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

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.

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.

LJ’s Randy Petes Preview Round 8 vs Eastern Suburbs + Metro

First Grade flew the flag high last round against Blacktown, as all other grades fell short against the Mounties. They backed up on the Sunday afternoon against St George to claim a spot in the T20 Preliminary Final on the 22nd December, which will be a day for the ages.

And with just one game remaining before the Christmas break, it is time to get some momentum back against our local rivals – Eastern Suburbs.

Last year was a tough one as Easts washed us on Australia Day – so the next fortnight is our chance for redemption.

1st Grade is at Coogee Oval: 

After a good win over Blacktown, the lads are now sitting in 4th spot on the table – however they will be missing Daniel Sams and Jason Sangha this week – replaced by Matt Everett and Ryan Ninan. In the second week of this clash, Caelan Maladay will make his 1s debut for the club, replacing Adam Semple.

The Randy Petes have won 9 games against Easts over the years, and have suffered 10 defeats. The recent history is not fantastic, however we will take confidence from a recent T20 victory against the Dolphins.

Ryan Ninan has been in strong form in the T20s and with some experienced and high-profile stars missing here, he will need to take his share of poles and restrict the run rate as he does so well in the shorter form.

Adam Semple and his Garrard & Flack in full flight

2nd Grade is at Waverley Oval:

A tough loss last weekend has 2s in 15th spot and starting to need some wins to compete for a finals berth post-Christmas. In the absence of Jack Lyle, the in-form Stephen Doheny will take the captain’s armband here. Adam Docos returns after a half-century in 3s, while Jackson Eldridge has been promoted after scoring well on his uni exam during last round.

In 14 matches between the two sides over the years, the Randy Petes have won just four of them which is a record that doesn’t read too well. Our last win came during the 2013/14 season – but here’s hoping we can get one back here.

The bloke scored 170 last game, so Stephen Doheny is a pretty easy selection for the player to watch here. The Irishman has been playing well and circuiting even better, and his acclimation into the Randy Petes culture has been seamless.

The Irishman takes the reigns

3rd Grade is at Trumper Oval:

Another close loss for 3rd Grade last weekend has them stuck at the bottom of the table – and it gets tougher this weekend against the 6th-placed Easts. Scott Sharma and Vivek Mahajan return to the side and will all be keen on runs.

In 14 matches between the Randy Petes and Easts in this grade, we have a good record of 9 wins and just three losses. After last year’s disappointing defeat, it’s time to improve that record even more.

Luca Lopes has had a disrupted season thus far with HSC exams and holidays, but he still possesses plenty of talent and an ability to score runs at the top of the order. He is the player to watch here and we are backing him for a big score.

Vivek Mahajan

4th Grade is at Kensington Oval:

We’ll strike a line through last round and move forward. There are changes aplenty for this round, with Lewis Barnes, Will Hutchison and Sean Rushton returning. Reid McNamara and Lachie Bird will make their 4s debut as well.

Overall our record is good against Easts in this grade, with 9 wins over the years. Unfortunately, recent history is not on our side with one win from the past five encounters.

Ryan Connolly started the season as a bowling all-rounder, but those days are well and truly behind him as he continues to find form with the bat. A half-century last game when the side were on the ropes and some handy contributions earlier in the season have him locking down a top six spot permanently.

5th Grade is at Snape Park:

So close, but yet so far last round for 5s, going down by six runs to Blacktown. They will fancy their chances this weekend against Easts who sit only two spots above us on the table.

We have beaten the Dolphins 8 times over the years in this grade which is a positive. The negative is that there has only been one victory for us since 2010 and we need a win here big time.

Freddy Whalebone was in the runs last week in the gallant chase at Whalan, and can do a bit with the ball as well. He looms as a player to watch and could be a good all-round option in the lower grades moving forward.

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Metropolitan Cup Preview by Jeremy Jastrzab:

After one of the most promising rounds in the Metropolitan Cup in recent memory, the challenge will be to keep up the good form. It’s the turn of the Green machine to head up across the harbour and spit bridges, off the lovely Mike Pawley Oval to take on Warringah. Sure the playing surface is among the better ones from lower grades, but you’d barely be able to swing a mouse in the change room… in any case, John Stewart returns to captain a side that contains a lot of promise. Jackson Dodd will be looking to follow his marathon effort in the previous game with another strong performance. Gold continue to enjoy home comforts, taking on the vistors from Hawkesbury at Marrickville Oval. The Hawks are back in Metro for the first time since the 2015-16 season, and until the previous round were unbeaten. Led by former NSW Blue, Liam Zammit, the Hawks will pose a stiff challenge for the Golden boys, who have a number of Green Shield players looking to fine tune their games before the start of their season.

