Milestone Monday

Nick Larkin's vital, unbeaten 162 against Sutherland was his fifth century in First Grade this season.  That sets a new club record - previously, Greg Mail (in 2009-10) and Johnny Taylor (in 1923-24) had each hit four in one season.  Nick's monumental innings took him past 1000 First Grade runs for the season in only 12 innings.  It's the third time he has passed 1000 runs in a First Grade season (after 1055 in 2014-15 and 1020 in 2016-17).  That places him just behind Greg Mail, the only player to pass 1000 runs in Firsts in four different seasons for the club.  His fifteenth century for the club in Firsts kept him second on the club's all-time list, and closed the gap (a little) between him and Greg Mail (32 centuries for University alone).  And, for good measure, during his innings he passed 6000 runs in First Grade, becoming the fourth player (after Mail, Ed Cowan and Ian Moran) to achieve this for Sydney University.  He has now reached 8276 runs in all grades, passing Adam Theobald (8191) on Sunday, so that he is now fourth on the club's list of all-time run-scorers behind Mail, Moran and Cowan.  A massive effort from an outstanding clubman.

Liam Robertson's unbeaten 68 in the qualifying final against Sutherland took his First Grade aggregate for the season to 656 runs, passing his previous best of 608 in 2015-16.  It was his sixth score above fifty this season.

James Crowley's fighting 76 in the qualifying final at Hawkesbury was his highest score in Second Grade.  In the same innings, Jono Craig-Dobson (44) hit his highest Second Grade score and Jack Lawson (47 not out) surpassed his previous highest score for the club by 41 runs.

 Liam Whitaker had an outstanding day in Third Grade's qualifying final win over Mosman.  His 4-12 was a career-best return in Thirds, and included his 100th wicket for the club.

Michael Robinson's 55, which turned the match after University had lost 6 for 115 against Mosman, was his first half-century in Third Grade.

The Third Grade qualifying final against Mosman was (by our count) Ash Cowan's 22nd appearance in a finals match for the club.  His captain's innings of 71 was his highest score in any of those finals.

Ash Cowan (with 5758 runs) now stands 14th on the club's list of all-time run-scorers, just ahead of Liam Robertson, in 15th place with 5687.

Finals Milestones

Congratulations to Parramatta on its well deserved, drought-breaking win in the First Grade final.  This was only the sixth occasion on which Sydney University has finished as runner-up in First Grade.

Ben Joy's second wicket in the final took his total for the club to 402, and he passed John Grimble (401) to move into 11th place on the list of wicket-takers for Sydney University.

Lawrence Neil-Smith (4-49) chose the grand final to collect his best bowling figures in First Grade.

Tim Cummins held five catches in Parramatta's innings in the final, recording five dismissals in an innings for the first time in his career with the club.  He finished the season only one short of fifty dismissals, with 42 catches and 7 stumpings.

Third Grade won the Mitchell Cup for only the fifth time.

It was a big weekend for Ash Cowan, who not only won the inaugural Mick Favell Medal as player of the match in the Third Grade grand final, but also became the first captain to lead University to two Mitchell Cup victories.  His 63 was his tenth half-century in Thirds, and during his innings he became the first player to pass 2500 Third Grade runs for University.

There was a unique record for Alex Shaw, who became half of the first father-and-son combination to win Third Grade premierships for University.  Andrew Shaw (better remembered for his long First Grade career as a keeper-batsman) was a member of the Third Grade side that defeated Petersham-Marrickville in the 1980-81 Third Grade final (having also been a member of the successful Second Grade side in 1979-80).

Charles Litchfield, with 99 against Sydney, recorded his third score above fifty in Thirds and fell one run short of his second century in that grade.  He also became, we think, the first University player to be dismissed for 99 in a grand final.

 

Milestone Monday

Milestone Monday

Saturday's clean sweep over Campbelltown-Camden was the club's third sweep of grades 1 to 5 this season.  It earned finals places for grades 1 to 4 for the second season in succession and only the fourth time in the club's history: the other occasions were 2004-05, 2007-08 and 2016-17.

First Grade will appear in the finals for the 13th time since semi-final cricket was introduced in 1952-53.  It will be the 21st visit to the finals for Seconds, the 23rd for Thirds and the 17th for Fourths.

