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Round 14 Match Reports v Hawkesbury + Metro (Day 1)

MATCH REPORTS (Liam ‘LJ’ O’Loughlin)

1st to 5th Grades – Round 14 v Hawkesbury (2-Day Matches) Day 1 

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

Lefand Group 1st Grade @ Owen Earle Oval 

Result: Randwick Petersham 2/234 (W Affleck 118*, S Eaton 57) defeated Hawkesbury 53 (D Sams 3/8)

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In terms of day one results, they don’t get much prettier from a Randy Petes perspective. Travelling out to Bensons Lane, 1st Grade were looking to bounce back after a heartbreaking loss in the 50-over Grand Final the week prior – and they certainly did that, skittling the Hawks for just 53.

Daniel Sams (3/8 off 7) claimed the first pole of the game after just three balls, and it was all RPC from there as wickets continued to tumble. Daya Singh (2/1 off 5) was on fire and is in some seriously good form at the moment; as is young gun Caelan Maladay (2/14 off 6) who backed up his five-wicket haul from last round.

And the Randy Petes showed that the bowling performance had nothing to do with the wicket. Will Affleck (118*) and Shaun Eaton (57) put on 99 runs for the first wicket as we cruised to a first innings victory. Riley Ayre (11) spent some time at the crease before Jason Sangha (38*) joined Affleck to assert dominance and build a massive lead.

The innings from Affleck was his second century to date in Randy Petes colours, and in just his first season with the club is becoming one of our biggest weapons with bat in hand. Leading into finals and with Daniel Bell-Drummond gone home to England, Affleck’s incredible form couldn’t come at a better time.

Will Affleck

Sutton City 2nd Grade @ Coogee Oval

Result: Randwick Petersham 2/48 (A Docos 29) v Hawkesbury 197 (H Fox 3/33)  

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2s were pleased to get back to Coogee after a few weeks away, coming in with a different looking team to previous rounds. Green Shield skipper Reuben Sachs came in for a 2nd grade debut while Jason Ralston and Hayden Fox both made season debuts in the grade.

After losing the toss we got off to the perfect start reducing the Hawks to 2/16. The pitch then flattened out and we were made to wait another 111 runs for the next pole, Mitch O’Loughlin (2/35 off 13) providing the breakthrough in his 2nd spell. Patience was the key to the day, the Hawks lost regular wickets due to sustained pressure to finish 197 in the 79th. Hayden Fox (3/33 off 18) led the bowling effort, while Jason Ralston (2/52 off 22) charged in tirelessly, and rattled the Hawks bats with a few body blows along the way. Ben Montedoro (2/25 off 13) proved difficult to get away, and claimed the scalp of ex-Randy Pete Nikethan Radakrishnan (61).

With 15 overs left in the day we finished 2-48, Adam Docos (29) looking good for an aggressive dig before falling to a good rock. We’ll be hoping the rain stays away this week so we can knock off the remaining 150 runs with some good batting.

Thanks to Paul O’Loughlin, Anthony Sachs, Devo, Stan, and Fous for the help through the day.

Jason Ralston

Petersham RSL 3rd Grade @ Bensons Lane 2

Result: Randwick Petersham 207 (S Sultan 65)  

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3rd grade won the toss and batted first on a deck that looked like a road but didn’t play as well as initially expected and an outfield slower than Kenso when it hasn’t been cut for a month. 

Some very tight bowling from the Hawks made it a tough day to bat, and starts from skipper Tom Holland (37) and keeper Kel Mullins (27) got us to a solid position. But it was Sayem Sultan (65) in the middle order notching a half-century on debut in 3rd grade that really held the side together. Sayem batted with controlled aggression and maturity to get through some tough sessions when the score was looking dicey, and together with some handy lower order partnerships and cameos from Coombs, Hutchison and Deller we were able to post 207. It would have been circa 250ish if not for the ridiculously slow outfield.

Big day of bowling/fielding next weekend as we see a bit of rain fall during the week which hopefully favours us.