Jackson Dodd wielding the willow

LJ’s Randy Petes Preview Round 7 vs Blacktown + Metro

Last weekend was a tough one for the Randy Petes against Sydney, winning just the one grade game on Saturday. The First Grade T20 side restored some order on Sunday afternoon but our PG’s fell short against the Bears.

This weekend, we take on Blacktown in two-day games and three sides will be on the road. Last year we won three of the five grades against the Mounties, and this year it would be nice to improve on that result and see if we can get our first Greenwash of the season. 

Funnily enough, our record against Blacktown overall could perhaps be the best of any opponent, with a massive four clean sweeps over the years and the last of those coming in 2013/14.

1st Grade is at Joe McAleer Oval: 

A heartbreaking loss last weekend to Sydney has the Randy Petes dropping back to 4th on the table, with this weekend’s opponents in Blacktown sitting 12th. First Grade welcome Jamie Hemphrey into the side this week for the trek out west.

We got the chocolates over the Mounties last time out, and our overall record is fantastic with 9 wins and just four losses. With so much to play for heading into Christmas and ladder positions taken into account, the Randy Petes should be winning this one.

Riley Ayre has been dominant with bat and ball in all fixtures this season, and has been an integral part of the rich form in the T20 competition. With so much variety and experience at his disposal, he will be a big part of a potential win this round.

2nd Grade is at Coogee Oval:

A tough loss last weekend has 2s in 15th spot and starting to need some wins to compete for a finals berth post-Christmas. After scoring 98 in 3rd Grade last week and shaving off his sub-par facial salad, Ashley Burton comes into the side this week and will add plenty with bat and ball. The other addition is seamer Mitch O’Loughlin, who has found form with the ball recently in 3s and makes his 2s debut here. 

Over the years in this grade we have beaten Blacktown on 8 occasions, and only suffered three losses – two of those coming in the past two meetings. The Mounties are only just above us on the ladder so this looms as a very winnable game. 

After taking the captaincy reins and then missing games through injury so far in 2019, Jack Lyle has not been in the runs as much as we have come to expect from him. That should all change this round at his home deck of Coogee, and a captain’s knock can’t be far off.

3rd Grade is at Jim Hanshaw Oval:

So close, yet so far last weekend for 3rd Grade in a tough loss to Sydney. There have been so many positives early in the season but they have only managed to claim the one victory. This weekend, they have a host of changes with Adam Docos dropping back, Luca Lopes and Tom Holland back from holidays, and Ryan Miskella, Hayden Fox and Akhter Hussain coming up from a victorious 4s outfit. 

A strong record over the years against 3s should give us plenty of confidence here, as will the fact they are only one spot ahead of us on the ladder. In 12 clashes with Blacktown in this grade, the Randy Petes have suffered just the one loss and one draw.

Adam Docos has been circuiting very well lately, and has made a couple of good scores in 2nd Grade so far this season. He comes back here to get some runs on the board and take a few catches behind the stumps. If he gets going early, he’ll be far too good for a 3rd Grade attack.

Hayden Fox

4th Grade is at Kensington Oval:

After they saved the club from a Tigerwash last weekend, 4s are flying high and have plenty of confidence after the hard-fought win – but they need to go on with it heading into the break. A host of changes this week with Mitch Winslade, Corey Graham and Neale Crawford back in, and the two Navy lads in Steven Sheakey and Joel Wilson making their debuts.

4th Grade defeated Blacktown last season and like the rest of the club, our record is quite strong here with 11 wins from 12 meetings over the years. Despite the Mounties sitting inside the top six so far this season, there is no reason why we can’t claim the chocolates. 

Jaya ‘Mal’ Murdita had an unfortunate globe first up from a spell last week against the Tigers, but we expect a better effort from him here and he looms as a player to watch.

5th Grade is at Whalan Oval No. 2:

5s will make the trek out to the 8th Wonder of the World for the next two Saturdays as they look to get their season back on track after some tough losses as of late.

