1st to 5th Grade - Round 14 v Sydney (2-Day Matches)
Metropolitan Cup – Warringah & Georges River
The Randy Petes headed into a massive Day 1 of Round 14 against Sydney, with the Top 4 Grades playing for their finals’ lives. Whilst 1s, 2s and 3s were just outside the Top 6, 4th Grade would be looking to cement their spot in 4th position. Sydney have been a strong and dominant Club the past few years, and were sitting in third place in the Club Championship, with their top three Grades sitting in 5th spot, and their 4th Grade side nipping at our heels in 7th. With another three or four victories like against Saints the club would be able to climb back into the Top 10 in the Club Championship, from our current 11th position in a very bunched middle of the Club Championship. Metropolitan Cup were also in action this weekend so find out below who starred in Round 14 with bat and ball, with the competition entering its final rounds.
1st Grade - Randwick Petersham v Sydney @ Coogee Oval
Team - A. Sams (c+), Everett, Sangha, Chhibber, D. Sams, Ayre, Eaton, Semple, Ram, Hemphrey, Jenkins
Result – Randwick Petersham 10/303 - 91.2 Overs (A. Sams 64, D. Sams 64, Ayre 61, Eaton 38, Semple 33 v Sydney 0/2-2 Overs
First Grade returned to our seaside home of Coogee Oval for a massive Round 14 with finals’ hopes on the line. With Sydney sitting in 5th place on 46 points, and us on 44 points in 8th spot, the winner would have every chance of entering the final round of the competition inside the all important Top 6. The game was given further significance with the First Grade debut of two players who had excelled in Second Grade this season. Jamie Hemphrey was rewarded for an outstanding season, including a match winning performance with bat and ball last week, whilst 16-year-old Mac Jenkins became one of youngest ever debutants, with the talented left arm spinner having played a T20 game in First Grade earlier this season.
Captain Sams was delighted to finally win a toss on a typically good Coogee Oval surface however the outfield was on the low side. We were in some early bother at 3/51, before brothers Anthony Sams (64) and Daniel Sams (64) put together 80 runs for the 4th wicket. Daniel Sams was particularly dominant, scoring his 64 from just 64 balls including three 6s. Riley Ayre (61) played a more grinding sort of innings, facing 161 balls for 61, before our three wickets fell for just 7 runs, as the Tigers fought back late in the day.
One of the strengths of our First Grade side has always been the quality in depth in our batting line up, and that was on show again here as we managed to rally from 5/161 to eventually post over 300. That was largely thanks to both Sean Eaton (38) and Adam Semple (33) with 6th and 7th wicket partnership of over 50 frustrating the visitors.. Both Eaton and Semple played responsible innings to keep the Tigers in the field practically all day.
Captain Sams was happy with the sides commitment with the bat and only frustrated that no one went on to make a really big score. In the end, the visitors had to survive two overs to go to stumps requiring 302 runs for victory in a pivotal day of the season. Our attack will be led by the experience of Daniel Sams and Adam Semple, whilst it will be great to see both Hemphrey and Jenkins try and make an impact on debut with all to play for next week.
2nd Grade - Sydney v Randwick Petersham @ Drummoyne Oval
Team – Mahony-Brack, Tector, James, Bohannon, Calder, Lyle, Holland (c) Hart, Mullins (+), Magann, Dellar
Result - Sydney 10/112 - 43 Overs (Bohannon 6/35-16.2, Dellar 2/30-11) v Randwick Petersham 4/155 - 50 Overs (Mahony-Brack 63, Tector 31, Bohannon 29n/o, Calder 21)
Second Grade were coming home with a wet sail as they arrived at Drummoyne Oval to take on the Tigers in another game with finals’ implications. The boys outstanding victory last week now has us within 8 points of the Top 6, and an outside chance of playing finals’ cricket. With Josh Bohannon soon returning to England after a successful stint with our Club, he was back to boost the side’s experience as a quality all-rounder.
It proved another outstanding day, with the boys not only already claiming first innings points, but well on the way to 10 points after a dominant display against the Tigers on Day 1. Despite the Tigers winning the toss and electing to bat, we skittled the hosts for just 112, before rattling off 4/155 in just 40 overs to go to stumps with a 43-run lead and still six wickets in hand.
