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!


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.


Go the Randy Petes!!


Lyall Gardner

Round 3 Preview v Fairfield-Liverpool





















What a round against Mosman! Two of our up-and-coming batting stars setting the cricket world alight with a couple of scorching innings while a competition debutant began his career with a ton!. Jason Sangha became the youngest EVER player at 18 years and 29 days to score 162 or more in the history of the 1st Grade competition which dates back to 1893. And Jack James at 17 years and 316 days became the second youngest in the club to score a century in 2nd Grade when he rattled up 128 at Allan Border Oval. Usman Khawaja however, holds the 1st and 2nd Grade youngest century records at 17 years and 320 days in 1sts and 17 years and 23 days in 2nds. The brilliant innings of Jason and Jack resulted in a total of 636 runs being scored in both grades to record excellent wins.

And not to be overawed by the occasion of his first Premier Cricket game, Peter Andonopoulos at just 16 years and 313 days became the second youngest in the club and the youngest in 5th Grade to score a century. Peter played Metro Cup last season scoring 161 runs with 62 his best score. He batted no. 3 last Saturday and hit 19 fours and a six in his whirlwind innings. What a start to a cricket career! Reminds me of Joe Hill who made his Sydney Grade Cricket debut in 2002-03 hitting 123* in 1st Grade against Uni. of NSW at Village Green.

Our good start to the season sees us in 3rd place in the Club Championship with 174 points just 43 behind early leader Sydney. We have not been this high in that competition since 29 November 2014 when we were sitting in 2nd spot. We let it slip thereafter to finish 11th. Not the thing to do this season.   

This round its two-day cricket again and we take on Fairfield-Liverpool who have had a slow start placing 16th in the Club Championship on 90 points. They have won one match in each of 1st, 3rd and 4th grades.  Over the years we have an advantage over them winning 37 out of 74 games (50%) with 24 losses and 13 draws.


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1st GRADE is at Rosedale Oval: A brilliant start to the season chasing down North’s 229 in the first round and Mosman’s 343 in the second. We’ll need to be at our best again however, as we generally have close games against the Lions with the win ratio 8 to 7 in our favour. Last year was a real “bat-a-thon” with us making 7-332 and Fairfield 323 in a one-day match at Coogee. We played them at Rosedale two seasons ago and made 348 to win by 196 runs after a record 8th wicket partnership between James Psarakis and Soumil Chhibber who both made 98. Jason Hughes returns after a great club debut in round 1 while former Leicestershire right-arm fast bowler Luke Radford joins us as capped player no. 115. Welcome Luke.

NOTE: To view the updated 1st Graders Player Profiles go to the club website under “Club” or the following link:

In form Jason Sangha will be looking for back to back centuries


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2nd GRADE is at Coogee: A close win but a good win last round. Fairfield have yet to gain a point but have performed well the first two rounds going down to Uni. NSW after scoring 7-200 and losing to Campbelltown with 264 on the board.  Historically we have had the wood on them winning 8 to their 4. We have lost the past 2 games but won the previous 5. Matt Everett returns after injury while Josh Bohannon comes into the side to complete an excellent fast bowling attack. Last round’s century-maker Jack James is unavailable this match.


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3rd GRADE plays at Fairfield Oval: A bit of a disaster last round after inviting Mosman to bat first resulting in the largest loss margin recorded in any grade for the club. But that was last week. We need to reproduce our batting effort in round 1 as Fairfield have had two 200+ scores in the two rounds. In the first match they made 6-218 before losing to Uni. NSW while last Sat. they did well to chase down Campbelltown’s 236 with an 8-238 scoreline. We won last season 6-246 to 244 with skipper Ben Stares (73) and Jack Lyle (64) the main scorers. It’s 2 all the past 4 matches but over the years we lead 6 wins to 4 with 3 draws.

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244x121 adina4th GRADE is at Petersham Oval: The boys are on a roll with 2 wins from 2. This is only the third time in our 17 seasons we have won the first 2 in 4s. We did it last year but the wheels fell off and we lost the next 4. We have only won the first 3 once—in 2005-06. This is a real chance to improve that record. There’s nothing like incentive to get the best out of a team and the bookies say we can do it!  The Lions had a good win over the Ghosts last round but went down to Uni. NSW in round 1. We beat them by 5 wickets last season but over the years they have a one win advantage winning 6 to our 5 with 3 draws. Last season’s 5th Grade premiership skipper Nigil Singh returns.

Last year's 5th grade premiership winning captain and RPC Highest All Time Wicket Taker Nigel Singh returns this week in 4th grade

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bendigo red 250x1255th Grade plays at Don Dawson Oval: This is the slowest start 5s have had as they have never lost the first 2 before. So having the bad oil disposed of early there’s only one direction for the defending premiers—up! And it could start this round. Fairfield have had a couple of poor batting efforts the first two matches so if we can produce another performance like Peter Andonopoulos’ big ton last week, we could get the bickies. We have won 9 to 4 with 2 draws over the years including 4 of the past 6. Last season we won by 35 runs in a one-dayer.


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Metropolitan Cup from Jeremy Jastrzab: Metropolitan Cup players will take solace from a much improved performance from last week, even though they still ended up short. After three weeks of one dayers, the real two day cricket starts in earnest now. The Gold team will take on their favourite opponent in the form of Jay Patel’s Mosman. Neither team that descends on Snape Park for the next two Saturdays has a win yet, so both sides will be keen to open up their account. Recent history is in favour of Randy Petes, with Mosman having not won a Metro encounter in 3 seasons against either the Greens or Golds. Green will have the rare privilege of playing on a 1st Grade ground over the next two Sundays as they take on Eastern Suburbs at Waverley Oval. Easts have put together a strong young side for this season, and the Green players will have to take a moment away from admiring the surroundings and focus on putting on a strong performance.



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Go the Randy Petes!!

Lyall Gardner

Throwback Thursday - Preview Round 12 v Mosman

This round we take on Mosman in a Sat / Sun game for 1st Grade and limited overs (50 overs) matches for the lower grades on Saturday.

It was a good round against Manly last weekend but we are still 11th in the Club Championship. In fact we have been 11th since 17 December! We can’t seem to shake the number. Mosman are ahead of us in 9th place on 799 points. We have 734. The leader is Northern District on 1,116—382 ahead of us. It’s the furthest we have been from the lead this season.

Preview Round 11 v Manly-Warringah

This round we take on a formidable opponent in Manly-Warringah. But if we are to figure in the finals series we have to knock over clubs such as this. There has been little between the clubs over the years. Of the 63 matches played in all five grades, we have won 31 (50%) and lost 28 with 4 draws. Pretty even stuff.

Preview Round 10 v Parramatta

Two great wins last week and two tragic losses and a no-play draw. 1st Grade are the Minor Premiers of the Limited Overs Cup competition following their brilliant win last Saturday and will play in the Qualifying Final against Northern District at Coogee Oval on SUNDAY 29 JANUARY from 10 am. If you haven’t got this date in your diary can you please make the entry as we want everyone associated with the club to come along and cheer on our boys.  And while you have your diary in hand can you also enter Sunday 12 Feb (semi-finals) and the BIG ONE on Sunday 26 February—the GRAND FINAL. The way our boys are playing we are sure to be in it!! And what about 2s!! Four wins in the past five matches and a REAL CHANCE for a finals berth if they can maintain the momentum!

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