Milestone Monday

Nick Larkin's vital, unbeaten 162 against Sutherland was his fifth century in First Grade this season.  That sets a new club record - previously, Greg Mail (in 2009-10) and Johnny Taylor (in 1923-24) had each hit four in one season.  Nick's monumental innings took him past 1000 First Grade runs for the season in only 12 innings.  It's the third time he has passed 1000 runs in a First Grade season (after 1055 in 2014-15 and 1020 in 2016-17).  That places him just behind Greg Mail, the only player to pass 1000 runs in Firsts in four different seasons for the club.  His fifteenth century for the club in Firsts kept him second on the club's all-time list, and closed the gap (a little) between him and Greg Mail (32 centuries for University alone).  And, for good measure, during his innings he passed 6000 runs in First Grade, becoming the fourth player (after Mail, Ed Cowan and Ian Moran) to achieve this for Sydney University.  He has now reached 8276 runs in all grades, passing Adam Theobald (8191) on Sunday, so that he is now fourth on the club's list of all-time run-scorers behind Mail, Moran and Cowan.  A massive effort from an outstanding clubman.

Liam Robertson's unbeaten 68 in the qualifying final against Sutherland took his First Grade aggregate for the season to 656 runs, passing his previous best of 608 in 2015-16.  It was his sixth score above fifty this season.

James Crowley's fighting 76 in the qualifying final at Hawkesbury was his highest score in Second Grade.  In the same innings, Jono Craig-Dobson (44) hit his highest Second Grade score and Jack Lawson (47 not out) surpassed his previous highest score for the club by 41 runs.

 Liam Whitaker had an outstanding day in Third Grade's qualifying final win over Mosman.  His 4-12 was a career-best return in Thirds, and included his 100th wicket for the club.

Michael Robinson's 55, which turned the match after University had lost 6 for 115 against Mosman, was his first half-century in Third Grade.

The Third Grade qualifying final against Mosman was (by our count) Ash Cowan's 22nd appearance in a finals match for the club.  His captain's innings of 71 was his highest score in any of those finals.

Ash Cowan (with 5758 runs) now stands 14th on the club's list of all-time run-scorers, just ahead of Liam Robertson, in 15th place with 5687.

Finals Milestones

Congratulations to Parramatta on its well deserved, drought-breaking win in the First Grade final.  This was only the sixth occasion on which Sydney University has finished as runner-up in First Grade.

Ben Joy's second wicket in the final took his total for the club to 402, and he passed John Grimble (401) to move into 11th place on the list of wicket-takers for Sydney University.

Lawrence Neil-Smith (4-49) chose the grand final to collect his best bowling figures in First Grade.

Tim Cummins held five catches in Parramatta's innings in the final, recording five dismissals in an innings for the first time in his career with the club.  He finished the season only one short of fifty dismissals, with 42 catches and 7 stumpings.

Third Grade won the Mitchell Cup for only the fifth time.

It was a big weekend for Ash Cowan, who not only won the inaugural Mick Favell Medal as player of the match in the Third Grade grand final, but also became the first captain to lead University to two Mitchell Cup victories.  His 63 was his tenth half-century in Thirds, and during his innings he became the first player to pass 2500 Third Grade runs for University.

There was a unique record for Alex Shaw, who became half of the first father-and-son combination to win Third Grade premierships for University.  Andrew Shaw (better remembered for his long First Grade career as a keeper-batsman) was a member of the Third Grade side that defeated Petersham-Marrickville in the 1980-81 Third Grade final (having also been a member of the successful Second Grade side in 1979-80).

Charles Litchfield, with 99 against Sydney, recorded his third score above fifty in Thirds and fell one run short of his second century in that grade.  He also became, we think, the first University player to be dismissed for 99 in a grand final.

 

Player of the Round: Round 15

Player of the Round: Round 15

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Following his outstanding all-round performance in 3rd Grade’s match against Campbelltown-Camden, former 4th Grade captain AJ Grant has been named Player of the Round for Round 15 of the NSW McDonald's Premier Cricket Competition. AJ was the leading runscorer across both teams with 42 runs, before taking to the ball and claiming 4-25 from just 10 overs. AJ has continuously proven his position in the team and Round 15 was no exception.

Congratulations AJ on claiming the Surjit’s Player of the Round voucher and best of luck for the remainder of the 2017-18 season.

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Aidan Peek has been named Clubperson of the Round for Round 15 after stepping up to the role of Fourth Grade captain in the deserved absence of AJ Grant. Aidan has done a great job at taking on the challenging role and successfully leading the team through to the Qualifying Final.

