts 202 (Graham 4/33)

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With a strengthened line-up and fresh from the break, there was plenty of belief within the Randy Petes camp heading into a clash with ND’s at Asquith Oval. The hosts batted first and after getting off to a strong start, Corey Graham (4/33 off 7) tore through the top order with a great spell. 

The momentum continued to sway between the two sides through the middle overs, with the skipper tying down an end with 0/23 off 10 overs. Some ill-discipline with the ball and in the field hurt us in patches, but at the death the Randy Petes were strong as Ben Montedoro (3/47 off 10) and Will Hutchison (1/39 off 10) and we were able to restrict the Rangers to 202.

The openers in Montedoro (44) and Kel Mullins (36) got off to a fantastic start, putting on 78 for the first wicket. A run-out not long after took the wind out of our sails, but an explosive innings from Jaya Murdita (39) had us in complete control at 2/130. 

But as has been the case plenty of times this season, the Randy Petes capitulated and lost the next 8 wickets for less than 70 runs to be bowled out for 189. It was a very disappointing result given the talent in the batting lineup, and the lads will hopefully use that disappointment as motivation for the rest of the season.

3 – Corey Graham

2 – Ben Montedoro

1 – Kel Mullins

Bendigo Clovelly Community Bank 5th Grade @ Snape Park

Result: Randwick Petersham  

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RPCC lost the toss and were sent it to bat in overcast and windy conditions on a greenish Snape oval pitch and slow outfield. On paper we were a good batting side and the talk in the camp that a score close to 200 would be ideal. The top 4 batsmen were asked to build partnerships, rotate the strike and bat up to the 20th over and then we can reassess. Having wickets in hand at the last 15 overs were the key. However, it was not to be and as RPCC were reduced to 4/39 in the 11th over.

Will Deller (33) and Fabian Heaton (35*) played cautiously and gutsed it out not to lose another wicket with Northern Districts right on top. Some poor shots and good catching by the young Northern District players saw our big hitter batsmen out without much contribution to the score and we were all out for 134. 

With a low total to defend on a wicket that was playing true but hard to drive on the bowlers were asked to bowl just short of a length to entice the drive and utmost important to not bowl wides or no balls.

Our bowlers were fired up to do a good job but whist trying too hard the extras escalated to 17 wides and 3 no balls. Stephen Sheakey (1/14 off 8) was the pick of the bowlers with fiery pace, line and length and was unfortunate not few more wickets.

At our post game chat all were really fired up and bring on the next game as we are confident getting back into the winning games.

Fabian Heaton – 3

Will Deller – 2

Stephen Sheakey  – 1

Metropolitan Cup: Cartwright Insurance Green v Hawkesbury @ Marrickville Oval

Result: Randwick Petersham Green 126 (A Xu 23) defeated by Hawkesbury 212 (J Dodd 3/37, E Khoo 2/21, H Schultz 2/30)

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Green arrived at Marrickville with a strong and enthusiastic side and with overcast conditions and a spot of rain won the toss and invited the Hawks to bat. Schultz (2/30) broke through the opener on the 6th ball of the day before the 2 and 3 amassed 66 in 11 overs. Disciplined bowling from Jackson Dodd (3/37) brought an edge to Stewart at first slip. De Silva, gaining overs under his belt for Nationals, bowled an unplayable line knocking over former Randy Petes all-rounder Melukote with a beautiful seaming ball that kissed off stump. The spin twins Pingu (2-22) and Sriram Suresh (2-43) worked in tandem with Pingu on a hattrick and dismissing former NSW Blues spinner Liam Zammit first ball. Schultz final over was something to behold closing out their innings on the penultimate ball. Hawkesbury all out 212. 

The chase began 0-5 courtesy of a 5 run penalty but with the wicket slowing the spinners put the breaks on with only Xu (23), Stewart (17), Saeed (14), W Dodd (16) and Pingu (14) reaching double figures. A disappointing loss but with many positives especially in the bowling department.

3 – Harry Schultz

2 – Jackson Dodd

1 – Alan Xu / E-Young Khoo

Metropolitan Cup: Titan Fitness Gold v Sutherland @ Tonkin Park 

Result: Randwick Petersham Gold 127 (Takacs 33) defeated by Sutherland 2/128 (Gowda 1/25, Davies 1/25)

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Winning the toss and batting on a slightly green but otherwise benign pitch was almost a good option, as the Golds put on 29 for not loss in the first 10 overs. From there, things went a tad awry, as procession of wickets left us at 5/54. Luke Takacs (33) started the recovery, making use of a poor but quick outfield to get regular boundaries. But the Sharks kept plugging away and were eventually able to dismiss the Golds for 127. Dane Coombs and Jack Braithwaite bowled well without any luck – a dropped catch and edges evaded the field to go for several boundaries. At 0/77 after 14 overs, the boys fought with pride to ensure that they didn’t concede a double-bonus point, while Thanush Gowda and Daniel Davies each sneaked themselves a couple of wickets.

3 – Luke Takacs

2 – Thanush Gowda

1 – Dane Coombs

Round 8 Match Reports vs Eastern Suburbs + Metro (Day 2)

MATCH REPORTS (Liam ‘LJ’ O’Loughlin)

1st to 5th Grades – Round 8 v Eastern Suburbs (2-Day Matches) Day 2

Metropolitan Cup – RPC Gold v Hawkesbury & RPC Green v Warringah

Lefand Group 1st Grade @ Coogee Oval 

Result: Randwick Petersham 310 (D Bell-Drummond 103) defeated Eastern Suburbs 305 (D Singh 4-66)

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After posting a competitive total of 310 on day one thanks to a superb knock from Daniel Bell-Drummond (103) and strong contributions throughout the batting order, the Randy Petes returned to Coogee Oval on day two ready to rip through their local rivals.

Daya Singh (4/66 off 18.3) claimed the breakthrough of former Test star Peter Nevill, but Easts were well and truly in control throughout the majority of the day. Riley Ayre (3/60 off 18) claimed some more top-order bats, but at 4/238 the Randy Petes looked in severe trouble against the competition leaders.

At 5/294 it looked as though the Dolphins were going to cruise to victory – but what happened next could set in motion a massive second half of the season. Debutant Caelan Maladay (1/58 off 12) dismissed former Randy Petes player Jack Preddey, and the floodgates opened as the hosts took the last five wickets for just 11 runs.

The victory was one of the best in recent history and puts us into 3rd place on the ladder; just two points behind Sydney Uni. And the fact that it came against Easts makes it even sweeter! 

3 – Daya Singh

2 – Daniel Bell-Drummond

1 – Riley Ayre

1st Grade Kingsgrove Sports T20 Preliminary Final @ Coogee Oval 

Result: Randwick Petersham 4/157 (Sangha 82*) defeated by. Sydney 4/161 (Ninan 2/35) 

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Three days before Christmas and a packed crowd at Coogee Oval set the scene for a massive preliminary final as Randwick Petersham took on Sydney, who had they had defeated earlier in the season. But cricket is a funny game and it showed on this occasion, as the hosts were outclassed by a strong Tigers side.

Batting first, the Randy Petes were in trouble early after losing a wicket first ball and never looked fully-settled from there despite a classy knock from innings anchor Jason Sangha (82* off 61). Heading into the last over it could have been dire straits but Sangha blasted a few horns and could have turned the momentum back in our favour.

It was always going to be a tough score to defend on a good batting deck, and Sydney got off to a good start. But two wickets in quick succession to Ryan Ninan (2/35 off 3.4) and Caelan Maladay (1/16 off 2) brought some life into the Coogee crowd. 

However it wasn’t to be, as Sydney chased down our total with 2.2 overs remaining for the loss of just four wickets. It was a great day out for the fans however and showed that the Randy Petes culture is alive and well. Massive thanks must go out to Eddie Otto for rallying the troops all season long and helping to organise the day with Paul O’Loughlin and the committee, and big shout out to DJ Adam Pustetto for providing bangers all arvo. Go follow him on Instagram (@djadamjames) and Spotify (Adam James).

Sutton City 2nd Grade @ Wavelery Oval

Result: Randwick Petersham 349 (S Doheny 132, J Eldridge 77*, R De Silva 54) defeated Eastern Suburbs 171 (M O’Loughlin 4/36)  

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Having batted first on day one and being driven by a superb century from Stephen Doheny, the Randy Pete’s decided to bat on with Jackson Eldridge resuming the day’s play on 54 not out. Randwick Petersham applied the pressure early doors by piling on the runs, eventually being bowled out for a well-made 349. Jackson Eldridge, adding to Doheny’s 132 with a well-made 77 not out. 

