Lawrence Neil-Smith, SUCC First Grade cap 757, became the club’s latest first-class cricketer when he made his Sheffield Shield debut for Tasmania against Western Australia at the WACA last Thursday. Neil-Smith took his first wicket from the last ball of his ninth over, when he had Josh Philippe caught at mid-on, and he finished the innings with 3-81. He followed that effort with a vital 39 not out, sharing a ninth wicket partnership of 111 with Tim Paine, and two more wickets in the second innings. He has become the third player (after Ed Cowan and Cam Hawkins) to reach first-class cricket after playing for the Sydney University AW Green Shield team.
In the Shield match at the Gabba, Nick Larkin played his 50th innings in first-class cricket.
Liam Robertson was unavailable for the first day of the First Grade match against Randwick-Petersham because he was attending the wedding of former SUCC batsman Will Hay. On the second day, he passed Hay’s tally of 6525 runs, becoming the eighth batsman in the club’s history to pass 6500 runs in all grades and the seventh highest run-scorer in the club’s history.
When he caught Randwick-Petersham’s Shaun Eaton from Hayden Kerr’s bowling, Tim Cummins completed his 300th dismissal in First Grade (259 caught and 41 stumped). The T20 match against Blacktown was Tim’s 250th Premier Cricket match (in all grades)..
Hayden Kerr’s 51 against Randwick-Petersham took him past 3500 runs for the club in all grades. He is the 48th batsman to pass that milestone for Sydney University. His 84 against Blacktown on Sunday was his third score above fifty in the Premier Cricket T20 competition.
Devlin Malone claimed his 150th First Grade wicket for the club when he had Jordan Gauci stumped by Tim Cummins in the T20 game against Blacktown on Sunday.
During his innings of 18 against Blacktown in Sunday’s T20 match, Nick Walker passed 2000 runs in First Grade (1585 of them for University of NSW).
During his innings of 18 against Randwick-Petersham, Dugald Holloway passed 500 runs in First Grade (including 19 in his one innings for Eastern Suburbs).
Daniel Van der Merwe (2-46) took his first wickets for the club in Second Grade against Randwick-Petersham on Saturday.
Alex Shaw’s 56 against Randwick-Petersham on Saturday was his first half-century in Second Grade.
Murray Watts routed Randwick-Petersham with 6-22 in Third Grade, his best bowling figures for the club and the second time (both in Thirds) he has taken five wickets in an innings.
Ed Arnott held six catches behind the stumps in Randwick-Petersham’s first innings in Third Grade. This equalled his career-best performance; he also held six in an innings in Thirds against Hawkesbury back in 2012-13. It’s the second time he has come close to the club Third Grade record of seven catches in an innings, set by Steve McKay against Western Suburbs in 1986-87.
Liam Coelho reached fifty for the first time in Fourth Grade, and may very well have converted it into a hundred had Fourths not passed Randwick-Petersham, with two wickets down, when he was not out on 94.
Brayden Dilley, with a patient 62 not out against Randwick-Petersham, posted his eighth half-century for the club, and his third in Fourth Grade.