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Randy-Petes narrowly win the day but some top performances from the Stags

It was two wins each and a draw. In First Grade, Gordon suffered a comprehensive outright loss and Thirds had a narrow defeat. Seconds went oh so close to winning outright while the Fourths won an absolute thriller in the last over. Fifths dominated for two days but were unable to snare the last two wickets for a win. 

1st Grade 

(Over the week – Gordon 154 vs R-P 7-249) 

Randwick-Petersham batted on until just before lunch, building their lead to 177. In the couple of overs prior to the break, Gordon lost both openers to stumble to 2-13. 

Straight after lunch, another wicket fell and, with Tym Crawford unable to bat due to a broken finger from last week, Gordon were in deep trouble. Wickets continued to tumble as the Stags fought to avoid the outright loss. 

Unfortunately, the innings folded about half an hour after tea with only Harry Evans and Max Newman making worthwhile contributions. 

A very disappointing effort. 

Gordon 154 and 158 (Harry Evans 48, Max Newman 37) lost outright to Randwick-Petersham 7 dec 331. 

2nd Grade 

(Over the week – Gordon 2-137 vs R-P 175) 

Gordon lost two wickets quickly in their pursuit of the 40 runs needed for a first innings win. Then, Oli Zannino and Michael Roberts took them past the total before the latter was dismissed. Gordon batted on to a lead of 101, with Oli remaining undefeated on an excellent 60*. 

Randwick-Petersham started brightly before Matt Wright broke the partnership. Two run outs followed before Matt struck again and the game sat at an interesting stage at tea with Randy-Petes 4-85. 

Wickets continued to fall after the break. Ryan Meppem took a couple, with Dan Stickland and another from Matt and, with 11 overs remaining, Randwick held a lead of 32 with one wicket left. 

Alas, the last couple of batsmen held out and the Seconds were left to celebrate a convincing first innings win. So close! Well done! 

Gordon 276 (Ryan Tullia 74, Oli Zannino 60*) defeated Randwick-Petersham 175 and 9-143 (Matt Wright 3-67, Ryan Meppem3-36) on the first innings. 

3rd Grade 

(Over the week – Gordon 142 vs R-P 5-99) 

There were a few nervy moments but Gordon just didn’t have enough runs in the bank. Randwick-Petersham passed them and were all out for 154. 

After losing an early wicket, Gordon’s second innings moved to 32 before the loss of three quick wickets. It was looking a little shaky but Jamie Bekis and Nick Andreou consolidated and carried the score to 112 when the game was called. 

A disappointing first innings batting performance. 

Gordon 142 and 4-111 (Jamie Bekis 32*, Nick Andreou 29*) lost to Randwick-Petersham 167 (Chris DeKretser 4-31, Charlie Booth 3-42, Pat Effeney 2-32 ). 

4th Grade 

(Over the week – Gordon 275 vs R-P 1-8) 

It was very hard work for the bowlers as they strived to secure a couple of wickets. The two Randwick-Petersham batsmen were going well and at 1-153, things were desperate for the Stags on a top batting wicket. Finally, the breakthrough came and the Gordon bowlers kept toiling away. Wickets started falling and the pendulum began to swing but it was still a tall order. Lachie Burrows, Vikrant Nehru and Manus Chauhan were all bowling well but could they get there? 

At last, in the final over of the day, the tenth wicket was taken and Gordon had completed a fantastic victory. Well done – a great fight! 

Gordon 275 defeated Randwick-Petersham 251 (Lachie Burrows 4-39, Vikrant Nehru 2-40, Manus Chauhan 2-44) on the first innings. 

5th Grade 

(Over the week – Gordon 8 dec 300 vs R-P 1-8) 

Will Rogers took an early wicket to have Randwick-Petersham 2-10. However, some wayward bowling followed and runs came freely. The partnership was finally broken by Dave Monaghan. An excellent run out came shortly after, before another good partnership. Then, just before tea, Prahlad Iyer got a break through and shortly after the break, an excellent catch off Dillon Amjad saw the score on 6-130. Prahlad took another at 162 but the Stags were unable to break through again until too late when Will took his second. 

So, a drawn match with Randy-Petes eight down but never in the hunt. 

A disappointing result, as Gordon dominated for the entire game. 

Gordon 8 dec 300 drew with Randwick-Petersham 8-220 (Will Rogers 2-43, Prahlad Iyer 2-44).


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