Sydney University skipper Nick Larkin led from the front with a century on the opening day of the two-day match against Eastern Suburbs at University Oval on Saturday.
The opener posted a patient 120 off 230 balls, with 12 boundaries, in Sydney University’s 7(dec)-390. Eastern Suburbs were 15 without loss at stumps.
Larkin shared a 96-run first wicket stand with Damien Mortimer (61) and a 119-run second wicket stand with Ashton May (39). Liam Robertson chipped in with 50 off 58 balls to allow the skipper to declare with four overs to bowl before the close.
It was Larkin’s second century in a run-laden season. He posted an unbeaten 206 in the Round 3 win over Manly-Warringah. And with scores of two in the season opener against Campbelltown-Camden, 87 against St George and 30 against Hawkesbury he now has 445 runs at an average of 111.3 in the Belvidere Cup season.
Sydney University Second Grade mirrored the First XI with a declaration late on day one.
A 144-run opening partnership between Jack Holloway (131) and former First Grade skipper Will Hay (85) helped the Students reach 8-366 before they declared at Waverley Oval.
Kieran Elley then bowled opener James Deacon to have Eastern Suburbs 1-29 at stumps on day one.
Holloway hit 20 boundaries in his 209-ball stay, while Hay cracked 12 picket ticklers in his 113-ball innings.
Sydney University Third Grade have already secured first innings points at St Paul’s College Oval.
The Students rolled Eastern Suburbs for 56 and were 6-192 in reply at stumps on day one.
Sydney Men’s Premier competition: Two-Day matches – Round 5
First Grade: Sydney University 7(dec)-340 off 89.9 overs (Nick Larkin 120, Damien Mortimer 61, Liam Robertson 50, Ashton May 39; Henry Thornton 3-64, Ian Moran 1-24) versus Eastern Suburbs 0-15 off four overs, stumps, day one at Sydney University Oval. Toss: Eastern Suburbs. Batted first: Sydney University.
Second Grade: Sydney University 8(dec)-366 off 86 overs (Jack Holloway 131, Will Hay 85, Dugald Holloway 35, Ed Arnott 33 not out, Nicky Craze 30; Udit Mehta 3-55, Matthew Sarkies 2-75, Jacob 2-88) versus Eastern Suburbs 1-29 off eight overs) stumps, day one at Waverley Oval. Toss: Eastern Suburbs. Batted first: Sydney University.
Third Grade: Sydney University 6-192 off 46 overs (Ryan Danne 52, Matthew Powys 51, Alexander Shaw 48; Stephen Lewis 3-34, Jameson Coutts 2-52) versus Eastern Suburbs 56 off 32 overs (no details provided) stumps, day one at St Paul’s College Oval. Toss: Eastern Suburbs. Batted first: Eastern Suburbs.
Fourth Grade: Sydney University versus Eastern Suburbs at Trumper Park (no details provided).
Fifth Grade: Eastern Suburbs 283 off 72.2 overs (no details provided) versus Sydney University 1-11 off five overs, stumps, day one at Camperdown Oval. Toss: Eastern Suburbs. Batted first: Eastern Suburbs.
Sydney Metropolitan Cup competition: Two-Day matches ‑ Round 5
Penrith 6-165 off 45 overs (Joshua Dowd 75, Michael Organ 44, Matthew Sullivan 43 not out) versus Sydney University 135 off 44.3 overs (Patrick Carfax 44, Murray Miles 22) stumps, day one at Rance Oval. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: Sydney University.
Sydney Women’s Premier competition – Round 4
First Grade: Universities versus Penrith at Howell Oval on Sunday (details to come).
Second Grade: Parramatta 3-313 off 50 overs (no details available) defeated Universities 6-123 off 50 overs (Zoe Benjamin 52, Lian Lam 27) by 190 runs, with a bonus point, at Merrylands Oval on Sunday. Toss: Parramatta. Batted first: Parramatta. Points: Parramatta 7, Universities 0.
Third Grade: Gordon 6-290 (Kylie Hocknell 52 ret/not out, Nikita Pawar ret/not out, Kristen Dorsch 50 ret/not out; Malina Rumble 2-36, Erica James 1-31, Vanessa White 1-29) defeated Universities Blue 154 off 29.4 overs (Erica James 86 not out, Malina Rumble 27; Nikita Pawar 6-28, Shagufta Barkat 3-23) by 136 runs at Tonbridge St Reserve on Sunday. Toss: Gordon. Batted first: Gordon. Points: Gordon 6, Universities 0.