Sydney University opened the 2016-17 Sydney men’s premier grade cricket season with a six-wicket win over Campbelltown-Camden in a 50-over fixture at Sydney University No.1 Oval on Saturday.
A 133-run fourth wicket partnership between Ashton May (60 not out) and Greg Mail (85) helped the Students to reach 4-169 in 45 overs in reply to Campbelltown-Camden’s 168 off 49 overs.
Mail, the leading runscorer in the history of the competition, cracked 10 boundaries in his 103-ball stay, while a more sedate May hit six boundaries in a 117-ball occupation.
He had reason to shore up the innings, having entered the fray with Sydney University reeling at 3-21.
The visitors won the toss and elected to bat under sunny skies and, while Jordan Browne (31), Scott Coyte (29) and Ashley Paddison (27) all made solid starts, they were bowled out in the 49th over for 168.
The main destroyer was Devlin Malone with 4-31 off 10 overs, while May chipped in with 2-37 off 10 overs.
The Students lost Second Grade by 67 runs, but won Third, Fourth and Fifth grades to kick-start the Club Championship on a positive note
Sydney University will meet St George at Hurstville Oval in another 50-over round on Saturday.
Sydney Men’s Premier competition: 50-overs – Round 1
First Grade: Sydney University 4-169 off 45.1 overs (Greg Mail 85, Ashton May 60 not out; Luke Webb 2-23) defeated Campbelltown-Camden 168 off 49 overs (Jordan Browne 31, Scott Coyte 29, Ashley Paddison 27; Devlin Malone 4-31, Ashton May 2-37) by six wickets at Sydney University No.1 Oval on Saturday. Toss: Campbelltown-Camden. Points: Sydney University 6, Campbelltown-Camden 0.
Second Grade: Campbelltown-Camden 236 off 49.5 overs (Nathan Baker 64, Daniel Harding 54, Faisal Nasim 39; Liam Whitaker 3-41, Dugald Holloway 3-43) defeated Sydney University 169 off 43 overs (Dugald Holloway 34, Nicky Craze 31) by 67 runs at Raby No.2 Oval on Saturday. Toss: Campbelltown-Camden. Points: Campbelltown-Camden 6, Sydney University 0.
Third Grade: Sydney University 182 off 50 overs (Ed Arnott 49, Ash Cowan 25) defeated Campbelltown-Camden 141 off 41.5 overs (Ash Cowan 5-23, Tom Kierath 2-26) at St Paul’s College Oval on Saturday. Toss: Campbelltown-Camden. Points: Sydney University 6, Campbelltown-Camden 0.
Fourth Grade: Sydney University 2-77 off 23 overs (Ryan Danne 46, Ryan McElduff 23) defeated Campbelltown-Camden 76 off 30.3 overs (Lewis McMahon 3-12, Nicholas Powys 2-3, Ryan Danne 2-12) by eight wickets, with a bonus point, at Raby No.3 Oval on Saturday. Toss: Sydney University. Points: Sydney University 7, Campbelltown-Camden 0.
Fifth Grade: Sydney University 4-198 off 48 overs (Sam Roby 66 not out, Sutharsan Sivapalan 48, Sameer Murphy 21 not out) defeated Campbelltown-Camden 8-195 off 50 overs (Yashraj Khare 73) by six wickets at Camperdown Oval on Saturday. Toss: Sydney University. Points: Sydney University 6, Campbelltown-Camden 0.