MATCH REPORTS (Liam ‘LJ’ O’Loughlin)
1st to 5th Grades – Round 14 v Hawkesbury (2-Day Matches) Day 1
Metropolitan Cup – RPC Gold v Penrith & RPC Green v Sydney University
Lefand Group 1st Grade @ Owen Earle Oval
Result: Randwick Petersham 2/234 (W Affleck 118*, S Eaton 57) defeated Hawkesbury 53 (D Sams 3/8)
In terms of day one results, they don’t get much prettier from a Randy Petes perspective. Travelling out to Bensons Lane, 1st Grade were looking to bounce back after a heartbreaking loss in the 50-over Grand Final the week prior – and they certainly did that, skittling the Hawks for just 53.
Daniel Sams (3/8 off 7) claimed the first pole of the game after just three balls, and it was all RPC from there as wickets continued to tumble. Daya Singh (2/1 off 5) was on fire and is in some seriously good form at the moment; as is young gun Caelan Maladay (2/14 off 6) who backed up his five-wicket haul from last round.
And the Randy Petes showed that the bowling performance had nothing to do with the wicket. Will Affleck (118*) and Shaun Eaton (57) put on 99 runs for the first wicket as we cruised to a first innings victory. Riley Ayre (11) spent some time at the crease before Jason Sangha (38*) joined Affleck to assert dominance and build a massive lead.
The innings from Affleck was his second century to date in Randy Petes colours, and in just his first season with the club is becoming one of our biggest weapons with bat in hand. Leading into finals and with Daniel Bell-Drummond gone home to England, Affleck’s incredible form couldn’t come at a better time.
Sutton City 2nd Grade @ Coogee Oval
Result: Randwick Petersham 2/48 (A Docos 29) v Hawkesbury 197 (H Fox 3/33)
2s were pleased to get back to Coogee after a few weeks away, coming in with a different looking team to previous rounds. Green Shield skipper Reuben Sachs came in for a 2nd grade debut while Jason Ralston and Hayden Fox both made season debuts in the grade.
After losing the toss we got off to the perfect start reducing the Hawks to 2/16. The pitch then flattened out and we were made to wait another 111 runs for the next pole, Mitch O’Loughlin (2/35 off 13) providing the breakthrough in his 2nd spell. Patience was the key to the day, the Hawks lost regular wickets due to sustained pressure to finish 197 in the 79th. Hayden Fox (3/33 off 18) led the bowling effort, while Jason Ralston (2/52 off 22) charged in tirelessly, and rattled the Hawks bats with a few body blows along the way. Ben Montedoro (2/25 off 13) proved difficult to get away, and claimed the scalp of ex-Randy Pete Nikethan Radakrishnan (61).
With 15 overs left in the day we finished 2-48, Adam Docos (29) looking good for an aggressive dig before falling to a good rock. We’ll be hoping the rain stays away this week so we can knock off the remaining 150 runs with some good batting.
Thanks to Paul O’Loughlin, Anthony Sachs, Devo, Stan, and Fous for the help through the day.
Petersham RSL 3rd Grade @ Bensons Lane 2
Result: Randwick Petersham 207 (S Sultan 65)
3rd grade won the toss and batted first on a deck that looked like a road but didn’t play as well as initially expected and an outfield slower than Kenso when it hasn’t been cut for a month.
Some very tight bowling from the Hawks made it a tough day to bat, and starts from skipper Tom Holland (37) and keeper Kel Mullins (27) got us to a solid position. But it was Sayem Sultan (65) in the middle order notching a half-century on debut in 3rd grade that really held the side together. Sayem batted with controlled aggression and maturity to get through some tough sessions when the score was looking dicey, and together with some handy lower order partnerships and cameos from Coombs, Hutchison and Deller we were able to post 207. It would have been circa 250ish if not for the ridiculously slow outfield.
Big day of bowling/fielding next weekend as we see a bit of rain fall during the week which hopefully favours us.
Mellick Wealth Management 4th Grade @ Kensington Oval
Result: Randwick Petersham 80 & 5/54 v Hawkesbury 2/94 (dec)
It was always going to be a tough task for the Randy Petes against a strong Hawkesbury outfit, with six players making their 4th Grade debut. We won the toss and batted first on what looked like a good deck – but we didn’t utilise it at all. Outside of a tidy partnership between debutants Will Deller (21) and Angus Beaumont (22), it was a shocking batting display as the majority of players threw their wicket away and we were skittled for just 80 runs.
The bowling wasn’t much better, as the Hawks dominated and passed our score within 16 overs before declaring two wickets down and sending us back in. The plan was to dig in and show some pride in the second innings, but we managed to lose 5/54 in the last part of the day.
Bendigo Clovelly Community Bank 5th Grade @ Bensons Lane 3
Result: Randwick Petersham 160 (A Bugti 39, P Kashyap 23*) v Hawkesbury 2/75
The word on the street was that Hawkesbury had a very strong 5th grade side as they were sitting in 10th position on the ladder and desperate for a win. The Hawks were noticeably excited when they heard skipper Fabian Heaton was called away on International cricketing duties. Little did they realise Randy Petes have amazing depth to call upon with the old war horse Michael Wood dusting off the creams and ACT Meteor and Melbourne Renegades all-rounder Carly Leeson bolstering the side, while Alan Xu made his long awaited grade debut as a late call-up.
A hard and fast green top was presented for play. Captain Wood-duck saw through greenery and decided to bat after winning the toss. D. Antaw (15) and A. Bugti (39) backed the skippers call and got Randy Petes off to a steady start by blunting the highly rated Hawks opening attack. At one stage Randys were 0/19 from 14 overs as they showed great resilience. With the loss of Antaw, M.Besgrove (11) and W.Grills (13) combined with Bugti “The rock at the top” to have the boys and 1 girl in a solid position at 3/96 in the 36th over.
The loss of Bugti and J. Gill (0) in quick succession turned the momentum in the Hawks favour as Randys slumped to 5/102. Enter Carly Leeson! A classy quick fire 22 from Leeson in combination with some big hitting from Wood-duck (18) stole back the momentum. A sensational 23 not out from P. Kashyap and 16 from A. Lee helped the Randys to a competitive 160 runs. Sadly our numbers 10 and 11 didn’t trouble the scoreboard.
In reply, our opening bowlers of Bugti and Kashyap turned the blow torch on the Hawks opening bats. Sadly, a couple of opportunities were grassed early and the Hawks capitalised to be 0/41. They were probably laughing on the inside when the stand-in skipper “Wood-duck” grabbed the ball to have a trundle. But it was the ol’ dog (1/13 from 4) who had the last laugh snaring the 1st wicket courtesy of a good catch by Ben Thomas.
The smiles continued when Carly Leeson (1/20) took the other wicket for the arvo courtesy of another good catch to Ben Thomas. It left the Hawks precariously positioned at 2/75 from 25 overs and the momentum with the Randy Petes. In any standard of cricket scoreboard pressure and momentum are handy attributes. The boys and 1 girl will be looking to continue with tight bowling and excellent fielding this weekend to deny the Hawks their anticipated surge into the finals.
Metropolitan Cup: Cartwright Insurance Green v Sydney University @ Marrickville Oval
Result: Randwick Petersham Green 54 (S Suresh 22) & 1/34 v Sydney University 7/100 (dec) (S Suresh 3/9, A Coombs 2/20)
With a late change 2 hours before play Green arrived at Marrickville to face Sydney Uni on the penultimate day of the Metro Cup regular season. On a decent wicket the Students elected to bowl and with Alan Xu at Benson’s Lane Stewart and Saeed opened the innings. Saeed fell early looking to take the attack to the opposition. With both ends playing differently Robinson (13) found the boundary twice and fell on the attack. Stewart (6) fell next and the returning Wanzare dropped anchor to steady the innings. It was tough going with Sriram Suresh (22) looking the most comfortable with the final wickets falling at 54.
