Sydney University’s disappointing Belvidere Cup season might yet finish on a high after the Students accounted for Hawkesbury by nine runs in their nail-biting Round 13 clash at No.1 Oval on the weekend.
Sitting in 15th place on the competition ladder, Sydney University have a two-day match against Penrith at Howell Oval next weekend followed by a 50-over match against Fairfield-Liverpool at Rosedale Oval to round out the season proper. The qualifying finals begin on March 19 and 20
Bankstown head the First Grade competition on 54 points, with Penrith (54), Sydney (48), Campbelltown-Camden (46), St George (42) and Gordon (42) making up the top six. Sydney University are on 30 points after the weekend win.
Sent into bat, Sydney University were dismissed for 199, with Nick Larkin (59) and Will Hay (50) both making important half-centuries, while Mail (34) provided the third top score of the innings. It was his 200th First Grade win in Sydney’s premier competition.
Hawkesbury’s batsmen struggled throughout the innings, slumping to 5-42 then 9-102 before an 84-run 10th wicket stand from Jay Dyball (53 not out) and Shane Mott (50) took them within nine runs of a great escape.
Sydney University quick Nigel Cowell (6-46) accounted for most of the wickets, while Ben Joy chipped in with 2-62.
While the First Grader’s season is probably over, Second, Third and Fourth grades are all bound for the finals, with 11th placed Fifth Grade looking at a numerical miracle.
Penrith head the Second Grade ladder for the Abert Cup on 72 points, with Sydney (63), Sutherland (53), Blacktown (50), Sydney University (49) and Eastern Suburbs (48) making up the top six.
The tightly contested Third Grade competition for the Mitchell Cup is headed by Eastern Suburbs on 55 points, with Sydney (54), Mosman (52), Sydney University (44), Manly-Warringah (44 and, Western Suburbs (42) making up the six.
Northern District head the Fourth Grade Reid Cup competition on 65 points, with Sydney University (53), Penrith (50), St George (50), Manly-Warringah (49) and Eastern Suburbs (40) making up the top six.
The Fifth Grade David Sherwood Cup competition is headed by Campbelltown-Camden on 64 points, with Eastern Suburbs (62), Gordon (54), Mosman (42), Sutherland (41) and Penrith (39) making up the top six. Sydney University are on 31 points.
Sydney Men’s Grade competition – Round 13 (Two-day matches)
First Grade: Sydney University 199 off 83.3 overs (Nick Larkin 59, Will Hay 50, Greg Mail 34’jun Nair 4-31, Samuel Timbs 2-41, Ben Patterson 2-54) defeated Hawkesbury 190 off 65.1 overs (Jay Dyball 53 not out, Shane Mott 50; Nigel Cowell 6-46, Ben Joy 2-62) by nine runs at Sydney University No.1 Oval at the weekend. Toss: Hawkesbury. Batted first: Sydney University. Points: Sydney University 6, Hawkesbury 0.
Second Grade (50 overs): Sydney University 0-51 off 11.4 overs (David Miller 32 not out, Jack Hill 16 not out) defeated Hawkesbury 50 off 20.4 overs (Timothy Wilson 19; Kieran Tate 6-4, Xavier Frawley 2-23) by 10 wickets, with a bonus point, at Owen Earle Oval on Saturday. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: Hawkesbury. Points: Sydney University 7, Hawkesbury 0.
Third Grade (50 overs): Sydney University 6-246 off 50 overs (Tom Decent 79, Sutharson Sivapalan 53, Nicky Craze 46, Tom Galvin 42 not out; Pat Lawrence 2-41, Stephen Simons 2-45) defeated Hawkesbury 101 off 33 overs (Lawson Clark 19, Stephen Simons 19; Jack Gibson 3-26, Ryan Kurtz 2-12) by 145 runs, with a bonus point, St Paul’s College Oval on Saturday. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: Sydney University. Points: Sydney University 7, Hawkesbury 0.
Fourth Grade (50 overs): Sydney University 7-223 off 50 overs (Ed Arnott 59, Hugh Kermond 42, Ryan Danne 39, Charles Litchfield 27; Varanjit Singh 4-50) defeated Hawkesbury 112 off 46.2 overs (Jake Hilder 22; Ryan Danne 4-18, Jake Day 2-17) by 111 runs, with a bonus point, at Bensons Lane on Saturday. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: Sydney university Points: Sydney University 7, Hawkesbury 0.
Fifth Grade: (50 overs): Hawkesbury 7-206 (Nicholas Johnson 78, Zulfiqar Salahuddin 50; Alex Mialyka 3-36, Ryan Holcroft 3-36) defeated Sydney University 158 off 42.4 overs (Eoin Liehr 40, Kobe Carroll 36; Reece Lipowicz 2-19, Benjamin Frame 2-31, Bailey Hollier 2-31) by 48 runs at Bensons Lane 3 on Saturday. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: Hawkesbury. Points: Hawkesbury 6, Sydney University 0.
Metropolitan Cup competition – Round 13
Sydney University 3-166 (Tom Hamblin 74; Kieran Patel 2-47) defeated Mosman 164 (Shinoj Paul 51, Christopher Habib 27; Shehan Canagasingham 2-29, Rupert Coy 2-26) by seven wickets at Balmoral Oval on Saturday. Toss: Mosman. Batted first: Mosman. Points: Sydney university 6, Mosman 0.
Sydney Women’s Grade competition – Round 18 (Limited overs)
First Grade: Universities versus Gordon at the Village Green on Sunday – match abandoned due to weather conditions. Points: Universities 3, Gordon 3.
Second Grade: Gordon 3-119 off 32 overs (Rebecca Hudson 54, Elizabeth Mair 28 not out; Heather Cantrill 2-10) defeat Universities 118 off 41 overs (Serena Liu 51, Renee Hebden 20; Alexandra Mueller 2-7, Louise Maclure 2-17, Elizabeth Mair 2-29) by seven wickets, with a bonus point, at Killara Oval on Sunday. Toss: Gordon. Batted first: Universities. Points: Gordon 7, Universities 0.
Third Grade – Round 17 (Twenty 20)
St George Sutherland 3-49 off 10 overs defeated Universities Gold 20 off 11 overs. Toss: St George Sutherland. Batted first: Universities Gold. Points: St George Sutherland 7.20, Universities Gold 0.32.
Universities Blue: Bye