From The Pavilion - Round 13, Day 1 v St George + Metro

Match Reports

1st to 5th Grade - Round 13 v St. George (2-Day Matches) 

Metropolitan Cup – Eastern Suburbs and Gordon

The Randy Petes headed into Round 13 against St. George with our top four Grades all sitting in striking positions in 9th, 12th, 7th and 8th respectively. With just three games remaining, Firsts and Seconds were looking at the prospect of having to win their remaining three games to stay in the race, whilst Third and Fourth Grade needed at least two wins from three games. St. George had fallen on hard times a little bit as a Club recently, sitting in 15th position in the Club Championship. However, after dropping to 11th we needed a winning week to have hopes of climbing back into the Top 10 before the end of the season.  Find out below who starred in Round 12 with bat and ball, with the competition entering its final rounds. 

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1st Grade - St. George v Randwick Petersham @ Hurstville Oval 

Team - A. Sams (c+), Everett, Sangha, Chhibber, Bohannon, D. Sams, Ayre, Eaton, Semple, Ram, West

Result – St. George 10/325 - 95.2 Overs (West 3/52-15.2, D. Sams 2/25-13, Semple 2/81-21) v Randwick Petersham

First Grade headed to one of the better grounds in Sydney in Hurstville Oval to take on a resurgent Saints side who had won their past three matches. Both sides needed a victory to stay in the finals race, with the Randy Petes on 38 points, and Saints on 37, behind Manly in 6th place on 44 points. . Boosting our chance was the return of Australian Under 19s captain Jason Sangha who will bat at Number 4 after starring in the recent Under 19's World Cup, with Australia going down to India in the final in New Zealand. Kushall Ram was also back in First Grade after a strong display in 2s last week.  

It proved to be a day of toil for our boys in the field on Saturday as St. George racked up 325 on a good batting surface.  Saints looked on track for a score of 350 plus at 4/245, before a late flurry of wickets saw them bowled out in the final over of the day. 

The best of the bowlers were seamers Greg West (3/52-15.2) and Daniel Sams (2/25-13) on a flat surface. West removed opener Gray and Number 3 batsman McDonald, and bowled with good pace, as he continued to ramp up his return from a long term injury. Daniel Sams was the most miserly of the bowlers, clean bowling Stapleton and Phillips, and going at less than two runs per over. Adam Semple (2/81-21) and Riley Ayre toiled away manfully both bowling over 20 overs in steamy conditions without having much luck. 

Needing to win their remaining three matches to have a chance at making the finals, we will have an uphill task ahead of them next week against a Saints’ side on a winning streak.Saints showed that even without their star State players that you get your rewards at Hurstville if you can bat time and build partnerships. If our boys can bat over 90 overs next week, I'm sure we will get the runs which will keep us in the finals hunt. 

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 2nd Grade - Randwick Petersham v St. George @ Coogee Oval 

Team – Mahony-Brack, Tector (c), James, Calder, Lyle, Hart, Mullins(+), Hemphrey, Jenkins, Magann, Dellar

Result - St. George 10/162 - 65.3 Overs (Jenkins 4/38-20.3, Hemphrey 3/56-16) v Randwick Petersham 5/119 (Calder 60n/o, Mahony-Brack 17)

Second Grade were aiming for back-to-back victories to maintain their slim finals hopes when they hosted Saints at Coogee Oval. Saints have had a rough season with just two victories, sitting in 18th spot, whilst we secured our 6th victory of the season last week to move to 37 points, 12 points behind Campbelltown Camden. Youngster Alex Dellar was given a Second Grade debut after some strong performances in 4th and 5th Grades this season, as well as AWGS, whilst Joe Hart returned to the team after some excellent performances in 3rd Grade. 

With regular captain Tom Holland unavailable, Jack Tector took control of the side, having played Second Grade all season and captained PGS’s at various times throughout the season. It proved to be a pretty good day’s work for the boys after losing the toss and being in the field, bowling out Saints for 162 before replying with 5/119.

It was a great fight back from 2s, given Saints looked well and truly in control at 0/33 and 1/88 in the first session, on a nice batting surface. We managed to take the final 9 wickets for just 74 runs, with a great team bowling display, as Saints meandered at a run rate of under 2.5 runs per over. It was a combination of experience and youth to get the majority of the wickets, with Jamie Hemphrey (3/56-16) and spinner Mac Jenkins (4/38-20.3) dominating the second session of play. Hemphrey hit the bat hard and was rewarded by removing three of the top six batsmen. Hemphrey now has 25 wickets at 21 in what has been an excellent season in Second Grade. Jenkins took his best Second Grade figures, bowling an outstanding 20-over spell, giving him 6 wickets in the last two games. 

With the bat we were in plenty of early trouble at 4/39, before Mahony-Bracks (17) and Matt Calder (60n/o) steadied the ship with a partnership of 68 runs. Calder, rather than go into his shell in search of a small target, instead took the attack to Saints, changing the momentum of the game with a dashing half century including two towering 6’s.  The boys are now just 44 runs away from claiming first innings points and setting up a potential outright result which could get us right back in the finals race with two rounds to go. 

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3rd Grade - St. George v Randwick Petersham @ Olds Park 

Team – McLoughlin (c), Powell(+), Eldridge, King, De Silva, Burton, N Stares, Budwee Loth, McKenzie

Result - St. George 9/203 - 80 Overs (McKenzie 4/47-23, Loth 3/41-17, N. Stares 1/66-28) v Randwick Petersham

Third Grade has slipped out of the Top 6 having suffered a couple of close losses to Northern Districts and Gordon. Despite sitting in 7th spot, we were equal on points with rivals Easts on 44, so a win against 11th placed St. George at Olds Park could easily leapfrog us back into the Top 6. The side welcomed back one of the Club’s legends in John McLoughlin to captain the side, having played some 2nd and 4th Grade earlier this year. Gab Budwee was also rewarded for some strong performances in 4th Grade with a start in 3’s. 

Old’s Park has been more an AFL ground for Saints over the years, and is a bit like the MCG for cricket with its vast expanses. In steamy conditions, with a nice covering of grass on the pitch, it looked a pretty good cricket wicket. The day was evenly contested with Saints grinding their way to 9/203 from their 80 overs.  Having won the toss, captain McLoughlin was delighted with the fightback after Saints had reached 0/63 in the morning session. 

Looking at the ground, there was a significant slope running from south end to north end of the ground, so a tactical decision was made to have our strike bowlers operate from the south end.  What was key though, when we did hit the right areas, is it was difficult to accumulate runs. The chat at drinks focused on making sure the quicks hit back of a length, and to bring spinner Nathan Stares (1/66-28) into the game up hill from the northern end as soon as possible. Tom McKenzie (4/47-23) stepped up, producing the much needed breakthrough with some great back of length bowling, and it was quickly followed with the second not long after with the removal of the second opener.

Stares remained unchanged for 28 overs straight, bowling with beautiful flight and control, always asking questions of the batsman. His figures don’t do justice to the work he put in as he complemented Loth and McKenzie superbly. McKenzie, along with Loth (3/41-17), restricted the scoring rate and both were able to chip in regularly with wickets.  McKenzie has now found his role within the team and, with his dedicated work ethic at training, was able to produce the long consistent bowling spells of which a captain dreams. Loth has sometimes not had any sort of luck this season, however, on Saturday found the sort of rhythm that will produce results.

Next week the boys will wait and see whether the Saints back themselves and declare overnight, or try and add another 5-10 runs to their score. Whatever the case, it will be a pivotal day in their season with a tough batting display required to get us back from two narrow losses in the previous two games. 

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4th Grade - Randwick Petersham v St.George @ Petersham Oval 

Team - Gracias Flor, Murdita, Ahmed (+), Frith, Montedoro, Radford, Bourke (c), Stafford, Fox, Stirling, O'Loughlin 

Result - St. George 10/128 - 61.2 Overs (Fox 3/23-18, Stirling 3/29-14. Radford 2/38-17) v Randwick Petersham 3/35 (Murdita 21n/o)

Fourth Grade returned to the House of Pain at Petersham Oval after a tense win against Gordon last week put them right in the mix in 8th spot just 3 points behind 6th placed Sydney University. The side contained a couple of changes, with big hitting all rounder Luke Radford a huge inclusion after missing the past couple of games. Youngster Mitchell O'Loughlin also was elevated up from 5th Grade after playing in their recent revival after Christmas. 

With a wet spot on the deck at Petes, it took some work to get it right, and play was delayed 15 minutes.  Still a juicy fresh deck, but Saints somewhat surprisingly won the toss and batted, which pleased Captain Bourke. It proved an action packed day, dominated by bowlers, with 13 wickets falling for just 163 runs between the sides. Still, if anything, I think we are slightly on top at 3/35 chasing 129 for victory. 

All the bowlers were great, however some poor slip catching was a theme throughout the day, with several chances going down which would have resulted in Saints being rolled for around 70. Hayden Fox (3/23-18) was easily the bowler of the day and produced another great display of sustained good areas and nipping the ball around. Fox has a bowled, an LBW, and a caught behind, which are all genuine wickets for a strike bowler.  It’s been great to watch him get better and better with each game, as the season has progressed.

Debutant Mitchell O’Loughlin (1/12-10) was really strong on debut, hitting good areas throughout. He and Fox combined for a great bowling partnership which sucked the life out of the Saints run rate, building great pressure. They bowled together for a 22 over spell, with Saints scoring 2-22 from those 22 overs, Seamer Luke Radford (2/41-17) also hurried up some of the Saints’ batsmen in good combination with Scott Stirling (3/29 off 14) upfront, with seam being the order of the day at Petersham. 

In reply we got off to a fairly wobbly start, losing three late wickets, as Saints came out breathing fire to have us 3-35 at stumps, with Fox in as nightwatchman and "Murdita Mail" still there on 21 not out, looking good.  Captain Bourke is confident of knocking off the remains 94 runs next week, however we have to be prepared to value our wickets and get in the contest. 

Veteran Scott Stirling is in good form lately ' QUEENSLANDER!!!'

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5th Grade - St. George v Randwick Petersham @ Harold Fraser Oval

Team – Papathanisaious, Lopes, House (C), Leeson, Hodges, Crawford, Andonopoulous, Sidney (+), Chowdrey, L.O'Laughlin, Tsalikidis

Result - Randwick Petersham 10/143 - 66.5 Overs (Hodges 58) v St. George 0/31 -11 Overs

Fifth Grade had the chance to register their second win of the season when they took on 12th placed St. George at Harold Fraser Oval. It was a momentous day for the Randy Petes with the debut of female cricketer Carly Leeson for the Club in Fifth Grade, having worked with Club Coach Michael Wood throughout the year. Lachlan Hodges was back in charge of the side, having performed strongly in 5th Grade this season. 

