ICYMI: Centuries + Uni Games Preparation

ICYMI: Centuries + Uni Games Preparation

Centuries Aplenty!

With 3 more centuries over the weekend, Uni have taken their ton tally up to 15 for the season – an incredible feat for only 6 rounds of competition. And, after another suite of strong Day 1 performances against UNSW, the Students are primed for another free beverage courtesy of the Toxteth next week.

At Uni No. 1, UNSW were left to rue their second decision of the morning after correctly calling ‘heads’ just moments before. Having been sent in to bat and losing a wicket early, the lost toss seemed dangerous for the students, however, a welcome return to form from number 3 Damien Mortimer halted any further success for the visitors. Striking an elegant 143 from 236 balls, Damien occupied the crease with the ever-consistent Ben Trevor-Jones, who scored 87 of his own, for a 226 run-stand. In the afternoon, Hayden Kerr (64 not out from 70 balls) combined with skipper Liam Robertson (44 not out from 39 balls) to punish the UNSW bowlers, before Uni declared on 3/348. In reply, UNSW are currently 0/21 from their 5 overs of batting.

Having chased down competitive totals with ease this season, 2nd Grade were not too deterred by UNSW’s decision to bat first. The slow outfield and aggressively docile wicket offered by the hosts demanded patience from Uni’s bowlers, as, despite the slow run-rate, wickets were infrequent. Kieren Tate led the way with 2/28 from his 17 overs, supported well by David Miller (2/36), Nahir Ghandi (1/49) and Max Hope (1/30). UNSW are currently 7/290 and will likely declare early on Day 2.

After regular outings with the bat, 3rd grade relished their chance to bowl a team out cheaply this time. On a helpful St Paul’s wicket, Henry Clark proved unplayable in the morning, with all 3 of his wickets bowling the UNSW top order. With UNSW in strife at 4/54, Jack Lawson’s legspin ran through the tail – finishing with 5/42 to bowl UNSW out for just 152. In reply, the Students continued their domination with a 101-run opening stand between Matthew Powys (65) and Alasdair Grant (37), before 3 quick wickets saw them finish the day at 3/128.

For a club-wide start to the season that is proving hard to top, 4th Grade put in their best effort with a marvellous display of batsmanship last Saturday led by Club Captain, Vince Umbers. Looking a class above for all but his first ball, Vince was nonchalant, ruthless, composed, swashbuckling – and any other adjective you can think of – as he swung his way to 197 (with 20 fours and 6 sixes). Vince, in his first century for the club was supported well by Matt Moran (43) and Ed Arnott (57) as 4th Grade provided some much-needed entertainment to their 2nd Grade brothers to the south. And despite the agonising closeness of the double century, Uni ended the day in cheers after posting 358 to defend next week.

All but equalling the standard of performance with bat in hand, 5th grade also added to the centurion’s tally. After sharing in a strong opening stand with Bradyen Dilley (50 off 120 balls), Uni opener Hugh Kermond continued on to post a century that showed maturity beyond his years. Scoring 114 from 178 deliveries, Hugh set a base for Uni’s middle order to contribute to the total – with Liam Coehlo doing just so in his innings of 58 from 92 deliveries. 5th Grade finished the day 6/295 – holding all the cards for an impending declaration next week.


PGs Secure Victory Against Saints

After tough beginning to the season, the Uni PGs boys have finally put in a performance worthy of their talent – triumphing against a solid St George team at Hurstville Oval on Sunday. Winning the toss and electing to bat, PGs lost both openers early before debutant and number 3 batsman Matt Moran found himself past 50 before facing 50 deliveries. Combining with keeper Hayden Storey in the middle overs, the pair put on 115 before Storey was dismissed for a vital 52. The final overs saw Tom Fullerton free the arms, as he amassed a quickfire 41 not out from 45 deliveries, and Matt pass 100 – finishing 121 not out from 112 deliveries in his first century for the club, and one that will surely be remembered for its quality. With 265 to defend, the Students bowlers put in a complete performance – led by Dom O’Shannessy with 3/41 from 10 overs – to bowl St George out in the 49th over for 251. Congratulations to the PGs squad and coach, Tim Carter, on an excellent win.


Uni Games Prep Heats UP

As a prelude to their showing at the Australian Uni Games next week, the Sydney University Uni Games Squad will front up against an Army XI in a 30 over match on Uni No. 1 this Friday at 2.30PM. The UniSport nationals take place at the Raby Sports Complex from Monday 26th November – Thursday 29th and consist of two T20 fixtures per day from Monday-Wednesday, before the finals on Thursday.

