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Sydney University started the Sydney grade cricket season with a bang, collecting first innings points in four of the five grades and taking an early lead in the Club Championship.

First Grade opener Scott Henry led the way with a brilliant, unbeaten 200 in Sydney University’s first innings win over Eastern Suburbs at Waverley Oval. Henry hit 27 boundaries and two sixes in his 378-minute occupation.

Greg Mail added 105 in a 246-run first-wicket partnership with Henry as the Students declared a 3-383 at stumps on day one. It was Mail’s 39th First Grade century, taking him to 13,144 First Grade runs at 52.52.

Will Somerville (3-17) and Tim Ley (3-63) helped dismiss Eastern Suburbs for 134 in their first innings, with Peter Nevill (61) and Kevin Pillay (31) providing the bulk of the runs.

Second Grade also collected first innings points after winning the toss, batting first and posting a big total.

Adam Theobald (94), Alex Logan (54) and Darius Visser (53) helped the Students to put on 308 for the first innings, before Tom Kierath (4-18), Ben Joy (3-77) and David Miller (2-15) restricted Eastern Suburbs to 195. Opener Matthew Yiend provided the bulk of Easts’ runs with a fighting 104.

Sydney University also collected first innings points in Third and Fifth grades, with Eastern Suburbs winning on the first innings in Fourth Grade.

Sydney University and Manly-Warringah lead the Club Championship on 102 points, with Bankstown on 92 and Penrith on 90.

Round two of the competition will be another round of two-day matches, with Sydney University taking on Campbelltown-Camden. First Grade will be played at Raby No.1 Oval.

Scoreboard

Sydney Men’s Grade Cricket competition – Round 1 (Two-day matches)

First Grade: Sydney University 3(dec)-383 off 96 overs (Scott Henry 200 not out, Greg Mail 105, Ryan Carters 36; Jacob Taucher 2-72) d Eastern Suburbs 134 off 50.4 overs (Peter Nevill 61, Kevin Pillay 31; Will Somerville 3-17, Tim Ley 3-63) and 3-87 (Ian Moran 44 not out; Nigel Cowell 1-19, Jonte Pattison 1-19) on the first innings at Waverley Oval. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: Sydney University. Points: Sydney University 6, Eastern Suburbs 0.

Second Grade: Sydney University 308 off 97 overs (Adam Theobald 94, Alex Logan 54, Darius Visser 53; Mike Peacock 5-96, Samuel Powell 2-63) d Eastern Suburbs 195 (Matthew Yiend 104, William Eaton 27; Tom Kierath 4-18, Ben Joy 3-77, David Miller 2-15) and 7-119 (Samuel Powell 48 not out, Dugald Holloway 41 not out, Steven Warner 30; Ben Joy 3-32, Joshua Toyer 2-9) on the first innings at Sydney University No.2 Oval. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: Sydney University. Points: Sydney University 6, Eastern Suburbs 0.

Third Grade: Sydney University 6-198 off 59 overs (no details available) d Eastern Suburbs 196 off 69.3 overs (Benjamin Bryant 49, Tom Cooper 42, Tim Doyle 33; Ronit Lotiker 5-40, Jim Ryan 3-50) on the first innings at Kensington Oval. Toss: Eastern Suburbs. Batted first: Eastern Suburbs. Points: Sydney University 6, Eastern Suburbs 0.

Fourth Grade: Eastern Suburbs 193 off 63.4 overs (Michael Quinn 92, Jack Remond 38; William Clayton 3-24, Hayden Kerr 2-17) and 2-64 (Prinya Kham 38; William Clayton 1-8) d Sydney University 130 off 54 overs (Ryan Danne 26 not out, Michael Culkoff 21; Timothy Brown 4-20, Charles Legget 3-24) on the first innings at St Paul’s College Oval. Toss: Eastern Suburbs. Batted first: Eastern Suburbs. Points: Eastern Suburbs 6, Sydney University 0.

Fifth Grade: Sydney University 147 off 47 overs (Andrew Deveraj 54, Edward Lewis 32) d Eastern Suburbs 144 off 57 overs (no details available) and 0-31 at Snape Park. Toss: Eastern Suburbs. Batted first: Eastern Suburbs. Points: Sydney University 6, Eastern Suburbs 0.

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