Last time we played this round’s opponents we suffered a tough outright loss to the Mounties and it’s time to turn that back in our favour. Overall we still have a positive record of 7 wins and 5 losses – but the last of our victories came back in 2014/15.

Simran Sandhu was on fire with the ball last weekend, taking 4/34 and was a real shining light in a beaten side. His pace will prove a major factor in any potential win for the Randy Petes in their trip to Whalan.

Fabian Heaton

Metropolitan Cup Preview by Jeremy Jastrzab:

After a few tumultuous weeks, where both Metropolitan Cup sides fought gamely against the odds, reinforcements have arrived en masse to assist the teams with a strong run into Christmas. The Golden boys get back on the park against Georges River at Marrickville Oval, who were taken much closer by Green team than the scorecard would admit. With numerous Georges River performers having been elevated to 4th grade Shires, and Gold regaining a slew of youngsters from rep duty, a more even contest is on the cards here. The Green machine were due to take on Blacktown over the next two Sundays, but the boys from Mount Druitt have requested to move the game to a 9:30am start next Sunday. Metropolitan Cup is a wonderful opportunity for younger players to take their first steps into men’s cricket, so it’s better for both teams to get on the park than not. Several Green Shield squad members will be using the game as a tune up for their season.

LJ’s Randy Petes Preview Round 6 vs Sydney + Metro

After a couple of tough rounds across the board, the Randy Petes bounced back in Round 5 against Fairfield-Liverpool with three wins, as well as PG’s claiming their first victory of the 2019/20 season. This weekend we take on Sydney, while both First Grade and PG’s will play a double-header against North Sydney on Sunday. Last year we had two wins and three losses against the Tigers, so it’s time to change that to a winning record in 2019/20. 

Check out our preview below for Round 6.

1st Grade is at Coogee Oval: 

First Grade have risen all the way to 2nd spot on the competition ladder after a terrific start to the season in all formats. This weekend the side will welcome back Daniel Sams and Jason Sangha – however will be without veteran all-rounder Adam Semple who is out injured.

In the 21 clashes over the years against Sydney, the Randy Petes have managed 10 wins, 10 losses and a draw for a completely even record. Our last win against this opposition came in 2015/16, so it is overdue for the Randy Petes to get one back and with current form in consideration that is a huge possibility.

After a stunning 5-wicket haul in PG’s last Sunday, Jason Ralston will be ready to rip through the Sydney batting lineup. Ralsto continues to grow as a leader for the Randy Petes and is an integral part of both 1s and the U21s sides.

2nd Grade is at Drummoyne Oval:

A momentum-shifting victory last weekend against the Lions has us well and truly back in the hunt in 2s, and this weekend sees the debut of highly-rated prospect Caelan Maladay. We are however without fiery seamer Luke Radford who has succumbed to a knee injury.

The Randy Petes have managed just six wins against Sydney over the years, but we do have the recent form after claiming the 6 points in last season’s clash.

James Mahony-Brack has hit his straps with the ball in recent times and is brimming with confidence after taking poles in both 2s and PG’s. When JMB is on, there aren’t too many more exciting players to watch and he will be a huge key to victory this weekend for the Randy Petes.

James Mahony-Brack

3rd Grade is at Kensington Oval:

They’ve done it! 

After struggling for the first four rounds, Ben Stares and his mob of misfits got the chocolates against Fairfield and have got their season off the ground. They welcome back Doug Loth this round, as well as Adam Docos who drops back from 2s and will no doubt be hungry for runs.

A win last year in 3s improved our average record against the Tigers to 5-8-1, and we will look to make it two on the bounce at Kenso this Saturday.

Scott Sharma made his return to the club last round and made an immediate impact on the side both on and off the field. This weekend he is the player to watch and runs are on the horizon.

Doug Loth 10-for!

4th Grade is at Birchgrove Oval:

It’s been a tough run for 4s since their opening round victory, but with a strong line-up on paper this week there should be no excuses to come up short. Ash Burton and Hayden Fox come in from 3s and will add plenty of talent and experience; Anis Bugti comes up from 5s after taking a bag of wickets last weekend. 

We haven’t beaten Sydney in this grade since the 2011/12 season, however we still have 7 wins in the bank after some good form in the early stages of the club. It’s time for us to get back to that with a big win tomorrow.

