Round 4 Match Reports vs Penrith + Metro (Day 2)

MATCH REPORTS (Liam ‘LJ’ O’Loughlin)

1st to 5th Grades – Round 4 v Penrith (2-Day Matches) Day 2

Metropolitan Cup – RPC Gold v Mosman & RPC Green v Penrith

Kingsgrove T20 v UNSW

Lefand Group 1st Grade @ Howell Oval 

Result: Randwick Petersham 7/430 (J Sangha 138, D Bell-Drummond 93, R Ayre 73*) def Penrith 385 (A Semple 4/52)

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With a massive total posted on day one, the Randy Petes set out to cement their spot in the top six by taking 10 wickets on day two – and that is exactly what they did.

Veteran Adam Semple (4/52 off 17.5) was the star with the ball and tore through the Panthers middle order. It has been a fantastic start to the season for Sempy, and it is amazing to see how well he continues to perform with bat and ball.

Daya Singh (2/69 off 19) and Jason Sangha (2/59 off 13) chimed in and bowled well in their respective spells, while Shaun Eaton (1/18 off 4) continues to prove why he is a valuable commodity with the ball and can often jag a pole.

The win moves us to 4th spot in the First Grade ladder, and with a clash against 19th-placed Fairfield-Liverpool in Round 5 that will likely improve our position.

3 – Jason Sangha

2 – Adam Semple 

1 – Daniel Bell-Drummond

Adam Semple

Lefand Group 1st Grade T20 @ David Phillips South vs UNSW 

Result: Randwick Petersham 5/241 (B Abbatangelo 75, D Bell-Drummond 67, D Sams 56) def. UNSW 87 (R Ayre 5/14, R Ninan 4/21)

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This had to be seen to be believed.

Going into a clash with local rivals UNSW on Sunday undefeated, it was easy to believe the Randy Petes would come away with another victory – but not in the fashion that they did it in.

The visitors batted first at David Phillips and were off to flyer with Shaun Eaton (28 off 16) and Ben Abbatangelo (75 off 41) dominating from the first ball. After Eaton departed it was more of the same as Daniel Bell-Drummond (67 off 36) scorched the Bees attack to all parts and showed why he is a class above in First Grade.

Daniel Sams (56 off 22) came in to join him and did what he does best – hit horns. The Thunder star hit six maximums and three fours before he departed. Adam Semple (10 off 3) made sure we got to 241 and the Students were no doubt very concerned at this stage.

And it showed in their batting, as they were completely dominated by the Randy Petes. Spinners Riley Ayre (5/14 off 4) and Ryan Ninan (4/21 off 4) tore through the batting lineup as we dismissed them for just 87 runs on their own turf in just 11.5 overs.

Not a bad result at all, and it has certainly announced us as competition heavyweights in the T20 format.

Sutton City 2nd Grade @ Coogee Oval

Result: Randwick Petersham 284 (D Hunter 87, M Everett 69) def by. Penrith 348 (L Radford 6/42)  

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Second Grade returned to Coogee Oval facing the tricky task of chasing down 348, having already lost opener Adam Docos in the dying overs of the previous week.

With the pitch not quite the road we saw last week, we lost nightwatchman Luke Radford to the 2nd ball of the day edging behind. Matt Everett and Tim Affleck came together to see out the morning session leaving us in the solid position of 2-90 at lunch.

While Affleck continued to play cautiously, Everett took on the aggressor role hammering 12 boundaries before falling for a well-made 69. Affleck and Dylan Hunter saw us through to tea leaving us needing around 165 in 30 overs. Straight after tea Affleck departed for 63 and while Stephen Doheny and Jack Lyle showed glimpses of kicking-on and reviving the run-chase the middle order didn’t fire as we’d hoped.

Huge credit to Dylan Hunter for taking the game on and dominating the Penrith attack, combining power hitting with great composure to keep us in the hunt – only undone by a poor LBW call for 87. Once Hunter went the tail quickly followed, leaving us 64 short.

Although the end result was disappointing it was a decent team effort in a tough chase, the boys showed a lot of fight where so often before we’ve allowed the innings to crumble early. The general vibe was that while having set a good platform and keeping some wickets in hand, we may have left ourselves too much to do in the post-tea session through lack of early intent. Ultimately dropped catches on day 1 killed us gifting the Penrith bats an extra 60-80 runs.

We’ll be hoping for a momentum shift coming into a couple of one day games after a tough few early rounds, starting with 15th placed Fairfield on Saturday at Coogee Oval. Big thanks to Stan Beale and Mick Wood for helping out at Coogee.

3 – Luke Radford

2 – Dylan Hunter

1 – Matt Everett

Dylan Hunter

Petersham RSL 3rd Grade @ Bill Ball Oval

Result: Randwick Petersham (R Sachs 71) & 3/69 def by. Penrith 7/284 dec. (B Kenzie 5/90)  

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Third Grade began the day needing a fast start with Penrith needing 150 to win with a full complement of wickets in the shed. After a steady start from the hosts, Mitch O’Loughlin (2/66 off 18) took two wickets in quick succession, deserved reward after a great spell through the first hour of play. 

A wicket to Bailey Kenzie (5/90 off 15.5) had Penrith 3/99 with the game in balance, however a dropped catch halted our momentum and the two Penrith players eventually put on another 52 before Kenzie once again made a breakthrough. In an outstanding 15 minutes Kenzie claimed another two wickets to have Penrith 6/169 still requiring 20 runs. 

It wasn’t to be for the Randy Petes as the two Penrith players saw them over our score and into tea still six down. After the interval, Penrith kicked on with their number four recording a well-deserved century. They eventually declared on 7/284 with another thirty overs remaining in the day with Kenzie recording his first five wicket haul for the club. 

Despite losing a few quick wickets, Randwick batted out twenty overs to be 3/69 before both captains shook hands, with captain Stares remaining not out with 29 and Eldridge (22) the other contributor to our second innings.

3 – Bailey Kenzie

2 – Reuben Sachs

1 – Ben Stares

Mellick Wealth Management 4th Grade @ Kensington Oval

Result: Randwick Petersham 136 (A Hussain 27) def by. Penrith 7/202 (A Hussain 3/33, L O’Loughin 3/52)

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After posting a sub-par total on day one at Kensington and the visitors already sitting pretty at 1/48 overnight, things were never going to be easy for the Randy Petes. A wicket early from yours truly (3/53 off 16) gave us a quick sniff, with Ryan Miskella (1/28 off 18) putting it on a 10-cent coin from the other end consistently.

Eventually Penrith were able to up the run rate and begin scoring freely and quickly, and it looked as though it was going to be a tough day when they passed the score just two wickets down.

After a good chat at drinks, the Randy Petes were able to claw their way back into things and falter any chance of a second innings. Akhter Hussain (3/33 off 12) bowled really well and frustrated the Penrith batsman as we spread the field. Lewis Barnes (0/44 off 10) bowled well without luck and continues to improve in the early stages of his grade career.

The lads will regroup and be back at Kenso again this weekend for a one-day clash with Fairfield-Liverpool. 

3 – Akhter Hussain

2 – Ryan Miskella

1 – Liam O’Loughlin

Bendigo Clovelly Community Bank 5th Grade @ Rance Oval

Result: Randwick Petersham 177 (R Connolly 56) def by. Penrith 9/303 dec. (W Deller 3/29)  

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The wicket at Rance Oval on Saturday looked greener than the previous week. The Penrith team also had much cooler conditions to bowl in compared to last week. The mantra in the sheds for all batsmen was to bat, bat and bat and guts it out till the end. It was great that everyone was focused and ready to play hard.

Deakin Antaw (11) and Angus Beaumont (15) battled through the first 10 overs before Deakin who was resolutely blocking deliveries and frustrating the Penrith bowlers and looking really well set, but unfortunately missed a ball that was pitched up and was out LBW. Ryan Connolly (56) joined Angus and together they looked set for a big partnership. But it was not to be as Angus went to cut a ball that came through just a bit quicker and was out caught behind in the 28th over. 

Pratulya Kashyap (20) joined Ryan and together they punished the loose deliveries and were looking comfortable until PK tried to pull a ball that surprisingly came through really quick of the deck and smashed into the wickets. Fabian Heaton (12) then joined Ryan and both looked comfortable, with Ryan switching to top gear. It was a pleasure to watch his on drives and cover drives both of the front and back foot. But, 5 overs after the tea break unfortunately the 43 run partnership came to an end when Fabian was cruelly adjudged LBW playing well forward to the Penrith Leg spinner in spite of the ball hitting the full face of the bat first. Will Deller (8) joined Ryan but 3 overs later Ryan was clean bowled by a jaffa of a delivery from the Penrith part time bowler that cut back sharply. Birthday boy Adam Lee (36) playing his first game in 5th Grade this season joined young Will in the 61st over. There were 31 overs until end of play. Adam was aggressive on the loose deliveries and cover drove with immense power and grace and had the Penrith captain scratching his head. With Will at the other end showing great determination and commitment not to get out Adam had a perfect partner to bring us home with a draw.

As expected Penrith took the new ball at the end of the 80th over. Unfortunately Will left the first ball bowled which seemed to be well outside off but it somehow boomeranged in to crash into middle stump. We only had another 11 overs to play out. Anis Bugti (0) in the same over was adjudged LBW to a ball that was swinging down leg but because it hit him low and full on the pad the umpire felt convinced with his decision. Ben Thomas (5 not out) joined Adam to battle the new ball to face out the remaining 11 overs. Ben was super impressive and gutsed out the new ball and was aggressive when the ball was pitched up by driving over the top. But, the first over of spin with the 2nd new ball brought about the demise of Adam who was clean bowled by a ball that skidded of a good length.

