Universities Women’s Cricket Club claimed the 2013-14 Sydney First Grade title with a 98-run win over St George Sutherland at Bankstown Oval on Sunday.
After losing the toss and being sent in to bat, Universities rattled up 4-199 from their 50 overs, with Alison Parkin topscoring with 61 not out in a 97-ball stay that included four boundaries.
Sydney University graduate Kate Blackwell (55) and openers Rachael Haynes (32) and Georgia Redmayne (22) also helped Universities post a competitive score. Haynes is part of SUSF Elite Athlete Program (EAP) and is the teams captain.
The St George Sutherland chase was under pressure from the outset when Sydney University graduate Kate Owen, who finished with 4-10, and Melissa Norup (2-21) ripped through the top order to have them 4-26.
Universities continued to exert pressure and St George Sutherland were all out for 101 off 37.4 overs.
Universities Third Grade missed out on a berth in the final when they were Gordon defeated them by 100 runs in their semi-final at Forsyth Park on Saturday.
But the Universities Brewer Shield (Under 17) team will meet Campbelltown-Camden in the final after accounting for St George Sutherland by one wicket in their semi-final at David Phillips North on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Sydney University Cricket Club has four teams still alive in the men’s grade competitions after the qualifying finals at the weekend.
In a high-scoring match at Sydney University No.1 Oval, Bankstown defeated the hosts on the first innings to stay alive in the competition.
Jarrad Bourke cracked 116 not out and Jake Cormack scored 71 in Bankstown’s 7-263 in reply to Sydney University’s 262, which was dominated by 117 from opener Nick Larkin.
Having finished on top of the competition proper, Sydney University live to fight another day and will meet Randwick-Petersham in a semi-final at Coogee Oval this Saturday and Sunday. In the other semi-final Manly-Warringah will host Bankstown at Manly Oval.
The highlight of the weekend’s cricket came in the Second Grade qualifying final between Sydney University and Mosman which ended in a draw.
The Students rattled up 8(dec)-513 with young opener Jack Hill remaining unbeaten on 200. He scored 17 boundaries in a 493-ball stay of patience and skill, and shared in partnerships of 118 with opener Will Hay (62), 70 with No.3 Adam Theobald (47), and 155 with Darius Visser (88). Mosman batted out the second day to be 8-157 at stumps.
Sydney University will meet St George at University No.1 Oval in one semi-final, while Northern District will host Gordon at Mark Taylor Oval.
Sydney University Third Grade moved through to the semi-finals on the back of a tightly contested outright win over Sutherland in their qualifying final at University No.2 Oval.
Having lost the toss and been sent in, the Students were rolled for 125 in their first innings, but replied in kind by knocking over the visitors for 116.
Opener Suda Sivapalan led the way with 93 in Sydney University’s second innings of 239 and they then rolled Sutherland for 205 to wrap up the match.
The semi-finals on March 29 and 30 will see Sydney University and Sydney playing at Sydney University No.2 Oval, and Northern District and Gordon meeting at Asquith Oval.
Sydney University’s Metropolitan Cup side is also through to the semi-finals despite losing their qualifying final to Western Suburbs.
Wests scored 167 and skittled the Students for 103 at St Paul’s College Oval. The semi-finals will feature Gordon v Western Suburbs and Sydney University v Blacktown.
Sydney Men’s Grade Cricket – Qualifying Finals
First Grade: Bankstown 7-263 off 68 overs (Jarrad Bourke 116 not out, Jake Cormack 71; Tim Ley 3-87, Nigel Cowell 2-63) d Sydney University 262 off 87.3 overs (Nick Larkin 117, Scott Henry 33,Tim Ley 22, Jonte Pattison 19; Byron Hackshall 4-66, Daryl Tuffey 2-34) on the first innings at Sydney University No.1 Oval. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: Sydney University. In other qualifying finals Manly-Warringah defeated Penrith on the first innings, and Randwick-Petersham defeated Mosman on the first innings. The semi-finals on March 29 and 30 will see Randwick-Petersham hosting Sydney University at Coogee Oval, and Manly-Warringah hosting Bankstown at Manly Oval.
Second Grade: Sydney University 8(dec)-513 (Jack Hill 200 not out, Darius Visser 88, Will Hay 62, Adam Theobald 47; James Frank 2-56) drew with Mosman 8-157 off 50 overs (Labib Mahmud 27 not out, Matthew Junk 23, Danul Dassanayake 22, James Frank 21; Joe Kershaw 2-10, Tom Kierath 2-29) at the Village Green. Toss: Mosman. Batted first: Sydney University. In other qualifying finals Northern District defeated Sydney on the first innings, and Gordon defeated St George on the first innings. The semi-finals on March 29 and 30 will see Sydney University and Gordon meeting at Sydney University No.1 Oval, and Northern District hosting Gordon at Mark Taylor Oval.
Third Grade: Sydney University 125 (Jack Holloway 30, Jack Maddocks 21, Henry Clark 21; Pat Burns 5-29, Trent Smith 4-22) and 239 (Suda Sivapalan 93, Joshua Ryan 35, Harry Watt 33 not out; Trent Smith 2-38, Lachlan Maddison 2-41) d Sutherland 116 (Joel Burnett 48, Kyle Brockley 23 not out; (Kerrod McPherson 4-19, Lewis McMahon 4-36) and 205 (Ryan Maguire 62, Tom Doyle 51; Henry Clark 3-42, Joshua Ryan 2-24) outright at Sydney University No.2 Oval. Toss: Sutherland. Batted first: Sydney University. In other qualifying finals Gordon defeated Sydney on the first innings, and Northern District d Manly-Warringah on the first innings. The semi-finals on March 29 and 30 will see Sydney University and Sydney playing at Sydney University No.2 Oval, and Northern District and Gordon meeting at Asquith Oval.
Metropolitan Cup – Qualifying-final
Western Suburbs 167 off 66 overs (James Holland 44, Ross D’Aspromonte 37, Matthew Farmer 31) d Sydney University 103 off 48 overs (no details available) by 64 runs at St Paul’s College Oval. In other qualifying finals Blacktown d Penrith on the first innings and Gordon defeated Fairfield-Liverpool on the first innings. Semi-finals will feature Gordon v Western Suburbs and Sydney University v Blacktown.
Sydney Women’s Grade Cricket – First Grade Grand Final (Limited overs)
Universities 4-199 off 50 overs (Alison Parkin 61 not out, Kate Blackwell 55, Rachael Haynes 32, Georgia Redmayne 22; Anna Horton 1-36, Roxsanne Van-Veen 1-24) d St George Sutherland 101 off 37.4 overs (Sally Moyland 26; Kate Owen 4-10, Rachael Haynes 3-12, Melissa Norup 2-21) by 98 runs at Bankstown Oval on Sunday. Universities are premiers for the 2013-14 season.
Third Grade – Semi-final
Gordon 7-205 off 40 overs (Jane Warrilow 53 not out, Kristen Dorsch 50 ret, Emma Bradwell 40; Candice Cushway 2-13, Brooke Atkins 1-22) d Universities 105 off 33 overs (Lian Lam 24, Katrina Serena 21; Jane Warrilow 5-12, Lian Lam 2-18) by 100 runs at Forsyth Park.
Brewer Shield – Semi-final (Limited overs)
Universities 9-145 off 38 overs (Serena Liu 24, Maddy Darke 21) d St George Sutherland 144 off 40 overs by one wicket at David Phillips North. Toss: Universities. Batted first: St George Sutherland. In the other semi-final, Campbelltown-Camden d Penrith by 31 runs. Universities to meet St George Sutherland in the final.