Lyall's Round 11 Preview vs Northern District + Metro, PGs

Round 11 Preview v Northern District

This is a crunch round for us as we take on Northern District who are 5th in the Club Championship and doing well in the individual grades. We have finals hopes for our top four grades and they are ahead of us on points in all but 1st Grade. It’s a two day match round so our premiership chances hinge on some good performances over the next two Saturdays.

The toss has proved an issue for us this season. Last round against Sutherland we won four tosses and won three of those games. 1st Grade can’t take a trick with just 3 of 14 flicks of the coin going our way. Our last toss win was in a T20 match against St George on 19 November—just over 2 months ago. 

Getting the majority of the points on offer against Sutherland we improved our Club Championship position from 10th to 7th. In fact, the 82 points we won against Sutherland was our third best behind the 90 we made playing Manly. We have 719 points while NDs have 846 and are in 5th spot.  

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1st GRADE is at Coogee: With two losses and a draw our last 3 games, we have dropped from 3rd to 9th on 32 points and 7 out of the top 6. We have it all to do in the run home. Gutsy performance last week in gale force winds to hold on for a draw against a huge score made in ideal heat conditions. NDs are struggling a bit this season being 16th on 15 points yet have scored almost as many runs as us, 2,496 to 2,512. But they have only taken 53 wickets to our 74. Clearly batting is their strength so we need to knock them over for a reasonable target. And he did it last Sunday! Adam Semple passed the coveted 1st Grade double of 5,000 runs and 250 wickets. What an achievement that is! And great to have Daniel Sams back after a successful Big Bash stint with the Sydney Sixers!  Daniel replaces Riley Ayre who dislocated a finger last weekend.

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2nd GRADE is at Mark Taylor Oval, Waitara: This is THE BIG ONE. NDs are 1st by 10 points on 54 having won 9 of 10. The only game they lost was against Hawkesbury four rounds ago. We are 11th on 31. If we are to be a force this year we have to go well here. Strangely our last 6 clashes with NDs have resulted in 4 draws, a win and a loss. Historically there has been little between the sides with 4 wins each and a tie plus the 4 draws. We have a very good side in this week so there’ll be no excuses.

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3rd GRADE plays at Petersham: We are 4th on 44 points and NDs are 2nd on 45. What a clash this will be. The match of the round! We each have won our past four matches. The only difference being an extra bonus point for them in an early round. Over the years we have won 6 to their 5 with 2 drawn. You can’t get much closer than that.

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4th GRADE is at Asquith:  A bit of a hike to Asquith for the boys this weekend but they won’t mind with 6 wins out of 10 and in 7th place on 37 points. NDs have 8 wins out of 10 but lost last round to Bankstown when they only made 142. They are 2nd on 49—12 points more than us. Four wins, 4 losses and 4 draws is the record against NDs.

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5th GRADE plays at Kensington: Could this be the venue of the side’s breakthrough win?  We’ve said that a few times in the past few weeks but back home may bring a change of fortune.  The only game NDs have EVER won against us was last year 171 to 8-205. We have won 8 including one outright. They are 18th on 13 points and we are 20th on 2. This is our chance to grab a win.

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Poidevin Gray v Western Suburbs at Petersham Oval THIS SUNDAY at 10 am: This is the last round in this year’s PG program which has been pretty disappointing with just 2 wins and 6 losses. It would be great to finish on a high note and take out this match. We don’t have such a good record against Wests losing 5 and winning just 2 so a big chance to right that record this Sunday and add some valuable points to our Club Championship tally. Go the Randy Petes!!

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Metropolitan Cup from Jeremy Jastrzab: Coming off a weekend of contrasting fortunes, where Gold were rolled on a Kensington green top and Green struck gold in Blacktown, both teams are - as Willie Nelson once sang - on the road again. Gold jump on the M4 and head out for Werrington and Rance Oval to take on 2nd placed Penrith for the next two weeks. The Cats may not have a side as imposing as the ones from seasons past but still manage to crank out some impressive young talent. Green hop over the Harbour Bridge for Mike Pawley Oval to take on 6th placed Warringah. They overpowered the Green team after an initial arm-wrestle back in Round 3 at Marrickville and also had a comprehensive win against Penrith to show that they’re a rising force in the Metropolitan Cup. Notably, this is the first time a Metropolitan Cup side from Randwick Petersham will be playing at Mike Pawley Oval. 

