A 19-run, last wicket stand helped Sydney University consolidate their second position on the NSW Premier competition ladder with a nail-biting one wicket win over Blacktown Mounties at University Oval on Saturday and Sunday.
After dismissing the Mounties for 174, the Students were struggling at 9-158 when Devlin Malone joined No.9 Dugald Holloway at the crease.
Holloway smacked two boundaries and a six to finish unbeaten on 23, while Malone eked out six as the Students finished 9-177.
Ryan McElduff (26), Charlie Dummer (24) and Varun George (23) all made starts for the hosts, but Salman Irshad kept the Mounties in the picture, finishing with 5-72 off 22 overs.
Randwick-Petersham head the Belvidere Cup ladder on 59 points after 11 rounds, with Sydney University (52), Sydney (49), Bankstown (44), UTS North Sydney (44) and Eastern Suburbs (44) making up the top six.
After a horror start to the season, Sydney University Second Grade are finally making a move with a bonus point win over Blacktown Mounties at Joe McEleer Reserve on Saturday helping their cause.
Although sitting 12th on the ladder, the Students are just a win outside the top six which is headed by Eastern Suburbs.
Sydney University head the Third Grade ladder by a healthy margin and furthered their cause with a bonus point win over the Mounties at St Paul’s College Oval on Saturday.
Opener Nicky Craze topscored for the Students with 76 as they posted 243 before rolling the Mounties for 89, thanks to the efforts of Andrew Hazard (2-6), Ben Mitchell (2-21), Josh Toyer (2-23) and Murray Watts (2-25).
The Students sit on 59 points on the Mitchell Cup ladder, with Manly-Warringah (48), Parramatta (44), Bankstown (43), Mosman (43) and Eastern Suburbs (38) making up the top six.
Sydney University Fourth Grade are second on the Reid Cup ladder behind Hawkesbury, while Fifth Grade are 14th on the David Sherwood Cup ladder which is headed by UTS North Sydney.
Sydney University are third on the coveted Club Championship ladder behind Bankstown and Eastern Suburbs.
Sydney University will meet Campbelltown-Camden in a two-day Round 12 fixture at Raby Oval on February 1 and 8.
NSW Premier competition – Round 8 (Two-day match)
First Grade: Sydney University 9-177 off 58.2 overs (Ryan McElduff 26, Charlie Dummer 24, Dugald Holloway 23 not out; Salman Irshad 5-72, Hunar Verna 2-30) defeated Blacktown Mounties 174 off 72.1 overs (Toby Flynn-Duncombe 38, Smit Raval 30, Jordan Gauci 28; Dugald Holloway 4-28, Hayden Kerr 3-25) by one wicket at University Oval on Saturday and Sunday. Toss: Blacktown Mounties. Batted first: Blacktown Mounties. Points: Sydney University 6, Blacktown Mounties 0.
Second Grade: Sydney University 8-239 off 50 overs (William Masojada 81 not out, Ryan Danne 43, Nicholas Walker 35; Eknoor Singh 3-55) defeated Blacktown Mounties 85 off 29 overs (Rayayullah Shirazi 17; Lewis McMahon 3-30, William Masajada 2-6, Ben Joy 2-20) by 154 runs, with a bonus point, at Joe McAleer Reserve on Saturday. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: Sydney University. Points: Sydney University 7, Blacktown Mounties 0.
Third Grade: Sydney University 243 off 49.5 overs (Nicky Craze 76, Charles Litchfield 32; Nathan Baker 4-53) defeated Blacktown Mounties 89 off 27.1 overs (Dylan Ribet 17; Andrew Hazard 2-6, Ben Mitchell 2-21, Josh Toyer 2-23, Murray Watts 2-25) by 154 runs with a bonus point, at St Paul’s College Oval on Saturday. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: Sydney University. Points: Sydney University 7, Blacktown Mounties 0.
Fourth Grade: Sydney University 111 off 31.2 overs (Ash Cowan 24, Brayden Dilley 22; Hassan Rauf 3-37, Deklyn Nash 2-19) defeated Blacktown Mounties 77 off 20 overs (Daniel Gauci 14; Rex Greaves 3-27, Jack Lawson 2-2, Jazz Rinka 2-16) by 34 runs at Jim Hanshaw Oval on Saturday. Toss: Blacktown Mounties. Batted first: Sydney University. Points: Sydney University 6, Blacktown Mounties 0.
Fifth Grade: Sydney University 8-194 off 50 overs (Maxim Shanahan 56 not out, Sanjay Anandarajah 40) defeated Blacktown Mounties 103 off 35.5 overs (Kunj Changela 28, Manroz Bhullar 27; Shehan Canagasingham 6-18) by 91 runs, with a bonus point, at Camperdown Park on Saturday. Toss: Blacktown Mounties. Batted first: Sydney University. Points: Sydney University 7, Blacktown Mounties 0.