Milestone Monday

The match against Sydney was Tim Ley’s 200th appearance in Sydney First Grade (18 of which were for Eastern Suburbs).

Liam Robertson hit his fourth First Grade century, a dominant, match-winning 105 against Sydney. During this innings he passed 3000 runs in First Grade, becoming the 17th player to reach that milestone for Sydney University. He also took his tally for the club in all grades to 5905, passing Ash Cowan to become the 12th highest run scorer in the club’s history.

When he caught Sydney’s Ben Manenti on Saturday, First Grade keeper, Tim Cummins, passed 50 dismissals for the club in Firsts: he now has 45 catches and 7 stumpings. He has been placed on Milestone Watch for next week, as his three catches on Saturday took him to 249 dismissals in his First Grade career (215 caught and 34 stumped - rather a lot of them for Penrith).

Hayden Kerr has been selected to make his Futures League debut for ACT/NSW Country in the match against Western Australia starting today.

Nick Walker’s 104 not out against Sydney was his first century for Sydney University, his fourth in Second Grade and his sixth altogether in Premier Cricket (the others being made for University of NSW).

Charlie Cassell followed his rapid 70 not out (his first fifty for the club, struck from only 59 balls) with his best bowling figures for the club - 4-19 in the Second Grade match agaisnt Sydney.

Jack Lawson returned his best bowling figures in Second Grade, taking 4-42 against Sydney.

During his innings of 37 against Sydney, Steve Hobson passed 2500 in Second Grade for the club. He now has 3693 runs in all grades, passing Rob Crittenden (3664) to move into 44th place on the club’s list of run-scorers.

Jazz Rinka followed his first wicket in Third Grade with four more, taking 5-35 against Sydney - his second five wicket haul for the club. It included his 50th wicket for the club.

During his innings of 22 against Sydney, Jack Hill passed 1500 runs for the club in Third Grade.

Tom Fullerton, with 59 against Sydney in Fourth Grade, posted his third half-century for the club, as well as passing 500 runs for the club in all grades.

Brodie Frost’s ridiculous figures of 3-1 against Sydney (from four legal deliveries and a wide) were his best for the club in Fifth Grade.

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The weekend rain put a stop to cricket in most parts of Sydney, but couldn’t slow down Varun George. Varun hit his first century for the club (111 not out, from 125 balls, with 11 fours and 4 sixes) to help steer Second Grade to an impressive victory over Eastern Suburbs. It was Varun’s fourth Premier Cricket century, and fourth in Second Grade (the other three being scored when he was with Mosman). His unbeaten 83 against Bankstown the following day was his first half-century in Poidevin-Gray matches.

James Larkin shared a third-wicket stand of 110 with Varun George in the Second Grade match against Easts. His 55 was the ninth time he has passed fifty in Second Grade (including one century), and during his innings he passed 1000 runs in Seconds and 3000 runs in all grades for the club.

David Miller, with 42 in Second Grade, took his tally of runs in all grades to 4077, passing Chris Williams (4035) and Peter Hamblin (4066) to move into 35th place on the club’s list of run-scorers.

In Fifth Grade, Tom Hill’s 5-27 almost forced a win for University and gave him his first five-wicket haul for the club.

Milestone Monday

Tim Ley now stands alone in fourth place on the club’s list of First Grade wicket-takers. When he bowled Easts’ Baxter Holt on Saturday, he took his 321st First Grade wicket for the club, moving past Peter James.

In taking 6-73 against Easts on Saturday, Devlin Malone captured five wickets in a First Grade innings for the fifth time in his career. He also claimed his 100th wicket for the club in all grades, and became the leading wicket-taker in this season’s First Grade competition to date.

With his dismissal of Easts’ Jack Remond on Saturday, Josh Toyer collected his 200th Second Grade wicket for the club. Only two other bowlers have ever reached this milestone in the club’s long history: Chris McRae (220) and Tom Kierath (211).

Only 198 Second Grade wickets behind Toyer is Charlie Cassell who took his first wickets in Seconds on his debut, against Easts, on Saturday.

Hayden Storey’s 100 against Easts was his second century for the club and his first in Third Grade. He passed 500 runs for the club during his innings.

Jack Hill, with his 92 against Easts, recorded his tenth score above fifty in Third Grade (including three hundreds) and passed 1500 runs in that grade. It was the second time he has been dismissed in the nineties in Thirds.

Lewis Ansell made his first appearance in Fourth Grade.

William Masojada marked his first game for the club with a maiden half-century, 60 against Easts in Fifth Grade. In the same innings, both Zohirul Islam (72) and Liam Coelho (44) hit his highest Fifth Grade score.

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Sydney University won all five Premier Cricket matches against Manly-Warringah on Saturday: as far as we can tell, this is the first time the club has completed a clean sweep of the reigning Club Champions.

When Tim Ley dismissed Manly opener Tim Doonan on Saturday, he claimed his 320th First Grade wicket for the club, drawing level with Peter James in fourth place on the club’s list of wicket-takers in the top grade. Only Mick O’Sullivan (652), John Grimble (382) and Ian Moran (337) are now ahead of him.

Ed Cowan, who hit a sparkling 69 in First Grade on Saturday, has moved into the top 100 run-scorers in the history of the First Grade competition. He now has 7350 runs in First Grade, placing him 91st on the competition’s list of run-scorers - an especially impressive performance in light of the amount of time he has spent on Test and State duty, and his seasons in Tasmania.

Liam Robertson’s lively 50 against Manly in First Grade took his tally of runs in all grades for the club to 5800, taking him past Tom Jenkins (5778) and Phil Logan (5781), so that he now stands in 13th place on the club’s all-time list of run scorers in all grades.

Ryan McElduff’s 63 against Manly was his first half-century in First Grade.

Nick Walker made his debut for the club in First Grade’s match with Manly. He has previously played 92 First Grade matches for University of NSW, but his performance on Saturday, when he held five catches behind the stumps, is the first time in his career he has taken five in a First Grade innings.

In Second Grade, Varun George made his debut for the club, and Dominic O’Shannessy made his first appearance in a Grade match, having previously played AW Green Shield for the club.

Steve Hobson, with 122 against Manly, hit his 12th century for the club. It was his third century in Third Grade (where his career average now stands at 60.70), leaving him just one behind the joint record-holders, Nick Ridley, Bruce Collins and Jack Everett. His innings took his tally of runs in all grades to 3656, and he passed Ed Quoyle (3555), Huw McKay (3574) and Peter Gannon (3597) to move into 45th place on the club’s list of run-scorers.

Jack Hill, during his 37 against Manly in Thirds, took his tally of runs to 4059, moving past Dave Miller and Chris Williams to move to 35th on the club’s list of run-scorers.

Nihir Gandhi (4-35) and Charlie Cassell (2-45) each made his club debut in the Third Grade match against Manly, and each took his first wickets for the club.

Jazz Rinka made his Third Grade debut in the match against Manly.

In Fourth Grade, Murray Watts, Tom Hill and Sanjay Ananadarajah all made their debut for the club, and all took their first wickets.

Lewis Ansell made his club debut in the Fifth Grade match against Manly, and celebrated with a maiden half-century (65).

SJ deSilva hit his first half-century for the club (61) in the Metropolitan Cup match against Gordon.