Club Great set for key role as Coaches and Captains are announced for the 2019-20 Season

Club Great set for key role as Coaches and Captains are announced for the 2019-20 Season

Club great Tim Ley has been announced as Sydney University CC 1st Grade Coach for the upcoming season in an exciting boost for the students. Ley first played for University in 2004 and with 339 wickets in first grade is the third highest wicket taker in the history of the club.


Tim is excited to share his knowledge and experience to our current group of players.

“I am very grateful for the opportunity that SUCC has given me to coach 1st Grade under the guidance of Cam Borgas. As a player, I have been lucky enough to be coached and to have played alongside some of the best cricket minds in the world. I plan to pass that information on to our group of players so that we continue to have on field success as a team, develop young men and be a stepping stone to higher levels of cricket. The history of the club is one to be very proud of, and as a group, we will plan to add to it in a positive way over the next few years”

Ley will also be taking the reins of the Poidevin-Gray team with plans to replicate the 1st Grade brand of cricket and professionalism with our most talented u21 players.

Director of Cricket, Cam Borgas was delighted with the appointment. “Tim brings strong leadership, an excellent understanding of the game and knows the club, our players, and importantly the culture and brand of cricket we want to play as well as anyone - he will add a lot of value to our group”.

Chris Blake will also join us as Sydney University CC Assistant Coach. Chris has had a distinguished 1st Grade career with Glenorchy CC in Tasmania and St Kilda CC in Victoria and as such, brings a wealth of experience and expertise to our program.


Club stalwarts Henry Clark and Ryan Danne will be coaching and mentoring our Green Shield squad in the upcoming season and, will bring valuable knowledge and experience to the youngest crop of SUCC players.


Ed Arnott will continue in his role as Club Strength and Conditioning Coach and in further good news, he has been appointed in an interim role as Operations Manager and will assist with handover when the new General Manager commences shortly. 


With 2nd Grade Premiership Captain, James Larkin relocating to Orange, Max Hope has stepped up to lead the charge for back to back flags while Henry Clark has been a popular choice for the 3rd Grade captaincy. Liam Robertson (1st Grade), Ash Cowan (4’s), Andrew Wilkinson (5’s) and Greg Cade (Metro Cup) all continue in their respective leadership positions from the 2018-19 season.  


Coaching structure:

Cam Borgas - Director of Cricket and Club Coach 

Tim Ley - 1st Grade and PG’s Coach 

Chris Blake - Club Assistant Coach

Henry Clark and Ryan Danne - Green Shield Coach 

Grant Lambert - Skills Coach

Ed Arnott – Strength & Conditioning Coach 



1st Grade - Liam Robertson 

2nd Grade - Max Hope

3rd Grade - Henry Clark

4th Grade - Ash Cowan 

5th Grade - Andrew Wilkinson 

Metro Cup - Greg Cade

Not the Ashes

There’s plenty of cricket going on in the northern hemisphere other than the Ashes, and a lot of it involves Sydney University cricketers.

Will Somerville has shaken off the threat of becoming a “one cap wonder” by playing his second Test match for New Zealand, when he turned out for the Black caps against Sri Lanka in Galle. As well as taking four wickets, the former University off-spinner also contributed a valuable 40 not out in the second innings, although it wasn’t quite enough to prevent Sri Lanka from winning by six wickets.

Max Hope is dominating the Second Division of Middlesex League cricket in England. The demands of his day job (which appears to be taking selfies at Lord’s) haven’t drained his energy, and on the weekend he passed 1000 runs for the season. From 30 games for Brondesbury Cricket Club, he has 1009 runs at an average of 48.05, with two hundreds, and 38 wickets at 16.32.

Ben Trevor-Jones is turning out for Teddington in the First Division of the Middlesex League. He’s scored almost 500 runs so far this season, and secured bragging rights when Teddinton beat Brondesbury in a friendly match last Sunday.