Although this game was lost, the attitude of the players and the grit they showed left us much to be proud of. Plenty of wins round the corner if we can continue with this spirit.

Big thanks to all the parents, Alan Wright and supporters who came to the game. It was a long way to travel and apologies we lost but I am sure there are going to be plenty of wins along the way.

3 – Ryan Connolly

2 – Will Deller

1 – Adam Lee

Metropolitan Cup: Cartwright Insurance Green v Penrith @ Marrickville Oval

Result: Randwick Petersham Green 43 (J Stewart 19) & 9/89 (V Dharman 60) def by Penrith 5/277 dec. (E Khoo 2/56)

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Green returned to Marrickville ready for Day 2 at 0/8. Only 12 runs were added to the score before Osborne fell bringing Stewart to the crease. Xu looked to rebuild with the skipper before a slower ball gripped and he was undone. Stewart (19) worked to build the total but wickets fell around him at regular intervals before he was the last dismissed in the 32nd over with the score reading 43. 
 
Without hesitation from the Penrith skipper, and 7 overs to tea, Green were sent in and were in early trouble losing 2 wickets before the break. Wickets continued to fall and a very early finish looked likely at 7/13 but I’m proud to report the guts shown by the tail which wagged long into the fading light. Vijay Dharman, E-Young Khoo and Charith De Silva dropped anchor with 25 overs left to play with the score reading 8/30.
 
Dharman (60) looked shaky early on but as the Penrith players became frustrated due to lack of wickets he pounced on the quicks and spinners combining drives and powerful shots to the on-side. At some stages he was cracking boundaries, taking 10 from an over while being supported by Goldman (15) and then Pingu (0 off 20 overs) whose mammoth effort in the face of hostile bowling and chirping stood firm. With 7 overs to play Dharman fell to a bobbled outfield catch, bringing Charith to the middle. With quicks and spinners interchanged for the last 42 balls Pingu and Big Chaz (1) stood solid and with the tension building and support from their team mates on the boundary edge amplifying Charith faced up for the final over. He blocked out the first 2 balls before lofting one down the ground for a single leaving Pingu to face out the last 3 balls in a great effort to stave of an outright defeat. Green finished 9/89 with pride intact and a great level of confidence.
 
3 – Vijay Dharman
 
2 – E-Young Khoo 
 
1 – Charith De Silva
Penrith surround the bat for the last ball of the game – E-Young Khoo saves the outright

Metropolitan Cup: Titan Fitness Gold v Mosman @ Snape Park 

Result: Randwick Petersham Gold 9/214 (A Shahid 87, J Genner 28) def Mosman 179 (S Sandhu 4/46, F Whalebone 2/19, T Gowda 2/22)

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Gold turned up confident but not cocky about their chances of chasing the further 104 required for their first win of the season. Ahsan Shahid resumed on 51, but was patient enough to play like he was starting again, while Whalebone looked solid up the order against disciplined bowling and fielding. After a partnership that took the score to 113, Whalebone fell to the snappy wrist of the 2nd change bowler. While the returning Sunny Mehta looked solid but couldn’t convert on the promise, it would be the other returnee, Josh Genner, who would help accelerate the run rate in the second half of the session. Just as he was looking to three figures, Shahid couldn’t keep one out skidded on and the cursed 87 had struck. When Jaspreet Gill fell the next over, things were looking precarious at 6/155 as the skipper walked in, hoping to prevent last season’s heart stopper. 

Genner fell with 19 runs still required, as Jastrzab and Simran Sandhu played out a few scoreless overs. Just as the tension could be felt rising from the sidelines, Sandhu broke the shackles with a boundary to mid-on. A few steady boundaries and the Mosman bowlers lost their lines and it seemed that victory was taken with a single to deep backward square on the last ball before tea… only for a count back to show that the scores were still tied! Having taken the team to the precipice, the skipper retired and allowed youngsters Thanush Gowda and Atharv Ramakanth some valuable time in the middle to help develop their games as they get used to batting on turf. With 6 points in the bag, the drive back down Military Road was that little bit more enjoyable. 

3 – Ahsan Shahid

2 – Simran Sandhu

1 – Freddy Whalebone

Round 4 Match Reports v Penrith + Metro (Day 1)

MATCH REPORTS (Liam ‘LJ’ O’Loughlin)

1st to 5th Grades – Round 4 v Penrith (2-Day Matches) Day 1 

Metropolitan Cup – RPC Gold v Mosman & RPC Green v Penrith

Lefand Group 1st Grade @ Howell Oval 

Result: Randwick Petersham 7/430 (J Sangha 138, D Bell-Drummond 93, R Ayre 73*)

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A sensational day away from home for the Randy Petes against Penrith, scoring the club’s second-highest score ever with 7/430. We lost a wicket early when Affleck departed, but after that it was all systems go.

In his return match, English star Daniel Bell-Drummond (93) fell agonisingly short of a century, but blasted 17 fours and a six in his stunning innings. But skipper Jason Sangha (138) wasn’t going to face the same fate, and he continued his strong form with a blistering century that included 17 fours and three sixes in an innings that lasted just over four hours.

Daniel Sams (46) made a fantastic cameo in the middle order before Riley Ayre (73*) entered and produced a fantastic innings that could possibly continue into day two. Adam Semple (25*) faced just 12 balls but managed to hit one four and two horns before the day finished.

It will be an interesting second day of play after we posted such a massive total, and the bowlers will be ready to rip in once they get their chance to shine.

Jason Sangha brings up another hundred

Sutton City 2nd Grade @ Coogee Oval

Result: Randwick Petersham 1/20 v Penrith 348 (L Radford 6/42)

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Penrith won the toss and chose to bat, getting away with a few early boundaries, until Radford and Hemphrey shared 3 quick ones to leave them reeling at 3-38. 

From here and in classic Coogee Oval style, the deck flattened out into a road which the Penrith middle order made the most of. This combined with 6 dropped catches and a lightning fast outfield locked us in for a tough afternoon of chasing leather. Special credit to Radford with 6-42 showing his ability to attack in short sharp bursts. Tom McKenzie also showed some great character putting his hand up to bowl into a tough wind and jagging a few well-deserved wickets in the middle overs. 

With 3 overs to bat we finished 1-20 in pursuit of 349. The boys will need to dig deep on Saturday but with the batting depth in this side we’re still a good chance of taking the points.

Luke Radford

Petersham RSL 3rd Grade @ Bill Ball Oval

Result: Randwick Petersham 188 (R Sachs 71) v Penrith 0/35  

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Third Grade fought their way through the multitude of Sydney’s western roads and toll links on their way to Bill Ball Oval to take on Penrith as they searched for their first win of the season. Ben Stares won the toss and elected to bat and with hot conditions forecast, the top 6 were looking to bat long and keep the Panthers in the field as long as possible.

Stares (32) and Ben Montedoro were solid early and took the score to 31 before Montedoro was dismissed and Ross Elliot followed soon after. Once again, a failure to build partnerships through a regular loss of wickets was the undoing of the Third Grade line-up. Stares was dismissed and at tea the Randy Petes were 4/91 and looking to capitalise in the second session. Unfortunately, Jackson Eldridge (32) was dismissed third ball after the break and another quick wicket saw us stumble to 6/92 with a lot of time left in the day.

However Reuben Sachs (71) looked to play a lone hand and began to dominate the Penrith attack with drives through the offside and strong sweeping against the spinners. He was out after a great knock and soon after so was the Randwick Petersham innings, all out for 188.

Sixteen overs to bowl was enough to make headway into the Penrith order, however despite good bowling, a few missed chances saw Penrith make their way to 0/35. Early wickets will be the key for Randwick Petersham in a big first hour of play next week.

Jackson Eldridge

Mellick Wealth Management 4th Grade @ Kensington Oval

Result: Randwick Petersham 136 (A Hussain 27) v Penrith 1/48 (R Miskella 1/9)

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After a hard-fought draw on the road against Gordon in Round 3, it was back to Kenso for a chance to get another win and really kickstart the season. And on a day that had plenty of promise, it ended up being a pretty disappointing one.

Batting first, the Randy Petes looked solid and batsmen 2 through 7 all made starts – but nobody could kick on with it. Akhter Hussain (27) top scored, while Neale Crawford and Ryan Miskella both made 24. But once ‘Giggsy’ departed, the collapse came and we somehow lost the last five wickets for ZERO runs. 

We had 28 overs to bowl at the end of the day and after a strong start from Miskella (1/9) and Lewis Barnes (0/17), we could have made some headway in their top order. But the Penrith batsmen were solid and finished the day 1/48.

The Randy Petes will have a massive job on their hands and the first hour of play on day two will be crucial to deciding our fate.

Neale Crawford and Luca Lopes

Bendigo Clovelly Community Bank 5th Grade @ Rance Oval

Result: Randwick Petersham 2/10 v Penrith 9/303 (dec) (W Deller 3/29)  

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RPC lost the toss and as expected Penrith elected to bat on what predicated a warm day in the mid 30’s. However, there were divets and a bit of grass on the wicket that kept the bowlers interested and if the bowlers kept the ball up to the batsmen there could be some deviation and uneven bounce.