Hodges won the toss and elected to bat on a good surface, with Fifth Grade putting up a far better performance with bat this week, managing to grind out 143 and batting for nearly 67 overs. We made the Dragons really work for their wickets on a hot and steamy day, with a number of small but valuable partnerships. Captain Hodges (58) was a class above, batting patiently and with strong discipline, to get a well deserved half century as he spent more than three hours at the crease. Opener Apollo Papathaniasiou (18) got the boys off to a decent start, surviving the new ball on a wicket that had had some morning rain. 

Despite pressing hard for a breakthrough late in the day, we were unable to strike, with Saints going to stumps in control of the game at 0/31 from 11 overs. Next week the first hour will be crucial if we can get a few breakthroughs and change the momentum of the game, with Saints requiring just another 113 runs for victory with all ten wickets in hand. 

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Metropolitan Cup – Randwick Petersham Gold v Eastern Suburbs @ Snape Park

Team - Stewart (c), Jastrzab (+), Jedwood, Rushton, Segal, Kashyap, Coombs, J Hookey, Sherriff, Robertson, F Whalebone, R Whalebone

Result - Eastern Suburbs 101 - 39.1 Overs (Kashyap 3-24, Segal 2-10, Robertson 2-28) v Randwick Petersham Gold 4-65 - 38 Overs (Jedwood 20)

After 3 weekends on the road, the Golds went back to Snape Park for some home comforts. Well, as comfortable as a wicket and outfield can be with an average first innings score of ~120. Big skip John Stewart lost the toss and the Golds were asked to bowl with an undermanned side. An ominous day in the field loomed as the first ball went to the boundary for 4. But once he found a spare pair of white, old jolly Roger Whalebone (probably) became the oldest Randwick Petersham debutant as he trotted out to fill a gap in the field. Things got better when the Easts Green Shield opener BBQ'd his senior opponent with some inexperienced calling. Their pommy import was in no mood to hang around in the heat, slapping a full toss to mid-off from the bowling of Corey Sherriff (1-29). 

Loving a hoick, the Easts Green Shield opener fell to the bounce-happy Joel Robertson (2-28) in rather obviously laid trap. By this point, the Robertson Express had the motor pumping at full steam; sprinting in every ball and leading a full frontal assault on the batsman's 4th and 5th stump, he was finally rewarded with snick behind to the keeper. Dane Coombs (1-7), bowling with deceptive pace and unerring accuracy, helped himself to the batsman's leg stump. At 5/48, the young Easts leggie and left arm bowling all rounder mounted a comeback. They scrapped and scraped 31 runs before Pratulya 'Cuddles' Kashyap (3-24) got into gear and clean up numbers 5, 7 and 8 with an lbw, a bowled and a stumping. After being belted for four (and watching the Robertson Express crash over the fence while retrieving the ball), Josh Segal (2-10) cleaned up the opposition skipper with a classic leggie, before having the number 11 caught at gully. 

Normally 101 wouldn't be a score that would cause too much concern, but this was Snape Park... The Golds were unfortunate to lose Sean Rushton without any runs on the board, but John Stewart (9), Noah Jedwood (20) and Segal (13) were exemplary in their patience and acumen to inch the score along to 4-65 at the end of the days play. Kashyap remains on 16 with Coombs yet to score and the target 37 runs away. A similarly disciplined batting effort next Saturday will go a long way to ensuring that the result goes the way the Golds. 

Jeremy Jastrzab

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Metropolitan Cup – Randwick Petersham Green v Gordon @ Kensington

Team - Coovre (c), Geraghty, Ganesh, Genner, O Sachs, Brandy, W Deller (+), C De Silva, R Sachs, Narvel, Mohan, Sapariya

Result - Gordon 5-322 (dec) - 80 Overs (O Sachs 3-55) v Randwick Petersham Green 4-40 - 18 Overs (C Sapariya 12*)

RP Green won the toss, and decided to have a bowl, on a well prepared wicket, with something in it for both sides. Gordon started cautiously; fishing at Oscar Sachs outside off-stump, and prodding at Charith De Silva's metronomic meds, at the other end. But it was the peroxided Max Brandy, who, in the 19th over got the first wicket, trapping the more obdurate opener in front. Nav Ganesh and Josh Genner then teamed up to run-out the number three, to have Gordon 2/115 in the 31st over. Gordon then started to up the run-rate, the newly arrived number four repeatedly lofting down the ground into the gaps, and his partner beginning to branch-out.

Multiple bowlers were used in a bid to stem the runs - Josh Genner had the dangerman caught and bowled, for it only to be turned-down by the umpire stating it was a bump ball. Dangerman soon brought-up his hundred, and his partner was close too, but a re-introduced O.Sachs ended the latter's dreams of a hundred getting him out caught. He then then got Dangerman trapped in front, followed by the number five out caught, to help stop the rot, before Gordon declared at 5/322, giving the Greens 18 overs to face in the day.

Dane Geraghty and Will Deller started positively on a pitch that had never looked better. Unfortunately for young Mr Deller he was sent back looking for a quick single, only to be short of his ground. Geraghty who had been rock-solid in the V, was the next man to go, trapped in front for 12. Chintan Sapariya and Nav Ganesh both looked assured, keeping the scoreboard ticking over, mounting something of a revival. But the latter hit one to a man 'round the corner, and shortly after Josh Genner (to his dismay) was given out leg before. At stumps the Greens were 282 runs still behind, but with Sapariya and O.Sachs still live, batting still to come in the sheds, and an SOS signal being received from Canberra, hope remains while the company is true. 

Alexis Coovre

From The Pavilion - Round 12 v Gordon + Metro

Match Reports

1st to 5th Grade - Round 12 v Gordon (1st Grade 2-Day Match, 2nd to 5th Grade 50-Over Matches) 

Metropolitan Cup vs Eastern Suburbs and UNSW

The Randy Petes headed into Round 12 against Gordon with our top four Grades all still in final’s contention, whilst Fifth Grade would be looking to make it back-to-back victories after a great victory against Northern Districts last week. Gordon were having a strong season sitting in the Top 10 in the Club Championship, and similarly in contention for the finals in a number of Grades.  Both Metropolitan Cup teams were also in action over the weekend. Find out who starred below in Round 12 with bat and ball, with the competition entering its final five rounds. 

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1st Grade - Randwick Petersham v Gordon @ Petersham Oval 

Team - A. Sams (c+), Everett, Hughes, Chhibber, Bohannon, D. Sams, Ayres, Eaton, Semple, Edwards, West

Result – Randwick Petersham 10/215 - 83.4 Overs (Eaton 44, Ayre 42, Chhibber 36, Everett 22) Defeated by Gordon 1/216- 50.2 overs (Semple 1/60-17)

First Grade were aiming for back-to-back victories when they returned to Petersham Oval to take on 12th placed Gordon. Sitting in 8th place with four rounds remaining, the boys needed a win in this Saturday/Sunday two-day fixture to keep pace with the Top 6. There were a few changes to the side, with left arm spinners Riley Ayre and Mitchell Edwards into the side, with Edwards making his debut for the Club in First Grade after some outstanding performances in Second Grade. Left arm paceman Greg West also returned to the side after missing last round with injury. 

Unfortunately, this match proved to be a one sided affair, with Gordon controlling the game from start to finish, chasing down our total of 215 for the loss of just one wicket on Day 2. Credit to Gordon’s opening batsman Axel Cahlin who smashed 131 not out from just 153 balls to control the run chase as an early stumps was called on Day 2.With a couple of hours of heavy rain on Saturday morning, the toss was always going to be a great one to win, and the Stags did that and managed to take advantage of the fresher conditions, with the pitch having sweated under the covers. 

With the bat, Matt Everett (22) and Soumil Chhibber (36) had showed grit to get through a tough period in sticky conditions, before we lost a run of wickets to slump to 6/101. It was Number 7 Riley Ayre (42) and Number 8 Sean Eaton (44) who added some respectability to the scoreline as we managed to just about bat out the day after a late start. 

The loss really hurts our Top 6 chances with Samsy's men now sitting in 9th place, however still only 6 points behind 6th placed Manly with three rounds remaining. Next weekend, it’s a matchup between two desperate sides needing to win, with a trip to Hurstville to take on 11th placed St. George. Saints have been on a roll of late, winning their past few matches, with the victor of this game staying in the final’s race, whilst the loser probably will be playing for pride over the final two rounds. 

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2nd Grade - Gordon v Randwick Petersham @ Chatswood Oval 

Team – Mahony-Brack, Tector, James, Calder, Ram, Holland (c), Lyle, Mullins+, Hemphrey, Jenkins, Magann 

Result - Randwick Petersham 10/208 = 47.2 Overs (Tector 67, Ram 37, Mullins 27, Jenkins 24, Calder 20) Defeated Gordon 10/172 - 38.5 Overs (Jenkins 2/26-8, Magaan 2/32-6.5, Ram 2/45-8)

Second Grade headed north for the third week running, this time to the picturesque Chatswood Oval to take on 15th placed Gordon. With Tom Holland's men in 13th place, we really needed to win all our remaining four games to have a chance of sneaking into the Top 6 this season. The side was boosted by the inclusion of all rounder Kushall Ram who would bat in the middle order. 

In a tight and relatively low scoring affair, we managed to keep our season alive with a tense 36-run victory over the Stags. After pitting together a competitive score of 208, after winning the toss and electing to bat, with several contributors we bowled out Gordon for 172 in just the 39th over, as they went hard at the run chase, in control of the run rate, but losing wickets at regular intervals. 

With the bat, opening batsman Jack Tector (67) showed his class by scoring the only half century of our innings, with a patient and composed innings. He was well supported by Kushall Ram (37) who enjoyed a stint up the order after spending most of the year in First Grade batting at 10 or 11. Ram is, of course, a very handy batsman, and played a sprightly innings here. Kel Mullins (27) continued his outstanding season, whilst Mac Jenkins (24) and Matt Calder (20) also pitched in as several batsmen managed to grind out starts. 

Jenkins (2/26-8) and Ram (2/45-8) then went to work with the ball, with both players having excellent all round games. Jenkins has had a solid first season in Second Grade, having captained AWGS earlier this season, and he did the job here as the Number 1 spinner without Mitchell Edwards in the team. Ram has always had the ability to get big wickets, whilst it was good to see Pat Magaan (2/32-6.5) get a couple of wickets, as he starts to regain full fitness after a long term injury saw him miss the first half of the season. 

The victory keeps our faint finals’ hopes alive now in 12th spot, just 12 points behind 6th placed Campbelltown-Camden with three rounds remaining. It's a two day match starting next Saturday, as 18th placed Saints visit out seaside home as we look to come home with a west sail. 

