Milestone Monday

Milestone Monday

Sydney University’s dominant win over Penrith in Sunday’s quarter-final places the club in the First Grade Limited Overs competition semi-final for the eighth time. The semi-final will be played against Gordon at University Oval next Sunday.

Ash Cowan has become the thirteenth batsman in the club’s history to reach 6000 runs in all grades. He now has 6014: 40 in Firsts, 1018 in Seconds, 2569 in Thirds; 1733 in Fourths; 593 in Fifths; 29 in Metropolitan Cup; and 32 in Poidevin-Gray. It would have done justice to his career as a whole had he reached the milestone with his signature lofted straight drive; as it happened, though, his 6000th run came from a thick inside edge that escaped for a single after bouncing off the square leg umpire. Early indications are that this is the first time anyone has reached 6000 runs for the club by hitting an umpire: investigations continue.

Damien Mortimer laid the foundation for the quarter-final win with an outstanding 129 not out from 130 deliveries against Penrith. It was his seventh First Grade hundred (including one for Campbelltown-Camden). During his innings, he passed 2500 runs for the club, all of them in First Grade. He became the 28th player to score 2500 runs for University in the First Grade competition: of the players who have reached that mark, only NSW representatives Greg Mail, Rod Davison and Eric Barbour have averages higher than Damien’s 46.96.

Devlin Malone has become the first player this season to take 50 wickets in First Grade across the three competition formats. Devlin took his 50th wicket when he bowled Ryan Gibson during his dominant spell of 5-34 in the Limited Overs quarter-final win over Penrith. It was the fifth time this season that Devlin has taken five wickets in an innings, and the ninth time in his First Grade career (including twice for Sutherland). It’s the first time Devlin has taken fifty wickets in a First Grade season, and the first time a leg-spinner has taken fifty First Grade wickets for University since Walter Stack (who played seven first-class matches for NSW) managed the feat in successive seasons, 1911-12 and 1912-13. Overall, it’s only the 19th time a bowler has taken 50 First Grade wickets in a season for Sydney University.

Ed Cowan lit up the Limited Overs quarter final against Penrith with his spectacular 89 from 70 balls, including no fewer than eight 6s. He continues to climb up the ladder of all-time run-scorers in the First Grade competition: he has now passed Jack Giffen (7607), Andrew Sainsbury (7615), former NSW all-rounder Ted Cotton (7620) and University of NSW opener Greg Livingstone (7628) and is in 77th place with 7660 runs. It’s worth bearing in mind that most of the players on this list had long careers in Grade cricket without too many interruptions from representative cricket, while Ed had a long first-class career that included 18 Tests and several seasons in Tasmania.

Ryan McElduff, with 3-34, collected his best First Grade bowling figures in Sunday’s quarter-final against Penrith.

Liam Robertson’s appearance in the Limited Overs quarter-final against Penrith was his 48th appearance in a final (5 in Poidevin-Gray, 6 in Second Grade, one in Third Grade, 14 in the T20 competition, 13 in the First Grade Limited Overs competition and 9 in the regular First Grade competition). He is almost certain to play his fiftieth final this season, but still has some way to go, however, before he catches Tom Kierath, who has played in 52 finals matches (7 in Firsts, 10 in T20, 9 in the First Grade Limited Overs, 22 in Seconds, 2 in Thirds and 2 in Metropolitan Cup).

Tim Cummins held five catches in Gordon’s innings in First Grade at Chatswood on Saturday, after hitting 80 in University’s innings. His half-century was the fifteenth of his First Grade career (including one century). It was the second time he has competed five dismissals in an innings for the club (the last occasion being in last year’s Grand Final); he also achieved this once for Penrith (against Randwick-Petersham in 2012-13). He now has 44 dismissals for the season, which is the sixth-highest total recorded by any Sydney University keeper in First Grade.

Max Hope’s 78 against Gordon was the sixth score of fifty or more in his Second Grade career (including one century).

James Robertson’s 55 against Gordon in Fifth Grade was his second successive half-century and his third for the club.

Shehan Canagasingham picked up three wickets in Fifth Grade’s win over Gordon, which you’d expect, but didn’t bat. Usually that would be totally boring information, except that it means that after 13 rounds, Shehan has still not been dismissed this season. Can he get through the season without losing his wicket? We’ll be watching.

