Graham Croker
 Sydney University openers Will Hay and Ben Larkin have the job ahead of them next Saturday in the chase to overhaul the imposing 286 posted by UNSW on the first day of the two-day Sydney Grade Cricket fixture at Sydney University No.1 Oval.
The Students went to stumps on day one at 0-37, with Hay passing 500 runs for the season on his way to 28, while Larkin played patiently for seven as the pair negotiated a torrid 10 overs in the final 45 minutes.
Earlier, NSW representative Mark Cameron finished with 5-59 from 21 overs as Sydney University tried to stifle the UNSW run-flow which was headed by 76 from number three Murray Creed and good contributions from Mitchell Gowland (42), Tim Lang (38), Richard Nikolovski (37) and Ross Lyons (37).
While claiming first innings points is the first priority, a win from the First XI would also greatly assist Sydney University’s push to regain the Club Championship lead.
With all lower grades in strong positions or having already secured first innings points, the Students (on 942 points) are within striking distance of hauling on Campbelltown-Camden, who head the table on 983 points.
  Sydney Grade Cricket – Round 10 (Two-day matches)
 First Grade: UNSW 286 (Murray Creed 76, Mitchell Gowland 42, Tim Lang 38, Richard Nikolovski 37, Ross Lyons 37, Stuart McKay 20; Mark Cameron 5-59, Mitch Cook 3-63) v Sydney University 0-37, stumps, day one at Sydney University No.1. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: UNSW.
Second Grade: Sydney University 2-173 (Josh Ryan 97, Richard Berrington 55) v UNSW 167 (R Medley 51 not out, C Wakim 29; Marty Pascal 5-64) stumps, day one at the Village Green. Toss: UNSW. Batted first: UNSW.
Third Grade: UNSW 115 (J Brown 55, E Zehner 31 not out; Chris Dan 5-8, N Cowell 3-34) and 2-11 v Sydney University 5(dec)-124 (Suda Sivapalan 46 not out, Tom Harrington 39, Josh Toyer 33 not out; C Stewart 4-30) stumps, day one at Sydney University No.2. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: UNSW.
Fourth Grade: Sydney University 8(dec)-335 (Mark Hackett 138, A Cowan 65, Dougal Robinson 50, Troy Stanley 33) v UNSW 3-26 stumps, day one at David Philips North. Toss: UNSW. Batted first: Sydney University.
Fifth Grade: Sydney University 4(dec)-113 (Jack Hammond 38, Nick Burke 24 not out; M Rae 2-19) v UNSW 111 (C O’Brien 44, L Truashiem 4-14, Alisdair Grant 4-30, Josh Lawrence 2-23) stumps, day one at St Paul’s College Oval.