Students Defend Big Total

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Sydney University is in a commanding position in their two-day, Round 4 NSW Premier Cricket match against Western Suburbs at Pratten Park. Having won the toss and batted, the Students amassed 363 off 87 overs, with the hosts finishing the first day’s play on 11 without loss.

Damien Mortimer, batting at No.3, topscorer for the University with 72. His 98-ball stay included 11 boundaries, and he shared a 99-run partnership with opener Ryan McElduff (35).

Sydney University’s middle order backed up the solid opening with Dylan Hunter (69), Hayden Kerr (41), Jordan Gauci (39) and skipper Tim Cummins (29) contributing to the big total. Hunter’s 89-ball stay included nine boundaries and two over the ropes.

Muhammad Irfan was the best of the Western Suburbs bowlers, collecting 4-57 off his 20 overs.

Sydney University will be hoping for quick wickets when play resumes on Saturday, with outright points on the radar.

SUCC Seconds will also be chasing outright points when they resume play at University Oval on Saturday. Opener Hayden Storey cracked 167 to help the Students to 9(dec)-373 on day one. His 208-ball stay included 21 boundaries and five over the ropes. The big total was also helped by No.5 Ravi Wikramanayake’s 79 which included nine boundaries and a six. Western Suburbs were 0-13 at stumps.

Sydney University Thirds will be chasing quick wickets on day two of their clash with Wests at Blik Oval. The hosts were 5-232 at stumps on day one.

The Fourth Grade clash at St Paul’s College Oval was evenly balanced at the end of the first day, with Sydney University 0-12 chasing Western Suburbs’ first innings total of 282.

And outright points are a definite possibility in the Fifth Grade match at Marrickville Oval with Sydney University 4-84 at the end of the first day’s play, having bowled out Wests for 97.

Sydney University collected the points in the first round of the Poidevin-Gray Shield (Under 21) competition – a T20 match against Hawkesbury – at University Oval on Sunday. The Students bowled first and restricted Hawkesbury to 5-107 off their 20 overs and then chased that down, finishing 5-111 with an over to spare.

Noah Bloch topscored for the Students with his 42 off 43 balls including two boundaries and a six, while Shuvayu Banerjee collected 3-20 off his four overs for the University. Opener Patrick Moore topscored for the visitors with 36 off 43 balls.

Sydney University Firsts opened their Twenty20 season on Sunday with a great win over Hawkesbury at University Oval.

The Students batted first and rattled up 9-142, with opener Hayden Kerr topscoring with 47, including seven boundaries, and No.6 Ryan McElduff continuing his good form with an unbeaten 42 off 36 balls. The Students then dismissed Hawkesbury for 122, with Josh Blake topscoring with 43 and Kieran Tate collecting 3-20.

Gordon posted a 38-run win over Universities in their Round 4 T20 NSW Women’s Premier Cricket match at Chatswood Oval on Sunday.

Openers Emily Sidgreaves (44) and Heidi Cheadle (32) got the hosts off to a good start as they amassed 7-138. They then restricted Universities to 6-100, with opener Ciara Gibson (23) and No.6 Isabelle Afaras (20 not out) the leading run makers.

Gordon Seconds also collected points in their T20 match with Universities at Chatswood Oval. The hosts posted 2-163 on the back of opener Olivia Callaghan’s 84 off 61 balls, and then restricted Universities to 7-93, with Erica James topscoring with 29.