Ed Cowan brought Saturday's First Grade match with Campbelltown-Camden to a rapid conclusion by hammering five 6s in the space of 13 balls.  This was reminiscent of his hitting against Northern District last season, when he ended the game by hitting four sixes in an over.  But he hasn't quite matched the club record of five sixes in an over, by John Saint against Petersham-Marrickville's representative off-spinner, Wayne Mulherin, in 1994-95.

Hayden Kerr's blistering 53 from only 32 balls, with four sixes (any more and we'd need to describe his innings as Cowanesque) was his eighth half-century of the season and took him past 700 runs in his first full season in First Grade.

In Second Grade, Matt Powys (54), Ryan Danne (67) and Dugald Holloway (72 not out) each hit his highest score for the club in Seconds, although back in 2013-14, Dugald hit 104 not out for Easts in Seconds against a Sutherland attack that included Daniel Fallins.  Matt Powys passed 500 runs for the season during his innings.

Jack Hill has passed 4000 runs for the club in all grades.  He's the 37th player to reach that milestone.

Steve Hobson has passed 3500 runs for the club in all grades.  He becomes the 48th player to reach that milestone for Sydney University.

Milestone Monday

Milestone Monday

Sydney University's win in a tense, gripping, exhilarating match at Parramatta gave the club its second title in the First Grade Limited Overs competition (the first coming in 2010-11).

Tim Cummins picked exactly the right moment for his first century in First Grade cricket.  Coing to the crease with his side struggling at 4-86, he began cautiously before finishing in imperious style, hammering 121 not out from only 100 deliveries, with 7 fours and 2 sixes.  No Sydney University player had previously hit a century in the Limited Overs final.  He was the obvious candidate for the Michael Bevan Medal for player of the match, becoming the second Sydney University player to achieve that distinction (after Scott Henry, for his 74 against Jackson Bird and Steve O'Keefe in 2010-11).  To round off the day, he passed both 500 runs for the club and 500 runs in a First Grade season (for the season time in his career: he hit 561 for Penrith in 2015-16).

Liam Robertson, whose cool-headed management of the game was vital in the closing stages of the Limited Overs final, has become the 16th player in the club's history to pass 5500 runs in all grades.

Damien Mortimer's invaluable 71 in the Limited Overs Final was the eighth time he has passed fifty for the club this season and took him past 900 First Grade runs for the first time in his career (he now has 943).

Hayden Storey's epic 163 in Fourth Grade against Bankstown was his first century for the club - in fact, in 14 previous innings his highest score had been 36.  122 of his runs came from boundaries - 20 fours and seven 6s.

Murray Miles completed an unusual hat-trick against Bankstown in Fifth Grade.  He had Bankstown's Alex Kouventaris caught form the last ball of Bankstown's first innings; then, when Bankstown batted a second time, he removed Harry Brett and Johann Perera with the first two balls of the innings.

Ashwin Kirubanandan, with 5-67 against University of NSW in Metropolitan Cup, took his first five-wicket haul for the club.

Milestone Monday

Nick Larkin's fluent 85 for NSW against Tasmania was his fourth first-class half century (including one century).  His first scoring stroke, a single from the bowling of Alan Fekete, took him to 500 runs in first-class cricket.  He added 115 for the second wicket with Ed Cowan, whose 68 was the 73rd time he has passed fifty in first-class cricket.

When Tim Ley dismissed Bankstown's Rhys Williams on Saturday, he collected his 50th wicket of the season (including 6 in the T20 competition).  This is the second time in his career that Tim has taken 50 wickets in a First Grade seasdon (he managed 59 in 2013-14).  In the long history of the Grade competition, only four other Sydney University bowlers have claimed fifty wickets in more than one First Grade season: Peter James (1969-70, 1971-72 and 1973-74), Stewart Smith (1942-43, 1943-44 and 1945-46), Walter Stack (1911-12 and 1912-13) and John Grimble (1983-84 and 1992-93).

Charles Litchfield made his debut in First Grade against Bankstown.

James Crowley has passed 2000 runs in all grades for the club.

James Larkin's 95 against Bankstown was his seventh score of fifty or more in Seconds (including one century).

Jack Lawson's game-changing spell of 4-14 against Bankstown in Third Grade was his best return for the club in any grade.

Josh Toyer, with 4-27 against Bankstown in Thirds, took his total of wickets for the club to 366.  He's now equal 13th (with leg-spinner of the 1970s and 1980s, Chris Elder) on the club's all-time list of wicket-takers.

