1st to 5th Grade - Round 13 v St. George (2-Day Matches)
Metropolitan Cup – Eastern Suburbs and Gordon
The Randy Petes headed into Round 13 against St. George with our top four Grades all sitting in striking positions in 9th, 12th, 7th and 8th respectively. With just three games remaining, Firsts and Seconds were looking at the prospect of having to win their remaining three games to stay in the race, whilst Third and Fourth Grade needed at least two wins from three games. St. George had fallen on hard times a little bit as a Club recently, sitting in 15th position in the Club Championship. However, after dropping to 11th we needed a winning week to have hopes of climbing back into the Top 10 before the end of the season. Find out below who starred in Round 12 with bat and ball, with the competition entering its final rounds.
1st Grade - St. George v Randwick Petersham @ Hurstville Oval
Team - A. Sams (c+), Everett, Sangha, Chhibber, Bohannon, D. Sams, Ayre, Eaton, Semple, Ram, West
Result – St. George 10/325 - 95.2 Overs (West 3/52-15.2, D. Sams 2/25-13, Semple 2/81-21) v Randwick Petersham
First Grade headed to one of the better grounds in Sydney in Hurstville Oval to take on a resurgent Saints side who had won their past three matches. Both sides needed a victory to stay in the finals race, with the Randy Petes on 38 points, and Saints on 37, behind Manly in 6th place on 44 points. . Boosting our chance was the return of Australian Under 19s captain Jason Sangha who will bat at Number 4 after starring in the recent Under 19's World Cup, with Australia going down to India in the final in New Zealand. Kushall Ram was also back in First Grade after a strong display in 2s last week.
It proved to be a day of toil for our boys in the field on Saturday as St. George racked up 325 on a good batting surface. Saints looked on track for a score of 350 plus at 4/245, before a late flurry of wickets saw them bowled out in the final over of the day.
The best of the bowlers were seamers Greg West (3/52-15.2) and Daniel Sams (2/25-13) on a flat surface. West removed opener Gray and Number 3 batsman McDonald, and bowled with good pace, as he continued to ramp up his return from a long term injury. Daniel Sams was the most miserly of the bowlers, clean bowling Stapleton and Phillips, and going at less than two runs per over. Adam Semple (2/81-21) and Riley Ayre toiled away manfully both bowling over 20 overs in steamy conditions without having much luck.
Needing to win their remaining three matches to have a chance at making the finals, we will have an uphill task ahead of them next week against a Saints’ side on a winning streak.Saints showed that even without their star State players that you get your rewards at Hurstville if you can bat time and build partnerships. If our boys can bat over 90 overs next week, I'm sure we will get the runs which will keep us in the finals hunt.
2nd Grade - Randwick Petersham v St. George @ Coogee Oval
Team – Mahony-Brack, Tector (c), James, Calder, Lyle, Hart, Mullins(+), Hemphrey, Jenkins, Magann, Dellar
Result - St. George 10/162 - 65.3 Overs (Jenkins 4/38-20.3, Hemphrey 3/56-16) v Randwick Petersham 5/119 (Calder 60n/o, Mahony-Brack 17)
Second Grade were aiming for back-to-back victories to maintain their slim finals hopes when they hosted Saints at Coogee Oval. Saints have had a rough season with just two victories, sitting in 18th spot, whilst we secured our 6th victory of the season last week to move to 37 points, 12 points behind Campbelltown Camden. Youngster Alex Dellar was given a Second Grade debut after some strong performances in 4th and 5th Grades this season, as well as AWGS, whilst Joe Hart returned to the team after some excellent performances in 3rd Grade.
With regular captain Tom Holland unavailable, Jack Tector took control of the side, having played Second Grade all season and captained PGS’s at various times throughout the season. It proved to be a pretty good day’s work for the boys after losing the toss and being in the field, bowling out Saints for 162 before replying with 5/119.
