Sydney University will be relying on its women’s cricket sides to fill the trophy cabinets for the 2012-13 season, with three of the four teams on track for semi-final berths with a round to play.
Universities First XI head the Sydney Grade women’s competition and have already wrapped up the Minor Premiership, irrespective of the result of their final regular season match this Sunday against the third-placed Northern District’s at Mark Taylor Oval.
Universities are sitting comfortably at the top of the competition ladder with 89 points, 16 clear of second placed Bankstown Sports (73 points) after easily accounting for Campbelltown-Camden by 94 runs at Sydney University Oval No. 1 last weekend.
Northern District’s and fourth-placed Campbelltown-Camden should make up the top four in the First Grade competition, with the semi-finals scheduled for March 17.
Universities Seconds will finish fifth on the ladder after their game was washed out on Sunday – missing a semi-final berth, while Thirds are currently sitting in second place and are guaranteed a spot in the qualifying final.
Universities Brewer Shield (Under 17) side, who convincingly defeated league leaders Campbelltown at Sydney Uni Oval No. 2 last weekend, need to defeat Gordon at David Phillips Oval this Sunday to maintain fourth spot on the ladder and a semi-final berth.
Despite only two home games going ahead for Universities over the weekend due to the weather, the club raised approximately $400 as part of a Pink Stumps Day for the McGrath foundation, through the sale of sweatbands, cakes, drinks and a raffle.
St George-Sutherland head the Club Championship in the women’s competition with 1143.60 points, with Universities second on 906.10 points.
After a stellar 2011-12 season – when they collected the First and Second grade men’s titles – Sydney University’s men’s cricket teams won’t feature in the end-of-year celebrations for the 2012-13 season.
With the second day of a two-day round to be played, followed by a limited overs round to finish the competition proper, Sydney University Firsts are 15th on the 20-team competition ladder.
Second Grade hold down 10th place, Thirds are currently ninth, Fourths lie 15th and Fifths are ninth, with the club lying 12th on the Club Championship ladder.
Sydney Men’s Grade competition – Round 14 (Two-day match)
First Grade: Fairfield-Liverpool 5-127 off 60 overs (Grant Lambert 66 not out; Ian Moran 2-21, Nigel Cowell 2-27) v Sydney University, stumps, day one at Rosedale Oval. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: Fairfield-Liverpool.
Second Grade: Sydney University v Fairfield-Liverpool at Sydney University No.1 Oval: Day one abandoned because of weather and ground conditions.
Third Grade: Sydney University v Fairfield-Liverpool at Fairfield Oval: Day one abandoned because of weather and ground conditions.
Fourth Grade: Sydney University v Fairfield-Liverpool at Sydney University No.2 Oval: Day one abandoned because of weather and ground conditions.
Firth Grade: Sydney University v Fairfield-Liverpool at Don Dawson Oval: Day one abandoned because of weather and ground conditions.
Metropolitan Cup – Round 14 (Two-day match)
Sydney University v North Sydney at St Paul’s College Oval: Day one abandoned because of weather and ground conditions.
Sydney Women’s Grade competition – Round 20 (Limited overs)
First Grade: Universities 7-248 off 50 overs (Alexandra Blackwell 53, Erin Burns 39. Alison Parkin 32, Kara Sutherland 28, Charlotte Mizzi 25 not out, Rachael Haynes 24; Celeste Raack 4-46) d Campbelltown-Camden 154 off 40.2 overs (Kate Waetford 59, Clare Koski 29; Maisy Gibson 4-33) by 94 runs with a bonus point at Sydney University No.1 Oval. Toss: Universities. Batted first: Universities. Points: Universities 7, Campbelltown-Camden 0.
Second Grade: Universities v Penrith at Bill Ball Oval: Match abandoned because of weather and ground conditions: Points: Universities 3, Penrith 3.
Third Grade: Universities v Gordon at Forsyth Park: Match abandoned because of weather and ground conditions. Points: Universities 3, Gordon 3.
Brewer Shield (Under 17) – Round 8
Universities 3-180 off 30 overs (Clara Iemma 52 ret, Jade Christie 39 not out, Renee Hebden 34) d Campbelltown-Camden 134 off 34.3 overs (Renee Hebden 4-11) by seven wickets at Sydney University No.2 Oval. Toss: Campbelltown-Camden. Batted first: Campbelltown-Camden. Points: Universities 6, Campbelltown-Camden 0.