A swashbuckling 84 from opener Greg Mail helped Sydney University secure a bonus point win over St George and the Sydney Grade Cricket limited-over lead in their match Sydney University No. Oval on Saturday.
Chasing 108 after St George had won the toss and batted, Mail went after the attack from the start, cracking 14 boundaries before being run out. He faced just 65 deliveries in the 71-minute knock and shared a 104-run opening partnership with skipper Will Hay (14).
Mail was eventually out with the score on 108, allowing Ian Moran to hit the winning run at the end of the 19th over – securing a bonus point for the Students in the fast run-chase.
Mail has now amassed 440 runs from five innings this year, including two centuries. He had earlier starred with the ball, taking 4-18 from nine overs as the St George innings petered out in 44.1 overs. Josh Toyer (2-26) and Michael Culkoff (2-18) also shared the spoils.
Sydney University, Blacktown and Gordon are unbeaten after three rounds of the limited overs competition, but bonus points have helped Sydney University to the competition lead on 21, with Blacktown (20), Gordon (18), Randwick-Petersham (15) and Penrith (13) making up the top six.
With wins in Second, Third and Fifth grades, the Students are now second on the Club Championship on 324 points, behind Bankstown (352). St George (307), Randwick-Petersham (303) and North Sydney (300) make up the top five.
Sydney Men’s Grade competition – Round 4 (Limited-overs Round 3)
First Grade: Sydney University 2-109 off 19 overs (Greg Mail 84, Will Hay 14) d St George 108 off 44.1 overs (Stewart McCabe 38; Greg Mail 4-18, Michael Culkoff 2-18) by eight wickets at Sydney University No.1 Oval. Toss: St George. Batted first: St George. Points: Sydney University 7, St George 0.
Second Grade: Sydney University 8-256 off 50 overs (Adam Theabold 112, Ben Larkin 43, Matthew Morgan 28, Liam Robertson 27; Damian Carroll 2-36, David Yon 2-54) d St George 9-255 off 50 overs (Sean Dean 103, Simon Chu 32, Wayne Stewart 32; Shashi Keshar 6-47) by one run at Hurstville Oval. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: Sydney University. Points: Sydney University 6, St George 0.
Third Grade: Sydney University 185 off 48.1 overs (Ken Huckle 70, Justin Younes 40; Rodney Krause 4-8, Jack Fitzgerald 3-38, John Shaw 2-57) d St George 128 off 43.1 overs (Mathew Gilmour 21; Kerrod McPherson 2-7, Ben Joy 2-24) at Sydney University No.2 Oval. Toss: St George. Batted first: Sydney University. Points: Sydney University 6, St George 0.
Fourth Grade: St George 4-116 off 29.1 overs (Joshua Siely 53 not out, Mitchell Calder 26 not out; Charles Cull 3-17) d Sydney University 114 off 34.2 overs (Charles Arcus 37; James McKenny 3-22, Daniel Magin 3-28) by six wickets at Harold Fraser Reserve. Toss: St George. Batted first: Sydney University. Points: St George 6, Sydney University 0.
Fifth Grade: Sydney University 187 off 46.1 overs (Jarrod Waterlow 56, Samuel Kumar 36, Mark Jeffrey 34; Ashley Dyson 5-24, James Drahalivas 3-29) d St George 125 off 42.3 overs (Nick Shurmer 23, Jack Daskey 20; Greg Metcalfe 4-27) at St Paul’s College Oval. Toss: St George. Batted first: Sydney University. Points: Sydney University 6, St George 0.
Sydney Women’s Grade competition – Round 4 (20-overs)
First Grade: Sydney 4-112 off 17.1 overs (Alicia Newton 56, Kira Churchland 22) d Universities 5-110 off 20 overs (Alison Parkin 34, Tayla Seymour 28; Morgan Wilczynski 2-20) at the Village Green. Toss: Universities. Batted first: Universities. Points: Sydney 6, Universities 0.
Second Grade: Sydney 2-114 off 19 overs (Micaela Wheeler 52 not out, Prudence Ray 19, Carla Bradley; Ellie Bath 1-30) d Universities 8-113 off 20 overs (Ellie Bath 28, Caitlin Murray 22, Laura Cornforth 21; Dominique 5-14) at the Village Green. Toss: Universities. Batted first: Universities. Points: Sydney 6, Universities 0.