LJ’s Randy Petes Preview Round 13 vs Bankstown + Metro

A disrupted last round against Parramatta saw only 2nd Grade able to claim victory, with extreme heat on day one and torrential rain on day two causing havoc across Sydney.

But the weather looks good to go for this weekend against Club Championship leaders Bankstown (touch wood) and the lads in all grades will be keen to get on the field and play some cricket.

Last season we managed two wins, two draws and just the one loss against this round’s opponents, and there is plenty to play for heading into the business end of the season.

Here’s a preview for Round 13. 

1st Grade is at Coogee Oval: 

The benchmark of the 2019/20 season will take on a formidable Bankstown side this weekend, with the Bulldogs sitting in 4th spot on the ladder. However, the Randy Petes are boosted by the return of BBL star Daniel Sams after his highly-successful campaign with the Sydney Thunder.

Our overall record against this round’s opponents isn’t remarkable, producing just 7 wins from 18 clashes. But this season it is a different Randy Petes outfit, and the Coogee factor will no doubt play a massive part in a potential victory.

This weekend will mark the end of Daniel Bell-Drummond’s stint for the club this season before returning home to Kent for the County season. We are expecting DBD to want to go out with a bang. Everyone at Randwick Petersham thanks DBD for all his contributions on and off the field and wish him safe travels home and success with Kent CCC. A few more runs on the way out would be nice!

2nd Grade is at Bankstown Oval:

Rain stopped us from getting an outright victory against Parramatta last weekend, and it hurt our fading finals chances. But when there is life, there is hope and the lads will give it everything they’ve got in the last three rounds. The departure of Stephen Doheny (Ireland Wolves duty) means Ben Montedoro comes into the side at the top of the order.

The Randy Petes have won three straight against the Bulldogs in 2s, and we’re hoping to make it four – but it will be no easy task, with our opponents currently in 2nd spot. The overall record is also in our favour, with 10 wins in this grade.

Tim Affleck broke through for his first century in Randy Petes colours last round against Parramatta, and will be hungry for more runs this weekend. He looms as a player to watch as 2s make a late-season surge.

Tim Affleck

3rd Grade is at Kensington Oval:

Third Grade looked a solid chance last round before getting called off for heat, and then cancelled for rain. They have a few changes here, with Alex Deller, Ross Elliot and Josh Segal returning to the side, and a new captain in Scott Sharma. 

Eight wins, two draws and six losses gives us a slight edge over the Bulldogs in 3s, but they did get the win over us last year. The Randy Petes have however won two of the past four encounters, and fingers are crossed for us to get the six points here at Kenso.

Ashley Burton has been in and out of 2s and 3s and will have a point to prove this weekend. He has a 98 under his belt this season, as well as plenty of solid contributions, and is the key man in 3rd Grade this round.

Ashley Burton

4th Grade is at Grahame Thomas Oval:

Only batting last round before the wet weather set in, it was the first time we’ve been able to bat a full 80 overs all season – even if we batted very slow. This round we welcome Hamza Mahmood for the first time, while Will Hutchison and Dylan Powell return.

Two wins on the trot is a nice thing to see in the record books, but Bankstown are a massive threat to the title this season while we are struggling down in 18th spot. We do have an overall positive record (9-6) against the Dogs, and hopefully we can improve that over the next fortnight.

Akhter Hussain is a fine cricketer when he is on and can provide plenty in all three aspects of the game. When ‘Hollywood’ turns up on time, and remembers his whites, he is one of 4s biggest keys with bat and ball.

Will Hutchison

5th Grade is at Marrickville Oval:

Fifth Grade have endured a pretty tough season, with a plethora of changes throughout the campaign and lots of inexperienced players in the line-up. But you can never doubt their effort, and Fabian Heaton will want to make sure they finish the season strong. 

We haven’t beaten the Bulldogs since 2014 when we claimed an outright, but our overall record makes for pleasant viewing. In 17 encounters, the Petes have claimed victory in 12 of those including an unbeaten run from 2001-2010. 

Haider Ali is a young spinner with plenty of potential, and has been plying his trade in both 5s and Green Shield. The teenager has plenty of tricks up his sleeve, and will be hoping for a few poles in the coming weeks.