Brayden Dilley, 38 not out overnight against Bankstown, has posted his highest score in Thirds.

James Robertson (3-36) and Vince Umbers (3-41) each collected his best bowling figures in Fourths against Bankstown.

Ethan Jamieson (40) hit his highest Fifth Grade score against Bankstown.

Milestone Monday

Milestone Monday

On Sunday morning, in the Shield match between New South Wales and South Australia, Ed Cowan hit a boundary from Daniel Worrall's bowling to bring up his 10,000th run in first-class cricket.  1001 of those runs were in Tests; he has also scored 4085 for Tasmania, 2728 for New South Wales, 739 for Australia A, 478 for Nottinghamshire, 377 for Australia on tour, 213 for Oxford Universities 157 for British Universities, 147 for Gloucestershire and 93 for the Cricket Australia XI.  Ed's record now stands at 10,018 runs at an average of 42.09.

In the same round of Shield matches, Tom Rogers, fast bowling spearhead of last year's First Grade premiership side, dominated Tasmania's match against Western Australia.  In his only innings, he hit a career-best 48 from only 57 balls; then, with the ball, he wrecked WA's first innings with career-best figures of 4-9 from only three overs.  He added three more wickets in the second innings to finish with career-best match figures of 7-55.  In six Shield games this season, Rogers now has 25 wickets at an average of 15.28.  We could compare these figures with the bowlers who were preferred to him for NSW contracts, but that would be unkind.

First Grade's outstanding performance in the Limited Overs Cup semi-final puts Sydney University in the final of the competition for the fourth time.  University's only win in the competition was in 2010-11; the club was runner-up in 1997-98 and 2009-10.   University now meets Parramatta in the final at Old Kings Oval on Sunday 4 March.

Hayden Kerr's rapid 62 against University of NSW in First Grade (67 balls, four 4s, 3 sixes) was his sixth half-century of the season, and took him past 500 runs in the First Grade season for the first time in his career.  He followed up with another fifty (78 from 72) in the Limited Overs semi-final against Bankstown, as well as career-best figures in Firsts of 3-31.  A pretty reasonable weekend. 

During his 55 against University of NSW in First Grade on Saturday, Damien Mortimer passed 1500 runs for the club, all of them in Firsts.  His match-winning 91 against Bankstown in the Limited Overs semi-final on Sunday took his total of runs for the season to 863, a career-best.  During his 91 he passed 3000 runs in First Grade: he now has 3011 - 1371 at 24.92 for Campbelltown and 1640 at 51.25 for University.

During his unbeaten 21 against Bankstown on Sunday, Ben Trevor-Jones passed 500 First Grade runs for the season for the first time in his career.

Liam Robertson collected his 100th wicket in First Grade when he dismissed Bankstown's Aaron Bird on Sunday.  He is only the fourth player in Sydney University's history to complete the double of 2500 runs and 100 wickets in First Grade, after Greg Mail, Ian Moran and John Grimble.  In all grades, Liam has passed 5000 runs and 150 wickets: only Greg Mail, Ian Moran, Darby Quoyle, Tom Kierath and Mark Wilson have achieved both milestones for the club.

Lawrence Neil-Smith, in his match-saving last wicket stand with Ben Joy against University of NSW, made his highest score in First Grade (40 not out).

Jono Craig-Dobson, with 5-29 against University of NSW, earned Second Grade a vital win and captured his career-best figures (and first five-wicket haul) in Second Grade.

Dugald Holloway claimed his 50th wicket in Second Grade (including 12 for Eastern Suburbs) when he dismissed University of NSW's Vivek Kashyap on Saturday.

During Jack Hill's 64 against University of University of NSW he passed 1500 runs in Second Grade.  He also passed Keith Sheffield (3982 runs) to become (with 3998) the 37th highest run-scorer in the club's history.

Sam Wood's extraordinary, matchwinning 82 not out against University of NSW was his first half-century for the club and his first in Premier Cricket (although he scored 50 not out for Randwick-Petersham in Metropolitan Cup).  

Alex Bell's 56 against University of NSW was his highest score, and first half-century, in Fourth Grade.

Brodie Frost followed a career-best Fifth Grade score in Round 12 with a career-best Fourth Grade score (63) against University of NSW - which was also his first half-century in Fourths.