Green came out firing with the most chat in the field all season led by stand in keeper Daany Saeed. Adam Coombs’ (2-20) bowled a fiery opening spell backed up nicely by Ben Keith (1-22) including his maiden wicket for the Randy Petes. Wanzare bowled tight to pick up a key wicket before Sriram (3-9) spun a web including unplayable wrong’uns. Late order hitting saw an unusual declaration with 16 overs in the day 7/100 (dec).
Stewart (11) fell halfway before stumps but with Saeed and Sriram, respectively 10*, will look to press on into Day 2
Metropolitan Cup: Titan Fitness Gold v Warringah @ Snape Park
Result: Randwick Petersham Gold 2/30 v Penrith 6/261 (dec) (C De Silva 2/53)
It was a monumental day for Gold team, with the debut of the second women’s player to play for Randwick Petersham – Women’s 1st Grade Representative Kate Barry. A powerful bat, Kate currently sits in the top 5 runs scorers in NSW Women’s Premier Cricket this season in Sydney. But Kate’s turn with the bat would have to wait, as the Golds chose to bowl first having seen how slow and crumbly the wicket was here last time. For the good of cricket though, the wicket turned out to be truer that last time, with surface holding together for the whole of the day.
The Penrith openers played patiently and were challenged by debutant Joel Fortmann and his wind-assisted inswingers, and the guile of veteran Charith De Silva. Will Forrester showed the benefits of having moved to bowling pace, working up a decent head of steam in the first time he’d deployed pace in a game. But it would be the youngest member on the team, Atharv Ramakanth, that would get the break-through. Thanush Gowda soon chipped in with a wicket following some patient bowling, thanks to a sharp catch from the returning Chintan Sapariya, and also with a direct hit run-out as the Penrith number 4 went for a kamikaze single.
At 3-154 at tea off 45 overs, the nascent team had done well to keep the lid on the scoring in very friendly conditions. The boys from the Blue Mountains opened up after tea, but made the errant mistake of trying to go too hard against big Chaz – who had the last laugh on two occasions, as he castled two overly aggressive batsmen. Joel came back and was rewarded with his first wicket for the club, but a slew of dropped catches in the late innings meant the Penrith batsmen got away from us more than we would have liked. The Penrith captain made a very aggressive declaration at 6-261, with plenty of overs still left in the day.
Kate went out to open the batting with Finlay Munro, and the pair looked solid for 8 overs until Kate edged behind off the Penrith opener – who had played as high as second grade – while Munro nicked off the slip not long after as well. Chintan on return looked like he’d never been away, and along with Daniel Davies saw off the rest of the day with few concerns. Still, it’s a big chase up for next week.
In 2019-20 Randwick Petersham continued their commitment to developing the ‘Next Generation’ of local cricketers in the Eastern Suburbs and Inner West. The summer Masterclasses were made possible due to the great support from our Community Cricket Partner Sydney Airport and AW Green Shield sponsor Brown Wright Stein Lawyers.
Director of Cricket Operations Bill Anderson and Head Coach Greg Small liaised with our friends at Randwick JCC and Marrickville CC to put in place the Randwick Petersham Masterclasses. The first was held in December 2019 at Snape Park and another in January 2020 at Marrickville Oval and Tempe Reserve.
40 Randwick JCC male and female players were privileged to receive expert coaching from Randwick Petersham’s First Grade Captain & NSW / Sydney Thunder batsman Jason Sangha as well as Kent CCC batsman Daniel Bell-Drummond. Club President and former Australian fast bowler Mike Whitney AM also provided a well-received fast bowling masterclass.
At Marrickville Oval and Tempe Reserve 25 talented youngsters from the Inner West showed great commitment and skill, improving all aspects of their game. Again appreciation is extended to Daniel Bell-Drummond for leading this clinic alongside Ireland A batsman Stephen Doheny and First Grade all-rounder Dylan Hunter who honed these young player’s skills in batting, bowling and fielding which was put into practice on the final day in a very competitive match played in the right spirit.
Randwick Petersham wish Randwick JCC and Marrickville CC players and supporters all the best for the remainder of 2019-20.
MATCH REPORTS (Liam ‘LJ’ O’Loughlin)
1st to 5th Grades – Round 13 v Bankstown (2-Day Matches) Day 2
1st Grade Limited-Overs Final v Sydney University
Metropolitan Cup – RPC Gold v Gordon & RPC Green v North West Sydney
Lefand Group 1st Grade @ Coogee Oval
Result: Randwick Petersham 239 (S Eaton 44, M Everett 43) defeated Bankstown 119 (C Maladay 5/15, A Semple 3/27)
It was a jam-packed weekend for 1st Grade with a crucial clash against Bankstown on Saturday prior to a 50-over grand final on Sunday. The big dance might not have gone our way, but Saturday’s result gave us something to smile about.
After posting a solid total of 239 on day one, the Randy Petes returned to Coogee on day two in the hope of cementing their spot at the top of the table with a big bowling display. And that is exactly what the lads did, taking two early wickets – the second being the prized scalp of Dan Solway – before consistently ruining any chance of a partnership through the middle-order.
The star performance of the day was young quick Caelan Maladay (5/15 off 7) who tore through the Bulldogs middle and lower order with express pace. His five-wicket haul was the youngest by a RPC player in First Grade, coming at 17 years and 294 days.
1st Grade Limited-Overs Cup Final v Sydney University @ University Oval
Result: Randwick Petersham 113 (R Ayre 21, M Everett 20) defeated by Sydney University 194 (D Singh 6/31)
From Lyall Gardner
In a disappointing performance, Randwick Petersham Cricket’s hopes of a second 1st Grade Limited Overs Cup came crashing down when defeated by Sydney University at University Oval in the Grand Final on Sunday. The final scores were 194 to 113. The result is better understood by a dissection of the scores.
In their innings, Randy Petes lost their first 5 wickets for 68 and their last 5 for 45. University, who batted first after winning the toss (it was Randwick Petersham’s seventh toss loss in the seven matches of the competition), lost their first 5 for 49 and their last 5 for 26! Sandwiched between Uni’s 5th and 6th wickets however, was a match-winning partnership of 119 between Uni. skipper Liam Robertson (68) and David Miller (51). Randy Petes best scorers were Riley Ayre with 20 and Matt Everett who made 20. Nine of Randy Petes wickets were caught with Uni. ‘keeper Tim Cummins (Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins brother) snaffling 5.
But the star performance of the day notwithstanding the result, was the sensational effort of Randy Petes skipper Daya Singh who took 6-31 off a full 10 overs. An amazing result in a 50 overs-a-side match and his best for the club. He now has 42 wickets for the season. Next best was Riley Ayre who tied the students up early with 2-14 off 7 overs before finishing with 2-34 off 9.
It was the fourth Grand Final between the two teams since 2010-11 with the students winning three and Randwick Petersham one (T20 in 2015-16).
Sutton City 2nd Grade @ Kelso Park North
Result: Randwick Petersham 77 & 6/170 (dec) (T Affleck 81*) defeated by Bankstown 5/93 (dec) (T McKenzie 4/27) & 4-38 (T McKenzie 3/18)
2nd grade faced an uphill task after Bankstown claimed 1st innings bragging rights on day 1 with a 16-run lead. Deciding to make the day an interesting one, Bankstown opted to declare before play began.
Slipping to 2-15 early and still trailing by 1 we looked in a bit of trouble, but Tim Affleck (81*) and Rav De Silva (26) dug in with a solid partnership to see us through to lunch. Looking to up the tempo after lunch and work towards a declaration, Rav and skipper Jack Lyle (27) supported the mainstay Affleck well. A downpour just before tea forced us to dec, setting 155 to win off 37 overs – Affleck finishing with a gritty red ink.