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Lyall's Round 10 Preview vs Sutherland

Round 10 Preview v Sutherland

This is a split format round with 1st Grade playing a Saturday/ Sunday match while the lower grades play Limited Overs games on Saturday only. And let’s hope we have a bit more luck this round than last especially with the toss. We lost ALL 5 TOSSES last weekend for the second time this season. The previous occasion was in round 4 v University of NSW. We won just one game then and we replicated that outcome last week.  And to add to our run of bad luck with the toss of the coin (and the matches), we lost it against Fairfield in the PGs on Sunday and the A W Green Shield clashes with Manly and Mosman this week. That’s eight lost tosses in a row! Not good form for an Anzac Day Two-up School! We may have to get some expert from The Star Casino to give us a leg-up with the toss or somehow manufacture a two-headed coin!

Despite the disaster against Hawkesbury, we held our 6th position in the Club Championship but after losses in the Sunday PG match and two Green Shield games this week we have slumped to 10th 53 points out of 6th and a whopping 302 from1st placed Parramatta. This weekend’s opponent Sutherland is 14th but they always go well against us although we have a narrow win margin of 32 to 31 with 6 draws across the grades over the years. 

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1st GRADE is at Glenn McGrath Oval, Caringbah: Two losses on the trot have made our boys hungry. We are now out of the top 6 in 8th place yet on points are only 6 from third and 11 from second which is Sutherland. The Sharks are going well this season and we’ll be up against a couple of former Randy Petes in Jarryd Biviano and Jake Wilson.  We have won 7 of the last 10 clashes but overall the record is 11 wins to their 8. One of the interesting aspects of this match is that Adam Semple needs just 7 runs to make 5,000 in 1st Grade and join a very select group in the history of NSW Premier Cricket to have reached that number while taking 250 wickets. Adam currently has 4,994 runs and 267 wickets. A brilliant career—and it’s far from over! Dan Sams (Sydney Sixers) and Jason Sangha (under 19s) are out this week while Soumil Chhibber returns. Matt Everett retains his place after a brilliant debut last weekend.

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2nd GRADE is at Petersham: Our boys return to the scene of last weekend’s disaster when they lost 4 wickets in 5 balls in the one over! A freakish occurrence and one we can do without this Saturday. We are 12th just two wins out of the top 6 so there’s plenty to play for this weekend. Sutherland are in last place and have not gained a point as yet. A very unusual situation and the last thing we want is for a Shark to jump up and bite us come Saturday. They hold an historic advantage winning 6 to our 4 but we have won the past 2 seasons. Big chance for a hat-trick! Jack Lyle comes into the side after his sensational 91* in 3s.

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3rd GRADE plays at Sutherland Oval: With 5 wins and a draw the past 6 games, we are entitled to the 4th position we hold—just 7 points from second placed Mosman. The Sharks are amazingly in the same spot as their 2s—20th on 8 points. And like 2s, we have won the past two clashes so a trifecta is essential if we are to remain the force we have become in this grade this season. Over the years they have won 6 to our 3. We have a very strong side in this week.

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4th GRADE is at Coogee:  A real blow to lose by one run last weekend at Coogee and drop to 8th on the points ladder. But the good news is that on 31 points we are just 2 points from 4th and 7 from 3rd in a close contest. The Sharks are right behind us on 30 points and will be eager to get past. We have lost to them the past 3 years after winning the previous 3. If that’s anything to go by, it’s our turn! There has been talk that 4s struggle at Coogee. A check of results over the past 4 seasons plus this one so far reveals Coogee has not been a happy hunting ground for our 4th Grade boys. Since the start of 2013 up to last Saturday we have played there 17 times for 2 wins (last season), 2 draws (one this season) and unfortunately, 13 losses. Two of those losses have been to Sutherland. But the Coogee hoodoo is about to be overcome. It starts this Saturday!

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5th GRADE plays at Tonkin Oval, Cronulla: Could this be the venue of the side’s breakthrough win?  The boys were stiff last week with the last two at the wicket putting on 12 to beat us by one run! Sutherland are 8th on 31 points and we are 20th on 2. It will be a big ask but over the years we have beaten them 8 times to 3. A very young but capable team has been named for this week.

