Sydney University skipper Nick Larkin’s sparkling 140 at University Oval at the weekend has put the team in a dominant position to collect the points against Hawkesbury when the two-day encounter resumes on Saturday.

The NSW opener cracked 21 boundaries and a six in his 137-ball stay which included a 173-run first wicket partnership with Damien Mortimer (53).

It was Larkin’s 13th century in a run-laden career for the University. He now has 6367 runs for the Students, including a career best 206 against Manly-Warringah last season.

After setting the pace from the top, the rest of the Students’ batting order responded, with Ben Trevor-Jones (68) continuing a  strong start to the season, keeper Tim Cummins (41), and quicks Joe Kershaw (24) and Dugald Holloway (24) allowing the skipper to declare at 9-397.

Kershaw then claimed two quick wickets and Ben Joy claimed one to have the visitors 3-24 at stumps.

While Larkin was making hay at University Oval, Steven Hobson was making his mark in the Second Grade fixture at Owen Earle Oval where he posted an unbeaten 229, his second double century for the Students and his 11th since arriving at the club in the 2011-12 season.

Batting at No.3, Hobson put on 231 for the first wicket with opener Charles Litchfield, who fell six short of a century.

Hobson hit 27 boundaries and fix sixes in his 350-minute occupation, backing up his 105 against Western Suburbs in the previous round. He now has 3153 runs in all grades for the Students at a healthy 38.45.

Seconds declared a 6-420 and had Hawkesbury 3-11 at stumps on day one.



Sydney Premier Men’s Grade competition – Round 4 (Two-day fixtures)

First Grade: Sydney University 9(dec)-397 off 84 overs (Nick Larkin 140, Ben Trevor-Jones 68, Damien Mortimer 53, Tim Cummins 41; Abdul Kherkhah 3-62, Aidan Van Den Nieuwboer 2-62) versus Hawkesbury 3-24 (Joe Kershaw 2-16) stumps, day one, at Sydney University Oval. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: Sydney University.

Second Grade: Sydney University 6(dec)-420 off 88 overs (Steven Hobson 229 not out, Charles Litchfield 94) versus Hawkesbury 3-11 (Lawrence Neil-Smith 3-2) stumps, day one, at Owen Earle Oval. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: Sydney University 10.

Third Grade: No details available.

Fourth Grade: Hawkesbury 170 off 78 overs (Reece Lipowicz 64, Connor Mizzi 33; Aidan Peek 3-33, Shehan Canagasingham 1-15) versus Sydney University 0-20, stumps, day one, at Bensons Lane 2. Toss: Hawkesbury. Batted first: Hawkesbury.

Fifth Grade: Hawkesbury 219 off 81.2 overs (Jeremy McFadden 48, Nicholas Johnson 38, Ethan Sitaramayya 36; Murray Miles 3-34, Jazz Rinka 2-38) versus Sydney University, stumps, day one, at Bensons Lane 3. Toss: Hawkesbury. Batted first: Hawkesbury.


Twenty20 Cup – Round 1

Parramatta 5-126 off 20 overs (Nicholas Bertus 60 not out, Adam Turrell 33, Trent Crittenden 25; Tim Ley 2-21) defeated Sydney University 9-122 off 20 overs (Damien Mortimer 45, Tim Ley 20; Jack White 4-19, Owen Simonsen 2-18) by five wickets at Sydney University Oval on Sunday.


Metropolitan Cup – Round 5 (Two-day fixture)

Gordon 8-337 off 80 overs (Naba Haider 115, Fateh Dillon 50, Oliver Williams 45; Prasan Adikarige 2-31) versus Sydney University stumps, day one, at Beauchamp Oval. Toss: Gordon. Batted first: Gordon.


Sydney Premier Women’s Grade competition – Round 4 (Limited overs fixtures)

First Grade: St George-Sutherland 158 off 45.1 overs (Sarah Staples 49; Maisy Gibson 5-32) defeated Sydney University  Universities 128 off 44.3 overs (Ashley Day 29, Teresa Graves 28 Shebani Bhaskar 24, Olivia Porter 21; Sophie Heath 3-26, Nicola Carey 3-30, Rene Farrell 2-16) by 30 runs at Glenn McGrath Oval on Sunday. Toss: St George-Sutherland. Batted first: St George-Sutherland. Points: St George-Sutherland 6, Universities 0.

Second Grade: Universities 5-106 (Zoe Benjamin 32 not out, Samantha Robinson 26 not out, Yvonne Graves 21; Emily Aberline 5-19) defeated Sydney 105 off 28.2 overs (Kylie Hocknell 47 not out; Ellie Newsome 27; Yvonne Graves 3-7, Rebecca Green 2-22, Samantha Robinson 2-11) by five wickets at Ryde Oval on Sunday. Toss: Sydney. Batted first: Sydney. Points: Universities 6, Sydney 0.

Third Grade: Universities Black 1-99 defeated Campbelltown-Camden 98 by nine wickets at Raby Oval on Saturday. Toss: Universities Black. Batted first: Campbelltown-Camden. Points: Universities Black 6, Campbelltown-Camden.

St George-Sutherland 5-265 off 40 overs (Alana Gillett 52 retired not out, E’Ling Wong 50 retired not out, Gina Rhodes 40; Tara Dighton 2-32) defeated Universities Blue 120 off 37.4 overs (Brooke Atkins 66; Leisa Johns 2-24, Susan Shaw 2-25, Lucy Armitage 2-27) by 144 runs at Tonbridge St Reserve on Saturday.