Last Milestone Monday for 2018-19

Tim Cummins, during his fighting first innings 77 in the Grand Final against Penrith, passed 1000 runs for the club, all of them in First Grade. In the second innings he passed 500 runs for the season. He also passed both 50 dismissals for the season behind the stumps, and 100 career dismissals for the club (all of them in First Grade). He’s only the second wicket-keeper in the club’s history to dismiss 50 batsmen in a First Grade season (Shane Stanton did it twice, in the premiership seasons 2002-03 and 2004-05).

Liam Robertson has passed 3500 runs in First Grade. He’s the 12th batsman to reach that milestone for Sydney University.

Devlin Malone ended the season with 65 First Grade wickets, the third highest tally in the club’s history behind Peter James (71 in 1973-74) and Jack Massie (69 in 1913-14).

Sydney University’s extraordinary run-chase against Parramatta gave the club its 14th premiership in Second Grade.

James Larkin’s magnificent captain’s innings of 165 not out in the Grand Final against Parramatta was his fourth and highest century for the club (and his second in Second Grade).

Nicky Craze’s counter-attacking 83 in the Grand Final against Parramatta was his 13th innings over fifty for the club (including three centuries), eight of them in Second Grade.

Kieran Tate claimed his 200th wicket for the club in all grades.

During his 46 in the Grand Final against Parramatta, Varun George passed 500 runs in Second Grade this season.

Hayden Storey, during his impressive 91 in the Third Grade final, passed 500 runs for the season. It was his seventh innings above fifty for the club (including two centuries).

Congratulations to Lewis Bedford, who played for SUCC in 2017-18 and is now a first-class cricketer, having made his debut for Durham University against Durham at Chester-le-Street on 26 March.

Milestone Monday

Milestone Monday

After some exceptional performances in the semi-finals, Sydney University will appear this weekend in the grand finals in First Grade, Second Grade and Third Grade. It’s the first time in the club’s history that this has occurred. The club last appeared in three Grade grand finals in 1980-81, when it reached the decider in Thirds, Fourths and Fifths (and won all three).

The gripping draw against Sydney in First Grade put University into the grand final for the ninth time since the finals system was introduced in 1954-55 (University also appeared in a final in 1911-12, which was specially arranged to separate the top two sides in the competition, after they finished level on points). It will be University’s third grand final in as many seasons, the first time the club has achieved this. And it’s also the first time the club has reached the grand final in all three First Grade formats in the same season.

Nick Larkin’s 67 for NSW against Tasmania in Hobart last Wednesday was his eighth score above fifty in first-class cricket (with three centuries). During his innings, he passed 600 first-class runs for the season.

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

Liam Robertson’s vitally important 52 in the semi-final against Sydney was his 17th innings of 50 or more in First Grade (including four centuries).

Second Grade has reached the grand final for the 13th time in the club’s history.

Ryan Danne has passed 500 Second Grade runs for the season.

During his stubborn 49 against Bankstown in the Second Grade semi-final, Nicky Craze passed 2000 runs for the club in all grades.

David Miller, during his 35 against Bankstown in the semi-final, passed 1500 Second Grade runs for the club.

Max Hope’s 70 not out against Bankstown was his seventh innings above fifty in Second Grade (including one century).

Third Grade has reached the grand final for the twelfth time in the club’s history, and for the third time in four seasons.

Charles Litchfield, with 108 against Bankstown in the semi-final, recorded his fourth century for the club (and his third in Third Grade). During his innings, he passed 500 Third Grade runs for the season.

Jack Hill’s 47 against Bankstown in the Third Grade semi-final took his total runs in all grades for the club to 4621, taking him past Ian Fisher (4620) into 26th place on the club’s all-time list of run-scorers.

Matt Moran, with 82 against Bankstown in the semi-final, passed fifty for the third time in Third Grade - although it was the first time he was dismissed before posting a century. During his innings, he passed 500 runs in Thirds (including 271 for Mosman): his record in that grade is now 556 runs at an average of 79.42.

In the Third Grade semi-final against Bankstown, Tom Kierath extended his own club record by appearing in his 54th finals match. His expertly-burgled 4-7 took his career tally of wickets for the club to 513.

