Sydney University’s first innings win over Gordon on Saturday virtually sealed the 2018-19 NSW Premier Cricket Club Championship with two rounds to be played.
The Students head the Club Championship on 1430 points, with Penrith (1123) and Parramatta (1100) the closest contenders.
Sydney University last won the coveted Club Championship in the 2013-14 season and finished runners-up in the 2014-15 and 2016-17 seasons.
SUCC head the First, Second and Fourth grade ladders, are second behind Eastern Suburbs on the Third Grade ladder and lie one point behind six-placed Gordon on the Fifth Grade ladder.
Sydney University Firsts head the ladder on 67 points, with UTS-North Sydney (55), Penrith (53), Sydney (50), Parramatta (44) and Bankstown (44) making up the top six.
Sydney University head the Second Grade ladder on 84 points, with Parramatta (63), Sydney (54), Bankstown (53), Eastern Suburbs (49) and Randwick Petersham (46) making up the top six.
The Students meet Sutherland in a two-day, Round 14 fixture at University Oval, starting this Saturday, and round out the season with a 50-over fixture against Western Suburbs at Pratten Park on March 9. The qualifying finals begin on March 16.
First Grade’s win over Gordon at Chatswood Oval came on the back of a 316-run first innings total on day one, thanks to big contributions from Tim Cummins (80), Damien Mortimer (71), Dugald Holloway (63) and Ryan McElduff (32).
Mortimer’s knock took him past 500 runs for the season, the 26th occasion he’s passed 50 in First Grade, including six centuries.
The Students then rolled the hosts for 245, with Ben Joy (4-65) and Dugald Holloway (3-52) causing most damage.
Meanwhile, Universities opener Maddy Darke posted a second consecutive century in the Sydney Women’s Premiere competition clash with Bankstown at Bankstown Oval on Sunday.
Darke backed up her 126 against Penrith in Round 7 with an unbeaten 110 off 119 deliveries against Bankstown. She hit eight boundaries in her 173-minute stay as Universities amassed 6-202 from their 50 overs.
Darke has posted 491 runs from her 10 knocks this season and is averaging a handsome 81.
The hosts countered with 8-203 with three balls to spare, with Rhiannon Dick (54), Sarah Aley (31) and Laura Wright (29) the main contributors.
Sydney Men’s Premier Grade cricket competition – Round 13 (Two-day match)
First Grade: Sydney University 316 off 95.1 overs (Tim Cummins 80, Damien Mortimer 71, Dugald Holloway 63, Ryan McElduff 32; Glenn Winsor 4-35) defeated Gordon 245 off 69.4 overs (Cameron Eccles 63, Harry Evan 50, Axel Cahlin 35, Steve Colley 32; Ben Joy 4-65, Dugald Holloway 3-52) on the first innings at Chatswood Oval. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: Sydney University. Points: Sydney University 6, Gordon 0.
Second Grade: Sydney University 5(dec)-203 off 62 overs (Max Hope 78, Varun George 35; Ashwin Premkumar 2-40) defeated Gordon 196 off 63.4 overs (Dominic Thomson 64, Ryan Tullia 47; Nihir Gandhi 4-25, Josh Toyer 4-35) and 2-128 off 29 overs (Dominic Thomson 73, Lachlan Barnsley 35 not out) on the first innings at University Oval on Saturday. Toss: Gordon. Batted first: Gordon. Points: Sydney University 6, Gordon 0.
Third Grade: Sydney University 6(dec) 159 (Alasdair Grant 32, Henry Clark 30 not out, Tom Kierath 27 not out) and 0-21 off 6 overs) defeated Gordon 60 off 32.5 overs (no details) and 119 off 57 overs (no details) outright at Killara Park on Saturday. Toss: Gordon. Batted first: Gordon. Points: Sydney University 10, Gordon 0.
Fourth Grade: Gordon 5(dec)-212 off 64 overs (Tom Hamblin 68, Manus Chauhan 62 not out, Chris Spratt 42 not out; Michael Robinson 3-47) defeated Sydney University 128 off 49.3 overs (Liam Coelho 27; Manus Chauhan 4-15) and 7-112 (Ed Arnott 39, Michael Robinson 28; Dylan Hood 3-31) on the first innings at St Paul’s College Oval on Saturday. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: Sydney University. Points: Gordon 6, Sydney University 0.
Fifth Grade: Sydney University6(dec)-120 (James Robertson 55; David Monaghan 2-26) defeated Gordon 116off 67 overs (David Monaghan 37; Sanjiv Khalkho 2-10, Thomas Crawford 2-12, Billy Barge 2-13) and 1-57 (Rahul Krishna 32 not out) on the first innings at Castle Cove Oval. Toss: Sydney University.
Sydney Women’s Premier competition – Round 8 (Limited Overs)
First Grade: Bankstown 8-203 off 49.3 overs (Rhiannon Dick 54, Sarah Aley 31, Laura Wright 29; Kate Owen 2-24, Stella Campbell 2-24, Carly Leeson 2-40) defeated Universities 6-202 off 50 overs (Maddy Darke 110 not out; Sarah Aley 2-39) by two wickets at Bankstown Oval on Sunday. Toss: Universities. Batted first: Universities. Points: Bankstown 6, Universities 0.
Second Grade: Northern District 3-213 off 50 overs (Grace Dignam 109, Katherine Wong 66 not out) defeated Universities 9-117 off 42 overs (Erica James 37; Grace Dignam 2-5, Alethea Graham 2-9, Emily Ward 2-11) by 85 runs at Mark Taylor Oval on Sunday. Toss: Northern District. Batted first: Northern District. Points: Northern District 6, Universities 0.
Under 18 Brewer Shield – Round 8 (40 Overs)
St George-Sutherland 4-209 (Melody Gleeson 61 not out, Lara Savet-Buck 27, Lauren Bissett 27 not out; Sarah Brine 1-17) defeated Universities 108 off 39.1 overs (Frankie Nicklin 25; Lily Savelli 3-4, Ella Briscoe 2-19) by 101 runs at David Phillips Memorial Fields on Sunday. Toss: St George-Sutherland. Batted first: Universities. Points: St George-Sutherland 6, Universities 0.
Under 15 Women’s Premier competition – Round 1 (Limited overs)
Parramatta 3-195 off 35 overs (No details) defeated Universities 9-137 off 35 overs (No details) by 58 runs at Merrylands Park on Sunday. Toss: Universities. Batted first: Parramatta. Points: Parramatta 6, Universities 0.