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.
1st 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
2nd 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
The very talented all-rounder James Mahony-Bracks is having an outstanding debut season in 2nd grade!
3rd Grade - Sutherland v Randwick Petersham @ Sutherland Oval
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
4th 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
5th Grade - Sutherland v Randwick Petersham @ Tonkin Park
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
Metropolitan 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
Metropolitan 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.
JC Travel Professionals MVP Award
3 - Vivek Mahajan
2 - Oscar Sachs
1 - Josh Genner