The Randy Petes then faced the challenge of bowling out the league leaders on their home patch. Tom McKenzie started the innings off perfectly with a wicket first ball, which set the tone for the session. Easts kept losing wickets thanks to Mitch O’Loughlin who kept putting the ball in the right areas and reaping the rewards. Easts entered lunch feeling a little defeated at 4-54. 

The pressure didn’t hold up in the middle session. Randy Pete’s brought on Jacob Wood who bowled with great patience and discipline, while the seamers rotated from the other end. The only resistance for the 7th wicket eventually fell due to some experienced bowling from Tim Affleck. The Randy Petes approached the final session only needing 3 wickets for the win.

Due to the bowling of Mitch O’Loughlin (16-3-36-4), Tom McKenzie (18.4-6-42-2) and Jacob Wood (19-8-23-1) and all the other bowlers the randy Pete’s completed a commanding 178 run win over the league leaders. 

3 – Stephen Doheny

2 – Mitchell O’Loughlin

1 – Jackson Eldridge

Petersham RSL 3rd Grade @ Kensington Oval

Result: Randwick Petersham 148 (R Elliot 36) defeated by. Eastern Suburbs 9/157 (B Stares 3/10)  

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After being bowled out for a low score of 148 on day one, it was always going to be tough for the Randy Petes at Kenso against local rivals Easts. An early pole to Ryan Miskella (1/28 off 14) gave some hope but at 2/109 the visitors looked like they were going to cruise to victory.

A strong rally later in the day saw the Randy Petes take five wickets for just 21 runs and swing the momentum back in their favour. Ben Stares (3/10 off 4.3) and Scott Sharma (2/47 off 11) showed their experience, while seamer Hayden Fox (2/62 off 23) returned to a bit of form.

In the end, Easts passed our score for the loss of nine wickets in what ended up being quite a close game. Another 20 runs the week prior could have given the Randy Petes their second win of the season.

3 – Scott Sharma

2 – Hayden Fox

1 – Ben Stares

Mellick Wealth Management 4th Grade @ Trumper Oval

Result: Randwick Petersham 247 (R Connolly 73, R McNamara 53) defeated by. Eastern Suburbs 5/251 (S Sultan 2/23)

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After posting what seemed to be a good total on day one, the Randy Petes arrived at Trumper Park a few days out from Christmas ready to rock and roll and gain some momentum.

An early wicket to seamer Simran Sandhu (2/48 off 10) had the boys up and about, but from there Easts were in control for the majority of the day. At 4/143 at tea, the game was in the balance and there was a good feeling in the sheds that we could get stuck into the tail, but a quality knock from their No.4 who tonned up put us in the chair.

Despite being a part-timer, Sayem Sultan (2/23 off 10) again showed how reliable he is with the ball when called upon. Losing seamer Will Hutchison before day two due to bushfires back home put us on the back foot and meant someone had to bowl big overs. The skipper got through 28.4 with 11 maidens but it wasn’t enough and the wickets were few and far between.

After the break the lads will be feeling good and hoping to get some experienced lads back on board and try end the season well. 

3 – Ryan Connolly

2 – Sayem Sultan

1 – Reid McNamara

Bendigo Clovelly Community Bank 5th Grade @ Snape Park

Result: Randwick Petersham 9/158 (F Heaton 59) drew with. Eastern Suburbs 187 (A Lee 5/32)  

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After a sedate start, Will Deller (18) who was looking the goods dabbed at a ball outside the off to be caught in the slips off their fiery Irish fast bowler. Marley Besgrove (11) soon followed top edging a hook shot off the same bowler. Peter Iosifidis (4) also was back soon in the pavilion, bowled by an absolute beauty by their leg spinner. At 4 for 42 RPCC were reeling and needed a fightback.

Angus Beaumont (40) and Hamza Mahmood (3) put on a quick partnership of 31 runs, with Angus the aggressor getting 27 runs of this to bring us back into the run chase. Unfortunately, Hamza was adjudged LBW and RPCC were 5 for 73 in the 37th over and 47 overs to still in the day.

Skipper Fabian Heaton (59) joined Angus and this had to be a good partnership if RPCC were going to pull off a win. But, this was not to be as Easts big Irish fast bowler was brought back into the attack and outdid Angus with a bouncer that did not come off the wicket fast enough – ending up caught and bowled.

It was time to consolidate with Fabian and Freddy Whalebone (5) adding 35 runs. Fabian was the aggressor cutting and pulling the bowlers. The partnership was broken when Freddy was unlucky to be given out LBW after he had played onto his pads and the umpire buckled under pressure of the appealing.

With RPCC 7 for 118 in 59 overs and the Easts sniffing victory Fabian and Yogesh Wanzare dug in a and gutsed out a tough session and put on a 35 run partnership. It was survival now not to lose any more wickets as Easts had their tail up and bowling tight lines and length. With only 3 overs to go Fabian was out bowled to a good ball by the Easts spinner. RPCC 8 for 153.

Adam Lee (0) in the same over got a ball that popped and was caught close in on the on side.

With pressure on young Ben Thomas (0) to survive 2 more balls in the over it was pin drop silence in the stands. Ben confidently played out the over with a dead bat. Thanks to all the throw downs by our team mates.

With 12 ball to go the Easts medium pacer tried every ball in the book to get Yogesh out but Yogesh gallantly ducked and weaved and left most of the balls then took a single of the last ball to face up to the last over of the day.

Yogesh played out the over in great style with rock solid defence.

Well fought DRAW!!

Lots of positives from the game in the sense that we bowled good lines and fielded well and finally gutsed it out to not lose. So glad to be playing with a great bunch of guys who are playing so well as a team and helping one an another.

Hopefully we can put all this together and win games.

3 – Adam Lee

2 – Fabian Heaton

1 – Angus Beaumont / Hamza Mahmood

Metropolitan Cup: Cartwright Insurance Green v Warringah @ Mike Pawley Oval

Result: Randwick Petersham Green 126 & 6/121 (J Dodd 51) defeated by Warringah 193 & 3/110 (dec) (H Schultz 5/23)

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Leading into Christmas Green were looking to take a win into the break at Mike Pawley to farewell Jack Osborne, moving to Tassie for farm work to fulfil his Visa conditions. The toss was won and with the firepower on offer there was no hesitation to bowl first. This was almost justified with an edge off Dharman dropped at slip. The bowler’s toiled hard with Schultz’ pace unplayable. Warringah headed into tea 2/131 and a huge score looked on the cards. But the tea must have been agreeable as Schultz came out after the break and changed his line bowling 5 beautifully executed yorkers in the space of 4 overs to return his first 5fa for the Randy Petes (5/23 off 10). Jackson Dodd (1/20) bowled a number of miserly spells and was unlucky to not take a greater haul. Warringah were soon dismissed for 198 with the cagey Jay Patel troubling the young tail with (2/15) to wrap up the innings. 

With 14 overs left in the day the openers were dismissed cheaply leaving Stewart (11) and Gill (27) to toil until stumps. 

Day 2 opened with a boundary from Stewart before he fell in the next over. Gill went on the attack and was supported by Jackson Dodd (20) who dealt in 4s. Pingu (14) and Schultz (21) played a rearguard innings but with Dharman absent due to illness the innings closed 9/126 in the 49th over. Warringah had no hesitation to bat again and once they’d seen off Schultz they went on the attack with Jackson Dodd (2/28) and Atharv Ramakanth (1/38) making breakthroughs. Declaration came in the 19th over leaving 24 overs to stave off an outright. Gill (21) was promoted to opener with Osborne (16) and they went on the attack playing some audacious shots, scoring at 6 an over. With Osborne’s dismissal Stewart (19) knuckled down with Jackson Dodd (51) against disciplined bowling. Both fell late in the day leaving Pingu and Artharv to fight through to stumps. 

3 – Harry Schultz

2 – Jackson Dodd

1 – Jack Osborne

Harry Schultz – 5/23

Metropolitan Cup: Titan Fitness Gold v Hawkesbury @ Marrickville Oval 

Result: Randwick Petersham Gold 121 (D Coombs 36) defeated by Hawkesbury 9/223 (C De Silva 2/23, A Prabhakar 2/30, S Suresh 2/30, T Gowda 2/33)

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Winning the toss and batting on a sufficiently fine Marrickville wicket, Ahsan Shahid looked like he was about to miss a plane (he kind of was…) and succumbed to an overly aggressive approach. Gus Small and Max Robinson gave a glimpse of top order batting in the future, with both looking completely comfortable against bowlers that they were likely to face later that week as part of Green Shield. But after Gus was run out, and Max was bowled, the Golds suffered a mini-collapse. It was left to prodigal son, Dane Coombs to hold the innings together with a completely assured 36, while Jack Braithwaite helped take the score past 100. Lower scores than 121 have been defended at Marrickville, but the Golds didn’t do themselves any favours in the 20 overs afforded to them in the afternoon. That is, aside from veteran Charith De Silva, who had the ball swinging both ways and an ex-Randy Pete groping for dear life. Sriram Suresh would get the reward and Hawkesbury went into the second day at 2-85.