Haider Ali

Metropolitan Cup Preview by Jeremy Jastrzab:

The Metropolitan Cup takes another week off, but not for the reasons of the last few… Green were saved by the rain with Mosman only 13 runs shy of taking the points last round, but this week’s downpours seemed to be bit heavier in the Hills, as Castlewood remains closed for the weekend. Opponents North West Sydney are the only things standing between Green and a finals berth, with the team needing two wins from their final two games to give themselves any chance of slipping into the top 6. It would be quite an achievement after some tough losses through out the season. Green will be bolstered next week with the inclusions of Anis Bugti and Simran Sandhu, who would be among the quickest and most skillful bowlers in the competition. Gold on the other hand, have notched up their third win of the season… following Gordon’s forfeiture during the week. The real shame is that youngsters such as Jackson Dodd, Harry Schultz and Atharv Ramakanth miss out on another opportunity to prove their mettle in men’s cricket.

Jackson Dodd

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.

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LJ’s Randy Petes Preview Round 12 vs Parramatta + Metro

The only thing that stopped the Randy Petes from claiming their first ‘Greenwash’ for quite some time last weekend against Campbelltown-Camden was an unprepared wicket – so its safe to say we have found some form across the board.

This round it is back to two-day cricket for all five grades, and we take an opponent in Parramatta that clearly had our number last season. The Randy Petes lost four out of the five grades in 2018/19, so we definitely want to rectify that on the weekend.

Here’s a preview of each grade for Round 12. 

1st Grade is at Old Kings Oval: 

Daniel Bell Drummond

A fantastic outright win last time out sees the Randy Petes extend their lead at the top of the First Grade standings. This round sees the inclusion of teenage seamer Caelan Maladay into the XI and he will be sure to bring plenty of firepower to the bowling attack.

We have won just six games in this grade against Parra over the years, giving us a pretty poor record from 16 encounters. Despite this, prior to the loss last year Parramatta had only beaten us on one occasion since 2006 so there are some positives there.

While a lot of the talk has been about the form of Daniel Bell-Drummond in 2019/20, opener Will Affleck, returning to Parramatta for the first time since 2018/19, has been a rock at the top of the order and has scored 501 runs at 45.55 to date. They are very impressive stats and he is certainly a player to watch over the next fortnight.

2nd Grade is at Coogee Oval:

Jamie Hemphrey
Hemp returns

The Randy Petes should have got six points last week but were robbed of any chance to compete due to an unprepared wicket. They take on 7th placed Parra at Coogee this round and are joined by Jamie Hemphrey.

In the 13 clashes between the two sides over the years, RPC have come away with seven wins and two draws – pretty solid history. We have also won three of the last five, but 2s will be out to avenge last year’s loss this round.

Tom McKenzie is our leading wicket-taker for the season with 17 poles at 27.00 and he has been a consistent performer all season long. T-Mac will be hungry for poles after a frustrating couple of weeks for 2s and could be primed for a big game.

3rd Grade is at Merrylands Oval:

Hayden Fox

A host of changes this round with skipper Ben Stares away on rep duty and Tom Holland returning to the side with the C next to his name. Kel Mullins and Hayden Fox also come up from 4s, while Ben Montedoro returns from injury.

Looking at the historical results between us and Parra in this game isn’t pleasant viewing, not having won a game against them since 2010. Turn it around this time, lads.

Fresh of his second ton of the season in 4s, Kel Mullins is back in the side here and will be wanting to prove his worth at this level. Mullo has been a strong performer throughout the grades for many years, but has had a rollercoaster 2019/20 season. If he can find the form he had last weekend, Parra will be in all sorts.  

4th Grade is at Kensington Oval:

Neale ‘Cindos’ Crawford

A big win last round against the Ghosts but a plethora of changes for this weekend’s game. Neale Crawford, Alex Deller, Akhter Hussain and Dane Coombs are all up from 5s, while Ross Elliot drops back from 3s.

An overall positive record in this grade against Parramatta sees us with 8 wins and two draws from 13 fixtures. While we lost last year, we had won the previous two and looking at both side’s spot on the ladder, this should be a game the Randy Petes can win.