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Metropolitan Cup from Jeremy Jastrzab: Both Metro teams got off to a slow start after Christmas, with the pudding and turkey taking a little longer to burn off than expected. The Golds will have sweated most of it off as temperatures at Whalan last week eclipsed 40 degrees, but will get to enjoy more familiar and comfortable climes back at Kensington this week. Their lovely and pleasant opponents from the North Shore, Gordon, are running second and have only lost one game this season. The Golds are getting a few holidayers back to bolster their ranks and Kensington is still proving to be more traditional in its run scoring options. After getting respite from the oppressive conditions last week, the Green team have no escape from the beauty and tranquillity of Whalan No. 2, as they head back out for another western encounter with the 10th placed Blacktown. At least the forecast temperatures are nowhere near as high as they were last weekend, and the match will now be played on Sunday due to a double booking (though Whalan is big enough to fit both games on it).

Lyall Gardner

Lyall's Round 9 Preview vs Hawkesbury, + PGs & Metro

Welcome back everyone and Happy New Year one and all!  It’s been great over the Christmas period watching some of our own performing well on the big stage. David Warner and Usman Khawaja in the Test matches and Daniel Sams recording the greatest debut performance EVER in the Big Bash taking 4-14 from 4 overs for the Sixers against the Thunder. Great to see Daniel’s talent finally recognised!

But back to reality. It’s the second-half of the NSW Premier Cricket competitions.  This is the half that counts. Seven matches to determine the finalists and we aim to be part of that. This Saturday in a one-dayer against Hawkesbury. It’s an ordinary round match for grades 2-5 but for 1st Grade it’s the last round of the preliminary games in the separate Limited Overs Cup competition. The top 8 proceed to the finals and we are 10th after our hiccup against Bankstown in the round before Christmas. Hawkesbury have lost all 3 in the competition and we need to make it 4 by beating them this Saturday. If we can win we also need to win well to improve our quotient and so grab a top 8 spot.

In the Club Championship we are now up to 6th on 613 points but just 66 from 2nd placed Sydney. We need to finish strongly in this second-half if we are to finish in an acceptable position. Parramatta have bolted away on 870 points and lead by a massive 191. We need to whittle some of that lead away over the next few weeks. Hawkesbury 1s 11th on 509 points. Last time we played Hawkesbury in all 5 grades was 2 years ago when we had a “Greenwash” (wins in all 5 grades).

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1st GRADE is at Owen Earle Oval, Richmond: Bankstown knocked a bit of the wind out of our sails when they done us over before Christmas but we are still in it holding down 6th place. We are on 31 points just 7 behind the leaders Campbelltown-Camden on 38. We played the Hawks in the semi-final of the LO Cup last year and they beat us. We had beaten them the previous four occasions and in fact have won 11 times to their 5 over the years. Alex Kemp returns as does Greg West for the first time this season following injury. Matt Everett makes his 1st Grade debut after a huge batting season in 2s.

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2nd GRADE is at Petersham: After two great wins prior to Christmas the side is now in 10th spot and just one win out of the top 6. But we’ll need to bring our A game again this Saturday as Hawkesbury is running second having won 6 out of 8. Their Kerrod Gordon is the competition’s leading run-getter with 426—23 ahead of our Matt Everett. Historically we have won 10 of our 13 clashes but they are clearly an improved side this season. Pat Magann makes a welcome appearance for the first time this season while wicket-keeper Kel Mullins makes his 2nd Grade debut.

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3rd GRADE plays at Bensons Lane 2, Richmond: With 4 wins and a draw the past 5 games, our boys are on fire!  They are now in 6th place on 31 points just 7 from second placed Mosman. The Hawks are struggling with 2 wins and a tie out of 8 and are 13th on 15 points. 3rds has the worst historical record against the Hawks winning just 5 to their 7. A good chance for us to start evening up that record. Doug Loth returns and will add to the bowling.

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4th GRADE is at Coogee:  We are now in 4th place on 31 points but just 5 in front of Hawkesbury who are 8th. This will be a keenly contested clash. We have an amazing record against the Richmond boys winning 11 of 13. They beat us in 2013-14 but we have won the past two matches.  

