Randwick Petersham became the first NSW Premier cricket club to host an international side, when they faced off against Ireland on Friday 6th February 2015 at the sea-side paradise, Coogee Oval; a result of 18 months of meticulous planning before the 2015 Cricket World Cup.
In the week leading up to the match, the Irish team stayed around and trained at Coogee Oval, while assisting the community by holding clinics for local children and giving Randwick Petersham players a chance to train against an international team.
In what was a career highlight for many players, Randwick Petersham finished victors on the day, winning by 5 wickets with 6.1 overs to spare. After Ireland captain William Porterfield with 74 (107) and Ed Joyce with 49 (62) led their side to a creditable 7-255 (wickets spread around) off their 50 overs, all the Randwick Petersham batsmen contributed, with Anthony Sams 80 (84) and Nathan Price 51 (71) in particular leading the way to the Waterford Crystal Trophy used to commemorate the match.
Less than two weeks later, the Irish would go on to open their World Cup campaign with a resounding win over the West Indies in Nelson, justifying their assertions that their preparations with Randwick Petersham where the best lead in they could have had.
For more information, check out the full match report and scorecard here.