Will Hutchison

Mellick Wealth Management 4th Grade @ Kensington Oval

Result: Randwick Petersham 80 & 5/54 v Hawkesbury 2/94 (dec)

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It was always going to be a tough task for the Randy Petes against a strong Hawkesbury outfit, with six players making their 4th Grade debut. We won the toss and batted first on what looked like a good deck – but we didn’t utilise it at all. Outside of a tidy partnership between debutants Will Deller (21) and Angus Beaumont (22), it was a shocking batting display as the majority of players threw their wicket away and we were skittled for just 80 runs.

The bowling wasn’t much better, as the Hawks dominated and passed our score within 16 overs before declaring two wickets down and sending us back in. The plan was to dig in and show some pride in the second innings, but we managed to lose 5/54 in the last part of the day.

Hamza Mahmood

Bendigo Clovelly Community Bank 5th Grade @ Bensons Lane 3

Result: Randwick Petersham 160 (A Bugti 39, P Kashyap 23*) v Hawkesbury 2/75  

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The word on the street was that Hawkesbury had a very strong 5th grade side as they were sitting in 10th position on the ladder and desperate for a win. The Hawks were noticeably excited when they heard skipper Fabian Heaton was called away on International cricketing duties. Little did they realise Randy Petes have amazing depth to call upon with the old war horse Michael Wood dusting off the creams and ACT Meteor and Melbourne Renegades all-rounder Carly Leeson bolstering the side, while Alan Xu made his long awaited grade debut as a late call-up.

A hard and fast green top was presented for play. Captain Wood-duck saw through greenery and decided to bat after winning the toss. D. Antaw (15) and A. Bugti (39) backed the skippers call and got Randy Petes off to a steady start by blunting the highly rated Hawks opening attack. At one stage Randys were 0/19 from 14 overs as they showed great resilience. With the loss of Antaw, M.Besgrove (11) and W.Grills (13) combined with Bugti “The rock at the top” to have the boys and 1 girl in a solid position at 3/96 in the 36th over.

The loss of Bugti and J. Gill (0) in quick succession turned the momentum in the Hawks favour as Randys slumped to 5/102. Enter Carly Leeson! A classy quick fire 22 from Leeson in combination with some big hitting from Wood-duck (18) stole back the momentum. A sensational 23 not out from P. Kashyap and 16 from A. Lee helped the Randys to a competitive 160 runs. Sadly our numbers 10 and 11 didn’t trouble the scoreboard.

In reply, our opening bowlers of Bugti and Kashyap turned the blow torch on the Hawks opening bats. Sadly, a couple of opportunities were grassed early and the Hawks capitalised to be 0/41. They were probably laughing on the inside when the stand-in skipper “Wood-duck” grabbed the ball to have a trundle. But it was the ol’ dog (1/13 from 4) who had the last laugh snaring the 1st wicket courtesy of a good catch by Ben Thomas.

The smiles continued when Carly Leeson (1/20) took the other wicket for the arvo courtesy of another good catch to Ben Thomas. It left the Hawks precariously positioned at 2/75 from 25 overs and the momentum with the Randy Petes. In any standard of cricket scoreboard pressure and momentum are handy attributes. The boys and 1 girl will be looking to continue with tight bowling and excellent fielding this weekend to deny the Hawks their anticipated surge into the finals.

Pratulya Kashyap & Carly Leeson

Metropolitan Cup: Cartwright Insurance Green v Sydney University @ Marrickville Oval

Result: Randwick Petersham Green 54 (S Suresh 22) & 1/34 v Sydney University 7/100 (dec) (S Suresh 3/9, A Coombs 2/20)

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With a late change 2 hours before play Green arrived at Marrickville to face Sydney Uni on the penultimate day of the Metro Cup regular season. On a decent wicket the Students elected to bowl and with Alan Xu at Benson’s Lane Stewart and Saeed opened the innings. Saeed fell early looking to take the attack to the opposition. With both ends playing differently Robinson (13) found the boundary twice and fell on the attack. Stewart (6) fell next and the returning Wanzare dropped anchor to steady the innings. It was tough going with Sriram Suresh (22) looking the most comfortable with the final wickets falling at 54. 

