1st Grade - see report
2nd Grade - see report
3rd Grade - SUCC 168 def by Sutherland 7/171 (Shaw 56, Cowan 3/13)
4th Grade - SUCC 209 def Sutherland 189 (Kurtz 75 & 4/27)
5th Grade - SUCC 328 def by Sutherland 8/330 (Mihalyka 80 & 3/75)
Dates(s): 15 and 22 Feb
Result: Win outright after trailing on first innings
Game scores: Sutherland 83 & 174, SUCC 76 & 4-185
Notables: Liam Robertson 4-7, Nick Larkin 81
REPORT details: The weather was the dominant force on day one at Glenn McGrath Oval. Both sides battled to make an impact with the bat and 16 wickets fell in the 51 overs delivered. Greg Mail won the toss (again) and elected to bowl under heavy, overcast skies. The chief destroyer was the Red Fox, Liam Robertson, who found the dark and seamy conditions much like the SCG indoor centre nets in August. The fox collected his best return in first grade of 4 for 7 off 9 overs and Dave Miller, Nigel Cowell and Tim Ley chipped in with a couple each as Sutherland were bundled out for 83.
The plan of bowling the opposition out and then retiring to the sheds to watch the rain fall for the rest of the day looked like it was going to come off, but a slight break in the weather meant the students had to go out and face the music on a now very juicy pitch. We closed the first day at 6 for 56, still need 27 more to claim the first innings points.
The second day saw much better conditions for cricket with early rain clearing and a good, hard pitch available. Sutherland bowled well early and applied enough pressure to force some mistakes from the students tail, we fell half a dozen short of the first innings points and were left facing the prospect of a long afternoon in the field on a flat pitch. Our bowlers were able to make early inroads with Cowell removing Sutherland's two most dangerous players, Jacques and Hughston, inside the first half hour. Mail and Robertson wobbled through the middle order and Jonte Pattison accounted for the last couple, leaving a very achievable chase of 182 in 56 overs. Nick Larkin again led the way, his form with the bat currently much better than his off field banter. Larkin compiled 81 on a very good surface and will be disappointed to have left another century out in the middle, chipping a sweep shot from the part time offie to backward square. Theobald, Mail and Miller got the rest and we had something to show for a slightly sub par performance. Big weekend coming up against third placed Mosman, with the club championship there for the taking, and the one day final against Northern District.
Grade: 2nd grade
Dates(s): 15th and 22nd of Febuary
Result: Win on first innings
Game scores: SUCC 8/274, Sutherland 193
Notables: Will Hay 132*, Ben Joy 6/41
REPORT details: The Sydney University 2nd XII rolled in to the hallowed turf, blurry eyed from the earlier start but all on time, much to the captain’s chagrin. The skies were a complete contrast to the previous Saturday, with not a menacing cloud in the sky, giving the boys hope of utilising all 120 overs of the day to grind out a win against the Sharks.
As has become customary, the elder statesmen accounted for the teenagers in nash, easily repelling their advances and propelling forward with efficiency at the goals manned by Jack ‘low touch’ Hill. Calls for red cards were aplenty, but the promise of a cold beer was enough to satisfy the greying balding men.
Commencing at 4-170, Will ‘skidmarks’ Hay and D-funk strode to the crease, and the youngest man started with aplomb, dispatching the opener with some glorious strokes. A mini-collapse ensued, losing 3 for 10 and a defendable target looking less likely on a wicket that promised runs after tea for any set batsmen. A handy partnership between ‘the only troll doll with devon’ and Josh ‘inconsistent hair’ Toyer got the dents closer to a more desired target. Hayza battled numerous demons to carefully punch full tosses to safety, and was rewarded with a birthday salute to the cats on the hill for a Larkin-esque vigil. After the balder man departed, Billy unleashed, batting with flourish and freedom unaccustomed to, so TK promptly called the innings closed to avoid further dribble from the big man about his innings.
With 270 to defend, it was going to be a challenging afternoon on a wicket that bore little resemblance to the green seamer from the week before. Joy Boy picked up an early edge and was unlucky not to have another with a tough chance going down from TK (allowing the Big Ship a glimmer of hope in the final catches tally). Joe ‘Alex Doolan’ Kershaw and Louis ‘most serious McMan’ bowled tight controlled lines, without a breakthrough. Tom ‘pebbles’ Kierath snared an important wicket, adding weight to the old adage of not playing for turn. Tizzler was overly aggressive as usual, and overly aggrieved when lbw shouts were turned down. Not liking to be driven, he resorted to bumping everybody instead. This trend continued into the spell before tea, and was eventually rewarded with a wicket for his 20th bumper just before the tea break.
At 3-160, the game was in the balance post-tea. TK then grabbed wicket number 399, before BJ claimed 5 of the last 6 wickets - uncharacteristic given the lighter shade of the wicket, but thoroughly deserved. A combination of tight bowling, good fielding and interesting shot selection eventually saw the good guys come home with the 6 points.