Team Announcements: Round 11

Team Announcements: Round 11

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SECOND GRADE
Syd Uni vs Parramatta
Uni No.1 10:30am

Steve Hobson
Ryan McElduff
Nicky Craze
James Larkin (c)
Jack Holloway
Alex Shaw
James Crowley +
Tom Kierath
Dugald Holloway
Lawrence Neil-Smith
Keiran Tate

THIRD GRADE
Syd Uni vs Parramatta
Merrylands 12:15pm

Matt Powys
Charles Litchfield
Jack Hill
Ryan Danne
Tom Galvin
Ash Cowan (c)
Ed Arnott +
Jono Craig-Dobson
Sam Wood
Liam Whitaker
Jack Lawson

FOURTH GRADE
Syd Uni vs Parramatta
Cahill 12:15pm

Alex Bell
Brayden Dilley
Lewis Bedford
Tom Fullerton (c)
Michael Robinson
Ollie Thompson
Hugh Farrow
Hayden Storey +
Aidan Peek
Murray Miles
Jazz Rinka


FIFTH GRADE
Syd Uni vs Parramatta
Castlewood 12:15pm

Liam McElduff
Nick Mortimer
Hugh Kermond
Brodie Frost
Julian Dimas
Ned Barnet
Christian Lorenzato +
Andrew Wilkinson (c)
Tom Draca
Jono Phoebus
Max Shanahan

METRO CUP
Syd Uni vs Blacktown
St Paul's 12:15pm

Rakin Rahman
Muhammad Ghumman
Zohirul Islam
Ryan Blayney
Max Veltro
Greg Cade (c) +
Ashwin Kirubanandan
Tom Derrick
Jon Aylward
Prasan Adikarige
Bryan Handunneththi
Tim Synnott

SYDNEY UNI LIONS
Syd Uni vs Reg Bartley
Reg Bartley Oval 1:30pm

TBC

Round 10 Match Reports

Round 10 Match Reports

1ST GRADE

Sydney Uni 7-413: N Larkin 246, L Robertson 66, B Trevor-Jones 59
Mosman 276: J Kershaw 4-41, T Ley 3-74, B Joy 2-53

The coin fell favourably once more for the good guys and the captain swiftly elected to bat on a grassless surface at Alan Border Oval.

A slow start by the opening pair of Trevor-Jones and Larkin wasn’t assisted by a thick outfield and defensive field set. The scoreboard began to tick over as spin was introduced to the attack, the Students heading to lunch at 0/92. Runs began to flow after the break, only for Trevor-Jones to chop on for a well compiled 59. Mortimer came to the crease and batted nicely for 20 before slipping and treading on his stumps, leaving University in a good but not dominant position at 2/180.

The in-form Liam Robertson strode to the middle to join his captain, and the pair went about erecting an imposing total. Larkin found his stride as he passed 100, milking the spinners with ease and square driving the medium pace bowlers into submission. Robertson began to up the rate, playing some savage strokes on his way to 66, as he combined for a 180 run stand with Larkin. Larkin opened the shoulders as he moved toward and beyond 200. Suddenly a declaration within the day looked on the cards.

Larkin powered on, finding strong support from the middle order as he flayed the Mosman attack to finish on 246 off 276 balls - narrowly missing the club joint record of 253, held by JM Taylor and EJM Cowan. The declaration came at 413, leaving four overs to be bowled prior to stumps. The Mosman openers negotiated the period well and finished 0/11.

Coming back on Sunday, the bowling attack knew it would take a full day of effort to dismantle a strong batting line up on a lifeless surface. Good attacks find a way to create chances when the going is tough, and the University quicks were up to the task. A strong wind meant tough work from one end all day, and no one shied away from the toil that was required. Kershaw and Ley bowled beautifully with the new ball, owning their lengths and forcing the batsmen to play. Ley broke through early, trapping Dassanayake LBW.

Ben Joy, back into the side after a brief period in second grade, delivered real pace and extracted whatever variable bounce the surface offered, both threatening to sneak under the bat and also hitting the stickers and gloves regularly. LBWs to Joy and Kerr kept the Students on top and hopeful that a result could be forced in tough conditions. As the ball began to reverse swing, Kershaw was reintroduced into the wind and began to threaten regularly.

Just as Adlam and Pisel had found their groove and looked to be playing toward a draw, Tim Cummins came up to the stumps to the usually fierce pace of Kershaw. As one tailed down the leg side with the reverse swing, Cummins was able to execute one of the finest stumpings in SUCC history. Pandemonium ensued as Pisel had to leave the crease and the belief was firmly there that victory was possible. Kershaw took four wickets with a spell of reverse swing bowling that changed the game. Clean bowling Adlam for 130, then forcing Day to drag one into his stumps, and finally having Keely strangled down leg side (another good catch by Cummins).

Joy was reintroduced with the wind, continuing to bowl with real pace. Hearn clipped one off his pads and Malone took a hot chance at short mid wicket. At eight wickets down and 174 runs in arrears, it appeared there could only be one winner. Stubborn resistance forced Larkin to take the new ball. Whilst it cost a few runs, the hardness of the new Kookaburra allowed Ley and Joy to hit the wicket hard.

