Bankstown collected the Christmas cheer at Sydney University No.1 Oval on Saturday with a two-wicket win over the hosts in their Round 8 limited overs tussle.

The loss relegated Sydney University to 10th on the First Grade Belvedere Cup ladder which is headed by Sydney on 42 points with seven wins from their eight outings.

St George (30), Bankstown (30), Penrith (30), Eastern Suburbs (29) and Campbelltown-Camden (28) make up the top six going into the new year, while Randwick-Petersham, Northern District and Blacktown are holding Sydney University on the middle rung of the 20-team ladder.

The Students were all out for 185 in the 49th over after being sent in on Saturday. Skipper Nick Larkin led from the front once again, top-scoring with 53, while Ben Trevor-Jones (32) and Tim Ley (23) were the only other useful contributors as Mitchell Phelps (3-23) and Nathan McAndrew (3-34) cut a swath through the batting ranks.

Opener Mark Stoneman batted through the run chase to finish unbeaten on 84. His 62-run partnership with No.3 Philip Wells (40) helped Bankstown to 8-186 in 46 overs. Will Somerville (2-19) and Nigel Cowell (2-31) caused some anxious moments in the visitor’s ranks, but they were always on target while Stoneman was at the crease.

Mark Faraday’s 94 and Steven Hobson’s 68 not out helped the Students to an eight wicket win over Bankstown in their Second Grade encounter at Bankstown Memorial Oval

The hosts set a useful 202 off 48.5 overs, and Sydney University replied with 2-205 in 43.2 overs.

The win elevated them to seventh on the competition ladder which is headed by Penrith on 44 points. Blacktown (37), Sutherland (35), Northern District (30), Sydney (30) and UNSW (30) make up the top six, with Sydney University (30) snapping at their heels.

Sydney University Thirds are second on the ladder on 31 points, behind Sydney on 36. Eastern Suburbs (31), UNSW (28), Northern District (25) and Gordon (24) make up the top six.

Sydney University Fourths head the ladder on 40 points, with St George (37), Manly-Warringah (37), Northern District (35), Sutherland (31) and Western Suburbs 25) making up the top six.

Campbelltown-Camden head the Fifth Grade ladder on 41 points, with Eastern Suburbs (38), Manly-Warringah (30), Sutherland (29), Mosman (29) and Gordon (26) sitting in the top six. Sydney University lie in 12th position on 19 points.

The coveted Club Championship is headed by Sutherland on 691 points, with Sydney (690), St George (669), Penrith (646) and Sydney University (624) still in contention.


Sydney Men’s Grade competition – Round 8 (Limited overs)

First Grade: Bankstown 8-186 off 46.2 overs (Mark Stoneman 84 not out, Philip Wells 40; Will Somerville 2-19, Nigel Cowell 2-31) defeated Sydney University 185 off 49.3 overs (Nick Larkin 53, Ben Trevor-Jones 32, Tim Ley 23; Mitchell Phelps 3-23, Nathan McAndrew 3-34) by two wickets at Sydney University No.1 Oval on Saturday. Toss: Bankstown. Batted first: Sydney University. Points: Bankstown 6, Sydney University 0.

Second Grade: Sydney University 2-205 off 43.2 overs (Mark Faraday 94, Steven Hobson 68 not out; Andrew Jamieson 2-37) defeated Bankstown 202 off 48.5 overs (Thomas Sowden 84, Andrew Jamieson 52 not out; Dugald Holloway 5-39, Joe Kershaw 2-43, Jim Ryan 2-44) by eight wickets at Bankstown Memorial Oval on Saturday. Toss: Bankstown. Batted first: Bankstown. Points: Sydney University 6, Bankstown 0.

Third Grade: Bankstown 9-250 off 50 overs (Darren Ettridge 65, Toby Dodds 39, Iain Ridley 29, Brad Roworth 29; Lewis McMahon 3-51, Kieran Tate 2-44) defeated Sydney University 207 off 46 overs (Jack Holloway 86, Ash Cowan 53, Nicky Craze 35, Tushaar Garg 5-35, Darren Ettrdieg 3-41) by 43 runs at St Paul’s College Oval on Saturday. Toss: Bankstown. Batted first: Bankstown. Points: Bankstown 6, Sydney University 0.

Fourth Grade: Sydney University 3-195 off 43.5 overs (Ed Arnott 89 not out, Sutharsan Sivapalan 48; Alexander Schipp 2-46) defeated Bankstown 9-193 off 50 overs (Alex Kouventaris 42, James Bourne 36, Niran Wijewardene 31; Jonathon Crag Dobson 4-35, Lawrence Neil-Smith 2-41) by seven wickets at Jensen Park on Saturday. Toss: Bankstown. Batted first: Bankstown. Points: Sydney University 6, Bankstown 0.

Fifth Grade: Sydney University 4-219 off 41.2 overs (Jarrod Waterlow 83, Ryan McElduff 70 not out; Cameron Phelps 2-37) defeated Bankstown 215 off 49.4 overs (Jye Green 51, Cameron Middleton 28, Daniel Slane 25, Scott Truashiem 25; Alex Mihalyka 3-22, Connor Slater 3-44) by six wickets at Camperdown Oval on SaturdayToss: Sydney University. Batted first: Bankstown. Points: Sydney University 6, Bankstown 0.

Poidevin-Gray Shield (Under 21) Round 5 (Limited overs)

Sydney University 8-186 off 49.2 overs (Nicky Craze 47, Joe Kershaw 35, Max Hope 29; Jonathan Fowles 4-34, James Shepherd 3-42) defeated Western Suburbs 182 off 48.4 overs (Liam Gibson 97 not out, Damon Rootes 22; Dugald Holloway 4-42, Joe Kershaw 3-38) by two wickets at Sydney University No.1 Oval on Sunday. Toss: Western Suburbs. Batted first: Western Suburbs. Points: Sydney University 6, Western Suburbs 0.

Sydney Women’s Grade competition – Round 12 (Twenty20)

First Grade: Universities 2-81 off 14.2 overs (Georgia Redmayne 41 not out; Yardley Polsen 1-21) defeated Campbelltown-Camden 8-79 off 20 overs (Kaelah Austin 24, Clara Iemma 20; Renee Hebden 2-5, Emily Mifsud 2-7) by eight wickets at Raby Oval on Sunday. Toss: Campbelltown-Camden. Batted first: Campbelltown-Camden. Points: Universities 6, Campbelltown-Camden 0.

Second Grade: Campbelltown-Camden 8-91 off 17.2 overs (Yardley Polsen 30 not out, Kelly Rowlings 20; Nell Gibson 3-14, Taylor Ling 1-9) defeated Universities 6-90 off 20 overs (Serena Liu 14, Claudia Johnston 12; Cassandra McDonough 1-6, Kaelah Austin 1-5) by two wickets at Raby Oval on Sunday. Toss: Campbelltown-Camden. Batted first: Universities. Points: Campbelltown-Camden 6, Universities 0.

Third Grade (40 overs)

St George-Sutherland 5-202 off 40 overs (Stephanie Gillett 53 ret not out; Leanne Pond 43; Cleo Arathoon 2-27, Isabeau Gavel 2-30) defeated Universities Gold 47 off 18 overs (Kate Edwards 10; Leanne Pond 3-8, Amy Watson 3-23, Stephanie Gillett 2-8) by 155 runs at Bella Vista Oval on Saturday.