Milestone Monday

Milestone Monday

Tom Kierath has passed 500 wickets for the club. Only six other players (James Rodgers, Mick O’Sullivan, Chris McRae, Michael Farrow, Tim Ley and Terry Murphy) have reached this milestone since the commencement of Grade cricket in 1893-94, although three other players (Tom Garrett, Joseph Coates and Monty Faithfull) also took over 500 wickets in the years before Grade cricket. Tom actually collected his 500th wicket against Bankstown back in Round Nine, but it passed unnoticed due to a slip in the club’s records (some of his early T20 wickets had not been included in his career figures, although these are now recognised as First Grade wickets). A recount shows that he has now taken 216 wickets in First Grade; 211 in Seconds; 37 in Thirds; 14 in Fourths; 25 in Metropolitan Cup; and one in Poidevin-Gray, for a total of 504.

Damien Mortimer passed 500 runs for the season during his excellent 71 against Gordon in First Grade on Saturday. It was the 26th time he has passed fifty in First Grade (including six centuries).

Tim Cummins’ 80 against Gordon was his 15th score of fifty or more in First Grade (including one century).

A week after recording career-best bowling figures, Dugald Holloway posted his first half-century in First Grade, with 63 against Gordon.

Nihir Gandhi, with 4-25 against Gordon in Second Grade, returned his career-best figures for the club.

Max Hope has passed 1000 career runs in Second Grade.

Murray Watts captured his career-best figures for the club, with 4-10 against Gordon in Third Grade.

And we have three players on Record Watch:

Josh Toyer’s 4-35 against Gordon took him to 218 career wickets in Second Grade. He’s now only two wickets short of the club record of 220, taken by inswing bowler Chris McRae between 1972 and 1987. Next week maybe? No pressure.

Ash Cowan has taken his tally of runs for the club in all grades to 5998. Only eleven players have scored 6000 runs for the club.

Milestone Monday

Hayden Kerr hit his first half-century in the Futures League, smashing 72 from only 54 balls for ACT/NSW Country against the Cricket Australia XI at Blacktown last Tuesday.

Joe Kershaw, with 6-45 against Penrith, claimed his best bowling figures and first five-wicket haul in First Grade. His nine wickets for the game was also a career-best First Grade performance. It was the second time he has taken five in an innings for the club.

Dugald Holloway, with 5-44 in Penrith’s second innings, also claimed his best bowling figures and first five-wicket haul in First Grade. It was his third five-wicket haul for the club in all grades.

In the course of his matchwinning double of 43 and 65 against Penrith in Firsts, Ryan McElduff passed 500 runs for the club this season.. He now has 592 (327 in Firsts, 133 in Seconds and 132 in Poidevin-Gray).

Ben Trevor-Jones has passed 500 runs for the season.

Nick Walker’s 100 against Penrith was his second century for the club (both in Seconds). It was his seventh Premier Cricket century, and his fifth in Second Grade. During his innings he passed 500 runs for the season, 500 runs for the club, and 4000 runs in Premier Cricket (including 3554 for University of NSW).

Steve Hobson has passed 4000 runs for the club in all grades.

Ryan Danne’s 5-18 against Penrith in Second Grade was his first five-wicket haul for the club in any grade.

Kieran Tate, after his 3-21 against Penrith, remains the leading wicket-taker in the Second Grade competition, with 29, three ahead of Penrith’s Kain Balgowan.

Michael Robinson’s 62 against Penrith was his sixth half-century for the club and his fourth in Fourth Grade.

Murray Watts, with 3-27 against Penrith, collected his best bowling figures in Fourth Grade.

Milestone Monday (on a long-weekend Tuesday)

Nick Larkin hit his 17th First grade century against Campbelltown-Camden on Saturday. Only Greg Mail (30) has scored more for Sydney University. It was his first hundred in the top grade against Campbelltown-Camden, and the third time he has made 138 in Firsts.

Devlin Malone remains the leading wicket-taker in the First Grade competition, with 36 (not including T20 wickets). On Monday, Devlin took 2-10 for NSW Metro against the Cricket Australia XI in a Futures League T20 match, his first Futures League wickets.

Hayden Kerr also took his first Futures League wickets on Monday, taking 2-15 for ACT/NSW Country in the T20 match against Queensland.

On Saturday, Liam Robertson took his total of First Grade runs to 3314, passing Will Hay (3307) to become the 12th highest run scorer in Firsts in the club’s history.