On a hot, stifling day two, the Golds made a good account of themselves against a disciplined Hawks outfit. Dane Coombs, joined in the field by younger brother Blake, bowled with pace, while Charith continued where he left off. The bowlers did well to bring the run-rate back from over 4-per-over to just under 3, as temporary Canadian signing, Anant Prabhakar picked up two wickets for himself to complete a well-appreciated cameo for the Randy Petes, while Sriram Suresh and Thanush Gowda grabbed themselves a pair each – the latter dismissing former state player, Liam Zammit – while Marley Whitcombe took his first wicket for the club with an excellent caught and bowled. Having passed score and with only 36 overs left, the Hawks graciously agreed to call the game at tea.

3 – Dane Coombs

2 – Thanush Gowda

1 – Charith De Silva

Round 7 Match Reports vs Blacktown + Metro (Day 2)

MATCH REPORTS (Liam ‘LJ’ O’Loughlin)

1st to 5th Grades – Round 7 v Blacktown Mounties (2-Day Matches) Day 2 

1st Grade T20 – Conference Semi Final v St George

Metropolitan Cup – RPC Gold v Georges River (2-Day Match) Day 2 & RPC Green v Blacktown Mounties (120-Over Match) Day 1

Lefand Group 1st Grade @ Joe McAleer Oval 

Result: Randwick Petersham 6/407 (dec) (D Bell-Drummond 131, W Affleck 61) v Blacktown 334 (D Singh 4/48)

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Continuing play with Blacktown needing a further 368 runs with 10 wickets in hand, it was obvious that early wickets were essential. Blacktown got off to a decent start before Jason Ralston (2-30) shifted the momentum with 2 quick wickets and Riley Ayre (1-75) claiming 1 within a few overs to leave the hosts 3-99. 

A steady partnership was built before lunch until Daya Singh threw down the stumps with a run out to have Blacktown 4-165 at the break. Randy Pete’s toiled hard in the middle session without much luck and the score was piling up until chief partnership breaker Shaun Eaton (1-17) was introduced and made an impact almost instantly. It wasn’t long after that DBD produced the second run out of the day, and with Singh (4-48) taking a wicket before the tea break, the hosts were in a bit of strife at 7-272. Blacktown came out firing after the break and the score quickly passed the 300 mark with the 8th wicket partnership rising to 48 runs. 

With 80 overs being passed, the Randy Pete’s decided to take the new ball; the visitors would go on to claim the last 3 wickets for 14 runs – giving the lads a reasonably comfortable win in the end by 73 runs. The side will head into next weekend’s clash with ladder-leaders Eastern Suburbs with plenty of confidence after a hard-fought win.

3 – Daniel Bell-Drummond 

2 – Daya Singh

1 – Anthony Sams

Lefand Group 1st Grade T20 @ Coogee Oval vs St George (Conference Final) 

Result: Randwick Petersham 5/154 (J Sangha 69) def. St George 7/150 (R Ayre 2/24, R Ninan 2/24)

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The Randy Petes won their semi final clash against St George, banishing the demons from last year’s loss and booking a home Conference Final against Sydney on Sunday December 22nd. Captain Jason Sangha led the way with the bat, following a tight bowling performance from the spinners.

The match was the first to be live streamed – watch the full match below if you missed out on the weekend!

Sutton City 2nd Grade @ Coogee Oval

Result: Randwick Petersham 296 (Doheny 170) defeated by Blacktown 9/298 (M O’Loughlin 3/61, T McKenzie 3/66)  

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2nd grade were faced with the task of taking nine Blacktown wickets while defending a further 218. In an agonisingly close finish, we ended up on the wrong side of the result. Blacktown started the day well in their chase putting on 41 before Mitch O’Loughlin (3/61 off 20) piled on the pressure by bowling stump to stump, eventually cleaning up their number 3 and having their captain caught in the ring. A sharp run out by Stephen Doheny saw the back of the set opener, and a Tim Affleck wicket (1/29 off 12) right before the break saw the boys going into lunch with the score at 5-155 and match in the balance. A great passage of play where we took 4-36 brought us right back into it.

A couple of good partnerships after lunch and the pitch flattening out made it a real grind in the afternoon session, taking only 1 wicket with the new ball – a third to O’Loughlin. At tea the boys were left needing to take 4 wickets with only another 35 runs to play with. A big team talk got us going and fired up Tom McKenzie (3/66 off 27.1 overs) for the best spell of the day, seeming to channel Adam Semple with some brutal in-swinging yorkers removing the 2 set bats. With about 11 runs to get it looked as though another ripping yorker had cleaned up the number 10 but T-Mac had overstepped, to add insult to injury the ball ran away for 4 off the stumps. There were a few close calls to finish but the 11 managed to scamper a single to win the game for Blacktown.

Although the result sealed another defeat for 2nd grade there were a lot of positives to take away. This was probably the most this side have come together as a unit this season, showing a lot of fight to take the game that close. Batting for only 2 sessions on the previous Saturday is a cardinal sin, leaving 50+ runs out there and allowing Blacktown to bat in the easiest session of the day with the pitch at its flattest. We’ll need a further lift this weekend against an unbeaten top of the table Easts but the lads should take a lot of confidence from this round.

3 – Stephen Doheny

2 – Tom McKenzie

1 – Mitchell O’Loughlin

Petersham RSL 3rd Grade @ Jim Hanshaw Oval

Result: Randwick Petersham 167 (A Docos 67) defeated by Blacktown 8/168 (B Kenzie 3/35)  

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Needing to take eight wickets and with limited runs to play with, Third Grade returned to Sydney’s west to try and claim their second win of the season against Blacktown. And they would need to do it without Pommy Ryan ‘Giggsy’ Miskella who was injured mid-week and left us a bowler short.

Hayden Fox (0/29 off 11) bowled well without reward and was the leader if the attack early on. Bailey Kenzie (3/35 off 26.5 overs) had 10 maidens and was rewarded for his efforts with a few poles. The teenage spinner was well-supported by Akhter Hussain (1/36 off 20 overs) and skipper Ben Stares (2/31 off 12 overs) who took one wicket with his slow-meds and one wicket with spin. 

A couple of dropped catches and not enough runs on the first day ended up cost us our chance to get off the bottom of the ladder as the Mounties passed the total with two wickets to spare.

3 – Adam Docos

2 – Bailey Kenzie

1 – Ben Stares

Bailey Kenzie

Mellick Wealth Management 4th Grade @ Kensington Oval

Result: Randwick Petersham 149 (R Connolly 55, S Sultan 49) & 4/143 (S Sheakey 49*) defeated by Blacktown 7/273 (dec) (Bugti 5/63)

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Fourth Grade had a tough day on the first day of play and went into the second day against Blacktown having already lost the first innings. The goal heading in was to ‘win the day’ – and technically speaking, that is what the Randy Petes were able to do.

Resuming at 3/161, the visitors would have liked their chances of an outright but a resilient bowling display led by seamer Anis Bugti (5/63 off 16) only allowed them the chance to add an extra 112 runs on day two. 

The home side were then sent in to bat again, but a classy innings from veteran Steven Sheakey (49*) and a quickfire innings earlier on from Jaya Murdita (25) meant that the Mounties skipper had no choice but to call the outright attempt off after we passed their total.

3 – Anis Bugti

2 – Ryan Connolly 

1 – Sayem Sultan

Bendigo Clovelly Community Bank 5th Grade @ Whalan Oval No. 2

Result: Randwick Petersham 243 (F Heaton 43, F Whalebone 43) defeated by Blacktown 249 (Whalebone 2/21, Deller 2/30)  

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Our 2 young RPCC medium pacers Ben Thomas and Will Deller were asked to bowl top of off or outside off with no width for the batsmen to throw bat at. A brilliant quick pick up and thrown in at the stumps in the very 1st  over of the day by Yogesh Wanzare from cover point caught both batsmen out of their crease. But although the throw from Yogesh at the keepers end was off target it set up a perfect run out as Marley Besgrove backed up beautifully from square leg and threw the ball to the non striker’s end for Ben Thomas to complete the run out. Ben and Will frustrated the number 10 and 11 batsmen with consistent line and length and they played and missed several times trying to swing at the ball to the frustration of their captain who was yelling from the fence that they need to make contact with the ball. Ben struck in his 3rd over cramping up their number 11 batsman who tried to go for a big hit but instead spooned the ball to Angus Beaumont at mid off who took a well judged catch. Blacktown all out 249 and RPCC to face 73 overs.

