Sydney University’s prolific opener Greg Mail began the new season in sparkling form, with a knock of 138 in the University’s 121-run win in their limited overs match against Mosman at Allan Border Oval on Sunday.

The joint 2009-10 O’Reilly Medal winner, with St George fast bowler Trent Copeland, helped the University to reach 6-299 off their 50 overs after they had won the toss and batted.

Mark Cameron and Stuart Clark then reminded state and national selectors of their prowess, ripping through Mosman for 178 off 38.2 overs. Cameron finished with 5-18 off 8.1 overs and Clark 2-18 as the Students collected seven valuable points.

Mail also top-scored for the Students on Saturday, when Sydney University met Campbelltown-Camden in the opening day of a two-day match at Raby No.1 Oval.

Having won the toss and batted, Campbelltown-Camden were summarily dismissed for 117 on their home track, with James Phatanak (46) and Russell Gasgoigne (23) offering the only resistance as Josh Toyer (4-32, Kevin Desai (2-16) and Mail (2-21) shared the spoils.

Sydney University were 5-116 at stumps, with Mail (27), Mark Faraday (20), Scott Henry (19) and Kevin Desai (17) all making tantalising starts. The match  resumes next Saturday with the Students hoping for a wagging tail and a good first innings lead.

Sydney University will have the benefits of Mail’s all-round skills for the full season – he retired from first-class cricket last December after becoming the first person to score 1000 First Grade runs in a season three times.

Mail wasn’t the only century-maker for the Students at the weekend. Matthew Gregory cracked 150 and Matthew Morgan 100 not out as Sydney University Second amassed 6(dec)-434 in their two-day match against Campbelltown-Camden at Sydney University No.2 Oval.

The visitors were teetering at 2-19 at stumps.


Sydney Grade two-day competition – Round 1

First Grade: Sydney University 5-116 (Greg Mail 27, Mark Faraday 20, Scott Henry 19, Kevin Desai 17; Nathan Brain 3-28, Nasir Jalil 2-22) v Campbelltown-Camden 117 (James Phatanak 46, Russell Gasgoigne 23; Josh Toyer 4-32, Kevin Desai 2-16, Greg Mail 2-21), stumps, day one at Raby No.1 Oval. Toss: Campbelltown-Camden. Batted first: Campbelltown-Camden.

Second Grade: Sydney University 6(dec)-434 (Matthew Gregory 150, Matthew Morgan 100 not out, Michael Culkoff 63, Nick Larkin 44, Liam Robertson 30) v Campbelltown-Camden 2-19 (Michael Culkoff 2-7), stumps, day one at Sydney University No.2 Oval. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: Sydney University.

Third Grade: Sydney University 229 (Jack Hill 90, Suda Sivapalin 47, Ben Joy 29, Ken Huckle 19, Hasi Balasuriya 18; Luke Webb 3-40) v Campbelltown-Camden 0-5, stumps, day one at Raby No.2 Oval. Toss: Sydney University.

Fourth Grade: Sydney University 9-244 (Simon Cowan 57, Edward Arnott 47, Justin Younes 43, Charles McKeith 26 not out, Angus Glynne 22 not out; Murray Yabsley 2-10, Geoff Golding 2-46), stumps, day one at St Paul’s College. Toss: Sydney University.

Fifth Grade: Campbelltown-Camden 205 v Sydney University 0-28 at Raby No.3 Oval. Toss: Campbelltown-Camden, Batted first: Campbelltown-Camden.

Sydney Grade Limited Overs competition – Round 1

First Grade: Sydney University 6-299 off 50 overs (Greg Mail 138, Ben Larkin 39 not out, Scott Henry 32, Mark Faraday 31; Sam Robert 3-49) d Mosman 178 off 38.2 overs (Michael Bryant 77, Jason Ryan 52; Mark Cameron 5-18, Stuart Clark 2-18) at Allan Border Oval. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: Sydney University.