Graham Croker

Sydney University fast bowlers went to the extremes of their profession at the weekend, with an injury forcing Stuart Clark to withdraw from the Australian line-up on the same day Mark Cameron collected 5-14 to help the Students to a valuable limited overs win over North Sydney.
Clark is expected to undergo surgery to remove bone spurs from his bowling elbow, forcing him to miss the upcoming Test series against South Africa and possibly much more cricket, depending on his recovery.
The commerce masters student is believed to have been carrying the injury for some months but succumbed to the pain during training at the WACA ground in preparation for the First Test against the Proteas.
“It’s no secret that I have had a bad elbow for a while,” a disappointed Clark told a news conference in Perth. “It’s flared up. It’s not acceptable to play.
“I think it’s a throwing issue that has just got worse over time. It’s something that hasn’t affected me until recently, until, I suppose, the (recently completed) Indian series.
“I have to go back to Sydney or Melbourne and get the (surgery) process rolling. I thought it was getting better. Obviously it’s not.”
Clark, who made a stunning debut in South Africa in 2006 and has since collected 90 Test scalps, was keen to play this series.
“Playing South Africa in this Test match and the two matches in Sydney and Melbourne against the second-best team, and we’re number one team, what can you say?
Meanwhile, Cameron helped Sydney University to a bonus point when he sent down 10 devastating overs, including two maidens, at University No.1 on Saturday to finish with 5-14.
Sydney University skipper Greg Mail won the toss and had no hesitation sending Norths in on a muggy day following rain. The visitors were all out for 140 in 45 overs, with Ian Moran (2-19) sharing in the wickets with Cameron.
After losing openers Moran (5) and Mail (11), Ed Cowan and Will Hay took to the Norths attack in a 124-run partnership that had the Students over the line in just 28-4 overs.
Cowan’s unbeaten 60 came off 67 deliveries and included six boundaries, while Hay’s unbeaten 60 came off 87 balls with nine boundaries and two sixers.
The win lifted Sydney University to sixth on the limited overs competition table and sixth on the overall competition ladder.
And with wins in Second and Third grades, Sydney University reclaimed the lead in the Club Championship with 779 points. Gordon (769), Penrtih (767) and Campbelltown-Camden (749) are in close pursuit.


Sydney Grade – Limited overs round 8

First Grade: Sydney University 2-143 off 28.4 overs (Ed Cowan not out, Will Hay 60 not out) d North Sydney 140 off 45.1 overs (Scott Rodgie 50, Evan Miller 26, Adrian Ezquerro 22; Mark Cameron 5-14, Ian Moran 2-19) at Sydney University No.1 Oval. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: North Sydney. Points: Sydney University 7. North Sydney 0.
Second Grade: Sydney University 3-137 (Mark Faraday 39, Adam Theobald 39 not out, Nick Larkin 30) d North Sydney 133 (Zaheer Domingo 35, Josh Lawrence 27; Michael Culkoff 3-17, Marty Pascal 2-36, Nigel Cowell 2-29, Kev Desai 3-39) at North Sydney No.2 Oval. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: North Sydney. Points: Sydney University 2 bonus points.
Third Grade: Sydney University 6-127 (Suda Sivapalan 24, James Crowley 23 not out, James Walsh 23; Nick Bills 3-13, Liam Lennar 2-27) d North Sydney 7-126 (Joseph Clark 50, Ben Chaplin 40, Hugh Bachmann 21; Troy Stanley 2-18, Mark Hackett 2-25) on first innings at Sydney University No.2 Oval. Toss: North Sydney. Batted first: North Sydney. Points: Sydney University 1 bonus point.
Fourth Grade: North Sydney 7-208 (Dan Baker 60, Todd Francis 52; Josh Lawrence 2-29, David Crawford 2-45) d Sydney University 205 (Matt Skinner 67, Josh Lawrence 40; Malaka Jayawickreme 3-37, John Hopwood 2-27, Joe Jenkins 2-41.) on first innings at Tunks Park.
Fifth Grade: Ground unfit to play because of rain – match drawn.

Australian University Championship – Twenty20

Men’s Final: Sydney University 3-132 off 18 overs d University of Queensland 131 at WEP Harris Oval, University of Queensland. (Sydney University also won the gold medal in 2007.)
Women’s Final: NSW (UNSW, Sydney University, University of Western Sydney and University of Wollongong) 5-112 off 18.2 overs d University of Queensland 7-111 off 20 overs.

Women’s Sydney Grade – Round 9

First Grade: Universities 2-293 (Kate Blackwell 122 not out, Alex Blackwell 94, Erin Burns 27) d Gordon 127 (Emma Thompson 39, Rebecca Hudson 17; Kate Blackwell 2-9, Alex Julien 2-26) at the Village Green, UNSW.