The batting plan was that the openers had to try their best and bat out the 1st session and rotate the strike. If we had wickets in hand at the end of 30 overs the situation would be
assessed if we should go for a win. Left hand batsmen Marley Besgrove and Freddy Whalebone were advised that it was crucial that they be in as long as possible and rotate the strike. This would definitely put the Blacktown bowlers of their line and length and we should then capitalise on the loose balls. After an unusual start with the first 6 overs being bowled maidens, Deakin Antaw (29) and Marley Besgrove (15) picked up the pace to get RPCC to 43 when Marley was bowled by a good delivery in the 22nd  over. Deakin followed shortly. At 2 for 59 in 24 overs experienced campaigner John Stewart (19) coming in at 3 after judging the pace of the wicket attacked the bowling and along with Angus Beaumont (22) pushed the score quickly to 86 in 31 overs. With the platform well set Hamza Mohammad (0) was sent in to take charge of the situation but unfortunately for us Hamza did not
trouble the scorers.

Fabian Heaton (43) joined Angus who looked well set, driving well both of the front and back foot comfortably. But, their partnership did not last as Angus was beaten by a ball that
cut back sharply of a good length and was bowled. With the batting order changed to get a left hander in the mix Freddy Whalebone (43) was moved up the order. Freddy batted with maturity and sensibly rotating the strike, blocking the good balls, pushing the bad balls for 2’s or or 3’s and along with Fabian put on 81 runs. Once again like in an earlier game against Penrith Fabian copped another dismal umpiring decision at a crucial time when RPCC were cruising to the target. Caught behind of a ball that did not have any contact with the bat. Will Deller (32) was promoted to 8 and joined Freddy in taking quick runs and still pushed for a win. Will was in sublime form and played some exquisite back foot cover drives to put on 47 in quick time.

However, after Freddy’s demise caught at gully in the 69th over with the score at 229, big hitter and experienced Adam Lee (5) joined Will with the team needing only 21 runs in 4 overs. The Blacktown bowlers cleverly reverted to wide negative bowling outside the off stump and frustrated both Will and Adam who ultimately threw their wickets. With 8 runs to get in 8 balls Yogesh Wanzare (0 not out) and Ben Thomas (3) tried to get to the runs in the last over but unfortunately Ben was out caught at square leg swinging hard to get a boundary.  RPCC all out 243. Although we lost this game there were a lot of positives. Our young bowlers are excelling every game, batting is improving and fielding from the youngsters is top notch. Definitely predicting a few wins in the upcoming games.

3 – Freddy Whalebone

2 – ​Will Deller

1 – Fabian Heaton

Metropolitan Cup: Cartwright Insurance Green v Blacktown Mounties @ Kensington Oval

Result: Randwick Petersham Green 6-182 (W Deller 67*, J Dodd 39*) defeated Blacktown Mounties 178 (D Davies 7/33, J Dodd 2/34)

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After both teams agree to play the match over 120 overs, a cracker of a match was played in the backdrop of the T20 semi final at Coogee Oval. Records were broken and youngsters stamped their mark on the play. The skipper finally won a toss, and elected to bowl in early sultry conditions. Jackson Dodd, returning from school cricket, had the ball hooping around, while our latest import – Anant Prabhakar – kept things tight from the other end. Dodd was rewarded with two strikes behind the wicket, including a sharp catch at gully from Daany Saeed. From there, Blacktown’s 3 and 4 bats bunkered in, weathering the early favourable bowling conditions before accelerating as the lunch break approached. Jay Patel became one of the oldest ever Randwick Petersham debutants, but it was another debutant – Welsh rugby player Daniel Davies – that would take a wicket into the break to have the visitors 3-125.

Following lunch, it would be Davies – playing his first cricket match in several years – who would cut a swathe through the Blacktown batting order. In his fourth over after lunch, Davies had Blacktown’s top scorer out for 85, when he tried to sweep a ball that was too full before castling the next batsmen first rock with a much quicker and fuller ball. After this, it became a procession, as Davies took out captain with a catch in the outfield, while the fifth wicket came as lower order batsmen tried to prevent themselves from getting bogged down. The sixth wicket was the tamest, as the honorable ring-in chipped tamely to short midwicket, while Davies reached seventh heaven as the final batsman skied one to Will Deller at mid-off. Davies finished with astonishing figures of 7-33 – which are the best figures on debut in the Metropolitan Cup, quite possibly the best figures ever on Randwick Petersham debut and the 3rd best figures in the club’s Metropolitan Cup history. Credit too to Deller and Dodd for tight bowling from their end as well.

In some of the best batting conditions imaginable at this level, the Green team got off to a terrible start with Josh Lau being dismissed in the first over. After fighting the new ball for a bit, the team were unfortunate to lose Gus Small, Daany Saeed and Finlay Munro in quick succession to leave them precariously placed at 4-38. Will Deller strode in, having made his highest score in men’s cricket the day before, to join run-machine Ahsan Shahid, and steady the ship and have the Greens 4-59 at the tea break. After the break, both batsmen looked to up the ante, before Shahid fell against the run of play. After a brief partnership with the skipper, 14 year old Deller used all the experience that he gained from 3 years of men’s cricket to shoulder the responsibility of taking his team home – it had long been known that he had the technique and temperament, but now he had power to go with it as cover drives reach the long Kensington boundary all along the carpet. Ably supported by Dodd, the pair started cautiously before pouncing on some tired bowling to rattle towards the target. Along the way, Deller (67*) brought up with first half century in men’s cricket before Dodd belted the bowler back over his head to finish a comprehensive win in the end.

The win capped off a great weekend for Metro, with records, excellent performances from the young players and two wins to boot.

3 – Daniel Davies

2 – Will Deller

1 – Jackson Dodd

Metropolitan Cup: Titan Fitness Gold v Georges River @ Marrickville Oval 

Result: Randwick Petersham Gold 191 (L Takacs 73, J Genner 34) & 8-116 (dec) (A Shahid 52) defeated Georges River 98 (A Coombs 4/2, C De Silva 3/20) & 5/125 (T Gowda 2/34)

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After two dropped catches in the second last over let the big hitting skipper off the hook last Saturday, the brains trust got together that night to discuss tactics over fried chicken and ginger beer, coming up with an iron clad strategy for the following Saturday. Lo and behold, the skipper succumbed to the trap first ball, as he hit Charith De Silva’s first ball to mid-off. He was left none to happy and needing a new helmet… this left the flood gates open for a now fit Adam Coombs to tear in. It almost wasn’t fair, as a young batting line-up were exposed to the wicked pace of pace of the second Coombs brother, with two batsmen bowled in two ball before the hat-trick was narrowly missed out on. Big Chaz made sure he wasn’t left behind with one more scalp, before Coombs claimed the last two to finish with astonishing figures of 4/2, precipitating a collapse of 6/5 in 8 overs.

With the first innings secure and almost an entire day still to go, the Gold team set out to bat River out of the game, as Ahsan Shahid (52) and Alan Xu (18) got the team off to a flyer, with ‘Taronga’ being particularly punishing on the cut. River realised quickly that pace off the ball was the way to go, as their 13 year old spinner used conditions superbly to strike at regular intervals and had our lead looking a little less stable. After Shahid departed for an excellent 50, E-Young ‘Pingu’ Khoo and Charith De Silva allayed any fears with some daring stroke play, as Pingu hit his highest score for the club and Charith took the spinners down town. River were left with 210 to chase in 36 overs for an unlikely second innings win.

After tight opening spells from Charith and Coombs once again, River were not able to keep up with the run rate, while benign conditions meant that picking up wickets wasn’t going to be easy. The fiery opposition skipper had one last tilt at the target, before eventually holing out on the boundary. The River innings petered out at 5/125, with many of the players being able to sing the winning song for the first time. The win was the first of two for the Metropolitan Cup teams in the weekend.

