Students down at last hurdle

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Randwick Petersham proved too strong for Sydney University in the grand final of the NSW Premier Cricket Twenty20 Cup competition played at University Oval.

Having won the toss and batted, the visitors put on a modest 118 off 18.1 overs, on the back of opener Camden Hawkins’ 52 off 41 balls.

Ryan McElduff collected 4-16 off his three overs, while leg-spinner Devlin Malone took 3-13 off his 3.1 overs to keep the RandyPetes in check.

The Students were in a strong position to chase down the total, but it wasn’t to be thanks to Adam Semple (3-11). Daniel Sams (2-8) and Daya Singh (2-29). At one stage the hosts were 7-38 with opener and top scorer Hayden Kerr (37) still at the crease.

But when he departed the Students were 8-65 and the title out of reach.

The Belvidere Cup competition will continue on Saturday with 10th placed Sydney University travelling to Raby Oval to meet last-placed Campbelltown-Camden in a Round 14 clash.

The Students will round out the season with a one day fixture against Penrith at Howell Oval; a two-day match against Parramatta at University Oval and a Round 17 clash with Gordon at Chatswood Oval.

They are seven points behind sixth-placed Sydney, so their long odds fate of a finals appearance rests with earning maximum points in their last three competition matches and the results of other teams.

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