Former First Grade captain and opener Will Hay and all-rounder Liam Robertson hold the key to Sydney University securing first innings points in their Round 4, two-day match against Campbelltown-Camden at Raby Oval.
With the University’s regular top three of Ryan Carters, Nick Larkin and Scott Henry away on duties for NSW in their Sheffield Shield clash with South Australia at Adelaide Oval, Hay was recalled to the senior ranks to shore up the top order.
He was unconquered on 32 and Robertson was 24 not out at stumps on day one of the two-day fixture, with the Students chasing down 250 for first innings points.
Having won the toss and batted, Campbelltown-Camden would have been hoping for a big score at home, but Sydney University quick Tim Ley had other ideas, finishing with 5-55 as the hosts were all out for 250.
Ley had openers Damien Mortimer (1) and Joshua Clark (10) in the sheds with 18 on the board before No.3 Ryan Gibson (78) restored some order.
The big breakthrough for the University came from Robertson, who was responsible for the dismissals of both of the dangerous Coyte brothers. He had Scott caught by Adam Theobald for 28 and ran out Adam for a duck to have the hosts 4-78 before Ley collected another three scalps.
Hay and Mark Faraday (22) put on an opening stand of 39 before Faraday fell to Abdul Kherkah, who also picked up the vital wicket of Greg Mail to finish the day with 2-21.
Hay batted out the 88-minute session as Sydney University ended the day at 3-95 and an interesting day ahead.
Meanwhile, Universities women’s First Grade opened their Limited Overs season with a nine-wicket win over Campbelltown-Camden at Raby Oval on Saturday.
After dismissing the hosts for 126 off 44 overs, Universities posted 1-127 off 23.3 overs to take the points. Opener Georgia Redmayne (54 not out) and No.3 Leah Poulton (49 not out) put on a 108-run partnership to secure the win.
Sydney Men’s Grade competition – Round 4 (Two-day matches)
First Grade: Campbelltown-Camden 250 off 74.1 overs (Ryan Gibson 78, Jaydyn Simmons 54, Brad Maguire 43; Tim Ley 5-55, Darius Visser 2-63) v Sydney University 3-95 (Will Hay 32 not out, Liam Robertson 24 not out; Abdul Kherkah 2-21) stumps, day one, at Raby No.1 Oval. Toss: Campbelltown-Camden. Batted first: Campbelltown-Camden.
Second Grade: Sydney University 176 off 69.2 overs (no details available) v Campbelltown-Camden 4-103 off 33 overs (Ben Bourke 27, Jack Bray 20, Nicky Craze 20 not out) stumps, day one, at Sydney University No.1 Oval. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: Sydney University.
Third Grade: Campbelltown-Camden 117 off 47.2 overs (Michael Baker 51, Lewis McMahon 4-40, Henry Clark 3-23, Udayan Gaur 2-23) v Sydney University 3-89 (Henry Clark 29 not out, Alexander Shaw 27; Joshua Appleton 1-17) stumps, day one, at Raby No.2 Oval. Toss: Campbelltown-Camden. Batted first: Campbelltown-Camden.
Fourth Grade: Sydney University 9-266 off 80 overs (Andrew Deveraj 86, Charles Cull 84) v Campbelltown-Camden, stumps, day one, at St Paul’s College Oval. Toss: Sydney University.
Fifth Grade: Sydney University 249 off 74.1 overs (Jonathon Craig Dobson 52, Lachlan Carfax 51, Hayden Kerr 39, Michael Harris 25; Moeed Rana 4-33) stumps, day one, at Raby No.3 Oval. Toss: Sydney University.
Poidevin-Gray Shield – Round 2 (Limited Overs)
Sydney University 9-138 off 50 overs (no details available) d Fairfield-Liverpool 114 off 46 overs (no details available) by 24 runs at Sydney University No.1 Oval. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: Sydney University. Points: Sydney University 6. Fairfield-Liverpool 0.
Metropolitan Cup – Round 4 (Two-day match)
Randwick-Petersham Gold 116 off 27 overs (no details available) v Sydney University 4-179 (no details available) stumps, day one, at Kensington Oval. Toss: Randwick-Petersham. Batted first: Randwick-Petersham.
Sydney Women’s grade competition – Round 1 (Limited Overs)
First Grade: Universities 1-127 off 23.3 overs (Georgia Redmayne 54 not out, Leah Poulton 49 not out; Stefanie Daffara 1-20) d Campbelltown-Camden 126 off 44.1 overs (Clare Koski 29, Kaelah Austin 19 not out; Sera Kaukiono 4-9, Rachael Haynes 3-14) ) by nine wickets at Raby No.1 Oval. Toss: Universities. Batted first: Campbelltown-Camden. Points: Universities 6, Campbelltown-Camden 0.
Second Grade: Universities 7-219 off 50 overs (Katherine Wong 69, Rachael Li 38, Bernice Harpley 24; Tayla Sweeney 2-32, Melissa Halton 2-35) d Parramatta 8-178 off 50 overs (Sandy Cameron 68, Melissa Halton 26; Emily Jackson 3-13, Caitlan Rawstron 2-15) by 41 runs at Merrylands Oval. Toss: Parramatta. Batted first: Universities. Points: Universities 6, Parramatta 0.
Third Grade: Universities Blue 4-196 off 40 overs (Katrina Serena 53 ret; Lian Lam 51 ret; Alison Chisholm 42 not out) d Campbelltown-Camden 163 off 40 overs (Lian Lam 3-20, Vanessa White 2-23, Katrina Serena 2-30) by 33 runs at Tempe Reserve. Toss: Campbelltown-Camden. Batted first: Campbelltown-Camden. Points: Universities 6, Campbelltown-Camden 0.
Brewer Shield – Round 5 (Limited Overs)
Universities 7-137 off 40 overs (Jade Christies 40 not out, Samantha Robinson 26 not out; Jessica Langford 2-11, Maeghan Robinson 2-18) d Campbelltown-Camden 66 off 23.5 overs (Yardley Polsen 14; Dharshia Srinvas 4-21) by 71 runs at Raby No.2 Oval. Toss: Campbelltown-Camden. Batted first: Campbelltown-Camden. Points: Universities 6, Campbelltown-Camden 0.