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5th GRADE plays at Bensons Lane 3, Richmond: It has been a difficult season for the defending premiers not having won a match and languishing in last place on just 2 points. Hawkesbury have won 3 and are 12th on 19 so they won’t be easy.  Time for a turnaround and hopefully this will be it. Ed House will again captain the side.

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POIDEVIN GRAY v Fairfield-Liverpool SUNDAY at Petersham Oval from 10 am: This will be a tough assignment as the Lions are sitting in 3rd spot on the ladder and we are 18th. We have only played Fairfield four times but have won three. We could use the Club Championship points so a big win would be very welcome.

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Metropolitan Cup from Jeremy Jastrzab: After filling their bellies with Christmas pudding and punch, the cricketers are all keen to get back out on the park and work off some of that festive paunch. And with temperatures predicted to soar, that should help out a bit with that goal. John's Golden Boys have soared off the bottom of the table with two resounding wins on the trot, but will be tested by the conditions out at Whalan Reserve this weekend. Blacktown has towelled our 5s and Metro this season already, but with the reinforcements called in over the last couple of weeks, the Golden boys will fancy their chances of continuing their ascent up the ladder. The other Greenies with Alexis will get to enjoy the home comforts (hopefully a sea breeze) in their rematch with Penrith at Kensington Oval. Penrith are a very different team now from the one that racked up 300+ in round 1, and the Greens have recruited smartly as well to be a much better prospect than they were last September. At least they'll have 12 players as opposed to 9 from last time!

Lyall Gardner

 

Lyall's Round 8 Preview vs Bankstown

Round 8 Preview v Bankstown

This Saturday we play Bankstown in another round of Limited Overs matches in all grades. And apart from being part of the Belvidere Cup competition in 1st Grade it is also round 3 in the Limited Overs Cup Competition. We have done well so far to be second on points and fifth on quotient just one point from the leader Parramatta. It’s a tight competition and we need to keep winning. All games start at 10 am.

This is the last round before Christmas which has produced some amazing results in the last three years. Last season, we WON ALL FIVE grades against North Sydney. The previous two years however, it was the complete opposite. In 2015-16, we LOST ALL FIVE grades against Penrith and the year before we LOST ALL FIVE grades against Easts!! There’s no half-measures this round. It’s a case of all or nothing!

Bankstown is usually one of the front-runners in most competitions and the Club Championship, although they are having an ordinary summer so far. But we should always be wary of the wounded Bulldog! They are 16th in the CC on 361 points while we are now 5th on 502. We are up three places after last weekend’s rounds against Manly but, because the leader Parramatta had a huge round, we are now 197points behind them. However, we are only 81 from second-placed Sydney. Clearly, Parramatta are having a blinder this season. Our great win in the A W Green Shield against North Sydney on Thursday enabled us to pass Easts.

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1st GRADE is at Petersham Oval: We are now 3rd in the Belvidere Cup competition on 31 points just one from the leader Campbelltown-Camden. Easts are equal with us but second on quotient. Bankstown is 9th on 20 but had a good win in the LO match last Saturday over the well-performed Sydney. Our clashes with Bankstown over the years make for interesting reading. We have played them 16 times with 7 wins and a tie each, 7 losses each and one draw. The important distinction is that we have beaten them in 5 of our last 6 games. They last beat us in 2008-09. May the recent history continue!

And congratulations to Daniel Sams who brought up 200 1st Grade wickets with the club last Saturday. With his 37 wickets he took with Bankstown before he joined us, he has a NSW Premier Cricket record of 237 1st Grade wickets. A fantastic record! Dan is also our leading run-getter with 325 this season, just marginally ahead of Jason Hughes on 304 who is having a great summer.

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2nd GRADE is at Bankstown: The 8 wickets win last Saturday equalled our record winning margin in a single innings set in 2004-05 when we beat Mosman 2-97 to 94. A sensational performance! And no doubt Matt Everett earned a rest afterwards as he was on the field for every moment of the game by ‘keeping throughout Manly’s innings then batting throughout ours for 92* and a great win! He deserved the extra 8 runs.  The 145 put on by Jack Tector (71) and Everett was the best opening partnership in any grade this season. We are now 12th on 19 points, 11 out of the top 6 so we need to keep winning. Bankstown is 17th on 12. Over the years we have beaten them 8 out of 14 with one match drawn. Last season we won 5-204 to 200 at Petersham.  Jamie Hemphrey returns this week.

