Sydney University Cricket Club celebrated their 150th anniversary in style at the weekend with a first innings win over Eastern Suburbs in the Belvedere Cup competition and a berth in the semi-finals of the Kingsgrove Cup Twenty20 competition.
Nick Larkin’s 157 not out laid the platform for the win over Eastern Suburbs in the two-day match at Sydney University No.1 Oval.
The Students declared at their overnight score of 4-271 and rolled Eastern Suburbs for 193 on day two, with off-spinner Will Somerville snaring 5-54 and Australian Under 19 leg-spinner Jonte Pattison collecting 4-42.
Eastern Suburbs openers Nick Maddison and Matthew Condon cruised to 81 before Sydney University introduced spin. Somerville had Maddison caught by Liam Robertson for 53 off 54 deliveries, while Pattison had Condon caught by Tim Ley for 44 with the score on 116.
The visitors then lost 8-67 as Somerville and Pattison went about their work.
Earlier, Larkin hit nine boundaries and a six in his 298-ball knock in which he shared a 108-run third-wicket stand with Greg Mail (55).
It was Larkin’s eighth century for SUCC since he joined the club in the 2009-10 season. It was also his highest score for SUCC, surpassing the 133 he notched against Northern District in Round 12 last season. He now has 4211 runs in all grades and formats for SUCC at 34.24.
Sydney University also collected first innings points in Second Grade, where they declared at 8-254 and bundled out Eastern Suburbs for 110, and Fifth Grade, who declared at 9-182 and rolled Easts for 114; while Fourth Grade collected outright points after being set 180 off 50 overs in their second innings and reaching the target for the loss of three wickets with three overs to spare.
Third Grade lost outright to Easts after almost pulling off a come from behind result.
By all accounts, SUCC’s 150th Anniversary Dinner at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday night was a rollicking affair, where many a dodgy 20 not out turned into a chanceless, unbeaten century.
Sydney Men’s Grade competition – Round 2 (Two-day matches)
First Grade: Sydney University 4(dec)-271 off 96 overs (Nick Larkin 157 not out, Greg Mail 55; Nathan Rowe 3-77, Ian Moran 1-26) d Eastern Suburbs 193 off 63 overs (Nic Maddison 53, Matthew Condon 44, Steffan Piolet 21; Will Somerville 5-54, Jonte Pattison 4-42) on the first innings at Sydney University No.1 Oval. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: Sydney University. Points: Sydney University 6, Eastern Suburbs 0.
Second Grade: Sydney University 8-(dec)-254 off 93 overs (Will Hay 63, Steven Hobson 57, Jack Hill 55, Ben Trevor-Jones 31; Nicholas Kershaw 6-65) d Eastern Suburbs 110 off 51.3 overs (Michael Maclennan 50 not out, William Eaton 24; Joe Kershaw 4-24, Lewis McMahon 3-23) and 2-127 (Thomas Gallop 66, William Eaton 42 not out; Joe Kershaw 2-19) on the first innings at Waverley Oval. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: Sydney University. Points: Sydney University 6, Eastern Suburbs 0.
Third Grade: Eastern Suburbs 5(dec)-104 off 35 overs (Sam Mullens 29 not out, Alex Tunnadine 26; Ash Cowan 2-18) and 8-115 (Brenton Barker 43, Sam Mullens 25; Jim Ryan 5-54, Max Hope 2-7) d Sydney University 79 off 45.5 overs (Brodie Frost 27 not out, Jack Holloway 19; Christopher Hulston 3-17, Samuel Powell 2-6, Angus Palmer 2-20) and 6(dec)-174 (Max Hope 67, Jack Holloway 49; Udit Mehta 1-17) on the first innings at St Paul’s College Oval. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: Sydney University. Points: Eastern Suburbs 6, Sydney University 0.