Damien Mortimer has collected his first silverware with Malahide Cricket Club in Ireland, as Malahide won the Alan Murray Cup - the T20 competition for Leinster clubs. Malahide will now go on to compete in the All-Ireland T20 competition. So far this season, Damien has 743 runs for Malahide at an average of 41.28 (although his tally of wickets has been static at four for some time now).

Farewell to our General Manager

Farewell to our General Manager

Dear SUCC Community,

It is with sadness that I advise that our General Manager, Dale Bryant, has decided to move on from SUCC after 5 seasons in the role.

Dale joined the Club in 2014. His passion for both cricket and the role was obvious during his interview when he flew down from North Queensland to spend the afternoon watching the SUCC 1st Grade team crumbling to be all out for 37 runs in the 1st Innings of the 2013-14 GF (which Uni went on to win in a thriller). Somewhere overlooking that spectacle at Hurstville Oval, an interview took place with Matt Phelps, James Rodgers and Rob Smithies.

Dale went about servicing the Cricket Club with both professionalism and dedication over the ensuing five seasons.

During his tenure, the Club has seen considerable success both on- and off-the-field.

On-field, the Club has won a Club Championship (2018-19) and seven premierships across the grades (all but 5th Grade). Off-field, he has overseen the development of the Club’s strategic plan; attracted new sponsors including current major sponsor, FDC Construction; guided improvements to the club’s event calendar including the Golf Day which saw numbers triple; ensured efficiencies in operating match days; placed a strong focus on the AW Green Shield (U16) program; created improvements to the club’s website; supported the transition to a new coaching structure; recruited talented people to the Club’s admin office and set about helping them achieve success; built strong working relationships with other Clubs, NSW Premier Cricket and Cricket NSW; and overseen a complex period for ground access with the loss of No. 2 Oval and diminished access to St Paul’s during construction work.

Dale leaves us to take a well-suited position of Senior Match Operations Officer with Cricket NSW, a role matched perfectly to his skills and passion. His final day with the Club will be the 14th August.

Please join me in thanking Dale for his service over the last 5 seasons and wishing him all the best for the future.

Naturally Dale’s departure leaves a big hole, and we are now actively recruiting for Dale’s replacement.  Please be sure to pass on the below details to anyone you think would be a great fit to drive the club forward. For further information on the role or to submit your application, please visit



Adam Theobald

SUCC Club Chairman

The Great Cricket Debate: Ashes Edition

The Great Cricket Debate: Ashes Edition

The Cricket World Cup has now come to its end, and with England claiming the title at home in an exciting final, our attention turns to the Ashes starting in 18 days time. Will England ride the wave of success in to the Ashes series, or will it take its eye off the prize and allow the Aussies to exact some revenge?

With that in mind, we are excited to invite you to THE GREAT CRICKET DEBATE: ASHES EDITION to be held on Friday 2nd August at The Toxteth Hotel from 5.30pm.


Join us as debating (and cricketing) aficionados, Ed Cowan, Andrew Jones, Harry Conway and Max Bonnell clash in an entertaining battle of the minds as we prepare for the start of Day 2 of the 1st Ashes Test at Edgbaston.

Ed Cowan:  Baggy Green #427

Ed Cowan:
Baggy Green #427

Andrew Jones:  Former CNSW CEO

Andrew Jones:

Harry Conway:  NSW Quick

Harry Conway:
NSW Quick

Max Bonnell:  Former SUCC Chair

Max Bonnell:
Former SUCC Chair

Tickets start from $80 and include:

  • 3-hr premium canape, beer & wine package

  • An entertaining head-to-head debate battle with an Ashes theme

  • An Ashes discussion panel

  • Day 2 action of the Edgbaston Ashes Test on the screens

Get a group of your cricket-loving friends together and grab your tickets now. Hurry as there is strictly only 100 tickets available to this iconic event. You do not want to miss this Ashes action.