After his 4-21 on Saturday against Campbelltown-Camden, Kieran Tate is now the leading wicket-taker in this year’s Second Grade competition, with 26 at 17.35. Charlie Cassell, whose 3-35 took him to 23 wickets in Seconds, is third.

Nick Walker’s 86 against Campbelltown-Camden was his 14th innings above fifty in Second Grade (including four centuries).

Ben Trevor-Jones’ 54 against Campbelltown-Camden was his eighth innings above fifty in Second Grade (including one century).

Fourth Grade has lost only six wickets in the course of winning its last three matches. This is not a team in which you want to be picked to bat at six.

Michael Robinson, with 4-23 against Campbelltown-Camden in Fourth Grade, returned his best bowling figures for the club.

Hayden Storey’s 72 not out in Fourth Grade was his fifth half-century for the club (including two centuries).

James Robertson’s 78 against Campbelltown-Camden in Fifth Grade was his second half-century for the club.

Brayden Dilley’s 53 against Campbelltown-Camden was his seventh half-century for the club.

Milestone Monday

Milestone Monday

Devlin Malone’s 5-86 against Randwick-Petersham was his fourth five wicket haul of the season, his seventh of the season and the ninth of his First Grade career. He remains the leading wicket-taker in this season’s First Grade competition, with 35 - three ahead of Penrith’s Ryan Smith.

Hayden Kerr reached his maiden First Grade century on Sunday, smashing 133 against Randwick-Petersham. It was the highest of his three centuries for the club, and the twelfth time he has passed fifty in First Grade. During his innings, he passed 500 runs for the season for the second time in First Grade, and he also passed 3000 runs for the club in all grades. His innings included a remarkable nine 6s - only two short of equaling John Saint’s University record of eleven sixes in an innings at Petersham Oval (set back in 1995).

Also on Sunday, Varun George hit 48 in his first First Grade innings for the club, his highest First Grade score (he played 14 First Grade innings for Mosman).

Tim Cummins has passed 3500 runs in First Grade (2792 of them for Penrith).

Will Masojada marked his Third Grade debut with a brilliant 94 from only 85 balls - his third and highest half-century for the club.

Charles Litchfield, with 95 against Randwick-Petersham, passed fifty for the eleventh time for the club (including three centuries). It was the third time he has been dismissed in the 90s for the club.

By popular demand, we find it necessary to bring you up to date with Henry Clark’s Fourth Grade bowling average. On Saturday, he took 4-24 against Randwick-Petersham which, in ordinary circumstances, would be just fine, even good. These are not ordinary circumstances. The effect of that performance was that his Fourth Grade average for the season rose from 4.33 to 5.00, while his career Fourth Grade average rose from 5.50 to 5.58. Are standards slipping? You decide.

Ned Barnet made his debut in Fourth Grade.

Andrew Wilkinson, with 4-12 against Randwick-Petersham, collected his best bowling figures in Fifth Grade.

Brayden Dilley has passed 1000 runs for the club in all grades.

On Saturday in Fifth Grade, Shehan Canagasingham scored 0 not out. Which isn’t all that interesting, except that he has now played ten matches this season, and eight innings, and is still yet to be dismissed. Can he go through the season unbeaten? Watch this space.

Milestone Monday

Milestone Monday

Ed Cowan ticked off several milestones during his blazing 85 at Bankstown on Saturday. He took his total runs in all grades for the club to 8775, passing Ian Moran to become the second highest run-scorer for the club (Greg Mail sits in first place with 10,247) in all grades. He also became the third player (after Mail and Moran) to pass 7500 runs in First Grade for the club. He became the 80th player in the history of the Sydney First Grade cricket competition to reach 7500 runs, and during his innings he passed former Test players Graeme Beard and John Dyson (a former Sydney University captain) and North Sydney’s Jack Brian, so that he’s now the 77th highest run scorer in the history of the competition.

Devlin Malone remains the leading wicket-taker in this season’s First Grade competition - his three wickets on Saturday took him to 30, one ahead of Penrith’s Ryan Smith. This doesn’t include his ten wickets in the T20 competition.

Charlie Cassell, with 5-35 against Bankstown in Seconds, took his first five-wicket haul for the club.

Matt Moran made his Second Grade debut for the club against Bankstown and, with 2-33, took his first Second Grade wickets.

During his 55 against Bankstown, Ben Trevor-Jones passed 1500 runs in Second Grade (816 of which were scored for Hawkesbury).

