Sydney University openers Nick Larkin and Ed Cowan are in for a long day at the office next Saturday when they resume play at Joe McAleer Oval, Blacktown.

The pair survived three overs at the end of day one of the two-day match, after Blacktown were dismissed for 356 off 90.5 overs.

While there were no century makers in the hometown innings, Arron Lilley (77), Jake Fawcett (60), Dean Crawford (48) and Usman Butt (43) all made solid contributions.

Sydney University skipper Larkin employed eight bowlers to stem the run flow, with quick Tim Ley collecting 3-72 off 22 overs in the very hot conditions. Dugald Holloway chipped in with 3-44 off 8.5 overs, with Ben Joy and Thomas Rogers each picking up two wickets.

The Students need to earn first innings points to stay at the top of the Belvidere Cup ladder, with second-placed Gordon in a similar situation in their match against North Sydney.

North Sydney were 9-284 at stumps on day one of their clash with the Highlanders at Chatswood Oval.

Sydney University head the ladder, on percentages, from Gordon on 49 points, with Bankstown (44), Sydney (42), Parramatta (40) and Northern District (38) making up the top six.

Sydney University Seconds are poised to collect first innings points, with the possibility of outright points, against Blacktown at University Oval.

Jonathon Craig Dobson (4-33) and Lawrence Neil-Smith (2-7) helped to dismiss the visitors for 89 at headquarters, with Sydney University 2-87 at stumps.

Sydney University’s Thirds, Fourths and Fifths are all in winnable positions, while Ryan Danne’s 44 helped to guide the Students to a win in their Poidevin-Gray match against Eastern Suburbs at Sydney University Oval on Sunday.

One of the more intriguing Round 10 matches is the Metropolitan Cup two-day clash between Sydney University and Mosman at Balmoral Oval.

The Students won the toss and batted; a decision that didn’t seem wise when they were 5-96. That’s when Hugh Farrow entered the fray. His 108, with 14 boundaries, help the visitors to declare at 8-314, giving them nine overs against the hosts before stumps.

Russell Miles collected 2-1 off his two overs as Mosman finished the day at 3-12 and a long week of contemplation.


Sydney Men’s Premier competition – Round 10 (Two-day matches)

First Grade: Blacktown 356 off 90.5 overs (Arron Lilley 77, Jake Fawcett 60, Dean Crawford 48, Usman Butt 43; Dugald Holloway 3-44, Tim Ley 3-72) versus Sydney University 0-6 off three overs, stumps, day one at Joe McAleer Oval on Saturday. Toss: Sydney. Batted first: Blacktown.

Second Grade: Blacktown 89 off 56 overs (Grant McCartin 23, Gurinderjeet Hara 20; Jonathon Craig Dobson 4-33, Lawrence Neil-Smith 2-7) versus Sydney University 2-87 off 38 overs (Ben Trevor-Jones 34 not out) stumps, day one at Sydney University Oval on Saturday. Toss: Blacktown. Batted first: Blacktown.

Third Grade: Blacktown 142 off 60.4 overs (Gokula Ganeshkumar 37, Alex Titterton 35; Henry Clark 3-23, Ryan Kurtz 2-25, Joe Kershaw 2-30) versus Sydney University 1-40 off 18 overs (Kevin Jacob 21 not out) stumps, day one at Jim Hanshaw Oval on Saturday. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: Blacktown.

Fourth Grade: Blacktown 236 off 79 overs (Aaron Gater 57, Yuvraj Sharma 33) versus Sydney University, stumps, day one at St Paul’s College Oval on Saturday. Toss: Blacktown. Batted first: Blacktown.

Fifth Grade: Sydney University 196 off 64.4 overs (Sameer Murthy 46, Cristian Lorenzato 44; Hassan Rauf 4-37, Matt Brinnand 3-55) versus Blacktown 2-22 at Whalan Oval on Saturday. Toss: Blacktown. Batted first: Sydney University.

Poidevin-Gray Shield – Round 6 (Limited Overs)

Sydney University 9-158 off 43.2 overs (Ryan Danne 44, Kevin Jacob 26; Will Simpson 3-39) defeated Eastern Suburbs 137 off 42.2 overs (William Lawrence 44, Jack Remond 33; Lawrence Neil-Smith 3-18, Jonathon Craig Dobson 2-22) by one wicket at Sydney University Oval on Sunday. Toss: Eastern Suburbs. Batted first: Eastern Suburbs. Points: Sydney University 6, Eastern Suburbs 0.

Metropolitan Cup – Round 10 (Limited Overs)

Sydney University 8(dec)-314 off 69 overs (Hugh Farrow 108, Timothy Fitzgerald 49; Scott Blundell 4-122) versus Mosman 3-12 off nine overs (Russell Miles 2-1) stumps, day one at Balmoral Oval on Saturday. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: Sydney University.

Sydney Women’s Premier competition: Round 10 (Twenty20)

Universities 5-148 off 20 overs (Erica James 65, Rachel Li 53 not out; Siohban Luczak 1-14) defeated Penrith White 8-96 off 20 overs (Ahsley Day 52; Kate Owen 2-6) by 53 runs at Raby No.2 Oval on Sunday. Toss: Penrith White. Batted first: Universities. Points: Universities 6, Penrith White 0.

Brewer Shield (Under 17) Round 5 (Twenty20)

Bankstown 5-96 off 20 overs (Alexandra Tims 28, Hayley Elliott 23, Zoha Ziddiqi 21; Eve Donovan 2-14) defeated Universities 6-78 off 20 overs (Keiko Grantham 31 ret/not out; Angela Aiken 1-6) by 18 runs at Grahame Thomas Oval on Sunday. Toss: Universities. Batted first: Bankstown. Points: Bankstown 6, Universities 0.