Brodie Frost, whose 5-27 gave Fourths a fighting chance in the semi-final against Manly, took his second five-wicket haul for the club, and his first in Fourth Grade.

Jack Lawson has passed 50 wickets for the club in all grades.

Brayden Dilley, during his marathon innings against Manly in the semi-final, passed 500 runs in Fourth Grade.

Liam Coelho’s determined 44 against Manly in the semi-final equalled his highest score in Fourth Grade.

Ash Cowan went into the weekend needing 15 runs to equal the club record for the most career runs in Fourth Grade. He got 14 of them, so he sits on 1748 runs, one behind Keith Pitty (1749 between 1982 and 1996). He shares with Keith the distinction of having appeared in every grade from Firsts to Fifths. Ash was appearing in a semi-final for the eighth successive season.

Max Shanahan took 5-30 in the Metropolitan Cup semi-final against Gordon - his best figures, and second five-wicket haul, for the club.

Milestone Monday

Milestone Monday

First Grade, after the weekend’s washout against Sutherland, will enter the semi-finals for the eleventh time since semi-finals were introduced to the competition in 1954-55. It’s University’s tenth visit to the semi-finals since 2002-03.

After snaring four wickets against his old club, Sutherland, on Saturday, Devlin Malone now has 61 First Grade wickets this season. That equals the sixth-highest total in the club’s history, Eric Trennery having taken 61 wickets in 1919-20. Ahead of Devlin are Peter James (71, 1973-74), Jack Massie (69, 1913-14), Andrew Staunton (65, 2002-03), Stewart Smith (64, 1945-46) and Nigel Cowell (64, 2013-14).

Second Grade now proceeds to the semi-finals for the 18th time in the club’s history.

Third Grade will appear in the semi-finals for the 22nd time in the club’s history.

Jack Hill took his total of runs in Thirds this season to 513, passing Tim Lester (512 in 1997-98) to record the seventh-highest total of runs in any Third Grade season for University.

Hayden Storey, with 64 against Northern District in the Third Grade qualifying final, recorded his sixth score above fifty for the club (including two hundreds).

Tom Kierath, in the Third Grade qualifying final against Northern District, reached his third score above fifty in Thirds (with one hundred) and also passed 500 career runs in Thirds and 5500 runs for the club in all grades. He is the only player to have reached both 5000 runs and 500 wickets since the Grade competition commenced in 1893-94. Tom Garrett, a member of the first ever Australian Test team in 1876-77, scored 5017 runs and took 622 wickets for the club between 1873 and 1898.

Fourth Grade has reached the semi-finals for the 13th time in the club’s history.

After the washout against Blacktown, Sydney University now advances to the Metropolitan Cup semi-finals for the 14th time since the club entered the competition twenty years ago.

Milestone Monday

Milestone Monday

2018-19 has been the most successful pre-finals season in the club’s history. At the conclusion of Round 15, Sydney University claimed the minor premiership in each of the first four grades, the first time the club has ever achieved this. Only once before (in 2013-14) has the club won the minor premiership in both Firsts and Seconds (although University also topped both tables in 1911-12, when premierships were awarded on a first-past-the-post basis, without semi-finals). Grades one to five, and Metropolitan Cup, will all contest the semi-finals, only the second time the club has ever achieved this (the first was in 2007-08). And the final club championship tally of 1624 points is the highest ever achieved in the competition’s history.

First Grade’s win over Wests clinched the minor premiership, only the third time University has achieved this since semi-finals were introduced to the competition in 1954-55.

Wests’ Joel Abraham, caught by Tim Cummins, was Tim Ley’s 337th First Grade wicket for Sydney University, taking him past Ian Moran (336) to become the third-highest wicket-taker for the club in the First Grade competition. Only Mick O’Sullivan (652) and John Grimble (379) remain ahead of him.

Damien Mortimer has passed 4000 runs in First Grade (including 1371 for Campbelltown-Camden).

Not a bad day out for Ryan McElduff, who collected his best bowling figures in First Grade (3-33) before he hit a matchwinning 65 not out, his fifth half-century in Firsts, which took him past 500 First Grade runs for the season.

Devlin Malone’s two wickets against Wests gave him 57 First Grade scalps for the season, taking him past the 56 achieved by Walter Stack in 1912-13 and “Ironbar” Searles in 1982-83. This is now the eleventh-highest total of wickets for any University bowler in a First Grade season, and the best by any leg spinner for University.