With the pitch juiced up from the showers, Tom McKenzie (3-18 off 15) carried on where he left off the week before getting their opener to nick a sharp chance to Jackson Eldridge at slip. The rampaging T-Mac then added another 2, Mitch O’Loughlin (1/12 off 6) adding one for himself to see the Bulldogs fall to 4-17. This was about where the drama ended for us. The Dogs ground out a few close shouts, catches falling short, and another rain break – effectively ending our chance of a reverse outright and any finals hopes. It was a huge turnaround from from the lads compared to the previous week where we effectively gave the points away in 1 session.
Shout outs to Stan, Paul, and the Calypso Cavalier for hanging around to lend a hand on what turned out to be a long 2 days of cricket at Kelso. The boys now hit Coogee for 3 consecutive Saturdays with nothing to lose but plenty of pride to play for.
Petersham RSL 3rd Grade @ Kensington Oval
Result: Randwick Petersham 136 (T Holland 55, R Sachs 32) defeated by Bankstown 8/257 (dec)
3s had a lot of work to do heading into day 2 against Bankstown, with the target set at 258 for victory. However, the boys were confident if we could string together a few big partnerships, we’d be able to get the six points.
We got off to a poor start with three quick wickets falling at the top of the order, however hope came in the wake of a strong partnership from Tom Holland (55) and Rueben Sachs (32).
The Kenso deck eventually started to play havoc as the Dogs spinners ripped through our top order, rolling us for a disappointing 136.
Mellick Wealth Management 4th Grade @ Grahame Thomas Oval
Result: Randwick Petersham 158 (J Murdita 82) defeated Bankstown 135 (R Miskella 4-21, D Coombs 3-25)
The Randy Petes turned up to Grahame Thomas Oval on day one and were dealt a cruel blow straight away, with the world’s smallest changerooms on offer. We quickly recovered however and on a green deck, won the toss and sent the 3rd-placed Bulldogs in to bat.
Ryan Miskella (4/21 off 17) and Dane Coombs (3/25 off 10) tore through the hosts top order with relative ease, and at 4/7 we were well and truly in charge. Giggsy toiled hard and put in his best performance for the club to date with a brilliant first spell, while DC showed the same form that had him winning awards last season. A 58-run partnership for Bankstown’s ninth wicket hurt us quite a bit, but in the end 135 looked a very gettable score with some quality bats in our lineup.
Two early wickets had a few boys nervous, but Jaya Murdita (82) strolled out to the crease and started smoking them all around the ground. At 2/60 overnight and Giggsy (13) at the crease, anything looked possible.
It was much of the same early on day two, with both lads knuckling down and batting patiently before the big Pommy was given out LBW… despite the fact it hit his bat, not his pad. Sayem Sultan (16) came out and hit a few boundaries before getting out to an ugly shot but the Randy Petes were cruising to victory at that stage.
Unfortunately, Jaya fell 18 runs short of his first century for the club – but it was a masterful innings and Mal has found some good form late in the season after a disrupted first half. His dig was the catalyst for a great victory after some quality bowling the week prior, and it showed there is still plenty of fight in the Randy Petes side despite a disappointing campaign.
We’ll have to continue our ‘giant killers’ mentality into next round as we take on the 2nd-placed Hawkesbury, before closing the season against St George.
Bendigo Clovelly Community Bank 5th Grade @ Marrickville Oval
Result: Randwick Petersham 8/146 (A Shahid 35, W Deller 31) defeated Bankstown 143 (H Ali 4/39, P Kashyap 3/27)
Randwick Petersham won the toss and elected to bowl. Mitch Winslade (0/11 off 7) and Ben (0/26 off 6) bowled tight lines but were unable to get a break. Will Deller (2/15 off 5) was brought on 1st change and immediately hit great lengths and was rewarded with 2 wickets in quick succession. Swing king Adam Lee (0/20 off 8) immediately posed problems for the Bankstown batsmen with his deep in-swing and balls that left the bat. Adam was unlucky not to get couple of wickets.
With 23 overs gone and the wicket slowing up, spin twins Pratulya Kahsyap (3/27 off 19) and Haider Ali (4/39 off 15.5) were brought into the attack. PK and Haider immediately got into the act and consistently troubled the batmen with their flight, variation and turn and bounce from the wicket. Although the Bankstown batsmen were pouncing on the short and overpitched balls to try and keep their scoreboard ticking the Randy Petes players were quietly confident that it was only a matter of time that wickets would start coming. With Haider and PK bowling consistent dot balls and tight deliveries had the Bankstown all out 143 in 61 overs. Great bowling effort from our spinners.
With 17 overs to see off in the day, the top 4 batsmen were asked to be cautious and with the outfield being slow to not take the unnecessary risk of hitting over the top, but instead to look for the gaps and run hard when hit to the boundary as most the ball would not likely carry to the fence. Ahsan Shahid (32 not out) and left-hand bat Freddy Whalebone (1) were cautious until Freddy was out caught at slip of a fine delivery. Another left hander in the form of Haider Ali (1) was sent in to play out the day and just when he was looking set was bowled by a fine yorker. Debutant Luke Takacs (5 not out) took to the crease as regular number 4 batsman Angus Beaumont had his left thumb injured whilst fielding. Ahsan and Luke batted batted with lots of grit and commitment and it was with great relief Randy Petes finished the day on 44 for 2.
Overnight rain before day 2 left the wicket a bit damp and the although the grass was cut the outfield still looked sluggish. With exactly 100 runs to get in 80 overs the chat in the camp was for the overnight batsmen to take their time to settle in and watch the running between wickets as the ball would not be travelling fast when hit along the ground. It was expected that the Bankstown players would come hard at us early and we needed to stand up to the occasion and defend and leave as many balls initially. If we were no wickets down by 1st drinks then we should be well on our way. Rightly so the Bankstown opening bowlers were fiery in attacking the top of off, kept the ball up to the bat and there was plenty of chat from their players.
Luke Takacs (6) was first to be dismissed when caught behind off a good delivery that left him from the middle stump. RPCC 46 for 3. Ashan Shahid (35) was next out adjudged LBW to a ball that he nicked onto his pads. RPCC 50 for 4. With the Bankstown team all fired up, Will Deller (31) and Fabian Heaton (20) dug deep and concentrated hard to put on a valuable partnership of 40 runs. Fabian was next out 90 for 5. Then Will was next to go with an unfortunate run out to a direct hit when he was returning for a second run. RPCC 111 for 6.
Angus Beaumont (26 with 5 fours) put away anything short from the spinners to the fence in fine fashion and threw the Bankstown team into a frenzy. With the score on 124 PK was run out in a complete mix up. Mitch Winslade (7 not out) joined Angus and we thought this would be the last wicket to fall. But, Angus was out LBW trying to pull a ball that came through a bit quicker of the wicket. RPCC 135 for 8. Ben Thomas (4 not out) joined Mitch and with 9 runs to go ensured they got the runs without losing anymore wickets to the relief of Adam Lee who was last in.
A very satisfying victory and so pleased with the teamwork and grit shown by everyone. Thanks to Freddy Whalebone for taking the team through the warm ups on both days and scoring all afternoon on Day 2. Big thanks to all the parents who supported us. Roger Whalebone helping to keep the drinks and food cool, Maria Takacs and Peter Beaumont with afternoon tea set up. Mike Deller for helping with the scoring when we were fielding.
Looking forward to a couple more wins to close off the season.
Metropolitan Cup: Cartwright Insurance Green v North West Sydney @ Castlewood Oval
Result: Randwick Petersham Green 132 (J Gill 62) defeated by North West Sydney 5/137 (A Ramakanth 2/30)
With the first week lost to rain, the Green team headed up the M2 towards to Hills to take on North West Sydney at the quaint and secluded Castlewood Oval. Overnight rain and early morning drizzle didn’t help the dreary start, and even with a delayed toss, it was still a bowl first pitch. So of course, in a must win game, the toss fell unfavourably and the Greens were sent into bat on a sticky deck. The going was hard, as the bowlers got the ball to pop off a length and the wet outfield provided no value for shots. The Greens hung in their grimly, but the North West bowlers kept pegging away with regular wickets.