It was a great fight back from 2s, given Saints looked well and truly in control at 0/33 and 1/88 in the first session, on a nice batting surface. We managed to take the final 9 wickets for just 74 runs, with a great team bowling display, as Saints meandered at a run rate of under 2.5 runs per over. It was a combination of experience and youth to get the majority of the wickets, with Jamie Hemphrey (3/56-16) and spinner Mac Jenkins (4/38-20.3) dominating the second session of play. Hemphrey hit the bat hard and was rewarded by removing three of the top six batsmen. Hemphrey now has 25 wickets at 21 in what has been an excellent season in Second Grade. Jenkins took his best Second Grade figures, bowling an outstanding 20-over spell, giving him 6 wickets in the last two games.
With the bat we were in plenty of early trouble at 4/39, before Mahony-Bracks (17) and Matt Calder (60n/o) steadied the ship with a partnership of 68 runs. Calder, rather than go into his shell in search of a small target, instead took the attack to Saints, changing the momentum of the game with a dashing half century including two towering 6’s. The boys are now just 44 runs away from claiming first innings points and setting up a potential outright result which could get us right back in the finals race with two rounds to go.
3rd Grade - St. George v Randwick Petersham @ Olds Park
Team – McLoughlin (c), Powell(+), Eldridge, King, De Silva, Burton, N Stares, Budwee Loth, McKenzie
Result - St. George 9/203 - 80 Overs (McKenzie 4/47-23, Loth 3/41-17, N. Stares 1/66-28) v Randwick Petersham
Third Grade has slipped out of the Top 6 having suffered a couple of close losses to Northern Districts and Gordon. Despite sitting in 7th spot, we were equal on points with rivals Easts on 44, so a win against 11th placed St. George at Olds Park could easily leapfrog us back into the Top 6. The side welcomed back one of the Club’s legends in John McLoughlin to captain the side, having played some 2nd and 4th Grade earlier this year. Gab Budwee was also rewarded for some strong performances in 4th Grade with a start in 3’s.
Old’s Park has been more an AFL ground for Saints over the years, and is a bit like the MCG for cricket with its vast expanses. In steamy conditions, with a nice covering of grass on the pitch, it looked a pretty good cricket wicket. The day was evenly contested with Saints grinding their way to 9/203 from their 80 overs. Having won the toss, captain McLoughlin was delighted with the fightback after Saints had reached 0/63 in the morning session.
Looking at the ground, there was a significant slope running from south end to north end of the ground, so a tactical decision was made to have our strike bowlers operate from the south end. What was key though, when we did hit the right areas, is it was difficult to accumulate runs. The chat at drinks focused on making sure the quicks hit back of a length, and to bring spinner Nathan Stares (1/66-28) into the game up hill from the northern end as soon as possible. Tom McKenzie (4/47-23) stepped up, producing the much needed breakthrough with some great back of length bowling, and it was quickly followed with the second not long after with the removal of the second opener.
Stares remained unchanged for 28 overs straight, bowling with beautiful flight and control, always asking questions of the batsman. His figures don’t do justice to the work he put in as he complemented Loth and McKenzie superbly. McKenzie, along with Loth (3/41-17), restricted the scoring rate and both were able to chip in regularly with wickets. McKenzie has now found his role within the team and, with his dedicated work ethic at training, was able to produce the long consistent bowling spells of which a captain dreams. Loth has sometimes not had any sort of luck this season, however, on Saturday found the sort of rhythm that will produce results.
Next week the boys will wait and see whether the Saints back themselves and declare overnight, or try and add another 5-10 runs to their score. Whatever the case, it will be a pivotal day in their season with a tough batting display required to get us back from two narrow losses in the previous two games.
4th Grade - Randwick Petersham v St.George @ Petersham Oval
Team - Gracias Flor, Murdita, Ahmed (+), Frith, Montedoro, Radford, Bourke (c), Stafford, Fox, Stirling, O'Loughlin
Result - St. George 10/128 - 61.2 Overs (Fox 3/23-18, Stirling 3/29-14. Radford 2/38-17) v Randwick Petersham 3/35 (Murdita 21n/o)
Fourth Grade returned to the House of Pain at Petersham Oval after a tense win against Gordon last week put them right in the mix in 8th spot just 3 points behind 6th placed Sydney University. The side contained a couple of changes, with big hitting all rounder Luke Radford a huge inclusion after missing the past couple of games. Youngster Mitchell O'Loughlin also was elevated up from 5th Grade after playing in their recent revival after Christmas.