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3rd Grade - Randwick Petersham v Gordon @ Coogee Oval 

Team – Standing, Eldridge, B Stares (c), King, De Silva, Hart, Burton, Powell (+), N Stares, Loth, McKenzie

Result - Gordon 7/202 -50 Overs (McKenzie 4/40-10, Standing 2/35-10) Defeated Randwick Petersham 10/153 (Powell (53)

Third Grade were desperate to bounce back from a heartbreaking 3-run loss to Northern Districts, as they headed to Coogee Oval to host Gordon, after going down narrowly at Petersham Oval last week. The side had a couple of key inclusions with Rav De Silva and Chris King boosting a batting line up, with King rewarded for an outstanding game in Fourth Grade as an opening batsman where he remained not out in both innings, despite the team suffering a heavy defeat.  

Despite a competitive performance, it was Gordon who got the chocolates at Coogee Oval with a 49-run victory for the visitors. After losing the toss on a flat wicket but sluggish outfield The Stags and posted a decent score of 7/202, before we were all out for 153 in reply. Once again it was youngster Dylan Powell (53) leading the way with a stylish and classy half century. Powell has now top scored two weeks in a row, posting back-to-back half centuries, and is looking confident taking on bowling attacks. Unfortunately, we could not mount big enough partnerships around Powell as the Stags took wickets at crucial times. 

Captain Stares described Powell as in a purple patch at the moment and was unlucky to be dismissed by probably the best ball an offspinner could ever bowl. We lost the bulk of our wickets to spin for the second week in a row placing plenty of value on our wickets which isn’t the worst thing but it let their spinners control the game.  

With the ball, strike bowler Tom McKenzie (4/40) continued his great form, claiming four wickets and bowling with good pace throughout. McKenzie claimed three of the top five Stags’ batsmen, whilst he was well supported by youngster Jack Standing (2/35) who picked up a couple of wicket as well as going for only 3.5 runs per over. Captain Stares wanted to mention a screamer of a catch taken by Jackson Eldridge in gully to get the side going after being a bit flat early. Stares also paid credit to Tom Mckenzie who was the pick of the bowlers by a long way. 

The back-to-back close losses have hurt our ladder position and we have slipped outside the Top 6 on percentage points, with Easts equal with us on 44 points. It really is must-win from here on in, and that starts next week with a trip to Olds Park to take on 11th placed St George. 

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4th Grade - Gordon v Randwick Petersham @ Beauchamp Oval 

Team - Gracias Flor, Murdita, Ahmed (+), Frith, Montedoro, Bourke (c), Graham, Stafford, Fox, Dellar, Sterling 

Result - Randwick Petersham 10/168 - 46 Overs (Ahmed 40, Stafford 35, Bourke 23n/o, Montedoro 23n/o) Defeated Gordon 10/139 - 42.1 Overs (Fox 3/22-9, Graham 2/41-9)

Fourth Grade suffered perhaps their worst performance of the season at Asquith on Day 2, so they were champing at the bit to get some revenge up North when they arrived at Beauchamp Oval to take on Gordon on Saturday. It was a huge game for both sides, with the hosts sitting in 6th just 3 points above Bourkey’s boys in 8th place.

Whilst Captain Bourke described it as not the prettiest performance, we got the job done with a gutsy 29-run victory away from home against a side ahead of us on the ladder. With Killara Oval having a slightly two-paced wicket and slow outfield, and the match being reduced to a 46-over game, we managed to put up a pretty competitive target of 9/168, before bowling out the Stags for 139 in the 43rd over. The win shows great character from the whole side, after they were humbled just seven days earlier, losing 15 wickets in a day, which could have been reason to lose belief or go into our shells. 

With the bat Kaoser "Rocky" Ahmed (40) made his presence felt in his return to the side with a crucial 40, after being given the important role of batting at Number 3. Ahmed held things together after we had slumped to 3/21, with the help of Ben Montedoro (23), as the two put on 56 for the fourth wicket. Captain David Bourke (23n/o) then saw out his stall, as he has several times this year, for the boys to bat around him. After Ahmed was dismissed, Stafford (35) blazed into action, launching a few balls on to the hill and swinging the momentum of the game like only he can. Special mention to Scott Sterling who, from Number 11, compiled a crucial 8n/o, as he and Bourke eked out a good score. 

With the ball, all the bowlers applied the squeeze really well according to Captain Bourke, with Hayden Fox (3/22-9) leading the way. Fox has had a great season and once again contributed here with three big wickets of the Numbers 4, 5 and 6, two being caught being by Ahmed and one clean bowled. Corey Graham (2/41-9) picked up a couple of wickets, whilst Dellar, Sterling and Montedoro all bowled tidily in an excellent team performance. 

The stakes are getting higher and higher each week now for Bourkey’s boys, who are up to 8th spot on the ladder on 43 points, just 3 points behind 6th placed Sydney University. Next weekend the boys are back at Petersham Oval, taking on 15th placed St. George, as we look to mount a finals’ charge over the final three rounds.  

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5th Grade - Randwick Petersham v Gordon @ Kensington Oval  

Team – Lopes, Clark, House (c), Sidney (+), Hodges, Papathaniasiou, Andonopulous, Kashyap,  M. O'Loughlin, L. O'Loughlin, Tsalikidis 

Result - Randwick Petersham 10/66 -26.1 Overs (Clark 20, Papathaniasiou 17) Defeated by Gordon 1/67 -12.2 Overs (Tsalikidis 1/17-2)

Fifth Grade finally got a much deserved victory last week, and now they were looking to go back-to-back with another home game at Kensington Oval against Gordon. The task was a daunting one though, with the Stags sitting clear at the top of the table with a very strong and talent Fifth Grade side this season. 

Sadly, we came crashing down to earth on Saturday against a very good side, with Gordon scoring a 9-wicket victory to cement their spot further as Premiership favourites at the top of the table. Our young batting line up were bowled out for 66 in the 26th over after winning the toss and electing to bat, before Gordon took little time in pursuit, racking up the target in the 13th over for the loss of one wicket.

Angus Clark (20) and Apollo Papathaniasiou (17) both did a good job with the bat, against a strong attack and on a wicket that had received some morning juice from the rain. Sadly, we couldn't mount much around those two boys and were dismissed for a cheap total.  

Next weekend it’s a slightly easier assignment, on paper at least, as we take on 12th placed St George at Harold Fraser Oval, as we look to get another victory or two over the remaining three rounds of the season.  

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Metropolitan Cup - Randwick Petersham Gold v UNSW Black @ David Phillips South

Team - Stewart (c), Rushton, N Crawford, A Hookey, Chaudhary, Mahajan, J Hookey, T Fox, Jastrzab (+), Sherriff, Bowen, W Deller

Result - UNSW Black  9-213 - 50 Overs (Chaudhary 3-34, Bowen 2-41) defeated  Randwick Petersham Gold  142 - 38 Overs (N Crawford 41, Bowen 26)

Rain the night before and a few patchy morning showers delayed the start until 10:50am, by which time the UNSW Black side had chosen to bat on the traditionally friendly David Phillips South wicket. After an early wicket fell to Corey Sherriff, two UNSW grade stalwarts steadied proceedings and picked off runs from the occasionally wayward bowlers. It was left to Raj Chaudhary's accuracy and Will Deller's grubber to get a few wickets on the board, before Metro stalwarts JJ Tan and R Makin gave their innings a boost. Tan's axeman style got the better of him eventually, as he was brilliantly caught on the deep backward square boundary by Will Deller of Vivek Mahajan, who bowled a generally tight spell. 

Makin and the South African import took the tally to 5-161, and were looking at a sizeable total before the bowlers hit back and reduced them to 9-178. Chaudhary (3-34) was exemplary in his control and persistence, while Fergus Bowen (2-41) picked up two in an over. Unfortunately, they weren't able to clean up and the free-wheeling no. 9 took the score to 213, the Gold ruing the chances not taken, including a fluffed run out from the keeper. The chase started off badly with skipper John Stewart knicking off early. Sean Rushton (10) and Neale Crawford steadied the ship but the UNSW bowlers showed the benefits of better control and keeping down the extras. 

Wickets fell at regular intervals, and the Gold batsmen were never allowed to get away. At 7-91, the students had already begun to celebrate. However, a 48 runs stand from a solid and smart Tobi Fox (22*) and a brutal and uncompromising Fergus (26) gave brief hope on the sidelines. But the returning 15 year old speedster for the students cleaned up the tail to leave the chase short at 142. Once the team is able to clean up some of the basic errors, they'll certainly be even more competitive. 

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Metropolitan Cup - Randwick Petersham Green v Eastern Suburbs @ Trumper Park

Team - Coovre (c), Ganesh, Mohan, Genner, R Sachs, Grogan (+), O Sachs, Sapariya, Robertson, Brandy, C De Silva

Result - Randwick Petersham Green 115 - 32.5 Overs (Robertson 33) Defeated By Eastern Suburbs 4/116 - 31.2 Overs (C De Silva 3-30)

At their away game in the heart of Paddington, RP Green lost the toss and were told to have a bat, on a hard, straw-coloured Trumper Oval wicket with just enough grass and moisture on top to keep the bowler interested. Emmanuel Grogan and Reuben Sachs opened the innings, the pair busily finding the gaps every time, and creating a run-rate of more than five an over. But in the 35th ball of the innings Grogan (9) was caught behind, and two overs later his partner was bowled for a busy 23. The Greens then lost wickets at regular intervals, numbers three to eight all failing to score double figures. Dashing number nine, Joel Robertson (33), showed that there was nothing wrong with the pitch, smashing two fours and a wonderful straight six out of the ground into Roylston Lane, managing to avoid the parked late model cars.

When Charith DeSilva was out caught for two, batting at ten, the Greens were essentially all out, as a certain middle order batsman had not still not arrived. What to do… There was an SOS sent to a gentleman in the grandstand, there was a flurry of movement, there were bits and pieces being thrown to him as he lay on the outfield gearing-up - it was none other than Antony Sachs, father of Oscar and Reuben. With his son's Gray Nicolls he leg-glanced his first ball for four, then worked a single, only for Robertson to end his vigil, holing-out in the deep - the Greens all out for 115.

Oscar Sachs bustled-in, Robertson found good corridors and Josh Genner landed them on the spot; but it was veteran bowler, Charith DeSilva who gave the Greens any hope of winning. His metronomic meds with a dash of swing and seam, saw him knock-out both openers cheaply, as well as their number four. Reuben Sachs, with his accurately flighted leggies got their top-scoring number three caught behind, Grogan taking a sharp chance behind the stumps. And at 4-81 in the 23rd over, there was a feeling amongst the Greens that they could do this. But a catch then went down, and numbers five and six skulked to the finish line, to beat the Greens by six wickets.