2019-20 Green Shield Squad Announced

2019-20 Green Shield Squad Announced

It is with pleasure that we announce the Sydney University Cricket Club A.W. Green Shield squad for 2019-20:

  • Luke Boyes

  • Kyal Cruickshank

  • Ashwin Dixit

  • Hirav Gandhi

  • Raphael Giles

  • Owen Hartcliff

  • Luke Johns

  • Avikshit Lath

  • Curtis Mackinnon

  • Gurkeerat Mann

  • Darcy Manners

  • Lachlan Reid

  • Aryan Rodrigues

  • Kartik Sharma

  • Willoughby Watson

The squad will continue under the guidance of Ryan Danne and Henry Clark over the next few months as they prepare for the A.W. Green Shield competition to commence in mid-December.

We thank all of the young players who trialed for the squad this season. There was a lot of talented players and it was a very difficult process for the selectors to finalise a squad of 15.

SUCC in History: Major John Armstrong

SUCC in History: Major John Armstrong


Killed in France 5 July 1916

Major Armstrong of the Royal Engineers  was supervising the draining of a trench on the morning of Wednesday  5 July 1916. The weather, which had been fine, closed in on 4 July and the trenches filled easily. Amidst the noise and chaos of battle, Armstrong  was hit by a shell. He died later that day and was buried in the Fricourt British Cemetery.

This was the fifth day of the relentless Battle of the Somme which eventually lasted for 141 days and which resulted in  over one million casualties. This joint attack by the British and French forces on German positions at Picardy, astride the Somme River, had a net gain of six miles of ground.

Armstrong was born in 1878  in England into a well-connected family. His father was a law graduate of Oriel College Oxford. His maternal great grandmother was Mary Reibey (1777-1855), transported to NSW as a convict but who became a successful business woman and property owner and whose image is now on our $20 notes.  John Armstrong was educated at Sydney Church of England Grammar School (‘Shore’) after his family returned to Australia. Incidentally, ‘Wisden Cricketers’ Almanac’ makes a rare mistake when it gives his school as ‘Sydney Grammar’. At Shore, he was a successful and talented sportsman, winning ‘Blues’ for Rowing (bow seat in the 1st crew), Rugby Football (a powerful scrummager and light-footed  lineout jumper) and Cricket (opening bowler, leading wicket taker, who also batted at number 3).

Leaving Shore in June 1897 with a swag of sporting prizes, he enrolled in Arts at Sydney University but discontinued after First Year 1898.

Returning in 1901, this time he enrolled in the Faculty of Engineering,  sitting and passing a demanding series of first year exams in Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Geometry, Geography and Design and Drawing. He seemed to have found his feet and resumed his sporting career with relish. He rowed in the Sydney University Eight which had an emphatic win over Melbourne and Adelaide on the Parramatta River in 1903 and opened the bowling for the University 1st XI when the Club was readmitted to the 1st Grade Competition in 1902, having been restricted to the 2nd Grade Competition for four seasons.

Graduating with a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining and Metallurgy)in 1904, Armstrong made his way to South Africa where he was Manager of one of the De Beer’s mines in the Kimberley.

When war was declared, Armstrong was already 36 years old but the patriotic call  was insistent and he enlisted in England and was immediately appointed to the rank of Captain on 23 October 1914. He had some military experience, having served in a volunteer force, the Irish Rifles, in Sydney while he was an undergraduate, rising to the rank of Captain. During 1915, Armstrong  raised and trained a new company, the 128th Field Company of the Royal Engineers and was sent to France where he was plunged into active service from August 1915.

Amidst the slaughter on the Somme and the thousands of deaths, there was no formal obituary for John Armstrong.

He had written a short account of his time in France which was published in Shore’s magazine, ‘The Torchbearer’ in April 1916 and his former schoolmates were advised of his death in the next edition of the magazine. His name is listed on the school’s substantial Roll of Honour and on that of the University of Sydney. He has a marked grave at Fricourt.

But, John Nicholas Fraser Armstrong has been all but forgotten by the Club which he once proudly represented.

When you next take out a $20 note from your wallet, pause for a moment on Mary Reibey’s image, and today, remember her great grandson, killed in France 103 years ago.

James Rodgers