With a wet spot on the deck at Petes, it took some work to get it right, and play was delayed 15 minutes. Still a juicy fresh deck, but Saints somewhat surprisingly won the toss and batted, which pleased Captain Bourke. It proved an action packed day, dominated by bowlers, with 13 wickets falling for just 163 runs between the sides. Still, if anything, I think we are slightly on top at 3/35 chasing 129 for victory.
All the bowlers were great, however some poor slip catching was a theme throughout the day, with several chances going down which would have resulted in Saints being rolled for around 70. Hayden Fox (3/23-18) was easily the bowler of the day and produced another great display of sustained good areas and nipping the ball around. Fox has a bowled, an LBW, and a caught behind, which are all genuine wickets for a strike bowler. It’s been great to watch him get better and better with each game, as the season has progressed.
Debutant Mitchell O’Loughlin (1/12-10) was really strong on debut, hitting good areas throughout. He and Fox combined for a great bowling partnership which sucked the life out of the Saints run rate, building great pressure. They bowled together for a 22 over spell, with Saints scoring 2-22 from those 22 overs, Seamer Luke Radford (2/41-17) also hurried up some of the Saints’ batsmen in good combination with Scott Stirling (3/29 off 14) upfront, with seam being the order of the day at Petersham.
In reply we got off to a fairly wobbly start, losing three late wickets, as Saints came out breathing fire to have us 3-35 at stumps, with Fox in as nightwatchman and "Murdita Mail" still there on 21 not out, looking good. Captain Bourke is confident of knocking off the remains 94 runs next week, however we have to be prepared to value our wickets and get in the contest.
Veteran Scott Stirling is in good form lately ' QUEENSLANDER!!!'
5th Grade - St. George v Randwick Petersham @ Harold Fraser Oval
Team – Papathanisaious, Lopes, House (C), Leeson, Hodges, Crawford, Andonopoulous, Sidney (+), Chowdrey, L.O'Laughlin, Tsalikidis
Result - Randwick Petersham 10/143 - 66.5 Overs (Hodges 58) v St. George 0/31 -11 Overs
Fifth Grade had the chance to register their second win of the season when they took on 12th placed St. George at Harold Fraser Oval. It was a momentous day for the Randy Petes with the debut of female cricketer Carly Leeson for the Club in Fifth Grade, having worked with Club Coach Michael Wood throughout the year. Lachlan Hodges was back in charge of the side, having performed strongly in 5th Grade this season.
Hodges won the toss and elected to bat on a good surface, with Fifth Grade putting up a far better performance with bat this week, managing to grind out 143 and batting for nearly 67 overs. We made the Dragons really work for their wickets on a hot and steamy day, with a number of small but valuable partnerships. Captain Hodges (58) was a class above, batting patiently and with strong discipline, to get a well deserved half century as he spent more than three hours at the crease. Opener Apollo Papathaniasiou (18) got the boys off to a decent start, surviving the new ball on a wicket that had had some morning rain.
Despite pressing hard for a breakthrough late in the day, we were unable to strike, with Saints going to stumps in control of the game at 0/31 from 11 overs. Next week the first hour will be crucial if we can get a few breakthroughs and change the momentum of the game, with Saints requiring just another 113 runs for victory with all ten wickets in hand.
Metropolitan Cup – Randwick Petersham Gold v Eastern Suburbs @ Snape Park
Team - Stewart (c), Jastrzab (+), Jedwood, Rushton, Segal, Kashyap, Coombs, J Hookey, Sherriff, Robertson, F Whalebone, R Whalebone
Result - Eastern Suburbs 101 - 39.1 Overs (Kashyap 3-24, Segal 2-10, Robertson 2-28) v Randwick Petersham Gold 4-65 - 38 Overs (Jedwood 20)
After 3 weekends on the road, the Golds went back to Snape Park for some home comforts. Well, as comfortable as a wicket and outfield can be with an average first innings score of ~120. Big skip John Stewart lost the toss and the Golds were asked to bowl with an undermanned side. An ominous day in the field loomed as the first ball went to the boundary for 4. But once he found a spare pair of white, old jolly Roger Whalebone (probably) became the oldest Randwick Petersham debutant as he trotted out to fill a gap in the field. Things got better when the Easts Green Shield opener BBQ'd his senior opponent with some inexperienced calling. Their pommy import was in no mood to hang around in the heat, slapping a full toss to mid-off from the bowling of Corey Sherriff (1-29).
