Sydney University collected six valuable points from a first innings win over North Sydney in their two-day match that ended at University No.1 Oval on Saturday.
The defending premiers won two of the five two-day matches to open the 2012-13 season, both coming off centuries from Greg Mail.
The record-breaking opener hit 126 not out at Waverley Oval in the first round as Sydney University earned first innings points over Eastern Suburbs. That was followed by a first innings loss to St George at Waverley Oval.
Mail and Ian Moran were absent for the next two matches when they were involved with Sydney Sixers’ unbeaten run in the Champions League Twenty20 tournament in South Africa – Moran as an all-rounder in the winning team and Mail as the assistant coach.
Round three saw the Students on the end of another first innings loss in a high-scoring affair where Nick Larkin scored 113 of Sydney University’s 303 only to see Sutherland opener Matthew Hughston crack 144 not out to steer his team home at Sydney University No.1 Oval.
Sydney University suffered another first innings loss in their Round Four clash with Gordon at University headquarters. Larkins’ 53 in a total of 146 was not enough to stop the visitors, who replied with 314.
The final match in the first two-day tranche saw Mail stroke 131 in Sydney University’s first innings of 306 at University No.1 Oval. The Student rolled North Sydney for 229 on day two, with Tim Ley collecting 3-36 and Will Somerville 3-65.
Sydney University now sit 12th on the competition ladder after five rounds, with UNSW and St George holding down top spot with 38 points, and Sutherland (24), Sydney (24), Blacktown (22) and Gordon (21) making up the top six.
This weekend will see the first of four limited overs matches leading into Christmas, with Sydney University up against Bankstown at Joe McAleer Oval on December 1, Sydney at Drummoyne Oval on December 8, Parramatta at Sydney University No.1 Oval on December 15, and Northern District at Mark Taylor Oval on December 22.
Sydney University Seconds hold down second place on the competition ladder behind frontrunners Sutherland, while Thirds are placed 8th, Fourths are placed 11th and Fifths hold down 7th place. That leaves Sydney University 8th on the Club Championship ladder which is headed by St George.
Sydney Men’s Grade competition – Round 5 (Two-day matches)
First Grade: Sydney University 306 (Greg Mail 131, Adam Theobald 56, James Crowley 27, Tim Ley 24 not out; Nicholas Bills 4-37) d North Sydney 229 (Nicholas Bills 56 not out, James Aitken 46; Tim Ley 3-36, Will Somerville 3-65) on the first innings at Sydney University No.1 Oval. Toss: North Sydney. Batted first: Sydney University. Points: Sydney University 6, North Sydney 0.
Second Grade: North Sydney 7(dec)-150 (Ronald Alexander 39, Arjun Bagga 34, Jake George 22; Michael Culkoff 2-12) and 6-144 (Jake Lintott 54; Ben Joy 4-40) d Sydney University 131 (Joshua Richards 48, David Miller 23; Sam Baker 5-52, David Garner 4-38) and 8(dec)-207 (Steven Hobson 75, Will Hay 30, Ben Larkin 37, David Miller 26, Sam Baker 5-60) on the first innings at Bon Andrews Oval. Toss: North Sydney. Batted first: Sydney University. Points: North Sydney 6, Sydney University 0.
Third Grade: Sydney University 9(dec)-329 (Ed Arnott 94, James Larkin 77, Darius Visser 45, Henry Clark 36) d North Sydney 221 (Keith Lawrence 59, Ben Chaplin 56, Patrick Giles-Jones 29) on the first innings at Sydney University No.2 Oval. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: Sydney University. Points: Sydney University 6, North Sydney 0.
Fourth Grade: North Sydney 7-258 (Phillip Maddocks 71, Angelo Joseph 45, Mark Scott 31) d Sydney University 254 (Mark Skinner 64, Edward Lewis 39, Anthony Lown 31, Timothy Croft 30; John Hopwood 5-66) on the first innings at Tunks Park. Toss: North Sydney. Batted first: Sydney University. Points: North Sydney 6, Sydney University 0.
Fifth Grade: North Sydney 73 (Zohaib Qureshi 26; Jim Ryan 5-21) and 3-200 (David Guthrie 128 not out, Suhaas Kaushik 48) d Sydney University 111 (Michael Harris 37, Sameer Malla 25; David Guthrie 6-25) and 8(dec)-160 (Jarrod Waterlow 40, Ed Turner 40 not out) outright at St Paul’s College Oval. Toss: North Sydney. Batted first: Sydney University. Points: North Sydney 6, Sydney University 4.
Twenty20 Cup – Qualifying final
First Grade: Sutherland 3-145 off 19.3 overs (Steven Smith 55 , Nicolas Maddinson 49 , Stephen Cush 27 ; Tom Kierath 2-35) d Sydney University 6-142 off 20 overs (Liam Robertson 33 , Nick Larkin 33 , Scott Henry 30 ; Nathan Fitzgerald 3-29, Adam Zampa 2-24) by seven wickets at Glenn McGrath Oval. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: Sydney University.