All Uni patrons are welcome to come down and watch the action!

Round 6 Teams Announced

Round 6 Teams Announced

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2nd Grade
Dave Phillips South
10:30am start

Jack Hill
Ryan Danne
Varun George
James Larkin ©
Dave Miller
Max Hope
Alex Shaw +
Charlie Cassell
Nihir Gandhi
Kieren Tate
Josh Toyer

3rd Grade
St Paul’s Oval
12:15pm start

Matt Powys
James Robertson
Michael Robinson
Hayden Storey
James Crowley +
Ash Cowan ©
AJ Grant
Henry Clark
Jack Lawson
Lewis McMahon
Jazz Rinka

4th Grade
Dave Phillips North
12:15pm start

Vince Umbers
Will Masojada
Matt Moran
Tom Galvin
Tom Fullerton
Ed Arnott +
Lewis Ansell
Sanjiv Khalko ©
Brodie Frost
Aiden Peek
Shehan Canagasingham


5th Grade
Camperdown Oval
12:15pm start

Hugh Kermond +
Brayden Dilley
Zohirul Islam
Liam Coelho
Rakin Rahman
Cullen Hathurusinghe
Andrew Wilkinson ©
Azhar Saeed
Max Shanahan
Tom Hill
Murray Watts

Poidevin-Gray Shield
Hurstville Oval
10:00am start (Sunday)

Ryan McElduff ©
Varun George
James Robertson
Michael Robinson
Matt Moran
Hayden Storey +
Tom Fullerton
Dom O’Shannessey
Charlie Cassell
Jazz Rinka
Aiden Peek


ICYMI: Another Sweep + Former Student Displays

ICYMI: Another Sweep + Former Student Displays

THE FLOOR CAN’T GET CLEANER!

After yet another clean sweep, this time against UTS North Sydney, Sydney Uni have stretched their lead in the club championship to 118 points clear of second place. The five wins on the weekend mean the Students have only lost 1 of their 25 NSW Premier Cricket matches (discounting PG’s and 1st Grade T20s) so far this season – proving the free celebratory beverage at the Toxteth to be a well-dangled carrot in incentivising the record. Here’s how it happened:

At North Sydney Oval, after losing the toss and being sent in, 1st Grade found themselves 2/11, before Ed Cowan reverted the pressure with a lively 38 from 35 deliveries (5 fours and 2 sixes). After his dismissal, Nick Larkin took control to post a vital century, scoring 138 from 144 deliveries (15 fours and 2 sixes), taking Uni’s total to 9/258 after 50 overs. With an all-round bowling performance required to defend a par score, Joe Kershaw led the way with 2 key wickets in his opening spell. A textbook performance from Tim Ley (3/36) was complemented by Devlin Malone (2/34) and captain, Liam Robertson, (2/36) to ensure the regularity of wickets – dismissing the Bears for 193 to secure a 65-run victory.

With a line-up that promised a domineering batting performance, 2nd Grade elected to do just that after winning the toss on a well-prepared Uni No. 1 wicket. However – despite each batsman looking comfortable – a slew of 20s saw Uni tenuously placed at 4/95, before Varun George (85) combined with Dave Miller (38) for a crucial stand that saw the Students to a competitive 8/272 from their overs. After the break, a patient bowling performance from Ben Joy and Charlie Cassell put upwards pressure on the required run rate, allowing Ryan Danne to swoop in and claim 4/21 from his 6 overs. 2 wickets each to Ryan McElduff and Max Hope closed out the Bears’ innings 22-runs short of Uni’s total to make it five from five for 2nd Grade this season. Special mention goes to Tim Cummins, who travelled southbound and back in a hurry – sneaking a stint in the commentary box at Uni No. 1, before being called back to put the pads on at North Sydney Oval.

At North Sydney No. 2, 3rd grade continued their excellence with the bat to post 7-284 from their 50 overs. Alex Shaw’s performance was the defining of the innings, as he combined style with grit to score an incredible 140 not out. Alex was supported well by James Crowley, who made a crucial 48. In defence, Uni were economical, with outstanding performances from Josh Toyer (4/19) and Tom Kierath (2/14) reducing North Sydney to 9/132 from their 50 overs.