The Tigers were under pressure right from the get go with youngster Alex Dellar (2/30-12) showing no signs of nerves in just his second match in 2s. Dellar has a huge future ahead of him, having been thrown in the deep end here and bowling outstandingly well against quality players in both games. It was Josh Bohannon who caused carnage, showing he was a class above here, ripping through the Tigers’ top and middle order to claim a memorable 6-wicket haul. Captain Holland mentioned that they tied the batsmen up from the outset, and maintained that pressure all the way through. A combination of good bowling in pairs, great pressure in the field, and solid seam bowling gave us all 10 wickets. Sydney have won a couple of Second Grade Premierships of late, and have a very strong and experienced team, so it was an outstanding effort from our two seamers and the whole fielding unit.
In reply, the boys got off to a solid enough start with Jack Tector (33) looking in good touch, as Sydney looked to make a few early inroads. However, it was James Mahony-Bracks (64) who really took the game away from the hosts with a blistering half-century. Mahony-Bracks’ 64 was scored in quick time, displaying some typically class shots and ability to clear the field with ease. Mahony-Bracks now has 300 runs in Second Grade, and if he can convert some of his half-centuries he will be knocking on the door of First Grade very shortly. Matt Calder (21) played a nice counter-attacking role, whilst Josh Bohannon (29n/o) completed a great day personally by remaining not out over night.
Next weekend it will be interesting to see the approach of both sides, with our boys desperate to push on and bowl the Tigers out again. Sydney don't often have two bad days in a row in Second Grade, so Tom Holland’s men will have to apply the same intensity and quality in Week 2 at Drummoyne if they want to claim the 10 points which could see them in the Top 6 by the end of this round.
3rd Grade - Randwick Petersham v Sydney @ Petersham Oval
Team – Powell (+), Eldridge, Burton, De Silva, B. Stares, Graham, Hodges, McKenzie, Tsalikidis, Loth
Result - Randwick Petersham 10/232 - 80 Overs (Powell 73, B. Stares 61n/o, Burton 31) v Sydney
Third Grade were desperate to bounce back from three straight narrow losses when they hosted fifth placed Sydney back at Petersham Oval. Ben Stares was back to take the reins after missing one of the two weeks of the Saints’ game, with John McLoughlin doing a great job filling in. Both Lachlan Hodges and Kyri Tsalikidis were handed games from 5th Grade with the side experiencing a couple of late changes.
On a topsy-turvy day, we managed a very competitive score of 232, having batted for the full 80 overs and making the Tigers toil in the field. At 1/100 we looked on track for a score of 250 plus, however Sydney struck as we lost 4/28 to slump to 5/129, before a middle and late order rally saw us bat out the final session. Once again, it was opening batsman Dylan Powell (73) who led the way with another fabulous innings from a player growing in stature by the week. Powell plundered 12 boundaries, however batted with a nice even tempo. Powell has now scored three half-centuries in his last three innings, and has become a reliable and consistent performer in a clutch part of the season.
Powell was well supported by Ashley Burton (31) who took on the key Number 3 role, and played an anchor role in a partnership of 72 with Powell, as the boys dominated the first session before tea. However Burton’s dismissal sparked a collapse, as both established batsmen were dismissed. Captain Ben Stares (61n/o) played a real skipper’s knock here, as wickets fell around him under pressure. Stares usually likes to plunder attacks, however he was sedate here, grafting over 100 balls and putting the bad ball away.
Both Nathan Stares and Lachlan Hodges played maturely to support their skipper, as a couple of handy partnerships saw our total go well beyond 200. Captain Stares was happy with the grit showed by the lower order, and mentioned that the last wicket fell with a controversial catch on the boundary that will definitely fire the boys up next week as we look to rip through Sydney. It really is all to play for with the Tigers needing a win to stay in the Top 6, and our boys needing the win to stay in finals’ contention.
