A boundary-laden century from Steven Hobson and a five-wicket haul from Josh Toyer helped Sydney University Second XI claim back-to-back Abert Cup titles in a rain-interrupted win over Manly-Warringah at Sydney University No.1 Oval at the weekend.

Entering the fray at No.6, with the Students teetering at 5-112, Hobson posted a match-defining 133, with 20 boundaries and a six in his 220-ball stay. He shared useful partnerships down the order, but it was a 103-run stand with No.10 Jim Ryan (46) that carried the Students to 330 off 118.4 overs.

Manly-Warringah were always in trouble chasing down the big total after Toyer trapped opener Luke Edgell lbw for five and Ben Joy had Rowan Hamman caught by Tom Kierath for a duck.

Toyer went on the claim 5-35 off 11 overs and Joy finished with 3-40 off 15 overs as the visitors were all out for 117 in 43.5 overs.

With no play taking place on Saturday after days of heavy rain, the final got under way on Sunday, with Sydney University winning the toss and electing to bat. They had reached 8-239 at stumps, with Hobson unbeaten on 87, Ryan on eight, and the match in the balance.

The pair put the issue beyond doubt as their partnership built on Monday. When Hobson reached his century, it was his seventh for the club. His first was back in the 2011-12 season when he moved from England and arrived at Sydney University “for a bat”. In his first game for the club, he cracked 240 in a Fifth Grade encounter with Parramatta.

He also scored 106 in a Third Grade qualifying final against Bankstown and 133 in a Second Grade semi-final against Sutherland in the 2012-13 season.

But his 133 runs at the weekend were the sweetest of the 2189 he has scored since arriving on campus.


Sydney Men’s Grade Cricket competition – Final

Second Grade: Sydney University 330 off 118.4 overs (Steven Hobson 133, Jim Ryan 46, Jack Hill 45, Adam Theobald 27, David Miller 21; Dylan Marshall 4-84, Michael Visser 3-52) d Manly-Warringah 117 off 43.5 overs (Aidan Baker 31, Taylor Beatty 23; Josh Toyer 5-35, Ben Joy 3-40) on the first innings. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: Sydney University.

Second Grade premiers for 2014-15: Sydney University.

Other grades

First Grade premiers for 2014-15: Manly-Warringah

Third Grade premiers for 2014-15: Manly-Warringah

Fourth Grade premiers for 2014-15: Penrith

Fifth Grade premiers for 2014-15: Northern District

Club Championship: Manly-Warringah