From The Pavilion - Round 11, Day 2 vs Northern Districts + Metro

Match Reports

1st to 5th Grades - Round 11 v Northern Districts – (Day 2)

Metropolitan Cup – Penrith & Warringah

The Randy Petes headed into a crunch Day 2 of Round 11 against Northern Districts with several games in the balance, and final’s positions on the line in the top four Grades, whilst Fifth Grade would be looking to ram home the advantage after building a first innings lead on Day 1. Both Metropolitan Cup teams were also in action over the weekend - Find out who starred below in Round 11 with bat and ball, with the competition entering its final five rounds. 

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1st Grade - Randwick Petersham v Northern Districts @ Coogee Oval 

Team - A. Sams (c+), Everett, Hughes, Chhibber, Bohannon, D. Sams, Kemp, Eaton, Semple, Ram, Warren 

Result – Randwick Petersham 10/274 - 75.5 Overs (D. Sams 83, Chhibber 54, Kemp 44, A. Sams 26) Defeated Northern Districts 10/231 - 87 Overs (D. Sams 6/54-27, Semple 2/84-28)

First Grade broke through for a crucial 43-run victory over Northern Districts at Coogee Oval to stay in the finals’ race. After posting a competitive, but maybe slightly below par 274, on Day 1, the boys did a great job to bowl Northern Districts out for 231, after the visitors had reached a commanding position at 3/178 on Day 2. Samsy’s men knew their season was on the line, and produced an inspirational final session, picking up the last 7 wickets for just 53 runs, as the Rangers’ middle and lower order folded under the pressure of a run chase. 

On another good batting wicket at Coogee, it was a hard grind for the bowlers, but Daniel Sams (6/54-27) put in a remarkable performance, claiming a brilliant 6-wicket haul in a marathon 27-over effort. Not only did Sams go for just 2 runs an over, but he completed a stunning man of the match performance after top scoring with 84 runs with the bat. Sams bowled with good pace and aggression and knocked over the key wickets of top order batsmen Hunt and Anderson, before skittling the middle and lower order. Sams wasn't the only bowler to no doubt be feeling the effect of a huge workload on Sunday morning, with veteran paceman Adam Semple (2/84-28) putting in hard yards at the other end. 

Whilst opening bowlers Sams and Semple picked up 8 wickets and shared 55 overs between them, Sean Eaton (1/16-8) played a crucial little role in changing the momentum of the game with an 8-over spell when not much was happening. Eaton kept things tight and picked up the big wicket of Harriott for 77, clean bowling him after the Rangers’ captain had threatened to take the game away from the Randy Petes. 

Captain Sams was delighted with the win, sending a massive shout out to his bowlers who put in a massive effort, with no spinner, in hot conditions, with everyone giving everything they had! Sams said it was the fact that our bowling was extremely disciplined and patient that we got the rewards, by only conceding 60 runs in the first session, with wickets in the last two sessions. 

The victory take the boys to the cusp of the Top 6, sitting in 8th place just one point behind 6th placed Blacktown. Next week it’s another huge game against 12th placed Gordon, as we return to our other home ground at Petersham Oval for a Saturday/Sunday 2-day match. A victory could take the side as high as 4th as the race heats up to get into the finals over the final four rounds. 

JC Travel Professional MVP Points

3 – Daniel Sams

2 – Adam Semple

1 – Soumil Chhibber

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2nd Grade - Northern Districts v Randwick Petersham @ Mark Taylor Oval 

Team – Mahony-Brack, Tector, James, Calder, Holland (c), De Silva, Lyle, Mullins+, Hemphrey, Jenkins, Magann 

Result - Randwick Petersham 10/197 -79.2 Overs (Lyle 59, James 51, Hemphrey 26, Calder 23) Defeated by Northern Districts 7/214 - 71 Overs (Hemphrey 3/57-20, Edwards 2/30-15)

Second Grade put up a mighty fight but went down narrowly to the Rangers by three wickets at Mark Taylor Oval on Day 2. It was always going to be a mighty task against a side sitting ten points clear at the top of the table, however we made them really sweat for their victory, with their 8th wicket pair putting on 36 under pressure, after we had reduced the Rangers to 7/162.

Having resumed on 2/59 on a very hot and humid day, the Rangers looked to be cruising towards their total at 2/84, before some inspired bowling from the Randy Petes saw the Rangers slump to 6/139. Leading paceman Jamie Hemphrey did the damage early, getting rid of the key scalps of the Number 3 and 4 batsmen, both caught behind by Kel Mullins. Left arm spinner Mitchell Edwards (2/30-15) has been a great addition to the team since his mid-season signing, and he put further pressure on the Rangers with a sustained 15-over spell, claiming two wickets and going for just two runs per over. 

Captain Holland mentioned we bowled well for the most part, and were unlucky not to pick up a few more wickets. In the field we were a bit flat, ramping up when a wicket was taken, then falling back to being flat and going through the motions a few overs later. Overall, Holland said we were probably 60-80 runs short, making it tough to defend a small total on a good wicket.  

Whilst the loss puts us down to 13th spot, it was a very encouraging performance from a young side that took it to the runaway competition leaders, and nearly beat them on their home turf.  The side contains seven players Under 21, and are hopefully going to progress and play First Grade together in the years to come. Next weekend it’s a trip to the picturesque Chatswood Oval to take on 15th placed Gordon, with us 12 points behind 6th placed Campbelltown-Camden. 

JC Travel Professional MVP Points

3 – Jamie Hemphrey

2 – Jack Lyle

1 – Jack James

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3rd Grade - Randwick Petersham v Northern Districts @ Petersham Oval 

Team – Standing, Eldridge, B Stares (c), Hart, Burton, Graham, Powell+, N Stares, Loth, N. Singh, McKenzie

Result - Northern Districts 10/215 - 76.3 Overs (Hart 4/34-15.3, Standing 2/31-7) Defeated Randwick Petersham 10/212 - 67.5 Overs (Powell 78, B. Stares 35, Burton 26, Standing 26)

Third Grade suffered a heartbreaking loss, by just three runs, in a battle between two top four sides at Petersham Oval. After winning a number of close games this year, perhaps this was the cricket gods getting one back on us, although it was another great performance from Ben Stares' boys against the second placed team on the ladder. 

Resuming on 0/7 the game was in the balance heading into Day 2, however we got off to a bright start with young gun opening batsman Dylan Powell (78) and Jackson Eldridge (21) putting on 41 for the first wicket. Once Eldridge was dismissed, Powell and Captain Stares (35) dominated a strong Rangers’ attack with a aggressive stand of 80 to put us in command of the game at 1/121 before Stares was dismissed. Powell produced his maiden Third Grade half century, and was well on his way to a century before he was dismissed for 78, and we slumped to 5/144. 

Powell has always been a very talented young player, off front and back foot, and has made several good starts over the past couple of years. This innings should give him the platform to know he has the ability to play higher grades in the next couple of years if he can convert those starts into big contributions. Captain Stares mentioned the fact Powell’s cover drives and pull shots looked like player coming down from Second Grade rather than a player in his first few Third Grade games. 

Middle order players Ashley Burton (26) and Jack Standing (26) looked to have us well and truly home at 5/186 and 6/201, however both players fell just as it looked like they had done all the hard work under pressure. The Rangers managed to pull off a one-hand screaming catch that changed the momentum of the game. Unfortunately that exposed the tail who, despite fighting hard, were unable to halt the momentum swing, as the Rangers picked up the final four wickets for just 11 runs, to steal a fight back victory.

Captain Stares, whilst disappointed with the loss, is backing his side to bounce back quickly, after pushing the second placed side on the ladder all the way. He emphasised strong preparation leading into this Saturday’s game as being important. The setback hurts, as we would have been sitting in third spot, however it’s hardly terminal with the boys still experiencing a fantastic season sitting in sixth spot. Still sitting six points clear of seventh placed Manly, the stakes are raised next week when we take on tenth placed Gordon at Coogee Oval, as we look to respond to this heartbreaking loss. 

JC Travel Professional MVP Points

3 – Dylan Powell

2 – Joe Hart

1 – Jack Standing

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4th Grade - Northern Districts v Randwick Petersham @ Asquith Oval 

Team - Gracias Flor, King, House+, Murdita, Montedoro, Bourke (c), Stafford, Graham, Budwee, Stirling 

Result - Northern Districts 10/184 - 79.4 Overs (Montedoro 6/43-25.4 Overs, Fox 2/42-14) and 1(dec)/149 - 18 overs Defeated Randwick Petersham 10/97 (King 40n/o, Fox 25) and 5/86 - 22 overs (King 34n/o, Budwee 26n/o))

Fourth Grade suffered a tough day at Asquith on Day 2, slumping to a heavy first innings defeat after heading into the day with high aspirations of knocking off one of the front-runners in the competition. The Rangers came out pumped up in defending a moderate 185, skittling us for 97, before rattling up a rapid fire 1/148 to put us under further pressure to avoid an outright defeat. Despite the loss of early wickets having a crack for the win, we managed to hang on, going to stumps at 5/86 to avoid an outright defeat. 

Whilst there were not too many bright spots on the day, for a side that has been consistently playing good cricket this year, Chris King stood head and shoulders above the rest on day two, remarkably remaining not out in both innings. King spent the entirety of the two day’s play on the paddock, having carried his bat in both innings as our rock at the top of the order. King played a lone hand on a difficult wicket, to remain 40 not out, as wickets fell at a rapid rate around him. Despite batting Number 10, Hayden Fox (25) continued his good form with the bat, with Corey Graham (13) the only other batsman in double figures. 

King (34 n/o) frustrated a rampant Rangers’ side in the second innings once more, as we looked to take some consolation from a tough day’s cricket. Gab Budwee (26n/o) came in at Number 7 and batted out the remaining 15 overs after we had dropped another five early wickets and were under all sorts of pressure. The loss drops Bourkey’s boys to 9th spot on the ladder, however the ladder is very congested with them being just 8 points behind 4th placed Penrith. It's getting towards the must win stage if we want to play finals, and next week is a crucial game against 6th placed Gordon at Beauchamp Park, who we can leap frog on the ladder with a victory. 

