Sydney University’s first Twenty20 match of the season resulted in a loss to Northern District at Waitara Oval on Sunday.
The off-again, on-again fixture was delayed because of heavy rain through the week and the abandonment of day one of the round of two-day matches scheduled for Saturday.
When the toss was finally made, Sydney University captain Will Hay called correctly and elected to bat. It seemed a good decision when he and Scott Henry put on an opening stand of 65 in good time.
But when Henry fell for 25 and the captain followed for a top score of 38, the Student’s innings fell away and they finished with 7-116 off their 20 overs.
Northern District reeled in the total in 17.3 overs, thanks to an unbeaten 51 from opener Jonathon Whealing. The hosts finished with 5-117, despite the efforts of Mark Cameron’s miserly 1-12 from four overs, coming on the back on an 11-wicket haul in NSW’s Sheffield Shield win over Queensland at the Gabba last week.
The Students’ round of two-day matches against Sydney will resume next Saturday, weather permitting.
Meanwhile, a fighting 113 from Alex Blackwell was not enough to collect the points in the fifth round Women’s Sydney grade clash between Universities and Campbelltown-Camden at Raby No.1 Oval on Sunday.
The hosts made 9-228 from their 50 overs, thanks to solid contributions from Kate Waterford (69) and Sarah Coyte (45).
Universities were all out for 201, with Celeste Raack (4-36) and Kara Sutherland (4-47) causing most damage with the ball.
Sydney Men’s Grade competition – Round 5 (Two-day matches)
First Grade: Sydney University v Sydney at Drummoyne Oval. Day one abandoned due to overnight rain.
Second Grade: Sydney University v Sydney at Sydney University No.1 Oval. Day one abandoned due to overnight rain.
Third Grade: Sydney University v Sydney at Ryde Oval. Day one abandoned due to overnight rain.
Fourth Grade: Sydney University v Sydney at Sydney University No.2 Oval. Day one abandoned due to overnight rain.
Fifth Grade: Sydney University v Sydney at ELS Hall Park. Day one abandoned due to overnight rain.
Sydney Grade Twenty20 Cup
First Grade: Northern District 5-117 off 17.3 overs (Jonathon Whealing 51 not out, Ryan Nelson 19, Brendan Ham 15; Mark Cameron 1-12, Josh Toyer 1-15) d Sydney University 7-116 off 20 overs (Will Hay 38, Scott Henry 25, Ben Larkin 11, Mark Cameron 11 not out; Matthew Phillips 2-22) at Waitara Oval. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: Sydney University: Points: Northern District 4, Sydney University 0.
Sydney Women’s grade competition – Round 5 (Limited overs)
First Grade: Campbelltown-Camden 9-228 (Kate Waterford 69, Sarah Coyte 45; Sarah Stevenson 3-31) d Universities 201 (Alex Blackwell 113, Caitlin Rawstron 24; Celeste Raack 4-36, Kara Sutherland 4-47) at Raby No. Oval.
Second Grade: Campbelltown-Camden 2-105 (Stefanie Daffara 37, Rebecca Miller 33; Fraser Wunsch 1-19, Ellie Bath 1-25) d Universities 9-104 (Caitlin Murray 26, Claire Cherrington 22; Rebecca Miller 3-11, Sarah Murphy 1-0) at Raby No.1 Oval.