3 – Luke Takacs & Adam Coombs

2 – Ahsan Shahid

1 – Charith De Silva

Round 7 Match Reports v Blacktown + Metro (Day 1)

MATCH REPORTS (Liam ‘LJ’ O’Loughlin)

1st to 5th Grades – Round 7 v Blacktown Mounties (2-Day Matches) Day 1 

1st Grade T20 – Round 10 v Eastern Suburbs

Metropolitan Cup – RPC Gold v Georges River (2-Day Match) Day 1

Lefand Group 1st Grade @ Joe McAleer Oval 

Result: Randwick Petersham (Bell-Drummond 131, Affleck 61) v Blacktown 0/39

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After a nail-biting loss previously to Sydney, the Randy Petes were looking to bounce back and they did so in style on day one of their clash with Blacktown. Batting first, Shaun Eaton (23) and Will Affleck (61) got the ball rolling early but the injection of Daniel Bell-Drummond (131) at No.3 took things to the next level.

The Englishman continued his fine form – which is something I feel like I’ve written a lot in the past 12 months – on his way to his first century of the season. DBD has now scored 369 runs in four innings at a remarkable average of 92.25. 

Some great contributions in the middle-order from Anthony Sams (59) and Riley Ayre (51*) took us to a big total of 6/407 before we sent Blacktown in for a bat at the end of the day. The hosts will start day two at 0/39 and the Randy Petes will back themselves to take all 10 wickets.

Lefand Group 1st Grade T20 @ Waverley Oval vs Eastern Suburbs 

Result: Randwick Petersham 6/196 (Eaton 43) def. Eastern Suburbs 6/148 (Ninan 2/22)

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Six games, six wins.

The Randy Petes finished the regular season of the Kingsgrove Sports T20 Cup in style with a 48-run over local rivals Easts on Sunday afternoon. Batting first, the opening pair of Shaun Eaton (43) and Daniel Bell-Drummond (23) kick-started things for the Petes. Some steady contributions throughout the order, highlighted by a classy knock from Riley Ayre (34* off 22) and cameo from Matt Everett (18* off 6) took us to a really solid total of 6/196 from the 20 overs.

Bowling was much of the same, with really solid performances from the likes of Daya Singh (2/40 off 4) and Daniel Sams (1/18 off 4). But it was spinner Ryan Ninan (2/22 off 4) that shone brightest, restricting the run rate and really frustrating the batsman as we were able to hold them to 6/148 from their 20 overs. The semi-finals begin this weekend, with the Randy Petes hosting St George at Coogee Oval on Sunday. Get there and support, bring beers and bring your voices as the Randy Petes look towards their first title of the season.

Sutton City 2nd Grade @ Coogee Oval

Result: Randwick Petersham (Doheny 170) v Blacktown 1/78  

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2nd Grade welcomed experienced campaigners Ashley Burton and Doug Loth for the first time this season, alongside a debut for Mitch O’Loughlin after leading the attack well in 3’s. 

Losing the toss and being sent in at an overcast Coogee, we were off to the worst possible start losing gun opener Matt Everett to an absolute seed first up. From here on in the day belonged to our Irishman Stephen Doheny, playing watchfully early when the pitch offered plenty of seam movement, then getting settled to put on a masterclass and dominate the Blacktown attack to finish 170. Steve’s main challenge proved to be finding a few boys ‘backing green’ from the other end. Other than a handy 30 from Rav de Silva we found difficulty in building partnerships, eventually being bowled out for 296 on tea. 

With 31 overs left in the day Blacktown played cautiously, struggling to handle a hostile straight 11 overs from Tom McKenzie which included a broken lid. Some smart bowling from Jake Wood bagged us a wicket in the last over of the day, leaving Blacktown 1-78 at stumps with it all to play for on Saturday.

Petersham RSL 3rd Grade @ Jim Hanshaw Oval

Result: Randwick Petersham 167 (Docos 67) v Blacktown 2/47 (Stares 1/9, Miskella 1/15)  

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Batting first away from home against the Mounties, an early wicket had us in a bit of trouble but a solid 80-run stand for the second wicket between Adam Docos (67) and Reuben Sachs (20) settled things. Unfortunately, as is so often the case, once one wicket fell another one was not far behind and Tom Holland was gone for a golden globe on his birthday. Ross Elliot (14) received another controversial lbw decision, and with seven wickets falling to spin and nobody able to kick on from the middle or lower order, the Randy Petes were bowled out for 167.

Ryan Miskella (1/15 off 8) hooped one in to get our first, before Hayden Fox took a brilliant one-handed, full-stretch catch over his head for our second off the bowling of skipper Ben Stares (1/9 off 3). Bailey Kenzie (0/2 off 2) should of had an lbw from a full toss but was turned down with the excuse it pitched outside leg. Skipper Stares is backing his side to defend the remaining 120 on a fresh wicket next week and claim their second win of the season.

Mellick Wealth Management 4th Grade @ Kensington Oval

Result: Randwick Petersham 149 (Connolly 55, Sultan 49) v Blacktown 3/161 (Bugti 1/16)

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After a remarkable late win over Sydney in Round 6, Fourth Grade were coming into this game with some confidence despite sitting almost 10 places behind Blacktown on the table. But after two wickets within the first over, the hosts were in dire straits at Kenso. Jaya Murdita (21) and Dylan Powell (13) somewhat steadied the ship for a little bit, but another mini-collapse left us struggling. Enter Sayem Sultan (49) and Ryan Connolly (55) who batted beautifully in the middle-order and setting us up for a respectable total. The tail failed to wag however and the Randy Petes were bowled out for just 149 in 44 overs. Special mention probably should go to the Blacktown skipper, who made us look silly by taking 8/50 off 14. 

Going out to bowl, Mitch Winslade (0/20 off 4) had a shout for caught behind turned down in the first over, but ‘The Dentist’ Anis Bugti (1/16 off 5) struck not long after and the boys were up and about. From there however, it was tough going as the Mounties took advantage of a good late-arvo deck and cashed in – something we had hoped to do before getting rolled. Having lost the first innings, the lads will now need to turn up to try and either get a second innings victory, or at the very least take away the chance of Blacktown scoring an outright win.

Bendigo Clovelly Community Bank 5th Grade @ Whalan Oval No. 2

Result: Randwick Petersham v Blacktown 8/238 (Whalebone 2/21, Deller 2/30)  

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RPCC won the toss and decided to bowl on an usually cool day at Whalan oval Blacktown. The wicket although flat had a bit of grass and soft underneath. The bowlers were asked to bowl top of off and keep the ball up to batsmen as the wicket did not look hard enough to drive on. Ben Thomas (1 – 47 off 16) and Will Deller (2 – 30 of 10) bowled great lines in 2 spells due to their age restrictions. Ben once again unlucky not to grab couple more wickets bowling at good pace. Will got the breakthrough with a fine caught and bowled catch diving forward.

Freddy Whalebone (2 – 21 of 10) and Hamza Mahmood (1 – 42 of 12) took over from Ben and Will and kept tight lines. Hamza struck early in his spell dismissing their number 3 batsman with a fine in-swinging yorker. At 2/22 in 13 overs RPCC looked like making inroads but a 70-run partnership for the 3rd wicket saw Blacktown stabilise their position. With the young Blacktown opener playing well and tea just one over away it looked like another big partnership was looming but Will Deller had other plans and with a brilliant bit of fielding at cover – he dived and stopped a full blooded drive to pick the ball and throw to the keeper and run the batsman out at the stroke of Tea. 3 for 92 of 39 overs.

After the tea break the Blacktown batsmen returned in a positive mood and attacked our bowlers from both ends. Adam Lee (0-49 off 16) bowled some splendid overs swinging the ball into the wind and was unlucky not to get couple of wickets with the ball beating the bat few times. Yogesh Wanzare (0-31 of 12) lion-heartedly tried his best bowling spin and then medium pace to get a break through but was well played out by the Blacktown batsmen. Angus Beaumont (0-18 of 4) also tried get a break but could not trouble the opponents.

With 3 players carrying injuries in the field the Blacktown batmen were cruising with taking easy singles within the ring on the onside and plenty of 3’s when the ball was just pushed through the infield. At 8 – 238 Blacktown will probably look to continue to bat for at least 10 overs. When RPCC get their turn to bat it will be once again bat, bat and bat on. If we play out the day we have a good chance to win the game.

Metropolitan Cup: Cartwright Insurance Green v Blacktown Mounties @ Kensington Oval

Result: Randwick Petersham Green v Blacktown Mounties

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This match will be played over 120 on Sunday Dec 8.

Metropolitan Cup: Titan Fitness Gold v Georges River @ Marrickville Oval 

Result: Randwick Petersham Gold 191 (Takacs 73, Genner 34) v Georges River 4/93

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Gold lost the toss and were sent into bat on a dreary day at Marrickville Oval. It seemed to be a good toss to win, as the Golds were reduced to 4/39. From there, it was the team’s young guns that begun the revival, as Max Robinson purred to 26 before being fired off a woody LBW. Late call-up Josh Genner (34) joined the accelerating Luke Takacs for a rapid partnership that brought the Golds back into the game.