Sayem Sultan has had plenty of starts this season, but has been unable to kick on thus far to make a big score. Tomorrow could be his time to shine and he looms as a player to watch.

5th Grade is at Marrickville Oval:

5th Grade got off to a flying start this season but haven’t registered a win since the opening round and find themselves in a very similar boat to 4s. But diamonds are made under pressure, and there’s a big chance to get the season back on track this Saturday.

Over the years we have registered just six wins against Sydney, but have only come away with the chocolates twice in the past decade. Last year we had a loss, so it’s time for a bit of retribution.

Hamza Mahmood has been striking the ball in the nets and is a player to watch this weekend as Fabian Heaton’s side look to get back into the winner’s circle.

Metropolitan Cup Preview by Jeremy Jastrzab:

After experiencing home comforts for the last round, both teams hit the road this weekend. The Green machine rolls down the M5 towards Riverwood to take on Georges River – in an odd scheduling quirk that sees them playing the same team that they played in Round 1. Big skip John Stewart has hit a rich vein of form, and will look to continue among the runs. The Gold boys head further west to take on perennial Metro powerhouses, Penrith.

John Stewart

LJ’s Randy Petes Preview Round 4 vs Penrith + Metro

The Randy Petes had a solid round against Gordon in Round 3, claiming a win and two draws across the five grades. But it was the two T20 wins on Sunday against Sydney and Manly that will give our First Grade lads plenty of confidence.

This round, we take on Penrith who are historically a very strong club across the board. Last season, we had a tough go of things against the Riff – losing four grades and drawing in the other. 

Time to turn things around…

1st Grade is at Howell Oval: 

A fantastic win against the Stags last round has us sitting in 5th place on the First Grade ladder – and as mentioned previously – getting the trifecta with two wins on Sunday at Coogee in the T20 will leave the lads on a high.

We welcome back English star Daniel Bell-Drummond this weekend – a massive inclusion. If you are unaware of DBD’s form last time he was in Australia, he scored 220 runs at an average of 44, and blasted us into the semi-finals of the T20 competition. 

Overall our record against Penrith in 1s has us with 10 wins from 19 games, and that includes two of the past three. We will be out for revenge from the loss last season however, and look to cement a spot in the top six. 

Skipper Jason Sangha is definitely a player to watch this weekend after his performances in the ACT/NSW Country 2nd XI side against Western Australia this week. Jase scored 105 against WA and we hope he can bring that form back to the Randy Petes this round.

Daniel Bell-Drummond

2nd Grade is at Coogee Oval:

2s had a tough loss last weekend against Gordon, but will be boosted this weekend by the return of skipper Jack Lyle. Our overall record against the Riff isn’t outstanding, only claiming 6 wins from 16 games and haven’t won against them since 2016. But at our Coogee home, there is no reason we can’t take home the W here.

After seeing off Morne Morkel in the 1st Grade T20 last weekend to help the Randy Petes to victory, Irishman Stephen Doheny is our player to watch. We’re sure he will take plenty of confidence out of that innings.

Jack Lyle
Jack Lyle

3rd Grade is at Bill Ball Oval:

Another tough loss for 3s last round has us paddling after three rounds. But it is only early doors, and cricket is a funny game. Fresh off a century in 4s, Kel Mullins joins the side and will add some toughness to the batting order. In 18 clashes against Penrith in this grade, we have a pretty poor record with only 7 wins and the last of those coming back in 2013/14. Time to fix that and get a win back on them.

Josh Segal is settling in well in 3s this season, and a big score isn’t too far away. A quiet achiever and still only in the early stages of his Premier Cricket career, ‘Steven’ will be ready to rock and roll this round.

4th Grade is at Kensington Oval:

A tough and gutsy run chase last round against the Stags saw us escape with a draw. Tom Holland is away on holidays and Corey Graham is out injured, meaning that yours truly has Steven Bradbury’d his way into the captaincy this round. Lewis Barnes, Luca Lopes, Ryan Miskella and Dylan Powell all join the side. Our overall record against Penrith sees us with just 8 wins from 18 clashes. Our last win was in 2014/15 but at Kenso and with a strong side on paper, there should be no excuses.

Dylan Powell has had a lean run with the stick so far in 2019, but drops back a grade here to regain the form we all know he is capable of. D-Powell will add plenty of chat (good or bad we’re not too sure of) and some classy work with the gloves.