JC Travel Professional MVP Points

3 – Ben Montedoro

2 – Chris King

1 – Hayden Fox

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5th Grade - Randwick Petersham v Northern Districts @ Kensington Oval  

Team – Andonopulous, Lopes, Clark, Frith (c), Hodges, Fox, Wall, M. O'Loughlin, Dellar, L. O'Loughlin, Kashyap

Result - Northern Districts 10/45 - 29.1 Overs (Dellar 4/1 -7, M.O’Laughlin 3/11-9, Lopes 2/16-6) and 10/128 (M. O'Laughlin 5/28-16, Dellar 1/21-13) Defeated by Randwick Petersham 10/102 - 58 overs (Frith 44, Clark 17, Dellar 13) and 4/60 - 9 Overs (Frith 38)

Fifth Grade sung the song loud and proud on Saturday, having broken through for a much deserved victory against Northern Districts after weeks of near misses. A 57-run first innings lead soon became a pursuit of outright points as we bowled out Northern Districts for 128 in their second innings. Requiring 73 from 9 overs, our boys put the pedal to the metal, but fell agonisingly short at 4/60, still delighted to have claimed our first 1st innings victory of the season. 

Captain Tom Frith has done a sensational job since taking over, not only with the bat but with his leadership, in moulding a young side together. Frith top scored in both innings with 44 and 38 as he went desperately close to pulling off an outright victory, finishing just 13 runs short of securing all ten points. 

The Kensington wicket from the week prior was a different beast this week, with long grass adding something extra for both bowling line-ups to work with throughout the day. The lower order managed to hold out for ten overs before the Rangers took the final three wickets, with Frith holding the innings together with 44 from 126 balls. 

The Rangers came out with a more reserved temperament in their second innings, looking to grind out the day’s play rather than push for an outright win. The fired up Randy Pete's boys had a different idea, taking a couple of quick wickets to get the innings off to a strong start for RPC. Wickets came about more slowly after this bright start, with the breakthrough wicket coming from the bowling of Luca Lopes when LJ O'Loughlin took a one-handed screamer in the gully to dismiss the settled opener.

After this, Mitch O'Loughlin (5/28-16) went to work, bowling a fantastic line and length at striking pace, to pick up a very well deserved 5-wicket haul. O'Loughlin now has 19 wickets at an average of 17 in 5th Grade since coming into the side midway through the season. Alex Dellar (1/21-13) kept things tight at the other end building pressure. 

After knocking over the last of the Rangers, the boys were set the task of turning their first win of the season into an outright, needing 8 runs an over on a tricky wicket. RPC nibbled around singles and doubles for a few overs, before Frith (38) came to the crease at 2/14 blazing, hitting 38 from 20 balls (five 4's and one 6) taking on the opening bowlers, to put RPC within striking distance of the outright. Requiring 12 from the last 3 balls, Frith holed out going for another horn. RPC ended their 9 overs at 4/60. (Frith 38, Lopes 8)

The win was well celebrated by a young side that has stuck together through some tough times this season. With growing confidence and momentum behind us, who knows what is possible against first placed Gordon as we return to Kensington Oval next week seeking back-to-back victories. 

JC Travel Professional MVP Points

3 – Mitch O’Loughlin

2 – Alex Deller

1 – Tom Frith

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Metropolitan Cup – Randwick Petersham Gold v Penrith @ Rance Oval

Team - Stewart (c), Jastrzab (+), N Crawford, T Crawford, Rushton, Segal, T Fox, Gandhi, Khoo, Jedwood, Chaudhary

Result - Penrith 2-329 (dec) - 59 Overs (Gandhi 1-54, T Fox 1-58) v Randwick Petersham Gold 145 - 62.4 Overs (Jedwood 35) & 2-115 - 26 Overs (Crawford 63*, Stewart 32)

Gold resumed at Rance with 11 this week welcoming back Noah Jedwood and Raj Chaudhray. Pingu (Khoo) motivated the team quoting Tendulkar, “People throw stones at you and you convert them into milestones.” With what transpired during the day, and the previous week, this was an apt quote. 

The wicket was greener than Day 1 and the outfield thicker but Gold were undeterred. Stewart (20) and Segal (21) resumed the chase at 3/42. It wasn't a good start with Segal adjudged leg before 3rd ball of the day, bringing Jedwood to the crease. He attacked early putting on 34 with Stewart before the latter went LBW. Chaudhray (4) supported Jedwood before both fell in close proximity exposing the tail. But the tail wagged with Jastrzab (16) hitting boundaries and rotating the strike with Fox and Pingu  who was the last dismissed shortly after tea for his best score of 11. Even young Rohan Gandhi held his end up with aplomb. With 34 overs left in the day it was an interesting decision from the Penrith skipper to enforce the follow on and push for an outright. 

The order was slightly adjusted and the batsmen were determined to fight to the end. Rushton (11) fell with the score at 15 bringing Neale 'Cindos' Crawford to the crease, determined to make amends for his duck in the first innings and he certainly did with the first two balls faced laced through cover for consecutive boundaries. Cindos was in fine form hitting the chatty Hunter for 5 boundaries in an over to lift the entertainment levels. Combining with Stewart (32), deciding to play strokes, the pair put on an even 100 for the second wicket. Cindos finished unbeaten on 63 from 55 balls including 11 boundaries when the Captains shook hands after 26 overs of play. A fine back to the wall performance from Gold, inspired by Pingu's quote and strong performances from a number of players holds the team in good stead heading into the final 4 rounds. 

John Stewart

JC Travel Professional MVP Points

Neale Crawford - 3

John Stewart - 2 

Noah Jedwood – 1

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Metropolitan Cup – Randwick Petersham Green v Warringah @ Mike Pawley Oval - Day 2

Team - Coovre(c), Robertson, Whalebone, Geraghty, Ganesh, Genner, O Sachs, Brandy, W Deller, M Deller, Miller

Result - Randwick Petersham Green 80 - 34 Overs (Geraghty 17) & 39 - 17.5 Overs defeated by Warringah 4-158 (dec) - 24 Overs (O Sachs 2-21)

Precisely 90.90 per cent of the Green team returned to Mike Pawley oval hoping to erase their 46-run deficit, and give the Warringah team something to chase. And we got an umpire in the second week, who amazingly only umpired for 20 minutes in the total match. Josh Genner looked up for the challenge, pulling ferociously for four, but the very next ball he feathered one through to the keeper trying to flat-bat one down the ground. Alexis Coovre got a good late-swinging yorker; An out-stretched Joel Robertson was given out LBW; and Mike Deller, who was promoted to number ten due to a sudden vacancy, was cleaned-up by the same bowler - and that was that. I hope there were not too many left-over sandwiches in the tea break.   

Alexis Coovre

JC Travel Professional MVP Points

Oscar Sachs - 3

Joel Robertson - 2

Dane Geraghty - 1

From The Pavilion - Round 11, Day 1 vs Northern Districts + Metro, PGs

Match Reports

1st to 5th Grade - Round 11 v Northern Districts – (2 Day Matches)

PGs - Round 9 v Western Suburbs @ Petersham Oval 

Metropolitan Cup vs Warringah & Penrith

The Randy Petes headed into Round 11 against Northern Districts with the race for finals’ positions intensifying in the top four Grades. Awaiting us was a Rangers Club fresh off winning the Club Championship last season, and sitting in fifth position this year. We had slipped to tenth in the Club Championship, with a very condensed middle of the table. PG’s and Metropolitan Cup were also in action for the Randy Petes in a jam packed weekend of cricket. Find out who starred below in Round 11 with bat and ball, with the competition entering its final five rounds. 

550x156 Lefand Group logo1st Grade - Randwick Petersham v Northern Districts   @ Coogee Oval 

Team - A. Sams (c+), Everett, Hughes, Chhibber, Bohannon, D. Sams, Bohannan, Kemp, Eaton, Semple, Ram, Warren 

Result – Randwick Petersham 10/274 - 75.5 Overs (D. Sams 83, Chhibber 54, Kemp 44, A. Sams 26) v Northern Districts 1/59-18 (D. Sams 1/15-7)

First Grade were looking to break a spell of three consecutve matches without a win when they hosted 16th placed Northern Districts at Coogee Oval on Saturday. With Riley Ayre and Greg West both picking up injuries, Nick Warren returned to the team and key all-rounder Daniel Sams was released from Sydney Sixers duty. 

On a good batting wicket at Coogee Oval, the match is evenly poised after Day 1, with the visitors 1/59 in pursuit of our total of 274, with all to play for on Day 2. Captain Anthony Sams finally had some luck with the toss and elected to bat first as the boys looked to build off their gritty batting performance last week. 

The Rangers made a fast start having us 3/45 when Captain Anthony Sams (26) was dismissed by a jaffer. Starring for the Randy Petes was gun all-rounder Daniel Sams who made a blistering 83 off 77 balls, including four towering 6’s. Sams shared a 113-run fourth wicket partnership with fellow Sixers’ squad member Soumil Chhibber who made 54, before Sams holed out to deep long off just as he was starting to dominate the Rangers’ attack. Alex Kemp (44) also contributed well to the score. Kempy is a class player so hopefully this innings will springboard for the rest of the season as he helped elevated our score to a competitive one. 

Sams then opened the bowling, to claim a wicket with his first ball. However the Rangers made a fast start moving safely to stumps requiring another 216 runs with 9 wickets in hand. Their batting hasn't been the most reliable this year so this game is very much in the balance with early wickets the key factor next week in our pursuit of 6 points. 

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Team – Mahony-Brack, Tector, James, Calder, Holland (c), De Silva, Lyle, Mullins+, Hemphrey, Jenkins, Magann 

Result - Randwick Petersham 10/197 -79.2 Overs (Lyle 59, James 51, Hemphrey 26, Calder 23) V Northern Districts 2/58- 16 Overs

Second Grade were searching for back-to-back victories to stay in the finals’ race when they made the long trek to Mark Taylor Oval to take on Northern Districts. The Rangers had been flying in 2nd Grade this season, sitting 10 points clear of the rest of the pack with just one loss for the season. 

The boys fought hard against the competition leaders, but will need early wickets on Day 2, with the hosts sitting on 2/58 in reply to our total of 197. After electing to bat first, we were in danger of being skittled for under 100 at 5/54, before more middle and lower order resistance elevated our score. 

Jack James (51) is a young player who’s really taken on more responsibility this year batting at Number 3 in 2nd Grade and PG’s, and he made a really gutsy half century here against a quality bowling attack. Captain Holland noted James’ patience and discipline as he played a mature innings as wickets fell around him. Another Jack in Lyle (59) has been in sparkling form this season, and he rescued the innings, along with James, with an 81-run sixth wicket partnership. Lyle smoked a number of drives and played fluently for 59, with four of his last six innings now yielding half centuries. 