Loving a hoick, the Easts Green Shield opener fell to the bounce-happy Joel Robertson (2-28) in rather obviously laid trap. By this point, the Robertson Express had the motor pumping at full steam; sprinting in every ball and leading a full frontal assault on the batsman's 4th and 5th stump, he was finally rewarded with snick behind to the keeper. Dane Coombs (1-7), bowling with deceptive pace and unerring accuracy, helped himself to the batsman's leg stump. At 5/48, the young Easts leggie and left arm bowling all rounder mounted a comeback. They scrapped and scraped 31 runs before Pratulya 'Cuddles' Kashyap (3-24) got into gear and clean up numbers 5, 7 and 8 with an lbw, a bowled and a stumping. After being belted for four (and watching the Robertson Express crash over the fence while retrieving the ball), Josh Segal (2-10) cleaned up the opposition skipper with a classic leggie, before having the number 11 caught at gully.
Normally 101 wouldn't be a score that would cause too much concern, but this was Snape Park... The Golds were unfortunate to lose Sean Rushton without any runs on the board, but John Stewart (9), Noah Jedwood (20) and Segal (13) were exemplary in their patience and acumen to inch the score along to 4-65 at the end of the days play. Kashyap remains on 16 with Coombs yet to score and the target 37 runs away. A similarly disciplined batting effort next Saturday will go a long way to ensuring that the result goes the way the Golds.
Metropolitan Cup – Randwick Petersham Green v Gordon @ Kensington
Team - Coovre (c), Geraghty, Ganesh, Genner, O Sachs, Brandy, W Deller (+), C De Silva, R Sachs, Narvel, Mohan, Sapariya
Result - Gordon 5-322 (dec) - 80 Overs (O Sachs 3-55) v Randwick Petersham Green 4-40 - 18 Overs (C Sapariya 12*)
RP Green won the toss, and decided to have a bowl, on a well prepared wicket, with something in it for both sides. Gordon started cautiously; fishing at Oscar Sachs outside off-stump, and prodding at Charith De Silva's metronomic meds, at the other end. But it was the peroxided Max Brandy, who, in the 19th over got the first wicket, trapping the more obdurate opener in front. Nav Ganesh and Josh Genner then teamed up to run-out the number three, to have Gordon 2/115 in the 31st over. Gordon then started to up the run-rate, the newly arrived number four repeatedly lofting down the ground into the gaps, and his partner beginning to branch-out.
Multiple bowlers were used in a bid to stem the runs - Josh Genner had the dangerman caught and bowled, for it only to be turned-down by the umpire stating it was a bump ball. Dangerman soon brought-up his hundred, and his partner was close too, but a re-introduced O.Sachs ended the latter's dreams of a hundred getting him out caught. He then then got Dangerman trapped in front, followed by the number five out caught, to help stop the rot, before Gordon declared at 5/322, giving the Greens 18 overs to face in the day.
Dane Geraghty and Will Deller started positively on a pitch that had never looked better. Unfortunately for young Mr Deller he was sent back looking for a quick single, only to be short of his ground. Geraghty who had been rock-solid in the V, was the next man to go, trapped in front for 12. Chintan Sapariya and Nav Ganesh both looked assured, keeping the scoreboard ticking over, mounting something of a revival. But the latter hit one to a man 'round the corner, and shortly after Josh Genner (to his dismay) was given out leg before. At stumps the Greens were 282 runs still behind, but with Sapariya and O.Sachs still live, batting still to come in the sheds, and an SOS signal being received from Canberra, hope remains while the company is true.