Leg-spinner Devlin Malone was enjoying a fine spell of bowling against Sydney at Sydney University Oval on Saturday when rain rescued the visitors.
Brought into the attack as a fifth choice threat, Malone had taken 4-45 off 15 tidy overs when rain caused the match to be abandoned.
At that stage Sydney were 5-192 in reply to Sydney University’s (8(dec)-351.
The rain not only thwarted Malone from taking a ‘bagful’, it also cost the Students a chance of first innings points and the competition lead.
The defending premiers are now third on the competition ladder on 25 points, behind Campbelltown-Camden (26) and Eastern Suburbs (25), with Randwick-Petersham (25), Sutherland (24) and Parramatta (21) making up the top six after six rounds of the premier Sydney competition.
Sydney University’s big first day total was garnered by the efforts of Steven Hobson (109), Tim Cummins (79 not out), Ben Trevor-Jones (41), Damien Mortimer (35), Hayden Kerr (32) and Liam Robertson (26).
Resuming on day two, Sydney were travelling well at 1-68 before Malone entered the fray. He trapped opener Justin Mosca lbw for 40 and had No.1 Tristen McDonald caught by Joe Kershaw for 60.
He then trapped Anthony Mosca lbw for five and had Delray Rawlins stumped by Tim Cummins for a duck. Malone had the tail in his sights when cruelled of a big payday.
Sydney collected first innings points in Second Grade; the rain forced draws in Third and Fourth grades; and Sydney University earnt first innings points in Fifth Grade.
SUCC now lie fourth on the Club Championship on 451 points, behind Parramatta (551), Manly-Warringah (523) and Sydney (511).
Rounds 7 and 8 will be limited overs rounds, with Sydney University Firsts taking on Northern District at Mark Taylor Oval this Saturday and Fairfield-Liverpool at Rosedale Oval on December 16. The competition will then break for Christmas and resume on January 6, 2018.
Sydney Premier Men’s Grade competition – Round 6 (Two-day fixtures)
First Grade: Sydney University 8(dec)-351 off 89 overs (Steven Hobson 109, Tim Cummins 79 not out, Ben Trevor-Jones 41, Damien Mortimer 35, Hayden Kerr 32, Liam Robertson 26; Ben Manenti 3-107, Ryan Felsch 2-42) drew with Sydney 5-192 (Tristen McDonald 60, Harry Dalton 57 not out, Justin Mosca 40; Devlin Malone 4-45) after rain stopped play at Sydney University Oval on Saturday. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: Sydney University. Points: Sydney University 1, Sydney 1.
Second Grade: Sydney 180 off 48.5 overs (Nick Govers 43, Ash Squire 39, Andy Parker 28, Daniel Jacob 25, Nicholas Taylor 20; Lawrence Neil-Smith 3-37, Kieran Tate 3-50) defeated Sydney University 117 off 59.4 overs (Jack Holloway 37, Jonathon Craig Dobson 24; Ash Squire 5-24, Christopher Thompsett 2-25) and 3-132 off 62 overs (Ryan McElduff 89; Ash Squire 3-50) at Drummoyne Oval on Saturday. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: Sydney University. Points: Sydney 6, Sydney University 0.
Third Grade: Sydney University 8(dec)-319 off 80 overs (Jack Hill 110, James Crowley 53, Tom Galvin 41, Aidan Peek 34 not out, Liam Whitaker 26 not out; Jackson Edwards 2-44, Stephen King 2-48) drew with Sydney 5-147 off 39 overs (Travis Loxton 58, Mayank Sharma 56; Josh Toyer 3-39) after rain stopped play at Camperdown Oval on Saturday. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: Sydney University. Points: Sydney University 1, Sydney 1.
Fourth Grade: Sydney University 171 off 67.4 overs (Alexander Bell 45, Tom Fullerton 45, Jazz Rinka 20 not out; Mitchell Blow 3-29, Alex Rashleigh 2-23) drew with Sydney 6-117 off 48 overs (Justin Felsch 33, Ahmed Hassan 29; Alasdair Grant 3-33) after rain stopped play at Birchgrove Park on Saturday. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: Sydney University. Points: Sydney University 1, Sydney 1.
Fifth Grade: Sydney University 205 off 48.1 overs (Zohirul Islam 59, Cristian Lorenzato 51; Ethan Richards 3-21, Samad Shaikh 3-24) defeated Sydney 173 off 52.4 overs (Allan Philip 47, Dhanush Srinivas 45, Samad Shaikh 40; Shivansh Pathak 5-17, Andrew Wilkinson 3-38, Ashwin Kirubanandan 2-20) stumps, day one at St Paul’s College Oval. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: Sydney University. Points: Sydney University 6, Sydney 0.
Metropolitan Cup – Round 7 (Two-day fixture)
Georges River 8(dec)-141 off 42.2 overs (no details provided) defeated Sydney University 140 off 33.3 overs (Rakin Sahman 61, Muhammad Ghumman 42) and 5-117 off 38 overs (Muhammad Ghumman 47) on the first innings at Bland Oval on Saturday. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: Sydney University. Points: Georges River 6, Sydney University 0.
Sydney Premier Women’s Grade competition – Round 9 (Limited overs fixtures)
First Grade: Penrith 4-156 off 44.2 overs (Lisa Griffith 56 not out, Alana Ryan 32; Teresa Graves 2-35) defeated Universities 152 off 47 overs (Kate Owen 55 not out, Harmanpreet Kaur 32; Stafanie Taylor 4-15, Sarah Coyte 2-20) by six wickets at Sydney University Oval on Sunday. Toss: Universities. Batted first: Universities. Points: Penrith 6, Universities 6.
Second Grade: Universities 6-115 off 33.3 overs (Zoe Benjamin 33 not out, Georgina Rae 30; Grace Dignam 2-23, Hannah Green 2-28) defeated Northern District 113 off 49.2 overs (Zoe Fleming 30; Taylor Ling 2-13, Zoe Benjamin 2-19, Amy McKay 2-20) by four wickets at David Phillips North on Sunday. Toss: Universities. Batted first: Northern District. Points: Universities 6, Northern District 0.
Third Grade: St George Sutherland 187 off 36 overs (Georgia Reid 55, Angela Buller 39) drew with Universities Blue after the match was abandoned due to rain at Gifford Park on Saturday. Toss: Universities Blue. Batted first: St George Sutherland. Points: St George Sutherland 6, Universities 3.
Brewer Shield (Under 17) – Round 2 (Limited overs)
Sydney 7-157 off 36 overs (Lily Hodge 52, Eva Ragg 23; Taylah Withers 1-3, Olivia Aylward 1-8) defeated Universities 52 off 22 overs (Frankie Nicklin 14; Lillian Dummett 2-1, Eva Ragg 2-9, Grace Bryson-Smith 1-1) at McKay Oval on Sunday. Toss: Universities. Batted first: Universities. Points: Sydney 6, Universities 6.