Green came out firing with the most chat in the field all season led by stand in keeper Daany Saeed. Adam Coombs’ (2-20) bowled a fiery opening spell backed up nicely by Ben Keith (1-22) including his maiden wicket for the Randy Petes. Wanzare bowled tight to pick up a key wicket before Sriram (3-9) spun a web including unplayable wrong’uns. Late order hitting saw an unusual declaration with 16 overs in the day 7/100 (dec). 

Stewart (11) fell halfway before stumps but with Saeed and Sriram, respectively 10*, will look to press on into Day 2

Metropolitan Cup: Titan Fitness Gold v Warringah @ Snape Park 

Result: Randwick Petersham Gold 2/30 v Penrith 6/261 (dec) (C De Silva 2/53)

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It was a monumental day for Gold team, with the debut of the second women’s player to play for Randwick Petersham – Women’s 1st Grade Representative Kate Barry. A powerful bat, Kate currently sits in the top 5 runs scorers in NSW Women’s Premier Cricket this season in Sydney. But Kate’s turn with the bat would have to wait, as the Golds chose to bowl first having seen how slow and crumbly the wicket was here last time. For the good of cricket though, the wicket turned out to be truer that last time, with surface holding together for the whole of the day.

The Penrith openers played patiently and were challenged by debutant Joel Fortmann and his wind-assisted inswingers, and the guile of veteran Charith De Silva. Will Forrester showed the benefits of having moved to bowling pace, working up a decent head of steam in the first time he’d deployed pace in a game. But it would be the youngest member on the team, Atharv Ramakanth, that would get the break-through. Thanush Gowda soon chipped in with a wicket following some patient bowling, thanks to a sharp catch from the returning Chintan Sapariya, and also with a direct hit run-out as the Penrith number 4 went for a kamikaze single.

At 3-154 at tea off 45 overs, the nascent team had done well to keep the lid on the scoring in very friendly conditions. The boys from the Blue Mountains opened up after tea, but made the errant mistake of trying to go too hard against big Chaz – who had the last laugh on two occasions, as he castled two overly aggressive batsmen. Joel came back and was rewarded with his first wicket for the club, but a slew of dropped catches in the late innings meant the Penrith batsmen got away from us more than we would have liked. The Penrith captain made a very aggressive declaration at 6-261, with plenty of overs still left in the day.

Kate went out to open the batting with Finlay Munro, and the pair looked solid for 8 overs until Kate edged behind off the Penrith opener – who had played as high as second grade – while Munro nicked off the slip not long after as well. Chintan on return looked like he’d never been away, and along with Daniel Davies saw off the rest of the day with few concerns. Still, it’s a big chase up for next week.

Round 13 Match Reports v Bankstown + Metro (Day 2)

MATCH REPORTS (Liam ‘LJ’ O’Loughlin)

1st to 5th Grades – Round 13 v Bankstown (2-Day Matches) Day 2 

1st Grade Limited-Overs Final v Sydney University 

Metropolitan Cup – RPC Gold v Gordon & RPC Green v North West Sydney

Lefand Group 1st Grade @ Coogee Oval 

Result: Randwick Petersham 239 (S Eaton 44, M Everett 43) defeated Bankstown 119 (C Maladay 5/15, A Semple 3/27)

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It was a jam-packed weekend for 1st Grade with a crucial clash against Bankstown on Saturday prior to a 50-over grand final on Sunday. The big dance might not have gone our way, but Saturday’s result gave us something to smile about.

After posting a solid total of 239 on day one, the Randy Petes returned to Coogee on day two in the hope of cementing their spot at the top of the table with a big bowling display. And that is exactly what the lads did, taking two early wickets – the second being the prized scalp of Dan Solway – before consistently ruining any chance of a partnership through the middle-order.

The star performance of the day was young quick Caelan Maladay (5/15 off 7) who tore through the Bulldogs middle and lower order with express pace. His five-wicket haul was the youngest by a RPC player in First Grade, coming at 17 years and 294 days.

1st Grade Limited-Overs Cup Final v Sydney University @ University Oval 

Result: Randwick Petersham 113 (R Ayre 21, M Everett 20) defeated by Sydney University 194 (D Singh 6/31)

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From Lyall Gardner

In a disappointing performance, Randwick Petersham Cricket’s hopes of a second 1st Grade Limited Overs Cup came crashing down when defeated by Sydney University at University Oval in the Grand Final on Sunday. The final scores were 194 to 113. The result is better understood by a dissection of the scores. 