Milestone Monday

Nick Larkin continues to cement his place among the elite players in the club's history.  His 164 against North Sydney was his fourth century of the season and the 14th of his career: only Greg Mail has made more First Grade centuries for the club.  When he reached 68, he became only the fifth player (after Greg Mail, Ian Moran, Ed Cowan and Adam Theobald) to score 8000 runs in all grades for the club.  His tally now stands at 8096 runs at an average of 39.88.

Ed Cowan, with 3-28 against North Sydney in First Grade, collected the best bowling figures of his long career with the club.

Damien Mortimer, in hitting 65 against North Sydney, passed fifty for the 19th time in First Grade (including four centuries).

Nicky Craze continued his outstanding season with 50 in Second Grade against North Sydney, during which he passed 1500 runs for the club in all grades.

Michael Robinson's 69 against North Sydney was his second half century for the club, and his highest score for the club in Fourths (although he has scored 69 in Fourth Grade for Western Suburbs).

Brodie Frost's outrageous 80 not out in Fifth Grade against North Sydney was his first half-century in that grade.

Tom Draca's 3-28 against North Sydney was his best return with the ball in Fifth Grade.

Vince Umbers, with 3-12 against North Sydney in Fifths, claimed the best bowling figures of his career with the club.

Milestone Monday

First Grade's conclusive win over Sydney at Drummoyne Oval on Sunday earned Sydney University a place in the semi-finals of the First Grade Limited Overs Cup for the seventh time.  University will now play Bankstown at Bankstown Memorial Oval on 18 February.

Liam Robertson has reached 500 runs for the season in First Grade for the third time in his career.

Hayden Kerr, whose rapid 82 was his fifth half-century in First Grade, has passed 500 runs in his First Grade career.

Jack Holloway demolished Parramatta in Second Grade his 4-18, his best return with the ball in Seconds.

Kieran Tate has passed 150 wickets for the club in all grades.

Ned Barnet's matchwinning 5-47 against Parramatta in Fifth Grade was his second five-wicket haul for the club, his second in Fifths and his second in successive matches.

Milestone Monday

Nicky Craze's excellent 110 against Parramatta was his third century of the season; his third century for the club; his third century in Second Grade; and the third century of his grade career.  In the process, he passed 500 runs for the season in Second Grade (a mark reached by only two other batsmen in the competition to date).

Steve Hobson, with 70 against Parramatta in Seconds, passed fifty for the fourth time for the season (but, for the first time, failed to convert his half-century into a century).  It was the 15th time he has passed fifty in Seconds for the club (including seven centuries).

James Crowley's 75 not out against Parramatta was his third half-century, and highest score, in Second Grade.

Charles Litchfield, with 70 against Parramatta, passed fifty in Third Grade for the second time.  In the process, he passed 1000 runs for the club in all grades.

Matt Powys continued his remarkably consistent form with 66 in Thirds against Parramatta, which was the seventh time he has passed fifty for the club (and the sixth time in Third Grade).

Tom Fullerton, with 4-30 against Parramatta in Fourth Grade, captured his best bowling figures for the club.

Nick Mortimer continued his rich vein of form, hammering 18 4s and four 6s in his 127 against Parramatta in Fifth Grade.  This was Nick's second century for the club, his second century in successive innings, and his first century in Fifth Grade.

Max Veltro's 74 against Blacktown in Metropolitan Cup was his second successive half-century and his highest score for the club.

Zohirul Islam's 64 in Metropolitan Cup against Blacktown was his fifth half-century for the club (including two centuries).

Muhammad Ghumman's burst of 4-12 against Blacktown in Metropolitan Cup gave him his best bowling figures for the club.

Milestone Monday

Milestone Monday

It's impossible to start anywhere else but with Nick Larkin.  The First Grade captain's epic 246 (from 276 balls, in 342 minutes, with five sixes and 25 fours) was the highest score of his career with the club.  In the process:

  • he hit the 13th century of his First Grade career, drawing equal with Ed Cowan in second place (behind Greg Mail) in University's list of First Grade century-makers;
  • he became only the second University player (after Greg Mail, who has three) to score two double-centuries in First Grade;
  • he became only the third player (after Greg Mail and Steve Hobson) to score two centuries for Sydney University in any grade;
  • he recorded Sydney University's third-highest innings ever in the First Grade competition: he fell just short of the record, 253, shared by Test batsmen Johnny Taylor (against Waverley in 1923-24) and Ed Cowan (against Manly in 2006-07);
  • he posted the highest score recorded in the Premier Cricket competition this season; and
  • he passed 5500 runs in his First Grade career.