After winning the game for us last week, Jamie Hemphrey (26) might be the best batsman currently batting at Number 11, as he swatted a quick fire 26 and we added 40 runs for the final wicket. Young wicketkeeper Kel Mullins (17n/o) secured yet another red ink as he continues his amazing season of marshalling the lower order and rising up the Grades. Mullins has scored a total of 200 runs combined in second and third Grades, and only been dismissed three times, showing his "ice man” qualities. 

The boys came out hard with just 16 overs to bowl, with Hemphrey picking up an early wicket as we managed to take two back with us before stumps. With the wicket at Mark Taylor Oval a little fresh in the morning, it will be important to take a couple of early wickets to put the cat amongst the pigeons and rattle the runaway ladder leaders. 

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3rd Grade - Randwick Petersham v Northern Districts @ Petersham Oval 

Team – Standing, Eldridge, B Stares (c), Hart, Burton, Graham, Powell+ , N Stares, Loth, N. Singh, McKenzie

Result - Northern Districts 10/215 - 76.3 Overs (Hart 4/34-15.3, Standing 2/31-7) v Randwick Petersham 0/8 - 1 Over

Third Grade were the hottest ticket in town with six wins from their past seven games, so they arrived at Petersham Oval to take on the Rangers with plenty of confidence and momentum. This was set up to be a great contest, with the Rangers sitting in second place and our boys nipping at their heels in fourth, and with the home ground advantage. 

After a hard fought Day 1, both sides will have ambitions of taking home the 6 points, with the Randy Petes 0/8 in reply to the Rangers’ total of 215. The game fluctuated throughout the day, with the Rangers recovering from 4/80 to be 6/190 before we mopped up the final four wickets for just 25 runs. 

Captain Stares was a bit gutted to lose the toss given the outfield was in outstanding nick and the wicket was hard, flat and pretty dry down at Petes. The tactics were to control the game from one end, with veteran seamer Nigel Singh opening and bowling 20 overs straight from one to a predominantly an 8-1 field, as we took wickets from the other end and built enormous pressure. When you have such quality bowlers like Singh, it allows aggressive spinners like Joe Hart (4/34-15.3) to flourish and he continued his outstanding form in 3’s with a 4-wicket haul, whilst going for only 6 runs per over. Hart spun the ball big and the Rangers’ batsmen struggled to pick his variations, generating great revs on the ball. Young tyro Standing (2/31-7) proved a good impact bowler, knocking over the key wickets of the Number 3 and 4 batsmen to turn the game early in our favour. 

Next week Captain Stares is confident that on a good wicket at Petersham we can get the remaining 208 runs with all 10 wickets in hand and a deep batting order. A victory would be huge in our quest to finish in the Top 3, as we would jump the Rangers into second place with just four rounds remaining. 


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4th Grade - Northern Districts v Randwick Petersham @ Asquith Oval 

Team - Gracias Flor, King, House+, Murdita, Montedoro, Bourke (c), Stafford, Graham, Budwee, Stirling 

Result - Northern Districts 10/184 - 79.4 Overs (Montedoro 6/43-25.4 Overs, Fox 2/42-14) V Randwick Petersham

Fourth Grade had the task ahead of them as they took on 2nd placed Northern Districts at Asquith Oval. It was a crucial game for Bourkey's boys, sitting in 8th spot just one point behind 6th placed Sydney University, with five games to play. The side lost Luke Radford through unavailability, but had Corey Graham come in to fill the all-rounders void.

On a day of hard work in the heat, on a flat track at Asquith Oval, Captain Bourke was delighted with his side’s effort to restrict the Rangers to just 184 from 79.4 overs. The Rangers were in pole position at 1/78 and 3/136, however they were never able to break the shackles of an outstanding bowling performance from the whole team, as they eventually lost their last 7 wickets for just 48 runs, to put us in a good position after Day 1.

The star of the day was youngster Ben Montedoro (6/43-25.4) who took his first 5-wicket haul in Grade cricket with a phenomenal display of sustained off-spin bowling against a good batting line up. Montedoro stepped up big time without the services of Rod Stafford who is playing as a specialist batsman whilst he nurses a finger injury. Montedoro would not have bowled close to 26 overs in a day before, so it was a marathon effort to maintain accuracy and strong body language, as he claimed two bowled, an lbw, and three other big wickets. 

Next week it’s a huge day for Bourkey's boys as a win would elevate us back into the Top 6 with four rounds remaining. The Rangers have been an outstanding bowling side this season, so we will have to be disciplined and build partnerships to achieve a vital 6 points on the road. 

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5th Grade - Randwick Petersham v Northern Districts @ Kensington Oval  

Team – Andonopoulous, Lopes, Clark, Frith (c), Hodges, Sidney +, Wall, M. O'Loughlin,  Dellar, L. O'Loughlin, Tsalikidis  

Result - Northern Districts 10/45 - 29.1 Overs (Dellar 4/1 -7, M.O’Laughlin 3/11-9, Lopes 2/16-6) v Randwick Petersham 7/87 - 48 overs (Frith 34/o, Clark 17n/o)

Fifth Grade had been a side getting close to a win since Christmas, so they had another big opportunity here against 18th placed Northern Districts back on home turf at Kensington Oval. Tom Frith has proved a very popular player and Club man since joining the Randy Petes this season, and it was a huge boost to 5’s to have him Captain a young side that has needed some extra quality experience and leadership this season.

It was a perhaps a surprise that the Rangers elected to bat, with the wicket being a bit uneven at Kensington. What followed was a day dominated by the bowlers, where 17 wickets fell for just 132 runs in over 77 overs of play. Whilst we can't celebrate a victory just ye,t the boys did achieve their first 1st Innings win of the season, after demolishing the Rangers for just 45, and being 7/87 in reply. 

Whilst 5’s have had a lot of changes this season, week-in and week-out the young bowling attack has remained fairly steady and done a good job, and they broke them open here, skittling the Rangers in fewer than 30 overs. Alex Dellar (4/1-7) has been the spearhead of the attack this season, and he produced a brilliant effort ending with the barely believable figures of 4/1 from 7 overs. Dellar clean bowled the opening batsman without scoring, before returning for a second spell, ripping through the lower order. Mitchell O'Loughlin (3/11-9) was equally impressive and did most of the damage up front, including bowling the other opening batsman for a duck and taking out the Number 3 and Number 4 in his fiery opening spell. Luca Lopes (2/16-6) then chipped in with a couple of wickets to make it a brilliant team effort by three young seamers. 

In reply, opening batsman Angus Clark (17) got the side off to a solid enough start with only a very small total to run down, before Tom Frith held it together once again (34n/o) with a great Captain’s knock as wickets started to tumble around him on a difficult pitch. Frith remained not out at stumps, alongside Alex Dellar, to give us the upper hand heading into Day 2. 

Whilst a first innings lead of 42 with three wickets in hand is an excellent position to be in, outright points are up for grabs next week, which could put us just one point behind Northern Districts on the table, and the chance to get off the bottom of the ladder. 

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PG’s - Randwick Petersham v Western Suburbs @ Petersham Oval 

Team – De Silva, Tector, James, Mahony-Brack, Calder, Hart, Graham, Montedoro, Powell+, Jenkins, Magann 

Result - Randwick Petersham 10/183 - 41.5 Overs (Calder 94, Hart 24) Defeated by Western Suburbs 3/184 - 32.1 Overs (Hart 2/42-6.1)

PG’s were looking to round off their season with a win in a local derby against the Magpies at Petersham Oval. Dylan Powell took the gloves for his first game in Under 21s, with Ben Montedoro also coming into the side after taking six wickets on Saturday in 4th Grade. 

It wouldn't prove to be our day, with Wests comfortably running down our total of 183, with three wickets down and 17.5 overs to spare. We could have provided a much more challenging total if we batted the 50 overs, with the boys being bowled out in 41.5 overs. 

Matt Calder (94) has had an excellent season in Second Grade and he converted his form to PG’s cricket here with a brilliant solo innings, scoring over half the side’s runs. Calder destroyed the Magpies’ attack, scoring his 94 from just 78 balls with nine 4’s and three 6’s. Calder was the 8th wicket to fall, bowled just when a century was looming. Joe Hart (24) played a good anchor role with Calder as they put on 110 runs for the fourth wicket.

The Magpies came out hard and got away with some loose shots to take the game away from us. Whilst we only managed two wins from nine games this season, and finished in 19th spot, we have a very promising young side that should rise up the ladder over the next couple of years. 

Youngster Matt Calder in fine form

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Metropolitan Cup – Randwick Petersham Gold v Penrith @ Rance Oval

Team - Stewart (c), Jastrzab (+), N Crawford, T Crawford, Rushton, Segal, T Fox, Gandhi, Khoo

Result - Penrith 2-329 (dec) - 59 Overs (Gandhi 1-54, T Fox 1-58) v Randwick Petersham Gold 3-42 - 19 Overs (Segal 21*)

Gold awoke to the news that two players had been struck down over night with illness. Phone calls were made looking for replacement but with time ticking away the trek to Rance was made knowing that 9 players would take the field on Day 1. 

The toss was lost and predictably Penrith elected to bat. Tobi Fox (1/58) on debut claimed the early wicket before the pitch flattened out and the batsmen played with relative ease. With only 7 fielders, knicks flew into otherwise plugged gaps and raced away on a surprisingly fast outfield. All bowlers to their credit kept their heads up in the heat and the fielders too had to work extra hard on an uneven, dry and patchy outfield. Neale 'Cindos' Crawford took the ball for the first time this season and bowled economically for 12 consecutive overs (0/47). Fox in his second spell had the batsmen second guessing with his spin and Tom Crawford helped to slow the scoring somewhat. It wasn't until 18 overs after tea that Rohan Gandhi (1/54) got the breakthrough having the opener well caught by Segal pedaling back at mid off for 185. The declaration immediately came with the number 3 on 144* and the score 2/329 (dec). 

Rushton and Stewart opened the innings with 19 overs left in the day. Stewart (5*) held up one end while Rushton (10), N Crawford and T Crawford fell at the other end. The skipper and Josh Segal (21*) will resume Day 2 ready to reduce the deficit, along with some hopeful reinforcements.

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Metropolitan Cup – Randwick Petersham Green v Warringah @ Mike Pawley Oval

Team - Coovre(c), Robertson, Whalebone, Geraghty, Ganesh, Genner, O Sachs, Brandy, W Deller, M Deller, Miller

Result - Randwick Petersham Green 80 - 34 Overs (Geraghty 17) & 5-32 - 13 Overs  v Warringah 4-158 (dec) - 24 Overs (O Sachs 2-21)

RP Green won the toss and decided to bat on a verdant, but hard and flat Mike Pawley Oval wicket. Warringah executed well, getting good swing, bounce and carry, wickets coming at regular intervals. Dane Geraghty toiled hard at the top of the order for a gritty 17, and there were double-figure contributions down the order from Will Deller, Max Brandy and Joel Robertson, the latter deciding aggression was the best form of defence. There was the young Deller, a picture of technique and concentration whilst his partners gradually fell around him. He was lastly joined by his father, Mike, and together they plotted their course, but young Deller's vigil finally broke, and with it the Green innings - all out for 80.