In their innings, Randy Petes lost their first 5 wickets for 68 and their last 5 for 45. University, who batted first after winning the toss (it was Randwick Petersham’s seventh toss loss in the seven matches of the competition), lost their first 5 for 49 and their last 5 for 26! Sandwiched between Uni’s 5th and 6th wickets however, was a match-winning partnership of 119 between Uni. skipper Liam Robertson (68) and David Miller (51). Randy Petes best scorers were Riley Ayre with 20 and Matt Everett who made 20. Nine of Randy Petes wickets were caught with Uni. ‘keeper Tim Cummins (Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins brother) snaffling 5. 

But the star performance of the day notwithstanding the result, was the sensational effort of Randy Petes skipper Daya Singh who took 6-31 off a full 10 overs. An amazing result in a 50 overs-a-side match and his best for the club. He now has 42 wickets for the season. Next best was Riley Ayre who tied the students up early with 2-14 off 7 overs before finishing with 2-34 off 9. 

It was the fourth Grand Final between the two teams since 2010-11 with the students winning three and Randwick Petersham one (T20 in 2015-16).

Sutton City 2nd Grade @ Kelso Park North

Result: Randwick Petersham 77 & 6/170 (dec) (T Affleck 81*) defeated by Bankstown 5/93 (dec) (T McKenzie 4/27) & 4-38 (T McKenzie 3/18)  

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2nd grade faced an uphill task after Bankstown claimed 1st innings bragging rights on day 1 with a 16-run lead. Deciding to make the day an interesting one, Bankstown opted to declare before play began.

Slipping to 2-15 early and still trailing by 1 we looked in a bit of trouble, but Tim Affleck (81*) and Rav De Silva (26) dug in with a solid partnership to see us through to lunch. Looking to up the tempo after lunch and work towards a declaration, Rav and skipper Jack Lyle (27) supported the mainstay Affleck well. A downpour just before tea forced us to dec, setting 155 to win off 37 overs – Affleck finishing with a gritty red ink. 

With the pitch juiced up from the showers, Tom McKenzie (3-18 off 15) carried on where he left off the week before getting their opener to nick a sharp chance to Jackson Eldridge at slip. The rampaging T-Mac then added another 2, Mitch O’Loughlin (1/12 off 6) adding one for himself to see the Bulldogs fall to 4-17. This was about where the drama ended for us. The Dogs ground out a few close shouts, catches falling short, and another rain break – effectively ending our chance of a reverse outright and any finals hopes. It was a huge turnaround from from the lads compared to the previous week where we effectively gave the points away in 1 session.

Shout outs to Stan, Paul, and the Calypso Cavalier for hanging around to lend a hand on what turned out to be a long 2 days of cricket at Kelso. The boys now hit Coogee for 3 consecutive Saturdays with nothing to lose but plenty of pride to play for.

Petersham RSL 3rd Grade @ Kensington Oval

Result: Randwick Petersham 136 (T Holland 55, R Sachs 32) defeated by Bankstown 8/257 (dec)  

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3s had a lot of work to do heading into day 2 against Bankstown, with the target set at 258 for victory. However, the boys were confident if we could string together a few big partnerships, we’d be able to get the six points. 

We got off to a poor start with three quick wickets falling at the top of the order, however hope came in the wake of a strong partnership from Tom Holland (55) and Rueben Sachs (32). 

The Kenso deck eventually started to play havoc as the Dogs spinners ripped through our top order, rolling us for a disappointing 136.

Mellick Wealth Management 4th Grade @ Grahame Thomas Oval

Result: Randwick Petersham 158 (J Murdita 82) defeated Bankstown 135 (R Miskella 4-21, D Coombs 3-25)

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The Randy Petes turned up to Grahame Thomas Oval on day one and were dealt a cruel blow straight away, with the world’s smallest changerooms on offer. We quickly recovered however and on a green deck, won the toss and sent the 3rd-placed Bulldogs in to bat.

