Sydney University opener Greg Mail joined Warren Bardsley and Victor Trumper as the leading century-makers in Sydney grade cricket when he cracked 137 in the Students first innings win over Hawkesbury at Owen Earle Oval on Saturday.
Mail joined Bardsley and Trumper with 36 centuries each, having sat on 35 tons – with Bob Simpson – when he scored 100 against Campbelltown-Camden on January 7.
And he is now just 55 runs away from becoming the outright leading run scorer in the history of Sydney First Grade cricket. His scores of 84 not out against Northern District and 62 against Eastern Suburbs the previous weekend saw him move past Bardsley (12,116 runs) and move to 12,163 runs. The 137 on Saturday took him to 12,300, within striking distance of Greg Hayne, who has 12,354.
Mail now has 821 runs for the season and 33 wickets, making him the second player along with Grant Lambert (692 runs and 36 wickets) to post the all-rounders double of 30 wickets and 500 runs for the season.
Scott Henry (74) and Ian Moran (51) also contributed in Sydney University’s 6(dec)-290 against Hawkesbury. Mail then bagged 3-23, Ben Joy 3-47 and Will Somerville 2-29 as Sydney University ripped through the hosts for 163 to gain first innings points.
Sydney University Second Grade gained maximum points with an outright win over Hawkesbury, built on the back of Steven Hobson’s 126 and Adam Theobald’s 97 (who put on a SUCC record 2nd Grade 3rd wicket partnership of 223). Having dismissed Hawkesbury for 122, the Students declared at 7-360 before rolling the visitors for 131 in their second visit to the University No.1 Oval wicket.
Third Grade went down on the first innings at Bensons Lane No.2 Oval; Fourth Grade suffered a one run loss in an exciting four innings affair at University No.2; and Fifth Grade collected first innings points at Bensons Lane No.3 Oval.
Sydney Men’s Grade competition – Round 14
First Grade: Sydney University 6(dec)-290 (Greg Mail 137, Scott Henry 74, Ian Moran 51; Ben Leyshon 2-47, Timothy McKay 2-69) d Hawkesbury 163 (Corey Lowe 56 not out, Stephen Simons 34, Mitchell Watterson 23; Greg Mail 3-23, Ben Joy 3-47, Will Somerville 2-29) on the first innings at Owen Earle Oval. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: Sydney University. Points: Sydney University 6, Hawkesbury 0.
Second Grade: Sydney University 7(dec)-360 (Steven Hobson 126, Adam Theobald 97, Tom Kierath 59; Michael Goeke 2-52, Alan Mcgregor 2-72) d Hawkesbury 122 (Aaron Beach 31, Timothy Wilson 24; Michael Culkoff 4-27, Tom Kierath 2-10, Nigel Cowell 2-37) and 131 (Steven Cross 26, Aaron Beach 24, Timothy Wilson 23; Josh Toyer 5-25, Michael Culkoff 2-36, Tom Kierath 2-42) outright at Sydney University No.1 Oval. Toss: Hawkesbury. Batted first: Hawkesbury. Points: Sydney University 10, Hawkesbury 0.
Third Grade: Hawkesbury 6-271 (Marc Inman 96, Justin Nelson 46, Daniel Langford 40, Mitch Langham 35) d Sydney University 269 (Matthew Gregory 79, Jack Hill 42, Kerrod McPherson 39, Jonathan New 33, Ash Cowan 28) by four wickets at Bensons Lane No.2 Oval. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: Sydney University. Points: Hawkesbury 6, Sydney University 0.
Fourth Grade: Hawkesbury 150 (Isaac Walker 42, Jonathan Sammut 34, Craig Bayldon 33) and 94 (Osaac Walker 31, Andrew Cash 20) d Sydney University 116 (James Larkin 32, Stuart McLean 20) and 127 (Brendan Pryke 40, Peter Murray 30) outright at Sydney University No.2 Oval. Toss: Hawkesbury. Batted first: Hawkesbury: Points: Hawkesbury 10, Sydney University 0.
Fifth Grade: Sydney University 3(dec)-138 (Michael Barwick 28, Sam Mahabady 28) d Hawkesbury 130 (Richard Timbs 28 not out, Dean Benson 26, Martin Allen 23) and 2-66 (Caleb Turner 31, Sachin Singh 25 not out) on the first innings at Bensons Lane No.3 Oval. Toss: Hawkesbury. Batted first: Hawkesbury. Points: Sydney University 6, Hawkesbury 0.
Metropolitan Cup – Round 14
Sydney University 198 off 45.8 overs (Nick Fitzgerald 120) d Parramatta 90 off 41 overs (Alex Barwick 3-14, |Ryan Danne 2-5, Greg Metcalfe 2-26) by 108 runs at St Paul’s College Oval. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: Sydney University. Points: Sydney University 6, Parramatta 0.