Sydney University’s draw with UNSW in their Round 13 two-day match at Alan Davidson Oval had a number of negative ramifications for the visitors.
The result saw the defending Belvidere Cup premiers, Sydney University, drop from first to third on the competition ladder.
And with two round of the competition proper to be played, the result made Sydney University’s chances of claiming the minor premiership that much harder and all but cruelled the Students’ chances of claiming the Club Championship.
Campbelltown-Camden now head the Belvidere Cup ladder on 52 points on percentages from Parramatta (52), with Sydney University (50), Sutherland (49), Sydney (46) and Manly-Warringah (44) making up the top six with a two-day round and a limited overs round to be played.
Sydney University will meet Bankstown at Sydney University Oval in the two-day fixture and round out the competition proper with a limited overs fixture against Campbelltown-Camden at Raby No.1 Oval, in a match that could well decide the minor premiership.
The dawn result against UNSW also cruelled Sydney University’s chances of wresting the Club Championship. Parramatta head the ladder on 1242 points, with Manly-Warringah nipping at their heels on 1200 points. Sydney (1135) and Sydney University (1094) were still in contention until the past two rounds.
With skipper Nick Larkin and Ed Cowen back in the NSW team on Sheffield Shield duties, it was always going to be a tough day at the office at Alan Davidson Oval on Saturday.
Resuming at 7-286, the hosts posted another 31 to be all out for 319 on the back of opener Nicholas Selman’s 131-run contribution. Tim Ley (4-50) and Ben Joy (3-63) shared the bowling honours.
Sydney University began the chase well with a 78-run opening stand between Ben Trevor-Jones (28) and Steven Hobson (44).
Damien Mortimer (55) and top-scorer Hayden Kerr (62) kept them in the hunt and a late rally from Lawrence Neil-Smith (40 not out) kept things interesting.
But with stumps closing in and the run chase winding down, it was left to Neil-Smith and No.11 Ben Joy (17 not out) to batten down the hatches and hold on for a draw.
Matches between the two educational institutions always produce some excitement, and this one lived up to expectations.
Sydney Premier Men’s Grade competition – Round 13 (Two-day matches)
First Grade: UNSW 319 off 103 overs (Nicholas Selman 131, Jude Fernandopulle 42, Jack Scriven 31; Tim Ley 4-50, Ben Joy 3-63) drew with Sydney University 9-289 off 87 overs (Hayden Kerr 62, Damien Mortimer 55, Steven Hobson 44, Lawrence Neil-Smith 40; Joshua Bennett 5-69) at Alan Davidson Oval on Saturday. Toss: UNSW. Batted first: UNSW. Points: UNSW 1, Sydney University 1.
Second Grade: Sydney University 173 off 76.5 overs (Tom Kierath 37, Ed Arnott 30, Dugald Holloway 24; John Venianakis 3-41, Sibghat Khan 2-16) and 131 off 33.1 overs (Jack Hill 64, Jack Holloway 22; Thomas Atallah 5-36) defeated UNSW 130 off 55.4 overs (Thomas Atallah 54, John Venianakis 29; (Jonathon Craig Dobson 5-30, Dugald Holloway 3-28) and 7-123 off 20 overs (Joseph Byrnes 78; Kieran Tate 3-23, Ryan Danne 2-21) on the first innings at Sydney University Oval on Saturday. Toss: UNSW. Batted first: Sydney University. Points: Sydney University 6, UNSW 0.
Third Grade: Sydney University 8-179 off 68.3 overs (Sam Wood 82 not out, Josh Toyer 32; Samuel Crichton 2-4) defeatedUNSW 178 off 61.4 overs (Ankit Patel 62, Sam McCormick 32; Josh Toyer 7-45) on the first innings at David Phillips South Oval on Saturday. Toss: UNSW. Batted first: UNSW. Points: Sydney University 6, UNSW 0.
Fourth Grade: Sydney University 8(dec)-247 off 60 overs (Brodie Frost 63, Alexander Bell 56, Hugh Farrow 31, Robert Browne 31; Jeremiah Iliffe 5-46) defeated UNSW 133 off 52.4 overs (Benjamin Chaplin 33, Jack Greenberg 32; Jazz Rinka 3-22, Aidan Peek 3-29) and 3-102 (Benjamin Chaplin 47 not out, Daniel Siu 26; Aidan Peek 1-15) on the first innings at Cahill Park on Saturday. Toss: UNSW. Batted first: UNSW. Points: Sydney University 6, UNSW 0.
Fifth Grade: UNSW 183 off 52.1 overs (Muhammad Shamas 57 not out, Anshul Baruah 50; Murray Miles 3-19, Ashwin Kirubanandan 2-18) defeated Sydney University 117 off 52 overs (Andrew Wilkinson 53; Sanjit Selverajoo 5-15, Michael Rae 3-21) and 2-120 off 30 overs (no details) on the first innings at David Phillips North Oval. Toss: UNSW. Batted first: Sydney University. Points: UNSW 6, Sydney University 0.
Metropolitan Cup – Round 14 (Two-day match)
Penrith 9(dec)-279 off 69 overs (Prasan Adikarige 4-18, S.J. De Silva 3-20) defeated Sydney University 125 off 35.3 overs (Alex Powys 69 not out, Will Koehn 30) and 102 off 29.1 overs (Tom Derrick 28, Alex Powys 22) outright at St Paul’s College Oval on Saturday. Toss: Penrith. Batted first: Penrith. Points: Penrith 10, Sydney University 0.
Sydney Premier Women’s Grade competition – Round 11 (Limited Overs)
First Grade: Universities 2-161 off 32.5 overs (Maddy Darke 69, Ashley Day 42, Carly Leeson 34; Emily Mifsud 2-51) defeated St George-Sutherland 8-160 off 50 overs (Sarah Staples 55, Joanne Kelly 34; Kate Owen 2-11, Yvonne Graves 2-11, Stella Campbell 2-29) by eight wickets at David Phillips South on Sunday. Toss: Universities. Batted first: St George-Sutherland. Points: Universities 6, St George-Sutherland 0.
Second Grade: St George-Sutherland 7-163 off 48.4 overs (Helen Williams 26 not out, Nuiyati Yoganand 21; Rebecca Green 2-20, Shebani Bhaskar 2-31) defeated Universities 162 off 37 overs (Shebani Bhaskar 83, Erica James 28; Nuiyati Yoganand 3-22, Amy Wills 3-30, Mariam Back 2-34) by three wickets at Glenn McGrath Oval on Sunday. Toss: St George-Sutherland. Batted first: Universities. Points: St George-Sutherland 6, Universities 0.
Brewer Shield (Under 17) – Round 9
Gordon 7-163 off 30 overs (Kinjal Kumari 52 ret, Charlotte Camburn 32 ret, Alexandra Bull 26 ret; Taylah Withers 1-13 defeated Universities 62 off 26.5 overs (Sarah Heptinstall 20; Lauren Kua 3-0, Caitlan O’Farrell 2-12) by 10 wickets, with two bonus points at McKay Oval on Sunday. Toss: Gordon. Batted first: Universities. Points: Gordon 8, Universities 0.70.