Second Grade has won the minor premiership for the sixth time in the club’s history.

Ryan Danne (with 84 against Wests in Seconds) hit his fourth score above fifty for the season (with one century) and passed 500 runs for the season.

Third Grade claimed the minor premiership for the seventh time in the club’s history.

Murray Watts, in Third Grade against Wests, took his first hat-trick for the club, going on to wrap up the innings with four wickets in five balls. His (ridiculous, if we’re honest) figures of five wickets for two runs gave him his first five-wicket haul for the club.

Brodie Frost, with 3-12 against Wests, also collected career-best figures in Third Grade.

During his unbeaten 25 against Wests, Jack Hill passed 500 runs in Third Grade this season. It’s only the seventh time this has been done for Sydney University, following Nick Ridley (twice, in 1995-96 and 2001-02), Ollie Young (1997-98), Chris Williams (1994-95), Will Knight (1994-95), Vic Golden (1939-40) and Tim Lester (1997-98).

Fourth Grade claimed the minor premiership for the fifth time in the club’s history.

Michael Robinson’s 57 against his former club Wests was his fourth half-century in Fourth Grade this season.

Fifth Grade has reached the finals for the 19th time in the club’s history.

Tom Galvin, with 76 against Wests, hit his highest Fifth Grade score and his fifth half-century for the club.

Andrew Wilkinson’s 53 against Wests was his second half-century in Fifth Grade and his sixth for the club.

Shehan Canagasingham compiled an excellent 0 not out in Fifth Grade against Wests, which means that he has completed the preliminary rounds of the Grade competition without being dismissed once. His nine innings may have produced only 12 runs, but no one has been able to shift him all season.

Metropolitan Cup won the minor premiership, the club’s first in this competition, after defending a total of only 77 against Randwick-Petersham (who managed 68).

Milestone Monday

Milestone Monday

Sydney University Cricket Club has clinched the 2018-19 Club Championship with a round to spare. It’s the club’s fourth Club Championship, following wins in 2000-01, 2004-05 and 2013-14. The club’s total of 1500 points is the highest ever recorded in the competition’s history based on a 15-round First Grade competition. Another 45 points in the final round would give the club its highest ever tally of club championship points, beating the 1544 points earned in 2011-12 (which was based on a 19-round First Grade competition, and when University finished 20 points behind Manly). And another 76 points would give the club the highest tally of points ever recorded, Manly having won with 1575 points in 2013-14.

Nick Larkin continues to set new and increasingly obscure records. Back in 2017, Cricket Australia changed the Sheffield Shield playing conditions so that a batsman could be dismissed caught after the ball rebounded from a helmet worn by a fieldsman. The first helmet involved in a dismissal of that kind was worn by Nick, back in 201, when Queensland’s Mike Steketee was the unfortunate batsman. Last week, Nick became the first fieldsman in first-class cricket to repeat that mode of dismissal, when Hilton Cartwright’s full-blooded pull shot clattered into his helmet and rebounded to the fortunate bowler, Jason Sangha. Who needs hands?

The Limited Overs Grand Final against Sydney at Drummoyne Oval was Liam Robertson’s 50th appearance in a finals match for Sydney University (5 in Poidevin-Gray, 6 in Second Grade, one in Third Grade, 14 in the T20 competition, 15 in the First Grade Limited Overs competition and 9 in the regular First Grade competition). He remains behind 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).

Ed Cowan has moved further up the the ladder of all-time run-scorers in the First Grade competition: after his 49 against Sydney on Sunday, he now has 7773 runs, moving into 75th place having passed the former NSW batsman Billy Wells (who scored 7737 runs for Paddington between 1915 and 1943).

During his impressive opening spell against Sydney on Sunday, Ben Joy took his 431st wicket for the club in all grades when he dismissed former NSW player Dan Smith. That made him the ninth highest wicket-taker in the club’s history, as he passed left arm swing bowler Geoff Pike, who took 430 wickets between 1969 and 1984.

Dugald Holloway took his 50th First Grade wicket on Saturday when he removed Sutherland’s Tom Doyle.