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3rd GRADE plays at Coogee: We are now 6th on 25 points just one point from 4th and 13 from 1st. Bankstown is 16th on 9 points. Historically we have won 7 to their 5 with 2 drawn. Last year was washed out at Grahame Thomas Oval. And what a start by 3rd Grade debutant Padraic Flanagan last Saturday to hit the stumps with his third ball! Tom McKenzie who did well in 2s last weekend will strengthen the bowling.

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4th GRADE is at Jensen Park, Sefton:  A bit of a blow to go down to the leaders last weekend but we are still 6th on 25 points just 5 out of third. But Bankstown are breathing down our necks just one point behind!  We MUST WIN to keep our top 6 spot. While we have won 7 clashes to their 6, they have won 5 of the last 6 matches. We lost at Coogee last year 159 to 201 although skipper David Bourke produced a great spell taking 5-15. Bourke is back to captain the side.

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rsz lau marrickville logoMetropolitan Cup from Jeremy Jastrzab: Metro has a win on the board. Granted, it was a derby and barring natural disaster, one team was eventually going to have a win. The last round before Christmas sees both teams come back up against familiar foes. Derby victors head back to their other home, Snape Park, to take on their favourite opponents, Mosman, again. Jay Patel has had an ace up his sleeve this season in Kunal Sharma, MD of Spartan Sports, who has rampaged to 516 runs before Christmas, which included a mammoth 166 against the Golds in Round 4. To put this into perspective, the highest run scorer in the competition last season had a total of 443 runs. And while Mosman always are bolstered when the private schools go on holiday, Snape Park has been putting on the kind of scores that put Dwight Eisenhower off cricket when 104 runs were scored in a day during a Karachi test match in 1959. Getting Kunal early could see a tightly fought low-scoring contest unfold. Green head back to St Pauls to take on Sydney University and will hope to have more than 8 players and one sympathetic parent to put on the park. The students also find an extra wind during school holidays so even with a full side, the team will have their work cut out for them. As long as they apply themselves like they did in the second innings of their last match, they’ll put on a good show to match the picturesque surroundings.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to one and all!

Lyall Gardner

Round 5 Preview v Blacktown

Round 5 Preview v Blacktown

With wet weather around, last round was not one to lose all 5 tosses which we did. In fact it was 6 as Metro Green also lost the flip of the coin leaving Metro Gold skipper John Stewart as the only one you’d let go to the Casino with your money. And it showed that the toss was important with 2s, 4s and 5s going down having to bat on day 2 which favoured the bowlers. But 3s got up with evergreen Nigil Singh passing the 475 wickets milestone for the club while taking his 3rd Grade tally to 247. And while the draw in 1st Grade was a real dampener in more ways than one, young Jason Sangha showed that if the opposition bowlers don’t get him early they don’t get him at all. In 4 digs he has scores of 0, 162*, 0 and 100* for a cool average of 130! He plays for Cricket Australia against the Poms over the next two weeks and we wish him good cricket.

Despite the poor points-scoring round and the fact we lost both PG matches last Sunday, we haven’t done all that much damage in the Club Championship being 8th and just 112 points from the leader Sydney University. Our opponent this round in a series of two-day matches, the Blacktown Warriors, is last (20th) on 80 points. Blacktown have won just the 4 games—one in 2s and 3 in 5s. Over the years the two clubs have clashed 58 times with us running out victors on 42 occasions. We have lost 13 with 3 drawn. And while we have beaten them in all 5 grades (Greenwash) 4 times they almost repaid the debt last year winning 4 of the 5 with only 1st Grade flying the flag for us.

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1st GRADE is at Coogee: We are in 8th place in the competition on 13 points just one win (6 points) from 2nd spot. Blacktown are 20th on 0 points and have lost to Sydney, Sydney University, St George and Parramatta this season yet have scored more runs than us—1,112 to 1,084. They also have lost more wickets—45 to our 28. The pressure is always greater when you are expected to win so there is no room for complacency this round. Of the 5 grades, Blacktown’s record against us is best in 1st Grade where they have won 5 matches. We have won 8 but over the past 5 years it is 2 all.  Alex Kemp has stood down from the captaincy and Anthony Sams has been appointed to take over with Adam Semple his deputy. Anthony also needs just 80 runs for 4,000 in 1st Grade. Alex Kemp, Soumil Chhibber and Riley Ayre all return from injury. Dan Sams comes into the side on day 2 after a successful stint with Canterbury in the first-class cricket NZ Plunket Shield competition.