Ben Trevor-Jones has passed 1000 runs in First Grade.

Joe Kershaw (with 4-41) captured the best bowling figures of his First Grade career - which included the first stumping taken from his bowling in his career with the club (an electrifying piece of work down the leg side by Tim Cummins).  One of these statistics will please him more than the other.

Jack Holloway has passed 2000 runs for the club in all grades.

Darius Visser's 50 against Mosman was his fifth half-century in Second Grade.

Alex Shaw, with an unbeaten 48 against Mosman, reached his  highest score in Second Grade.

Ryan Danne had a memorable match against Mosman in Third Grade.  His match-winning 108 was his first century at any level of the game.   In the process, he passed 2000 runs for the club in all grades.

Josh Toyer's incisive spell of 4-31 against Mosman included his 50th wicket in Third Grade.  He has now passed 350 wickets for the club in all grades.

AJ Grant, whose 2-19 helped Fourth Grade to rout Mosman for 69, collected his 150th wicket for the club in all grades.

Ned Barnet's 5-22 against Mosman in Fifth Grade was his first five-wicket haul for the club.

Nick Mortimer produced a remarkable innings in Metropolitan Cup against University of NSW, blasting 16 fours and six 6s on the way to an unbeaten 161.  It was not only his first century for the club, but the highest score ever recorded for the club in the Metropolitan Cup competition.

In Metropolitan Cup's big win over University of NSW, Max Veltro (63) hit his highest score for the club and Prasan Adikarige (4-36) returned his best bowling figures for the club.

Monday Milestones

Monday Milestones

The club defeated St George in grades one to five on Saturday, a rare clean sweep against one of Sydney’s leading clubs. It was the second successive sweep after five from five in Round 8 against Fairfield. It’s hard to be definitive about this, but experienced club members can’t recall the club recording back-to-back clean sweeps in the grade competition.

Ed Cowan’s blistering 120 (from only 88 balls) was the 13th century of his First Grade career (only Greg Mail having scored more). It was his third First Grade hundred against St George. During his innings he became the third batsman (after Mail and Ian Moran) to reach 7000 First Grade runs for Sydney University and he also passed Adam Theobald (8191) to take third place on the club’s list of run-scorers in all grades.

When Devlin Malone dismissed Luke Bartier of St George he claimed his 100th wicket in First Grade.

Liam Robertson passed 2500 runs in First Grade during his rapid 65 not out against St George.

Lawrence Neil-Smith made his First Grade debut, taking his first wicket when he dismissed St George captain, former Test player Trent Copeland.

James Larkin (57) hit his seventh score above fifty in Second Grade (including one century) and Jack Holloway (53 not out) hit his third fifty in Seconds (one of which was a century).

Liam Whitaker improved on his career best Third Grade bowling figures for the second match in succession, taking 3-9 against St George.

Tom Fullerton recorded his highest Fourth Grade score (68) against a St George attack led by former Sheffield Shield bowler Danny McLauchlan.

Rob Browne (3-29) returned his best bowling figures for the club in Fourth Grade’s win over St George.

Michael Robinson, with 66 and 3-41, posted career-best efforts for the club with both bat and ball in Fifth Grade’s win over St George.

Vince Umbers (57 against St George) hit his second half-century in Fifth Grade.

Julian Dimas (46 not out) hit his highest score in Fifth Grade.

Shivansh Pathak, with 5-18 against Mosman, captured his best return in Metropolitan Cup and his second five wicket haul of the season.

Monday Milestones

Monday Milestones

Nick Larkin set up First Grade's win over Fairfield-Liverpool with his 12th First Grade century, 136 from 141 deliveries.  He now shares (with Ed Cowan) second place on the club's list of First Grade century-makers, needing only 20 more to catch Greg Mail.  During his innings, he passed 7500 runs for the club in all grades, joining Greg Mail, Ian Moran, Adam Theobald and Ed Cowan as the only players to reach that mark.

Hayden Kerr's 62 from 63 balls against Fairfield-Liverpool was his fourth half-century in First Grade this season.

During his rapid, unbeaten 43 against Fairfield-Liverpool, Tim Cummins passed 2500 runs in First Grade (2215 of them for Penrith).