Fourth Grade: Eastern Suburbs 74, off 27 overs, and 1-25 v Sydney University 83 off 36 overs (Matt Lowen 40) stumps, day one at Trumper Park. (No more details available.) Sydney University were set 180 off 50 overs to win outright and finished at 3-183 (No details available.) Toss: Eastern Suburbs. Batted first: Eastern Suburbs. Points: Sydney University 10, Eastern Suburbs 0.
Fifth Grade: Sydney University 9(dec)-182 off 66 overs (Ryan McMahon 49, Matt Lowen 37; George Black 3-43, Dave Nash 3-46) d Eastern Suburbs 114 off 45 overs (Sam Hulston 26, George Black 25; Alex Myhalyka 5-33, Thomas Hill 2-9) and 3-64 off 30 overs at Snape Park. Toss: Eastern Suburbs. Batted first: Eastern Suburbs. Points: Sydney University 6, Eastern Suburbs 0.
Kingsgrove Cup Twenty20 competition
Format: Two pools of 12 teams each (Sydney Sixes pool and Thunder pool), including teams from Newcastle, ACT, Central Coast and Illawarra. Sydney University topped the Sydney Sixes pool and will meet Fairfield in a semi-final on October 29 at Blacktown International Sports Park. The pool final will follow on the same date. The winners of each pool will play each other at the Sydney Cricket Ground on November 2.
Game 1: Sydney University 4-124 off 16.4 overs (Nick Larkin 51 not out, Tim Ley 25, Liam Robertson 24; Daniel Friedrich 1-19) d Northern District 6-121 off 20 overs (Andrew Harriott 45, Jonathon Webb 25; Liam Robertson 2-16, Joe Kershaw 2-22) at Mark Taylor Oval. Toss: Northern District. Batted first: Northern District. Points: Sydney University 6, Northern District 0.
Game 2: Sydney University 2-108 off 16.4 overs (Liam Robertson 38 not out, Mark Faraday 36, Tim Ley 24 not out; Hayden Murphy 1-36, Blair Lindsay 1-25) d Central Coast 6-105 off 20 overs (Blair Lindsay 35, Adam Taylor 20 not out; Will Somerville 2-12, Tim Ley 1-20, Nigel Cowell 1-20, Joe Kershaw 1-23, Liam Robertson 1-26) at Mark Taylor Oval. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: Central Coast. Points: Sydney University 6, Central Coast 0.
Game 3: Sydney University bye.
Game 4: Sydney University 7-144 off 20 overs (Scott Henry 63, Nick Larkin 48, David Miller 16 not out; Jay Dyball 4-10) d Hawkesbury 119 off 19.4 overs (Corey Lowe 39, Jay Dyball 34; Liam Robertson 3-15, Ben Joy 2-12, Joe Kershaw 2-21) at Sydney University No.1 Oval. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: Sydney University. Points: Sydney University 6, Hawkesbury 0.
Metropolitan Cup competition – Round 2 (Two-day match)
Blacktown 9-153 off 63 overs (Alex Lind 40, Zulfiqar Salahuddin 29, Nikhil Parvathaneni 26 not out; Chris De Krester 4-28) d Sydney University 135 off 55 overs (Eshan Khot 35, Chris De Krester 27; Jay Prakash 3-40, Curtis Lucas 2-3) on the first innings at Whalan No.2 Oval. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: Sydney University. Points: Blacktown 6, Sydney University 0.
Sydney Women’s Grade Cricket competition – Third Grade Round 2 (Limited Overs)
Universities Gold 135 off 32 overs (Madison Leach 2-11, Hannah Ashpole 2-13) d Northern District 83 off 24 overs (Madison Leach 25 not out) by 52 runs at Tempe Reserve. Toss: Universities Gold. Batted first: Universities Gold. Points: Universities Gold 6, Northern District 0.
Universities Blue 8-218 off 40 overs (Sre Gnanamusthy 3-19, Kirsten Wraith 3-27) d North West Sydney 11 off 18 overs (no details available) by 207 runs at Bella Vista Oval. Toss: North West Sydney. Batted first: Universities Blue. Points: Universities Blue 6, North West Sydney 0.