Sydney University Cricket Club has taken an early lead in the Club Championship with another strong round, against Manly-Warringah, in the Sydney grade competition.
First Grade eked out a six-run win over the North Head boys at Manly Oval, while Sydney University Second Grade pulled off a five-run win at St Paul’s College Oval.
Sydney University Thirds collected a bonus point with their 180-run win at Graham Reserve, while Fourths collected the points with a four-run win at Camperdown Oval.
Fifth Grade went down by eight runs at Mike Pawley Oval and the Metropolitan Cup side dipped out by five wickets to Mosman at St Andrew’s College Oval on Sunday.
Sydney University Firsts made it back-to-back wins in the first two rounds of the Belvidere Cup competition.
Having won the toss and batted at Manly Oval, the Students posted a solid 8-241 off their 50 overs, with Will Hay (56), Ryan Carters (56), Jonte Pattison (32) and Greg Mail (25) the main contributors.
Opener Hay and No.3 Carters put on a 107-run first wicket partnership, while Pattison once again contributed down the order with his 32 coming off 33 deliveries.
NSW off-spinner Stephen O’Keefe produced a miserly 2-31 off his 10 overs.
Manly-Warringah were 5-84 before Jay Lenton (113 not out) and James Munting (48) turned the game around with a 136-run fifth-wicket stand that put victory within their grasp. Lenton’s runs came off just 97 deliveries and included 12 boundaries and two sixes, while Munting hit seven boundaries and six in his 66-ball stay.
When Tim Ley bowled him and then cleaned up No.9 Nick McLachlan for a duck, the hosts were still 21 runs shy of the target. Lenton’s big hitting took them to within six runs of victory in a nail-biting finish.
Round three of the competition will be the first of the two-day matches, with Sydney University taking on Randwick-Petersham at No.1 Oval on October 10 and 17.
The second round of the Sydney women’s grade competition will be played this Sunday, with Universities First Grade taking on St George-Sutherland at Glenn McGrath Oval.
Sydney Men’s Grade competition – Round 2 (Limited Overs)
First Grade: Sydney University 8-241 (Will Hay 56, Ryan Carters 56, Jonte Pattison 32, Greg Mail 25; Stephen O’Keefe 2-31) off 50 overs defeated Manly-Warringah 9-235 off 50 overs (Jay Lenton 113 not out, James Munting 48, Adam Crosthwaite 28; Ben Joy 3-21, Tim Ley 3-28) by six runs at Manly Oval. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: Sydney University. Points: Sydney University 6, Manly-Warringah 0.
Second Grade: Sydney University 156 off 46 overs (Max Hope 47, David Miller 26; Dylan Marshall 4-25, Matthew Alexander 4-26) defeated Manly-Warringah 151 off 49.5 overs (Sam Gainsford 47, Ryan Farrell 20; Josh Toyer 4-32, Tom Keirath 2-25, Udayan Gaur 2-25) by five runs at St Paul’s College Oval. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: Sydney University. Points: Sydney University 6, Manly-Warringah 0.
Third Grade: Sydney University 7-297 off 50 overs (Jack Maddocks 94, Nicky Craze 71; Jake Carden 2-50, Sam Alexander 1-46) defeated Manly-Warringah 117 off 34.5 overs (Matthew Cole 35; Kieran Tate 5-17, Nicholas Kershaw 3-15) by 180 runs, with a bonus point, at Graham Reserve on Saturday. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: Sydney University. Points: Sydney University 7, Manly-Warringah 0.
Fourth Grade: Sydney University 6-236 off 43.3 overs (Alasdair Grant 75, Ryan Danne 69) defeated Manly-Warringah 9-232 off 50 overs (Will Outred 54, Tom Sheedy 34, Ryan Bishop-Perrett 32, Maxwell Burgess 29, Joel Mason 25; Joshua Stewart 3-46, Jake Day 3-53, Jonathon Craig Dobson 1-36) by four runs at Camperdown Oval on Saturday. Toss: Manly-Warringah. Batted first: Manly-Warringah. Points: Sydney University 6, Manly-Warringah 0.
Fifth Grade: Manly-Warringah 8-190 off 50 overs (Jack Pickering 55, Edmund Hole 31; Jack Gibson 2-24, Brodie Frost 2-59) defeated Sydney University 182 off 40.4 overs (Douglas Rogers 89; Jacob Graham 4-38, Jonah Anderson 2-28) by eight runs at Mike Pawley Oval on Saturday. Toss: Manly-Warringah. Batted first: Manly-Warringah. Points: Manly-Warringah 6. Sydney University 0.
Metropolitan Cup – Round 2 (Limited Overs)
Mosman 5-76 off 16 overs (Shino Paul 50 not out; Connor Shuttleworth 2-8, Alister Donkin 2-27) defeated Sydney University 74 off 36.3 overs (Extras 16, Murray Miles 11; David Burk 3-14, Samsur Rahman 3-16, Gareth Baard 3-17) by five wickets at St Andrew’s College Oval on Sunday. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: Sydney University. Points: Mosman 6, Sydney University 0.