5th Grade is at Rance Oval:

The lads – similarly to 4s – escaped with a draw against Gordon despite a mammoth run chase. Veteran Adam Lee comes into the side for the first time this season, while Anis Bugti drops back from 4s. In 21 fixtures between the sides since 2001, we have come away with 9 wins and 4 draws – giving us a slight edge over the Riff. Recent history is not in our favour however, winning just one game from the past six encounters.

Peter Iosifidis scored a half-century last round against the Stags and will need to step up again here in an inexperienced team. Rich with natural talent, there is no reason he can’t take last week’s innings and improve on it here in a tough road trip.

Metropolitan Cup Preview by Jeremy Jastrzab:

It’s hard to remember the last time that it happened, but for the second time in two rounds, one of our Metropolitan Cup sides will take on a team the same as the rest of the club in Premier Cricket. The Green team will take on Penrith at Marrickville Oval over the next two Saturdays. Memorably they broke their duck over the Panthers in the first game of last season, starting off things with a resounding win. The boys from the foot of the Blue Mountains won’t be taken easily though, as they once again take the front in the Metro Cup. After indulging in home comforts for the entirety of October, Gold hits the road and heads across the bridge to Balmoral Oval – the scene of a thrilling last over one wicket win last season – to take on the ever unpredictable Mosman. The Golds are inching ever closer to their maiden win, and the similarly placed Mosman could just provide the catalyst for turning the season around.

Coogee Oval v Sutherland from the grandstand

LJ’s Randy Petes Preview Round 3 vs Gordon + Metro

Following a disrupted round against Sydney Uni, which saw poor weather and some disappointing performances land the Randy Petes just one win, we look to hit the ground running this weekend against Gordon. Last season against the Stags we won just two of five games, and we will be hoping to improve that result over the next two Saturdays.

Metropolitan Cup start their two dayer campaign this round, with the Green team also travelling to take on Gordon and the Gold team taking on the renamed Blacktown Mounties.

1st Grade is at Coogee Oval: 

A rain-affected draw against the Students last weekend will have to suffice, but a win is vital this round against Gordon for 1s. Jamie Hemphrey comes into the side after starring in 2s big win last weekend, with Ryan Ninan missing out.  Last year we thrashed the Stags in this grade, winning outright and cementing our winning record that has seen us win 11 from 20 clashes over the years, as well as one draw.

Skipper Jason Sangha has been striking them well lately, scoring a nice 44 last weekend and backing it up with a crucial knock in the T20 fixture on Sunday. He is the ace here for the RP’s and if he can fire with the bat, it will go a long way to winning us this game.

Jason Sangha

2nd Grade is at Chatswood Oval:

A massive win in Round 2 over Sydney Uni holds us in good stead here and will give the lads plenty of confidence going into another tough game. Docos and Everett proved a strong partnership at the top of the order and will be hungry for runs again, while Doug Loth comes up and adds plenty of experience. Over the years, the Randy Petes have won 9 games from 16, giving us a positive record. While we lost last year, we have won four of the past six encounters and there is no doubt we are capable of improving on that in the next fortnight. 

Rav De Silva hasn’t fired just yet in the 2019/20 season, but a big score is never far away. With so much quality around him, we expect to see Rav rise to the occasion against Gordon and get his campaign flying.

Rav De Silva

3rd Grade is at Kensington Oval:

Round 2 was certainly one to forget for the Randy Petes 3s – but all can be forgotten if they can bounce back here. The in-form Josh Segal makes his debut in this grade, while Ross Elliot, Ryan ‘Giggsy’ Miskella and Alex Deller all come in. In 15 clashes between the two sides, Gordon have the wood with 8 wins to our five – but the recent history is on our side after a good win last season. 

Mitch O’Loughlin will be required to step up this weekend in the absence of Doug Loth, and the youngster will be better for the run last game after missing Round 1 through injury. ‘Pooey’ is part of a young pace attack that also includes Alex Deller and Hayden Fox and they will all need plenty of poles between them.