James Larkin’s rapid 57 against Bankstown was the tenth time he has passed fifty in Second Grade (including one century).

AJ Grant’s matchwinning 86 against Bankstown was his highest Third Grade score. During his innings, he passed 3500 runs for the club in all grades.

Before Saturday, Henry Clark’s career bowling figures in Fourth Grade were 17 wickets for 101 runs - average 5.94. Ridiculously, he further reduced that average on Saturday, taking 3 for 9 from his 10 overs against Bankstown. He now has 20 wickets in Fourths at an average of 5.50.

Milestone Monday

Wins over Mosman in Firsts and Seconds, and a strong start by Green Shield, has given the club a powerful position at the Christmas break: first in the Club Championship, first in First Grade and first in Seconds. At the half-way point of the season, Devlin Malone (with 27) is the leading wicket-taker in the First Grade competition (equal with Penrith’s Ryan Smith).

Nick Larkin made his first BBL appearance for the Melbourne Stars (against the Sydney Thunder ). His 28 not out from only 13 balls improved on his previous best BBL score (15 for the Sixers in 2015-16).

Ryan McElduff’s 86 against Mosman was his highest score in First Grade.

Ben Trevor-Jones has passed 1500 runs in First Grade.

Kieran Tate has passed 50 wickets in Second Grade.

During his 78 against Mosman, Ryan Danne passed 500 runs in Second Grade.

Nihir Gandhi’s vital 36 not out against Mosman was his highest Second Grade score.

Tom Hill (4-53) and Ben Mitchell (3-40) each returned his best Fourth Grade bowling figures in the match with Mosman.

Green Shield player Saarangan Arvind dominated the Metropolitan Cup match with Randwick-Petersham, following his first five wicket haul for the club (5-14) with his first half-century (67).

Phil Logan’s appearance in Metropolitan Cup against Randwick-Petersham means that his playing career for the club now spans forty seasons: he first appeared for the club in 1978-79.

There have been numerous career-best performances in the first three rounds of the AW Green Shield competition. Ethan Fizpatrick (112 against St George) hit his first century for the club and Sanjay Anadarajah (63 against St George) hit his first half-century. Among the bowlers, career-best figures have been recorded by Ethan Fitzpatrick (5-32 against Northern District), Matthew Johns (4-21 against Bankstown)

Milestone Monday

Milestone Monday

By defeating Penrith in the Thunder Conference final at the SCG on Sunday, Sydney University reached the Kingsgrove Sports T20 grand final for the fourth time and earned a place in the inaugural national T20 competition to be played in Adelaide later this season (on 5 and 6 March). Congratulations to Sutherland on its win in a hard-fought grand final.

Devlin Malone took the eighth five wicket haul of his First Grade career (including two for Sutherland) when he collected 5-55 against Mosman on Saturday. Jake Turner, whom he trapped lbw, was his 150th wicket in First Grade (including 35 for Sutherland).

Charlie Cassell became SUCC First Grader 762 when he made his debut against Mosman on Saturday.

Brodie Frost assisted in Second Grade’s demolition of Mosman with 3-17. It was Brodie’s first appearance in Seconds since Round 15 in 2014-15, and he took his first wickets in that grade since 2013-14, when he took 3-15 against Bankstown.

Matt Moran played a phenomenal innings of 181 not out in Thirds against his former club, Mosman, scoring those runs in a total of 8 for 254. It was Matt’s second century in his first three innings for the club: his club batting average currently stands at 345, as he’s been dismissed only once in those three innings. It’s his second century in Third Grade, following his 202 for Mosman against Randwick-Petersham last season.

Ben Mitchell (who took his first wickets, with 2-30), Luca Dimeglio and Liam Coelho all made their Fourth Grade debuts against Mosman.

Zohirul Islam’s 54 not out against Mosman was his second half-century of the season and his third in Fifths for the club.

Oscar Kirk made his Fifth Grade debut for the club against Mosman.

Milestone Monday

Will Somerville became the 23rd Sydney University cricketer to play Test cricket when he made his debut for New Zealand against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi last week - taking 4-75 and 3-52. He’s the first Sydney University player to appear for the Black Caps.

Nick Larkin’s dominant 109 for New South Wales against South Australia was his third first-class century, his second this season, and his first at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Sydney University’s gripping win over Campbelltown-Camden in the Kingsgrove Sports T20 competition on Sunday takes the students to finals day at the SCG for the fourth time. University will play Penrith in the conference final next Sunday, with the grand final to be played under lights later in the evening.