Ryan Miskella hasn’t taken as many wickets as he might have liked in his Aussie tour, but he has been economical and always holds down an end well. Giggsy has been clamouring for a bat higher up the order and his wish has been granted by the captaincy genie this weekend.

5th Grade is at Castlewood Oval:

As has been the case for a few sides this round, there are a heap of changes following a much-needed win in Round 11. Green Shielder Haider Ali returns and is joined by Freddie Whalebone, Hamza Mahmood, Ben Thomas and Will Hutchison in the XI here and will be keen for 6 points.

Another side with a not-so-pleasant record against Parra, 5s have not defeated this round’s opponents since 2010 and will want to change that over the next fortnight.

Young gun Will Deller has been consistently good with both bat and ball when called upon this season, and is growing with confidence. He is the player to watch this round in Fabian Heaton’s side.

Metropolitan Cup Preview by Jeremy Jastrzab:

A stunning long weekend that culminated in two resounding victories had the Green team roaring back into finals contention. They are the only team other than 1st grade in contention for late March, and fate is now firmly in their own hands. Win the next three games, and they will be heading to the finals. And after taking down a much vaunted Sutherland team, they’ll be confident in taking on Mosman this round. Sure, the boys from Balmoral gave the Golds a touch-up in the previous week, but Gold did take the Whales down in Round 5. And with a good mix of Green Shield youth and grizzled experience, the Greens will back themselves to take on a team ranked lower than them on the ladder. Gold will take on the bottom-placed Eastern Suburbs, with a golden opportunity to show that they’re a much better side than their ladder standing and their last few batting efforts would suggest. The batting looks quite strong, going all the way through all 12 players, the bowling is suited to the generally slower Snape Park, so the result will be decided in the quality of their fielding. Anis ‘The Beard’ Bugti will hold the key with both bat and ball, as he reunites in the field with good mate, Jarrod ‘Itch’ Hookey.

Round 11 Match Reports v Campbelltown-Camden + Metro

MATCH REPORTS (Liam ‘LJ’ O’Loughlin)

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

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

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Lefand Group 1st Grade @ Coogee Oval 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sutton City 2nd Grade @ Raby No. 1

Result: Randwick Petersham drew with Campbelltown-Camden  

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

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

Petersham RSL 3rd Grade @ Kensington Oval

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

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

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

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

Mellick Wealth Management 4th Grade @ Raby No. 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bendigo Clovelly Community Bank 5th Grade @ Marrickville Oval

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Metropolitan Cup: Cartwright Insurance Green v Sutherland @ Tonkin Oval

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

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

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

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

John Stewart

Metropolitan Cup: Titan Fitness Gold v Mosman @ Balmoral Oval 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Round 10 Match Reports v Mosman + Metro

MATCH REPORTS (Liam ‘LJ’ O’Loughlin)

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

Lefand Group 1st Grade @ Allan Border Oval 

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

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Adam Semple blasting them

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

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

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

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

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

Well caught Ralsto

Sutton City 2nd Grade @ Coogee Oval

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

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

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

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

Petersham RSL 3rd Grade @ Rawson Oval

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

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

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

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

Waiting out the rain PC: Antony Sachs

Mellick Wealth Management 4th Grade @ Kensington Oval

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

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Match was washed out.

Bendigo Clovelly Community Bank 5th Grade @ Balmoral Oval

Result: Randwick Petersham drew with Mosman  

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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.

LJ’s Randy Petes Preview Round 10 vs Mosman

The first round back after Christmas was a prosperous one for the Randy Petes, with the top three grades winning their clashes against Northern District.

This weekend, we take on Mosman and it is a crucial round for a lot of sides – win and keep yourself in the hunt for finals, lose and the chances drop dramatically.

Last season we didn’t play the Whales, but in 2017/18 we won three out of the five grades and hopefully this weekend we can improve on that.

1st Grade is at Allan Border Oval: 

Things are looking exceptionally bright for First Grade at the moment, sitting in 2nd spot on the ladder and just two points behind leaders Sydney Uni. Fresh of a massive ton in 2s, Dylan Hunter returns to the XI in the absence of skipper Jason Sangha; Daya Singh takes over the armband.