Ley continued to steam in with venom, thumping some fierce bouncers into the pitch to a field packed with catchers around the bat. Kerr took a smart catch running toward leg gully, before Ley again delivered a throat high short ball to the number 11, who could only fend it haplessly to Malone at short mid wicket. It was nothing short of elation as Malone pocketed the final catch and the Students secured six incredibly valuable points and moved to second on the ladder. The hardest and most satisfying win of the season thus far, set up by clinical batting and relentless fast bowling in trying conditions.

 

2ND GRADE

Sydney Uni 159: D Visser 50, A Shaw 48*
Mosman 2-165

2nd grade took to the University Basin in what loomed as a top of the table clash against a strong Whales side. After winning the toss and choosing to bat, Uni faced a strong bowling attack on a wicket that made run scoring difficult early on. Unfortunately we did not weather the storm well enough, although credit to the Whales' bowling attack. Darius and Shawry came together and batted well, with D making a good 50 on return from injury, and Shawry contributing as well with anohter red stinker just short of his own fifty. 

The tail didn't wag as it has done many times this season, and we were bowled out for around 160, which was not par, but wasn't massively beneath it due to the tricky wicket.

Lawrence and Dugald came out and both bowled well, and were unlucky not to pick up more than 1 each, with Dugald channelling his inner Josh Toyer after each chance letting out a primal unintelligible scream. Mosman batted well and turned over the strike consistently, ending up cruising to the total 2 down, in what can only be described as a comprehensive victory. Uni will look to bounce back next week against Parramatta and further our position in the race for finals.

 

3RD GRADE

Sydney Uni 7-259: R Danne 108, M Powys 75
Mosman 159: J Toyer 4-31, J Lawson 2-44

Regular followers of my published works will know that on occasion I am prone to wax lyrical when compiling my account of the proceeding Saturday’s play. This would serve to be one of those occasions, so strap yourself in Jack Holloway.

What a day. The Units arrived to take on the 2nd top Whales at Rawson Oval in search of many things, redemption for a tough loss in last year’s semi-final, a chance to cement our spot in the top 6, and that rarest of all things, triple-back-to-back-bonies (something that I understand has never been achieved by any team in the history of the competition [fact check please 5 things]).

Nash was a hard-fought win to the young and after a jittery start to the season, it now appears that the old and young teams are pretty evenly matched, with the extra man being telling in each of the last few rounds. Honourable mentions to Galv, Furby, Powys, Toyer and Tate, dishonourable mention to your scribe who was laughably inept in front of goal to the outrage of old, particularly Furby who occupied his customary position in the aggression chair.

The toss was run and lost, my new year’s resolution, like many January gym memberships and healthy eating plans lasting all of one week. Aadil had no hesitation in sending us in on a soft pitch that promised to do a bit early but then settle down etc and so on.

Openers Hill and Powys got us off to an interesting start, as Hillsy seemed to be facing a nightmare of quality fast bowling whereas Powys seemed to be facing the U/14s, such was his dominance. The run rate ticked along nicely but after Powys departed for an excellent 75, Mosman came back into the contest and the rate dipped to 4 an over which was not expected to be enough on a rapidly improving pitch. Concerns were to prove unfounded however, as firstly Galvin, then your scribe, and Toyer combined with the man of the match Ryan Danne to create a match-winning total of 259 from the allotted 50.

The performance of Danno cannot be understated, his innings was without doubt the finest of his life and after snicking off for a few well-made 30s (both on and off-field) he finally broke through. He was circumspect and did the tough work early which enabled him to flourish and really cash in towards the end of the innings. In a statistic that will no doubt find its way onto his Tinder profile, we scored 113 off the last 14 overs, Danno scored 70 of these with 5 sixes (2 Mail 6s, 3 proper 6s incl 1 “which went to the moon”). It was remarkable ball striking and positive running and the Whales simply had no answer. The unbridled jubilation from the Units after another hard run double to reach 100 is something that I can’t remember seeing before, such is the level of love for the young man amongst the team. Hopefully someone got it on snapchat or something. Shout out to Merv who, after 10 years of toil has finally seen his son make a 100, it’s unclear whether this will impact on his desire to attend future fixtures (hopefully not, he is by far the best clubman in the family).

So, 259 on the board and a shortened lunch break meant that the Units were scrambling to get back from downtown Mosman after tucking into some luxuriously appointed sandwiches. Some extremely positive batting from both Mosman openers and a 30kph southerly meant that bowling changes were made early, and this served to allow Golden Arm Danno a chance to break the partnership and get the Units back on top. The rare twins combined once again in a great partnership (20 overs, 3 wickets, 64 runs, 19.0 rare) and Toyer (rejuvenated no-doubt by switching ends) put the middle order to the sword with some quality fast bowling, including wild, guttural ululations after each wicket which struck fear in the heart of everyone that heard them (i.e. those within 8kms). Tatey was also on-song, and Danno as always went for less than 2 an over. The only blot on the copybook was the last wicket, whereby both batters placed a high value on their wickets to put the boni just out of reach. It took an exceptional piece of fielding from Galvin to grab the last one, and in the end a comfortable 100 run victory was very satisfying.

A trip down to the Buena for a schooner and fines capped off a remarkable day, and I understand a few of the younger brigade ventured out to try and help the hero attain the 3rd C, but unfortunately it was also just out of reach.

