Nick Larkin's vital, unbeaten 162 against Sutherland was his fifth century in First Grade this season. That sets a new club record - previously, Greg Mail (in 2009-10) and Johnny Taylor (in 1923-24) had each hit four in one season. Nick's monumental innings took him past 1000 First Grade runs for the season in only 12 innings. It's the third time he has passed 1000 runs in a First Grade season (after 1055 in 2014-15 and 1020 in 2016-17). That places him just behind Greg Mail, the only player to pass 1000 runs in Firsts in four different seasons for the club. His fifteenth century for the club in Firsts kept him second on the club's all-time list, and closed the gap (a little) between him and Greg Mail (32 centuries for University alone). And, for good measure, during his innings he passed 6000 runs in First Grade, becoming the fourth player (after Mail, Ed Cowan and Ian Moran) to achieve this for Sydney University. He has now reached 8276 runs in all grades, passing Adam Theobald (8191) on Sunday, so that he is now fourth on the club's list of all-time run-scorers behind Mail, Moran and Cowan. A massive effort from an outstanding clubman.
Liam Robertson's unbeaten 68 in the qualifying final against Sutherland took his First Grade aggregate for the season to 656 runs, passing his previous best of 608 in 2015-16. It was his sixth score above fifty this season.
James Crowley's fighting 76 in the qualifying final at Hawkesbury was his highest score in Second Grade. In the same innings, Jono Craig-Dobson (44) hit his highest Second Grade score and Jack Lawson (47 not out) surpassed his previous highest score for the club by 41 runs.
Liam Whitaker had an outstanding day in Third Grade's qualifying final win over Mosman. His 4-12 was a career-best return in Thirds, and included his 100th wicket for the club.
Michael Robinson's 55, which turned the match after University had lost 6 for 115 against Mosman, was his first half-century in Third Grade.
The Third Grade qualifying final against Mosman was (by our count) Ash Cowan's 22nd appearance in a finals match for the club. His captain's innings of 71 was his highest score in any of those finals.
Ash Cowan (with 5758 runs) now stands 14th on the club's list of all-time run-scorers, just ahead of Liam Robertson, in 15th place with 5687.