4th Grade - Sydney v Randwick Petersham @ Birchgrove Oval
Team - Gracias Flor, Murdita, Ahmed (+), Frith, Montedoro, Radford, Bourke (c), Stafford, Hilder, Fox, Sterling,
Result - St. George 18/192 - 81 Overs - Stafford 4/71-31, Montedoro 1/25-15 v Randwick Petersham
Fourth Grade were looking to make it 3 wins on the bounce and cement their finals’ positions as they travelled to the picturesque Birchgrove Oval to take on 7th placed Sydney. With the competition so evenly congested, the Tigers were just 3 point below us, and capable of jumping us on the ladder with a victory. Captain Bourke was able to name a relatively unchanged line-up, with veteran Matt Hilder returning to the side to bolster our middle order. Rod Stafford was fit and raring to bowl and the side had an air of confidence and strength about it.
On a really attritional day’s cricket, honours were fairly even after Day 1, with the Tigers grinding out a score of 8/192 from 81 overs after being sent in to bat. The game was very keenly contested, with neither team prepared to give an inch, which led to some fairly dour cricket on the host’s part, however some gutsy batting at the same time.
With the wicket being green, and in steamy conditions, Captain Bourke was hoping for early breakthroughs after skittling Saints for 59 last week. However, Sydney managed to ride their luck to get to 2/80 around tea time, with the wicket starting to play better. However, Rod Stafford (4/71-32) like he has so many times in the past, was called upon for a marathon spell and he delivered once more. Stafford, coming off a finger injury, managed to roll out 32 overs straight either side of tea, as he showed the quality and control that has been a feature of his wicket-taking heroics over the years. Fellow spinner Ben Montedoro (1/25-15) played a nice support role, going at less than 2 runs per over, as our spinners bowled 47 overs between them and really didn't allow any loose boundary balls.
At 7/160 we had visions of wrapping up the Sydney innings before stumps, however they hung tough to go to stumps 8 down, which leads to an interesting scenario early next week. Will the Tigers declare and show the initiative with them needing a victory to get into the Top 6, or will they choose to bat on and try and add more runs, lessening the overs they have to bowl our boys out? Whatever the case, the game is evenly poised and our guys will be confident of wrapping up a third straight victory if we can bat anywhere between 65-70 overs.
5th Grade - Randwick Petersham v Sydney @ Kensington Oval
Team – Sapariya, Lopes, House (+), Crawford, Andonopoulous, Bowen, Sherriff, Stewart (c), L. O'Laughlin, Kashyap, Sachs
Result - Randwick Petersham 10/103-48.1 Overs (F.Bowen 25, House 24_ v Sydney 2/32-29 Overs (c.Sherrif 1/5-5)
Fifth Grade were soldiering on in their season, looking for a second win after narrowly going down on Saturday at Harold Fraser Oval after pushing St. George all the way in pursuit of first innings points. Despite the loss, it was another very competitive performance in what has been a good stretch of cricket from Fifth Grade after Christmas. Back at Kensington Oval to take on Sydney, the side was under new leadership once again, with great Clubman John Stewart coming in to captain the side.
After Day 1, Sydney are on top, however our boys have put up a mighty fight despite being bowled out for just 103. With 29 overs remaining until stumps, many would have expected the Tigers to push on to try and claim first innings points on the day. However, our bowlers were sensational, allowing just 32 runs, and picking up a couple of wickets to keep our hopes of victory well and truly alive.
Captain Stewart mentioned that the fielding was superb, with O'Loughlin taking one of the most nonchalant catches at gully, leaving the batsman stunned. Earlier in the day, after winning the toss and batting, we took advantage of a wicket that Captain Stewart thought would become harder to bat on later in the day (and it did). The Boys got off to a strong start to be 2/50, before losing 5/5. This brought debutants Fergus Bowen (25) and Corey Sherriff (10) together to resurrect the innings, which they did, with aggressive running, power hitting and strong defence, to get us to tea with two wickets in the sheds. Fergus also hit a monstrous six, which deflated the Sydney attack.
Ed House (24) showed his experience, doing a good job to accumulate runs and occupy the crease on a wicket that was slow and hard to score. Next weekend, if we can apply the same pressure with the ball, anything is possible, with lower orders in 5th Grade not the most reliable under pressure.
