How many Worms does it take to win a championship?
Turns out the answer is six, as the Worm-heavy Sydney Grade Cricket side Randwick Petersham became the 2011/12 First Grade Limited Overs Champions at Coogee Oval on Sunday.
Burt Cockley, Adam Semple, Nick Warren, Jake Wilson and Adam Coyte were all involved in the victory despite the absence of fellow Woodworm-wielding skipper Scott Coyte and internationals Usman Khawaja and Simon Katich.
The “Randy Petes” comfortably defeated Fairfield-Liverpool by 36 runs on the Duckworth/Lewis Method in the Final to win their First Grade Limited Overs trophy since forming in a merger in 2000/01.
With the home-side choosing to bat first wickets for Wilson, Semple and a fine 3-39 by Cockley combined with a hat-trick from Nicholas Stapleton to restrict Fairfield-Liverpool to a final total of 170 all out.
When given a chance to put their cricket bats to good order, Randwick Petersham made a steady start to the chase but fell to 3-56 after losing three wickets in quick succession.
Fortunately, in stepped Adam Coyte (55*) to steady the ship receiving excellent support from former Australian international Nathan Hauritz (29).
Coyte lead Randwick Petersham to 5-152 by the 38th over and 36 runs ahead of the Duckworth Lewis par score when rain stopped play at 6:13pm, giving the Randy Petes their title and Coyte the Michael Bevan Medal as the Player of the Final.
Congratulations from everyone at Woodworm, guys!