Congratulations on this fantastic accomplishment and on claiming the $100 Nag’s Head Clubperson of the Round voucher for Round 15. 

Milestone Monday

Milestone Monday

Saturday's clean sweep over Campbelltown-Camden was the club's third sweep of grades 1 to 5 this season.  It earned finals places for grades 1 to 4 for the second season in succession and only the fourth time in the club's history: the other occasions were 2004-05, 2007-08 and 2016-17.

First Grade will appear in the finals for the 13th time since semi-final cricket was introduced in 1952-53.  It will be the 21st visit to the finals for Seconds, the 23rd for Thirds and the 17th for Fourths.

Ed Cowan brought Saturday's First Grade match with Campbelltown-Camden to a rapid conclusion by hammering five 6s in the space of 13 balls.  This was reminiscent of his hitting against Northern District last season, when he ended the game by hitting four sixes in an over.  But he hasn't quite matched the club record of five sixes in an over, by John Saint against Petersham-Marrickville's representative off-spinner, Wayne Mulherin, in 1994-95.

Hayden Kerr's blistering 53 from only 32 balls, with four sixes (any more and we'd need to describe his innings as Cowanesque) was his eighth half-century of the season and took him past 700 runs in his first full season in First Grade.

In Second Grade, Matt Powys (54), Ryan Danne (67) and Dugald Holloway (72 not out) each hit his highest score for the club in Seconds, although back in 2013-14, Dugald hit 104 not out for Easts in Seconds against a Sutherland attack that included Daniel Fallins.  Matt Powys passed 500 runs for the season during his innings.

Jack Hill has passed 4000 runs for the club in all grades.  He's the 37th player to reach that milestone.

Steve Hobson has passed 3500 runs for the club in all grades.  He becomes the 48th player to reach that milestone for Sydney University.

Player of the Round: Round 14

Player of the Round: Round 14

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Tim Cummins's put on a match-winning performance during the Limited Overs Grand Final against Parramatta on the weekend, scoring 121* runs from 100 balls (including 7 fours and 2 sixes). Not only was this Tim's maiden 1st Grade century, but he is also the first player to hit a century in the Limited Overs final. Following his efforts, Tim was awarded the Michael Bevan Medal for player of the match. 

Hayden Storey has also been named Player of the Round this week after hitting 163 runs in Fourth Grade's match against Bankstown. With 20 fours and 7 sixes, this marks Hayden's first century for the Club in all grades. 

Congratulations to Tim and Hayden on earning the Surjit's Player of the Round voucher for Round 14. We wish you all the best for the remainder of the season. 

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Murray Miles is this week's Clubperson of the Round after continually offering his support and assistance on match days. Murray is always willing to lend a hand with setting up on the weekends and generously assists with scoring as needed. Thank you Murray for being a great member of the Club and role model to all of our players. 

Congratulations on taking home the $100 Nag's Head Clubperson of the Round voucher for Round 14. 

Milestone Monday

Milestone Monday

Sydney University's win in a tense, gripping, exhilarating match at Parramatta gave the club its second title in the First Grade Limited Overs competition (the first coming in 2010-11).

Tim Cummins picked exactly the right moment for his first century in First Grade cricket.  Coing to the crease with his side struggling at 4-86, he began cautiously before finishing in imperious style, hammering 121 not out from only 100 deliveries, with 7 fours and 2 sixes.  No Sydney University player had previously hit a century in the Limited Overs final.  He was the obvious candidate for the Michael Bevan Medal for player of the match, becoming the second Sydney University player to achieve that distinction (after Scott Henry, for his 74 against Jackson Bird and Steve O'Keefe in 2010-11).  To round off the day, he passed both 500 runs for the club and 500 runs in a First Grade season (for the season time in his career: he hit 561 for Penrith in 2015-16).

Liam Robertson, whose cool-headed management of the game was vital in the closing stages of the Limited Overs final, has become the 16th player in the club's history to pass 5500 runs in all grades.

Damien Mortimer's invaluable 71 in the Limited Overs Final was the eighth time he has passed fifty for the club this season and took him past 900 First Grade runs for the first time in his career (he now has 943).

Hayden Storey's epic 163 in Fourth Grade against Bankstown was his first century for the club - in fact, in 14 previous innings his highest score had been 36.  122 of his runs came from boundaries - 20 fours and seven 6s.

Murray Miles completed an unusual hat-trick against Bankstown in Fifth Grade.  He had Bankstown's Alex Kouventaris caught form the last ball of Bankstown's first innings; then, when Bankstown batted a second time, he removed Harry Brett and Johann Perera with the first two balls of the innings.

