A hard slog during the middle session for the Students saw Bankstown push ahead to 3-183 runs with only a late wicket to the wily Greg Mail the only momentum of brightness for Uni.

Mail claimed Mitch Brown for 62 runs from 127 balls, caught at cover by skipper Nick Larkin.

Uni have used seven bowlers in an attempt to make the breakthrough and preserve the energy of the top-line attack.

Ben Joy (1-36) has been sensational all day, looking dangerous and extracting pace and bounce from the lifeless Bankstown Oval pitch.

Malone the other wicket-taker with 1-38 from 14 overs).

Uni will push ahead in the search for wickets this afternoon.

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