Big run chase for Students

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An epic middle-order innings from Will Simpson helped Eastern Suburbs to competitive first innings of 274 in their Round 14 two-day NSW Premier Cricket match against Sydney University at University Oval on Saturday.

Simpson came to the crease with the visitors a shaky 4-45 and departed 220 balls later with 153 to his name. His knock included 18 boundaries and two over the pickets.

He shared a 102-run partnership with skipper Angus Robson (54), with Nicholas Taylor (24) and Oliver Patterson (11) the only other batsmen to post double figures as Caelan Maladay (3-56), Devlin Malone (3-84) and Kieran Tate (2-47) shared the spoils.

Ravi Wikramanayake century helped Sydney University Seconds to a handy 9-277 at stumps on day one of their two-day Albert Cup contest with Eastern Suburbs at Waverley Oval on Saturday.

Entering the fray at No.7, Wikramanayake hit 15 boundaries on his way to 108. Prakhar Sharma (19) and Lewis McMahon (11) were at the crease when stumps were drawn.

The Third Grade Mitchell Cup match at St Paul’s College Oval hangs in the balance with Eastern Suburbs 1-34 at stumps in reply to Sydney University’s 211. Thomas Lynch hit two boundaries and four over the fence in top-scoring with 56 for the University, while Matthew Powys’s 46 off 50 balls included eight boundaries. Allie Anable kept the Students in check, finishing with 6-28 from his 12.4 overs. Day two next Saturday could be interesting if the Students can take some early wickets.

Eastern Suburbs Fifth Grade holds the upper hand in their two-day David Sherwood Cup match against Sydney University at Camperdown Park. The visitors were 1-55 at stumps in reply to University’s 176.

Meanwhile, Penrith were too strong for Universities, posting an eight-wicket win in their Round 18 NSW Premier Women’s Cricket match at Howell Oval on Sunday.

Penrith lost two wickets in posting 161 off 21.3 overs in reply to Universities’ 7-157 off 50 overs. NSW and Australian representative Phoebe Litchfield, batting at No.3, top-scored for Penrith with her 58-ball, unbeaten 92, including 14 boundaries.

Ira Patel top-scored for the Students with an unbeaten 53, which included six boundaries, while opener Chase Hartwell helped the cause with 27. Ananaya Sharma was the best of the Penrith bowlers, finishing with 3-20 off her 10 overs.

Universities Second Grade collected the points with a 48-run win over Penrith in the Limited Overs battle at David Phillips Memorial Fields on Sunday.

Sent in to bat first, Universities tallied 8-191 off their 50 overs, with No.7 Nadia Carvalho, who finished unbeaten on 35 and opener Nicola Wheeler (35) the main run-getters. They then restricted Penrith to 8-143. Maddison Docherty, batting at No.3, top scored with an unbeaten 35, while Sofia Muston collected 3-11 from her four overs.

Gordon Thirds had a big win over Universities in their Round 18 Third Grade match at Tempe Recreational Reserve on Saturday. Gordon won the toss, elected to bat and duly rattled up 4-197 off their 40 overs. They then dismissed Universities for 47 in 22.1 overs.