Liam Robertson’s appearance in the T20 semi-final at Campbelltown means that he has now appeared in at least one finals match in ten successive seasons. It was Liam’s 44th appearance in a final (5 in Poidevin-Gray, 6 in Second Grade, 12 in the T20 competition, 12 in the First Grade Limited Overs competition and 9 in the regular First Grade competition). He still has some way to go, however, before he catches Tom Kierath, who has played in 52 finals matches (7 in Firsts, 10 in T20, 9 in the First Grade Limited Overs, 22 in Seconds, 2 in Thirds and 2 in Metropolitan Cup).

Damien Mortimer has passed 3500 runs in First Grade (1371 of them for Campelltown-Camden).

Ryan Danne became the 761st Sydney University First Grader when he made his debut against Hawkesbury on Saturday.

Max Hope took his first wicket in First Grade during the T20 victory against Campelltown on Sunday.

Jack Hill has passed 4000 runs for the club in all grades, becoming the 38th player to reach that milestone.

Kieran Tate, with 6-32 against Hawkesbury, took his fourth five-wicket haul in Premier Cricket, and his second in Second Grade. It’s the second time he has taken six wickets against Hawkesbury in Seconds - last time, in 2015-16, they came in 5.1 overs and cost only four runs.

Varun George, during his 48 not out against Hawkesbury in Seconds, passed 500 runs for the club - and is still not quite halfway through his first season.

Against Hawkesbury, Matt Moran (3-15) took his first wickets for the club and his best figures in Third Grade.

Will Masojada, with 55 not out against Hawkesbury, hit his first half-century in Fourth Grade and his second for the club.

Thomas Crawford routed Balmain-South Sydney for 66, helping Metropolitan Cup to outright points, with career-best figures of 4-19.

Milestone Monday

During his 39 in the first innings for NSW against Western Australia in Perth, Nick Larkin passed 1000 runs in first-class cricket.

Sydney University’s crushing win over Central Coast on Sunday earned the club a place in the Kingsgrove Sports T20 finals for the fourth time. University will meet Campelltown-Camden at Raby Oval next Sunday to play for a place in finals day at the SCG on Sunday 16 December.

Fresh from being awarded his Blue during the week, Hayden Kerr pulverised the Central Coast bowling on Sunday to score 87 not out from only 41 balls, his highest First Grade score.

Joe Kershaw not only returned his best First Grade figures in the T20 match with Central Coast, taking 4-20, but also captured his 50th First Grade wicket in the process.

Varun George made his First Grade debut for the club in the T20 match against Central Coast (having played 17 First Grade games for Mosman).

Josh Toyer, with 5-41 against Hawkesbury, took his ninth five wicket haul in Second Grade.

Steve Hobson’s clinically brutal 98 against Hawkesbury was his 19th innings above fifty in Seconds (including eight hundreds).

Jack Hill had the opportunity to set an unbeatable record by scoring a third 90 in Thirds this season. But instead, he chose to carry on to 123 against Hawkesbury, equalling Nick Ridley’s club record of four centuries in Third Grade. It was his eighth century for the club in all grades.

Charles Litchfield’s 106 against Hawkesbury was his third hundred for the club, and second in Third Grade.

Against Hawkesbury, Vince Umbers and Matt Moran both played their first Third Grade game for the club (although Moran has previously played in that grade for Mosman).

Liam Coelho’s 105 against Hawkesbury in Fifths was his first century for the club.

Milestone Monday

Ben Joy produced an outstanding opening spell in First Grade on Saturday, dismissing both of University of NSW’s leading batsmen. The wicket of Matthew Gilkes was Joy’s 413th for the club, taking him level with Michael Culkoff, and when he removed David Dawson his 414th wicket made Ben the tenth-highest wicket-taker in the club’s history.

With two wickets against University of NSW, Devlin Malone maintained his place as the leading wicket-taker in this season’s First Grade competition, two wickets ahead of another leg-spinner from the Shire, Daniel Fallins of Sutherland.

Ryan McElduff’s match-winning 111 in Second Grade against University of NSW was his first century in Premier Cricket.

During his cameo innings in Second Grade’s run chase against University of NSW, James Larkin passed 3000 runs for the club in all grades.

