First Grade stormed into the Final with a hard-fought but conclusive victory over Parramatta. It will be the eighth time Sydney University has appeared in a First Grade final.
During his innings of 42 against Parramatta on the weekend, Nick Larkin passed 1000 runs for the Club in all formats of the game this season. Including the Kingsgrove T20 matches, he has now scored 1017 First Grade runs this season at an average of 67.80. It's the second time in his career that he has reached 1000 runs in a First Grade season; he hit 1055 in 2013-14.
Ben Joy enjoyed an outstanding afternoon on Sunday, carving three sixes and two fours in his unbeaten 31, which put the game beyond Parramatta's reach and carried him past 500 runs for the Club, a feat which took only ten years to accomplish. He followed up with his second five-wicket haul in First Grade and the best figures of his First Grade career, 5-9 from four overs. He has moved up to become the 13th highest wicket-taker in the Club's history, with 365 wickets, just one behind leg-spinner Chris Elder.
Devlin Malone took his 50th wicket for the Club when he held onto a skied return catch from Parramatta's Tim Ward. It's an outstanding performance to reach that milestone inside his first season for the Club.