1st to 5th Grade - Round 14 v Sydney (2-Day Matches)
Metropolitan Cup – Georges River & Warringah
The Randy Petes headed into a massive Day 2 of Round 14 against Sydney, with the Top 4 Grades playing for their finals’ lives and several games in the balance. Whilst Second Grade were well on top, First, Third, and Fourth Grades were evenly poised, with both sides looking to further enhance their finals’ prospects. Not only was it a big round for our finals’ chances, but also a chance to work our way back into the top half 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) Defeated by Sydney 4/306 - 94 Overs (D. Sams 2/42-15)
First Grade returned to our seaside home of Coogee Oval for a big Day 2 of Round 14 with finals’ hopes on the line, after amassing 303 last weekend. Unfortunately, the Tigers batting proved too strong on a frustrating day, as they passed our total for the loss of 4 wickets. Whilst we struggled to make regular breakthroughs, we made the Tigers toil for their runs all day, with their victory only coming in the 94th over and dying embers of the day.
On a very good batting surface at Coogee, and another fine day, it was always going to be hard work to get 10 wickets, with Sydney being one of the more dominant batting sides in the competition. Wickets to Kushal Ram and Sean Eaton had the Tigers at 2/107, and the game in the balance. However a 176-run third wicket partnership took the game completely away from us. Daniel Sams (2/42) picked up a couple of late wickets as we toiled away trying to at least force a draw, and pick up a point, as the Tigers closed in on victory. Spinner Mac Jenkins made a promising debut for such a young player, bowling 12 overs and conceding just 37 runs, in a controlled spell of left arm orthodox.
We now find themselves outside the Top 6, with just one round remaining, sitting on 44 points, just one point behind sixth placed Gordon, with a log jam of teams still in contention from outside the Top 6 to jump into the finals. Randwick Petersham will have to hope to beat second placed Parramatta at Old Kings Oval, and hope other results fall their way, if they are to force their way into what is sure to be a frenetic final round of the First Grade competition.
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) and 3/177 - 48 Overs (Magann 2/38-13) v Randwick Petersham 5(dec)/277 75.3 Overs (Bohannaon 100n/o) Mahony-Brack 63, Tector 31,)
Second Grade were coming home with a wet sail as they arrived at Drummoyne Oval, trying to pick up outright points after already picking up first innings points with a dominant display last week. Unfortunately, the Tigers prove harder to dislodge in the second innings. However, we still managed a dominant victory on first innings against a side that has won the last couple of Second Grade premierships.
Resuming 44 runs ahead, we pushed on to quickly rack up an imposing 5/277 before Captain Holland declared the innings closed before lunchtime. With a couple of sessions up our sleeves, all the bowlers pushed hard. However, the Tigers set up their stall, surviving 61 overs, at 3/177 before an early stumps was called.
It was Josh Bohannon who was the star of the day once again, scoring a brilliant 100 n/o, to mark off a remarkable individual performance in the game. I’m not sure how many times a player has scored 100 and claimed a 5-wicket haul for the Club in one game, however I’m sure Lyall Gardner can tell you! Bohannon picked up where we left off on Day 1, causing carnage and showing he was a class above here, smashing 10 boundaries on the day to bring up his century before we declared.
In reply, Pat Magann (2/38-13) was the pick of the bowlers, showing he is player to really look at next season, if he can stay fit. Magann bowled with good pace and accuracy to pick up a couple of wickets, conceding less than 3 runs per over from his 13 overs, on a wicket that had flattened out.
This now makes it three victories on the trot for Second Grade, who have now quietly put together an outstanding season, regularly playing with 8-9 players Under 21 years of age. Captain Holland was delighted by the performance and enjoyed the circuit in Tiger Town afterwards. This side is only going to get better and better and, whilst our finals’ charge might fall short, we are still alive heading into the final round of the season. We are now 6 points behind 6th place Sydney, and a bonus point victory against 13th placed Parramatta could yet deliver the most unlikely of finals berths next weekend at Coogee Oval.
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) Defeated Sydney 10/183 - 36.1 Overs (McKenzie 5/17-10, Burton 2/43-8, Loth 2/44-10)
Third Grade were desperate to bounce back from three straight narrow losses when they were defending a decent score of 232 at Petersham Oval on Day 2 against 5th placed Sydney. On what was a great bounce-back day for the boys, the pain of those narrow defeats was washed away with a dominant 49-run victory as we jumped back into the winners’ circle and the finals’ race.
Doug Loth (2/44-10) was on fire with the new ball early, claiming 2 wickets before the Tigers had put a run on the scoreboard, with Dylan Powell and Corey Graham both snaffling good chances behind the stumps. From there on in it was the Tom McKenzie show (5/17-10) as he simply ripped Balmain to shreds with a sustained spell of outstanding pace bowling. McKenzie proved far too hostile and aggressive for the victors, claiming 3 wickets with edges, a bowled and another one caught by Nathan Stares, as we picked up a well deserved 5-wicket haul. McKenzie now has 28 wickets at 18 this season, and has stepped up in the absence of Nigel Singh to be the out and out leader of this pace attack.