Joe Kershaw claimed his 100th wicket for the club when he dismissed Fairfield-Liverpool's Jeremy Maher in First Grade on Saturday.

Nicky Craze's monumental 162 not out in Second Grade was his highest score for the club, his highest score in any grade, and his second century in Second Grade.  During his innings he passed 500 club runs for the season in grade, T20 and Poidevin-Gray matches, and he also passed 1000 runs in Seconds (including 472 for Campbelltown-Camden).

Jono Craig-Dobson captured his 50th wicket in Second Grade when he dismissed Fairfield's Chris Gibson on Saturday.

In the closing stages of Second Grade's conclusive win over Fairfield-Liverpool, Charles Litchfield and Jack Hill each took his first wicket in Seconds.

In Third Grade's demolition of Fairfield-Liverpool, spinners Jack Lawson (4-33) and Liam Whitaker (3-27) both returned career-best Third Grade figures.

Ash Cowan has become the first player in the club's history to reach 2500 runs in Third Grade.

The week after he recorded his best Fifth Grade bowling figures, Andrew Wilkinson hit his highest Fifth Grade score, 49 not out against Fairfield-Liverpool.  His unbroken last wicket stand of 79 with Tom Draca (whose 28 not out was a career-best for the club) fell only ten runs short of the club's Fifth Grade record for a last wicket partnership.

Murray Miles (3-23) and Jono Phoebus (3-25) each recorded his best Fifth Grade bowling figures.  Jono Phoebus collected his three wickets with successive balls to claim his first hat-trick for the club.

Reappearing for the club for the first time since 2006-07, Ryan Bulger's first wicket in Fifth Grade was his 50th wicket for Sydney University.  Eleven seasons between matches may seem like a long break, but it's nowhere close to the club record: three players (ABS White, Greg Scahill and Hartley Anderson) have re-appeared for the club after a gap of more than 25 years.

Four players recorded their best performances for the club in Metropolitan Cup's rampant win over Randwick-Petersham: Julian Dimas (47) and Nick Mortimer (40 not out) with the bat, and Max Shanahan (5-32) and Ashwin Kirubanandan (3-16) with the ball.

Milestone Monday

Milestone Monday

Tim Ley took his 300th wicket in First Grade when he bowled Jonte Pattison of Northern District on Saturday.  20 of these wickets were taken for Eastern Suburbs.

AJ Grant, during his 40 against Northern District in Fourth Grade on Saturday, passed 4000  runs for the club.  He becomes the 38th player to achieve this milestone for the club.

During his 37 against Northern District in First Grade, Damien Mortimer became the second player to pass 500 runs for the club this season.  He has 501 runs so far in Firsts and T20 matches.

Hayden Kerr's 54 against Northern District was his third half-century in First Grade.

Alex Shaw (with 119 against Northern District in Third Grade) hit his first century for the club.

Hugh Farrow's 62 against Northern District was his first half-century in Fifth Grade.

Robert Browne's 64 against Northern District was his first half-century in Fifth Grade.

Andrew Wilkinson (4-14 against Northern District) returned his best bowling figures in Fifth Grade.

Ned Barnet made his debut for the club in Fifth Grade's victory over Northern District.

Milestone Monday

Milestone Monday

On Saturday night, Devlin Malone was awarded a University Blue for his performances in the last twelve months.  Devlin became the club's first Blue since 2012 (when both Nick Larkin and James Crowley received recognition).

Ryan McElduff reached his highest score for the club when he hit 89 against the strong Sydney attack in Second Grade on Saturday.

Rain cut short the Fourth Grade match against Sydney on Saturday with University looking strong, but not before Jono Phoebus collected his first Fourth Grade wicket.

Fifth Grade's impressive win over Sydney owed most to a superb spell from Shivansh Pathak, who took three wickets for five runs on the second day, completing his first five-wicket haul for the club (5-17).  Ashwin Kirubanandan bowled well in support, taking his first wickets in Fifth Grade (2-20).

In the Metropolitan Cup match with George's River, Rakin Rahman was dismissed "hit the ball twice".  We can find no record of any previous Sydney University batsman ever being dismissed this way in the club's history.