Hayden Kerr’s 59 against Sutherland was his 13th score above fifty in First Grade (including one century), and took him past 1500 runs in Firsts.

During his 62 against Sutherland, Nicky Craze passed 1500 runs in Second Grade (including 472 for Campbelltown-Camden).

Will Masojada produced an exceptional double in Third Grade’s outright win over Sutherland. His 65 was his fourth half-century of the season (and second in Thirds), and he followed with 7-43, his best figures for the club, and his second five-wicket haul for the club (and first in Third Grade).

Tom Kierath’s 5-19 against Sutherland was his second five-wicket haul in Third Grade, taken only 17 seasons after the first (his 6-92 from 38 overs in the qualifying final back in 2001-02 - when his opponent was also Sutherland).

Geoff Pike may have lost two records in one weekend: back in 1969-70, he took 17 Third Grade wickets at an average of 7.29, setting the record for the club’s lowest Third Grade bowling average in any season. Henry Clark had that record at his mercy on Saturday when he grabbed three for nine against Sutherland, which gave him 13 wickets for 97 runs in Thirds this season - an average of 7.46. But at that exact point, Henry suffered a spectacularly dislocated thumb, which means that instead he’s now closing in on the record for most season-ending injuries in a career (currently held by Misha Charrett, a brilliant but seldom-available fast-medium bowler of the 1980s and 1990s).

Tom Hill’s 4-26 against Sutherland was his career-best return in Fourth Grade.

Matthew Johns celebrated his Fifth Grade debut by taking 3-9 against competition leaders Sutherland. Billy Barge also took 3-9 in the same innings, his best return in Fifth Grade.

Zohirul Islam, with 50 not out against Sutherland, hit his fourth half-century in Fifth Grade.

Milestone Monday: not much play, but mountains of truly useless information

Milestone Monday: not much play, but mountains of truly useless information

Sydney University’s dominant win over Gordon on Sunday earned the club a place in the Grand Final of the First Grade Limited Overs competition (against Sydney at Drummoyne on Sunday 3 March). It will be University’s fifth appearance in the final of this competition, and the club has won the trophy twice, most recently last season.

Nick Larkin passed 500 first-class runs for the season during the Shield match against Western Australia at Bankstown.

Ed Cowan continues to climb higher on the list of Sydney’s all-time First Grade run-scorers. Sunday’s sparkling innings of 64 not out against Gordon took him past Petersham’s left-handed all-rounder, Greg Hartshorne (7687 runs) to 76th place on the list with 7724 runs.

During his innings against Gordon on Sunday, Liam Robertson passed 500 runs for the season. It’s the fifth season in succession in which he has scored more than 500 First Grade runs. During his innings he took his total of runs for the club in all grades to 6255, passing Darby Quoyle (6236) and Mark Faraday (6241) to become the tenth-highest run-scorer in the club’s history.

Devlin Malone, with two wickets against Gordon on Sunday, took his First Grade tally for the season to 55. It’s not only a personal best, but it’s the 14th-best total by any Sydney University bowler in the history of the First Grade competition. For several years, the record was set at 69, in 1913-14 by left-arm bowler Jack Massie (who was selected in touring teams for both the Australian cricket and Rugby teams, but withdrew from each tour). Swing bowler Peter James came close in 1973-74, taking 65 wickets - but he also took six in the limited-overs Rothmans Cup, and those wickets were retrospectively recognised as First Grade wickets, so the record now stands at 71. In the days before Grade cricket, however, University used only four bowlers in 15 matches in 1871-72. Two of them, State players Joseph Coats and Monty Faithfull, finished with an average of 6.18 - Coates with 105 wickets, and Faithfull with 82.

During his 34 not out against Gordon, Nicky Craze passed 1000 runs in Second Grade for the club.

Jack Hill passed fifty for the twelfth time in his Third Grade career (with four hundreds) during his 53 against Sutherland. During that innings he passed both 500 runs for the season and 4500 runs for the club in all grades. He’s the 27th player in the club’s history to reach 4500 runs.

When Auckland played Otago in last week’s Plunket Shield match, there was a former Sydney University player on each side - Will Somerville for Auckland and Cam Hawkins for Otago. Obscure stat of the day: this is the first time two former SUCC players have opposed each other in a first-class game in New Zealand.

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.