Mitchell O’Loughlin

4th Grade is at Killara Oval:

It was a tough loss in Round 2, but a fresh line-up here could change things quickly. Sean Rushton, Sayem Sultan, Neale Crawford, Mitch Winslade, Anis Bugti (after finishing last season as the club’s leading wicket taker) and myself all come into the 4s side for the clash with Gordon. The Randy Petes have emerged victorious nine times against the Stags in 4th Grade, but have also lost nine meaning this should be a fairly even clash on paper. We have however won three of the past five. 

Will Hutchinson is a player with plenty of upside – but this weekend he is the leader of the pace attack with a few players missing. His variation and consistency will be required to give the Randy Petes an edge over their opponents.

Anis Bugti

5th Grade is at Snape Park:

It’s a very different 5s side than we have seen previously this weekend, with four debutants (Will Deller, Deakin Antaw, Angus Beaumont and ‘youngster’ Alan Willmore) and some players who have largely been in Metro Cup. Pratulya Kashyap comes in and will be an important part of the bowling attack. In 18 matches over the years in this grade, we have won half of them – and a draw last year gives us a slight positive record. 

With plenty of inexperience in the XI for this round, skipper Fabian Heaton will need to step up and score plenty of runs when required. His glovework is always top notch, but it is his work with the stick that has to be on-song against Gordon.

Pratoolya Kashyup
Pratulya Kashyap

Metropolitan Cup Preview by Jeremy Jastrzab:

After some mixed results and gradual improvements across the course of the one dayers, the Metropolitan Cup draw catches up with Premier Cricket and moves onto two day matches. Green got the wrong rub of the green last round with the unfortunate end of a rain delay, but will look to bounce back strong in the coming round. In a considerate move, they too will take on Gordon at Beauchamp Park Oval, which was unavailable last season. Gordon are the reigning premiers, following a season where they forfeit a game before Christmas, before storming into the finals with a post Christmas blitz, and are a constant force to be reckoned with in Metro, so the Greens will certainly have their work cut out for them. Through an odd scheduling quirk, this is the first time that a Randy Petes Metro Cup team will play away at Gordon since 2015/16.

Gold have had a week of sunshine and are sure to enjoy a more amiable Marrickville Oval when they host the Blacktown Mounties over the next two weekends. The side from Sydney’s west will be relieved to know that their nemesis from last season, Charith De Silva, will be heading to Willoughby instead, but won’t get any respite from a young side hungry to prove their credentials. Several Green Shield squad members will take the field, some playing their first game for the club. Randy Petes teams had a mixed record against Blacktown last season, but have generally been on the positive side of the ledger more often than less.

Marrickville Oval

LJ’s Randy Petes Preview Round 2 vs Sydney University + Metro

A strong start overall in Round 1 for the Randy Petes saw us pick up wins in three out of the five grades, and one Metro Cup side claiming a first-round victory.

1s, 4s and 5s all came away with strong wins and will take plenty of confidence from their first-up displays, while the other two grades will look to use the positives from their defeats over the next two Saturdays.

It will be a tough task against Sydney Uni, who are always a strong club across the grades. Metro will play two one dayers across the next two weekends, with Green taking on Eastern Suburbs and North West Sydney at their Marrickville fortress, while Gold will take on the other students – UNSW – and Metro Cup newbies Sutherland.

1st Grade is at Sydney University Oval: 

It was a good win in the opening round of the season over Wests with the likes of Shaun Eaton and Will Affleck starring with the bat. This round it gets a lot tougher though, as Sydney Uni made the Grand Final last season and are always a worthy opponent for any side. 

In the 24 clashes between us and the Students over the years, the Randy Petes have emerged victorious in 10 of them – including a couple of T20 grand finals. Ben Abbatangelo scored a quickfire 20-odd in the first round and brings plenty of energy to the lineup, and he will play a big factor here if he can stick around and keep the runs flowing in our innings.

Ben Abbatangelo

2nd Grade is at Coogee Oval:

The big change for this clash is the loss of new skipper Jack Lyle, who has succumbed to an unfortunate ankle injury. We wish him all the best in his recovery and hope to see him back out on the park scoring runs sooner rather than later. In his absence, Luke Radford will have the ‘C’ next to his name moving forward and he is certainly a man who will lead by example. 

In the 17 matches between the two sides, the Randy Petes have a pretty poor record, winning just two games. We haven’t beaten the Students since 2012-13 – can we break the drought this season? Jacob Wood is a talented young off-spinner who can control a game very well, and the variations in his game will make him a major threat to the Sydney Uni batsmen. He is the player to watch for 2s this round.