New skipper Anthony Sams will have the honour of leading the Randy Petes - Congrats Samsy!

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2nd GRADE is at Joe McAleer: Our historical record is 8 wins to 2 against the Warriors although they won at Coogee last season 253 to 215 after being 5-47. It was a “battle of the tail” with their last wicket yielding 72 runs. Our last two, Joe Hart and James Tyson then all but matched them with 66 for the 10th wicket. Despite last weekend’s loss we are still doing OK in 11th place just one win out of the top 6. Blacktown defeated St George in round 3, chasing down 249 to be 4-258 at the finish after an opening partnership of 190 at Hurstville Oval. They are 13th on 6 points. Irish import Jack Tector and Mitchell Edwards who both made their 1st Grade debut with the club last week come into the side which is one of the strongest fielded for some time.  Mac Jenkins, who is just 16 and 2 months bowled an impressive 33 overs in taking 3-73 with his left-arm spinners in his 2nd Grade debut match last round. Rav DeSilva passed 750 runs for the club (768) with a well-compiled 52 last game. He averages 65.5 this season.

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3rd GRADE plays at Petersham: The old warhorse Nigil Singh got 3s back on track with a “6 fa” last round. Three more wickets will give him 250 in 3rd Grade. That gave us 4 wins in a row over UNSW. The side is 10th on 12 points just 2 out of the top 6.  Blacktown have lost all 4 games this season and are 20th on 0. Last season was the first time Blacktown had beaten us. They won 7-201 to 129 after we lost 6-33. Prior to that we had won the previous 9 only interrupted by a draw in 2007-08. Chris King and Joe Hart will strengthen the side with their presence.

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4th GRADE is at Jim Hanshaw: Skipper David Bourke is not showing the form with the toss he did 2 years ago when he won 12 on the trot. So far this season he has lost all 4. Bookies have him odds-on for a correct call this round. Our record in this grade is second-to-none. We had won 10 out of 10 prior to last season’s loss 215 to 7-328 declared. Corey Graham made 96 that game. This season we are 5th on 18 points just one win from the lead. We would have been in front had we defeated UNSW last Saturday. Blacktown have lost 4 from 4 and languish in last place.

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5th Grade plays at Kensington: While we had a commanding 7 to 4 win record over Blacktown historically, they are well ahead of us this season. They won the first 3 games to share the competition lead. And while they lost to Parramatta last week they are in 6th place on 18 points. We are struggling in 18th with just one point. Last year we lost 126 to 220 at Whalan but went on to win the comp. Can we do it again?? And congratulations to long-serving Metro Cup player Damian Sidney who scored his first NSW Premier Cricket half-century (55) last Saturday in just his fourth game in 8 seasons with the club.  Fast bowling pair Mitchell O’Loughlin and Mackenzie Waugh make a welcome return and will give opposing bats plenty to think about.

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Metropolitan Cup from Jeremy Jastrzab: While both Metropolitan Cup teams had to settle for rain-soaked draws, there were encouraging signs in both games. Green were well on track for a win before they ran out of overs and light, while Gold fought back from a potentially massive score. And both teams kept up the chat throughout the day. The captains head back to their original guises, with the Gold team taking on UNSW Black at Alexandria Park. After a few abandonments, we're hoping that the ground will be ready upon arrival. Green head to St Pauls to take on Sydney University and play a warm-up game of cricket kit Tetris to fit everyone into the 'cosy' dressing rooms. With both teams taking on the students, it's hoped that we'll be the ones dealing out the lessons. 

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POIDEVIN GRAY SHIELD: We play St George in a double-header at Coogee THIS SUNDAY with the matches at 10 am and 2.30 pm. St George have beaten us 6 times with our one and only win coming 15 years ago in 2001-02. Time to make some in-roads into that record. Please get down and cheer on our boys—even if only for an hour or so. Go the Randy Petes!!

