Graham Croker

Sydney University collected a bonus point when they took just 37 overs to chase down the 172 set by Manly-Warringah in their 50-over fixture played at Manly Oval on Sunday.
The Students finished with 5-176 but they had to overcome a shaky start with both openers departing early. Greg Mail was bowled by Andrew Lindsay for a duck and Ed Cowan was run out for 21 leaving the visitors 2-31.
But Ian Moran and Will Hay took up the cudgels in a 51-run partnership before Moran fell for 33.
Hay then combined in a 71-run partnership with 18-year-old Dave Miller, making his First Grade debut, to put the result within reach. He was out for 59, caught by Jamie Sullivan off Luke Edgell, leaving the Students 5-169.
Miller (24 not out) and Matthew Morgan (five not out) steered the Students home.
Earlier, Nick Dunford bowled 10 miserly overs to finish with 4-26 as Manly-Warringah struggled to put together an imposing target.
They also got off to a shaky start and were 2-0 after Ian Moran had Andrew Jeffrey caught at slip by Mail in the first over and Dunford clean-bowled Sullivan in the second over.
Dunford also had Jamie Cox caught behind by Morgan for 27, Luke Edgell caught by Moran for 16 and Ryan Bulger caught by Cowan for 11.
It was left to No.10 James Munting to help Manly-Warringah finish with a competitive target. He top-scored with 41 and was out on the last ball of the innings when Tim Ley snared the catch off all-rounder Miller.
It was a busy weekend for First Grade, who also began a two-match against Western Suburbs at Pratten Park on Saturday. The match will continue next Saturday.
Wicketkeeper Matthew Morgan continued his good form in his first season with the club to top-score with 65. Will Hay (62), Mark Faraday (40) and Nick Dunford (25) also made solid contributions as Sydney University declared at 9-240, giving them 12 overs at Wests before stumps.
But openers Nick Compton (21) and Shariful Islam (11) remained unbeaten as the hosts finished the day at 0-31.


Sydney Grade – Round 4 (Saturday, October 18)

First Grade: Sydney University 9(dec)- 240 (Matthew Morgan 65, Will Hay 62, Mark Faraday 40, Nick Dunford 25; Matthew Day 4-63, Manjot Singh 2-47) v Western Suburbs 0-31 (Nick Compton 21 not out) stumps Day 1 at Pratten Park. Toss won by: Sydney University. Batted first: Sydney University.

Second Grade: Sydney University 9-259 (Dave Miller 62, Nick Larkin 46, Dave Butchart 34, Sanjiv Khalko 28, Josh Toyer 25 not out; Vaibhav Rastogi 5-54, Ash Squire 3-77) v Western Suburbs. Stumps Day 1 at Sydney University No.1. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: Sydney University.

Third Grade: Western Suburbs 8-262 (Keegan Luiters 90, Toby Hynes 46, Vinayak Sasitharan 35, Matthew Baden 26; Dave Jessup 3-43, Brendon Smith 2-31, Nolan Matthews 2-59) v Western Suburbs. Stumps Day 1 Blick Oval. Toss: Western Suburbs. Batted first: Western Suburbs.

Fourth Grade: Sydney University 312 (James Walsh 82, Nigel Cowell 44, Pete Jordon 37, Matt Skinner 31, Jim Kazaglis 30, Ben Peacock 29, Alisdair Grant 26; Gavin Dennett 4-79, Kevin Tyler 3-40, Harpreet Singh 2-48) v Western Suburbs 0-5. Stumps Day 1 at Sydney University No.2. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: Sydney University.

Fifth Grade: Sydney University 150 (Michael Barwick 66, Josh Lawrence 28; Lachlan O’Connor 5-60, Mitchell Finlay 2-36) v Western Suburbs 1-22. Stumps Day 1 at Punchbowl Oval. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: Sydney University.

Sydney Grade – Limited overs Round 3 (Sunday, October 19)

First Grade: Sydney University 5-176 off 37 overs (Will Hay 59, Ian Moran 33, Dave Miller 24 not out, Ed Cowan 21; Ryan Bulger 2-32, Andrew Lindsay 1-37) d Manly-Warringah 172 off 50 overs (James Munting 41, Cameron Merchant 30, Justin Cox 27; Nick Dunford 4-26, Ian Moran 1-15) on first innings at Manly Oval. Sydney University one bonus point. Toss: Manly-Warringah. Batted first: Manly Warringah.