Lightning and heavy rain thwarted Sydney University’s chances of pushing for valuable Club Championship points when their Round 13 match against Randwick-Petersham was abandoned mid-afternoon on Saturday.
The Students were 0-28 in reply to Randwick-Petersham’s 7-229 off 50 overs when the heavens went awry over Coogee Oval.
With NSW openers Ed Cowan (19) and Nick Larkin (8) at the crease with 10 overs under their belts and former NSW opener Greg Mail padded up in the stands, a win would have been handy on two fronts.
With two rounds of the competition proper to be played, the potential points would have allowed the Students to edge closer to the Club Championship. Sydney head the coveted award on 1231 points, with Northern District (1200) and Sydney University (1186) in dogged pursuit.
And the loss of potential points saw Gordon – first innings winners over Northern District – join Sydney University on 61 points at the top of the First Grade Belvidere Cup ladder, with a minor premiership on the line. Bankstown (57), Sydney (54), Parramatta (47) and Penrith (47) make up the top six.
Sydney University’s final two matches of the competition proper include a two-day match against Fairfield-Liverpool at Sydney University Oval on February 25 and March 4, and a 50-over match against Bankstown at Bankstown Memorial Oval on March 11.
The qualifying finals will be two-day matches on March 18-19.
Sydney University’s Second, Third and Fourth grades helped the Club Championship tally with first innings wins at the weekend, with Fourths towelling the Randy-Petes by six wickets and a bonus point to boot.
The two nail-biters at the weekend were in the quarter-final of the Poidevin-Gray Shield, where Parramatta edged out Sydney University by a wicket, with five balls to spare, at Old King’s Oval, and the Metropolitan Cup match at Beauchamp Oval, where Gordon triumphed by two runs over the Students.
Sydney Men’s Premier competition Round 13 (Limited Overs)
First Grade: Randwick-Petersham 7-229 off 50 overs (Daniel Sams 42, Alex Kemp 37, James Psarakis 36, Shaun Eaton 33; Hayden Kerr 2-35, Thomas Rogers 2-37) drew with Sydney University 0-28 off 10.5 overs (Ed Cowan 19 not out) when rain and lightning stopped play at Coogee Oval on Saturday. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: Randwick-Petersham. Points: Randwick-Petersham 0, Sydney University 0.
Second Grade: Sydney University 3-127 off 25.2 overs (David Miller 50 not out, Kevin Jacob 24, Nicky Craze 23 not out; Kushaal Ram 1-22) defeated Randwick-Petersham 123 off 50 overs (Samuel Mackay 40, Kushaal Ram 34; Jack Holloway 3-18, Jonathon Craig Dobson 3-35, David Miller 2-7) by seven wickets at Sydney University Oval on Saturday. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: Randwick-Petersham. Points: Sydney University 6, Randwick-Petersham 0.
Third Grade: Sydney University 4-200 off 44.2 overs (Nicholas Arnold 65, Steven Hobson 42, Ryann Danne 40) defeated Randwick-Petersham 198 off 44.1 overs (Ravin de Silva 83, Rodney Stafford 27, Kaoser Ahmad 24; Josh Toyer 4-33, Ryan Danne 2-29, Kieran Tate 2-44) by six wickets at Petersham Oval on Saturday. Toss: Randwick-Petersham. Batted first: Randwick-Petersham. Points: Sydney University 6, Randwick-Petersham 0.
Fourth Grade: Sydney University 4-98 off 28 overs (Sutharsan Sivapalan 36, Nick Fitzgerald 23 not out; Matthew Wallis 1-16, David Bourke 1-11) defeated Randwick-Petersham 95 off 45.3 overs (David Bourke 28; Alasdair Grant 3-16, Aidan Peek 2-17, Ryan Holcroft 2-21) by six wickets, with a bonus point, at St Paul’s College Oval on Saturday. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: Randwick-Petersham. Points: Sydney University 7, Randwick-Petersham 0.
Fifth Grade: Randwick-Petersham 210 off 49 overs (Dylan Powell 51, Matthew Hilder 45, Savio Gracias Flor 41; Sameer Murthy 5-31, Murray Miles 2-27) defeated Sydney University 149 off 42.1 overs (Sameer Murthy 36, Alexander Bell 34, Liam Hughes 34; Ben Montedoro 2-23, Nigil Singh 2-29) by 61 runs at Kensington Oval on Saturday. Toss: Randwick-Petersham. Batted first: Randwick-Petersham. Points: Randwick-Petersham 6, Sydney University 0.
Poidevin-Gray Shield (Under 21) – Quarter-Final (Limited Overs)
Parramatta 9-169 off 49.1 overs (Timothy Ward 88, Jacob Workman 22; no bowling details supplied) defeated Sydney University 168 off 48.8 overs (no batting details supplied, Gabriel D’Angelo 3-35, Jacob Workman 3-49) by one wicket at Old King’s Oval on Sunday. Toss: Parramatta. Batted first: Sydney University.
Metropolitan Cup – Round 13
Gordon 148 off 46.5 overs (Danusha Senevirante 32, Sahil Sharma 27, Aaron Crofts 24, Oliver Williams 21; Andrew Wilkinson 4-24, Ayush Mishra 3-38) defeated Sydney University 146 off 45.2 overs (Daniel Wicks 32, Andrew Wilkinson 24; Danusha Senevirante 4-27) by two runs at Beauchamp Oval on Sunday.
Sydney Women’s Premier competition – Limited overs
First Grade (Round 8): Universities 6-128 off 36.3 overs (Rachel Li 46, Maisy Gibson 24; Megan Janman 3-24, Nicola Carey 2-22) defeated St George-Sutherland 127 off 36.2 overs (Clare Crusden 29, Rebecca Cady 25, Nicola Carey 20; Maisy Gibson 2-21) by four wickets at Glenn McGrath Oval on Sunday. Toss: St George-Sutherland. Batted first: St George-Sutherland. Points: Universities 6, St George-Sutherland 0.
Second Grade (Round 10): Penrith 5-261 off 50 overs (Hannah Darlington 109, Erin Breaden 38, Mckenzie Carr 25; Anastasia Sims 2-12, Amy McKay 2-19) defeated Universities 6-142 off 50 overs (Sundries 61, Zoe Benjamin 27; Mckenzie Carr 2-11Kristen McCormack 2-16) by 119 runs at Bill Ball Oval on Sunday. Toss: Universities. Batted first: Penrith. Points: Penrith 6, Universities 0.