Things are tightening up at the top of the table now, with the exception of the runaway eels, which we will be looking to rectify next week.

 

4TH GRADE

Sydney Uni 2-70: A Bell 33*
Mosman 69: O Thompson 2-1, J Rinka 2-15, S Wood 2-16, A Peek 2-18, AJ Grant 2-19

The students were buoyed to return to the adopted fortress Cahill Park for a round 10 clash with the Whales. Special thanks must go to all those who made the journey out to Wolli Creek the night before to do the covers and ensure play got underway on time the following day.

Nash was a free flowing affair with the Nuffies prevailing to continue an undefeated 2018 record. The Julios will rue failing to capitalise on a clear run through that would have sealed the win, only for Queenslander Browne to claim he wasn’t aware of the scoring rules despite it being January.

Nevertheless we were greeted by a soft green seamer, which had the Meds Cartel salivating at the prospect of ball in hand that morning. However, skipper AJG was momentarily dismayed following the toss of the coin, only for the opposition to hesitantly elect to bat, a strange decision to say the least. Whilst fortune may have handed the Units favourable conditions, ruthless execution was still the order of the day in the first session.

Unperturbed by the lack of an aggression-filled Friday night pump up message from Grant or a strong Pepsi, Wood provided the perfect start, crashing into the surfboards of the opening stick to take a wicket on the first ball of the match. From here, it can be said that the pattern of the game continued in a similar flow, with the students refusing to relinquish momentum, rolling through the opposition batting order. Wickets were shared with all bowlers relentless, 2 poles each for Wood, Rinka, Grant, Peek and Thompson. Even more credit must be extended to the bowling attack, creating 14 chances in 26 overs to bowl the Whales out for 69, a total that could have been even lower had the Units maintained the high standard of catching displayed in the previous 9 rounds.

The small chase was made easier by the aggression and intent of Bell, using his feet fearlessly against the spin and slashing hard against any width provided by the seamers. An 8 wicket, bonus point win was thoroughly deserved with contributions shared throughout the side. The Units will now look to carry this momentum into a round 11 clash with a strong Parramatta outfit. 

 

5TH GRADE

Sydney Uni 97: H Farrow 50
Mosman: 120: N Barnet 5-22, M Miles 2-10, S Pathak 2-34

 

METRO CUP

Sydney Uni 6-315: N Mortimer 161*, M Veltro 63, G Cade 32, M Ghumman 26
UNSW Black 243: P Adikarige 4-36, M Shanahan 3-52, J Aylward 2-20

A Metro home game on a surprisingly hot and sticky day against the side one place below us on the ladder, UNSW Black. A test of how we can bounce back after last game. Toss is lost and we are sent in on a green but flat looking deck. As per recent history, movement is expected early and we weren't disappointed. UNSW had a very accurate opener who while not express gave us much trouble with his excellent yorker and sideways control of the ball. 3/30 odd and as a team we needed to decide if we were to have a repeat of last week or regroup and post a competitive total on what would no doubt be a road after the break.

A vital partnership began to develop between mini-Mortimer, Nick, and Max Veltro. Max returns after being out of the side due to our strong depth and has been training hard thus his opportunity in the team. Both guys played really positive cricket and both shared equal amount of strike. A 104 run stand with Max finally departing for a well earned over run a ball 63 including 3 sixes. 

Captain Cade joins Morts and in the context of the match, another partnership is required in the middle overs to assure the tail is not exposed too early. Plenty of singles on offer per over and the loose balls are also put away. The run rate ticks over nicely until the second drinks break. Like a switch had been thrown the break was the worst thing for the batsmen as suddenly the runs started drying up. Many mid pitch discussions and the resolution is to try and fight through it rather than throw it away at this particular road block.

Fortunately things came good in a big way. Morts started freeing up again and scoring freely with boundaries coming at every opportunity. The bowling side were broken as Morts passed his maiden century for the club. Once the milestone was achieved and starting to tire, Morts made the decision to go for broke and unleash the beast, looking to find the construction site at every opportunity. Cade is yorked with a few overs left for a club high 32 and the 135 run fifth wicket stand is broken. Mortimer dispenses the last two balls of the innings for six finishing on 161 not out with 16 fours and 6 sixes. 

The team finishing the 50 overs on 315. Nice! With 315 on the board it's hard not to relax a bit but we decided to go hard early and try to force UNSW to throw up the white flag. Sudden injury to opening bowler Ashwin meant his participation was limited to a few overs at the end so Prasan Adikarige took the new ball. An early breakthrough for Prasan and UNSW are 1 for 0. Tight bowling from Max Shanahan followed, sharing some poles with Jono Alyward. 

At this point being a few down for not many you can either try and shut up shop or simply start swinging at everything and UNSW chose the latter once their Captain came to the crease. Captain Tan played some fantastic 9 iron shots with the ball lofting as high as the nearby cranes on occasion but frustratingly out of range of our fielders. He was joined by young left hander Finklestein who took a shining to Max Veltro's part time offies. 

For a minute or two, it was entertaining to watch but we needed to refocus and not let things get away from us. Ashwin had recovered sufficiently to come on and restrict the runs with Max Shanahan picking up the vital wickets from the City Rd end. Prasan came on to relieve Max and picked up the final 2 wickets in his first over. Prasan finishing up with club best figures of 4-36. Great work from Prasan who has deserved this kind of haul in previous fixtures but has simply been unlucky. 