Anis Bugti (1/57) and Ben Thomas (2/38) opened the bowling and put the ball in the correct areas and were really unlucky not claim early wickets as the batsman played and missed several times thanks to the deviation off the wicket. 

Will Deller (3/29) was brought on 1st change and struck immediately and was well rewarded with 3 wickets for his disciplined bowling. Spinners Pratulya Kashyap (0/62), Ryan Connolly (0/22) worked hard bowling into the wind and although there was slow drift and the ball was holding up they unfortunately could not tie the Penrith batsman down who chanced their arm by sweeping, cutting and lofting the ball over the fence. 

Leg spinner Haider Ali (2/34) bowled with guile mixing his googlies, leg breaks and top spinners and got rewards. Angus Beaumont (1/32) who was brought on just after tea bowled stump-to-stump and troubled the set Penrith batsmen who thought they could tee off. Ultimately Penrith declared at 303 for 9 and we had 12 overs to face. 

Peter Iosifidis and Deakin Antaw opened the batting and batted resolutely until Peter was out in the 7th over. Night watchman Haider Ali defended resolutely but was unfortunately dismissed 4 balls before end of play. Angus Beaumont blocked out the remaining 4 four balls and a big relief for all.

Next week we need to bat, bat and bat all day.

Metropolitan Cup: Cartwright Insurance Green v Penrith @ Marrickville Oval

Result: Randwick Petersham Green 0/8 v Penrith 5/277 (dec) (E Khoo 2-56)

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Green arrived to face the Riff at Marrickville. The toss was won and Penrith was invited to bat. The openers Osborne and Dharman bowled well with a few plays and misses and tough chances just out of hand. The first breakthrough came after the first drinks break courtesy of a mix up and a combined run out from Keith and Xu. 

As the wicket flattened out Pingu (2-56) & Chaz (1-66) were introduced and bowled well in tandem. Pingu was the pick with 17 overs straight lowering the rate in the middle overs. The bowlers were rotated late in the innings and another two wickets fell as a push was made towards the declaration. The declaration came with 7 overs remaining with Osborne (8) and Xu (0) negotiating a tricky 5 overs to have the Greens heading into Day 2 0-8.

Metropolitan Cup: Titan Fitness Gold v Warringah @ Snape Park 

Result: Randwick Petersham Gold 2/76 (A Shahid 51*) v Mosman 179 (S Sandhu 4/46, F Whalebone 2/19)

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The last time that a Randwick Petersham team ventured into Balmoral, they managed to scrape through with a last over, last wicket thriller. Again bowling first, the returning Simran Sandhu pitched a perfect inswinger in the first over to castle the opener in the first over. From there, a combination of luck, enterprising batting and loose bowling had Mosman racing to 1/62 off 11 overs. After a rough start to season, it looked like another long day… until the talented Mosman number 3 clipped one off Freddy Whalebone (2/19) to the opportunely placed Jaspreet Gill. From there, Will Grills (1/12) took his first wicket for the club, followed by another from Freddy to peg back the whales at 4/68.

With the quicks flagging, the biggest spinning pair in Sydney put on a show, with Thanush ‘T-Man’ Gowda (2/22) and debutant Atharv ‘Big Man’ Ramakanth (0/29) making sure that Mosman weren’t able to get away. T-Man dismissed the skipper and was rewarded for guileful bowling with a caught behind. Mosman had a few lurkers down the order though, who once again started scoring freely. The returning Sandhu nabbed a couple before tea to have the hosts 8/168 at the break. Sandhu completed his 4-fer two balls after the break and would finish with 4/46 – including a second spell of 3/14 off 6. In his first game for the club since the 2015/16 season, Sunny Mehta finished off the innings with a brief but economical spell. Mosman’s 179 was the exact same score they made last season as well…

With 33 overs left, Ahsan Shahid and Grillsy set about laying the platform for next week. Grillsy was knocked over early, but Shahid made use of friendly batting conditions and bowlers that lacked stamina to drive the chase. Marley Besgrove battled tooth-and-nail in a 42 run stand with Shahid, until a ricochet of the spinner just landed at slip. Shahid continued undeterred, putting away the bad balls and putting aside some ordinary chat, to bring up his maiden 50 for the club late in the day. He and Freddy Whalebone saw out the day with the Golds 104 away from their target and with plenty of batting in the shed. While they’ll head back to Balmoral with plenty of confidence, they’ll want to leave themselves more than a solitary wicket this time around…

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.

Round 3 Match Reports vs Gordon + Metro (Day 2)

MATCH REPORTS (Liam ‘LJ’ O’Loughlin)

1st to 5th Grades – Round 3 v Gordon (2-Day Matches) Day 2 

Kingsgrove Sports T20 v Sydney & Manly-Warringah 

Metropolitan Cup – RPC Gold v Blacktown & RPC Green v Gordon

Lefand Group 1st Grade @ Coogee Oval 

Result: Randwick Petersham 7/347 (Sangha 80, Abbatangelo 76*) def. Gordon 343 (Semple 4/47)

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With the scores at 0/16 at the start of day two, anything was possible for the Randy Petes as they looked to chase down a big total at Coogee. Affleck (31) and Eaton (23) both performed well and got off to good starts at the top of the order, while Riley Ayre (36) was well-composed coming in at No.3. But the hosts needed somebody to go on a make a big score, and that’s exactly what skipper Jason Sangha (80) was able to do. Leading by example, Sang batted for 212 minutes and was ever-so-patient, clinically taking apart the Stags bowling attack. 

Daniel Sams (32) did it the only way he knows how, hitting 3 fours and 2 sixes in a quickfire cameo, before Ben Abbatangelo (76*) came in and set us up for the win in a quality innings. Ben arrived at the club during pre-season and has been an outstanding addition both on and off the field for the Randy Petes, and is well-respected by players throughout the grades. His performance here, sticking around to see out the victory, showed true RP grit and he did it in style with 9 fours and 4 sixes. Adam Semple (25*) was there at the end giving the hosts a much-needed win. Next week will be another tough one, on the road against Penrith – but the win in Round 3 and the performances in the T20 fixtures on Sunday should give the lads plenty of confidence. 

3 – Adam Semple 

2 – Ben Abbatangelo

1 – Jason Sangha

Lefand Group 1st Grade T20 @ Coogee Oval v Sydney 

Result: Randwick Petersham 6/161 (Sams 83*) def. Manly 8/159 (Ninan 3/27)  

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In the earlier fixture on Sunday, the Randy Petes secured a great win over Sydney before the crowd fully rolled in. After losing both openers cheaply, Jason Sangha (30 off 18) came in to get the innings back on track, while both Sams brothers gave steady contributions. Veteran Adam Semple (65 off 43) then strutted out to the crease and took it to the Sydney attack, hitting 8 fours and 2 sixes in a fantastic innings. A crafty dig from Riley Ayre (17 off 13) late in the piece saw the Randy Petes reach a defendable score of 8/165.

With the ball, the Randy Petes were on fire early and had the visitors 4/23 as Riley Ayre (3/17 off 4) tore through the top order. Ryan Ninan (2/41 off 4) also chimed in with a couple of poles, while Semple (1/24 off 4) was economical and made life very hard for Sydney. The visitors finished 7/152 off their 20 overs, giving the Randy Petes a good win that obviously instilled plenty of confidence for the afternoon fixture.

Lefand Group 1st Grade T20 @ Coogee Oval v Manly-Warringah 

Result: Randwick Petersham 8/165 (Semple 65) def. Sydney 7/152 (Ayre 3/17)  

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T20 fixtures at Coogee Oval don’t get much bigger than what we saw last Sunday, when the Randy Petes faced off against a star-studded Manly line-up that included former South African Test star Morne Morkel. The visitors batted first and got off to a flyer, with openers Jack Edwards (31 off 14) and Jay Lenton (22 off 11) teeing off early doors. But the hosts were able to fight back positively and claiming both scalps, before Ryan Ninan (3/27 off 4) knocked over the prized scalps of young gun Oliver Davies and Sydney Thunder star Chris Green cheaply. There were some contributions through Manly’s middle order but it was the home side who were on their game, and were able to restrict them for a very chase-able 6/159. 

Shaun Eaton (33 off 19) started the Randy Petes innings off well, but after Ben Abbatangelo and Anthony Sams departed quickly things were beginning to look a tad dire. Enter Daniel Sams (83* off 45) who blasted the Manly attack to all parts of the ground – and over the fence five times. With the game in the balance, and Morkel steaming in on a hat-trick, Irishman Stephen Doheny (13* off 12) came out to the crease and held up an end nicely with Sams. And as the Randy Petes began to get on top, the boisterous crowd were beginning to let the Manly fielders know about it. And when Morne Morkel (4/24 off 4) was sent into the Pro Dive shop across the road by Sams, everyone was up an about. 

The Randy Petes secured the win with 3.1 overs to spare and 4 wickets in hand, and erupted into a thunderous team song in the Coogee sheds taking them to the top of the T20 ladder.

Sutton City 2nd Grade @ Chatswood Oval

Result: Randwick Petersham 308 (Hunter 86, Doheny 64) def by. Gordon 2/313  

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After setting a promising 308 on a difficult wicket, 2nd grade were hopeful for a positive result however we knew it would be a challenge, especially after being greeted by a batter friendly wicket. Gordon resumed their innings and set about the chase in a positive manner. Radford found an early wicket with a ball that clipped the top of off stump however it became very apparent that this week’s pitch was a batting paradise and a stark contrast to one that we had to grind on the week before. 