Luke Radford

3rd Grade is at St Paul’s Oval:

A disappointing first round loss will only encourage our boys to fire up here and take it to one of the competition’s heavyweights.

We have a very underwhelming record against the Students in this grade as well, with just two wins in our history. But the lads will no doubt be looking to rectify that over the next fortnight and they have the squad to do it. 

Reuben Sachs had a good start last week with the bat and will be keen to improve on that once again here. The young gun is improving every innings and every training session with bat in hand, and his energy around the group will make him a major asset not only in this game but all season.

Emmanuel Grogan & Reuben Sachs
Emmanuel Grogan & Reuben Sachs

4th Grade is at Kensington Oval:

A cracking win in the opening round of the season over Wests will give the lads plenty of confidence heading into this much tougher task. Akhter Hussain comes up from 5s this weekend and can add plenty in all three areas of the game. 

The Randy Petes have emerged victorious just six times in this grade against Sydney Uni – but have won three out of the past six encounters. Lewis Barnes tore through the Wests batting lineup last weekend and will look to do the same again here as he makes a name for himself in Randy Petes colours.

5th Grade is at Camperdown Oval:

After annihilating Wests in Round 1, this energetic 5s team will be looking to prove it was no fluke against the Students this weekend. Josh Lau, Stepehen Sheakey and Will Deller all make their debuts here and will look to make a good first impression for the RP’s. 

The Randy Petes have won 10 matches against Sydney Uni in this grade – and have won five on the trot after last season’s victory. Ryan Connolly couldn’t pick up any poles last week and wasn’t required with the stick, but he is a threat in both departments and his services will likely be required much more over the next fortnight. His below-par bant aside, Rhino is one of 5s most reliable players.

Liam ‘LJ’ O’Loughlin

Metropolitan Cup Preview by Jeremy Jastrzab:

The Metropolitan Cup draw takes a slight deviation from the Premier Cricket draw for the next two weeks – two one dayers as opposed to a two dayer. Just to help round out the somewhat ‘local’ derby with Sydney University in Premier Cricket, the Metro Cup teams have drawn Eastern Suburbs and UNSW this weekend. Green started off their campaign with a win against Georges River, and will look to turn Marrickville into their fortress for the season. Their opponents – Eastern Suburbs – were unable to put a team on the field last week, but Green will be keen to build moment going into the season. Gold take on the ‘other’ students in UNSW at Snape Park, who are completely unrecognisable from last season. In any case, one team will be opening up their account for the season at the end of Saturday.

Next weekend, the Green team will face a stern test in North West Sydney at Marrickville, who have taken to the Metropolitan Cup like ducks to water. They favour a power game and street smarts to overwhelm their opponents and were the competition’s early leaders last season. Gold head into the unknown against Sutherland at Snape Park. In a boost for the Metro Cup, more and more premier cricket clubs are beginning to realise the value of the competition, with Sutherland’s maiden appearance being headed by a previous 5th grade captain and a number of promising youngsters.

Riley Ayre

LJ’s Round 9 Preview vs Campbelltown + Metro

It’s been a few weeks without cricket but the time has flown by with the Christmas and New Year period. We’re sure everyone had a great break and had plenty of celebrations, and now it’s time for us to get back to business and head into finals time with plenty of momentum.

Round 9 sees us up against Campbelltown-Camden in one day fixtures, with 1s and 2s sitting nicely in finals spots and 3s and 5s pushing for a place in the top six on their respective ladders.

Last season we didn’t face the Ghosts but in 2016/17 we came up trumps with two wins, two draws and a loss against them. This round is a big one for the Randy Petes and hopefully we see some great performances from the lads after the break.

BOOK NOW! Only a few more weeks left to lock yourself and your team in!

1st Grade is at Raby Oval 1:

A loss in the final game before Christmas means that 1s went into the break in 6th spot but only three points of first-placed Sydney Uni, while our opponents this week sit in 11th place and are 10 points behind us. Young gun Mac Jenkins comes into the team this week to strengthen what is an already quality bowling attack.

Our record against Campbelltown in 1s is good, playing 17 games against them for a healthy return of 10 wins, two draws and 5 losses. Our recent record against them is very strong, and the Ghosts have not beaten us in First Grade since the 2008/09 season and we will look to continue our dominance this Saturday.

