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

Calling all coaches... SUCC Coaching Roles 2019-20

Calling all coaches... SUCC Coaching Roles 2019-20

Never fully satisfied with success, even following a season such as our amazing 2018-19 one, our performance department have been busy fine tuning our coaching structure to ensure we continue to improve for the 2019-20 Premier Cricket season ahead.

With that in mind, SUCC are currently seeking to fill key coaching roles for the 2019-20 season.

The Club is looking for suitably experienced and qualified coaches to fulfill a 1st Grade Coach and/or a Club Coach role for the upcoming season. The role or roles will support the existing Director of Cricket to create an environment for SUCC players and teams to achieve greater success in 2019-20.

Check out the roles in the links below.

Please submit an appropriate cover letter and resume to by Friday 19th July 2019.

Notice of Annual General Meeting 2019

Notice of Annual General Meeting 2019

Dear SUCC Members and Supporters,

We hereby provide notice that the Annual General Meeting of Sydney University Cricket Club is to be held on Wednesday 24 July 2019 at The Toxteth Hotel, Glebe Point Road, Glebe from 6.30pm.

This year's AGM will undoubtedly be the most important one in recent memory with a number of significant items to be discussed. We emplore anyone who feels passionate about the future of SUCC to attend.

The agenda for the meeting will be:

  1. Chairman's Address

  2. Annual Report and Financial Statements

  3. Election of Office Bearers

  4. Incorporation Update:

    • SUSF Incorporation

    • Importance of SUCC Incorporation

  5. Infrastructure Needs & Funding

  6. Vice-President Appointments

  7. General Business

The Club will be providing libations throughout the evening to ensure we are all well hydrated during such an important meeting.

Also, please join us for our first major event of the 2019-20 season at…

Meanwhile, somewhere near the World Cup...

While the Australian team slogs its way through the preliminary rounds of the World Cup, three SUCC players are making their own impact on the northern cricket season.

Ben Trevor-Jones is playing for Teddington in Division One of the Middlesex Cricket League. Teddington has a long association with Sydney University cricket, and many SUCC players are familiar with its spectacular home ground within Bushey Park. So far this season, Ben has compiled 279 runs for Teddington at an average of 34.88, the highlight being an unbeaten 105 against Richmond (which occupied 136 balls and included six 4s and a six). Teddington is currently running third in the League.

Sitting at the top of Division Two in the Middlesex League is Brondesbury, which this season has the assistance of Max Hope. So far this season, Max has hit 409 runs for Brondesbury at 31.46, and taken 23 wickets at 16.22. He’s also enjoyed the Richmond bowling - his 58 against that club is the highest of his three half-centuries so far.

Ben and Max turned out for Australian Universities CC (a team selected from Australians playing in England) against Loughborough University in May, with Ben sharing a century opening partnership with Western Australia’s Will Bosisto.

Across the Irish Sea, Damien Mortimer is in good form for Dublin club Malahide. He has started the season with 316 runs at 39.50, including an innings of 83 against Phoenix. He has also been entrusted with the ball on a few occasions, collecting 3-46 against YMCA.