Lyall Gardner

Round 4 Preview v UNSW

Preview Round 4: Remembering “Tibby” Cotter

The 100th anniversary of NSW and Australian fast bowler Albert `Tibby’ Cotter’s death in World War I will be commemorated with round 4 of McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket named in his honour.

Cotter was killed on October 31, 1917, while acting as a mounted stretcher-bearer at the third Battle of Gaza and was buried near Beersheba, which is now in southern Israel. He is one of three NSW cricketers who died during WWI, all in 1917. Norm Callaway, who scored 207 in his only innings for NSW, was killed on 3 May, and Gother Clarke, who played seven first-class matches between 1899 and 1902 as a leg-spinner, died on 12 October. Clarke enlisted as a doctor at the age of 41.

Cricket NSW CEO Andrew Jones paid tribute to the players who made the ultimate sacrifice.

 “NSW is a cricket family. Norm Callaway, Gother Clarke and Tibby Cotter are a special part of that family,” Mr Jones said.

 “Tibby Cotter made a great impact as player during Australia’s earliest years as a federation so it is fitting that we honour his contribution on and off the field with a round of Premier Cricket.

 “A short man with a slinging action which has been compared to Jeff Thomson, Cotter generated great pace and had a reputation for shattering stumps.

 “Like Thomson, Cotter was known for his pace rather than his accuracy, once hitting WG Grace on the body with a full toss.

 “He played 21 Tests between 1904 and 1912, claiming 89 wickets at an average of 28.64. In Sheffield Shield cricket he took 123 wickets at 23.45.

 “Like all of the finest cricketers who have represented NSW and Australia, Tibby Cotter played club cricket for the since merged Glebe Cricket Club, where he once claimed four wickets in four balls.

 “For well over a century club cricket has been the foundation which has made NSW the most successful first class cricket team in the world. Tibby Cotter, Norm Callaway and Gother Clarke were all an important part of that foundation.”

From the Randy Petes History books:  “The famous “bowl-off” between “Tibby” Cotter and Jack Scott.

In 1909-10 Petersham was out for just 115 after being sent in at Petersham Oval with Glebe and Australian Test bowler “Tibby” Cotter taking 4-13. The match had been billed as a “bowl-off” between Cotter and Petersham’s Jack Scott to decide the fastest bowler in Sydney.  Scott responded to the Cotter onslaught with one of his own having Glebe out for a measly 42 bowling three batsmen in the one over to reduce the score from 4-34 to 7-34. Ironically, Scott’s figures of 4-13 matched Cotter’s although the general view was that Jack was the quicker with the new ball.

Meanwhile, in 2017: Round 4 v Uni. of NSW & T20 Comp rounds 1 & 2

Two wins, two losses and a draw was not the outcome we hoped for against Fairfield-Liverpool last round but with a few draws in other games we didn’t do much damage. We dropped from 3rd to 5th in the Club Championship but remain only 43 points from the leader Sydney. A chance to make amends here as we have a sound record against University.  In the 77 matches we have played them across the grades we have won 48 to their 28 with just one match drawn. University however, holds a special place in our history as they were the first club we played as Randwick Petersham when we started as a merged club in 2002. And they belted us 4 to 1 with only 2nd Grade victorious! They are having a much-improved season and are just 15 points behind us in the Club Championship in sixth place. This round its two-day cricket over the next two Saturdays.

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1st GRADE is at Alan Davidson Oval, St Peters: A season threatening injury to Soumil Chhibber early in the match and 20mls of rain the day before we batted created a few insurmountable hurdles against Fairfield-Liverpool last week. We have 2 wins to sit in 9th place on the ladder while Uni. had their first success last week to be in 14th spot. They defeated Parramatta after knocking up 351 with their opener James Henry making 153. We have won 13 to their 6 over the years although they won by 6 wickets against us at Coogee last season after we were sent in. On the plus side, our record single innings winning margin was against Uni. when we won by 276 runs in a semi-final 5 years ago.

And congratulations to Adam Semple who brought up the big double on the week-end passing 5,000 runs for the club while he took his 250th wicket in round 1. Daniel Sams needs just 6 wickets for 200 (but is out this week playing in NZ) while brother Anthony is just 146 runs short of 4,000 in 1st Grade. Josh Bohannon comes into the side after a great double in 2s last round.