With the outfield slow, Takacs was then joined by the everyready Jack Braithwaite, and the pair helped escalate the score to 180. Takacs in particular used the momentum well and was looking to go big, before he chipped one back to the bowler on 73. The well-paced innings came in just his second match for the club. Braithwaite (23*) took the final score to 191.

The chase started nervously for River, as Jack Osborne sneaked in an early LBW, while Charith De Silva knocked over the other opener cheaply. A dangerous partnership was starting to develop, before Thanush Gowda had the technically correct number 3 caught behind. The burly number 4 for River slapped a powerfully half century before he was fortuitously dismissed with stumps in sight. The game is well in the balance going into week 2, with Gold well-placed to take their second win of the season.

Round 6 Match Reports v Sydney + Metro

MATCH REPORTS (Liam ‘LJ’ O’Loughlin)

1st to 5th Grades – Round 6 v Sydney (One-Day Matches) 

1st Grade & PGs T20 – UTS North Sydney

Metropolitan Cup – RPC Green v Georges River

Lefand Group 1st Grade @ Coogee Oval 

Result: Randwick Petersham 7/323 (Affleck 65, Sangha 65) def by. Sydney 9/324 (Bell-Drummond 4/54)

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First Grade batted first at Coogee and started well until Shaun Eaton (17) fell just shy of a 50-run opening stand with Will Affleck (65). Enter Daniel Bell-Drummond (52) who continued his rich vein of form to put on a strong partnership with the opener before he departed. The injection of Jason Sangha (65) at No.4 continued the scoring rate, putting on a 52-run partnership with DBD as we looked set for a big total. Contributions through the middle order from Daniel Sams (33) and Anthony Sams (45) helped us to a competitive total of 7/323 at the close of the 50 overs.

The bowling effort was most certainly there despite the Tigers getting off to a reasonably good start. Daya Singh (3/67 off 10) was consistent and got some big wickets, but it was Bell-Drummond (4/54 off 10) who tore through the Sydney batting line-up. With the game in the balance heading into the final over, the Randy Petes fell agonisingly short of a victory as the visitors passed us with one wicket in hand and just one ball to spare. The lads will regroup and take confidence knowing they were missing some big guns in Semple and Abbatangelo, and still came extremely close to a victory.

3 – Daniel Bell-Drummond

2 – Jason Sangha

1 – Daya Singh

Lefand Group 1st Grade T20 @ North Sydney Oval vs UTS North Sydney 

Result: Randwick Petersham 4/218 (Bell-Drummond 75) def. North Sydney 3/166 (Singh 2/21)

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After a tough loss on Saturday in their 50-over clash against Sydney, First grade had to get their mind back on the job and keep their unbeaten T20 record intact against the Bears at North Sydney Oval in front of a boisterous travelling crowd. At the top of the order, Daniel Bell-Drummond (75 off 43) continued to make bowlers look silly as he disposed of them to all parts of the ground. It was a composed innings and gave no chances to the opposition, striking cleanly with 10 fours and a six. 

Daniel Sams (44 off 24) did what Daniel Sams does, belting the bowlers around Bear Park with three fours and three big horns. Riley Ayre (38 off 18) continued to set the same pace as his predecessors, hitting a few boundaries and a couple of maximums at the end as the Randy Petes reached 4/218 at the close of the 20 overs. An early wicket for Sams (1/27 off 4) got rid of a big danger man in Justin Avendano for the Bears but wickets were few and far between for the rest of the innings. The Randy Petes did a fantastic job however of restricting the run flow, and a stellar spell from Daya Singh (2/21 off 4) made sure we never looked in doubt. 

The win keeps us atop the Sixers conference, and the final game of the regular season takes place on Sunday against local rivals Easts.

Sutton City 2nd Grade @ Drummoyne Oval

Result: Randwick Petersham 178 (Everett 90) def by. Sydney 5/182 (Hemphrey 2/36)  

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2nd grade lost the toss at Drummoyne Oval on what turned out to be a tacky pitch offering movement for the seamers. Sydney’s attack was well-suited to the pitch, taking the pace off and bowling smartly to their fields while making use of the long straight boundaries, not allowing our bats to score freely without taking risks. Matt Everett (90) was the standout performer in a stuttering batting display with a well-made knock, anchoring the innings and speeding up well towards the back end with a few horns. Without the middle and lower order firing we battled to be all out for 178 in the final over.

With plenty still in the pitch and a semi-competitive score on the board, our openers attacked well and bowled with intent but were let down by a few dropped chances. Debutant Caelan Maladay (0/42 off 9.1) threatened constantly after coming on 1st change, swinging the ball both ways at pace and unlucky not to grab a few poles. Protecting a sub-par score you have to take your chances early and this hurt us, Sydney ultimately passing us 5 down with 7.5 overs to spare.

2nd grade return to Coogee for round 7 against Blacktown sitting in 15th spot needing a lift in all departments to turn the season around.

3 – Matt Everett

2 – Jamie Hemphrey

1 – Jacob Wood

Petersham RSL 3rd Grade @ Kensington Oval

Result: Randwick Petersham 196 (Burton 98) def by. Sydney 8/201 (Loth 3/53)  

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Third Grade went down in a thrilling game against Sydney, with Ben Stares’ team falling by five runs. Randwick Petersham fielded first and once again set a high standard on wicket not offering too much to the bowlers to restrict Sydney to 201 for the loss of eight wickets. Mitchell O’Loughlin (2/43 off 9) continued his good form with the new ball and at the death – a big haul is around the corner for him. Fellow opener Doug Loth (3/53 off 8) claimed three, whie the spin twins of Bailey Kenzie (1/26 off 10), Ben Montedoro (0/29 off 10) as well as Ben Stares (1/21 off 7) bowling a terrific spell of containment through the middle session and were well backed up in the field.

Despite losing an early wicket, Ben Montedoro (53) and Ashley Burton (98) put on a century partnership before Montedoro was caught on the boundary – this was his first half century of the season. From then on, Randwick Petersham struggled to put any semblance of a partnership together with a combination of poor shots and a few unlucky dismissals seeing the Randy Petes enter the last over needing 8 to win but ultimately fell short. Burton was the glue of the order on return from his Nepalese pilgrimage, before being given out lbw on 98 in what would have been his first century for Randwick Petersham. 

A loss was tough to handle for the third grade boys who will look for their second win next round against Blacktown.

3 – Ashley Burton

2 – Ben Montedoro

1 – Doug Loth

Mellick Wealth Management 4th Grade @ Birchgrove Oval

Result: Randwick Petersham 9/170 (O’Loughlin 2/20, Hussain 2/23) def. Sydney 8/169 (Hussain 46)

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After some disappointing losses, 4s fielded a strong side on paper against Sydney at Birchgrove Oval on Saturday but the game almost never happened. With a hole in the pitch cover leaving a massive wet patch right on a good length at one end, it took until 2pm for play to commence and both sides would be restricted to 35 overs. The visitors won the toss and bowled, with Ryan Miskella (0/7 off 4) setting the right tone early as he restricted the top order for Sydney. The injection of leg-spinner Ryan Connolly (1/42 off 7) was always going to provide some chances, but it was the other two spinners who did the damage. Akhter Hussain (2/23 off 7) bowled very well, restricting the run rate at a difficult time and chipping in with two wickets as his bowling continues to improve.

Some big hitting at the end from Sydney took them to 169 and it was no doubt going to be a tough run chase. Sean Rushton (18) and Dylan Powell (24) got us off to a flyer and at 0/48, we were cruising. But as has been the case in recent weeks, the Randy Petes lost wickets in a clump and went from 0/48 to 4/69. It was up the middle order and Akhter Hussain (46) really stood up to play a patient innings before running himself out late in the piece. With four runs needed from the final over and one wicket in hand, it was up to Anis Bugti (10*) and yours truly (3*) to get the lads home for just the second win of the season.

There will need to be mass improvements if we are to compete for a finals spot this season, but the signs are there and the win over Sydney should give the lads plenty of confidence going into Christmas.

3 – Akhter Hussain

2 – Dylan Powell

1 – Anis Bugti

Bendigo Clovelly Community Bank 5th Grade @ Marrickville Oval

Result: Randwick Petersham 130 (Heaton 29) def by. Sydney 195 (Sandhu 4/34)  

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RPCC won the toss and decided to bowl in near perfect bowling conditions with a cloudy sky, a deck that had some grass cover and soft underneath due to the overnight rain. The medium pacers were advised to bowl in the channel, top of off stump and pitch the ball up. The wicket would do the rest.

