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.
1st 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.
More runs for Daniel Sams
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) 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.