The 27-run win over Penrith in a 50-over fixture at Howell Oval on Saturday consolidated Sydney University’s chances of retaining the Limited Overs Cup and the two-day title (Belvidere Cup) for 2011-12.
The Students head the Limited Overs competition with one round to play, having won seven of their eight 50-over fixtures. The top six also includes Manly-Warringah, Fairfield-Liverpool, Eastern Suburbs, UNSW and Northern District.
Sydney University are second behind UNSW on the Belvidere Cup ladder, with Manly-Warringah. Eastern Suburbs, North Sydney and Fairfield-Liverpool making up the top six with five rounds to play.
While Sydney University dipped out of the race to retain the Poidevin-Gray Shield, they have made the Twenty20 final and will do battle with Randwick-Petersham on January 26 to determine the 2011-12 winner.
In the lower grades, Sydney University Seconds are well-placed in third position behind Northern District and Manly-Warringah, Third Grade are struggling in 16th position on a ladder headed by Western Suburbs, Fourth Grade head the competition seven points clear of second-placed Sutherland, and Fifth Grade sit ninth on the ladder headed by Gordon.
The Students need a strong finish across the grades to peg back Manly-Warringah (1139 points), Sutherland (1040) and St George (958) in the Club Championship.
Sydney University also lead the Metropolitan Cup, seven points clear of second-placed Gordon.
Saturday’s First Grade win over Penrith could be termed the Ian Moran Show. The all-rounder opened the innings and was run out for 70 in Sydney University’s meager 168 off 49.4 overs.
He then took the new ball with Stuart Clark and finished with 3-19 off seven overs as the Students dismissed Penrith for 141 in 41 overs.
Meanwhile, Sydney University opener Greg Mail moved into third place on the all-time list of runscorers in First Grade with his century round nine century against Campbelltown-Camden on January 7.
Mail’s 100 in the limited overs match, took him to 11,904 First Grade runs, passing Richard Chee Quee (11,874) on the way. Only Greg Hayne (12,354) and Warren Bardsley (12,116) have scored more First Grade runs in the Sydney first grade competition.
It was Mail’s 35th First Grade century, leaving him one behind the record shared by Bardsley and Victor Trumper and equal with Bob Simpson.
Sydney Men’s Grade competition – Round 10 (Limited Overs)
First Grade: Sydney University 168 off 49.4 overs (Ian Moran 70, Scott Henry 27, Mark Faraday 20; Joshua Lalor 4-29, Jarryd Blake 1-21) d Penrith 141 off 41 overs (Shannon Finemore 38, Peter Betros 30, Joshua Lalor 26; Ian Moran 3-19, Tim Ley 2-24, Stuart Clark 2-26) by 27 runs at Howell Oval. Toss: Penrith. Batted first: Sydney University. Points: Sydney University 6, Penrith 0.
Second Grade: 4-80 off 21.5 overs (Tom Kierath 36 not out, Liam Robertson 23; Glenn Venables 3-35) d Penrith 79 off 26.3 overs (Bryan Morris 12, Daniel Smyth 12; Ben Joy 8-12) by six wickets at Sydney University No.1 Oval. Toss: Penrith. Batted first: Penrith. Points: Sydney University 7 (one bonus point), Penrith 0.
Third Grade: Sydney University 154 off 50 overs (Justin Younes 32, Suda Sivapalan 27; Peter Gott 2-28, Brent Williams 2-37) d Penrith 147 off 47.2 overs (Brent Williams 50, Matthew Thompson 24; Kerrod 3-24, Jonathan 3-35) by seven runs at Cook Park. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: Sydney University. Points: Sydney University 6, Penrith 0.
Fourth Grade: Sydney University 3-97 off 20 overs (Charles Arcus 37 not out, Ash Cowan 30; Mark Graham 1-22, Michael Collins 1-25) d Penrith 94 off 37.4 overs (Jake Wholohan 29 not out, Nathan Maher 21; Darius Visser 4-12, Ash Cowan 2-6) by seven wickets at Sydney University No.2 Oval. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: Penrith. Points: Sydney University 7 (one bonus point), Penrith 0.
Fifth Grade: Sydney University 159 off 39 overs (Alex Mihalyka 48, Matt Skinner 27; Waqas Tareen 5-27, Adrian Isherwood 2-28) d Penrith 103 off 37.5 overs (Adrian Isherwood 35 not out, Ryan Smith 25; Sam Mahabady 3-28, Timothy Croft 3-29) by 56 runs at Rance Oval. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: Sydney University. Points: Sydney University 6, Penrith 0.
AW Green Shield – Round 5 (60-over games)
Fairfield-Liverpool 9-263 off 60 overs (Jake Doran 83 not out, Jack Brewer 65, Harmon Sandhu 60; Kieran Tate 3-65) d Sydney University 192 off 58 overs (Jay Blamey 45, Jack Maddocks 44, Alex Toomey 20; Nicholas Grant 4-32) by 71 runs at Rosedale Oval. Toss: Fairfield-Liverpool. Batted first: Fairfield-Liverpool. Points: Fairfield-Liverpool 6, Sydney University 0.
Sydney University 9-237 off 60 overs (Alex Toomey 49, Kieran Tate 47, Darius Visser 44; Jack Thomas 2-50, Satya Krishnan 1-25) d North Sydney 88 off 41 overs (Joshua Joseph 17, Conor Slocombe 17; Joshua Stewart 3-17, Ryan Danne 2-7) by 149 runs at Tunks Park. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: Sydney University. Points: Sydney University 6, North Sydney 0.
Sydney University 3-96 off 17 overs (Nick Fitzgerald 25, Neil Saunders 20 not out; Navnit Prasad 2-13) d Western Suburbs 95 off 30.5 overs (Anjan Oberai 15, Mafid Islam 12; Steven Green 3-2, Ryan Danne 2-14) by seven wickets at St Paul’s College Oval. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: Western Suburbs. Points: Sydney University 6, Western Suburbs 0.