With a strong partnership building, Wood found a magic ball that spun through the defences of the Gordon opener however that was the last time we would see a new batter walk to the crease. Gordon’s batters put our bowling to the sword and even with regular changes Gordon chased down our total with ease.

3 – Dylan Hunter

2 – Stephen Doheny

1 – Jacob Wood

Petersham RSL 3rd Grade @ Kensington Oval

Result: Randwick Petersham 194 (Eldridge 92) def by. Gordon 4/206 (Montedoro 2/78)  

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Gordon resumed Day 2 at 1/66 chasing 195. Early wickets were essential for Randwick Petersham to be in with a chance of taking the 6 points. While the boys fought well throughout the second day’s play, the league leading Stags ultimately reached our target for the loss of only four wickets. On a pitch devoid of movement and a lightning fast outfield, the Randwick bowlers were going to have to produce something special to take all nine wickets. Ben Montedoro bowled unchanged from one end for all but one over in the first session and returned figures of 2/78 off 23 while both Mitchell O’Loughlin and Hayden Fox provided the team with inspired spells in tough conditions. 

Gordon eventually chased down the score just prior to tea with Jackson Eldridge claiming his first ever Premier wicket after almost 50 matches for the club. Despite struggling with the bat through the early part of the season, wicket keeper Dylan Powell has been tidy behind the stumps snaring 2 catches and setting the standard for the Randy Petes both up to the stumps and back to our quicks. Third grade will be searching for their first win round v Penrith at Bill Ball Oval and after an improved performance Stares’ men are keen to move off the bottom of the ladder.

3 – Jackson Eldridge

2 – Ben Montedoro

1 – Josh Segal

Mellick Wealth Management 4th Grade @ Killara Oval

Result: Randwick Petersham 9/260 (Mullins 124*) drew. Gordon 298 (Winslade 5/87)

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Gordon batted on to start day two at Killara but after a couple of boundaries off Winslade’s first two balls, he claimed a wicket, giving him his first five-wicket haul for the club. It only took two balls of the second over from yours truly and the Randy Petes were in to bat. The boys started solid with the bat but after a few quick wickets, it was up to the two experienced campaigners in the batting line-up to steady the ship in Tom Holland (31) and Kel Mullins (124*). The pair put on a solid partnership before the skipper chipped one and was caught off the spinner.

Mullins continued to anchor the innings well, and was joined by Sayem Sultan (32) and the pair looked set to lead us to a massive victory. But after the latter departed, the wickets began to fall and Mullins was beginning to run out of partners. The tail stuck around long enough with the 19-year old to secure his maiden Premier ton in one of the better innings you will see in this grade. Anis Bugti held on with Mullins for the final 5 overs to secure a draw against the Stags.

4s return home to Kensington Oval next round against Penrith, and will need a much-improved bowling and fielding display. 

3 – Kel Mullins

2 – Mitch Winslade

1 – Tom Holland

Bendigo Clovelly Community Bank 5th Grade @ Snape Park

Result: Randwick Petersham 6/186 (Iosifidis 56, Willmore 54*) drew. Gordon 8/314 (Kashyap 3/106)  

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Gordon surprisingly batted on for another 7 overs to score 314 for 8 declared. The Stags batting on gave the team confidence highlighting that our opponents did not feel their bowling was strong enough.  With 314 runs and 71 overs in the day to get them it was important for all batsmen to just bat, bat and bat.

Gordon, with a big total on the board, bowled attacking lines. Peter Iosifidis opening the batting was a picture of concentration and gutsed out the 2 sessions. Once set Peter executed some fine cover drives and top scored with a classy 56. Angus Beaumont then chipped in with a quick and valuable 19 and looked like going on to make a big score but unfortunately let one go that came back and rattled the stumps.

At 6 for 97 and with 30 more overs in the day Alan Willmore NSW Over 50’s allrounder making his debut for the club and Joel Wilson came together to put on a match saving unbeaten partnership of 89 that frustrated the Gordon bowlers who threw everything at both batsmen. They defended the good balls and swept, cut and drove the balls when in the zone. Alan Willmore (54 not out) and Joel Wilson (30 not out) both showed how to grind the opposition into the ground and not throw away their wickets when set.

Thank you to the dad’s Peter Beaumont, Mike Deller, Leo Iosifidis and other Randy Petes players Alex Deller, Jeremy Jastrzab and Will Forrester for helping out with the covers on such a windy day. We simply could not have done this without your help.

To all the 5th Grade players great team effort. We played well as a unit and everyone put in their best. Randwick Petersham has a bright future with many of you youngsters and look forward to you all doing well next game against Penrith.

3 – Peter Iosifidis

2 – Alan Willmore

1 – Pratulya Kashyap

Metropolitan Cup: Cartwright Insurance Green v Gordon @ Beauchamp Oval

Result: Randwick Petersham Green 175 (Stewart 45, Xu 32) & 0/52 (Osborne 25*) def by. Gordon 2/232 (dec)

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Green returned to Beauchamp ready to defend 175. Adam Lee and Jack Osborne bowled strong opening spells and were unlucky as a number of decisions were turned down. A change of pace into the breeze with Chaz brought a sharp catch from Osborne at cover. A couple of overs later Khoo claimed a second breakthrough. With the wicket flattening out Gordon’s skipper took advantage, giving a couple of chances, before passing a hundred. 

With a lead of 50 at 2/232 Gordon declared. A strong opening partnership from Xu (15) and Osborne (25) saw Green through to time at 0-52. 

3 – Alan Xu

2 – John Stewart

1 – Jack Osborne

Metropolitan Cup: Titan Fitness Gold v Blacktown Mounties @ Marrickville Oval 

Result: Randwick Petersham Gold 100 (Takacs 23) & 4/76 (Besgrove 29) def. by Blacktown 142 (Gowda 3/12, Thomas 3/30)

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With only 28 runs to defend, the Golds had their work cut out for them if they were to sneak out a win against a youthful Blacktown side. Ben Thomas (3/30) and Adam Coombs (1/34) bowled with fire up-front – the former with a wicket, and the latter with a direct hit run-out from square leg – reduced the Warriors to 6/78, but the stubborn number 8 put the late cut to good use and eventually edged them over their target. Never at any stage did the Golds let Blacktown get too far away, with a gutsy and disciplined bowling performance. After debutant Takacs got another direct hit run-out, Thanush Gowda (3/12) cleaned up the tail on a wicket taking spin.

With 48 overs still left in the day, Ahsan Shahid and Marley Besgrove took the game to tea without any further issues. Shahid (22) ensure that Blacktown would have had to bat again before being unluckily given out, while Besgrove (29) spent some valuable time at the crease. The game petered out after tea though, as both sides shook hands at 4-76 with the acceptance that another 16 wickets weren’t going to fall in the remaining 20 overs. Thank you to Roy Robinson for subbing in the field, and a shout out to Blacktown and our boys for playing the game with excellent spirit – particularly the young fella from Blacktown who walked after edging behind and was given not out.

3 – Ben Thomas

2 – Marley Besgrove

1 – Luke Takacs

Round 3 Match Reports v Gordon + Metro (Day 1)

MATCH REPORTS (Liam ‘LJ’ O’Loughlin)

1st to 5th Grades – Round 3 v Gordon (2-Day Matches) Day 1 

Metropolitan Cup – RPC Gold v Blacktown Mounties & RPC Green v Gordon (2-Day Matches) Day 1

Lefand Group 1st Grade @ Coogee Oval 

Result: Gordon 343 (Semple 4/47) v Randwick Petersham 0/16

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First Grade were looking to take their strong T20 form into the longer format – but it was a long day in the field for the lads as Gordon reached 343 all out from 88.2 overs. Veteran seamer Adam Semple (4/47 off 19) was the pick of the bowlers, and he was well-supported by spinners Riley Ayre (2/101 off 23) and Jason Sangha (2/38 off 11.2) in the tough day.

There were contributions throughout the entire Stags batting lineup, and we will have to display similar composure on day two at Coogee. Shaun Eaton (8*) and Will Affleck (8*) have been in good form to start the 2019/20 campaign, and if they can get the Randy Petes off to a flying start on Saturday we should go a long way to winning the clash.

The boys will back up for a T20 double-header on Sunday at Coogee, and we urge everyone to get down and show their support.

Sutton City 2nd Grade @ Chatswood Oval

Result: Randwick Petersham 308 (Hunter 86, Doheny 64) v Gordon 0/11  

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2s only saw one change this week with Doug Loth coming in for Jamie Hemphrey after moving up to 1s. On arrival to the ground, we were greeted by a rather brown and bumpy outfield with a wicket to match. We knew that the pitch would get progressively worse throughout the course of the match and thus decided to have a bat after winning the toss. Matt Everett and Adam Docos strode out to the middle with swagger and confidence. We lost Docos early to a ball that perhaps should have landed in the stands and not the hands of Mid-On. Tim Affleck and Everett started to play with some freedom before the latter chipped one back to the bowler for 19.

After losing a couple early Tim and Dylan Hunter started to rebuild, before unfortunately losing Tim to a sharp catch at short cover for 25. At 3 for 54 we knew we needed to knuckle down and build a strong partnership and that’s exactly what Hunter and Stephen Doheny did, with both passing 50 on what was becoming a very difficult pitch to bat on. We lost Doheny for an impressive 64 and as a team decided we need to put the foot down to build a strong total. With some powerful hitting from the middle and lower order, we began to push towards the 300 mark. We unfortunately lost Hunter for a very impressive 86 on a tough pitch. Some powerful hitting from Jacob Wood saw us climb above the 300 mark before being bowled out for 308.