The unsung Jaspreet Gill stood tall in the middle of the wreckage, and owed the team some runs after running out the in-form Jack Braithwaite. With a style that would be generously described as unusual and making Steve Smith look like a meditative monk, Jaspreet punctuated what resembled defence with powerful strokes and ‘thrilling’ running. In E-Young Khoo, he found an able ally and together they almost doubled the score to 100. After Pingu was dismissed, youngsters Thanush Gowda and Atharv Ramakanth hung around long enough for Jaspreet to pass 50, before he finally holed out for 62 and with the final score reading 132. While the total wasn’t the biggest, the 69 overs faced were a testament to some guts and courage from the team.
North West required 133 off 48 overs, and the Green team 10 wickets. Charith De Silva got an early breakthrough as Alan Xu chest-marked one at midwicket. Anis Bugti bowled with fire and guile but no luck, while Braithwaite put in his most fiery spell of the season, and took a wicket with a peach of a delivery that cut in through the gate. As the North West batsmen consolidated and crept to the score, the leg spin of Atharv took two breakthroughs in two overs to have the game finely poised. Alas, the lower middle order lurkers (including their club’s President with a 2″12 bat) chanced their arms and strong armed their way to a comprehensive win. While the game was lost, there were excellent gains for team morale and toughness in difficult conditions.
Metropolitan Cup: Titan Fitness Gold v Gordon @ Marrickville Oval
Result: Randwick Petersham Gold defeated by forfeit Gordon
After a brilliant season for 1st Grade in all formats, the Randy Petes are looking to cap it off in the 50-over competition this weekend as we take on Sydney Uni in the Grand Final.
There is a rich history – perhaps even a rivalry – between the two clubs over many years, and in recent times the Students have risen to new heights, including claiming the Club Championship last season.
But on Sunday, we are hoping to take one back and we’re going to do it on their home turf and bring home the club’s first trophy since the 2016/17 season when Fifth Grade won the league, and our second Limited-Overs Cup title after winning in 2011/12.
Since it’s the big dance and everyone is excited, why not give a special preview for Sunday’s blockbuster at University Oval.
THE ROAD TO THE FINAL
Both sides advanced to the semi-finals following washouts in the quarter-finals against Gordon and Parramatta respectively. In the semis, the Randy Petes took on Sydney at Drummoyne Oval and the Students took on Penrith.
Randwick batted first against the Tigers and put on a big total of 7/280, largely thanks to a century from opener Shaun Eaton (113 off 101). A cameo late in the piece from Adam ‘Hank’ Semple (47* off 39) got us to our very defendable total.
A disciplined bowling effort got us over the line at Drummoyne, as we bowled the hosts out for 211 in 44.1 overs. Semple (3/37 off 10) backed up his terrific dig with the stick and took some key middle-order poles, while Riley Ayre (3/33 off 6.1) spun his web and had the Tigers batsmen in all sorts.
For the Students, they didn’t even win their semi-final – instead, they limped their way to a TIE against the Panthers and qualified for the grand final on a technicality. At 9/153 chasing Penrith’s score of 199, they looked in all sorts but somehow managed to find a way to level the scores thanks to a gutsy innings from Ryan McElduff (67*).
The two sides didn’t meet in limited overs this season, instead battling out a draw in the two-day format back in Round 2. In that encounter, it was Adam Semple (3/65 off 15) and Shaun Eaton (59) who starred for the Randy Petes.
There have been quite a few meetings in grand finals between the Students and Petes over the years – two of which we have managed to get the chocolates in. As for overall fixtures between us, the Randy Petes have emerged victorious in 11 out of the 24 clashes.
Our last win in First Grade against Sydney Uni came in the 2015/16 T20 Grand Final – though the three meetings since have seen us draw two.
PLAYERS TO WATCH – RANDY PETES
Riley Ayre will be keen for more wickets this weekend after ripping through the Tigers last weekend at Drummoyne. Ayre has taken 18 wickets this season in all three formats, and has proven that he is a genuine all-rounder with 335 runs at 33.5 this campaign. A well-liked figure among the club, Riley is going to be a key part of a potential Randy Petes victory.
Shaun Eaton scored his second century for the club last weekend in the win over Sydney, and it was a seriously important dig. It had been a lean season for Shaun prior to last weekend by his own standards, but he stood up when the lads needed him and if he can get a big score again this Sunday, it could go along way to clinching our second limited-overs title.
A new arrival to the club this season, crafty off-spinner Ryan Ninan has proved a white-ball specialist and is the ‘ace in the hole’ for the Randy Petes on Sunday. In just eight matches for the Randy Petes, Ninan has taken 11 wickets – but it is his economical bowling that has frustrated opposition batsman. If he can tie down his end for 10 overs against the Students, there is no doubting he will take some poles.
Saving the best for last – Adam Semple genuinely does not look like slowing down and his performance with bat and ball last weekend again proved why he is considered arguably the club’s greatest ever player. Sempy has taken 20 wickets at 19.50 this season in all formats, and has also contributed when required with the stick and is currently averaging 47.50. The veteran bleeds green and gold, and if he can lead the side to victory this weekend it will be another crowning achievement in his illustrious 1st Grade career.
PLAYERS TO WATCH – SYDNEY UNIVERSITY
Fresh off his match-saving innings to get the Students into the final, Ryan McElduff will be brimming with confidence and looking to score big runs again. But his shoulders would have to be mighty sore after last Sunday’s effort, and for his sake he won’t want to have to carry the team again against the Petes.
Hayden Kerr played quite a few games in the BBL this season with the Sydney Sixers, and will be hoping to use that experience in this Sunday’s final. He scored a quickfire 41 last weekend against the Panthers, but as their key player he will need to offer a bit more against us.
The verdict is simple – the Randy Petes are going to put the Students in the chair on their own turf. Get there and support the lads, sing the song loud and proud and enjoy the celebrations afterwards.
Backing green, C’MON.
A disrupted last round against Parramatta saw only 2nd Grade able to claim victory, with extreme heat on day one and torrential rain on day two causing havoc across Sydney.
But the weather looks good to go for this weekend against Club Championship leaders Bankstown (touch wood) and the lads in all grades will be keen to get on the field and play some cricket.
Last season we managed two wins, two draws and just the one loss against this round’s opponents, and there is plenty to play for heading into the business end of the season.
Here’s a preview for Round 13.
1st Grade is at Coogee Oval:
The benchmark of the 2019/20 season will take on a formidable Bankstown side this weekend, with the Bulldogs sitting in 4th spot on the ladder. However, the Randy Petes are boosted by the return of BBL star Daniel Sams after his highly-successful campaign with the Sydney Thunder.
Our overall record against this round’s opponents isn’t remarkable, producing just 7 wins from 18 clashes. But this season it is a different Randy Petes outfit, and the Coogee factor will no doubt play a massive part in a potential victory.
This weekend will mark the end of Daniel Bell-Drummond’s stint for the club this season before returning home to Kent for the County season. We are expecting DBD to want to go out with a bang. Everyone at Randwick Petersham thanks DBD for all his contributions on and off the field and wish him safe travels home and success with Kent CCC. A few more runs on the way out would be nice!
2nd Grade is at Bankstown Oval:
Rain stopped us from getting an outright victory against Parramatta last weekend, and it hurt our fading finals chances. But when there is life, there is hope and the lads will give it everything they’ve got in the last three rounds. The departure of Stephen Doheny (Ireland Wolves duty) means Ben Montedoro comes into the side at the top of the order.
