Western Suburbs collected first innings points in their round three, two-day match against Sydney University at Pratten Park on Saturday.

A 120-run, fourth wicket partnership between Nicholas Cutler and Alec Baldwin sealed the deal for Western Suburbs as they cruised to 4-258 in reply to Sydney University’s 8(dec)-257.

Day two was always going to be a tough one for the Students after skipper Nick Larkin decided to declare late on day one to have a few overs at the hosts. They went to stumps at 0-18 and took that to 60 before leg-spinner Devlin Malone removed opener Isaac Taylor, caught behind by Tim Cummins.

Joe Kershaw removed his opening partner Ned Eckersley two runs later, also snared by Cummins, and at 2-62 the Students were momentarily back in the hunt.

But the patient Cutler dug in for an unbeaten 73 off 153 deliveries, while Baldwin posted 69 off 117 balls to guide the hosts home.

There was better news in the Second Grade ranks at University Oval, where the hosts claimed outright points in a declaration driven run chase.

Day one saw Western Suburbs win the toss and bat, a decision they came to rue when were all out for 152. Sydney University went to stumps at 1-135 with Steven Hobson unbeaten on 66 and Jack Holloway on 55.

Hobson went on to post 105 not out, his ninth century for the club, as the Students declared at 3-186.

Western Suburbs took the initiative and declared their second innings closed at 8-203 on the back of a quick-fire 100 not out from Samuel McMahon.

Chasing 170 for victory, the Students got home with five wickets down thanks to skipper Ben Larkin’s 50 not out and a 45-run contribution from opener Charles Litchfield.

Western Suburbs earned first innings points in Third and Fifth grades, while Sydney University claimed a first innings win in Fourth Grade. They were staring at outright points with Wests 9-110 in their second innings when stumps were drawn.


Sydney Premier Men’s Grade competition – Round 3 (Two-day fixtures)

First Grade: Western Suburbs 4-258 (Nicholas Cutler 73 not out, Alec Baldwin 69, Ned Eckersley 31; Ryan McElduff 1-22) defeated Sydney University 8(dec)-257 (Nick Larkin 53,  Ben Trevor-Jones 48, Tim Cummins 43, Ryan McElduff 34, Joe Kershaw 25 not out; Jonathan Cook 4-49) on the first innings at Pratten Park. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: Sydney University. Points: Western Suburbs 6, Sydney University 0.

Second Grade: Sydney University 3(dec)-186 (Steven Hobson 105 not out, Jack Holloway 58) and 5-170 (Ben Larkin 50 not out, Charles Litchfield 45) defeated Western Suburbs 152  (Thomas Burt 71; Lawrence Neil-Smith 3-23, Lewis McMahon 3-42) and 8(dec)-203 (Samuel McMahon 100 not out, Tane Nunn 40; Lewis McMahon 2-34) outright at Sydney University Oval. Toss: Western Suburbs. Batted first: Western Suburbs. Points: Sydney University 10, Western Suburbs 0.

Third Grade: Western Suburbs 3-247 off 66.4 overs (Matthew Chamberlain 82 not out,  Benjamin Gorham 58, Lee Maggs 47; Kieran Tate 3-48) defeated Sydney University 244 off 66.3 overs (Matthew Powys 91, Jim Ryan 45, Kevin Jacob 39; Emmanuel Parmakellis 4-63, Mandeep Oberoi 3-48) on the first innings at Blick Oval. Toss: Western Suburbs. Batted first: Sydney University. Points: Western Suburbs 6, Sydney University 0.

Fourth Grade: Sydney University 7(dec)-304 off 74 overs (Alasdair Grant 101 not out, Brayden Dilley 76; Mitchell Fleming 2-67) defeated Western Suburbs 80 off 40.1 overs (Lachlan Swan 21; Billy Barge 3-17, Oliver Thompson 3-37, Shehan Canagasingham 2-17) and 9-110 off 43 overs (Michael Stead 46) on the first innings at  Kensington Oval. Toss: Western Suburbs. Batted first: Sydney University. Points: Sydney University 6, Western Suburbs 0.

Fifth Grade: Western Suburbs 152 off 44.5 overs (Kane Truman 76; Murray Miles 3-39, Thomas Draca 2-12, Zohirul Islam 2-28) defeated Sydney University 150 (Alexander Bell 57; Dominic Marsh 6-35) on the first innings at Punchbowl Oval. Toss: Western Suburbs. Batted first: Western Suburbs. Points: Western Suburbs 6, Sydney University 0.

Metropolitan Cup – Round 4 (Two-day fixture)

Sydney University 263 off 71.4 overs (Ashwin Kirubanandan 59, Jazz Rinka 49, Michael Harris 38, Tom Derrick 35; Sanjit Selverajoo 3-36, Anthony Ward 3-50) defeated UNSW Gold 114 (Nikhil Senararantna 32, Taha Shakee 31; Jazz Rinka 5-40, Shivansh Pathak 2-8) on the first innings at St Paul’s College Oval. Toss: UNSW Gold. Batted first: Sydney University. Points: Sydney University 6, UNSW Gold 0.

Sydney Premier Women’s Grade competition – Round 3 (Limited overs fixtures)

First Grade: Sydney 8-200 off 50 overs (Hayley Jensen 58, Angela Reakes 22, Nicola Hancock 22; Melissa Norup 3-32) defeated Universities 131 off 42.2 overs (Kate Owen 37, Teresa Graves 24; Emma Felsch 3-27, Angela Reakes 3-33) by 69 runs at Ryde Oval on Sunday. Toss: Universities. Batted first: Sydney. Points: Sydney 6, Universities 0.

Second Grade: Universities 153 off 46.1 overs (Yvonne Graves 62, Georgina Rae 24; Rachel Martin 3-4, Ellie Newsome 2-4) defeated Bankstown Sports 4-101 off 35 overs (Ellie Newsome 27; Rebecca Green 2-22) in rain-shortened match at McKay Oval on Sunday. Toss: Bankstown Sports. Batted first: Universities. Points: Universities 6, Bankstown Sports 0.

Third Grade: Universities Black 4-147 off 29 overs (Shebani Bhaskar 52, Jemma Still 37 not out; Brooke Atkins 2-28) defeated Universities Blue 142 off 29 overs (Erica James 65, Brooke Atkins 32; Jemma Still 2-11, Taylor Ling 2-35) by six wickets at Tonbridge St Reserve on Saturday. Toss: Universities Black. Batted first: Universities Blue. Points: Universities Black 6, Universities Blue 0.