We were left 7 overs to bowl at the opposition and within 3 overs the pitch had already destroyed the ball. At the end of the day’s play, Gordon are 0-11 after 7. Going into next week the spinners know they will have a massive role to play if we are to take 10 wickets on what is a very slow and lifeless pitch.

Petersham RSL 3rd Grade @ Kensington Oval

Result: Randwick Petersham 194 (Eldridge 92), Gordon 1/66 (Montedoro 1/4)  

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Third Grade hosted Gordon at Kensington as they look for their first win of the 2019/20 season. Captain Stares won the toss and elected to bat as the side looked to improve on the back of a poor batting display last round 2. However, a steady loss of wickets throughout the innings prevented any big partnerships forming as they the Randy Petes were eventually bowled out for 194 with Gordon 1/66 in reply. 

After losing two early wickets, Ben Montedoro (15) and Jackson Eldridge steadied the ship until the former was caught just prior the first drinks break. In his debut for third grade, Green Shield player Josh Segal showed promise in a pressure situation until he was run out for a well-made 30. At tea, Randwick were 6/130 with Ryan Miskella and Eldridge both unbeaten at the crease and looking to take us to a score into the 200s. Eldridge came out flying after the break as the two put on a 50-run partnership until Eldridge fell for 92. The last 3 wickets fell quickly with Miskella the second last man out for 24. 

With 13 overs to bowl, the Randy Petes were looking to claim a few wickets and the momentum into day 2 next week. Instead Gordon took the ascendency and reached 66 for the loss of only one wickets and a deficit under 130 which will mean the Randy Petes require early wickets for a shot at claiming the 6 points.

Mellick Wealth Management 4th Grade @ Killara Park

Result: Gorgon 8/289 (Winslade 4/78)

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It was always going to be tough work in the field for 4s at Killara Oval with a good batting deck and a short boundary on one side, and the Stags showed exactly how to utilise the conditions as they strolled to a score of 8/289 at the close of play. Mitch Winslade (4/78 off 15) was promising in his 4s debut, but a dismal effort in the field and lack of consistency with the ball has the Randy Petes in a tough position heading into day two.

Gordon’s opener showed us exactly what will be required on Saturday, scoring a patient century off about a thousand balls. With some quality batsmen with higher grade experience in the line-up, it is not without reach if conditions remain the same – and a win would give us the second win of the season in 4s.

Bendigo Clovelly Community Bank 5th Grade @ Snape Park

Result: Gordon 8/272 (Kashyap 3/75)  

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With an inexperienced side having 3 players debuting in grade cricket (and one debutant returning after a lengthy hiatus) and spin heavy bowling attack, 5s made the decision to bowl first on a greenish snape wicket. Joel Wilson and Will deller opened the bowling and made good use off the conditions early with joel finding himself extremely unlucky not to pick up a couple of edges. Deller on the other hand, following in the footsteps of his older brother, took his first grade wicket with his second ball. The Gordon batsman there on stayed patient putting away the bad balls on a lightning fast snape outfield and rotating the strike. The spinners all had some mixed returns before tea as Gordon’s number 2 and 3 formed a frustrating partnership. its fair to say after the first drinks break the guys dropped their heads.

Fielding was the biggest factor that let the team down. 4s were being let through the legs and easy 1s were being converted to 2s and 3s. Alan Willmore, a Randwick Cricket Club legend, was brought into the attack to tighten up and build pressure. Proving a wise decision Wilmore bowled tight lines and ended up taking the wicket of the number 2 Gordon batsman, who scored 81. PK was brought back into the attack against the wind as Ryan Connolly and Haider Ali were rotated from the other end. A big push after tea saw PK tie down one end as both leg spinners continued to tempt the batsmen with flight and turn from the other end. However, 4 dropped catches saw the day become even longer as Gordon’s set batsman used the opportunity to pile on a mammoth total.

PK finished the day with 3 wickets, Haider Ali took two wickets and Wilmore, Deller and Connolly all finished with 1 each. Although had those catches been taken, its fair to say we would’ve been batting. There’s a big finish expected from the guys to take the last two wickets (if Gordon doesn’t declare over night) and bat for long periods of time and build partnerships. Thanks again to the Antaws and the other parents who helped organise drinks and tea.

Metropolitan Cup: Cartwright Insurance Green v Gordon @ Beauchamp Oval

Result: Randwick Petersham Green 175 (Stewart 45, Xu 32) v Gordon 0/37

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Metro Green made a return to Beauchamp to face the Stags. All were on deck keen to make amends with bat and ball. A 3rd toss was won and Stewart had no hesitation to bat on a greenish wicket in the sun. Osborne and Xu got off to a strong start with 21 before the former feathered behind. Xu and Stewart toiled against pace and spin to put on 51 for the 2nd wicket before a leading edged skier ended Xuey’s innings. The talkative Danny Saeed (12) pushed the running before falling on the last ball before tea with the board reading 3-99. It was a pleasing start in tough conditions and a platform was set for the afternoon session. 

After tea Stewart (45) started to hit out down the ground before miscuing to mid off. Gill (16) got himself in before hitting out including a well struck 6 over mid wicket while Lee (27), in his return to batting after an off season broken finger, showed no signs of rust with his trademark lusty blows. The tail wagged into the 65th over with Keith the last to fall. 

With 12 overs left in the day Chaz was the pick of the bowlers with Lee finding a faint edge which was turned down by the umpire. Green are looking forward to return on Saturday with the Stags 0-37 and the game in the balance.

Metropolitan Cup: Titan Fitness Gold v Blacktown Mounties @ Marrickville Oval 

Result: Randwick Petersham Gold 100 (Takacs 23) v Blacktown 4/72 (Thomas 2/17)

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In contrast to last week’s mud patty, Marrickville rolled out a hard, fresh deck for our first home two-dayer of the season. While a bit green from afar, closer examination showed that to be a misnomer, with the deck being dried than usual. After losing the toss and being asked to bat, the new opening pair of Marley Besgrove and Ahsan Shahid started solidly, but it soon became apparently that the pitch was going to be slow one, as numerous balls to the keeper started dying well in front of him. Scoring was slow and difficult, but Luke Takacs (23) in his first game for the club looked at ease – taking the time to get himself in and then unleashing some powerful shots. At 5/78 at tea, the lower order weren’t able to continue on the hard work from the first session, as the Golds succumbed to all out for an even 100.

Ben Thomas (2/17) and Adam Coombs (1/22) came out bowling fire and thunder, but their pace initially played into the Blacktown openers’ hands as they edged their way to 34 without loss. In a moment of admirable sportsmanship, the young Blacktown opener walked after edging behind and being given not out by the umpire. This was the catalyst needed for the nascent Golds, as balls all of a sudden looked unplayable and the spinners had their deliveries burrowing underground. Resolute in their defense and doggedly determined to survive until next week, two more wickets were snagged before the close of play by our tear-away quicks, leaving the game delicately poised for next week – not only in the first but also the second innings.

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

Round 2 Match Reports vs Sydney University + Metro (Day 2)

MATCH REPORTS (Liam ‘LJ’ O’Loughlin)

1st to 5th Grades – Round 2 v Sydney University (2-Day Matches) Day 2 

Poidevin-Gray Shield Round 1 & Kingsgrove Sports T20 Round 1 v Mosman 

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

Despite the forecast of a month’s rain this last weekend, most games were able to get on and get results across an action-packed weekend. With a win, two draws and to losses against last season’s club champions, the ledger was decidedly even. The Poidevin-Gray Shield and Kingsgrove Sports T20 campaigns got underway as well, while the Metropolitan Cup finished up their lot of one dayers.

Lefand Group 1st Grade @ Coogee Oval 

Result: Sydney Uni 8/280 dec. (Semple 3/65) drew with Randwick Petersham 5/145 (Eaton 59)

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After the first day of play was washed out at University Oval, it was always going to be a long shot for either team to claim a result. The Students batted first and compiled a strong total of 8/280 (dec) from 65 overs. Adam Semple (3/65 off 15) toiled hard and led by example, while Daya Singh (2/49 off 12) and Jason Ralston (2/52 off 11) also performed well with the ball.

The Randy Petes had to do their best to not get bowled out, with the chances of winning the game in the afternoon quite slim with grey clouds lingering overhead. Opener Shaun Eaton (59) continued his stellar early season form, while skipper Jason Sangha (44) showed his class in the middle-order. Overall it was a solid day considering the situation and conditions, and the boys will regroup to take on the Stags next weekend. 

3 – Adam Semple

2 – Shaun Eaton

1 – Daya Singh / Jason Sangha

Lefand Group 1st Grade T20 vs Mosman @ Coogee Oval 

Result: Randwick Petersham 1/96 (Abbatengelo 50*) def. Mosman 95 (Semple 3/4, Ninan 3/26)

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After the first day of play was washed out at University Oval, it was always going to be a long shot for either team to claim a result. The Randy Petes kicked off their Kingsgrove Sports Twenty20 season with a comprehensive win over Mosman at Coogee Oval on Sunday afternoon.