The Randy Petes have won three straight against the Bulldogs in 2s, and we’re hoping to make it four – but it will be no easy task, with our opponents currently in 2nd spot. The overall record is also in our favour, with 10 wins in this grade.
Tim Affleck broke through for his first century in Randy Petes colours last round against Parramatta, and will be hungry for more runs this weekend. He looms as a player to watch as 2s make a late-season surge.
3rd Grade is at Kensington Oval:
Third Grade looked a solid chance last round before getting called off for heat, and then cancelled for rain. They have a few changes here, with Alex Deller, Ross Elliot and Josh Segal returning to the side, and a new captain in Scott Sharma.
Eight wins, two draws and six losses gives us a slight edge over the Bulldogs in 3s, but they did get the win over us last year. The Randy Petes have however won two of the past four encounters, and fingers are crossed for us to get the six points here at Kenso.
Ashley Burton has been in and out of 2s and 3s and will have a point to prove this weekend. He has a 98 under his belt this season, as well as plenty of solid contributions, and is the key man in 3rd Grade this round.
4th Grade is at Grahame Thomas Oval:
Only batting last round before the wet weather set in, it was the first time we’ve been able to bat a full 80 overs all season – even if we batted very slow. This round we welcome Hamza Mahmood for the first time, while Will Hutchison and Dylan Powell return.
Two wins on the trot is a nice thing to see in the record books, but Bankstown are a massive threat to the title this season while we are struggling down in 18th spot. We do have an overall positive record (9-6) against the Dogs, and hopefully we can improve that over the next fortnight.
Akhter Hussain is a fine cricketer when he is on and can provide plenty in all three aspects of the game. When ‘Hollywood’ turns up on time, and remembers his whites, he is one of 4s biggest keys with bat and ball.
5th Grade is at Marrickville Oval:
Fifth Grade have endured a pretty tough season, with a plethora of changes throughout the campaign and lots of inexperienced players in the line-up. But you can never doubt their effort, and Fabian Heaton will want to make sure they finish the season strong.
We haven’t beaten the Bulldogs since 2014 when we claimed an outright, but our overall record makes for pleasant viewing. In 17 encounters, the Petes have claimed victory in 12 of those including an unbeaten run from 2001-2010.
Haider Ali is a young spinner with plenty of potential, and has been plying his trade in both 5s and Green Shield. The teenager has plenty of tricks up his sleeve, and will be hoping for a few poles in the coming weeks.
Metropolitan Cup Preview by Jeremy Jastrzab:
The Metropolitan Cup takes another week off, but not for the reasons of the last few… Green were saved by the rain with Mosman only 13 runs shy of taking the points last round, but this week’s downpours seemed to be bit heavier in the Hills, as Castlewood remains closed for the weekend. Opponents North West Sydney are the only things standing between Green and a finals berth, with the team needing two wins from their final two games to give themselves any chance of slipping into the top 6. It would be quite an achievement after some tough losses through out the season. Green will be bolstered next week with the inclusions of Anis Bugti and Simran Sandhu, who would be among the quickest and most skillful bowlers in the competition. Gold on the other hand, have notched up their third win of the season… following Gordon’s forfeiture during the week. The real shame is that youngsters such as Jackson Dodd, Harry Schultz and Atharv Ramakanth miss out on another opportunity to prove their mettle in men’s cricket.
MATCH REPORTS (Liam ‘LJ’ O’Loughlin)
1st to 5th Grades – Round 12 v Parramatta (2-Day Matches) Day 1
Metropolitan Cup – RPC Gold v Eastern Suburbs & RPC Green v Mosman
Lefand Group 1st Grade @ Old Kings Oval
Result: Randwick Petersham 6/268 (J Sangha 93, W Affleck 49, A Sams 47*)
Competition leaders Randy Petes took on Parramatta at Old Kings Oval and the toss was won by the home team who elected to bowl. Shaun Eaton (20) and Will Affleck (49) started well once again before Eaton was dismissed with the score on 53. Affleck continued his good form with a solid dig against his former club until he was caught, which brought Jason
Sangha (93) to the crease.
Sangha and DBD built a decent partnership, however when DBD was caught behind, the momentum came to a halt. The game was then interrupted with temperatures soaring past 43 degrees. After a few hours off the field, the lads were back out and Riley Ayre (11) was dismissed soon after the resumption of play with Randy Pete’s 4-149.
The lads shifted momentum back with the partnership of Sangha and Anthony Sams (47). The seemingly slow deck and high temperatures (meaning there was a drinks break every half hour) meant it was hard to switch on and off. Sangha was dismissed just seven runs short of a ton, as the Parramatta spinners took 2 quick wickets leaving the lads 6-268 with Sams not out to end the day alongside Daya Singh (11). The lads will be looking for quick runs next week before sending Parra into bat, in a bid to continue their winning run.
Sutton City 2nd Grade @ Coogee Oval
Result: Randwick Petersham 5/234 dec. (T Affleck 103*) won first innings vs. Parramatta 70 (T McKenzie 7/24) & 1/29
With a scorcher on the cards, 2nd grade were grateful for the Coogee Oval sea breeze, even after losing the toss and being put in the field. From ball one (a strangle down leg side) it was the Tom McKenzie (7/24 off 9) show at our home ground. From the Dolphin Street end T-Mac obliterated the Eels batting line-up in a serious display of quick bowling, settling into a great channel and swinging the ball both ways at pace to knock over the first 7 wickets.
At the first drinks break the Eels were 7-47, with 7-10 for T-Mac and every chance of taking all 10 wickets. The re-introduction of Jamie Hemphrey (3-29 off 5.3) proved critical taking out the last 3 poles to see Parramatta rolled for 70, the innings deservedly belonging to T-Mac finishing with his best figures for the club.
Beginning our innings prior to lunch we started positively and passed their score for the loss of just 2 wickets. Getting to the hotter part of the day it was important to knuckle down and keep rotating the strike which we did well through multiple contributions of 20+ but unfortunately losing regular wickets along the way.
An excellent knock from number 3 Tim Affleck (103*) proved to be the mainstay of our innings, dropping anchor early and grinding down the Eels attack to complete his first ton for the Randy Petes, with the added bonus of it coming against his former club. Tim showed great resilience and concentration on a tough day, accelerating well for his last 20 runs bringing up his ton in the final over before the declaration. Tim received great support from Rav De Silva (30) and Jackson Eldridge (26*) to get us to 5/234, a lead of 164.
The declaration allowed us 8 overs at an Eels line up with their backs against the walls, this paying immediate dividends when Jamie Hemphrey (1/17 off 4) nicked off the opener for a golden globe. Unlucky not to take another one with us, stumps were called at 1/29. The boys will be looking to claim the remaining 9 wickets next Saturday (still leading by 135) to leave with 10 points and jump straight back into the finals mix.
Big thanks to Paul O’Loughlin, Peter Devlin, Mick Wood, and Stan Beale for valuable help through the day.
Petersham RSL 3rd Grade @ Merrylands Oval
Result: Randwick Petersham 6/194 (Radford 4/39)
3s ventured out to Merrylands oval on what promised to be a scorcher, as they welcomed back some key players into the side. The plan was to win the toss and bat but that wasn’t to be; we were sent into the field instead.
There was a bit of something in the wicket early on as seamers Luke Radford (4/39 off 10) and Doug Loth (0/23 off 5) beat the bat with ease, as well as picking up a couple of early poles. As the wicket began to flatten out and the mercury rose, Parra put together a couple of solid partnerships.
However, the patience and control of off-spinner Ben Montedoro (2/41 off 16) and a vicious spell from Radders just before tea had the Eels six wickets down and the Randy Petes well and truly in the contest.
We were called off the field and play ended due to the heat with Parra 6/194 off 57 overs.