Ryan Miskella (4/21 off 17) and Dane Coombs (3/25 off 10) tore through the hosts top order with relative ease, and at 4/7 we were well and truly in charge. Giggsy toiled hard and put in his best performance for the club to date with a brilliant first spell, while DC showed the same form that had him winning awards last season. A 58-run partnership for Bankstown’s ninth wicket hurt us quite a bit, but in the end 135 looked a very gettable score with some quality bats in our lineup.

Two early wickets had a few boys nervous, but Jaya Murdita (82) strolled out to the crease and started smoking them all around the ground. At 2/60 overnight and Giggsy (13) at the crease, anything looked possible. 

It was much of the same early on day two, with both lads knuckling down and batting patiently before the big Pommy was given out LBW… despite the fact it hit his bat, not his pad. Sayem Sultan (16) came out and hit a few boundaries before getting out to an ugly shot but the Randy Petes were cruising to victory at that stage. 

Unfortunately, Jaya fell 18 runs short of his first century for the club – but it was a masterful innings and Mal has found some good form late in the season after a disrupted first half. His dig was the catalyst for a great victory after some quality bowling the week prior, and it showed there is still plenty of fight in the Randy Petes side despite a disappointing campaign.

We’ll have to continue our ‘giant killers’ mentality into next round as we take on the 2nd-placed Hawkesbury, before closing the season against St George.

Bendigo Clovelly Community Bank 5th Grade @ Marrickville Oval

Result: Randwick Petersham 8/146 (A Shahid 35, W Deller 31) defeated Bankstown 143 (H Ali 4/39, P Kashyap 3/27)  

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Randwick Petersham won the toss and elected to bowl. Mitch Winslade (0/11 off 7) and Ben (0/26 off 6) bowled tight lines but were unable to get a break. Will Deller (2/15 off 5) was brought on 1st change and immediately hit great lengths and was rewarded with 2 wickets in quick succession. Swing king Adam Lee (0/20 off 8) immediately posed problems for the Bankstown batsmen with his deep in-swing and balls that left the bat. Adam was unlucky not to get couple of wickets.

With 23 overs gone and the wicket slowing up, spin twins Pratulya Kahsyap (3/27 off 19) and Haider Ali (4/39 off 15.5) were brought into the attack. PK and Haider immediately got into the act and consistently troubled the batmen with their flight, variation and turn and bounce from the wicket. Although the Bankstown batsmen were pouncing on the short and overpitched balls to try and keep their scoreboard ticking the Randy Petes players were quietly confident that it was only a matter of time that wickets would start coming. With Haider and PK bowling consistent dot balls and tight deliveries had the Bankstown all out 143 in 61 overs. Great bowling effort from our spinners.

With 17 overs to see off in the day, the top 4 batsmen were asked to be cautious and with the outfield being slow to not take the unnecessary risk of hitting over the top, but instead to look for the gaps and run hard when hit to the boundary as most the ball would not likely carry to the fence. Ahsan Shahid (32 not out) and left-hand bat Freddy Whalebone (1) were cautious until Freddy was out caught at slip of a fine delivery. Another left hander in the form of Haider Ali (1) was sent in to play out the day and just when he was looking set was bowled by a fine yorker. Debutant Luke Takacs (5 not out) took to the crease as regular number 4 batsman Angus Beaumont had his left thumb injured whilst fielding. Ahsan and Luke batted batted with lots of grit and commitment and it was with great relief Randy Petes finished the day on 44 for 2.

Overnight rain before day 2 left the wicket a bit damp and the although the grass was cut the outfield still looked sluggish. With exactly 100 runs to get in 80 overs the chat in the camp was for the overnight batsmen to take their time to settle in and watch the running between wickets as the ball would not be travelling fast when hit along the ground. It was expected that the Bankstown players would come hard at us early and we needed to stand up to the occasion and defend and leave as many balls initially. If we were no wickets down by 1st drinks then we should be well on our way. Rightly so the Bankstown opening bowlers were fiery in attacking the top of off, kept the ball up to the bat and there was plenty of chat from their players.