On an even St Paul’s wicket, 4th Grade were sent in by North Sydney to find themselves in strife early at 3/32. However, a middle order resistance, led by Michael Robinson (57) – supported by Alasdair Grant (49) and Ed Arnott (46 not out) – saw the Students to 7/206 from their 50 overs. With the small ground demanding a strong bowling performance, Henry Clark led the way with the new ball – taking 3/17 – before the wily spin of Nahir Ghandi (3/26) secured a 65-run victory in the 45th over.

On the picturesque Tunks Park, 5th Grade relished the chance to take in the scenery and elected to bat first after winning the toss. After Will Masojada was dismissed for a well-made 30, middle order duo Vince Umbers (89) and Tom Galvin (73) combined for a 130-run stand that boosted the Students total, before being bowled out in the 50th over for 252. Continuing his form with the ball, Brody Frost took 3/40, while the legspin of Will Masojada (3/35) proved a vital contribution in bowling North Sydney out for 213 for a 39-run victory.

Despite the success on Saturday, PG’s were unable to replicate on Sunday, suffering a 9-wicket loss against a strong Campbelltown outfit. In batting first, the Students managed only 167, after being bowled out in the 43rd over. On the docile second day wicket at Uni No. 1, this was far below par – as the Ghosts chased it down comfortably 1-down in the 35th over.


Former Student Shines in Tasmania

Having secured a rookie-contract with Tasmania for this season, former student Lawrence Neil-Smith starred for his club Clarence, with career-best figures of 8-27 against the Greater Northern Rangers. Initially identified by the Cricket NSW pathways system, Lawrence’s performance will go a long way in his pursuit of a Big Bash debut this season. For a more detailed recount of his day out, see the link below:  

https://www.theadvocate.com.au/story/5750741/hurricanes-teen-stuns-hosts-with-giant-haul/?cs=12

 William Hilder Gregson (1877-1916)

 William Hilder Gregson (1877-1916)

Cricketer, Engineer, Soldier.

 

In October 1898, a young Engineering student, resident at St Paul’s College, scored an elegant 107 against Manly in the first round of the season. Will Gregson was actually playing for the Club’s 1st team but the Club was restricted to the 2nd Grade Competition. Acrimonious  years and a continuing enmity drove rifts between the Club and the NSWCA and some of the other clubs.

In 1898-99, University returned to the Grade competition from which it had withdrawn in 1896, and after the NSWCA withdrew its invitation to the Club to play in the 1st Grade competition. The reappearance was on humbling terms and in circumstances that compelled its experienced players to seek out other clubs.

Gregson had first played for SUCC in 1895-96 (1st Grade cap number 46) and earned his Blue in 1896. Aged 21 in 1898, he was still eligible as an undergraduate and was one of the older University players. He continued until 1900-01 when his season’s aggregate of 694 runs remained the Club’s highest in the 2nd Grade competition for 106 years. Included in it was one monumental innings of 207 as Gregson revelled in and contributed to University’s Premiership that season. He was a dominant, patient, focussed, technically sound batsman whose 1102 runs at 42.4 for University are still figures rarely surpassed.

He was born in Waratah, NSW on 16 April 1877, son of Jesse (1837-1919) and Catherine (1842-1899). Catherine was a widow, previously married to Alexander McLean, Surveyor General for NSW.

Will was Head Prefect at All Saints’ Bathurst where he was first a student in 1888. He matriculated to Sydney University with splendid academic results and was awarded  his Bachelor of Arts in 1898 and Bachelor of Engineering in 1901, graduating as a licensed surveyor.

His profession took him to Broken Hill with BHP, then to USA and Canada. He returned to Australia in 1910 and married a widow, Grace Busby, on 5 February 1912. While he was employed at Manning and Griffiths, surveyors, in Bligh St in the city, the family lived in Spofforth St, Mosman, named for the great Australian fast bowler of the early days of Test cricket. There, their daughter, Catherine Grace, was born in 1914.

By July 1915, Will, spurred on by patriotic fervour, enlisted, aged 38, in 7th Company Engineers and he left Sydney in November.

By mid-1916, the Australian troops were engaged in the dreadful battles around the Somme and Will was wounded at Pozieres in August. Returning to the Front, Sergeant William Gregson  was engaged in the battle of Gueudecourt on 14 November. He had just run out with tape to mark out the ground for a communication trench in No Man’s Land when he was hit just above the knee by a bullet. He was carried to a shell hole because of the shortage of stretchers. In the hole, he was hit again and killed. In the confusion and tumult of battle he was first reported as ‘wounded, missing’. In July the next year, Driver Fernee  wrote an eye witness account for the Red Cross:

  “I saw Sergeant Gregson go into the line at Fleurs…he was wounded. Shells were falling near him and when a party went out later to look for him, they could not find him.”

