Sydney University’s first innings win over Parramatta, in their two-day match at University Oval on the weekend, keeps them at the top of the Sydney Premier Grade competition ladder with three rounds of the competition proper to be played.
The eighth win on the trot for the Students was built around a solid 85 from No.3 Damien Mortimer, who top-scored with a patient 85 in Sydney University’s 8(dec)-296, after they had won the tossed and chosen first use of the campus deck.
Mortimer hit eight boundaries in his 200-ball knock and shared stands of 76 win Ben Trevor-Jones (41) and 69 with Ashton May (25). Hayden Kerr (42 not out) and Greg Mail (35) provided a solid middle order, while Devlin Malone came in at No.10 and cracked 34 off 38 deliveries.
Ben Martin was the pick of the visiting bowlers, collecting 6-89 off his 29 overs.
The Students then rolled Parramatta for 130, with leg-spinner Malone collecting 3-47 from his 17 overs. He also affected a run-out to contribute to the win.
The Students have two-day matches against Randwick-Petersham at Coogee Oval on February 11-18 and Fairfield-Liverpool at University Oval on February 25-March 4, and a 50-over match against Bankstown at Bankstown Memorial Oval on March 11 to round out the competition proper.
But the minor premiership and Club Championship could go down to the wire in yet another tough Sydney grade competition.
Sydney University lead the way on 61 points, with Gordon (55), Bankstown (50), Sydney (48), Penrith (47) and Randwick-Petersham (43) making up the top six.
Penrith lead the Club Championship of 1165 points, with Northern District ((1161), Sydney (1125) and Sydney University (1111) all in contention.
Points in the Club Championship are allocated on the following basis: First Grade 6, Second Grade 5, Third Grade 4, Fourth Grade 3, Fifth Grade 2, Poidevin-Gray Shield 4 and A.W. Green Shield 3.
The Students lead First and Third grades and are running sixth in the Poidevin-Gray Shield, but they’ll need to also pick up points in Second, Fourth and Fifth grades to be a threat the Club Championship.
Cricket: Sydney Men’s Premier competition – Round 12
First Grade (two-day match): Sydney University 8(dec)-296 off 102.3 overs (Damien Mortimer 85, Hayden Kerr 42no, Ben Trevor-Jones 41, Greg Mail 35, Devlin Malone 34; Ben Martin 6-89) defeated Parramatta 130 off 50.4 overs (William Affleck 29; Devlin Malone 3-47) on first innings at Sydney University Oval on Saturday and Sunday. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: Sydney University. Points: Sydney University 6, Parramatta 0.
Second Grade (50-over match): Parramatta 4-161 (Taj Brar 50, Abhishek Talwar 34) off 47 overs defeated Sydney University 160 (Joe Kershaw 40) off 44.1 overs by six wickets at Old King’s Oval. Toss: Parramatta. Batted first: Sydney University. Points: Parramatta 6, Sydney University 0.
Third Grade (50-over match): Sydney University 6-227off 50 overs (Benjamin Larkin 64, Ryan Danne 40, Tom Kierath 34) defeated Parramatta 9-192 off 50 overs (Harrison King 54no, Yusof Brown 43; Tom Kierath 3-20, Kieran Tate 3-38) by 35 runs at St Paul’s College Oval on Saturday. Toss: Parramatta. Batted first: Sydney University. Points: Sydney University 6, Parramatta 0.
Fourth Grade (50-over match): Parramatta 7-158 off 39.3 overs (Shivaangar Thushyanthan 61; Ryan Holcroft 3-26) defeated Sydney University 157 off 48 overs (Angus Cusack 40, Brayden Dilley 34, Vince Umbers 32; Shivaangar Thushyanthan 4-31) by three wickets at Merrylands Oval on Saturday. Toss: Parramatta. Batted first: Sydney University. Points: Parramatta 6, Sydney University 0.
Fifth Grade: Sydney University 150 off 48.2 overs (Nicholas Powys 56; Rushi Padhye 3-38) tied with Parramatta 150 off 41.1 overs (Paul Calvert 25; Murray Miles 3-35) at Camperdown Oval on Saturday. Toss: Parramatta. Batted first: Sydney University. Points: Sydney University 3, Parramatta 3.
Metropolitan Cup – Round 12 (Limited Overs)
Sydney University 8-222 off 50 overs (Ethan Clout 66no, Hamish Rogers 45; Mackenzie Waugh 4-38) defeated Randwick Petersham Gold 218 off 49.3 overs (Dale McDonough 63, Neale Crawford 47, Damian Sidney 32; Ayush Mishra 4-38) by four runs at Kensington Oval on Saturday. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: Sydney University. Points: Sydney University 6, Randwick Petersham Gold 0.
Sydney Women’s Premier competition: Twenty20 semi-final (short scores)
Campbelltown-Camden 139 (Claire Koski scored 70-plus and carried her bat through the innings) defeated Universities 6-138 (Georgia Redmayne 58 with six fours, Alex Blackwell 51 with nine fours). Campbelltown-Camden hit the winning runs in the final over at Raby Oval No.2 on Sunday.