Ryan Danne’s 84 against University of NSW was his second innings above fifty in Second Grade.

Varun George’s 54 in Seconds against University of NSW was his fourth half-century of the season (including one century).

After six rounds, Alex Shaw is still yet to be dismissed. His unbeaten 21 in Seconds against University of NSW took his tally for the season to 204. Not out.

James Crowley’s 77 against University of NSW was his highest score in Thirds and his third half-century in that grade.

William Masojada, with 6-28 against University of NSW in Fourths, claimed his first five-wicket haul for the club.

Luca Dimeglio, with an outstanding spell of 5-20 in Metropolitan Cup against University of NSW, took his first five-wicket haul for the club.

Milestone Monday

Nick Larkin’s magnificent 175 not out for New South Wales against Queensland was his second and highest first-class century. It was also the highest first-class innings ever played for NSW at Manuka Oval. It’s now the second-highest first-class innings played at Manuka, after Stuart Law’s double-hundred for Queensland; Ed Cowan’s 145 not out for Tasmania in 2011-12 drops to third on the list.

Damien Mortimer’s superbly controlled 143 against University of NSW was his highest score for the club and his sixth century in First Grade (five for Sydney University, and 153 not out for Campbelltown against Wests back in 2014-15). During his innings he passed 2000 runs for Sydney University, all of them in Firsts.

During his unbeaten 44 against University of NSW in Firsts, Liam Robertson passed 6000 runs for the club in all grades. He becomes only the 12th player in the club’s history to reach that milestone.

Ben Trevor-Jones, with 87 against University of NSW, passed fifty for the seventh time in First Grade (including two centuries).

Hayden Kerr’s 64 not out against University of NSW was his tenth half-century in First Grade.

Nihir Gandhi made his Second Grade debut for the club against University of NSW, and took his first wicket.

During his 37 against University of NSW on Saturday, AJ Grant passed 1000 runs in Third Grade.

Jack Lawson’s 5-42 in Third Grade against University of NSW was his career-best return in Premier Cricket, and his first five wicket haul.

Vince Umbers dominated Fourth Grade’s match against University of NSW with an epic 197 (116 of them scored through 20 fours and 6 sixes). Not only was this his first century for the club, but he more than doubled his previous best score of 89 (made the previous week). He fell three runs short of scoring only the second double-hundred for the club in Fourths (and 18 short of Pradeep Pathirana’s record 215 in Fourths which was made, outrageously, in a 50-over game against Parramatta in 2006-07).

Former Mosman batsman Matt Moran made his debut for the club in Fourths against University of NSW, scoring 43, and followed with an outstanding 121 not out from only 112 balls in Poidevin-Gray against St George on Sunday - his second century in Premier Cricket and first for the club.

Ed Arnott’s 57 in Fourths against University of NSW was his 12th half-century for the club, and his sixth in Fourth Grade.

Hayden Storey hit his first half-century in Poidevin-Gray, with 52 against St George on Sunday.

Hugh Kermond hit 114 in Fifth Grade against University of NSW - his highest score and second century for the club.

Brayden Dilley’s 50 against University of NSW was his sixth half-century for the club, and fourth in Fifth Grade.

Liam Coelho, with 58 against University of NSW, reached his first half-century for the club.

There was a Fifth Grade debut for the club for Azhar Saeed against University of NSW.

Dom O’Shannessy, with 3-41 against St George on Sunday, produced his best bowling figures in Poidevin-Gray.

Better known for his work with the ball, Billy Barge dominated the Metropolitan Cup match against University of NSW on Sunday with a colossal 146 not out. His previous two innings this season had produced only three runs, but he has yet to be dismissed by a bowler (he has been run out twice). It was his highest score and first century for the club.

Ryan Blayney hit his first half-century for the club, 86 in Metropolitan Cup against University of NSW on Sunday. It was his eighth innings for the club; his previous best score had been 9.

Milestone Monday (with midweek updates!)

With five wins against UTS North Sydney, the club completed its third clean sweep within the first five rounds of the competition. If this has ever happened before, no-one remembers it.

Every week he appears, Ed Cowan climbs further up the list of all-time run-scorers in the First Grade competition. During his 38 against UTS North Sydney on Saturday, he passed Gordon stalwart Wal Murray (7433) and Randwick’s Alec Marks (7454), and he now has the 85th highest tally (7457) in the competition’s history.

