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Graham Croker

A clean sweep of the five grades against Randwick-Petersham on Saturday has propelled Sydney University to joint leadership of the Sydney grade cricket Club Championship ladder.
And a win over Eastern Suburbs in their Twenty20 encounter on Sunday has earned First Grade a semi-final berth in the shortest version of the game.
Sydney University joined St George on 549 points to jointly head the Club Championship after six rounds, with Bankstown (528), Sutherland (507), Eastern Suburbs (506) and Northern District (404) making up the top six.
Firsts declared at their overnight score of 6-389 at Coogee Oval and dismissed Randwick-Petersham for 174 to collect first innings points.
The two standout performances for the Students were Greg Mail’s 214 not out on day one and Marty Pascal’s 5-31 in skittling the hosts on day two.
Mail opened the batting and hit 28 fours in his 257-ball innings. He dominated a 145-run opening stand with Will Hay (52), with his first 100 coming off just 133 balls. He became the first player to reach 500 First Grade runs for 2009-10 and now has 521 at an amazing average of 104.20.
First Grade are now fourth in the Belvedere Cup competition, behind Eastern Suburbs, Sutherland and Bankstown.
Second Grade moved to second on the competition ladder behind Bankstown after securing first innings points on Saturday. Shashi Kesher collected 5-46 as Randwick-Petersham were rolled for a modest 146. Josh Ryan posted 101 not out in the Students’ 4(dec)-261 reply. Randwick-Petersham avoided an outright defeat and were 5-200 at stumps.
In the other grades Thirds are ninth on the competition ladder, Fourths head their competition and Fifths sit in fifth position.
Meanwhile, Bankstown, Manly-Warringah, Sydney University and Fairfield-Liverpool will contest the semi-finals of the inaugural Twenty20 Cup. The limited over format will then revert to a 50-over competition to run alongside the traditional two-day competition.



Sydney Grade competition – Round 6 (Two-day fixtures)


First Grade: Sydney University 6(dec)-389 (Greg Mail 214 not out, Will Hay 52, Nick Larkin 35, David Miller 34; James Byrne 4-93) d Randwick-Petersham 174 (Peter Cross 45, John McLoughlin 29, Scott Coyte 25; Marty Pascal 5-31, Tom Kierath 4-39) on the first innings at Coogee Oval. Toss won by: Sydney University. Batted first: Sydney University. Points: Sydney University 6, Randwick-Petersham 0.
Second Grade: Sydney University 4(dec)-261 (Josh Ryan 101 not out, Chris Jones 48, Liam Robertson 34, James Cowley 26, Adam Theobald 25) d Randwick-Petersham 146 (Tim Laws 39, Robert Wilson 29; Shashi Kesher 5-46) and 5-200 (William Passass 66 not out, Troy Brewster 64, Tim Laws 38; Shashi Kesher 3-71, Tim Ley 2-55) on first innings at Sydney University No.1 Oval. Toss: Randwick-Petersham. Batted first: Randwick-Petersham. Points: Sydney University 6, Randwick-Petersham 0.
Third Grade: Sydney University 220 (Ken Huckle 92, Michael Culkoff 37; Nigil Singh 3-33, Daniel Laus 2-25, Nick Charlwood 2-40) d Randwick-Petersham 197 (Mike Grillis 54, Nick Charlwood 50, Alex Sciasca 38; Jim Kazaglis 4-20, Josh Lawrence 2-31) on first innings at Kensington Oval. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: Sydney University. Points: Sydney University 6, Randwick-Petersham 0.
Fourth Grade: Sydney University 256 (Jack Hammond 62, Charles Cull 53; Chris Singh 5-53) d Randwick-Petersham 165 (Roger Smith 42, David Townsend 37; Sanjiev Khalko 5-43, Charles Cull 3-43 on the first innings at Sydney University No.2 Oval. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: Sydney University. Points: Sydney University 6, Randwick-Petersham 0.
Fifth Grade: Sydney University 7(dec)-270 (Paul O’Halloran 90, Ed Quoyle 72, Ben Peacock 44 not out; Cameron Fowler 3-83, David Howe 2-98) d Randwick-Petersham 33 (Ben Joy 4-8, Luke Truashiem 3-8) and 7-213 (Addison Grinham 98 not out, David Bourke 42; Ed Quoyle 2-36) on the first innings at Snape Park. Toss: Sydney University. Batted first: Sydney University. Points: Sydney University 6, Randwick-Petersham 0.


Twenty20 competition – Round 3


Sydney University 9-114 (Ben Larkin 25; Sam Robson 3-25, Max Abbott 2-26) d Eastern Suburbs 9-89 (Sam Robson 31; Ian Moran 3-14, Tom Kierath 2-19, Tim Ley 2-24) at Sydney University No.1 Oval.


 

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