12.10.2008 – Graham Croker

Sydney University suffered their first defeat of the season when Mosman prevailed by 48 runs in a limited-overs fixture at University No.1 Oval on Saturday.

Having won the toss and batted, the visitors ran up 9-182 off 50 overs, thanks to good contributions from Jason Vero (52), Jason Ryan (32) and Damien Naughton (28).

Tight bowling from Ian Moran (3-48), Marty Paskal (2-34) and Greg Matthews (2-18) kept the score to an achievable target, given the batting displays from Sydney University in the first two rounds of the Sydney Grade competition.

But the Students slumped to 5-30 – with two run-outs – before wicketkeeper Matthew Morgan steadied the ship with 55 off 102 balls, including three boundaries and a six.

However, his contribution was not enough and the hosts were all out for 134 off 44.3 overs, with Sam Roberts (3-17), Cameron Eve (2-16) and Christopher Payne (2-16) taking the bowling honours for Mosman.

The news was better in the lower grades, with Sydney University winning Seconds, Thirds, Fourths, Fifths and Sixths to sit in second place behind Penrith on the Club Championship after three rounds.

Meanwhile, SUCC has Stuart Clark helping to lead the Australian bowling attack in the Test series in India, while Mark Cameron and Greg Mail are on duty for NSW in the Sheffield Shield fixture against Western Australia in Perth.

Sydney Grade Cricket – Round 3 (limited overs)

First Grade: Mosman 9-182 off 50 overs (Jason Vero 52, Jason Ryan 32, Damien Naughton 28, Geoff Barnett 20; Ian Moran 3-48, Marty Paskal 2-34, Greg Matthews 2-18) d Sydney University 134 off 44.3 overs (Ed Cowan 23, Marty Paskal 29, Matthew Morgan 55; Sam Roberts 3-17, Cameron Eve 2-16, Christopher Payne 2-16) on first innings at University No.1 Oval. Toss won by: Mosman. Batted first: Mosman.

Second Grade: Sydney University 2-139 (Nick Hale 41, Mitchell Cook 43 not out) d Mosman 137 (Michael Bryant 32, Tas Yazdani 29; Michael Culkoff 6-13, Chris Withers 2-30) on first innings at Allan Border Oval. Toss: Mosman. Batted first: Mosman.

Third Grade: Sydney University 3-87 (Ben Larkin 45 not out; N Gardon 3-44) d Mosman 84 (A Sudarshan; 20 Mark Hackett 4-9, Brendon Smith 3-16) on first innings at Sydney University No.2. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: Mosman.

Fourth Grade: Sydney University 8-282 (Matt Skinner 69, Adam Tracey 50, Jim Kazaglis 77 not out; C Wiseman 2-49, A Berkic 2-51, I Gray 3-30) d Mosman 170 (A Paul 54, M Patterson 52; Alisdair Grant 2-35, Stu McLean 5-12) on first innings at Rawson Park. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: Sydney University.

Fifth Grade: Sydney University 9-241 (Liam Robertson 96, Dan Bragg 45; R Ewing 2-29) d Mosman 155 (D Border 44, C Lim 37; Charles Cull 3-34, Chris Dan 2-28) on first innings at St Paul’s College oval. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: Sydney University.