Sydney University will be hoping for a rescue mission from opener Ben Trevor-Jones and No.5 Liam Robertson when their Round 14 clash with Bankstown resumes at University Oval on Saturday.
The Students finished the first day at 3-32 in reply to Bankstown’s 291.
In a horror 10 overs before stumps, Sydney University lost opener Steven Hobson (3), Damien Mortimer (9) and Charles Litchfield (0), while Trevor-Jones (14 not out) and Robertson (0 not out) held sway to bat another day.
Having won the toss and batted, the visitors put together a competitive tally, thanks to solid contributions from Kyle Brockley (82), Daniel Solway (50), Brendan Smith (42), Benjamin Taylor (42) and Nathan McAndrew (37).
Tim Ley was the best of the trundlers, with his 4-42 taking him to 50 wickets for the season in all grades and formats.
The Students could have done with the services of skipper Nick Larkin and Australian representative Ed Cowan, who were helping NSW in their Sheffield Shield match against Tasmania at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Larkin (85) and Cowan (68 off 89 balls) shared 115-run partnership in NSW’s first innings of 8(dec)-449 which was dominated by Moises Henriques’ 131 not out.
Campbelltown-Camden head the First Grade Belvidere Cup ladder on 52 points, with Parramatta (52), Sydney University (50), Sutherland (49), Sydney (46) and Manly-Warringah (44) making up the top six.
Parramatta head the Club Championship on 1242 points, with Manly-Warringah (1200) nipping at their heels. Sydney (1135), Northern District (1094) and Sydney University (1089) dropped out of contention in the final rounds.
The final round of the competition proper will see Sydney University taking on Campbelltown-Camden at Raby No.1 Oval on 10 March, with the qualifying finals to be played on 17 March.
Sydney Premier Men’s Grade competition – Round 14 (Two-day matches)
First Grade: Bankstown 291 off 83.4 overs (Kyle Brockley 82, Daniel Solway 50, Brendan Smith 42, Benjamin Taylor 42; Tim Ley 4-42, Hayden Kerr 2-38) versus Sydney University 3-32 off 10 overs (Ben Trevor-Jones 14 not out; Nathan McAndrew 2-13) stumps, day one, at Sydney University Oval on Saturday. Toss: Bankstown Batted first: Bankstown.
Second Grade: Sydney University 275 off 79.3 overs (James Larkin 95, James Crowley 65, Matthew Powys 36, Ryan Danne 35; Luke Docherty 3-41, Daniel Slane 2-40) versus Bankstown 0-28 off 5.5 overs, stumps, day one, at Bankstown Memorial Oval. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: Sydney University.
Third Grade: Bankstown 105 off 42.5 overs (Connor Wilkinson 27, N Radhakrishnan 26; Jack Lawson 4-14, Josh Toyer 4-27) versus Sydney University 2-107 off 35 overs (Brayden Dilley 38 not out, Ash Cowan 29, Lewis Bedford 26) stumps, day one, at Camperdown Oval. Toss: Bankstown. Batted first: Bankstown.
Fourth Grade: Bankstown 277 off 71 overs (Mansukh Singh 119, Cameron Cotter 78; James Robertson 3-36, Vince Umbers 3-41) versus Sydney University 0-22, stumps, day one, at Jensen Park on Saturday. Toss: Bankstown. Batted first: Bankstown.
Fifth Grade: Sydney University 159 off 52.2 overs (Ethan Jamieson 40, Rakin Rahman 24; Alex Kouventaris 5-48) versus Bankstown 1-116 off 26 overs (Harry Brett 78 not out, Sanjiv Weerasingham 28 not out; Ashwin Kirubanandan 1-4) stumps, day one, at St Paul’s College Oval. Toss: Bankstown. Batted first: Sydney University.
Sydney Premier Women’s Grade competition – Round 12 (Limited Overs)
First Grade: Universities 0-113 off 29.4 overs (Maddy Darke 62 not out, Ashley Day 45 not out) defeated Gordon 187 off 49.3 overs (Heidi Cheadle 41, Saskia Horley 31; Kate Owen 3-26) on revised run rate at David Phillips Oval on Sunday. Toss: Gordon. Batted first: Gordon. Points: Universities 6, Gordon 0.