A sparkling century from opener Mark Faraday at the Village Green on Saturday helped Sydney University First XI remain unbeaten after four rounds of the Sydney Grade competition.
Faraday scored 119 as Sydney University chased down an imposing target of 337 for first innings points against UNSW, who had finished all out for 336 at the end of day one.
Faraday hit 17 boundaries and two sixes and faced 195 deliveries in his 225-minute stay at the crease, sharing a 153-run opening stand with Nick Larkin, who cracked 10 boundaries in his 72.
It was Faraday’s second First Grade century; he posted his maiden ton against Fairfield-Liverpool in Round 14 of the 2012-13 season.
When Larkin departed, Faraday shared a 74-run partnership with No.3 Adam Theobald, who scored 39.
Liam Robertson anchored the win with an unbeaten 39, while Tim Ley’s 25 not out cameo helped secure the points.
Thomas Skelly was the pick of the UNSW trundlers, finishing with 2-45 as the hosts spent a long day in the field.
The win elevated Sydney University to the outright lead in the competition on 28 points, with Penrith (24), St George (18), Manly-Warringah (18), Campbelltown-Camden (18) and Sutherland (18) making up the top six in the hunt for the Belvidere Cup.
Sydney University also remain undefeated in Second and Third grades.
Seconds picked up first innings points after declaring at 7-365 (Joshua Richards 110, Steven Hobson 101 not out) before dismissing UNSW for 118; while Thirds declared at 8-322 before dismissing UNSW for 223.
Bankstown lead the Second Grade ladder on 28 points, with Sydney University (24), Sydney (18), Northern District (18), Manly-Warringah (18) and Gordon (18) making up the top six.
Sydney University head the Third Grade ladder on 28 points, with Randwick-Petersham (22), Gordon (18), Manly-Warringah (18), Sydney (18), and Sutherland (16) making up the top six.
UNSW took the honours in Fourth and Fifth grades.
Sydney University also head the Club Championship on 442 points, from second-placed Manly-Warringah on 370 points.
Round 5 of the competition will be another two-day round, with Sydney University hosting Fairfield-Liverpool on Sydney University No.2 Oval on November 23 and 30.
Sydney Men’s Grade Cricket competition – Round 4 (Two-day matches)
First Grade: Sydney University 6-337 off 77.1 overs (Mark Faraday 119, Nick Larkin 72, Adam Theobald 39, Liam Robertson 39 not out, Tim Ley 25 not out; Thomas Skelly 2-45) d UNSW 336 off 99.4 overs (Charles Wakim 117, James Day 70, Benjamin Wakim 64, David Dawson 25; Will Somerville 5-65, Tim Ley 2-21, Nigel Cowell 2-69) on the first innings at The Village Green. Toss: UNSW. Batted first: UNSW. Points: Sydney University 6, UNSW 0.
Second Grade: Sydney University 7(dec)-365 off 93.5 overs (Joshua Richards 110, Steven Hobson 101 not out, Josh Toyer 41 not out; Marcus Atallah 2-57) v UNSW 118 off 59.5 overs (Danny Bhandari 27; Jim Ryan 3-36, Ben Joy 3-39) on the first innings at Sydney University No.1 Oval. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: Sydney University. Points: Sydney University 6, UNSW 0.
Third Grade: Sydney University 8(dec)-322 off 80 overs (Ash Cowan 52, Steven Birch 51, Jack Holloway 47) d UNSW 223 off 78 overs (Nicolas Tsoukalas 67, Jwalit Ahah 27, Kabilan Bascaran 24) on the first innings at David Phillips South Oval. Toss: UNSW. Batted first: Sydney University. Points: Sydney University 6, UNSW 0.
Fourth Grade: UNSW 259 off 71.5 overs (Hayden Nicholls 81 not out, Jack Roach 56, Ankit Patel 42) d Sydney University 214 off 75.5 overs (no details available) on the first innings at Sydney University No.2 Oval. Toss: UNSW. Batted first: UNSW. Points: UNSW 6, Sydney University 0.
Fifth Grade: UNSW 6-271 off 63 overs (Julian Foster-Pullman 64, Gavin Ho 60, Jake Reid 53 not out) d Sydney University 263 off 78.3 overs (Jarrod Waterlow 115, Stuart Hastings 26, Kieran Tate 20, Kalindu Kariyawasam 20; Julian Foster-Pullman 4-40, Alex Charlwood 3-61) on the first innings at David Phillips North Oval. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: Sydney University. Points UNSW 6, Sydney University 0.
Metropolitan Cup – Round 4
Sydney University 9(dec)-183 off 54 overs (no details available) d Penrith 175 off 55.3 overs (Michael Edwards 87 not out, Joshua Heins 30) and 2-70 off 19 overs(Matthew Bugg 25) on the first innings at St Paul’s College Oval. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: Penrith. Points: Sydney University 6, Penrith 0.