By Georgina Pembroke.
A dominating week of cricket from Sydney University (Uni) across all competitions has made for a welcome start for the club in 2015.
In Round 7 of the Green Shield on Thursday, Uni took on Western Suburbs. A dominating display of batting, especially by Nick Arnold (115), saw Uni post a massive total of 262 runs. A controlled bowling performance followed for the Uni boys with Lawrence Neil-Smith and Aravinth Kushelakumaran finishing with 3-19 and 3-17 respectively. Finishing up early, Uni took the win and earned a bonus point in the final round match. The win was not quite enough to land a home final though, but having placed 5th, Uni now take on Northern Districts in the Quarter Final on Tuesday January 20th at Mark Taylor Oval.
In the McDonald's Grade Cricket competition on the weekend, Uni had a successful round with wins to Firsts, Seconds, Fourths and Fifths. Scott Henry made it look easy with his composed century (109) in the First Grade match against Gordon at Chatswood Oval. In Second Grade Will Hay's amazing form was rewarded when he amassed 125 runs, scoring his first century of the season after numerous 80's and 90's.
Uni also had a strong win in the Triforce Sports Metropolitan Cup with 15 year old Lachlan Carfax opening the batting and smashing a resounding 153 runs at St Andrews Oval.
In Second and Third Grade and in the Metropolitan Cup, Uni is well poised for finals positions, while in all other grades Uni sits within the top 10 and only one win away from potential finals contention.
Uni also made a small gain in the Club Championship and remains well entrenched in the top five behind current leaders, Manly.
This Saturday, Sydney Uni meet with Sutherland in Round 10 matches. Second Grade has the home fixture at Uni No. 1 Oval. All grades are looking to build off the good form shown in the previous rounds. We wish all teams the best of luck!