UNSW finally finishing with 243 off 43 overs. We meet again in a few weeks and I'm sure both teams are looking forward to the rematch after such an enjoyable match. 

We return to Paul's this week looking to put back to back wins together. We line up against Blacktown. The current rivalry with the Warriors goes back to the bitter grand final of 2013/14 where the students took the prize in a rain effected clash away from home. 

Team Announcements: Round 10

Team Announcements: Round 10

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SECOND GRADE
Syd Uni vs Mosman
Uni No.1 - 10:00am

Jack Holloway
Ryan McElduff
Charles Litchfield
James Larkin (c)
Darius Visser
Alex Shaw
James Crowley +
Tom Kierath
Jono Craig-Dobson
Dugald Holloway
Lawrence Neil-Smith

THIRD GRADE
Syd Uni vs Mosman
Rawson - 10:00am

Matt Powys
Ryan Danne
Jack Hill
Lewis Bedford
Tom Galvin
Ed Arnott +
Ash Cowan (c)
Josh Toyer
Liam Whitaker
Kieran Tate
Jack Lawson

FOURTH GRADE
Syd Uni vs Mosman
Cahill - 10:00am

Alex Bell
Brayden Dilley
Tom Fullerton
AJ Grant (c)
Michael Robinson
Ollie Thompson
Rob Browne
Hayden Storey +
Sam Wood
Aidan Peek
Jazz Rinka


FIFTH GRADE
Syd Uni vs Mosman
Bowral - 10:00am

Liam McElduff
Kevin Jacob
Hugh Farrow
Liam Hughes
Julian Dimas
Ned Barnet
Christian Lorenzato +
Ryan Bulger
Andrew Wilkinson (c)
Shivansh Pathak
Murray Miles

METRO CUO
Syd Uni vs UNSW Black
St Paul's - 10:00am

Brodie Frost
Muhammad Ghumman
Zohirul Islam
Nick Mortimer
Max Veltro
Harry Gibson
Greg Cade (c) +
Jono Phoebus
Ashwin Kirubanandan
Jon Aylward
Max Shanahan

LIONS
Syd Uni vs Reg Bartley
Reg Bartley - 1:30pm

Pieter Mees
Angus Stevens
Mohammed Ghumman
Ryan Blayney
Ross Anderson
Matt Freeman
Al Yap
Ajeet Kumar
Prasan Adikarige
Rakin Rahman
Ollie Ottosson

Five Things We Learned from Round 9

Five Things We Learned from Round 9

The finalists have been decided!

That's right, all eight of them.

You could be forgiven for having missed the fact that Round 9 of the First Grade competition was also Round 4 of the First Grade Limited Overs Cup.  Rather like Cricket Australia, the SCA struggles to know what to do with 50-over cricket: it needs to be in the mix somewhere, but squeezing it in presents a problem.  The current solution - to designate rounds of the premier Cricket competition as dual-purpose limited-overs rounds - is as sensible as anything, since it allows each club to play as many of the others as possible without requiring First Graders to turn out on every single Sunday in summer.  But it does rather have the effect that the competition flies under the radar until January when, all of a sudden, it's quarter-finals time.

The nature of the competition being what it is, it's no surprise that the top eight on the Limited Overs table bears a striking resemblance to the top eight on the First Grade table, the only difference being that Manly sneaked past Randwick-Petersham (and a bunch of other sides with two wins) by virtue of a bonus point.  Anyhow, on 28 January, table-topping Campbelltown plays Easts at Raby, while Parramatta plays Manly, Bankstown takes on Sutherland and Sydney and Sydney University meet at Drummoyne Oval.  

Ed Cowan is misunderstood

There are probably still a few misguided players out there who buy the line that Ed Cowan is a dogged, grafting strokeless opening batsman - a caricature of his game that grew out of a period when he was playing under instructions at the highest level of the game.  This always amuses those of us who recall that when Cowan played together with Kevin Pietersen in Sydney University's 2002-03 premiership side, they both hit the same number of sixes (19, since you ask).  Cowan always had, and still has, the ability to demolish any bowling short of the highest class, which he showed in his blistering 71-ball century against St George on Saturday.  Although he showed due respect to a probing opening spell from his Blues team-mate Trent Copeland,  Cowan still reached fifty from only 52 balls, with his square-driving of the quicker bowlers a feature of his innings.  But he raced to his century from the next 19 balls, shredding St George's young spinner Chris MacDougal, whose four overs cost 48, repeatedly lofting drives down the ground.  When he eventually miscued an attempted ramp, Cowan had hit 13 fours and five sixes, racing to 120 from 88 balls.  Nick Larkin played well for 54, Liam Robertson finished the innings in spectacular style with 65 not out from 41 balls, and University's 5 for 324 always looked too much for the Saints, although a furious 83 not out from Jonathan Rose (from only 49 balls) threatened an upset before Robertson effectively settled the issue by grabbing three wickets in his first over.