It was good to see Ashley Burton (2/43) back among the wickets as hasn't bowled as many overs this season as he did last season. Burton took the new ball here and proved what a versatile player he can be as an all-rounder. Sydney Number 6 Ryan Corns put a spanner in the works, smashing 63 from 33 balls, to briefly turn the tables in the game, before Nathan Stares held his nerve to pick up his wicket which put us firmly back in control.
The game was fiercely contested and the song was sung loud and proud in the Petersham Oval sheds, as our season roared back to life with one round to go. Captain Stares was delighted with the boys’ aggression in the field, and is happy for them to continue that bond off the field as well to become a tight knit unit. We are now just one point behind Sydney on 50 points, and a victory against Parramatta next week gives us every chance of playing finals’ cricket. Whilst the 1st placed Eels will be a tough assignment at Merrylands, this team has thrived under pressure this season, and will be sure to give it one final red hot crack next weekend.
4th Grade - Sydney v Randwick Petersham @ Birchgrove Oval
Team - Gracias Flor, Murdita, Ahmed (+), Frith, Montedoro, Radford, Bourke (c), Stafford, Hilder, Fox, Stirling,
Result - Sydney 10/198 - 83.4 Overs - (Stafford 4/71-32, Radford 3/56-21.4, Montedoro 1/25-15 Defeated Randwick Petersham 10/132 (Stafford 41, Ahmed 32, Fox 16)
Fourth Grade were looking to make it three wins on the bounce and cement their finals’ positions, as they had the prospect of chasing down a middle of the road score at Birchgrove Oval on Day 2. However, Day 2 wasn't to be our days, as the Tigers ran out 66-run victors as our batting failed to fire.
The Tigers, unsurprisingly, decided to bat on in the morning, adding another 6 runs with Luke Radford (3/57-21) picking up a deserved last couple of wickets, to add to his tally for all his work last week in the hot sun. The Tigers came out roaring with the ball, and we were reduced to 4/10 early, with the new ball doing a huge amount of damage. Rocky Ahmed (32) remained calm and composed through the carnage, and put together a little partnership with the Captain David Bourke as we tried to revive the innings. However, the departure of both players triggered another collapse.
Luke Radford (17) and Rod Stafford (41) were our big guns in the middle order and both made promising starts as we threatened to wrestle the momentum back. Stafford was particularly savage as he belted a number of boundaries to make his way to 41, before falling to a catch on the long-on boundary, just as he was threatening to play another match winning innings. Matt Hilder did an admirable job hanging around with Stafford, while Hayden Fox (16) played a busy innings. However the final wicket fell just after tea as we fell short.
The boys’ loss dropped them from 4th to 6th on what is another congested ladder heading into the final round. We remain 1 point ahead of 7th and 8th teams on the ladder, and a victory next weekend at Petersham Oval against 9th placed Parramatta will go a long way towards securing a finals’ berth. The boys have played great cricket all year at Petersham and will be fired up to make amends for last week’s loss with so much at stake.
5th Grade - Randwick Petersham v Sydney @ Kensington Oval
Team – Sapariya, Lopes, House (+), Crawford, Andonopoulous, Bowen, Sherriff, Stewart (c), L. O'Loughlin, Kashyap, Sachs
Result - Randwick Petersham 10/103-48.1 Overs (F. Bowen 25, House 24) and 7/55 - 30 overs (Ange 11) Defeated by Sydney 10/107 - 69 Overs (L. O’Loughlin 4/34-23, Lesson 2/12-6)
Fifth Grade were soldiering on in their season, looking for a second win after a grinding first day against Sydney saw the visitors plodding on 2/32 from 29 overs, chasing our moderate 103 runs. Despite a great effort from our boys in the field we fell narrowly short, with Sydney sneaking home for first innings points for the loss of 8 wickets.
We picked up a wicket straight away on Day 2 with Oscar Sachs taking out the Sydney Number 3 batsman to make the score 3/33 and have the team jumping about. However a 43 run 4th wicket partnership looked to have taken the game right away from us, with Sydney only requiring 30 runs with still 7 wickets in hand.
However, the game then took a wild turn, with 4 wickets falling for 15 runs, as the Tigers slumped to 7/89, with off spinner Liam O’Laughlin (4/34-23) running amok. O'Laughlin has been the mainstay of the team this year, doing a great job throughout the season with his off breaks. Here he put in his best spell of the season, taking 4 wickets in an amazing 23-over spell, where he conceded less than 1.5 runs per over and ripped the heart out of the Tigers’ middle order. Female cricketer Carly Lesson (2/2-6) was back for a second game with us, and showcased her all-round skills, picking up two key wickets and keeping things tight in combination with LJ.