Metropolitan Cup – Randwick Petersham Gold v Warringah @ Mike Pawley Oval
Team - Jastrzab (C), Jedwood (+), Segal, Coombs, J Hookey, A Hookey, Trindall, T Fox, Chaudhary, Robertson, F Whalebone
Result - Warringah 8-276 (dec) - 69 Overs (Chaudhary 3-45, Whalebone 2-45) v Randwick Petersham Gold 2-16 - 9 Overs
Gold hit the road again, but for the first time towards the Northern Beaches, where a green but rock-hard track awaited the victor of the toss. After losing the toss and being sent into bowl in sultry conditions, the pitch's colour betrayed a true bounce and little lateral movement. But that didn't stop Dane Coombs running in for the first time with the new ball gained impressive carry and worked up an impressive head of steam. Losing opening strike bowler Joel Robertson to a bung shoulder, the Gold bowlers were forced to toil against the patient and opportunistic openers. Freddy Whalebone (2-45) and Tobi Fox (1-45) each took a wicket around the 100 mark to finally get the Golds into the wicket tally. The Warringah 3 and 4 ensured their ascendancy to take them to 2-155 at tea.
The toil continued as Warringah were gunning 300+ at 2-198 before Raj Chaudhary (3-45) finally got just rewards for a marathon spell of stump-to-stump bowling. Josh Segal (1-36) got their aggressor on the stroke of drinks, while Freddy chipped in with one more wicket. A lazy run-out capped off an impressive keeping performance for Noah Jedwood, and Warringah decided that 8-276 would have to suffice. It was an impressive comeback in oppressive conditions but could have been so much better had all the catches been held. The openers started positively, but a contentious caught behind and misjudgement had them back in the shed before the end of the day's play. But with a number of promising youngsters, grizzled veterans and batting friendly conditions to come, those 260 runs aren't as far away as they seem.
Metropolitan Cup – Randwick Petersham Green v Georges River @ Bland Oval
Team - Coovre (c), Geraghty, Ganesh, Genner, O Sachs, Brandy, W Deller (+), C De Silva, R Sachs, Narvel, Mohan, Sapariya
Result - Randwick Petersham Green 110 - 36 Overs (A Bhavsar 33, R Sachs 23) v Georges River 5-126 - 23.1 Overs (C De Silva 2-38)
RP Green won the toss and elected to bat on a well-prepared, but slightly soft Bland Oval wicket. Openers, Will Deller and Yogesh Wanzare, were solid in defence against tight opening bowling. But when Wanzare fell, feathering one behind, a couple more wickets fell to have us 3/14 in the eleventh over. Abbie Bhavsar (33), back in the side after a break, counter-attacked, hitting two fours and two superlative sixes in quick time, to get the scorecard moving. He was well supported by Bala Mohan (16), who timed three fours, and ran hard between the wickets. But Bhavsar's fine knock was over when he was bowled by a shooter, and Mohan was caught behind tickling one down the leg-side.
Reuben Sachs (23), batting at six, looked assured, timing the ball to the boundary four times, and looked set for more, before he was bowled for 23. Numbers seven and eight came and went without troubling the scorers, but Max Brandy (13) was up for a fight, smashing two sixes down the ground, before giving the bowler an easy caught and bowled. Charith DeSilva got out in a similar fashion, leaving Zank Bhavsar (3*), brother of Abbie, to turn off the lights - the Greens all-out for 110.
Abbie Bhavsar took the new ball, and on the third ball had the number one batsman's off-stump cartwheeling out of the ground. A 41-run partnership then occurred, before Chaz De Silva, with his miserly meds had numbers two and four caught by Will Deller at gully, to be on a hat-trick. There was another partnership of 38 before Wanzare, bowling with good rhythm at first change, had their stylish number three caught behind. Z. Bhavsar, with his right-arm meds, then came-on, getting the attacking number six caught at mid-off, to have the Rivers 5-95 in the 21st over. The opposition then went past our total of 110, and put on another 31-runs for the sixth wicket before the Grey matter coming from the Hills District opened-up, and put paid to any more play in the day.