When his body was recovered, he was buried in Warlencourt British Cemetery.

He was killed on the same day, 14 November, as the renowned satirist H H Munro(‘Saki’), a Sergeant in the Royal Fusiliers, who was also attempting to shelter in a shell-crater near Beaumont-Hamel.

Will’s nephew, Jack Busby, also enlisted, aged 19 in 1916 and Will’s younger brother, Edward Jesse (1882-1955) enlisted in Canada and served, eventually with the rank of Lieutenant, from 1915 until the end of the War. Edward was also a SUCC 1st Grader and when he studied at Cornell University in USA from 1906, he opened the batting for the University’s cricket team.

Will Gregson was the oldest SUCC cricketer killed in the Great War and the only one who was married.

The Gregson family  lived for many years at Mount Wilson, famed for its exotic gardens, in the Blue Mountains where Gregson Park now stands in tribute.

A type of eucalyptus tree (the ‘gregsoniana’) was named after Will’s father, Jesse, and his brother, Edward.

Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day

This is Remembrance Day.

Today the world commemorates the final days of World War I. 100 years ago today, on a railway carriage in a French forest, the Armistice was signed, signalling peace. The guns of war finally fell silent on 11 November 1918. The eleventh hour. The eleventh day. The eleventh month.

And we pause 100 years later during our cricket game to remember all those whose descendants now play for both our Clubs.

In particular, from Sydney University, 15 of our players died in the War. Today we especially remember:

John Nicholas Fraser Armstrong

Robert Barton

Alan Russell Blacket

Norman Broughton

Gother Clarke

Will Gregson, killed 102 years ago next week.

Clifford Dawson Holliday

Roger Forrest Hughes

Eric Leggo

Henry Normand MacLaurin

Alan Mitchell

Roxy Muir

Elliott Slade

Arthur Verge

John Walker

We remember them all. They were once part of us. They once wore our colours. They will never be forgotten.

They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old.

Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them.

Lest we forget.

Round 5 Teams Announced

Round 5 Teams Announced

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2nd Grade
University Oval
10:00am start

Ryan McElduff
Steven Hobson
Nicky Craze
Ben Trevor-Jones +
Ryan Danne
Varun George
James Larkin ©
David Miller
Max Hope
Charlie Cassell
Ben Joy

3rd Grade
Bon Andrews Oval
10:00am start

Ben Larkin
Jack Hill
Charles Litchfield
Alex Shaw
Hayden Storey
James Crowley +
Ash Cowan ©
Tom Kierath
Josh Toyer
Kieren Tate
Jack Lawson

4th Grade
St. Paul’s Oval
10:00am start

Matt Powys
Tom Fullerton
James Robertson
Michael Robinson
AJ Grant
Ed Arnott +
Nihir Ghandi
Henry Clark
Sanjiv Khalko ©
Jazz Rinka
Lewis McMahon


5th Grade
Tunks Park
10:00am start

Brayden Dilley
Vince Umbers
Will Masojada
Zohirul Islam
Tom Galvin
Hugh Kermond +
Brodie Frost
Andrew Wilkinson ©
Aiden Peek
Tom Hill
Shehan Canagasingham

Poidevin-Gray Shield
University Oval
10:00am start (Sunday)

Ryan McElduff ©
Varun George
James Robertson
Ben Mitchell
Hayden Storey +
Tom Fullerton
Will Masojada
Michael Robinson
Dom O’Shannessey
Devlin Malone
Aiden Peek


Lions
Goddard Oval
1:30pm start

Paul Moorhouse ©
Lewis Beard
Jeshwin Prabhu
Kieran McEwan
Pierce Foley +
Tom Aitken
Rob Turnbull
Tim Croft
Ryan Blayney
Kiel Hennessy
Jack Maclaine
Matthew Johns

Metro Cup
Rance Oval
10:00am start

Rakin Rahman
SJ De Silva
Liam Coelho
Azhar Saeed
Cullen Hathurusinghe
Greg Cade © +
Tom Crawford
Shihub Rahman
Murray Watts
Max Shanahan
Murray Miles
Tom Armstrong