Mellick Wealth Management 4th Grade @ Kensington Oval
Result: Randwick Petersham 8/154 (Segal 34, Hussain 31)
While not as hot as the conditions a few Randy Petes sides had to play in on Saturday, Kenso was still very warm and it looked like an important toss to win. Luckily, that’s exactly what the hosts were able to do and we elected to bat on day one.
Things started slow as openers Ross Elliot (7) and Josh Segal (34) dug their heels in, but some rash shots saw us sitting at 2/28. Segal stuck around with Pommy import Ryan Miskella (19) for quite some time and got us to a decent position of 2/74 until Giggsy departed. It was definitely the toughest conditions Giggsy would have ever had to bat in, and in the end the heat defeated him.
Segal would soon depart after well over two hours at the crease, and then it was up to Neale Crawford (28) and Akhter Hussain (31) to try and restore some order. We would lose two wickets in the final over of the day to finish 8/154 in what was an awfully slow day of cricket.
The need for runs early on day two is evident, but with a strong bowling attack at our disposal anything is possible against the Eels and if we can strike early with the ball, we could be on for back to back wins.
Bendigo Clovelly Community Bank 5th Grade @ Castlewood Oval
Result: Randwick Petersham 83 (Heaton 34) Parramatta 4/50 (Thomas 2/13)
RPCC lost the toss and were put in to bat on a scorching day at Castlewood Oval and the advice to the top four batsmen was to be cautious, determined and leave balls for the first hour. Unfortunately, both openers fell cheaply and we were 2/7 inside 5 overs.
The wickets kept tumbling and at 4/21 the lads looked in severe trouble, but skipper Fabian Heaton (34) joined Freddy Whalebone (15) with the Parramatta team bustling and chatting away with their tails up. The pair frustrated the bowlers for some time but eventually Whalebone departed and another collapse was on.
RPC ended up all out for 83 in 29.4 overs, in what was a great bowling effort by the Parra team and a big bowling effort from our lads was required.
Mitch Winslade (2/31 off 6) was a tad expensive initially especially to balls on the batsmen leg stump but came back strong after a brilliant catch by Will Deller diving forward in cover of a bullet shot by their opener and then got the Parra skipper bowled with his next ball. Ben Thomas (2/13 off 6) executed his bowling as per the plan discussed and well rewarded as Parra finished the day with 4/50 from 12 overs.
Skipper Heaton wanted to thank Mike Deller as well as the other parents for helping out with the extra esky, scoring and advising the umpires when the temp reached 43 degrees. Their contribution played a major part in us getting the 4 wickets as the overs were reduced and the team had to try harder to get to our 83 runs in fewer overs in the day.
Metropolitan Cup: Cartwright Insurance Green v Eastern Suburbs @ Marrickville Oval
Result: Randwick Petersham Green 82 (A Coombs 16, E Khoo 13*) v Mosman 2/70
Metro Green arrived at Marrickville buoyed by two emphatic wins over the Australia Day long weekend. Another toss was won and Green looked to take advantage with the bat and with 6 from the first over it looked as though the new opening partnership of Saeed and Xu was about to be fruitful. But, pushing for 3 to the danger end, Saeed was run out halting Green’s momentum. Robinson (6) joined Xu and looked to play himself in. A lush outfield, good lines and pace off the ball made scoring difficult. All batsmen looked to play themselves in and guts out an innings but frustration intervened in many a dismissal. In the latter parts of the innings Pingu (13*) and Coombs (16) including the only boundaries of the innings went on the attack with the former playing a beautiful punch off the spinner.
With 20 odds overs in the day Mosman looked keen to knock over the target of 82 and it looked on the cards as pace on the ball made scoring a lot easier than in the morning. Both Coombs and the returning Simran Sandhu bowled some absolute jaffas, none more so than Coombs who bowled one that reared and struck the batsman on the hand forcing an early retirement (Green send best wishes to the batsman). Braithwaite continued the tight bowling and was rewarded with a unique LBW with one that stayed low pinning the crouching batsman in front and also combined, with an athletic snare off Sriram, leaving Mosman 2/70 and 13 in arrears and an interesting Day 2 to play out.
Metropolitan Cup: Titan Fitness Gold v Warringah @ Snape Park
Result: Randwick Petersham Gold 118 (A Bugti 48, W Grills 26) v Eastern Suburbs 2/28
On the surface, the Snape Park deck had a nice even covering of grass and was hard enough… but those who have played long enough there would have noticed the barren patches at each crease. Sure enough, after a season of having played true, Snape Park was back to it’s old tricks – low, slow, crumbling and prone to a grubber. With the knowledge that things were unlikely to get any better through out the day, Gold won the toss and elected to bat. Local rivals Easts, whether by necessity or design, actually had the ideal attack for the deck – where making your own pace on the ball was exceptionally difficult.
While it wasn’t as hot as it was out west, it was still a challenging 80 overs for all involved. The hero of the day was Anis ‘the BEARD’ Bugti, who eschewed his usual wanton aggression for sagely patience – befitting his magnificent, flowing beard. Bugti watched as his partners either succumbed to failing patience or the pitch playing tricks, all the while playing with grit, determination and the basics of getting behind the ball in defense. Will Grills (26) and Jarrod Hookey (12) provided a few tent posts of assistance to get the score moving, but it wasn’t until he was joined by the bottom order that he unleashed his customary array of powerful strokes to take the score to something defendable. Bugti batted for 57.4 overs in an innings that lasted 57.5 overs – for 48 runs that would be worth probably 148 in friendlier conditions.
118 may not seem like a lot but, on a deck where players where no longer able to mark centre and temperatures still in the 30s, anything in 3 figures was going to be a challenge to chase. And the Easts batsmen certainly laboured in the 20 overs they had left to face. Charith De Silva gained appreciable swing, while Bugti was still able to crank the last sinews of strength from his beard to push the speed gun, despite being out on the field for the entirety of the game until that point. It would be change bowler Will Grills though, that would get the break through via a catch by Peter Iosifidis at mid-wicket. With the shadows closing in, it was left to the biggest spin-twins in Sydney – Thanush Gowda and Atharv Ramakanth – to apply the screws at the day’s end. The latter was rewarded for a tidy spell with a caught and bowled off the Easts captain and best batsman – leaving Easts at a laborious 2/28 after 20 overs. If the game gets on, the Golds are confident of being able to defend the remaining 90 runs with conditions unlikely to get any better for batting.
The only thing that stopped the Randy Petes from claiming their first ‘Greenwash’ for quite some time last weekend against Campbelltown-Camden was an unprepared wicket – so its safe to say we have found some form across the board.
This round it is back to two-day cricket for all five grades, and we take an opponent in Parramatta that clearly had our number last season. The Randy Petes lost four out of the five grades in 2018/19, so we definitely want to rectify that on the weekend.
Here’s a preview of each grade for Round 12.
1st Grade is at Old Kings Oval:
A fantastic outright win last time out sees the Randy Petes extend their lead at the top of the First Grade standings. This round sees the inclusion of teenage seamer Caelan Maladay into the XI and he will be sure to bring plenty of firepower to the bowling attack.
We have won just six games in this grade against Parra over the years, giving us a pretty poor record from 16 encounters. Despite this, prior to the loss last year Parramatta had only beaten us on one occasion since 2006 so there are some positives there.
While a lot of the talk has been about the form of Daniel Bell-Drummond in 2019/20, opener Will Affleck, returning to Parramatta for the first time since 2018/19, has been a rock at the top of the order and has scored 501 runs at 45.55 to date. They are very impressive stats and he is certainly a player to watch over the next fortnight.
2nd Grade is at Coogee Oval:
The Randy Petes should have got six points last week but were robbed of any chance to compete due to an unprepared wicket. They take on 7th placed Parra at Coogee this round and are joined by Jamie Hemphrey.