Manly is doing something right with its juniors

A few rounds back, we commented on the progress of Manly's Jack Edwards, who is now off on duty with the Australian Under 19 side.  His place in the Manly side is being kept warm by 17 year old Oliver Davies, a product of St Paul's Catholic College Manly and the highly effective Manly junior system.  Davies was captain of the NSW Metro Under-17s this year, and has been finding his way in Seconds (where he hammered 167 against Gordon in Round 5).  He earned a First Grade call-up with a furious Poidevin-Gray innings against Randwick-Petersham in which he smashed ten sixes on the way to 163 from 124 balls.  Technically, the match against Wests wasn't his First Grade debut, as he'd played a T20 match in November, but the newcomer played with unbelievable confidence and assurance, stroking 44 from 37 balls with two sixes.  His innings gave Manly the acceleration it needed to reach a total that was just beyond the grasp of Wests' batsmen - although they chased hard until Joe Graham's hat-trick derailed the lower order.

Jarrad Burke probably wishes he had an English grandfather

Another round, another Campbelltown win, another record for Jarrad Burke, along with a few more O'Reilly Medal points.  Burke's 3-16 (and 13 not out from 11) set up Campbelltown's clinically efficient win over Penrith, and in the process he became the 31st bowler to take 600 Sydney First Grade wickets.  Only four of those bowlers - Test captain MA Noble, Blues all-rounder Grant Lambert, Anthony Clark and now Burke - have also scored 10,000 First Grade runs.  The last time a spinner did so well in the Sydney Premier cricket competition, he was hoisted into the Sheffield Shield side and within a year was playing for England.  Burke's representative career never got past three T20 games for NSW back in 2005-06.  How different it might have been if he'd only had an English grandfather.

Experience seems to count for something

University of NSW's Second Grade opener, Danny Bhandari, is old.   Don't believe us?  Well, he's a member of the Board of Cricket NSW, which makes you old by definition.  He's also old enough to have played against Five Things, which means he just about belongs in a nursing home.  And yet, taking on the new ball and a truckload of aggressive, sappy young quicks in Seconds, he has already scored 426 runs this season, at the very healthy average of 47, which puts him on track to match last season's 654 runs.  On Saturday, his dogged 78 almost helped the Bees to upset competition leaders, Northern District.  In the process, he passed 5500 runs in Seconds (no-one has made more for UNSW) and became the Bees sixth-highest run-scorer in Premier Cricket.  We are yet to confirm the rumour that he has launched a Board inquiry into the problem of why young Grade fast bowlers aren't sharp enough to unsettle elderly batsmen.

 

Round 9 Match Reports

Round 9 Match Reports

1ST GRADE

Sydney Uni 5-324: E Cowan 120, L Robertson 65*, N Larkin 54
St George 305: T Ley 3-33, L Robertson 3-43

The students were back at home to start the new year in an important round for not only the one day competition, needing a victory to qualify for finals, but the overall ladder. St George had struggled thus far in 2017/18, but the season has taught us not to take any side lightly in the first grade competition.

With the coin falling in favour of the Saints, the students were asked to bat on a grassy surface that lacked the hardness we have become accustomed to. Copeland broke through early, finding the edge of the dangerous Kerr. The good news ended there though, as a fit and fresh Ed Cowan strolled to the middle. Cowan looked scratchy early on, symptomatic of three weeks away from playing, but was then quickly into his work. Larkin went about setting a platform at the other end before falling for 54. Cowan surged onwards, racing from 50 off 52 balls to his century off only 71 deliveries. His dominant display came to an end on 120, leaving the team in a strong position going into the final 10 overs.

The middle order did what they have all season, icing the cake, to end the overs 5/324. Cummins 24 (23), Trevor-Jones 22* (27) and Robertson an incredible 65* (41) which included three maximums. Anything in excess of 300 is historically a safe total at Sydney Uni, but the nature of the wicket this season has meant big chases are increasingly possible.

The elder statesman, Tim Ley, bowled beautifully with the new ball, grabbing a double break through to reduce Saints to 2/51. Aggressive batting from Saints kept the scoreboard ticking along, with Malone and Cowan bowling nicely in tandem. Malone took 1/52 from his ten overs, leaving St George needing 200 with 20 overs to go. Wickets continued to fall steadily but the rate never got too far out of hand for the visiting side.

Jono Rose seemed to find the boundary whenever they needed it most. Lawrence Neil-Smith returned to pick up a wicket on debut, bowling Copeland who had made a swift half century. Rose then took a liking to the lanky quick, clearing the ropes on a number of occasions.

The captain turned to experience with the game on the line, with the pairing of Robertson and Ley to round out the final 9 overs. Robertson had immediate impact, taking three wickets in his opening over to complete a great all round display. From there, the Student’s held their nerve to finish as 19 run victors - Ley claiming the final wicket to end up with an impressive 3/33 from 9.1 overs (incidentally the final wickets he will take in his 20’s).

 

2ND GRADE

Sydney Uni 4-230: J Larkin 57, J Holloway 53*, R McElduff 44
St George 6-226: R McElduff 2-28, D Holloway 2-55

St George elected to bat on a greenish deck at Hurstville. Opening bowlers John and Joy bowled full and extracted some movement, with John picking up the first wicket caught at mid-off. It was to be a trend of the day, as Holloway replaced Joy and immediately had impact, picking up the other opener in the same fashion. As the heat set in, spin brothers Kierath and McElduff got into their work. They bowled 10 overs without change in an inspiring display of economy and tact. The fast bowlers were certainly thankful when the second drinks break arrived and already 39 overs had been bowled. St George were sitting at 140 at this stage, well behind any par total. Their ‘in’ batsman therefore turned up the heat on our bowlers and deposited anything loose over cover for six in the last 10. Perhaps Joy became too greedy or DHolloway was too wide, either way St George finished with 226 runs and the Uni were pleased to get out of the sun. 