Luke Takacs (6) was first to be dismissed when caught behind off a good delivery that left him from the middle stump. RPCC 46 for 3. Ashan Shahid (35) was next out adjudged LBW to a ball that he nicked onto his pads. RPCC 50 for 4. With the Bankstown team all fired up, Will Deller (31) and Fabian Heaton (20) dug deep and concentrated hard to put on a valuable partnership of 40 runs. Fabian was next out 90 for 5. Then Will was next to go with an unfortunate run out to a direct hit when he was returning for a second run. RPCC 111 for 6.

Angus Beaumont (26 with 5 fours) put away anything short from the spinners to the fence in fine fashion and threw the Bankstown team into a frenzy. With the score on 124 PK was run out in a complete mix up. Mitch Winslade (7 not out) joined Angus and we thought this would be the last wicket to fall. But, Angus was out LBW trying to pull a ball that came through a bit quicker of the wicket. RPCC 135 for 8. Ben Thomas (4 not out) joined Mitch and with 9 runs to go ensured they got the runs without losing anymore wickets to the relief of Adam Lee who was last in.

A very satisfying victory and so pleased with the teamwork and grit shown by everyone. Thanks to Freddy Whalebone for taking the team through the warm ups on both days and scoring all afternoon on Day 2. Big thanks to all the parents who supported us. Roger Whalebone helping to keep the drinks and food cool, Maria Takacs and Peter Beaumont with afternoon tea set up. Mike Deller for helping with the scoring when we were fielding.

Looking forward to a couple more wins to close off the season.

Metropolitan Cup: Cartwright Insurance Green v North West Sydney @ Castlewood Oval

Result: Randwick Petersham Green 132 (J Gill 62) defeated by North West Sydney 5/137 (A Ramakanth 2/30)

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With the first week lost to rain, the Green team headed up the M2 towards to Hills to take on North West Sydney at the quaint and secluded Castlewood Oval. Overnight rain and early morning drizzle didn’t help the dreary start, and even with a delayed toss, it was still a bowl first pitch. So of course, in a must win game, the toss fell unfavourably and the Greens were sent into bat on a sticky deck. The going was hard, as the bowlers got the ball to pop off a length and the wet outfield provided no value for shots. The Greens hung in their grimly, but the North West bowlers kept pegging away with regular wickets.

The unsung Jaspreet Gill stood tall in the middle of the wreckage, and owed the team some runs after running out the in-form Jack Braithwaite. With a style that would be generously described as unusual and making Steve Smith look like a meditative monk, Jaspreet punctuated what resembled defence with powerful strokes and ‘thrilling’ running. In E-Young Khoo, he found an able ally and together they almost doubled the score to 100. After Pingu was dismissed, youngsters Thanush Gowda and Atharv Ramakanth hung around long enough for Jaspreet to pass 50, before he finally holed out for 62 and with the final score reading 132. While the total wasn’t the biggest, the 69 overs faced were a testament to some guts and courage from the team.

North West required 133 off 48 overs, and the Green team 10 wickets. Charith De Silva got an early breakthrough as Alan Xu chest-marked one at midwicket. Anis Bugti bowled with fire and guile but no luck, while Braithwaite put in his most fiery spell of the season, and took a wicket with a peach of a delivery that cut in through the gate. As the North West batsmen consolidated and crept to the score, the leg spin of Atharv took two breakthroughs in two overs to have the game finely poised. Alas, the lower middle order lurkers (including their club’s President with a 2″12 bat) chanced their arms and strong armed their way to a comprehensive win. While the game was lost, there were excellent gains for team morale and toughness in difficult conditions.

Metropolitan Cup: Titan Fitness Gold v Gordon @ Marrickville Oval 

Result: Randwick Petersham Gold defeated by forfeit Gordon

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RPCC 1st Grade Limited-Overs Cup Final Preview vs Sydney Uni

After a brilliant season for 1st Grade in all formats, the Randy Petes are looking to cap it off in the 50-over competition this weekend as we take on Sydney Uni in the Grand Final.

There is a rich history – perhaps even a rivalry – between the two clubs over many years, and in recent times the Students have risen to new heights, including claiming the Club Championship last season.

But on Sunday, we are hoping to take one back and we’re going to do it on their home turf and bring home the club’s first trophy since the 2016/17 season when Fifth Grade won the league, and our second Limited-Overs Cup title after winning in 2011/12.