In reply, left-arm quick, Oscar Sachs, troubled the Warringah batsman, getting an LBW, and a caught behind early on. Josh Genner thought he had taken a clean catch off the top scoring opener, but it was given not out by the umpire in a matter of controversy. The batsman then went on to make 76, putting on an 87-run partnership for the third wicket, taking first innings points for his team along the way. Genner finally got his man, bowled, and Robertson bowled back into form with a pole. But the damage had been done, Warringah declaring at 4/158.

In the second dig the Greens fared little better, three of the top-five going for no score. Genner held fast, and was joined by the skipper who went in at seven. The pair rode-it-out till stumps, keeping the match alive for another week. 

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From The Pavilion - Round 10 v Sutherland + Metro

Match Reports

1st to 5th Grade - Round 10 v Sutherland – (1st Grade 2-Day Match, 2nd to 5th Grades - 50-Over 1-Day Matches)

Metropolitan Cup vs Blacktown & Gordon

The Randy Petes were looking to bounce back in Round 10, in the return from the Christmas break, after winning just one of the top five Grades against the Hawks.  These results saw us drop to 10th on the Club Championship table, however some positive results against Sutherland could easily see us jump into the Top 7 again with a very condensed mid-table. This weekend, First Grade were in action on Saturday and Sunday on a rare back-to-back 2-day game, while Second to Fifth Grades were once again in Limited Over mode with 50-over games across the grounds. Find out who starred with bat and ball against Sutherland in the team match reports below. 

550x156 Lefand Group logo1st Grade - Sutherland v Randwick Petersham @ Glenn McGrath Oval  

Team - A. Sams (c+), Everett, Hughes, Bohannon, Eaton, Chhibber, Kemp, Ayre, Semple, Neser, Ram, West 

Result – Sutherland 8/409 (dec) - 87 Overs (Ram 3/72-16, Chhibber 2/35-7) Drew With Randwick Petersham 6/273 -102 Overs (A. Sams 83, Bohannon 83 n/o)

First Grade were hoping to get back into the winner’s circle as they travelled south to Glenn McGrath Oval to take on Sutherland. It was a crucial game given we had slipped to 8th, and Sutherland were in 2nd place, just 11 point ahead of us. In a boost to the side, all-rounder Soumil Chhibber was released from Sixers’ duty to further strengthen the team. 

In what was a typically high scoring contest at Glenn McGrath Oval, both sides walked away with one point for a draw after we managed to bat out the second day for the loss of six wickets. We were forced to dig in and play for a draw after being set a massive 8/409 declared by Sutherland on Day 1. The Sharks spread the field early and bowled outside the off stump to frustrate our pursuit of such a large total.  The boys showed grit and determination, after a couple of poor batting displays in Rounds 8 and 9, to bat for over 100 overs and finish on  6/273 to deny Sutherland victory. 

Captain Anthony Sams 83) led from the front, scoring a fluent half century against a Sutherland attack that bowled disciplined and tight lines through the first session.  English import Josh Bohannon (83n/o) batted sensible through the final session with Chhibber (18), Kemp (18), Eaton (22) and Semple (21n/o) all batting around him long enough and forming decent partnerships to keep the Sharks at bay. 

With the ball it was a tough grind with dropped catches proving costly in the Sharks big score. Matters were not helped when 1st choice spinner Riley Ayre dislocated his finger and was forced from the field. Kushaal Ram (3/72/16) was the best of the bowlers taking 3 wickets. 

It's been a testing few weeks for First Grade having now dropped to 9th on the ladder, but they remain firmly in the mix just 7 points behind 6th placed Bankstown. Next week’s game now becomes a must win against 16th placed Northern Districts at Coogee Oval, with a win needed to get the momentum going towards a late tilt at the finals. 

JC Travel Professionals MVP Award

3 – Josh Bohannan 

2 – Anthony Sams

1 – Kushaal Ram

sct left2nd Grade - Randwick Petersham v Sutherland @ Petersham Oval 

Team – Mahony-Brack, Tector, James, Calder, Holland (c), De Silva, Lyle, Mullins+, Hemphrey, Jenkins, Magann 

Result - Sutherland 8/195 - 50 Overs (Hemphrey 3/37-10, Magaan 2/38-10) Defeated by Randwick Petersham 9/198 - 39.4 Overs (Mahony-Brack 51, Tector 40, Lyle 30, Calder 23)

Second Grade were in desperate need of a win after last week’s loss dropped them to 12th place on the competition ladder. It was a danger game for Tom Holland's men up against last placed Sutherland, who were still searching for their first victory of the season. Jack Lyle was rewarded for some outstanding 3rd Grade form with a promotion. With the in-form Mitchell Edwards unavailable, we were lucky to have English import Jaime Hemphrey back fit and available. 

In what turned out to be a thrilling finish, we scrambled over the line by one wicket against a desperate Sharks’ side in sight of their breakthrough victory. The last wicket pair of Kel Mullins (15 n/o) and Jaime Hemphrey (10 n/o) held their nerve under enormous pressure to scramble the 9 runs required for the final wicket, as Sutherland made a huge fightback to see us crash from 0/80 and 3/121 to 9/186 with still plenty of overs to play. The final 1 runs were filled with drama as Hemphrey french cut a ball for 4 runs before launching a courageous and towering six over deep mid on to the races cheers of the boys in the stands. 

Earlier in the run chase, James Mahony-Brack (51) continued his sensational form opening the batting. Mahony-Brack is one of the classiest batsman you will see, with his ability to dominate attacks and set the tempo for an innings. He was in sparkling touch here in a great opening partnership of 80 with Jack Tector (40) who played the perfect anchor role to set up the run chase. Mahoney-Brack now has 433 runs at an average over 30 in Second Grade and PG’s combined, and if he can convert those half centuries into a couple of centuries he will be knocking right on the door of First Grade selection. The innings fell away in the middle order with Matt Calder (23) the only one to make a contribution. 

Earlier in the day it was a good team bowling performance to limit the Sharks to a moderate score on a flattish wicket and fast outfield at Petersham. Our two opening bowlers Jaime Hemphrey (3/37-10) and Pat Magann (2/38-10) were both excellent, taking five wickets between them. Hemphrey’s ability to hit the wicket and bowl a heavy ball, combined with Magaan’s ability to swing the new ball, is a good combination going forward. All other bowlers did a tidy job, with spinners Jenkins and James controlling the middle orders. 

The win sees the boys back up to 11th on the ladder, just 9 points behind 6th placed Sydney University, with still five rounds to play. Whilst Captain Holland said it wasn't the greatest performance he noted at this point of the seasons getting the points is all that counts. Next week the Second Grade team hits the road for a trip out to Mark Taylor Oval for a real acid test against a Northern Districts’ side with just one loss this season, and sitting clear by 10 points at the top of the table. 

JC Travel Professionals MVP Award

3 – Jamie Hemphrey 

2 – James Mahony Brack

1 – Jack Tector

Jamie Hemphrey with another quality performance

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The very talented all-rounder James Mahony-Bracks is having an outstanding debut season in 2nd grade!

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Team – Standing, Eldridge, B Stares (c), Hart, Burton, Graham, Powell, N Stares, Loth, N. Singh, McKenzie

Result - Sutherland 10/107 -37.3 Overs (McKenzie 3/13-6.3, Standing 2/15-5, N. Singh 2/24-9, Loth 2/24-7) Defeated by Randwick Petersham 6/111 (Eldridge 28, Burton 21 n/o)

Third Grade are a side on a mission at the moment, having won five of their past six games to surge into 4th spot on the table, after a shaky start to the season. Sutherland possessed a young side sitting at the bottom of the table, however you can't take any game for granted. Doug Loth was back to boost the pace attack with a huge amount of experience and quality now in our 3 main seamers in Singh, McKenzie and Loth. 

Whilst the end margins was just 4 wickets this was a fairly convincing win by 3rd grade to keep there roll going having now won 6 of their last 7 matches including a draw. After rolling Sutherland for 107 the job looked to be done, with Captain Stares ordering his troops to attack the small total. However the Sharks made us work for our win as we passed the total 6 wickets down in the 28th over. Opener Jackson Eldridge (28) got the boys off to a solid start as usual, before Ashley Burton (21n/o) came in at Number 5 and steadied the ship as a few wickets started to fall around him.

Earlier in the day Captain Stars had decided to insert the opponents with a soft wicket and an outfield containing more dirt and sand then any signs of grass. Our four seamers really dominated with Singh, Standing, McKenzie and Loth taking nine wickets between them, all picking up at least two and McKenzie adding a third. Mackenzie (3/13-6.3) has been bowling with good pace and rhythm over the past four rounds, having taken eight wickets over that period and adding a genuine strike bowling option compared to the control and swing of Singh. Singh (2/24-9) and Loth (2/24-7) both picked up key wickets, with Singh taking out the opening batsman and Number 3, whilst Loth took out the Shark’s Number 4 and 6 as they cut a swath through the middle order. 

Whilst the win wasn't the best of the season, it just goes to show this side can win games in different ways and, under the leadership of Ben Stares and Nigel Singh, have cultivated a great team spirit and determination. Captain Stares was pleased with the win but just as pleased with another good song and Shire circuit. Remember this side started the season with just one victory from their opening three games and are now sitting in 4th spot on 44 points and look certain to make the finals with a couple more victories. Next week should be a sensational match up between 2nd and 4th on the ladder as Northern Districts have to come to our house at Petersham Oval in what will prove a crucial game in potentially hosting a home semi-final later in the season. 

JC Travel Professionals MVP Award

3 – Tom McKenzie 

2 – Jackson Eldridge

1 – Joe Hart

244x121 adina4th Grade - Randwick Petersham v Sutherland @ Coogee Oval 

Team - Gracias Flor, King, Murdita, Montedoro, Radford, Bourke (c), Stafford, Kenzie, House+, Budwee, Sterling 

Result - Sutherland 5/187 - 50 Overs (Budwee 2/23 -10, Kenzie 1/37-10) Defeated By Randwick Petersham 5/188 - 42.4 Overs (Radford 89n/o, Bourke 35n/o, Gracias Flor 30)

Fourth Grade were hungry for a victory after losing their past couple of games to leave them outside the Top 6 in 8th place, looking in for the first time this season. The boys were looking to break the Coogee Curse which had seen David Bourke’s side win just one game there since the beginning of last season. Chris King and Ed House both came into the side, with Damian Sydney unavailable and Padraic Flanagan having played his last game for the Club. 