The orders from Captain Larkin were to play with intent and attack the total. Opening batsman Craze would later say that he thought about scooping the first ball. Instead he looped a forward push to gully for a golden duck. Litchfield looked like a new man at the crease, charging the opening bowlers and in one of five attempts hitting him back over his head for four. Meanwhile McElduffwas a rock at the other end, working ones and twos and punishing anything on his pads. It took a questionable dismissal to end the partnership, with Litchfield given out hit-wicket after charging, missing the ball, scrambling back into his crease, and dislodging his own bails in the process. Despite the attempts of incoming batsman Larkin to get a decision reversal, Litchfield was forced to walk from the field. Larkin followed his ownorders and took a liking to the short boundary, swiping sixes and fours from one end. He raced to a run-a- ball fifty, before being caught on the rope, leaving the students with a required run-rate of less than 4 to win. J Holloway came in and struck the ball sweetly, running well with McElduff until the opener was caught short of his ground attempting a three. Salivating at the possibility of red-ink, Shaw strode to the crease and nudged single after single, frustrating St George into defeat. Holloway slapped a few boundaries and reached fifty on the last ball, Uni winning with 7 overs remaining.

 

3RD GRADE

Sydney Uni 5-142: M Powys 47, L Bedford 31
St George 8-140: L Whitaker 3-9, J Toyer 3-31

After a delightfully indulgent 3-week break, primarily spent consuming, the units arrived at fortress Camperdown eager to get back into the season and shake off some xmas mud. Your scribe in particular felt under some pressure, and the skins were put to a full test after apparently “shrinking in the wash” during the holiday season, or something.

Nash as always was a good contest and the sweaty conditions suited everyone who wasn’t marking Josh Toyer. The old had the benefit of the extra man and eventually that advantage paid dividends, with a late soccer goal sealing a hard-fought 2-0 win. Honourable mentions to Galv and Furby, dishonourable mention to the Mattress and his distribution from the back. Your scribe much improved after some time in the hall of mirrors midweek, but still off the pace (see previous comments regarding the xmas break etc and so on).

A green pitch awaited and there promised to be a bit in it early, but it would get better and be a belter later in the day (as there is every week, in every 3rd grade pitch in Sydney). The toss was run and won (new year, new me) and the Units elected to bowl and to apply some pressure early before the temperature got too oppressive.

Openers Toyer and Wood got us off to a solid start and some early wickets and good economy rates meant that the Units were soon well on top. The introduction of Danno and L Newington solidified this advantage before some late order cameos and application from the Saints batters turned the tide. It proved to be too little too late however, and 8/140 from the allotted 50 overs was always going to be tough to defend on a good batting track. Toyer picked up 3, Wood 1 and Leggie 1, Danno miserly (bowled well without luck).

Obviously, the main reason for this was the excellent off-spin bowling of Liam Whitaker. The young man has rediscovered his best form recently and it was on full display as he ran through the heart of the Saints batting line up (I believe most of whom he went to school with, fraternising $$$ bolstering the fines kitty). Liam varied his pace and extracted turn and bounce to which the batters had no answer, 2/0 off 4 becoming 3/9 off 10 straight in a match winning performance that was awesome to watch.

After a sumptuous repast at one of the adjacent cafés, it was on to the chase and the unspoken 30 over target to achieve 7 points. Hillsy, fresh off a prolific Harry Kane-esq 2017 calendar year unfortunately nicked off early, but a disquietingly well-groomed Matt Powys and Lew Bedford set about putting together a strong partnership that took the impetus from the St George attack and left us feeling comfortable that the boni would be attained. Danno and Furby chipped in with Powys but after some good seam bowling from the ageless Steve Wark (who I understand grabbed his 700th wicket for St George trapping Danno in front, congrats on the achievement), the mood of the game changed a bit and the Saints sensed that they were in with a sniff.

Some jitters at 5/107 were quickly (and thankfully) eased when Tom Galvin and your scribe got together and set about scoring the remaining 35 runs as quickly as possible (20 balls I think). A couple of massive horns, including an impressive piece of legside hitting from Galvin meant that the game was won 5 down in the 27th over and 7 points attained. A quick trip back to No1 to watch the end of the 1s match and a few schooners capped off a great day for the club.

Back to back bonies and the season is well and truly back on track. It is now on to round 10 where we travel to leafy Mosman to take on Aadil and his Whales in a rematch of last year’s semi-final. Fraternisation $$$ and a hard-hitting contest await as we battle our old foes in another top-6 clash.

 

4TH GRADE

Sydney Uni 9-179: T Fullerton 68, AJ Grant 38, B Dilley 30
St George 141: S Canagasingham 3-28, R Browne 3-29, A Peek 2-26

The second half of the season greeted our cricketers with some stifling heat and a contest that could well count toward a finals berth for the victor. St George have always proved a thorn in the side for the Sydney University lower grade sides so our best cricket would be required, especially when first class cricketers of recent eras are named in the opposition. Thankfully, initial signs all pointed to a positive day for the students with the Nuffies gaining the right to claim an undefeated Nash record in 2018 and the skipper got the call right giving us first use of the new facilities at Olds Park. 