The Whales batted first and were rolled for just 95 runs, with former RPC player Matt Calder (37) providing the only real resistance. Adam Semple (3/4 off 3) was immense for the hosts and set the tone well early including a sharp caught and bowled. Spinner Ryan Ninan (3/26 off 4) continued the Randy Petes momentum, while PG’s skipper Jason Ralston (2/13 off 3.2) finished off Mosman’s dismal batting effort.

The Randy Petes were on fire with the stick and made light work of the sub-par total, reaching 1/96 in just the 13th over of their innings. Ben Abbatengelo (50* off 39) guided the home side to victory with a great knock at the top of the order, and skipper Sangha (36* off 27) was again scoring freely and showed how classy a batsman he is at this level. 

A great start to the T20 competition for the green and gold!

PC: Michael Wood

Sutton City 2nd Grade @ Pratten Park

Result: Randwick Petersham 5/270 dec. (Everett 94, Docos 81) def. Sydney Uni 129 (McKenzie 3/13) and 9/169 (Hunter 3/34, Hemphrey 3/61)  

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After a poor performance in Round 1, the 2s boys knew they needed to step up their game, especially after losing Captain Jack Lyle to injury. The team saw the return of the run machine Matt Everett and having won the toss decided to have a bowl on what looked a decent all-round deck. Radders took a pole in the first over which set the tone for what was to come. Jamie Hemphrey’s opening spell was very testing and was unfortunate not to have presented him with a few more wickets. This tight opening partnership was well backed up in the middle overs with regular rotation of the bowling attack, with each of the spinners getting an opportunity. 

JMB was raring for an opportunity, and in true JMB style didn’t disappoint breaking a developing partnership thanks to a blinder at gully from Stephen Doheny. Some further excellent catching and a run out from Doheny, to snare the dangerous Varun George, put a halt on the Students innings, before Tommy Mac blew away the lower order with some hostile short bowling which the opposing side just couldn’t handle. The boys bowled Sydney Uni out for 125 and would have taken that any day of the week, however they knew they needed to set about the chase in a positive manner. 

Adam Docos and Matt Everett walked out to face the first ball and walked off together un-beaten at stumps. Matt was the early aggressor playing some fluid shots, however it wasn’t long before Docos jumped in on the action with some characteristic legside flicks. We returned to Coogee in a commanding position – 0-80 overnight. With 101 overs in the day and knowing that if the weather held out we stood a chance of taking 10 points home. After pulling back the covers we were greeted by a hard and flat-looking Coogee wicket.

At eleven minutes past ten, Matt Everett and Adam Docos strode out to the middle with purpose and immediately put the Uni bowling attack to the sword. Both batters looked in total dominance reaching their half-centuries and then kicked on as we breezed past Uni’s total. After a quick chat at drinks, we set about scoring runs in an even more positive manner knowing we needed roughly 150 lead before sending Uni back in. Unfortunately, we lost Matt just 6 runs short of what would have been a fantastic 100, with Adam falling not long after for a brilliant 81. Some aggressive hitting from the Irishman Stephen Doheny (49*) allowed us to declare about an hour after lunch 140 ahead.

We had 54 overs to take 10 wickets for an outright win. The pitch was flat however Jamie Hemphrey found sideways movement picking up two wickets early. With little movement from the top end, we looked to Dylan Hunter who bowled with control picking up 3 wickets. His control from one end allowed rotation from the other with both Radford and McKenzie bowling with good pace bumping out their middle order. Unfortunately, Sydney’s lower order dug in and managed to hold out 9 down. Besides the obvious efforts with both Bat and Ball, it was a pleasure to see the high levels of energy in the field. It was a great effort to take 9 wickets on a relatively lifeless day 2 deck. Particular mention goes to Rav de Silva for chasing many a ball to the boundary whilst being fully kitted up for his short leg duties. This impressive win is one that will give the boys a lot of confidence going into our next 2-day game.

Big thank you again to Devo for sticking around on a cold day managing the canteen, and to Woody for warm-up/scoring duties.

3 – Jamie Hemphrey

2 – Matt Everett 

1 – Adam Docos

Petersham RSL 3rd Grade @ Kensington Oval

Result: Sydney Uni 5/313 dec. (Doug Loth 2/56) and 0/0 dec. defeated Randwick Petersham 94 and 3/89  

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Third Grade dropped to their second consecutive defeat of the season when going down to Sydney University at St Paul’s over the weekend. Having been set 313 to win, Randwick Petersham were looking for a strong first hour of play, however Montedoro (4) was removed second ball of the day to put us behind the play early. From then on, it was poor viewing for the Randy Petes’ supporters as University’s opening bowler carved through the top and middle order with only Burton (16) and Eldridge (15) reaching double figures from the top 7. 

3rds were dismissed for 94 just before tea with Loth (17) and M O’Loughlin (10 not out) providing the rest of the side a minor highlight in what was a poor session of play. The University captain declared his side 0/0 giving the Randy Petes a theoretical chance of victory, with 219 required in the last session. Despite losing opener Powell (0) early a significantly improved batting display saw Randwick reach 89 for the loss of 3 wickets before a downpour ended the day’s proceedings. Montedoro (43), Burton (25) and Eldridge (19 not out) all spent valuable time in the middle during the second innings.

A big week of training will be required for third grade as they look to improve all facets of their game. Having seen the skills displayed by last year’s finalists, the team will look to reach this level ahead of next round’s fixture against competition leaders Gordon.

3 – Doug Loth

2 – Ben Montedoro 

1 – Ash Burton

Mellick Wealth Management 4th Grade @ Blick Oval

Result: Randwick Petersham 203 (Segal 51) defeated by Sydney Uni 2/205

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Day one saw the Randy Petes compile a solid total of 203 at Kensington Oval against a historically strong Sydney Uni outfit. Ross Elliott (26) and Josh Segal (51) started off the innings well at the top of the order. It was Segal’s best performance to date in 4s, scoring a well-composed half-century and proving himself at that level. Skipper Tom Holland (38) produced a solid knock in the middle order but the we were eventually bowled out, but with a quality bowling line-up there was definitely room for optimism. 

We got to the second day of play and there was not really much to say as the Students chased our total with ease, only losing two wickets. Conditions were vastly different from week 1 to week 2, which gave them all the advantages. In the end, we just didn’t bowl consistently enough. Ryan Miskella (1/59) bowled 20 straight and was fairly tight, but overall, loose balls and good batting from Sydney Uni dusted us in the end.

We’ll regroup during the week and get ready for another tough task against Gordon next week. 

3 – Josh Segal 

2- Ryan Miskella

1 – Tom Holland

Bendigo Clovelly Community Bank 5th Grade @ Marrickville Oval

Result: Match Abandoned (no play either day)  

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Sitting around for 5 hours on the second day punting and walking to Maccas was the highlight of this game. On the bright side, at least the boys all got to get to know each other a bit better.

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

Result: North West Sydney 167 (Khoo 2/18) defeated Randwick Petersham Green 63

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Following a Rd 2 forfeit from Easts, Green were glad to awake to a clear but cold morning on Saturday for our Round 3 clash against North West Hurricanes at Marrickville Oval. Unfortunately the overnight rain delayed the start by 2 hours, reducing the match to 38 overs. 

Another toss was won and confidence was high as the ‘Canes’ were sent into bat on a wet wicket. Jack Osborne (2-20) on debut got the first breakthrough while Bugti (2-31) played havoc with the openers from the other end. With balls bouncing irregularly the opener decided, with his number 3, that the best course of action was to hit out and he did so with success pushing the score past 40. 

The first change of De Silva (2-24) was at his unplayable best and completely slowed the run rate and wickets began to fall in the middle overs. Spin from ‘Pingu’ Khoo (2-18) and Sriram Suresh ripped through the middle order while Dharman (2-23) skidded them through. It was great to see the bowlers use the conditions and though all 10 wickets were taken and extra 50 runs were conceded late in the innings. 

With constant drizzle the wicket became stickier and only Xu (14) and Dharman (13*) showed any resistance in the conditions falling well short of the target in a disappointing loss but Green will look to bounce back in 2 day cricket against the Stags next round. 

By John Stewart

3 – Anis Bugti 

2 – Alan Xu

1 – Charith De Silva

Metropolitan Cup: Titan Fitness Gold v Sutherland @ Snape Park 

Result: Randwick Petersham Gold 169 (Antaw 39, Grills 35) defeated by Sutherland 4/171

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Despite some early dreary weather, it turned out to be fortuitous that Gold’s match was moved to Sunday – as the clouds gave way to a magnificent spring day. Tempted by the green Snape deck, Sutherland opted to bowl in the Metropolitan Cup debut, following a win by forfeit and wash out from the last two weeks. But Snape often flatters to deceive, as the openers moved steadily against a young but disciplined attack. Openers Antaw (39) and Shahid (21) brought up 50 without loss, while Grills (35) and Beaumont (27) then provided the impetus to help accelerate the innings. The lower order tried their best, but Sutherland’s wily captain ensured that the score never got too far away. Still, you’d take 170 to defend at Snape on most days.

The bowling innings started off brightly, as Thomas and Dodd bowled with pace, swing and discipline. But it was change bowlers Wilson and Shahid that brought about the wickets, as the Sutherland chased began to stutter. Not long after drinks, Gowda dismissed the burly left-handed number 5 for Sutherland, and at 4/63, the Golds were well in the game. Unfortunately, their number 6 made use of a some loosening bowling and a dried up outfield to play some surprisingly powerful shots, while the even burlier number 4 rode his luck through out. It was a much improved performance from the Golds but they will lament letting this one get away. They host the Blacktown Mounties at Marrickville next round in the preferred two-day format.