Bourkey's boys managed to break through the Coogee Curse with a really impressive 5-wicket victory after being set a tricky target of 188 on what was a slow outfield but a belter of a batting wicket. The Sharks had grafted hard for their 5/187, and we looked in a fair amount of trouble at 5/70, when Luke Radford (89n/o) joined Captain Bourke (35n/o) at the crease. However, a brilliant unbeaten partnership of 121 took the game completely away from the Sharks, eventually getting over the line fairly comfortably with a tick over seven overs to spare. 

Radford has been a great addition to 4th Grade with his First Class and First Grade experience proving a huge asset to a young and impressionable side, mixed in with a few veterans. Radford was explosive here, destroying the Sharks’ attack with five towering 6’s and hitting the ball so hard that he split the mid-offs webbing in his finger, as well as nearly killing Captain Bourke at the non-striker’s end on one occasion. Radford showed he was a class above at times, and his contributions will be crucial in whether 4’s can get into the finals, and mount a genuine Premiership tilt. Bourke was once again playing a great anchor innings, swallowing his pride and playing second fiddle to Radford, whilst desperate not to expose the lower order to the pressure of another close run chase. Bourke now has 210 runs at 35 for the season, with three crucial not outs, as the veteran soaks up plenty of balls and grinds the opposition into the dirt. 

With the ball, whilst we only picked up 5 wickets, all bowlers were tidy with none going for more than 4.2 runs per over. The pick of the bowlers was Gabe Budwee (2/23-10) who picked up two big wickets as the Sharks slumped from 1/70 to 5/130 after they looked on track for a score well over 200 early in the innings. Young spinners Kenzie and Montedoro darted the ball in and both did a great job, with Kenzie controlling the middle overs, whilst Montedoro once again excelled in his role as death closer, at a ground which can be tough to bowl spin on with the short straight boundaries. 

It was a much needed win for Fourth Grade who are back up from 8th place to 7th, on 37 points, just one point behind 6th placed Gordon, and only two points behind 4th placed Sydney University. Next week is another huge game against a high flying Northern Districts at Asquith, with the hosts sitting pretty in second spot on the table. 

JC Travel Professionals MVP Award

3 – Luke Radford 

2 – David Bourke

1 – Gabe Budwee

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Team – Andonopulous, Lopes (+), Clark, Frith (c), Hodges, Fox, Wall,  M. O'Loughlin,  Dellar, L. O'Loughlin, Tsalikidis 

Result - Sutherland 8/325 - 50 Overs (Fox 4/22-10, Dellar 2/42-10, Frith 2/39-5) v Randwick Petersham 9/204 - 50 Overs (Frith 79, Wall 26, Tsalikidis 19n/o)

Fifth Grade were looking to break through for a first victory of the season after a desperately unlucky one wicket loss to Hawkesbury in Round 9. The boys made the trip to the windy and picturesque surrounds of Tonkin Park to take on Sutherland who were sitting in ninth place. 

Fifth Grade once again showed signs of improvement, but it wasn’t enough against a strong Sharks’ side, going down by 121 runs in a high scoring match. It’s not often in 5th Grade you get 529 runs in a day’s cricket; however that was the case with some really good batting on display from both sides. It was the first time this season 5th  Grade have managed to score over 200 runs, and the side will be knocking on the door of a couple of wins against different opponents later in the season. 

Tom Frith (79) made a welcome return to form, dominating the middle order and keeping the boys in the hunt at various points of the run chase. Frith has made a couple of key scores in 4th Grade this year, and Mark Wall commented that this was a chanceless innings full of impeccable stroke play and putting away the loose ball. Mark Wall (26) and Kyri Tsalikidis (19n/o) also provided some support as the boys managed to bat out the 50 overs, which is a great effort given that hasn't always been the case in some of the higher grades this season. 

With the ball Hayden Fox (4/22) was outstanding, taking four wickets and going at just 2.2 runs per over, even though Sutherland scored at 6.5 runs per over during the 50 overs. Fox has done well in 4th and 5th Grade this year and is growing in confidence and stature with every game, and is becoming a genuine al round option now he is a bit stronger. Alex Dellar (2/42-10) has been a consistent wicket-taker this year in AWGS and 5th Grade and supported Fox well here, as other bowlers were taken to the cleaners by a strong Sharks’ side. 

Next week is another opportunity with the boys heading home, after a couple of road games, to Kensington Oval to take on Northern Districts. With Northern Districts on just 13 points in 18th position, it's another great opportunity to get a win and get some momentum going towards the end of the season, heading into next year. 

JC Travel Professionals MVP Award

3 – Tim Frith 

2 – Hayden Fox

1 – Luca Lopes

rsz lau marrickville logoMetropolitan Cup - Randwick Petersham Gold v Gordon @ Kensington

Team - Stewart (c), Geraghty, Ganesh, N Crawford, T Crawford, Smith, G Small, Kashyap, Jastrzab (+), Sherriff, Bowen, Khoo

Result - Randwick Petersham Gold 57 - 26.5 Overs (Kashyap 16) defeated by Gordon 1-58 - 9.2 Overs

The Golden Boys had some lustre knocked out of them, despite returning to more familiar climes from last week's roasting at Whalan. The Kensington pitch was soft and green, and a heavy dew swept the outfield, as big skip John Stewart returned his toss form to usual service and found himself out in the firing line. The Gordon bowlers held a tight line, avoided bowling wides and were relentless at attacking the stumps, as a succession of Gold batsmen found conditions not to their liking and their off-pegs being disturbed. Coming in at 7-26, Jeremy Jastrzab and Pratulya Kashyap steadied the ship with a patient 26-run stand to temporarily give back hope. 

It wasn't enough though, as a succession of weak dismissals ended the innings at 57, just as the conditions begun to ease up. The Golden bowlers came out firing, and were unlucky not to have a few early wickets as top-edges went for six and a caught behind was denied. Kashyap continued his fine form with the ball to knock out an opener, before the remaining partner polished off the remaining runs. 

JC Travel Professionals MVP Award

3 - Pratulya Kashyap 

2 - Jeremy Jastrzab

1 - Fergus Bowen

cartwright hor 250x125Metropolitan Cup - Randwick Petersham Green v Blacktown @ Jim Hanshaw Oval

Team - Coovre (c), Mahajan, Mohan, Genner, R Sachs, W Deller (+), O Sachs, Whalebone, Robertson, Gandhi, Melukote

Result - Randwick Petersham Green 8-235 - 50 Overs (Mahajan 83, O Sachs 64) defeated Blacktown 219 - 47 Overs (Genner 4-45, Gandhi 2-19, Melukote 2-21)

RP Green won the toss, and elected to bat on what looked to be a batting-friendly second day Jim Henshaw pitch. Alexis Coovre was bowled in the first over, but Vivek Mahajan and Reuben Sachs put on an 80-run partnership, full of delicate flicks, sumptuous drives and hard-run run threes into the open spaces. Sachs eventually departed in the 20th over, chipping one in the air, for a sublime 33. Blacktown clawed-back with the wickets of Bala Mohan and Josh Genner in relatively quick succession, which brought the talented Oscar Sachs to the crease. He and Mahajan took control of the middle-part of the innings counter-attacking where possible, but also making use of those wonderful gaps on offer to run clever twos and threes. Mahajan reached the exciting 80s, and that certain 'big milestone' loomed large for him, but he hit one in the air to cover, ending a fine innings, full of elegance and poise, and crucial to the fate of the match. Aryan Melukote and Joel Robertson came out with the intent of lifting the run-rate, but they perished for not many.

But during all of this Sachs had settled in nicely, and was beginning to find the boundary with greater frequency, including a super six straight down the huge ground. He was eventually out caught for a fine 64, an innings very much for the occasion. Freddie Whalebone (China's best ever cricketer) and the indomitable Will Deller chose finesse over fury, to guide their team home, the Greens 8/235 after 50 overs. Oscar Sachs and Aryan Melukote opened the bowling for the Greens, and the latter knocked-out both openers in the space of 13-overs with some canny bowling. The effervescent Rohan Gandhi then replaced Sachs, and removed numbers three and four to have Blacktown 4-64 in the 19th over. Blacktown's five and six then decided aggression was the answer, hitting the Greens' skipper out of the attack with some huge hits down the ground, and bringing their run-rate back in the black.

The Greens desperately needed a wicket, and Freddie Whalebone, in what was truly a moment in the game, persuaded the 'savage' number six to hit one straight to O. Sachs, who was waiting at cow corner. The Blacktown skipper joined the hard hitting number five, and continued the assault, but they were no match for the other Chinaman in the team, the wiley Josh Genner, who turned and burned them both, with subtle changes in flight and direction. Blacktown were now 7-152 in the 32nd over, and still had time to reach the total. Their tail wagged, numbers eight and nine bringing the total within sight, but Genner never went away, and ended both their cameos with an LBW and a caught and bowled that would make N. Lyon proud. Blacktown were 9-219 and finger nails were shortening. But the fighting number ten, who had toiled for an impressive 16, fell LBW to the spin of none other than the man of the hour, V. Mahajan, to give his team victory by 16 runs, the Green’s first for the season.

Alexis Coovre

JC Travel Professionals MVP Award

3 - Vivek Mahajan 

2 - Oscar Sachs

1 - Josh Genner

Randy Petes Milo In2Cricket Program

In the first part of the season, Randwick Petersham Cricket players and volunteers were lucky enough to be involved with 28 young and keen cricketers as a part of the In2Cricket program at Coogee Oval.

The program is aimed at helping young kids between 5-8 year old stay active and learn the basics of the great game of cricket. The club ran this 10 week program in conjunction with Randwick Junior Cricket Club (RJCC) and overall was a great success in which the kids, parents and those involved with the Randy Petes all enjoyed.

Each week, a different team of Randy Petes grade players would come down to Coogee and go through different activities and games with the kids, passing on some of their own experience and perhaps even learning a thing or two along the way.

The final day of the 10-week program was one that aimed to include parents as well as they got involved in a game with their kids and enjoyed a BBQ after the session finished. The design of the In2Cricket program is all about inclusiveness, whether it be young boys and girls, mums and dads, aunties and uncles or even grandparents with the main goal of having fun while staying active.

On this final day of the program one lucky young girl, Courtenay Codd, was selected out of the group to toss the coin for the main game at Coogee Oval between Randy Petes and Manly.

Randwick Petersham Cricket would like to thank all the parents and kids involved in the program, as well as club legend Alan Wright for organising the program and the players from various grades for helping out each week, and look forward to hopefully doing it again next season!

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