A disciplined effort was produced by the batsmen, led by Tom Fullerton's 68, and we were able to accumulate 179 from our 50 overs. Accumulate strikes me as the fitting word as Olds Park is genuinely an enormous oval and the boys were required to physically run for the majority of their runs. Five boundaries were scored across the entire innings despite the skipper trying his darnedest to find the rope. These conditions and the ambient temperatures made the compiled 179 quite a competitive total but still a strong effort would be required from the bowlers.

The bowlers produced a sound showing and the pressure largely remained on the saints young batting group across the after. Each of the bowlers worked hard to squeeze the batsmen and forced the false shot on a number of occasions. As the ball softened our bowlers only got better with a shout out needing to be given to Shehan, Robbie "Golden Arm" Browne and Olly, who put on a restrictive bowling clinic. Wickets started to fall in relatively quick succession and the uni boys were able to move through the afternoon and into a well earned song after dismissing the saints for 141. 

Now in the 6, the focus for the coming weeks will be to keep our momentum and push for March with a strong group.

 

5TH GRADE

Sydney Uni 4-210: M Robinson 66, V Umbers 57, J Dimas 46*
St George 209: M Miles 3-40, M Robinson 3-41

Arriving at St Paul’s to an Umpire removing his shirt from the plastic packaging, we knew that it wouldn’t  be a day without controversy. The pitch looked absolutely smashing and it looked that there was going to be runs scored all throughout the day. The late arrival of Islam was ignored by several members of the team and Nash got underway. Rare versus Non-rare Nash, with a few members of the team harshly judged to be rarer than others, much to the disgust of said players. The brand of Nash played was horrendous to say the least. It can really be summed up by the sight of Islam standing in the goals with headphones in trying to get his playlist right for the day. Rare ran out 6-5 winners at the end after a poor defensive start from the Non-rare. Two way running non-existent throughout the game.

The students were made to field, with Johnno grabbing the early scalp after some tight bowling, to start the opening spell well. Miles and Johnno were replaced by Robinson and Draca, with Robinson sliding one on to trap the number 3 in front. The umpire was quick to lift the finger to seemingly give his first dismissal in grade cricket - a special moment. The next period of the game did not go the way of the fielding team. A 40 metre, extremely generous guess, boundary and a pitch that gave nothing to the bowlers, the opening batsmen and their number 4 put on a 130 run partnership that featured some hacking and some undisciplined bowling. It took a drinks break and a spray from the captain to get the students back into gear and back into the game. Some tight bowling from N Barnet and Wilko as well as the heat got to the batsmen and cracks started to show the batting lineup. Disciplined bowling from meant St George lost 8/43, to be bowled out for 209 inside their 50 overs.

After a well earned 45 mins out of the sun, play resumed with Duff and Vince opening up. With the pitch offering essentially nothing now, Uni got off to a good start before 2 quick wickets mean we were 2/39 and under pressure from some constricting bowling from the St George openers. After scratchy starts, respectively, Umbers and Robinson eventually found their groove and put on 104 to swing the momentum back into the students favour. Both Batsmen exploited the short boundary and the tired legs of the fielding team to their fullest, showing a combination of power and finesse throughout their innings. Robinson kicked one first rock off the leggie to depart for 66. The umpiring was once again in the spotlight when Vince was judged caught off the leggie, after he had hit the ball into the ground. The ball proceeded to rebound off the back of his bat and into the hands of the wicketkeeper. It was quite calm scenes was the captain, to the surprise of many at the game and those hearing it second hand, but in the end the students proved too strong. Some power hitting from J Dimas towards the end meant the game was wrapped up with 9 overs to spare and 6 points secured.

Four wins in a row for 5s, allowed for back to back clean sweeps for the club, showing that they can actually contribute to the club championships points tally. The win leaves them just outside the top 10 and with many bowlers and some batsmen starting to find some form, they could be a dark horse in the competition for a place in the Finals. 

 

METRO CUP

Sydney Uni 121: M Ghumman 39
Mosman 125: S Pathak 5-18

First match after Christmas saw Metro travel to beautiful Balmoral Oval to play Mo$man ($35 dollars for parking outside the ground!). Unfortunately on the day it seemed the team was suffering a bit of a New Years hangover with everything being a little sluggish in execution.

Toss is won and we bowl first on a green deck. The field is relatively slow and runs are hard to come by. Each of the early bowlers pick up a pole each before young leggie Shiv Pathak
comes on and demonstrates great control as well as a much improved and wicked wrong'un that
no batsmen was able to read. A wicket in his second over, three in his fifth including a super caught and bowled and Shiva rips through the middle order finishing with 5-18 off 7 overs.

Mosman finish bowled out for 125 off 39.2 overs which in honest assessment was 20 runs too many.

We'll keep things short describing our batting innings because there weren't many highlights.
Frankly we are not batting smart and playing "situational cricket". We must recognise what is happening in the game and adjust our play accordingly. We need to value our wicket more, show a little fight and not just do our own thing thinking the next batsman is going to get the runs if we throw it away. Every player in the team has the talent to make runs from 1-11 and it's disappointing to see potentials not being reached 2 out of the last 3 rounds. The good news is all these things can be addressed down to the man at training in the coming weeks.