The player to watch this weekend is Riley Ayre (feature image) – a short-form specialist with both bat and ball, Riley will play a vital role in ensuring the Randy Petes are to come away with a victory this weekend and look for him to take a bag of wickets and contribute with the bat if needed.

Riley Ayre is all smiles pre-Christmas

2nd Grade is at Coogee Oval:

With regular captain Mitch Calder still out due to injury, Dylan Hunter takes over the side this game and the side is brimming with confidence after going into the break in 3rd spot on the ladder. The Ghosts are in 10th place on the ladder making this a game we should win, especially with the talent at our disposal.

Our record against them is solid overall, with six wins, six draws and just the two losses coming in our 14 clashes over the years. Again the recent form is with the Randy Petes,, having not lost to their opponents this weekend since the 2007/08 season – although in this time there have been five draws between the teams.

Jamie Hemphrey is back in 2s this game and will be looking to make an immediate impact, so look for him to be at his damaging best with the ball and pick up a few wickets on the way to another big win for the high-flying 2s.

Jamie Hemphrey has dominated 2s recently

Jamie Hemphrey

3rd Grade is at Raby Oval 2:

A tough loss just before Christmas sees Third Grade slip to 9th spot, but the good news is they are only one point outside the top six and a win here will keep them entrenched in the semi final hunt. The talented side look to have an easy task on paper as their opponents are currently running last, but the experience of Ben Stares as captain will ensure they don’t go in complacent.

In 14 matches against Campbelltown, the Randy Petes have only been able to manage five wins, five losses and four draws. In recent years it has been very even but the latest result in 2016/17 went our way and this weekend should make it two on the trot.

The player to watch this weekend is Ben Montedoro, who has been making starts and looks to be on the cusp of a big score soon. Add in his quality off-spin bowling and he looms as a game-changer this weekend for a side in much need of a big win.

4th Grade is at Petersham Oval:

It’s been a pretty tough season so far for Fourth Grade but we get a fresh start this weekend with Nathan Stares taking over as skipper and are up against a Campbelltown side that are sitting in last place with just one point in the first eight games. Cricket is a funny game though, so the boys will need to play to their potential to come away with the win.

Our record against Wests in 4s is pretty average, only managing five wins from 14 matches as well as losing the last four encounters with the Ghosts. This weekend we look to turn that around and get our season back on track.

With the responsibility of skipper lifted from his shoulders, look for keeper Rocky Ahmed to turn in a big performance here with the stick and guide a young side to a much-needed victory at home.

Judging from this archived photo it looks like Nath should be fine with the (C) next to his name

5th Grade is at Tunks Park:

It’s been a promising season so far for Fifth Grade after a tumultuous 2017/18 campaign, with the boys going into the break in 11th spot and still within reach of a semi final berth if they can string a few quality wins together. Our opponents this weekend sit equal with us on 20 points so it has all the makings of an exciting game of cricket.

In our 14 matches against Campbelltown, we have managed to come away with a decent record of six wins, three draws and five losses. Our recent fixtures have been back and forth but the Randy Petes were the most recent victors in 2016/17.

Emmanuel Grogan is a young player with plenty of potential yet to be fully shown in Grade cricket, and he will be one hungry for runs this game, so look for him to showcase his ability and produce a big score en route to a Randy Petes victory.

Liam O’Loughlin (aka LJ)

Metro Preview by Jeremy Jastrzab:

Having had our fill of Christmas pudding, the Metropolitan Cup sides head into the second half of the season in the best positions they’ve been in for quite some time. The Golden boys sit in the top 6, and will look to consolidate their position against Mosman at Kensington Oval. The Whales are nipping at the heels of the pack chasing top 6 spots, but will have to make do without their left-arm spinner, whose herculean 39 overs straight against Green in November almost got his team over the line. Bolstered by the inclusion of several talented youngsters and home ground knowledge, Gold will be confident with staying in the top 6. After a disastrous week 1 was assuaged by a significantly improved performance in week 2 in the previous round, the Green machine again head down the M5 to Bland Oval to take on Georges River Stingrays, whom the Greens beat with a bonus point way back in October. If the weather holds up and the Greens get on, they’ll be chomping at the bit to get back into the top 6, where they’re only kept out currently by a slight difference in quotient.