Former Sydney University all-rounder Sean Abbott came back to haunt his old club at the weekend, claiming four wickets in Parramatta’s first innings win at Old Kings Oval.
Abbott came on as a sixth change trundler to collect 4-64 from 15 overs, including the key wicket of Sydney University skipper Nick Larkin.
Chasing Parramatta’s first day tally of 313, the Students resumed at 1-12, with opener Ben Trevor-Jones already in the sheds.
The Students lost Larkin (6) and Ed Cowan (17) to be 3-64 before Hayden Kerr (82), Damien Mortimer (46) and Liam Robertson (41) kept the Students in the hunt.
But when the consistent Robertson was trapped lbw with the score on 224, Parramatta went for the kill.
Sydney University lost four wickets without addition to be all out for 238. Ben Martin (3-56) and Scott Copperfield (2-24) shared the spoils with Abbott.
The loss resulted in Sydney University, the defending premiers, dropping to fourth on the Belvidere Cup competition ladder.
Sutherland head the ladder on 89 points after 11 rounds, with Parramatta (46), Campbelltown-Camden (45), Sydney University (43), Sydney (40) and Bankstown (39) making up the top six.
Sydney University also dropped to fifth on the Club Championship ladder which is headed by Parramatta on 1092 points, with Manly-Warringah (1070), Sydney (1015), Northern District (946) and the Students (915) in pursuit.
Round 12 of the competition will be another two-day round, with Sydney University up against North Sydney at Sydney University Oval on 3-4 February.
While Saturday’s result was disappointing, Sydney University returned to the fray on Sunday to defeat Sydney in their First Grade Limited Overs competition quarter-final at Drummoyne Oval.
After winning the toss and taking first use of the wicket, Daniel Mortimer (64), Liam Robertson (56 and 500 runs for the season), Nick Larkin (46), Hayden Kerr (32) and Steven Hobson (30) helped the Students to 282 off their 50 overs. Nicholas Bills (4-61) and Harry Manenti (3-41) shared the spoils for Sydney.
The Students then restricted the hosts to 170 off 36.4 overs, with leg-spinner Devlin Malone (4-46) and Tim Ley (3-32) causing the damage.
Harry Dalton (50), Beau McClintock (34), Ben Manenti (27) and Anthony Mosca (25) all made promising contributions but to no avail.
Sydney University will now meet Bankstown at Bankstown Memorial Oval in one semi-final of the Limited Overs competition, with Parramatta and Eastern Suburbs meeting in the other semi-final.
Sydney Premier Men’s Grade competition – Round 11 (Two-day matches)
First Grade: Parramatta 313 off 88 overs (Brenton Cherry 72, Scott Copperfield 71, Ben Abbott 48; Liam Robertson 3-12, Tim Ley 3-73) defeated Sydney University 238 off 64.4 overs (Hayden Kerr 82, Damien Mortimer 46, Liam Robertson 41; Sean Abbott 4-64, Ben Martin 3-56, Scott Copperfield 2-24) on the first innings at Old Kings Oval on Saturday. Toss: Parramatta. Batted first: Parramatta. Points: Parramatta 6, Sydney University 0.
Second Grade: Sydney University 9(dec)-361 off 96.1 overs (Nicky Craze 110, James Crowley 75, Steven Hobson 70; Liam Lofts 4-106) defeated Parramatta 205 off 75.2 overs (Liam Lofts 57, Liam O’Farrell 41) on the first innings at Sydney University Oval on Saturday. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: Sydney University. Points: Sydney University 6, Parramatta 0.
Third Grade: Sydney University 261 off 74.3 overs (Charles Litchfield 70, Matthew Powys 66, Ash Cowan 46; Matthew Drinnan 3-26, Abhishek Talwar 3-36) defeated Parramatta 161 off 58.5 overs (Yusof Brown 51; Ryan Dann 2-5, Sam Wood 2-37, Jonathon Craig Dobson 2-43) at Merrylands Oval on Saturday. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: Sydney University. Points: Sydney University 6, Parramatta 0.
Fourth Grade: Parramatta 213 off 79 overs (Tyan Johns 79, Paul Calvert 38, Evan Pitt 32; Tom Fullerton 2-40) defeated Sydney University 79 off 40 overs (Daniel Beattie 5-18, Bradley Ripps 2-16) and 2-52 on the first innings at Cahill Park on Saturday. Toss: Parramatta. Batted first: Parramatta. Points: Parramatta 6, Sydney University 0.
Fifth Grade: Sydney University 9(dec)-265 off 68.5 overs (Nicholas Mortimer 127, Andrew Wilkinson 27; Tevin Liyanage 2-26) defeated Parramatta 213 off 49.3 overs (Liam Gillies 53, Jackson Bentvelzen 40; Ned Barnet 5-47) on the first innings at Castlewood Oval on Saturday. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: Sydney University. Points: Sydney University 6, Parramatta 0.
NSW Premier Cricket: First Grade Limited Overs Cup – Quarter-Final
Sydney University 282 off 50 overs (Daniel Mortimer 64, Liam Robertson 45, Nick Larkin 46. Hayden Kerr 32, Steven Hobson 30; Nicholas Bills 4-61, Harry Manenti 3-41) defeated Sydney 170 off 36.4 overs (Harry Dalton 50, Beau McClintock 34, Ben Manenti 27, Anthony Mosca 25; Devlin Malone 4-46, Tim Ley 3-32) by 112 runs at Drummoyne Oval on Sunday. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: Sydney University.
Other Quarter-Final results: Parramatta 7-195 defeated Manly-Warringah 194; Eastern Suburbs 5-265 defeated Campbelltown-Camden 8-264; Bankstown 5-296 defeated Sutherland 137.
Semi-Finals on 18 February: Sydney University versus Bankstown at Bankstown Memorial Oval; Parramatta versus Eastern Suburbs at Old Kings Oval.
Metropolitan Cup – Round 12 (Two-day match)
Blacktown 145 off 35.3 overs (Brandon Savage 60; Muhammad Ghumman 4-30, Ashwin Kirubanandan 3-46, Prasan Adikarige 3-62) and 6-107 off 33.2 overs (no details) defeated Sydney University 235 off 50.3 overs (Max Veltro 74, Zohirul Islam 64; Jai Nanavati 4-35, Adeel Ejaz 3-67) and 16 off 10.3 overs (no details) outright at St Paul’s College Oval on Saturday. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: Sydney University. Points: Blacktown 6, Sydney University 4 (for leading on the first innings).