Nick Larkin’s 138 against UTS North Sydney was his 16th First Grade century. He remains second on the list of First Grade century-makers for University, behind Greg Mail (30).

Tim Ley’s 3-36 against UTS North Sydney took him to 530 wickets for the club in all grades. When he dismissed the Lancashire player, Toby Lester, he passed Michael Farrow (528) to become the fourth highest wicket-taker in the club’s history. When he had James Campbell caught by Ed Cowan, Tim took his 350th First Grade wicket (20 of them for Easts). He has become the 132nd bowler to reach that landmark in the history of the First Grade competition

Devlin Malone added two more wickets to his collection against UTS North Sydney on Saturday, so he remains the leading wicket taker in the First Grade competition this season (with 19).

Second Grade continued its outstanding opening to the season with a fifth successive win. This is the club’s strongest winning streak in Seconds since the 2014-15 premiers won their last 13 straight and the 2015-16 side won its first three games to complete 16 successive victories.

Seven days after posting his highest Second Grade score, Ryan Danne collected his best bowling figures in Seconds, with 4-21 against UTS North Sydney.

During his 85 against UTS North Sydney on Saturday, Varun George passed 1500 runs in Second Grade (1320 of them for his former club, Mosman).

Alex Shaw hit his highest score for the club, a massive 140 not out in Third Grade’s win over UTS North Sydney. This is his second hundred for the club, both in Thirds. After five rounds, Alex is still to be dismissed, while he’s scored 183 runs in Seconds and Thirds. And he bowled his first over for the club.

Josh Toyer’s four wickets in Thirds against UTS North Sydney (a miserly spell of 4-19) took his tally for the club in all grades to 367 - he passed Chris Elder (366) to become the 13th highest wicket-taker in the club’s history.

Michael Robinson’s 57 in Fourths against UTS North Sydney was his fifth half-century for the club.

A long-awaited milestone was passed on Saturday when Henry Clark reached 2000 runs for the club in all grades, during his 21 in Fourth Grade against UTS North Sydney. Henry had been stuck on 1995 for a season and a half, while various parts of his body broke or fell off. This one is slightly controversial, since his total does not include an innings of 70 in the 2012-13 Anarchy Cup, which someone in authority deemed not to be an official fixture. All protests on a postcard to someone who isn’t me, please.

Nihir Gandhi made his Fourth Grade debut for the club, taking 3-26.

Vince Umbers, who hit 89 against UTS North Sydney in Fifth Grade, recorded his fourth and highest half-century for the club.

Tom Galvin, with 73 against UTS North Sydney in Fifths, also recorded his fourth half-century for the club.

William Masojada collected his best bowling figures for the club, 3-35 against UTS North Sydney in Fifth Grade.

Milestone Monday

With five wins against UTS North Sydney, the club completed its third clean sweep within the first five rounds of the competition. If this has ever happened before, no-one remembers it.

Every week he appears, Ed Cowan climbs further up the list of all-time run-scorers in the First Grade competition. During his 38 against UTS North Sydney on Saturday, he passed Gordon stalwart Wal Murray (7433) and Randwick’s Alec Marks (7454), and he now has the 85th highest tally (7457) in the competition’s history.

Nick Larkin’s 138 against UTS North Sydney was his 16th First Grade century. He remains second on the list of First Grade century-makers for University, behind Greg Mail (30).

Tim Ley’s 3-36 against UTS North Sydney took him to 530 wickets for the club in all grades. When he dismissed the Lancashire player, Toby Lester, he passed Michael Farrow (528) to become the fourth highest wicket-taker in the club’s history. When he had James Campbell caught by Ed Cowan, Tim took his 350th First Grade wicket (20 of them for Easts). He has become the 132nd bowler to reach that landmark in the history of the First Grade competition

Devlin Malone added two more wickets to his collection against UTS North Sydney on Saturday, so he remains the leading wicket taker in the First Grade competition this season (with 19).

Second Grade continued its outstanding opening to the season with a fifth successive win. This is the club’s strongest winning streak in Seconds since the 2014-15 premiers won their last 13 straight and the 2015-16 side won its first three games to complete 16 successive victories.

Seven days after posting his highest Second Grade score, Ryan Danne collected his best bowling figures in Seconds, with 4-21 against UTS North Sydney.

During his 85 against UTS North Sydney on Saturday, Varun George passed 1500 runs in Second Grade (1320 of them for his former club, Mosman).

