Sydney University’s tail came to the rescue on the first day of the Round 12 match against St George at Sydney University No.1 Oval on Saturday.

Having lost the toss and been invited to bat, Sydney University were 7-82 before Australian Under 19 leg-spinner Jonte Pattison, wicket-keeper Ben Trevor-Jones and NSW off-spinner Will Somerville came to the rescue.

Pattison and former Bathurst boy Trevor-Jones put on a ninth-wicket stand of 122, with Somerville adding a 15-run cameo at the end to push the Students to 233.

Pattison’s 82 off 156 deliveries included 10 boundaries, while Trevor-Jones’s 57 off 147 balls included five boundaries.

St George were 15 without loss at stumps. Both teams face an intriguing second day, with Sydney University lying ninth on the ladder and desperately in need of wins to defend the Belvidere Cup, and St George lying 13th and even more desperate to secure a place in the final six.

It could come down to Pattison and Somerville coming to rescue – with the ball. Or paceman Ben Joy living up to his name with a big day out.

In a day of low scores, Sydney University are competitively placed in Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth grades, while the Metropolitan Cup boys will need quick wickets on Saturday to defend their first innings tally of 164.

Meanwhile, Alex Blackwell continued her run-laden season with 77 not out in Universities limited overs win over Bankstown in their Round 6 Sydney Women’s grade match at the Village Green.

Universities rattled up 5-260 (Rachel Haynes 69, Georgia Redmayne 51) off their 50 overs, before dismissing Bankstown for 173 for a comfortable result.

Universities remain unbeaten at the top of the women’s competition ladder on 40 points, with Bankstown (25), Northern District (24) and Campbelltown-Camden (19) making up the top four.  


Sydney Men’s Grade Cricket competition – Round 12 (Two-day match)

First Grade: Sydney University 233 off 87.5 overs (Jonte Pattison 82, Ben Trevor-Jones 57, Greg Mail 22; Eric Denhartog 5-50) v St George 0-15 off six overs, stumps, day one at Sydney University No.1 Oval. Toss: St George. Batted first: Sydney University.

Second Grade: Sydney University 176 off 70.5 overs (Tom Kierath 37, James Larkin 34, Darius Visser 31, Jack Hill 30; Luke Stanton 4-27, Peter Francis 2-39) v St George 3-69 off 24 overs (Brent Atherton 29; Dugald Holloway 2-15) stumps, day one at Hurstville Oval. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: Sydney University.

Third Grade: Sydney University 8-206 (Ash Cowan 62, Jack Maddocks 37, Henry Clark 32, Lewis McMahon 23 not out) v St George, stumps, day one at Alan Davidson Oval. Toss: St George. Batted first: Sydney University.

Fourth Grade:  St George 224 off 77.4 overs (Andrew Pandelis 100, Blake Newport 36; Jonathon Dobson 3-25, William Clayton 2-28) v Sydney University, stumps, day one at Harold Fraser Reserve.  Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: St George.

Fifth Grade:  Sydney University 198 off 68.5 overs (Alex Mihalyka 48, Hugh Kermond 38, Douglas Rogers 38; Andrew Marston 4-59) v St George 0-12, stumps, day one at St Paul’s College Oval. Toss: St George. Batted first: Sydney University.

Metropolitan Cup – Round 12 (Two-day match)

Sydney University 164 off 59.1 overs (Cameron New 48, Andrew Wilkinson 31, Bradley Burns 31) v Penrith 3-42 off 18 overs, stumps, day one at Rance Oval. Toss: Penrith. Batted first:  Sydney University.

Sydney Women’s Grade Cricket competition – Round 6 (Limited Overs matches)

First Grade: Universities 5-260 off 50 overs (Alex Blackwell 77 not out, Rachel Haynes 69, Georgia Redmayne 51, Kate Owen 25; Erin Burns 2-38) d Bankstown 173 (Rhiannon Dick 46, Corinne Hall 45; Melissa Norup 4-12, Kate Coppack 2-9) by 87 runs at the Village Green. Toss: Universities. Points: Universities 6, Bankstown 0.

Second Grade: Bankstown 6-256 off 50 overs (Sue Fairhurst 96, Madeline Penna 73 not out, Kellie Gauci 29; Renee Hebden 2-27, Emma Geering 2-26) d Universities 163 off 41.2 overs (Serena Liu 79, Rachel Li 43; Kate Barry 7-17) by 93 runs at Grahame Thomas Oval. Toss: Universities. Batted first: Bankstown. Points: Bankstown 6, Universities 0.

Third Grade: Parramatta 8-216 off 35.3 overs (Leanne Gordon 59 not out, Sandy Cameron 35 ret, Jordyn Bonner 29; Brooke Lutz 2-37) d Universities Gold 214 off 37.4 overs (Brooke Lutz 69, Heather Cantrill 50 not out; Pooja Jadwani 3-24, Sarah Todd 2-10) at John Curtin Reserve. Toss: Universities Gold. Batted first: Universities Gold. Points: Parramatta 7, Universities Gold .80.

Brewer Twenty20 – Round 2

Universities 5-90 off 20 overs (Maddy Darke 31 ret, Claudia Johnston 24; Aaliyah Parsons 1-6, Lauren Bissett 1-6) d St George-Sutherland 5-62 off 20 overs (Georgia Reid 17; Jade Christie 1-4, Samantha Robinson 1-6, Amy McKay 1-7) by 38 runs at Harold Fraser Oval on Sunday. Toss: Universities. Batted first: St George-Sutherland. Points: Universities 6, St George-Sutherland 0.