Randwick Petersham Cricket
In the Beginning…
Randwick Petersham Cricket Club came into being on 19 July 2001 when two of Sydney’s oldest and most successful cricket clubs, Randwick and Petersham-Marrickville, decided to amalgamate.
In announcing the formation of Randwick Petersham, Club President Mike Whitney AM, (who is now in his 20th year), said “While this move represents the end of an era for two of cricket’s great clubs, it is also the dawning of a new and exciting period for the combined club as well as for cricket in the whole Randwick Petersham area”.
Sporting its new colours of green, gold and white, a combination of the colours of both founding clubs, Randwick Petersham first took the field as a NSW Premier Club on 29 September 2001 at Petersham Oval in a 1st Grade match against University of New South Wales. Petersham Oval and Coogee Oval would thereafter rotate through each season as the club’s 1st Grade ground.
In 2007-08, just its seventh season, Randwick Petersham proved the value of the merger by taking out the Sydney Grade Cricket Club Championship title after finishing no further back than seventh in five of its first six years. In 2010-11, the club confirmed its position as one of Sydney’s top clubs by again taking out the Club Championship to cap off her 10th season.
In its short history the Club has shown itself to be one of Sydney’s most consistent performers winning 15 premierships including most recently the Belvidere Cup in 1st Grade as well as in 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade (three times), 5th Grade (three times) and Metro Cup. It has also been three times runner–up in the 1st Grade Belvidere Cup competition while winning the Limited Overs competition in 2011-12 and 2020-21 and the Twenty20 Cup competition thrice in 2011-12, 2013-14 and 2015-16. It has contested the 1st Grade finals series eight times in its 20 years history.
Greg “Prince” Hartshorne is one of the Club’s most successful seasons with 3 consecutive premierships in 4th Grade, 3rd Grade and 2nd Grade between 2002-03 and 2004-05.
Randwick Petersham has established itself as a supplier of quality first-class cricketers with Simon Katich, Nathan Hauritz, Usman Khawaja and David Warner representing Australia and NSW while Burt Cockley, Scott Coyte, Dan Sams, Jason Sangha and Riley Ayre have worn the Baggy Blue cap of NSW. Simon Katich also captained NSW for seven seasons between 2002 and 2010 and in 2021-22 Sangha became the 120th captain of NSW in the Sheffield Shield and also skippered the state in List A matches. Sams and Sangha made their Sheffield Shield debuts in 2018-19 and were part of the Sheffield Shield winning team in 2019-20. They also both represented Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash League with Sams finishing as the Gold Cap in 2019-20 as the leading wicket-taker with 30 scalps. Jason was the youngest player to hit a half century in the BBL when he smashed 63*against Melbourne Stars. He later played for the Prime Minister’s XI v South Africa. Dan Sams played domestic limited overs cricket and in his debut match produced the best performance by any player in his first game and was named Man of the Match and is also the 95th cricketer to represent Australia in T20 cricket.