Sadly, despite picking up our 8th wicket with the score on 100, the Tigers got the remaining 4 runs with some slices of luck before sending us back into bat. Captain Stewart was delighted by the side’s fight so late in the season and praised the side’s bowlers who bowled a great line and length all day. The team finished the day on 7/55 from 30 overs, as the Tigers tried to force an outright result in a game dominated by the bowlers. The result leaves us on 8 points and on the bottom of the ladder with one round remaining. However, a victory next weekend could see us leapfrog 19th placed Northern Districts, so I'm sure everyone will be putting in as we travel away to play 4th placed Parramatta on our final match of the season.
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) defeated Randwick Petersham Gold 111 - 54.2 overs (J Hookey 22*, Chaudhary 22) & 7-147 - 32 Overs (N Jedwood 63*, J Trindall 27, T Fox 26)
Returning to another belter of a pitch up the Northern Beaches, the Golds fancied their chances of getting the runs in sultry conditions. But alas, despite plenty of fight, the first innings simply didn't go our way. Warringah's young speedster got a few to lift off a length, surprising players brought up on dead Snape and Kensington pitches. Tobi Fox (11) battled and ran hard but perilously miss a ball as it rolled back on it stumps. Raj Chaudhary (22) looked in good touch before being controversially caught, while Jarrod Hookey (22*) was left stranded just about as he was looking to launch. The Golds eventually subsided for Nelson 111, and with 32 overs, 165 runs in the bank and the need for points, Warringah sent us back in.
The second innings took a much more positive tempo, as Jason 'Tricky' Trindall (27) belted the quicks out of the attack before succumbing to an excellently judged catch on the boundary. Tobi Fox (26) look ominous as well by hitting the spinners off their length, before being stumped and leaving the score at a breakneck 3-77 after 11 overs. The youngsters squandered their chance for time in the middle, to collapse to 7-108 after 17 overs, with 15 still to play out. Among the wreckage, Noah Jedwood (63*) took responsibility with both hands and played the innings that he'd threatened since joining the club. Playing with astute and patient defense while putting away the trash balls, along with skipper Jez (9*), they saw off the remaining overs without any more blips to save the outright defeat.
Metropolitan Cup – Randwick Petersham Green v Georges River @ Bland Oval
Team - Coovre (c), Grogan, Ganesh, Genner, A Bhavsar, Z Bhavsar, W Deller (+), C De Silva, R Sachs, Wanzare, Mohan
Result - Randwick Petersham Green 110 - 36 Overs (A Bhavsar 33, R Sachs 23) & 158 - 38.3 Overs (B Mohan 45, E Grogan 42, R Sachs 30) defeated by Georges River 6-222 (dec) - 39 Overs (A Bhavsar 2-31, C De Silva 2-38) & 1-55 - 8 overs
RP Green returned to Bland Oval, sunny skies, and a harder and flatter deck awaiting them. Presently Georges River were 15 runs in front, and five wickets down, clearly looking to extend their lead. Abbie Bhavsar bustled-in picking up the dangerous number seven batsman, caught at mid-off, on the fourth ball of the day. But that would be the only wicket the Greens would take, as Georges River aggressively targeted the straight boundaries, with a view to declaring. And indeed the declaration came - exactly 97-runs later, giving the Greens a 112-run deficit.
To their credit the Green batsmen batted a whole lot better this time, Emmanuel Grogan (in for Wanzare), and the evergreen Mike Deller (in for Brandy) added to the line-up. Born only days apart, and growing-up playing cricket together, Grogan and Reuben Sachs opened the second innings, quickly dazzling the Rivers with their polished act of timing, placement, and exuberant running between wickets. The pair began to up the ante, Sachs' last five scoring shots making it to the fence, Grogan going over the fence on his penultimate scoring shot. But they say that nothing lasts, and in the 14th over their fairytale opening stand was ended when Sachs was caught off the bowling of their left-arm ortho for a tidy 30. Two runs later Grogan was the next man to go, caught off the bowling of the right-arm offie for a dazzling 42.
Abbie Bhavsar chipped-in with a brisk 18, but eventually fell to the offie, who was landing them on a length and giving them a good rip. The spinners hunted as a pack, running through the middle order who all failed to get to double figures, save for a masterclass by Bala Mohan batting at number five. In his knock of 45, the recently-become father got up and under the spinners launching six sixes and two fours, showing that the pitch was indeed a good one. He was well-supported by Coovre (10*), who got off the mark with a six down the ground, but the former ran out of luck smashing one back to the offie, who caught it a-la Nathan Lyon. Charith was cleaned-up by the offie, trying to emulate Mohan - the Greens all out for 158, giving the Rivers a target of 47 runs, in 21 overs, for outright victory.
For the great defence, Josh Genner opened the bowling with his left-arm Chinamans, picking up a wicket in his third over, a catch being taken at mid-on. But Georges River could afford to be aggressive, and indeed they were, taking on the Green bowlers with freedom, tracking down the pint-sized total in the eighth over.