The Randwick Petersham Cricket Club touring side to England and Ireland left their England leg with an even ledger - 1 loss, 1 tie (!) and 1 well earned win. After a rough start where foreign conditions and jet lag combined to consign the squad to a disappointing loss in their first game, a gradual improvement saw an enthralling tie in the second match, followed by an emphatic win. The team have been impressively gelling on and off the field, and head to Ireland with their tails up and with a great learning experience under their belts. A huge thanks to Mote Cricket Club, Gore Court Cricket Club and Linton Park Cricket Club for welcoming us onto their beautiful grounds, and for the amazing hospitality that they have shown us.
The Tour Squad representing Randwick Petersham are: Tom Holland, James Tyson, John Stewart, Jeremy Jastrzab, Adam Lee, Neale Crawford, Damian Sidney, Liam O'Loughlin, Denis Hinds, Paul O'Loughlin, Hayden Fox, Mitchell O'Loughlin, Kel Mullins, Pratulya Kashyap, Soshua Mellick, Anne O'Loughlin and Michael Mullins.
Match Report: Game 1 vs The Mote
Result - The Mote 7/199 (Lee 3/20 off 5 overs) def. Randwick Petersham 120 (Holland 28, Lee 29*)
Randwick Petersham Cricket started their tour with a big loss at the hands of The Mote Cricket Club. The side were one day removed from a long, taxing flight from Sydney and it showed as the side let the hosts reach 7/199 after their 40 overs. Adam Lee, who had the tough task of captaining the opening game of the tour, was the pick of the bowlers taking 3/20 off 5 overs.
The skipper shone with bat, top scoring with 29 runs as the Randy Petes were bowled out for 120. Tom Holland scored 25 but that was it in a rather weak batting display across the board. The team were well below par and a post-match team talk was exactly what was needed to spark them going forward. With words of wisdom Tommy Holland looked to energise the younger players in the squad.
A disappointing first performance overall, but one that had plenty of learning curves. Special thanks to former international spot occupants, Harry Towler and Stuart Parsons, for making the lengthy journey down to watch the game. In an interesting bit of trivia, Mote Park was established in 1857, and from 1859 until 2005 had been a first class ground, one of the oldest in the region.
Match Report: Game 2 vs Gore Court
Result - Gore Court 170 (Fox 4/25 off 5 overs, M O'Loughlin 3/5 off 5 overs, L O'Loughlin 2/34 off 6 overs) tied with Randwick Petersham 170 (Holland 70, Mullins 34)
Randy Petes moved on from their poor game one and faced Gore Court in a nail biting affair that ended in a tie. After skipper Neale Crawford lost the toss, the home side batted first, and were bowled out by the visitors for 170 runs. Young guns Hayden Fox (4/25) and Mitch O’Loughlin (3/5) were the standouts in a much better display in the field.
The batting also saw a huge improvement, as Kel Mullins (34) and UNSW import Josh Mellick (16) set the tone early for an exciting run chase. Second grade skipper Holland top scored with a match-high 70.
On the final ball, with two runs needed to secure a victory, James ‘C Bant’ Tyson and Adam Lee (13*) ran through for a one before getting run out on the return, meaning the game ended in a tie. An exciting finish to what was a memorable day of cricket and a huge improvement for the Randy Petes. Gore Court even expressed interest in taking future rising Randy Petes who were after a UK summer of cricket.
Special thanks to former Petersham-Marrickville player, Garry Castleman, for making the long journey out to watch us play.
Match Report: Game 3 vs Linton Park
Result - Randwick Petersham 2/318 (Holland 145*, Mullins 100*) def Linton Park 168 (Lee 3/21 off 8 overs, Mellick 3/51 off 9 overs)
With one loss and one tie from the opening two games, the Randy Petes hoped to secure a win in their final match on English soil against Linton Park, and they did exactly that with a crushing 150-run win over the home side.
Co-captains Damo Sidney and Liam O’Loughlin won the toss and decided to have a bat. While it may not have had the greatest start at 2/28, two men stole the show to guide the visitors to a score of 2/318 after 45 overs.
Kel Mullins was joined at the crease by Holland, who put on one of the great partnerships, finishing with 261 before both men retired. Mullins toiled hard for an unbeaten 100, while the veteran Holland scored a blistering 145 with red ink to boot.
The job was only half done there, but a great bowling performance from Lee (3/21) and Mellick (3/51) led to a convincing win over the home side. This was by far the best performance to date, and built a lot of momentum heading into the four games in Ireland this week.