Sydney University and Northern District will front up again at Sydney University No.1 Oval next Sunday to fight out the Sydney Grade Cricket Limited Overs final for 2013-14.

In their first attempt to determine a winner, rain caused play to be abandoned yesterday (Sunday), after Northern District had made 9-194 from their 50 overs, and the match was declared a draw.

Under the competition’s Playing Conditions, both teams must receive a minimum of 25 overs each to constitute a match.

When rain began to fall during the lunch break and with no possibility of completing the required overs in the second innings, play was officially abandoned at 4:10pm with the March 9 Reserve Day activated.

Andrew Harriott was the mainstay of the Northern District innings, cracking 84 from 109 balls, including six boundaries and five sixes. Sydney University skipper Greg Mail (3-35 off 10 overs) and Will Somerville (0-15 off 10 miserly overs) were the pick of the University bowlers.  

The wet weekend also caused havoc on the first day of the Round 14 two-day matches in the Sydney grade competition on Saturday, with only three games (in Third and Fifth grades) getting a start.

That has resulted in next Saturday’s play being 120-over games in First, Second and Fourth grades, with captains to determine the number of overs each team will face, and one-day games in Third and Fifth grades.

Gary Whitaker, the Director of Cricket at Sydney University Cricket Club, said the Club Championship is now well in Sydney University’s sights.

“We’re leading the top three grades, so we’re closing in on the title,” he said. “The club has an exciting six weeks ahead, including next Sunday’s Limited Overs final.

“It’s been a great season so far but it’s important to finish well to get in a position to host the qualifying finals, and that’s our aim.”


Sydney Men’s Grade Cricket competition – Limited Overs Final

Note: In the Limited Overs final between Sydney University and Northern District at Sydney University No.1 Oval on Sunday, play was abandoned at 4:10pm due to rain. Northern District had completed their 50 overs and finished with 9-194. The match was declared drawn and rescheduled for the same venue on Sunday, March 9.

Northern District 9-194 (Andrew Harriott 84, Jonathon Whealing 20; Greg Mail 3-35, David Miller 2-24, Jonte Pattison 1-20) drew with Sydney University. Toss: Northern District.

Round 14 (Two-day matches – March 1 and 8)

Rain prevented any play on the first day of the two-day round of matches between Sydney University and Mosman, with First Grade to resume at Sydney University No.1 Oval next Saturday, Second Grade at Allan Border Oval, Third Grade at Sydney University No.2 Oval, Fourth Grade at Rawson Park and Fifth Grade at St Paul’s College Oval.

Metropolitan Cup – Round 14

Rain prevented any play on the first day of the two-day Metropolitan Cup match between UNSW and Sydney University at David Phillips North Oval on Saturday.

Sydney Women’s Grade Cricket competition – Round 20 (Limited Overs)

The match between Universities and Sydney at Drummoyne Oval on Sunday was abandoned because of rain.