The Randy Petes have had Mosman’s number in overall history with nine wins, four draws and six losses. Recent history is in our favour, after a win in 2017/18 and a T20 victory earlier this season.

Will Affleck brought up his first century for the club last weekend against the Rangers in a brilliant knock after consistently performing all season long. Averaging just under 50 this season, Affleck is a rock at the top of the order and will be a key factor in the clash on Saturday.

2nd Grade is at Coogee Oval:

Two on the trot for Second Grade and things are starting to turn around. The win over NDs takes us up to 14th but there is only 10 points separating us and sixth spot. Ash Burton and Caelan Maladay return to the side this round.

In the 16 encounters between the two sides in this grade over the years, the Randy Petes have emerged victorious in 11 of them – including a stunning streak from 2006/07 to 2012/13. We beat them last year and we are a big chance of doing it again at Coogee on Saturday.

Rav De Silva is starting to find form, with a half-century before Christmas and 30-odd last week. His lack of attendance on the circuit is apparently down to ‘studying’ – many are starting to believe he is spending his spare time doing sprint training. The phrase “quickest man over 30 metres” has been thrown around plenty lately, and that sort energy in the field is unmatched.

3rd Grade is at Rawson Oval:

Wins have been hard to come by for Ben Stares and his men this season, but a gallant effort at Kenso last week had plenty of emotion behind it. Jamie Hemphrey comes into the side here and will be a huge boost with ball in hand. Ben Montedoro was scheduled for a recall, but drilled a hole in his hand at work and will be replaced by ‘Spiderman’ Tom Holland.

It has been reasonably even over the years against Mosman in 3s, having won and lost seven games apiece. There was also a rare tied match in the results back in 2006/07. We have lost the last two clashes with the Whales, so its time to get back in the W column. 

Luca Lopes isn’t just a pretty face with big quads and a near-perfect ATAR – he can score runs too! The quiet achiever produced a classy 60-odd last week that helped set up the win for the Randy Petes, and he will be relied upon heavily again with the bat this weekend.

4th Grade is at Kensington Oval:

An extremely disappointing result last weekend for Fourth Grade, collapsing against NDs and bottling what looked to be a certain victory. They are boosted with the inclusion of Hayden Fox who returns from injury this weekend. 

In 15 matches with Mosman, 4s have come away with a not-so-impressive six wins. However, we have beaten them the past two times in this grade and there’s no reason that can’t be three in a row come Saturday at home. 

Reid McNamara scored a nice 50 in his 4s debut two games ago, and was BBQ’d last weekend against NDs. He will get another chance to score a few runs here, and if he reaches triple-figures we might even get to see his super-aggressive salad.

5th Grade is at Balmoral Oval:

Tough loss last round for Fabian Heaton’s crop, but they will be boosted by a couple of big inclusions here. Alex Deller has taken plenty of poles in higher grades but returns from injury through 5s, while the confident Lachie Bird got some big scores in Green Shield and adds plenty of chat. Dane Coombs also gets his first start of the season. 

A loss last time we played them aside, the overall record for 5s against the Whales is very strong. It includes a six-game win streak from 2010/11 through to 2016/17. 

Mitch Winslade has a 4s five-wicket haul to his name this season and there is no doubting his class as a bowler when he gets it right. He’ll need to be fired up on Saturday and he’s definitely one to watch.

Metropolitan Cup Preview by Jeremy Jastrzab:

The Metropolitan Cup this week was supposed to be the local derby, returning after a 3 year hiatus to Coogee Oval, but numerous circumstances have led to the postponement of the match until January 27th. And with the – much needed – rain likely to give our poor dry fields a welcome watering, it could be just as well. The competition will resume again in earnest next week, with regular round games on the Saturday, before a near festival-like atmosphere will take place on the public holiday Monday when the battle for ‘The Grouch’ resumes.

Suttons City Summer Sale

Pop into Suttons City Rosebery, and speak to Nick Fradd and his expert team, between January 17 & 20 for great deals on all 2019 plate models across their extensive range. Don’t forget to mention that you are from Randwick Petersham Cricket Club.

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