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.