Unconfirmed Instagram reports suggest that Alex Shaw hit a century in Third Grade’s win over UTS North Sydney. If it’s true, it would be his second hundred for the club, both in Thirds. One day someone might post the scores, and then we’ll know for sure.

Josh Toyer’s four wickets in Thirds against UTS North Sydney took his tally for the club in all grades to 367 - he passed Chris Elder (366) to become the 13th highest wicket-taker in the club’s history.

Michael Robinson’s 57 in Fourths against UTS North Sydney was his fifth half-century for the club.

A long-awaited milestone was passed on Saturday when Henry Clark reached 2000 runs for the club in all grades, during his 21 in Fourth Grade against UTS North Sydney. Henry had been stuck on 1995 for a season and a half, while various parts of his body broke or fell off. This one is slightly controversial, since his total does not include an innings of 70 in the 2012-13 Anarchy Cup, which someone in authority deemed not to be an official fixture. All protests on a postcard to someone who isn’t me, please.

Nihir Gandhi made his Fourth Grade debut for the club, taking 3-26.

Vince Umbers, who hit 89 against UTS North Sydney in Fifth Grade, recorded his fourth and highest half-century for the club.

Tom Galvin, with 73 against UTS North Sydney in Fifths, also recorded his fourth half-century for the club.

William Masojada collected his best bowling figures for the club, 3-35 against UTS North Sydney in Fifth Grade.

Milestone Monday

Devlin Malone, with 5-64 against Fairfield-Liverpool, took his fifth five-wicket haul for the club - and remained the leading wicket-taker in the First Grade competition this season. His second wicket on Sunday was his 100th wicket for Sydney University in First Grade.

On Sunday, Ed Cowan moved past the former NSW. Northern District and Sydney batsman Dom Thornley (7407) to become (with 7419) the 87th highest run scorer in the history of Sydney First Grade cricket. He has also opened the season with two successive scores of 69: suggestions that Craig Tomko managed something along these lines back in the 1980s remain under investigation.

Hayden Kerr, with two ferocious innings in the T20 matches on Sunday, passed 1000 runs in First Grade.

Liam Robertson, in the T20 match against Western Suburbs, played his 150th match in First Grade.

When Ben Joy dismissed Fairfield-Liverpool’s Russell Wilcoxon on Saturday, he became the fourth player to take 200 wickets in Second Grade for Sydney University, following Chris McRae, Tom Kierath and Josh Toyer.

Ryan Danne, with 143 against Fairfield-Liverpool, hit his highest score for the club, his second century for the club and his first century in Second Grade.

Steve Hobson’s 104 against Fairfield-Liverpool on Saturday was his 13th century for the club and his 8th in Seconds - only club chairman Adam Theobald (13) has scored more in Seconds.

Jack Hill, with 94 against Fairfield-Liverpool, was dismissed in the nineties for the third time in his Third Grade career.

Also dismissed in the nineties - but for the first time - was Lewis Ansell, whose 91 against Fairfield-Liverpool in Fifth Grade was his highest score for the club.

And one we missed last week: during his century in Firsts against Fairfield-Liverpool, Ben Trevor-Jones passed 2000 runs for the club in all grades.

Milestone Monday

Nick Larkin’s polished 53 for New South Wales against Victoria at the MCG was his fifth first-class score above fifty (including one century), and his first against Victoria.

Tim Ley has passed 2500 runs for the club in all grades. He is the only player in the club’s history to pass both 500 wickets and 2500 runs.

Ben Trevor-Jones reached his second First Grade century. His outstanding 124 against Fairfield-Liverpool was his third century for the club in all grades.

Tim Cummins, with 55 against Fairfield-LIverpool, passed fifty for the fourth time for the club (including one century) and for the thirteenth time in his First Grade career.

Dugald Holloway’s 48 against Fairfield-Liverpool was his highest First Grade score.

James Robertson’s 84 against Fairfield-Liverpool in Fourths was his first half-century for the club.

Michael Robinson’s 61 against Fairfield-Liverpool in Fourths was his fourth half-century for the club,

Brodie Frost improved on his career-best Fifth Grade bowling figures for the second game in succession, His 5-26 against Fairfield-Liverpool was his first five-wicket haul for the club. His bowling average in Fifths this season actually went up as a result of his performance: it’s now 3.38.

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.

Milestone Monday

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.

Milestone Monday returns for 2018-19

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.