Ashwin Kirubanandan, with 5-67 against University of NSW in Metropolitan Cup, took his first five-wicket haul for the club.

Milestone Monday

Nick Larkin's fluent 85 for NSW against Tasmania was his fourth first-class half century (including one century).  His first scoring stroke, a single from the bowling of Alan Fekete, took him to 500 runs in first-class cricket.  He added 115 for the second wicket with Ed Cowan, whose 68 was the 73rd time he has passed fifty in first-class cricket.

When Tim Ley dismissed Bankstown's Rhys Williams on Saturday, he collected his 50th wicket of the season (including 6 in the T20 competition).  This is the second time in his career that Tim has taken 50 wickets in a First Grade seasdon (he managed 59 in 2013-14).  In the long history of the Grade competition, only four other Sydney University bowlers have claimed fifty wickets in more than one First Grade season: Peter James (1969-70, 1971-72 and 1973-74), Stewart Smith (1942-43, 1943-44 and 1945-46), Walter Stack (1911-12 and 1912-13) and John Grimble (1983-84 and 1992-93).

Charles Litchfield made his debut in First Grade against Bankstown.

James Crowley has passed 2000 runs in all grades for the club.

James Larkin's 95 against Bankstown was his seventh score of fifty or more in Seconds (including one century).

Jack Lawson's game-changing spell of 4-14 against Bankstown in Third Grade was his best return for the club in any grade.

Josh Toyer, with 4-27 against Bankstown in Thirds, took his total of wickets for the club to 366.  He's now equal 13th (with leg-spinner of the 1970s and 1980s, Chris Elder) on the club's all-time list of wicket-takers.

Brayden Dilley, 38 not out overnight against Bankstown, has posted his highest score in Thirds.

James Robertson (3-36) and Vince Umbers (3-41) each collected his best bowling figures in Fourths against Bankstown.

Ethan Jamieson (40) hit his highest Fifth Grade score against Bankstown.

Player of the Round: Round 13

Player of the Round: Round 13

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Josh Toyer's contribution with the ball was certainly the highlight of Third Grade's match against UNSW during Round 13 of the NSW McDonald's Premier Cricket Competition. Josh took an outstanding 7-45 from 14.4 overs, bringing his season total to 25 wickets at an average of 16.84. 

Josh went on to showcase his skills with the bat, taking the second highest score of 32 runs and (after a solid partnership of 121 runs with Sam Wood) helped lead the team to victory in what had become a run-chase.

Congratulations on being named this weeks Surjit's Player of the Round following a phenomenal all-round performance. 

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This week, Ash Cowan and Greg Cade have both been named Clubperson of the Round after putting in the effort to round up completed teams during a tough couple of weeks of availability. Ash and Greg are always willing to go the extra mile to assist with team selections and match day operations. The Club is extremely appreciate of the effort you both put in on a weekly basis in the lead up to each match.

Thank you, Ash and Greg, and congratulations on claiming $50 each for the Nag's Head Clubperson of the Round voucher.  

Milestone Monday

Milestone Monday

On Sunday morning, in the Shield match between New South Wales and South Australia, Ed Cowan hit a boundary from Daniel Worrall's bowling to bring up his 10,000th run in first-class cricket.  1001 of those runs were in Tests; he has also scored 4085 for Tasmania, 2728 for New South Wales, 739 for Australia A, 478 for Nottinghamshire, 377 for Australia on tour, 213 for Oxford Universities 157 for British Universities, 147 for Gloucestershire and 93 for the Cricket Australia XI.  Ed's record now stands at 10,018 runs at an average of 42.09.

In the same round of Shield matches, Tom Rogers, fast bowling spearhead of last year's First Grade premiership side, dominated Tasmania's match against Western Australia.  In his only innings, he hit a career-best 48 from only 57 balls; then, with the ball, he wrecked WA's first innings with career-best figures of 4-9 from only three overs.  He added three more wickets in the second innings to finish with career-best match figures of 7-55.  In six Shield games this season, Rogers now has 25 wickets at an average of 15.28.  We could compare these figures with the bowlers who were preferred to him for NSW contracts, but that would be unkind.

First Grade's outstanding performance in the Limited Overs Cup semi-final puts Sydney University in the final of the competition for the fourth time.  University's only win in the competition was in 2010-11; the club was runner-up in 1997-98 and 2009-10.   University now meets Parramatta in the final at Old Kings Oval on Sunday 4 March.

Hayden Kerr's rapid 62 against University of NSW in First Grade (67 balls, four 4s, 3 sixes) was his sixth half-century of the season, and took him past 500 runs in the First Grade season for the first time in his career.  He followed up with another fifty (78 from 72) in the Limited Overs semi-final against Bankstown, as well as career-best figures in Firsts of 3-31.  A pretty reasonable weekend. 