We finished 4 runs short of the opposition total with reliable Muhummad Ghumman making 39, skipper Cade 23 and Pathak 16. A day to move on from quickly and start fresh this week with a home game to look forward to and getting back to a positive traditional Uni style of play.

 

SYDNEY UNI LIONS

SU Lions 5-181 off 35 overs: Stevens 62, Ghumman 42, Mees 35* 
Paddington 106: Ghumman 6-10

With temps over 40C at 1pm, there was some mumbling about playing a T20 or calling it off altogether.  But St Andrews looked a picture with a hard deck, and after a bit of discussion between the skippers the ‘we’re here we might as well play’ view prevailed.  Happily, we won the toss and had no hesitation is sending Paddo into the field in the heat.  Special thanks to Andrew Wilkinson, who answered a call at 1.30 to come down and help out (after a last minute withdrawal), notwithstanding the 40+ temp.

Angus Stevens opened up with Oscar Kirk from the Green Shield side.  Angus was suffering from his activities the night before, but still hit some out of the middle early. After Oscar departed without scoring Angus was joined by Mo Ghumman, who we have come to expect runs from.  And they were both savage on anything lose, peppering the short square boundaries.  Next wickets did not fall until 108, when Mohammed departed for 42.  That prompted a collapse, as Stevens went for 62, then both Le Couteur and Bibin Anthony without scoring.  We had lost 4-3. Fortunately Pieter Mees and Ajeet Kumar (14), got the scoring going again, and Pieter (35*) had some late help from Andrew Wilkinson (14*).  Each of Stevens, Ghumman, Mees and Wilkinson hit one six, with the highlight being a back foot smash by Mees over the longish extra cover boundary, pretty much the same spot where Stevens had deposited one off the front foot about 25 overs earlier.  The last 5 overs yielded 49 runs, and Vets finished 5-181.

In reply Ajeet bowled some tidy overs, with Andrew Wilkinson generating a bit more pace and outswing from the other end.  Wilkinson had multiple LBW appeals turned down again Paddo’s left handed opener, Carroll, which caused both him and then Carroll to get a bit heated.  Ghumman replaced Ajeet and bowled one of the openers in his first over, and then Wilkinson finally got a decision in his favour against the Paddo number 3.  At the first drinks (12 overs) Paddo were 2-37, and it seemed that Carroll was the only batsman likely to stand between the Lions and victory. And within a few overs of the resumption Ghumman had put an end to that, with further wickets in his 4th and 5th overs, including Carroll, and then 3 wickets in his sixth over.  Mohammed finished with 6 overs, 6-10.  Well bowled sir; full, straight, skiddy and with a bit of inswing!!  Those wickets included two catches in slips, one each to Stevens and Yap - both sharp catches.  By 20 overs the game was over as a contest.  After that we saw a welcome return to the bowling crease for Ross Anderson, and Oscar Kirk take the final 2 wickets.  Special mention to Al Yap, who bowled 5 overs 0-18, while Ghumman was causing carnage from the other end, and went past the bat numerous times.  Paddo were all out for 106 in the 32 over.  A comprehensive victory for the Lions.

Team Announcements: Round 9

Team Announcements: Round 9

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Congratulations to Lawrence Neil-Smith who will make his 1st Grade debut in a strong line up!

2ND GRADE

Syd Uni vs St George
Hurstville Oval 10am

Jack Holloway

Ryan McElduff

Charles Litchfield

James Larkin (c)

Nicky Craze

Alex Shaw

James Crowley +

Tom Kierath

Jono Craig-Dobson

Dugald Holloway

Ben Joy

 

5TH GRADE

Syd Uni vs St George
St Paul's Oval 10am

Liam McElduff

Vince Umbers

Michael Robinson

Ned Barnet

Zohirul Islam

Ryan Bulger

Julian Dimas +

Tom Draca

Andrew Wilkinson (c)

Jon Phoebus

Murray Miles

3RD GRADE

Syd Uni vs St George
Camperdown 10am

Matt Powys

Ryan Danne

Jack Hill

Lewis Bedford

Tom Galvin

Ed Arnott +

Ash Cowan (c)

Josh Toyer

Sam Wood

Liam Whitaker

Jack Lawson

 

METRO CUP

Syd Uni vs Mosman
Balmoral Oval 10am

Rakin Rahman

Muhammad Ghumman

Nick Mortimer

Ethan Jamieson

Harry Gibson

Jon Aylward

Shivansh Pathak

Greg Cade (c) +

Max Shanahan

Om Prakash Sah

Prasan Adikarage

4TH GRADE

Syd Uni vs St George
Olds Park 10am

Alex Bell

Brayden Dilley

Hayden Storey +

Tom Fullerton

AJ Grant (c)

Hugh Farrow

Oliver Thompson

Shehan Canagasingham

Aidan Peek

Jazz Rinka

Rob Browne

 

SYDNEY UNI LIONS

Lions vs Paddington
St Andrews (Sun) 1:30pm

P Moorhouse

M Ghumman

R Anderson

A Kumar

A Yap

P Mees +

A Stevens

O Kirk

S Pascoe

B Anthony

P Adikarage