Ben Thomas (2 for 51 of 10) bowled with good pace and had the Sydney batsmen hopping around trying to avoid the short deliveries. Ben bowled cleverly and was unlucky not to get couple more wickets. Simran Sandhu (4 – 34) on debut used the near perfect bowling conditions to great advantage and drew first blood in his 3rd delivery by clean bowling their opener. For the remaining overs the batsmen did not know what to expect as Simran moved the ball both ways in the air and off the wicket.

Will Deller (2 for 15 of 5 overs) hit his straps in his 2nd over and bowled with great control. He bowled 2 of the best balls of the match to get balls to jag in and hit top of the stumps. Will is getting better and better with each outing. Hamza Mahmood (0-25) another 5th grade debutant for RPCC took over from Simran and impressed immediately by repeatedly swinging the ball from outside leg to the off stump. Once again, he was unlucky not to get couple of wickets as the batsman edged and played and missed several times.

Pratulya Kashyap (0- 31 of 10 overs) who is in great bowling form got the ball to rip and turn and some deliveries were almost unplayable. The Sydney batsmen were glad to see him off. PK was another bowled who was unlucky not to get 2 or more wickets this game. At 7 for 83 in 18 overs RPCC were well set to run through the Sydney side but a 92 run stand for the 8th wicket got Sydney to a competitive score of 195. The score would have been much lower if we held the catches given by their 8 and 9 batsmen.

On a wicket that was getting better to bat on the top 4 batsmen were asked to be watchful in the first 10 overs but to attack the bad ball and most importantly rotate the strike that would keep the scoreboard ticking. However, that was not to be as the Sydney’s bowlers stuck to a good channel and were backed by some tight fielding in the ring. Deakin Antaw (8), debutant Marley Besgrove (11) and John Stewart (5) battled hard and we were reduced to 3 for 49 in 27 overs.

Angus Beaumont (22) another youngster who is improving every game stroked the ball well and was out trying to up the ante. The ploy to send in a pinch hitter in the form of Simran Sandhu (4) did not pay off. Hamza Mamood (28) and Fabian Heaton (29 not out) came together and tried desperately to lift the run rate. But, with the loss of Hamsa on 96 and no big hitters in the bank our next best was to get to 119 and deny Sydney the bonus point.

Thank you to Mike Deller for scoring the 1st half of the innings and parents who came to support our team. Sorry we did not pull off a win this week. But, looking forward to seeing you all next week and see us getting back into the winning circle.

3 – Simran Sandhu

2 – Hamsa Mahmood

1 – Will Deller

Metropolitan Cup: Cartwright Insurance Green v Georges River @ Bland Oval

Result: Randwick Petersham Green 193 (Shahid 73, Xu 28) def. by Georges River 7/282 (C De Silva 2/41)

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The Green machine headed down the M5 to Bland Oval to take on Georges River. The toss was lost on a perfect batting wicket, but Charith De Silva (2/41) made sure that going was hard early on with two wickets, one each with an outswinger and inswinger. Ahsan Shahid also chipped in, leaving the River in rebuilding mode. The 4th wicket partnership made the best of conditions and made the Randy Petes work hard for the next breakthrough.

E-Young Khoo and Thanush Gowda each took a wicket with some good bowling that almost kept the score below par. This was before the River skipper took the long handle to the attack with an exceedingly violent 48 off 13 balls, making good use of the 40m boundaries. This assault led the River to a total of 7-282 off 50 overs.

For a long part of the chase, the Greens were well within a shot of the score. Ahsan Shahid (73) and Alan Xu (28) took the score to 75 without loss, before Gus Small joined in with Shahid to take the score to 2-140 after 29 overs. Unfortunately, Small was run out and Finlay Munro was out LBW two balls later, and the rest of the chase petered out for 193, with some useful but ultimately insufficient cameos on the way.

1 – Ahsan Shahid

2 – Alan Xu

3 – Charith De Silva

CEM Poidevin Gray Shield v UTS North Sydney @ UTS North Sydney Oval

Result: Randwick Petersham 7/102 (Ralston 38) def by. UTS North Sydney 2/104 (Wood 1/20)

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It was not an ideal day for PG’s, as they were completely outclassed by the Bears, after a great win the week before against St George. Batting first, the top and middle order failed to deliver and luckily skipper Jason Ralston (38 off 30) was there to restore some credibility to the score. Jacob Wood (22 off 21) also chipped in late to take the score to triple figures.

It was always going to be tough for the bowlers and it showed, as the Bears passed our total for the loss of just two wickets. Jacob Wood (1/20 off 4) bowled well in a tough situation, but there will need to be a big improvement if they are to make a late miracle run for the finals.

Round 5 Match Reports v Fairfield-Liverpool + Metro

MATCH REPORTS (Liam ‘LJ’ O’Loughlin)

1st to 5th Grades – Round 5 v Fairfield-Liverpool (One-Day Matches) 

Metropolitan Cup – RPC Gold v Sydney University & RPC Green v UNSW

Poidevin-Gray Shield – Round 3 v St George (One-Day Match) 

Lefand Group 1st Grade @ Rosedale Oval 

Result: Randwick Petersham 4/200 (Bell-Drummond 93, Affleck 60) def. Fairfield Liverpool 9/196 (Singh 3/31, Ayre 3/44)

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On the road at Rosedale Oval and missing three of their big guns, First Grade did it with relative ease against Fairfield-Liverpool on Saturday in their 50-over clash. Winning by six wickets, the Randy Petes now move to second spot on the ladder and are also looking like a massive threat in the 2019/20 competition. The hosts batted first and at 3/30, the visitors were in complete control after a couple of quick poles from Daya Singh (3/31 off 10). Daniel Bell-Drummond (1/25) came on to replace Adam Semple after the veteran went down injured, and the Pom showed he is more than just a one-trick pony as he claimed the Lions opener.

The injection of Riley Ayre (3/44 off 10) was perfectly timed as he tore through the middle order, and was well-supported by Jason Ralston (2/26 off 8) as the Randy Petes restricted Fairfield to 9/196 at the close of their innings. An early wicket had the visitors 1/17, but a 131-run stand between opener Will Affleck (60) and Bell-Drummond (93) put the Randy Petes well and truly in the box seat as they flew to a six-wicket win.

Next weekend they return to Coogee and will be even further boosted by the likely returns of NSW duo Jason Sangha and Daniel Sams.

3 – Daniel Bell-Drummond

2 – Will Affleck

1 – Daya Singh

Sutton City 2nd Grade @ Coogee Oval

Result: Randwick Petersham 5/257 (Chhibber 111, Dohney 92) def. Fairfield-Liverpool 205 (Mahony-Brack 4/30, Affleck 3/60)  

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Second Grade returned to the familiar sight of Coogee Oval, looking to turn their season around against the Lions on the back of a couple of losses . After winning the toss and batting on a slightly softer than usual deck and sandy outfield, Stephen Doheny (92) and Soumil Chhibber (111) put on a clinic, working the ball into all areas and showing aggression when required. Their 2nd wicket partnership ended on 178 when Doheny was caught on the boundary trying to up the tempo. Chhibber fell in the last few overs trying to force the pace for a well-made century, with our innings finishing on 5/257.

Fairfield started well and stayed in the contest throughout, at one stage being 5-185, but lost regular wickets and none of the batsmen reached 50. Eventually they were bowled out for 205 in 48. Tim Affleck (3-60) and Jacob Wood (1-38) bowled well in the middle overs to stall the run chase, with James Mahony-Brack (4-30) and Tom McKenzie (1-30) stepping up to close the game out.

The win gives us a slight bump up the ladder to 12th with 2 wins from 5. We’ll be hoping to take the momentum into Saturday’s game against the 13th-placed Tigers at Drummoyne Oval.

3 – Soumil Chhibber

2 – Stephen Doheny

1 – James Mahony-Brack

Soumill Chhibber

Petersham RSL 3rd Grade @ Fairfield Oval

Result: Randwick Petersham 167 (Montedoro 42) def. Fairfield-Liverpool (Deller 3/24, O’Loughlin 3/30)  

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Akin to Gordon Bombay leading a rag tag group of youngsters to the division five pee-wee hockey title in the film Mighty Ducks, Ben Stares’ Third Grade side has recorded their first win of the season after an impressive bowling and fielding display at Fairfield Oval on Saturday. Stares won the toss and once again batted first as the team looked to set a competitive total on a pitch that would not doubt slow in the afternoon. The Randy Petes reached 2/51 at the first interval but once again continued to lose wickets without building any significant partnerships. Ben Montedoro (42) batted patiently as he top scored, while Bailey Kenzie (26) provided a counterattacking innings – however run outs and a few of our middle order players only recording scores in the teens saw the visitors all out for 167, short of their target score.