During his 55 against University of NSW in First Grade on Saturday, Damien Mortimer passed 1500 runs for the club, all of them in Firsts.  His match-winning 91 against Bankstown in the Limited Overs semi-final on Sunday took his total of runs for the season to 863, a career-best.  During his 91 he passed 3000 runs in First Grade: he now has 3011 - 1371 at 24.92 for Campbelltown and 1640 at 51.25 for University.

During his unbeaten 21 against Bankstown on Sunday, Ben Trevor-Jones passed 500 First Grade runs for the season for the first time in his career.

Liam Robertson collected his 100th wicket in First Grade when he dismissed Bankstown's Aaron Bird on Sunday.  He is only the fourth player in Sydney University's history to complete the double of 2500 runs and 100 wickets in First Grade, after Greg Mail, Ian Moran and John Grimble.  In all grades, Liam has passed 5000 runs and 150 wickets: only Greg Mail, Ian Moran, Darby Quoyle, Tom Kierath and Mark Wilson have achieved both milestones for the club.

Lawrence Neil-Smith, in his match-saving last wicket stand with Ben Joy against University of NSW, made his highest score in First Grade (40 not out).

Jono Craig-Dobson, with 5-29 against University of NSW, earned Second Grade a vital win and captured his career-best figures (and first five-wicket haul) in Second Grade.

Dugald Holloway claimed his 50th wicket in Second Grade (including 12 for Eastern Suburbs) when he dismissed University of NSW's Vivek Kashyap on Saturday.

During Jack Hill's 64 against University of University of NSW he passed 1500 runs in Second Grade.  He also passed Keith Sheffield (3982 runs) to become (with 3998) the 37th highest run-scorer in the club's history.

Sam Wood's extraordinary, matchwinning 82 not out against University of NSW was his first half-century for the club and his first in Premier Cricket (although he scored 50 not out for Randwick-Petersham in Metropolitan Cup).  

Alex Bell's 56 against University of NSW was his highest score, and first half-century, in Fourth Grade.

Brodie Frost followed a career-best Fifth Grade score in Round 12 with a career-best Fourth Grade score (63) against University of NSW - which was also his first half-century in Fourths.

Player of the Round: Round 12

Player of the Round: Round 12

Due to Sydney Uni Cricket's Corporate Golf Day held last Friday, the announcement for Player of the Round and Clubperson of the Round for Round 12 has been shifted to this week.

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Once again, First Grade captain, Nick Larkin, has been named Player of the Round for Round 12 of the NSW McDonald's Premier Cricket Competition with 164 runs against North Sydney. This marks his fourth century of the season, and 14th century of his career. Nick's tally now stands at 8096 runs with an average of 39.88.

Congratulations Nick on earning the Surjit's Player of the Round voucher for Round 12. We hope all of your vouchers have been put to good use!

 

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Over the past few weeks, Ed Arnott has kindly provided his guidance at the Club training sessions, supporting players across all grades. Ed has also taken the time to assist with the general organisation of the Club, from ensuring training equipment is up to scratch to providing strength and conditioning input for the players. 

Thank you for all of you support at the Club and congratulations on claiming the $100 Nag's Head Clubperson of the Round voucher. 

Milestone Monday

Nick Larkin continues to cement his place among the elite players in the club's history.  His 164 against North Sydney was his fourth century of the season and the 14th of his career: only Greg Mail has made more First Grade centuries for the club.  When he reached 68, he became only the fifth player (after Greg Mail, Ian Moran, Ed Cowan and Adam Theobald) to score 8000 runs in all grades for the club.  His tally now stands at 8096 runs at an average of 39.88.

Ed Cowan, with 3-28 against North Sydney in First Grade, collected the best bowling figures of his long career with the club.

Damien Mortimer, in hitting 65 against North Sydney, passed fifty for the 19th time in First Grade (including four centuries).

Nicky Craze continued his outstanding season with 50 in Second Grade against North Sydney, during which he passed 1500 runs for the club in all grades.

Michael Robinson's 69 against North Sydney was his second half century for the club, and his highest score for the club in Fourths (although he has scored 69 in Fourth Grade for Western Suburbs).

Brodie Frost's outrageous 80 not out in Fifth Grade against North Sydney was his first half-century in that grade.

Tom Draca's 3-28 against North Sydney was his best return with the ball in Fifth Grade.

Vince Umbers, with 3-12 against North Sydney in Fifths, claimed the best bowling figures of his career with the club.