In the 13 clashes between the two sides over the years, RPC have come away with seven wins and two draws – pretty solid history. We have also won three of the last five, but 2s will be out to avenge last year’s loss this round.
Tom McKenzie is our leading wicket-taker for the season with 17 poles at 27.00 and he has been a consistent performer all season long. T-Mac will be hungry for poles after a frustrating couple of weeks for 2s and could be primed for a big game.
3rd Grade is at Merrylands Oval:
A host of changes this round with skipper Ben Stares away on rep duty and Tom Holland returning to the side with the C next to his name. Kel Mullins and Hayden Fox also come up from 4s, while Ben Montedoro returns from injury.
Looking at the historical results between us and Parra in this game isn’t pleasant viewing, not having won a game against them since 2010. Turn it around this time, lads.
Fresh of his second ton of the season in 4s, Kel Mullins is back in the side here and will be wanting to prove his worth at this level. Mullo has been a strong performer throughout the grades for many years, but has had a rollercoaster 2019/20 season. If he can find the form he had last weekend, Parra will be in all sorts.
4th Grade is at Kensington Oval:
A big win last round against the Ghosts but a plethora of changes for this weekend’s game. Neale Crawford, Alex Deller, Akhter Hussain and Dane Coombs are all up from 5s, while Ross Elliot drops back from 3s.
An overall positive record in this grade against Parramatta sees us with 8 wins and two draws from 13 fixtures. While we lost last year, we had won the previous two and looking at both side’s spot on the ladder, this should be a game the Randy Petes can win.
Ryan Miskella hasn’t taken as many wickets as he might have liked in his Aussie tour, but he has been economical and always holds down an end well. Giggsy has been clamouring for a bat higher up the order and his wish has been granted by the captaincy genie this weekend.
5th Grade is at Castlewood Oval:
As has been the case for a few sides this round, there are a heap of changes following a much-needed win in Round 11. Green Shielder Haider Ali returns and is joined by Freddie Whalebone, Hamza Mahmood, Ben Thomas and Will Hutchison in the XI here and will be keen for 6 points.
Another side with a not-so-pleasant record against Parra, 5s have not defeated this round’s opponents since 2010 and will want to change that over the next fortnight.
Young gun Will Deller has been consistently good with both bat and ball when called upon this season, and is growing with confidence. He is the player to watch this round in Fabian Heaton’s side.
Metropolitan Cup Preview by Jeremy Jastrzab:
A stunning long weekend that culminated in two resounding victories had the Green team roaring back into finals contention. They are the only team other than 1st grade in contention for late March, and fate is now firmly in their own hands. Win the next three games, and they will be heading to the finals. And after taking down a much vaunted Sutherland team, they’ll be confident in taking on Mosman this round. Sure, the boys from Balmoral gave the Golds a touch-up in the previous week, but Gold did take the Whales down in Round 5. And with a good mix of Green Shield youth and grizzled experience, the Greens will back themselves to take on a team ranked lower than them on the ladder. Gold will take on the bottom-placed Eastern Suburbs, with a golden opportunity to show that they’re a much better side than their ladder standing and their last few batting efforts would suggest. The batting looks quite strong, going all the way through all 12 players, the bowling is suited to the generally slower Snape Park, so the result will be decided in the quality of their fielding. Anis ‘The Beard’ Bugti will hold the key with both bat and ball, as he reunites in the field with good mate, Jarrod ‘Itch’ Hookey.
MATCH REPORTS (Liam ‘LJ’ O’Loughlin)
1st to 5th Grades – Round 11 v Campbelltown-Camden (1st Grade: Saturday & Sunday / 2nd – 5th Grade: One-Day Matches)
Metropolitan Cup – RPC Gold v Mosman, RPC Green v Sutherland & RPC Green v Gold – Coogee Derby
Lefand Group 1st Grade @ Coogee Oval
Result: Randwick Petersham 301 (Ayre 64, Sams 52) def. Campbelltown-Camden 158 (Singh 3/27, Ayre 3/48) and 120 (Ralston 5/14, Ninan 3/28)
It was Randy Petes’ day on this Australia Day at Coogee Oval with the home side completing a resounding outright win in the 1st Grade cricket match over Campbelltown-Camden.
Sending the Ghosts in to bat after Friday storms proved a good decision with early breakthroughs bringing about a score-line of 3-33. A 61 runs partnership was brought to an end with a run-out and from there it was all downhill for the visitors to be all out for 158. Seamer and skipper Daya Singh (3/27 off 9) and spinner Riley Ayre (3/48 off 18) did most of the damage in the first innings.
In reply, Will Affleck (42) took his season tally passed the 500-run mark with a quality dig at the top of the order, while Shaun Eaton (29) also started well. Jason Sangha (41) and keeper Anthony Sams (52) contributed nicely in the middle-order. But it was all-rounder Riley Ayre (64) who would top score and prove yet again why he is one of the Randy Petes biggest assets with both bat and ball. The innings was the team’s eighth score over 300 in 11 games this season.
In the second dig it was a similar story with an early 3-58 score-line for the Ghosts. The introduction of tearaway fast bowler Jason Ralston (5/14 off 6.1) with heavy storms rolling in soon put the issue beyond doubt with him having a major hand in the last 6 wickets falling for just 23 and the visitors bowled out for just 120 runs.
The win confirmed Randwick Petersham at the top of the 1st Grade leader-board with four rounds to go before the finals.
Sutton City 2nd Grade @ Raby No. 1
Result: Randwick Petersham drew with Campbelltown-Camden
Turning up to Raby #1 and looking to keep their slim finals hopes alive, the Randy Petes were made to wait for quite some time before they could get on the field after the pitch was not prepared.
Unfortunately, the game would only last three balls after Caelan Maladay rattled the Ghosts opening batsman with a blow to the helmet. The decision was made by the umpires to halt play, and despite the best efforts of skipper Jack Lyle and the rest of the side, there would be no further play and the Randy Petes would have to cop a draw in very frustrating fashion.
Petersham RSL 3rd Grade @ Kensington Oval
Result: Randwick Petersham 200 (Sharma 54) def. Campbelltown-Camden 160 (Loth 3/29)
The Randy Petes were back at home for a clash with the Ghosts, and looking to get a much-needed victory. The lads struggled with the bat in the early goings, but a gutsy knock from Ash Burton (38) got us back on track somewhat.
A half-century from experienced campaigner Scott Sharma (54) and some steady contributions from skipper Ben Stares (24) and Pommy Luke Radford (27) got the hosts to a defendable total of 200.
With a very strong bowling attack on paper, it was always going to be in our favour if we could get a few early poles. The three-prong pace attack of Radford (2/22 off 6), Jamie Hemphrey (2/28 off 10) and Doug Loth (3/29 off 8.3) set in motion a pretty steady bowling effort that saw us bowl the Ghosts out for 160 in the 48th over at Kenso.
Mellick Wealth Management 4th Grade @ Raby No. 2
Result: Randwick Petersham 4/290 (Mullins 125*, Murdita 57, Holland 54) def. Campbelltown 144 (McNamara 3/10)
While 2s were unable to get on at the same complex at Raby, 4s were able to start at the scheduled time on what looked to be a tricky deck. The plan was to bowl first, but we lost the toss and were sent in to bat.
Early doors the lads struggled to score freely in tough conditions, but the plan was to keep wickets in the shed late and try lay a platform. Kel Mullins (125*) did exactly that at the top of the order, taking his time to get himself in and played a tremendous innings to bring up his second century of the season.
The Randy Petes began to put the foot on the pedal once Jaya Murdita (57) entered, as ‘Mal’ scored freely and took on the Ghosts bowling attack hitting five fours and one six. The momentum continued once he departed, as Tom Holland (54) came in and maintained the pressure. But it was Mullins’ day out, as he showed that he is clearly a class above Fourth Grade and guiding the visitors to a huge score of 4/290.