The lads came out with great intensity in the field and in their best session of cricket, had Fairfield reeling, claiming 5 wickets in the first ten overs. Alex Deller (3/24) and Mitch O’Loughlin (3/30) bowled with pace and aggression first up to tear through Fairfield’s top order. Consistent bowling by Hayden Fox (1/18) and Bailey Kenzie (1/13) saw the run rate slow through the middle overs, and once Jackson Eldridge ran out Fairfield captain and former Big Bash player Luke Doran, the result was going the way of the good guys. The Lions were all out for 120 in the 36th over handing third grade their first points of the season and an opportunity to belt the team song out. Despite struggling to find results early in the season, third grade have shown patches of great play and will look to record two wins on the bounce next week at Royal Kensington.

3 – Mitchell O’Loughlin

2 – Alex Deller

1 – Ben Montedoro

Mellick Wealth Management 4th Grade @ Kensington Oval

Result: Randwick Petersham 174 (Powell 43) def by. Fairfield-Liverpool 6/176

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It was a chance to get their season back on track after a disappointing loss to Penrith in Round 4, and things looked very promising early doors for Fourth Grade on Saturday at Kensington. Openers Luca Lopes (30) and Dylan Powell (43) put on a solid partnership from and looked confident at the crease, until Lopes ran himself out to leave the score at 1/61. Another 30-runs for the second wicket before Powell departed should have laid a strong platform for a score of 200-plus, but yet another batting collapse in the middle order left us well and truly reeling.

A crafty knock from Ryan Connolly (30) at No.8 took us to a defendable total of 174 and the game was in the balance as we went out to bowl with a strong attack. Ryan Miskella (1/40 off 9) dismissed one of their openers LBW, and a ball later a stunning run-out from Akhter Hussain at mid-wicket had the boys up and about. However, dropping their other opener (who made 69) multiple times really hurt our chances and even though the spinners toiled hard, the missed chances put a red line through the six points.

The batting will need a massive improvement next weekend against Sydney, as 4s can ill-afford to continue to lose wickets in clumps. The fielding and bowling has been there, but if the lads are to turn their season around we need to take every chance that comes our way.

3 – Dylan Powell

2 – Luca Lopes

1 – Ryan Connolly 

Bendigo Clovelly Community Bank 5th Grade @ Don Dawson Oval

Result: Randwick Petersham 119 (Beaumont 37) def by. Fairfield-Liverpool 9/244 (Bugti 4/54)  

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RPCC won the toss and decided to bowl on a deck that had a bit of grass and looked a bit under-prepared. The medium pacers were advised to bowl back of a length and outside off. However, it was not smooth sailing for us as the experienced Fairfield-Liverpool batsmen pressed on the accelerator from the 2nd over and raced to 67 off 10 overs, specifically targeting our young medium pacers. Anis Bugti (4/54 off 10) on the other hand had the batman tied to the crease and was unlucky not to get a break through early. Corey Graham (1-15 of 3.2 overs) was brought on in the 11th over and clean bowled the opener with his very first delivery. It looked like it was going to be Corey’s day until a full-blooded uppish drive hit Corey on the right thumb and unfortunately for us he was ruled out for the rest of the game from the 15th over. 

Adam Lee (1- 15 off 5) bowled cleverly varying his line and length and got the big hitting experienced batsman mistiming a lofted drive to be out caught at cover by Angus Beaumont. Pratulya Kashyap (2/28 off 10) bowled superbly and tied the young 3,4 and 5 Lions batsmen with a miserly spell that only allowed singles. Fairfield-Liverpool finally finished with an impressive 9/244 from their 50 overs. With Graham and Lee injured it was left to the top 6 in the team to bat conservatively and not lose early wickets. The situation would then be assessed at the end of each 10 over spells and batting order changed if required. Unfortunately, our batting did not get off the ground and both openers were out without scoring. Anis Bugti (15) and Alan Willmore (24) stemmed the rut and when they tried to push for runs both were dismissed in quick succession.

Angus Beaumont (37) and Fabian Heaton (26) tried to stabilise the situation but the run rate was blowing out and after a partnership of 45, Beaumont went for a slog and was stumped.  The next challenge was for us to try and avoid Fairfield getting a bonus point and we needed to reach 147. But a quick succession of wickets meant that would not be the case as the Randy Petes were bowled out for just 119 runs. 

Big thank you to Mike Deller (Will’s Dad) who donned his whites and substitute fielded from the 17th – 50th over and kept up the chat encouraging the bowlers and fielder every ball. If Mike was not in the field we may have been chasing an embarrassing 300+. 

3 – Anis Bugti

2 – Angus Beaumont

1 – Alan Willmore

Metropolitan Cup: Cartwright Insurance Green v UNSW @ Marrickville Oval

Result: Randwick Petersham Green 46 def. by UNSW 6/314 (Y Wanzare 3/50, E Khoo 2/65)

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The toss went against Green for the first time this season and UNSW had no hesitation to bat first. On a slow wicket the bowlers toiled hard and a few chances fell short or wide of the fielders. The introduction of spin brought about the breakthrough at 145. Late order hitting brought a number of breakthroughs with Pingu finishing with 2/65 and Vijay Dharman took 2 outstanding catches in the ring. 

With a target of 315 the chase never got started with Green limping through the innings with Stewart top scoring with 11 and Pingu striking them clean late in the day. Green now look to turn it all around next round with a return match v Georges River at Bland. 

3 – E-Young Khoo

2 – Yogesh Wanzare

1 – Josh Genner

Metropolitan Cup: Titan Fitness Gold v Sydney University @ Snape Park 

Result: Randwick Petersham Gold 7/198 (A Shahid 78, M Besgrove 42) def. by Sydney University 3/200 (S Sandhu 2/54)

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The skipper’s lack of acumen continued at the toss, but students failed the first exam by misreading a green Snape wicket. With an undermanned team behind them, Ahsan Shahid and Marley Besgrove played out their skins to give the Gold team an ideal start. Shahid played the aggressor, and Besgrove the anchor, as their accumulation frustrated the students over across two drinks breaks. Their partnership went for 36 overs and piled on 128 runs, before Shahid was dismissed for his 2nd consecutive half century (78) while Besgrove fell just short on 42. Finlay Munro used the platform to belt a breezy 23, while the old guard of Jeremy Jastrzab and Ed House recombined for run the opposition ragged and almost push the score to 7/198 at the innings close.

Simran Sandhu (2/54) and Ahsan Shahid (1/21) send a shudder through St Pauls College, as they reduced the students to 3/28, before their left-handed number three lived a charmed existence – surviving a clear caught behind, several close LBW shouts and a missed catch – to slog his team’s way towards the target. Freddy Whalebone and 13 year old Atharv Ramakanth were unlucky not to nab a wicket in between the umpire-sanctioned onslaught, but a brave effort from the Golds was not enough to get them over the line. Thank you to Ed House, Alexis Coovre and Ramakanth Rajogopal for filling in, the latter of who must have enjoyed playing with his son.

3 – Ahsan Shahid

2 – Marley Besgrove

1 – Simran Sandhu

Poidevin-Gray Shield: CEM Randwick Petersham v St George @ Coogee Oval 

Result: Randwick Petersham 204 (L Lopes 75, V Mahajan 44) def St George 72 (J Ralston 5/25)

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Needing a win to get their season back on track and make a run for the semi-finals, PG’s struggled early with the bat at Coogee Oval on an overcast day. At 4/59 and their most experienced sticks all sitting on the sidelines, it was up to two of the younger lads in the squad to make sure we posted a competitive total. 18-year old Luca Lopes (75) and 16-year old Vivek Mahajan (44) put on a fantastic 118-run partnership to help steer the home side to a competitive total of 204 from 47.4 overs, but there was no doubt the boys were going to need to be at their best with the ball.

And that is exactly what they did from the get-go, as openers Jason Ralston (5/25 off 8.2) and James Mahony-Brack (3/17 off 5) tore through a weak Saints top order with pace and aggression. Not a single St George batsman recorded a score of 20 or above as the Randy Petes looked to be on another level, and only required 26.2 overs to bowl them out for just 72 runs. Bailey Kenzie (2/19 off 8) and Mitchell O’Loughlin (0/11 off 5) supported the boys up-front well.

They will take on North Sydney next weekend as part of a double-header with the First Grade T20 in the afternoon. It should be a fantastic day of cricket at North Sydney Oval, and the circuit afterwards could be on for the ages if both sides can get the chocolates.