Since it’s the big dance and everyone is excited, why not give a special preview for Sunday’s blockbuster at University Oval.

THE ROAD TO THE FINAL

Both sides advanced to the semi-finals following washouts in the quarter-finals against Gordon and Parramatta respectively. In the semis, the Randy Petes took on Sydney at Drummoyne Oval and the Students took on Penrith.

Randwick batted first against the Tigers and put on a big total of 7/280, largely thanks to a century from opener Shaun Eaton (113 off 101). A cameo late in the piece from Adam ‘Hank’ Semple (47* off 39) got us to our very defendable total.

A disciplined bowling effort got us over the line at Drummoyne, as we bowled the hosts out for 211 in 44.1 overs. Semple (3/37 off 10) backed up his terrific dig with the stick and took some key middle-order poles, while Riley Ayre (3/33 off 6.1) spun his web and had the Tigers batsmen in all sorts.

For the Students, they didn’t even win their semi-final – instead, they limped their way to a TIE against the Panthers and qualified for the grand final on a technicality. At 9/153 chasing Penrith’s score of 199, they looked in all sorts but somehow managed to find a way to level the scores thanks to a gutsy innings from Ryan McElduff (67*).

THE HISTORY 

The two sides didn’t meet in limited overs this season, instead battling out a draw in the two-day format back in Round 2. In that encounter, it was Adam Semple (3/65 off 15) and Shaun Eaton (59) who starred for the Randy Petes.

There have been quite a few meetings in grand finals between the Students and Petes over the years – two of which we have managed to get the chocolates in. As for overall fixtures between us, the Randy Petes have emerged victorious in 11 out of the 24 clashes. 

Our last win in First Grade against Sydney Uni came in the 2015/16 T20 Grand Final – though the three meetings since have seen us draw two.

PLAYERS TO WATCH – RANDY PETES

Riley Ayre will be keen for more wickets this weekend after ripping through the Tigers last weekend at Drummoyne. Ayre has taken 18 wickets this season in all three formats, and has proven that he is a genuine all-rounder with 335 runs at 33.5 this campaign. A well-liked figure among the club, Riley is going to be a key part of a potential Randy Petes victory.

Shaun Eaton scored his second century for the club last weekend in the win over Sydney, and it was a seriously important dig. It had been a lean season for Shaun prior to last weekend by his own standards, but he stood up when the lads needed him and if he can get a big score again this Sunday, it could go along way to clinching our second limited-overs title. 

A new arrival to the club this season, crafty off-spinner Ryan Ninan has proved a white-ball specialist and is the ‘ace in the hole’ for the Randy Petes on Sunday. In just eight matches for the Randy Petes, Ninan has taken 11 wickets – but it is his economical bowling that has frustrated opposition batsman. If he can tie down his end for 10 overs against the Students, there is no doubting he will take some poles.

Saving the best for last – Adam Semple genuinely does not look like slowing down and his performance with bat and ball last weekend again proved why he is considered arguably the club’s greatest ever player. Sempy has taken 20 wickets at 19.50 this season in all formats, and has also contributed when required with the stick and is currently averaging 47.50. The veteran bleeds green and gold, and if he can lead the side to victory this weekend it will be another crowning achievement in his illustrious 1st Grade career.

PLAYERS TO WATCH – SYDNEY UNIVERSITY

Fresh off his match-saving innings to get the Students into the final, Ryan McElduff will be brimming with confidence and looking to score big runs again. But his shoulders would have to be mighty sore after last Sunday’s effort, and for his sake he won’t want to have to carry the team again against the Petes.

Hayden Kerr played quite a few games in the BBL this season with the Sydney Sixers, and will be hoping to use that experience in this Sunday’s final. He scored a quickfire 41 last weekend against the Panthers, but as their key player he will need to offer a bit more against us.

THE VERDICT

The verdict is simple – the Randy Petes are going to put the Students in the chair on their own turf. Get there and support the lads, sing the song loud and proud and enjoy the celebrations afterwards. 

Backing green, C’MON.

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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Bendigo Clovelly Community Bank 5th Grade @ Balmoral Oval

Result: Randwick Petersham drew with Mosman  

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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