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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.