Sydney University’s chances of a semi-final berth in the Sydney First Grade competition exited with their first innings Round 12 loss to UNSW at the Village Green on Saturday.
With three matches to be played to round out the season proper, the 17th placed Students would need two outright wins, maximum points from a one-dayer and plenty of stars to align to make the top six.
The two-day matches are against 18th placed Hawkesbury at No.1 Oval on February 20-21, and 2nd placed Penrith at Howell Oval on February 27 and March 5, with a 50-over game against 14th placed Fairfield-Liverpool at Rosedale Oval before the elimination finals begin.
UNSW dominated the two-day match at the Village Green after Sydney University won the toss and elected to bat.
They were all out for 165, thanks to some tight bowling from Jake Turner (3-42), Joshua Connolly (3-53) and Declan White (2-24). UNSW earned first innings points when they declared at 3-166, with Benjamin Wakim contributing 72 not out.
The match still held some interest when Sydney University declared their second innings closed at 4-186, on the back of Liam Robertson’s quickfire 84 not out and David Miller’s 70. Needing 186 for outright points, UNSW were 7-143 when stumps were drawn, with Tom Kierath (3-54) and Robertson (2-23) causing some anxious moments.
Sydney Men’s Grade competition – Round 12 (Two-day matches)
First Grade: UNSW 3(dec)-166 off 53 overs (Benjamin Wakim 72 not out, David Dawson 43 not out; Nigel Cowell 2-26) and 7-143 (Charles Wakim 36, Jake Turner 36, David Dawson 30; Tom Kierath 3-54, Liam Robertson 2-23) defeated Sydney University 165 off 67 overs (Tim Ley 41, Ben Trevor-Jones 38, Nick Larkin 32; Jake Turner 3-42, Joshua Connolly 3-53, Declan White 2-24) and 4(dec)-186 45 overs (Liam Robertson 84 not out, David Miller 70; Jake Turner 2-53) on the first innings at the Village Green. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: Sydney University. Points: UNSW 6, Sydney University 0.
Second Grade: UNSW 4-237 off 89.5 overs (Oliver Batchelor 81, James Henry 45 not out, Brandon McLean 4e not out, Marcus Atallah 41; Jack Holloway 2-44) defeated Sydney University 236 off 70 overs (Jack Hill 65, Kieran Tat3 32, James Crowley 30; Blaize Irving-Holliday 3-44, Hayden McLean 2-34) on the first innings at Sydney University No.1 Oval. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: Sydney University. Points: UNSW 6, Sydney University.
Third Grade: UNSW 196 off 73.4 overs (Gavin Ho 43, Nikolas Tsoukalas 40, Suthangan Thanabalasingam 29; Jack Gibson 3-34, Lewis McMahon 2-30) defeated Sydney University 193 off 72.5 overs (Tom Galvin 51, Joe Kershaw 45, Charles Cull 25; Nicholas Charlwood 5-38) on the first innings at David Philips South. Toss: UNSW. Batted first: UNSW. Points: UNSW 6, Sydney University 0.
Fourth Grade: UNSW 167 off 77.4 overs (no details available) defeated Sydney University 147 off 49.2 overs (no details available) on the first innings at St Paul’s College Oval. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: UNSW. Points: UNSW 6, Sydney University 0.
Fifth Grade: Sydney University 142 off 58.2 overs (Eoin Liehr 58, Michael Harris 40; Hugo Tuckfield 4-46, Anthony Melnyk 3-11) and 6(dec)-110 off 25 overs (Eoin Liehr 49) defeated UNSW 63 off 49.3 overs (Daniel Mulvenna 30) and 8-126 off 20 overs (Daniel Mulvenna 41, Joshua Gavan 39; Murray Miles 3-62, Ryan Holcroft 2-5, Tom Hamblin 2-25) on the first innings at David Philips North. Toss: UNSW. Batted first: Sydney University. Points: Sydney University 6, UNSW 0.
Sydney Women’s Grade competition – Round 17 (Limited overs)
First Grade: Universities 3-71 off 16.1 overs (Alice Davidson-Richards 36 not out; Tiegan Kavanagh 2-8) defeated Northern District 68 off 24.1 overs (Madison Leach 19, Lauren Smith 17; Nell Gibson 5-10 with a hat-trick, Emily Mifsud 2-10) by seven wickets at the Village Green on Sunday. Toss: Northern District. Batted first: Northern District. Points: Universities 6, Northern District 0.
Second Grade: Universities 9-148 off 50 overs (Serena Liu 32, Renee Hebden 22; Olivia Toolin 2-12, Gemma Corbett 2-25) defeated Northern District 112 off 42.3 overs (Jacinta Crawford 44; Serena Liu 2-6, Lian Lam 2-24) by 36 runs at Asquith Oval on Sunday. Toss: Northern District. Batted first: Universities. Points: Universities 6, Northern District 0.
Third Grade – Round 15 (Twenty 20)
Universities Blue 3-110 off 20 overs (Katrina Serena 30 ret, Eri Yamaguchi 27, Brooke Atkins 26; Sharon Cooper 1-7), defeated Bankstown 1-95 off 20 overs (Prudence Roebuck 31 ret, Danielle Moyes 30 ret; Vanessa White -15) by seven wickets at Walshaw Park on Saturday. Toss: Universities Blue. Batted first: Bankstown. Points: Universities Blue 6, Bankstown 0.