A dogged eighth-wicket stand from Daya Singh and Dean Crawford thwarted Sydney University’s push for outright points in the two-day match against Bankstown that finished at University Oval on Saturday.
Joining forces at 7-175 in their second innings – still 154 in arrears – Singh remained not out on 29 off 97 balls, while No.9 Crawford was even more stoic, holding out for 16 off 85 deliveries.
Singh batted for two minutes short of two hours, while Crawford was at the crease for an hour and 46 minutes, as Bankstown finished the day at 7-221, denying the Students an outright result.
Sydney University had certainly put themselves in position for maximum points on day one when they declared at 2-394 on the back of centuries from Ben Trevor-Jones (144) and Damien Mortimer and a tantalising 96 from James Larkin.
Tim Ley then struck twice in his four overs before stumps, claiming openers Nathan Hinton (lbw) and Mitchell Hinds (bowled) to have the visitors 2-19 going into the second day.
Ley began day two in the same dangerous form, snaring another four victims to finish with 6-18 as the visitors slumped to 65 all out and another turn at the crease.
All of the Bankstown top five made positive starts in their second innings – Nathan Hinton 42, Jake Fawsett 34, Usman Butt 31, Daya Singh 29 not out and Mitchell Hinds 29 – but wickets fell at regular intervals before Singh and Crawford entered the fray.
The Students had to settle for six competition points to sit second on the ladder behind Manly-Warringah.
Sydney University also claimed first innings wins in Second, Third and Fourth grades, with Bankstown snaring first innings points in Fifth Grade.
Sydney Premier Men’s Grade competition – Round 2 (Two-day fixtures)
First Grade: Sydney University 2(dec)-394 off 87 overs (Ben Trevor-Jones 144, Damien Mortimer 107 not out, James Larkin 96, Liam Robertson 33 not out; Gabriel Joseph 2-67) defeated Blacktown 65 off 24.4 overs (Daniel Nicotra 18; Tim Ley 6-18, Joe Kershaw 2-2) and 7-221 off 75.4 overs (Nathan Hinton 42, Jake Fawsett 34, Usman Butt 31, Daya Singh 29 not out, Mitchell Hinds 29; Joe Kershaw 3-66) on the first innings at Sydney University Oval. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: Sydney University. Points: Sydney University 6, Blacktown 0.
Second Grade: Sydney University 208 off 74.5 overs (Ed Arnott 86, Jonathon Craig Dobson 36; Gurinderjeet Hara 2-26, Tony Clark 2-27) defeated Blacktown 156 off 47.2 overs (Timothy Doonan 54, Thomas Keast 30, Bilal Qureshi 29; Jonathon Craig Dobson 3-23, Lawrence Neil-Smith 3-28) and 5-165 off 48 overs (Ryan Clark 74 not out, Blain Rees-Patrick 38 not out, Bilal Qureshi 36; Jonathon Craig Dobson 3-28, Lawrence Neil-Smith 2-45) on the first innings at Joe McAleer Oval. Toss: Blacktown. Batted first: Blacktown. Points: Sydney University 6, Blacktown 0.
Third Grade: Sydney University 293 off 67 overs (Lewis Bedford 93, Ryan Danne 41, Michael Robinson 38, Sam Wood 35, Matthew Powys 27; Matt Brinnand 4-60, Hafiz Qasmi 2-35) defeated Blacktown 197 off 56.3 overs (Dhruv Kant 66, Matt Brinnand 44, Gokula Ganeshkumar 36; Lewis McMahon 5-61, Sam Wood 2-28) and 1-61 (Divyesh Nambiar 36 not out) on the first innings at Camperdown Oval. Toss: Blacktown. Batted first: Blacktown. Points: Sydney University 6, Blacktown 0.
Fourth Grade: Sydney University 9(dec)-226 off 80 overs (Alasdair Grant 62, Brayden Dilley 59, Liam McElduff 34; Taranpreet Walia 3-39, Ahsley Wood 2-28) defeated Blacktown 97 off 47.1 overs (no details supplied) on the first innings at Jim Hanshaw Oval on Saturday. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: Sydney University. Points: Sydney University 6, Blacktown 0.
Fifth Grade: Blacktown 9-237 (Ben Grayson 130 not out, Michael Brinnand 25, Jordan Parry 24; Shenan Canagasingham 5-28, Murray Mile 2-38) defeated Sydney University 233 off 72.2 overs (Hugh Farrow 43, Hayden Storey 35, Zohirul Islam, Murray Miles 28; Fidah Chowdhury 5-45, Aniklet Kapila 2-32) on the first innings at Paul’s College Oval on Saturday. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: Sydney University. Points: Blacktown 6, Sydney University 0.
Poidevin-Gray Shield – Round 1 (Twenty20)
Manly-Warringah 7-163 off 20 overs (Joseph Graham 41 not out, Jake Carden 36, Aiden Bariol 26; Lawrence Neil-Smith 2-22, Ryan Danne 2-22, Sam Wood 2-42) defeated Sydney University 128 off 19.2 overs (Nicky Craze 52; Joel Foster 3-25, Andrew Somerville 2-20, Jake Carden 2-21) by 35 runs at Manly Oval on Sunday. Toss: Manly-Warringah. Batted first: Manly-Warringah. Points: Manly-Warringah 3, Sydney University 0.
Metropolitan Cup – Round 3 (Limited overs fixture)
Sydney University 7-203 off 45.4 overs (Brahmam Chunduri 64) defeated Penrith 200 off 47.3 overs (no details supplied). Toss: Penrith. Batted first: Penrith. Points: Sydney University 6, Penrith 0.
Sydney Premier Women’s Grade competition – Round 1 (Limited overs fixtures)
First Grade: Blacktown Sports 180 off 46.3 overs (Madeline Penna 47, Prudence Roebuck 44; Maisy Gibson 4-21) defeated Universities 153 off 35 overs (Ashley Day 48, Anastasia Sims 19, Carly Leeson 18; Paige Bailey 3-18, Emma Newman 2-20, Melissa Penman 2-23) by 27 runs at David Phillips South on Sunday. Toss: Universities. Batted first: Bankstown Sports. Points: Bankstown Sports 6, Universities 0.
Second Grade: Universities 1-161 off 21.1 overs (Shebani Bhaskar 90, Yvonne Graves 49; Mollie Mullen 1-7) defeated Northern District 7-160 off 50 overs (Anika Learoyd 54, Grace Dignam 43; Zoe Benjamin 3-13) by nine wickets at Asquith Oval on Sunday. Toss: Northern District. Batted first: Northern District. Points: Universities 6, Northern District 0.
Third Grade (40 overs fixture): Universities Black 6-191 off 39 overs (Shebani Bhaskar 52, Erica James 50 not out, Georgina Rae 34; Jane Warrilow 3-28, Kristen Dorsch 2-43) defeated Gordon 9-188 off 40 overs (Nikita Pawar 51, Julia Chessman 34, Tracy Hancock 26; Georgia Lomis-Futeran 3-31, Shebani Bhaskar 2-28) by four wickets at Tonbridge St Reserve on Saturday. Toss: Universities Black. Batted first: Gordon. Points: Universities Black 6, Gordon 0.