 

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2nd GRADE is at Coogee: This may be the match of the round as Uni. are undefeated with 3 wins to our 2. We are 10th and they are 4th on a compact points ladder. An outstanding 8 wickets win last round has our boys on a roll and ready to go this weekend. It’s a close record historically with a narrow win margin to them of 8 to our 7. It’s 4 all the past 8. We won easily last season by 7 wickets after Irishman Andrew Balbirnie made 121. Skipper Tom Holland plays his 120th game and needs 78 runs for 2,500 for the club. Jack James is back while Mac Jenkins returns after a successful Under 17 National Cricket Championship.

 

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3rd GRADE plays at David Phillips South: We have 8 wins to Uni.’s 6 over the years and will need to improve to expand that record after two disasters the past two matches. The good thing about that record against Uni. is that we have won the past 3. We won last year at Petersham after Jack James hit 105. Both teams won the first round this season and lost the past two so this will be an even match.  Jack Lyle needs 85 for 1,000 runs for the club.

 

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4th GRADE is at Petersham Oval: Last week’s win was only the second time in our 17 seasons 4ths have won the first three matches. But a new record beckons as the side has NEVER won the first four!  The closest we came was 3 wins and a tie in 2007-08. After a near record margin win by 216 runs last week the boys give every indication they can set a new mark as they are on fire.  And congrats to Rod Stafford who had a lot to do with last week’s big win hitting his first century in 21 seasons! 103* off 75 balls with 9 sixes with the last 62 coming in 20 balls was a special innings. Uni. of NSW have had just the one win this season and are in 10th place. Over the years we have won 8 to Uni.’s 6. We have won 5 of the past 6 although our loss was 2 seasons ago when Uni. won outright when we made just 71 and 38. Skipper David Bourke will play his 250th game for the club when he leads his charges on to the field on Saturday in third place on the ladder just one point from the leader Sydney. It will also be his 335th in NSW Premier Cricket. He also needs just 31 runs to reach 3,500 in 4th Grade. Recent retiree James Tyson returns to the fold while young gun Peter Andonopoulous makes his 4th Grade debut after a ton in 5s on debut. 

 

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5th Grade plays at David Phillips North: We have a fantastic record against Uni. winning 12 to their 2 out of our 14 clashes over the years. Their two wins came in 2001-02 and 2012-13. That record should give our premiership defending team some encouragement after an extremely slow start to the season. We didn’t get to bat last game after Friday’s rain put Saturday’s match out of business so the boys will be itching to get at them this round. Uni. have won the first 2 matches to be in 4th place while we are 18th with a single point for last week’s draw. Mark Wall takes over the captaincy from the injured Adam Lee.

 

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Metropolitan Cup from Jeremy Jastrzab: While all that glitters may not be Gold, what has been Green will become Gold this weekend… availabilities mean that club CEO John Stewart will be taking over the Green team for the next two Saturdays, while Alexis will take his golden form opening the batting into the Gold team over the next two Sundays. That means a solid month against old mate, Jay Patel, with Mosman schlepping back to across the bridge to Kensington for another two weeks. The mail is that Spartan owner Kunal Sharma won’t be getting promoted to 5th Grade, despite a scintillating 166 with 14 sixers last Saturday.  Getting him early will be key to securing our first win of the season. The Gold team heads to David Phillips South and takes on UNSW Gold. There don’t seem to be any former Randwick Petersham players with a penchant for clearing the back net of the baseball diamond in that side, and they’re coming off a pair of losses, so both Golds will be looking to relegate the other to silver!

NEXT SUNDAY 29 October is LADIES, LEGENDS and VOLUNTEERS DAY at Coogee Oval.

It’s our first BIG DAY for a get-together and you will get to see TWO great Twenty20 matches. The first is against Sutherland at 10 am while we play Newcastle at 2.30 pm. The Newcastle game is of great interest as the Novocastrian’s have named our champion fast bowler of a few years ago, Burt Cockley in their line-up. And the Zone chairman of selectors is Greg Arms a former Randwick player!  Looking forward to seeing them both at the match. Nathan Price returns to Randwick Petersham for both matches.

COME DOWN AND JOIN IN THE FUN!  IT WILL BE A GREAT CATCH-UP DAY AND GREAT CRICKET!

Go the Randy Petes!!

 

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