By Jeremy Jastrzab

3 – Deakin Antaw

2 – William Grills

1 – Thanush Gowda

Poidevin-Grey Shield: CEM PGs v Mosman @ Coogee Oval 

Result: Randwick Petersham 110 (Lennox 25) defeated by Mosman 5/111 (Kenzie 3/18)

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The first round of the PG’s season saw a couple of fresh faces in the line-up and there was plenty of reason to be optimistic against a strong Mosman outfit. An underwhelming batting display at Coogee saw us rolled for just 110, with debutant Cooper Lennox (25) and Bailey Kenzie (22) the only players getting a decent score. 

Defending a small total was always going to be a hard task at such a good ground for batting, but the boys worked very hard and made the visitors fight for their victory, as they passed it for the loss of 5 wickets with just five balls remaining. Bailey Kenzie (3/18 off 4) was very tight and the Whales batsmen struggled to put him away, while skipper Jason Ralston (1/17 off 3.1) and Mitch O’Loughlin (1/21 off 3) also showed some promising signs in the first fixture of the season.

Plenty to work on moving forward for the young lads but there is enough quality in the side with both bat and ball to make a dent in the competition this season.

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.

RPCC Player Milestone Targets Season 2019-20

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Milestone Targets Season 2019-20

Statistics don’t always tell the full story but they go a long way in determining the performance of cricketers in terms of their playing record, their consistency, their dedication and their commitment to the club and to their teams.  Statistics also provide a measure of incentive for players to achieve certain goals and milestones. They also create a great level of interest for followers of the game and of the club.

Life Member and former CEO Ray Stafford has spent countless hours in putting together a complete list of all statistics for all players in all grades since Randwick Petersham started in 2001. This has given us an opportunity to identify a number of milestones and to raise a number of targets which otherwise would never have been possible.

With those points in mind, there are certain milestones which could be achieved by a number of players this season. 

The following is a list of prospective milestones for current players prior to round 1 of this season which are sure to be followed with interest as the summer rolls on.

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Thanks to Club Historian Lyall Gardner pictured here between Mike Whitney and Josh Hazlewood

CLUB MILESTONES

GAMES—GRADES 1-5 and METRO CUP

275 Games: Adam Semple 253

225 Games:  John Stewart 207

200 Games: Anthony Sams 189

150 Games: Thomas Holland 145; Neale Crawford 140; Shaun Eaton 139; Fabian Heaton 137; Charith De Silva 129; Soumil Chhibber 128

125 Games: Daniel Sams 123; Jeremy Jastrzab 108; Ben Stares 107; Adam Lee 107; Sean Rushton 102

100 Games: Jack Lyle 72; Ashley Burton 77; Jaya Murdita 83

RUNS—Grades 1-5

5,750 Runs:  Adam Semple 5,456

5,500 Runs: Adam Semple 5,456    

3,500 Runs: Fabian Heaton 3,056

3,000 Runs: Daniel Sams 2,891; Tom Holland 2,815; Shaun Eaton 2,735

2,500 Runs: Ben Stares 2,211

2,000 Runs: Soumil Chhibber 1,855; Jack Lyle 1,639

1,500 Runs: Ashley Burton 1,425; Matthew Everett 1,394; Jaya Murdita 1,234; Rav de Silva 1,246; James Mahony-Brack 1,018

1,000 Runs: Nick Saady 993; Dylan Power 969; Jackson Eldridge 967; Jason Sangha 922; David Warner 920; Ben Montedoro 919; Riley Ayre 858; Adam Docos 751; Jack Standing 674

WICKETS—Grades 1-5

350 Wickets: Adam Semple 315

250 Wickets: Daniel Sams 219

125 Wickets: Nick Warren 118; Nick Saady 111

100 Wickets: Thomas McKenzie 88; Soumil Chhibber 87; Douglas Loth 76; Jaya Murdita 59

WICKETKEEPING—Grades 1-5                      

350 Dismissals: Anthony Sams 326

200 Dismissals: Fabian Heaton 184

75 Dismissals: Adam Docos 64; Kel Mullins 52

50 Dismissals: Dylan Powell 47; Matthew Everett 34

CATCHES—Grades 1-5

100 Catches: Adam Semple 77

75 Catches: Thomas Holland 64; Daniel Sams 54

GRADES and METROPOLITAN CUP MILESTONES

1st GRADE

275 Games: Adam Semple 252

200 Games: Anthony Sams 189

125 Games: Soumil Chhibber 124; Daniel Sams 123; Shaun Eaton 122

5,500 Runs: Adam Semple 5,332

5,000 Runs: Anthony Sams 4,686

3,000 Runs: Daniel Sams 2,891

2,500 Runs: Shaun Eaton 2,262

2,000 Runs: Soumil Chhibber 1,800

1,000 Runs: David Warner 920; Jason Sangha 868

250 Innings: Adam Semple 237

200 Innings: Anthony Sams 183

125 Innings: Shaun Eaton 117; Daniel Sams 115

50 not outs:  Adam Semple 49; Soumil Chhibber 29

350 Wickets: Adam Semple 313

250 Wickets: Daniel Sams 219

100 Wickets: Soumil Chhibber 84

350 Wicketkeeping Dismissals: Anthony Sams 326 (299c / 27 st)

100 Catches:  Adam Semple 76 

75 Catches:  Daniel Sams 54

2nd GRADE

75 Games: Thomas Holland 58

50 Games: James Mahony-Brack 30; Thomas McKenzie 30

1,000 Runs: Matthew Everett 945; Tom Holland 840; James Mahony-Brack 659

50 Wickets: Jamie Hemphrey 43; Thomas McKenzie 40; James Mahony-Brack 31

50 Catches: Thomas Holland 34

3rd GRADE

100 games: Ben Stares 75

2,000 Runs: Ben Stares 1,658

1,500 Runs: Jack Lyle 1,079

1,000 Runs: Thomas Holland 782; Ash Burton 718

750 Runs:  Ravin De Silva 479; Dylan Powell 460; Jackson Eldridge 454;

100 innings: Ben Stares 80

50 Wickets: Thomas McKenzie 42; Ben Stares 27

50 Wicketkeeping Dismissals: Adam Docos 48; Dylan Powell 28

4th GRADE

50 games: Jaya Murdita 49

1,500 Runs:  Fabian Heaton 1,444

1,000 Runs: Jaya Murdita 930

50 Wickets: Jaya Murdita 31

100 Wicketkeeping Dismissals: Fabian Heaton 93

5th GRADE

50 games: Neale Crawford 45; Fabian Heaton 44

1,250 Runs: Fabian Heaton 1,029

1,000 Runs: Thomas Holland 757

750 Runs: Nick Saady 678

100 Wickets: Nick Saady 77

50 Wickets: Liam O’Loughlin 40; Mitchell O’Loughlin 30

75 Wicketkeeping Dismissals: Fabian Heaton 50

METROPOLITAN CUP

200 games: John Stewart 201

125 games: Charith De Silva 116; Jeremy Jastrzab 107

100 games: Adam Lee 91; Neale Crawford 83

75 games: Alexis Coovre 72; Sean Rushton 65

50 games: Ed House 39

2,000 Runs: Neale Crawford 1,932

1,500 Runs: Adam Lee 1,285; Sean Rushton 1,229

1,000 Runs: John Stewart 970

750 Runs: Alexis Coovre 718; Ed House 591; Jeremy Jastrzab 586

125 Wickets: Denis Hinds 130; Adam Lee 128; John Stewart 109; Charith De Silva 103

75 Wickets: Alexis Coovre 59; Hayden Fox 54; Liam O’Loughlin 53

50 Wicketkeeping Dismissals: Jeremy Jastrzab 37

50 catches: John Stewart 50

Round 1 Match Reports v Western Suburbs + Metro

MATCH REPORTS (Liam ‘LJ’ O’Loughlin)

1st to 5th Grades – Round 1 v Western Suburbs (50-Over Matches) 

Metropolitan Cup – RPC Gold v Warringah & RPC Green v Georges River

The Randy Petes started off their season with 3 wins out of 5 grades against Western Suburbs. Read about the matches in our reports below. Congratulations to grades 1, 4 and 5 on their starts to the season, while 2s and 3s will not doubt have an improved performance next week. Metropolitan Cup saw a win and a loss each, as honours were split in their first round.

A special thanks as well to Bill Anderson for sponsoring the match balls for this round.

Lefand Group 1st Grade @ Coogee Oval 

RPC 9/272 (Eaton 85, Affleck 71) def. Wests 253 (Ayre 3/47, Semple 2/30)

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It was a strong first performance from First Grade in a game that saw three new players given their caps by club legend Richard Chee Quee – Will Affleck, Ben Abbatangelo and Ryan Ninan. A fantastic opening partnership from Shaun Eaton and Will Affleck on debut, who both batted well, manipulating the bowlers, turning over strike, hitting boundaries, running well. Their partnership laid the platform for a defendable score. 

The lower order were hitting out and able to strike boundaries. Wests did well to peg back our innings and restrict us to probably 30 below our target. A strong innings from Ben Abbatangelo in the middle to push up the scoring rate helped us reach 272. 

It was a good team effort in the field as the wickets were shared and all bowled well even though there were some boundaries hit. The fielding was up, couple of dropped catches but 1s did well to bowl out Wests and take the win. A big thanks to Randwick Council for the new state of the art scoreboard at Coogee Oval.