The bowling attack for the Randy Petes had plenty to be excited about, and openers Hayden Fox (2/13 off 8.4) and Ryan Miskella (1/18 off 10) were exceptional in the early stages as the Ghosts fell to 3/15. Spinners Sayem Sultan (1/26 off 8) and myself (1/18 off 6) kept things tight, but it was in the injection of left-armer Reid McNamara (3/10 off 6) that tore through the middle-order.
The Randy Petes would bowl their opponents out for just 144 runs in 43 overs to claim a bonus-point victory in what was just the third win of the season in 4th Grade.
Bendigo Clovelly Community Bank 5th Grade @ Marrickville Oval
Result: Randwick Petersham 151 def. Campbelltown 58 (A Deller 5/9, D Coombs 4/25)
RPCC lost the toss and were sent it to bat on a wicket that had lots of grass cover at both ends of the wicket and soft in the good length areas due to the overnight rain. The outfield although lush and green looked very slow and value for shots hit along the ground was definitely going to be hard to come by.
The top 4 batsmen were asked to ensure that they built partnerships and rotate the strike, as running between wickets was important on a very slow outfield. If we had wickets in hand by the 35th over then we could accelerate. The target was 200-plus.
However, the wicket assisted the Ghosts bowlers with its variable bounce and RPCC were reduced to 2 for 21 in the 10th over with Sean Rushton (0) and debutant Ashan Shahid (5) out to a ball lifted off from a good length. Neale Crawford (24) and Akther Hussain (16) started to build a partnership with Akther the aggressor. But unfortunately with the score on 43 and in the 23rd over Akther was bowled playing defensively forward to a ball that hit a crack.
Angus Beaumont (9) was getting settled but unfortunately holed out to midwicket to the experienced Ghosts Leg spinner. Neale Crawford soon followed, run out. RPCC were under pressure at 5 for 81 in the 30th over. Will Deller (23) and Fabian Heaton (24) once again had to dig deep to get to a fighting target of at least 150+. But, with the Ghosts tail up and the slow outfield Will and Fabian had to run hard between wickets.
But, after a fighting partnership of 35 runs, Fabian was adjudged LBW in the 42nd over stepping right down the track to attack a ball that pitched outside leg by the Ghosts medium pacer. With the score on 116 and 8 overs to go and the deck being 2 paced RPCC needed a cameo innings from one of the incoming batsman. Mitch Winslade (21 not out) was the man for the moment and belted a valuable dig off 13 balls as RPCC were all out for 151.
With 151 runs to defend on a wicket with unpredictable bounce and a sluggish outfield, the new ball bowlers were asked to bowl one side of the wicket and back of a length as this was where the ball would sometimes take off or skid through.
Alex Deller (5/9 off 8) returning from injury and Dane Coombs (4/25 off 8) were absolutely brilliant and bowled with great control. Alex bowled the left-handed Ghosts opener with the second ball of his first over and got his next 3 wickets of consecutive overs. Skipper Heaton said ‘it was one of the best bowling performances I have been part of in the many years’ after the win. Deller baffled the batsmen with his late swing and enticed them into snicking to the keeper. Dane on the other hand skidded the ball through and varied his pace intelligently. Coombs definitely deserved a five-wicket haul but unfortunately did not get a chance to come back as the RPCC wrapped up the game in the 26th over.
Metropolitan Cup: Cartwright Insurance Green v Sutherland @ Tonkin Oval
Result: Randwick Petersham Green 6/149 (F Whalebone 39, D Saeed 30) defeated Sutherland 148 (H Schultz 5-16, M Robinson 2-31)
Green arrived at Tonkin with probably its strongest side all season ready to take on a strong Sharks side boasting a number of their Green Shield and led by former Randy Pete and current Sutherland First Grader Liam Hehir.
Humid conditions and a green wicket were taken advantage of after winning the toss and the opposition were in early disarray as Schultz and Coombs (1/16) scythed through the top 3 batsmen with 6 runs off the bat and the score 3/10. The middle order resisted before Dodd (1/20), Whalebone (1/23) and Robinson (2/31) made crucial breakthroughs. With the tail wagging Schultz was reintroduced to the attack cleaning up with 3 wickets in four balls to end the innings in the 42nd over and completing another clinical 5 wicket haul (his second for the season).
Daany Saeed (30) and Xu opened the chase but with Taronga gone early Robinson (16) went about setting a platform. The middle order all made contributions with Whalebone (39) leading the way in partnership with Will Dodd (22). With the equation 33 from 33, Green Shielder Luke Takacs (16*) stood tall against his contemporaries and in an over put the ascedancy back in the Randy Petes favour seeing the target passed with Jackson Dodd (8*). A strong win against the 4th placed side and set up the team for the Derby v Gold on the Monday. Belief is high in the side to make a late surge for finals cricket with 3 rounds remaining.
Metropolitan Cup: Titan Fitness Gold v Mosman @ Balmoral Oval
Result: Randwick Petersham Gold 112 (F Munro 30, D Davies 30) defeated by Mosman 3-113
A sultry day and a full parking lot greeted the Gold team on their trek to the end of Military road and the promised land of Balmoral. Having had a few good results here over the past few seasons, the boys were hopeful again of putting up a strong showing, despite being sent in on a slightly soft wicket. All signs were positive, as the run rate went on at a decent click, while top order bats Finlay Munro (30) and Daniel Davies (30) put up strong showings in very stifling conditions. At 3/100 after 26 overs, the team was on track for a very competitive total. That all unfortunately unfortunately unraveled, as the Mosman bowlers tightened the screws and sent a shudder through the middle and lower orders to bowl out the Golds for 112.
After a disastrous start with the ball, the Golds got back into the game with a direct hit run-out from Jack Braithwaite, before Charith De Silva tightened the screws with a superb spell of swing bowling that had the batsmen groping in desperation to hold onto their wickets. But even as the Mosman batsman rode out the Chaz wave, Vijay Dharman at the other end also produced a superb spell of controlled outswing. Had there been more runs to defend, they may have seen more success, but at least were able to ensure that Mosman didn’t get the full complement of bonus points.
Metropolitan Cup: Titan Fitness Gold v Cartwright Insurance Green @ Coogee Oval
Result: Randwick Petersham Green 8-183 (L Takacs 41, P Iosifidis 36) defeated Randwick Petersham Gold 58 (S Suresh 4-12, H Schultz 3-12)
Seizing the initiative and pushing the much-awaited return of the Metropolitan Cup derby being played at Coogee Oval back a week turned out to be a planning masterstroke, as the rain from the previous Sunday probably wouldn’t have allowed the game to go ahead. Attempting to make use of the humid and overcast conditions upfront, the Gold team bowled first and kept things tight for the first half of the innings, barely allowing the Green team to get away. Peter Iosifidis played the long game, and was ready to unleash some powerful stroke play, but It wasn’t until Freddy Whalebone was joined by Luke Takacs that the innings really got a kick-start. Staring at a chase of 200+, the gold team did well to ensure that the total remained at 183.
It wasn’t the best start for the Golds, as in-form quick Harry Schultz cut a deadly scythe through the top order to leave his club mates reeling at 3/5. Jackson Dodd got into the act and the scoreline looked a tad morbid at 5/10. A brave recovery followed from Marley Besgrove and the enigmatic ‘Falafel Kebab’, to ensure that the side wasn’t completely decimated, but Sriram Suresh put an end to the resistance with four wickets, while E-Young Khoo finished off the show that he put on for his fan club in attendance with two wickets in two balls to go along with some Jonty Rhodes-esque fielding.
While the result was one-sided, the atmosphere and spirit of play through out the day was exemplary, as players no doubt appreciated their experience on playing on a first grade deck next to the seaside paradise. Positively as well, the Green team is well within catching distance of the finals now as well.