Opener Maddy Darke scored her third consecutive century in Universities five-wicket win over Parramatta in their Round 9 Sydney Women’s Premier competition match at Merrylands Park on Sunday.

Darke was run out for 105 with Universities needing just three more runs for victory. She posted five boundaries in her 129-ball knock and shared a 108-run partnership with Carly Leeson (48) and a 68-run stand with Olivia Porter (31).

In a prolific three Sundays, Darke scored 126 against Penrith on February 10, and followed that with 110 against Bankstown on February 17 before reaching three figures again yesterday.

Darke has tallied 596 runs from her 11 innings in First and Second grades and Twenty20 this season. She averages 85.1 overall and 103.5 in her five First Grade appearances.

Universities ended up with 5-225 with four balls to spare in reply to Parramatta’s 4-224 off their 50 overs.

Opener Phoebe Litchfield posted 109 for the hosts, with Hayley Silver-Holmes (45) and Kate Barry (33) the other main contributors.

Meanwhile, the NSW Men’s Premier Grade competition was hampered by wet conditions on Saturday, with no play at Glenn McGrath Oval where Sydney University Firsts were up against Sutherland on day one of a two-day match.




Sydney Women’s Premier competition – Round 9 (Limited Overs)

First Grade: Universities 5-225 off 49.2 overs (Maddy Darke 105, Carly Leeson 48, Olivia Porter 31; Sophie Vaughan 1-34) defeated Parramatta 4-224 off 50 overs (Phoebe Litchfield 109, Hayley Silver-Holmes 45, Kate Barry 33; Zoe Benjamin 2-17) by five wickets at Merrylands Park on Sunday. Toss: Universities. Batted first: Parramatta. Points: Universities 6, Parramatta 0.


Under 18 Brewer Shield – Round 10 (40 Overs)

Penrith 2-74 off 19.2 overs (Rajlaxmi Patil 30; Eve Donovan 1-14) defeated Universities 9-73 off 40 overs (Sundries 25, Ellie Shepherd 14; Rajlaxmi Patil 2-13) by eight wickets at Cook Park (Bill Ball Oval) on Sunday. Toss: Penrith. Batted first: Universities. Points: Penrith 6, Universities 0.


Sydney Men’s Premier Grade cricket competition – Round 14 (Two-day match)

First Grade: Sydney University versus Sutherland. No play at Glenn McGrath Oval on day one due to weather conditions.


Second Grade: Sydney University 3-55 off 13.5 overs (Nicky Craze 34 not out; Dimitri Magoulias 2-18) when rain stopped play at University Oval on Saturday. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: Sydney University.


Third Grade: Sydney University 2-120 off 52 overs (Jack Hill 53, Ben Larkin 37 not out) when rain stopped play at Sutherland Park (Oval 1) on Saturday.


Fourth Grade: Sutherland 1-1 off two overs when rain stopped play at St Paul’s College Oval on Saturday. Toss: Sydney University.


Fifth Grade: Sutherland 0-3 off two overs when rain stopped play at Tonkin Park on Saturday. Toss: Sydney University.