Player of the Round: Round 11

Player of the Round: Round 11

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Nick Mortimer has showcased fantastic batting skills over the past couple of weeks whilst making his maiden century for the Club against UNSW Black in the Metro Cup. During this match, Nick scored 161 not out, which included 16 fours and 6 sixes. Nick went on to claim his second consecutive century with 127 runs in Fifth Grade as they faced Parramatta in Round 11 of the NSW McDonald's Premier Cricket Competition. 

Congratulations on being named this week's Surjit's Player of the Round and good luck for the remainder of the 2017-18 season. 

 

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Despite recent injuries, Lewis McMahon has consistently offered to assist with match day logistics and multiple organisational activities off the field. Lewis has been a huge support at Club training on a weekly basis and generously took the time to create the Uni Army hymn sheet. 

Thank you for your ongoing support at the Club and congratulations on claiming the $100 Nag's Head Clubperson of the Round voucher. 

Milestone Monday

First Grade's conclusive win over Sydney at Drummoyne Oval on Sunday earned Sydney University a place in the semi-finals of the First Grade Limited Overs Cup for the seventh time.  University will now play Bankstown at Bankstown Memorial Oval on 18 February.

Liam Robertson has reached 500 runs for the season in First Grade for the third time in his career.

Hayden Kerr, whose rapid 82 was his fifth half-century in First Grade, has passed 500 runs in his First Grade career.

Jack Holloway demolished Parramatta in Second Grade his 4-18, his best return with the ball in Seconds.

Kieran Tate has passed 150 wickets for the club in all grades.

Ned Barnet's matchwinning 5-47 against Parramatta in Fifth Grade was his second five-wicket haul for the club, his second in Fifths and his second in successive matches.

Milestone Monday

Nicky Craze's excellent 110 against Parramatta was his third century of the season; his third century for the club; his third century in Second Grade; and the third century of his grade career.  In the process, he passed 500 runs for the season in Second Grade (a mark reached by only two other batsmen in the competition to date).

Steve Hobson, with 70 against Parramatta in Seconds, passed fifty for the fourth time for the season (but, for the first time, failed to convert his half-century into a century).  It was the 15th time he has passed fifty in Seconds for the club (including seven centuries).

James Crowley's 75 not out against Parramatta was his third half-century, and highest score, in Second Grade.

Charles Litchfield, with 70 against Parramatta, passed fifty in Third Grade for the second time.  In the process, he passed 1000 runs for the club in all grades.

Matt Powys continued his remarkably consistent form with 66 in Thirds against Parramatta, which was the seventh time he has passed fifty for the club (and the sixth time in Third Grade).

Tom Fullerton, with 4-30 against Parramatta in Fourth Grade, captured his best bowling figures for the club.

Nick Mortimer continued his rich vein of form, hammering 18 4s and four 6s in his 127 against Parramatta in Fifth Grade.  This was Nick's second century for the club, his second century in successive innings, and his first century in Fifth Grade.

Max Veltro's 74 against Blacktown in Metropolitan Cup was his second successive half-century and his highest score for the club.

Zohirul Islam's 64 in Metropolitan Cup against Blacktown was his fifth half-century for the club (including two centuries).

Muhammad Ghumman's burst of 4-12 against Blacktown in Metropolitan Cup gave him his best bowling figures for the club.

Player of the Round: Round 10

Player of the Round: Round 10

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Firstly, congratulations to Ryan Danne for his maiden Premier Cricket century during Third Grade's comprehensive win against Mosman, where he also passed 2000 runs for the Club in all grades. Any other week, Ryan would have been honoured Player of the Round, however, we can't go past Nick Larkin's commendable innings in First Grade.

The First Grade captain hit an outstanding 246 from 276 balls, including five 6's and 25 fours, during their win against Mosman. This was Nick's highest score in all grades at the Club, and marks his 13th First Grade century. During this match, Nick also passed 5500 runs in his First Grade career and he is the second player (behind Greg Mail, who has three) to score two double centuries in First Grade.

Congratulations to Nick on being named Surjit's Player of the Round for Round 10 of the NSW McDonald's Premier Cricket Competition. We admire your dedication to the sport and wish you the very best for the remainder of the 2017-18 season.

 

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Over a number of seasons, Catherine Craig-Dobson has very generously volunteered to score for Second and Third Grade on many occasions. Catherine has been a fantastic asset to the Club and is always willing to offer her assistance on game days when we are short-handed.

Thank you, Catherine, for consistently taking the time to support the Club, we are extremely appreciative of your efforts. Congratulations on claiming the $100 Nag's Head Clubperson of the Round voucher for Round 10.