3 – Shaun Eaton

2 – Will Affleck

1 – Adam Semple

Sean Eaton tees off
Riley Ayre

Sutton City 2nd Grade @ Pratten Park

RPC 9/144 (Docos 36) def by. Wests 3/235 (Affleck 2/36) 

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Second Grade welcomes two fresh faces in Stephen Doheny and Tim Affleck for this clash – and also welcomed back Adam Docos after his stint at the Bears… We lost the toss and bowled first on a hard grassy deck. Luke Radford and Jamie Hemphrey opened up with a tight spell and were unlucky not to snag 1 or 2. Radders has trained hard during preseason and could be bowling as well as we’ve seen he can. Wests openers got away to a bit of a flier (0-131 off 30) but taking pace off seemed to do the trick. 29 overs of spin from Wood, Hunter, then Affleck put the brakes on and dragged things back for us, and Wests finishing 3-235 (which could have been 280 after a few dropped catches). Skipper Jack Lyle suffered an ankle injury in the field so was unable to bat.

JMB and Docos started very positively with the bat (Doccy off mark with a whip for 6), before JMB (32) fell with the score at 51 after looking very good. Doccy plugged away (36) with Affleck and Hunter in support, but some poor shot selection and needless run-outs saw us lose 6-9 inside 5 overs, effectively throwing the game in 20 minutes. Radders offered some resistance with 3 horns in a counterattacking 30*. A huge lift will be needed next round taking on the reigning premiers Sydney Uni at home.

3 – Dylan Hunter

2 – Luke Radford

1 – Tim Affleck

Congratulations to Tommy Any on umpiring his 200th Premier Cricket match. PC: Michael Wood
Luke Radford bowling. PC: Michael Wood

Petersham RSL 3rd Grade @ Kensington Oval

RPC 186 (Eldridge 55) def by. Wests 2/189 (Fox 1/33, Kenzie 1/37) 

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Third grade opened the 2019/2020 season with a return to Kensington Oval, once again under the leadership of Ben Stares. After a disappointing end to the previous season, Stares’ men were keen to get the season off to a winning start. The Randy Petes won the toss and decided to bat first and despite losing Stares early, Dylan Powell and Ashley Burton steadied the ship to have us tracking well into the first drinks break until Burton skied one for a well compiled 27. After the interval, wickets fell quickly stalling the early momentum for Randwick. Jackson Eldridge and Bailey Kenzie formed a promising partnership, however after Kenzie went for one big shot too many and debutant Ryan Miskella also fell, a less than competitive total was on the board. Some strong lower order batting from Reuben Sachs (28) and stubborn batting from Eldridge (55) saw the Randy Petes eventually get to 185 and momentum heading into the Wests innings.

185 was a more than competitive total for the side, however missed opportunities with the ball and sensible batting from Wests kept the game out of reach for Randwick. Miskella was tight up front, bowling ten straight and only conceding 22 and Hayden Fox found an early breakthrough had the Petes firing however there wasn’t much to celebrate after this as Wests eventually chased down the target in the 49th over only 2 wickets down. While there were promising elements on the batting and bowling front, not losing clumps of wickets and maintaining discipline with the ball, were captain Stares’ two main focus points as we look ahead to next round’s fixture against last season’s beaten finalists Sydney University.

3 – Jackson Eldridge

2 – Reuben Sachs

1 – Ashley Burton

Mellick Wealth Management 4th Grade @ Blick Oval

RPC 4/205 (Murdita 51, Abbasi 45) def. Wests 201 (Barnes 3/23, Holland 2/11)

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Blick was a green top so we won the toss and bowled. Young gun Lewis Barnes ripped through with some searing swing bowling to have us in a good position early. Wayward bowling in the middle cooked us a bit as we leaked extras. Some tidy bowling at the end had Wests all out for a below-par 201. It was a great fielding effort overall as guys put their bodies on the line to save runs. Shout out to Barnes’ girlfriend who brought drinks around to the boys fielding on the fence throughout our fielding innings. 

Ross Elliot got an unfortunate stiff call early in our innings, but Jaya ‘Mal’ Murdita and Rushton steadied the ship and got us over 100 to put us in the driver seat. Mal took it to the bowlers and showed great maturity coupling solid attack and cheeky manipulation of the field. Debutant Bilal Abbasi did the same, batting with maturity beyond his years. And once again ‘Iceman’ Kel Mullins polished it off for us with our top 6 getting the job done. One massive positive to note is that there were 3 partnerships worth 50 or more.

Quick shout out to club legends David Bourke, Rod Stafford and Nigil Singh who came down throughout the day to support, was great having them around the team and for Staf and Singhy to belt out the song with us. Also, apparently it was Dickie’s 450th game scoring. Not sure the validity to that, but congrats to the great man nonetheless. 

3 – Lewis Barnes

2 – Bilal Abbasi

1 – Jaya Murdita  

Tom Holland

Bendigo Clovelly Community Bank 5th Grade @ Marrickville Oval

RPC 3/111 (Sultan 38*, Hussain 36*) def. Wests 109 (Sultan 3/17, O’Loughlin 2/16) 

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It was a fresh Fifth Grade line-up in Round 1 to what we saw last season, and the energy from the new players certainly reverberated through to the more experienced campaigners. Mitch Winslade, Ben Thomas, Haider Ali and Mason McGlone all made their grade debuts and added plenty in the field. A fantastic team effort with the ball and in the field saw us bowl Wests out for 109. Winslade performed well on debut taking a pole, and a lack of seamers in the team saw Ali and Sultan brought on very early – and it worked out perfectly. Sultan – usually a part-time offie at best – took 3/17 and tightened the screws. Ryan Connolly (and myself…) came on and kept the momentum going, restricting the run rate and frustrating the batsmen into a low total of 109.

After a solid start from McGlone and Neale ‘Cindy’ Crawford, Sultan (38*) and Akhter Hussain (36*) came in and combined for a stellar partnership to give the Randy Petes a 7-wicket win with 18 overs to spare. It will be a much tougher task next round against Sydney Uni but there is no doubt the boys will be up for the challenge and ready to take it head-on. 

3 – Sayem Sultan 

2 – Akhter Hussain

1 – Liam O’Loughlin

Metropolitan Cup: Cartwright Insurance Green v Georges River @ Marrickville Oval

RPC Green 6/185 (Lau 63, Leeson 35*) def Georges River 9/184 (Bugti 3/23, Khoo 2/17, J Dodd 2/31)

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Metro Green opened their season with a 4 wicket win over Georges River at the picturesque Marrickville Oval. The toss was won and Georges River were invited to bat on a wicket with quite a bit of early life in it. Bugti (3/23) and Dodd (2/31) bowled impeccable opening spells with Bugti getting a double breakthrough trembling at 2-17. GR fought back with their opener leading the way before Leeson (1/22) brought about a mistimed shot to cover. Her bowling in the middle order couple with Dharman (1/31) and Khoo (2/17) put the brakes on the scoring. Pingu’s second ball did the opener through the air to leave him stranded mid pitch. Some late order hitting pushed the score along but brought about wickets. It was a good fightback from the Greens to hold River to 9-184 at the end of the 45th. 

Confidence was high going into the run chase. Lau (63) and Iosifidis (23) established a strong platform with 87 for the first wicket in 14 overs. In the middle overs tight bowling from River pegged back the scoring. But Leeson (35*) regained control with smart batting and even smarter running with the middle order bringing the run rate under control. With one and half overs and 4 wickets in hand Dodd (11*) finished proceedings with a lofted drive over cover to seal the win with a well run 3 and 6 points to Green. 

Green are also appreciative of the support during the match from Woody who ran a great warm up and to Smally for his advice during the match. Also thanks to PK, Jeremy Jastrzab, Stephen Doheny and Colm Flanagan for coming down and lending their support and assisting with off field matters throughout the day.

3 – Carly Leeson

2 – Joshua Lau

1 – Anis Bugti 

Anis Bugti & E-Young Khoo. PC: Michael Wood
Carly Leeson. PC: Michael Wood

Metropolitan Cup: Titan Fitness Gold v Warringah @ Mike Pawley Oval  

RPC Gold 137 (Beaumont 32) def. by Warringah 8/181 (W Deller 3/30, Whalebone 2/28, Beaumont 2/29) 

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Metro Gold started their season with a trip up to the Northern Beaches with as many as 7 debutants in tow. After losing the toss and being asked to bowl first, it was the most experienced and diametrically aged pair of Will Deller (3-30) and Jeremy Jastrzab that combined for the first dismissal. It was hard work after that, as the Warringah number 3 put the nascent attack to the sword. Threatening to take the game away from the Golds at 1-131 and on track for 200+, Angus Beaumont (2/29) started the clawback with two wickets in two balls across 2 overs. Freddy Whalebone (2/28) also chipped in with a couple, coming back well from an expensive first over, before Deller came back to knock a few over at the death.

8-181 was much more palpable to chase, and the Golds fought valiantly to stay in the game as long as possible. Deakin Antaw, Alan Xu and Marley Besgrove all got starts, while Beaumont (32) showed off impressive power. They entered the last ten over with 68 needed and several good batsmen still in the shed, but after Deller was run-out and Ahsan Shahid chipped back to the bowler, the chase petered out to be all out for 137. Not the start we were looking for, but there were a number of positives to be taken from the game.

3 – Angus Beaumont

2 – Will Deller

1 – Freddy Whalebone

RP Gold at Mike Pawley