Milestone Monday

Milestone Monday

Or, as we're learning to call it, Hobson Monday.  Steve Hobson's 109 against Sydney on Saturday:

  • was his 11th century for the club, but his first in First Grade;
  • made him (at 39 years and 296 days) the oldest player to score a First Grade century for Sydney University, passing Greg Mail, who was 38 years and 269 days old when he hit 06 not out against Blacktown last season;
  • was his third century in successive matches (but not successive innings).  This has only been achieved once before in the club's history, by Test batsman Johnny Taylor, in 1923-24; and
  • made him the first batsman in Sydney to pass 500 runs in Grades 1 to 5 this season, even though he was unavailable for Round 5. 

Tim Cummins improved his highest First Grade score for the club for the second time in eight days, hitting 73 not out against Sydney.  It was his eleventh half-century in First Grade.

Those of you on Ben Joy Watch will be disappointed to learn that on Saturday he failed to hit the first ball he faced for six.  He did, however, deposit the next two balls he faced over the fence.  So far this season, his strike rate is 168.00.

Jack Hill hit his seventh century for the club, and his third in Third Grade, reaching 110 against Sydney on Saturday.  During his innings, he passed Paul O'Halloran to become the 39th highest run scorer in the club's history.

Aidan Peek made his debut in Third Grade against Sydney, and celebrated with an unbeaten innings of 34.

Zohirul Islam hit his highest Fifth Grade score (59) against Sydney, passing 1000 runs for the club in the process.

Rakin Rahman hit his first half-century for the club (61) in Metropolitan Cup against George's River.

 

 

Milestone Monday

Milestone Monday

Tom Rogers, a key member of last season's First Grade premiership side, made his second Sheffield Shield appearance for Tasmania last week and collected his best first-class bowling figures, with 4-21 in Victoria's first innings at the MCG.

Joe Kershaw made a highly effective Futures League debut for ACT/NSW Country last week, taking 2-62 and 2-45 and scoring 23 and 10 against Western Australia in Perth.  Joe has been named in the side to play South Australia at Woodville Oval in Adelaide, beginning today.

Hayden Kerr improved his best bowling figures in First Grade by taking 2-22 against Penrith.

Dugald Holloway's face-saving 30 in the T20 match against Northern District on Sunday improved his highest First Grade score for the third time in as many innings.

Ryan Danne, on debut, took his first wicket in Second Grade.

Tom Galvin's 55 against Penrith was his highest score for the club and his second half-century (both in Thirds).

Jazz Rinka (3-20), on debut, took his first wickets in Fourth Grade.

Tim Synnott claimed his best bowling figures for the club (4-22) in Metropolitan Cup's big win over Randwick-Petersham.

Milestone Monday

Milestone Monday

Tim Cummins reminded his old club, Penrith, what they were missing with an outstanding, unbeaten 70 in First Grade on Saturday.  It was his tenth First Grade fifty, but his first for Sydney University.

During his excellent 73 against Penrith on Saturday, Damien Mortimer passed 2500 runs in First Grade (1371 of them for Campbelltown-Camden).

Hayden Kerr's 59 against Penrith at Howell Oval was his second fifty in First Grade.

Dugald Holloway, with 26 against Penrith, improved on his career-best First Grade score for the second time in successive innings.

Nicky Craze played an exceptional innings of 129 in Second Grade against Penrith.  This was his first century in any grade, apart from his 104 not out in AW Green Shield for Campbelltown-Camden in 2012-13.

Matt Powys and Ryan Danne each made his debut in Second Grade against Penrith.

Jono Craig-Dobson hit a valuable 37 in Second Grade against Penrith, improving his career-best score in Seconds for the second time in successive innings.

Sam Wood's 4-37 in Third Grade against Penrith was his best return for the club in his short career to date.

After taking 3-38 in Thirds against Penrith, Josh Toyer has taken his career tally of wickets to 342, passing Mark Wilson (341) to become the 16th highest wicket-taker in the club's history.

Brayden Dilley made his Third Grade debut against Penrith.

Murray Miles and Jazz Rinka each made his Fourth Grade debut against Penrith.

Shehan Canagasingham has passed 100 wickets for the club - with the ridiculously low average of 7.68.  No other player since the 19th century has taken 100 wickets at such low cost.

Julian Dimas made his debut for the club in Fifth Grade against Penrith.

Jonathon Aylward, with 102, hit his first century for the club in Metropolitan Cup's match with Randwick-Petersham.  In the same game, Muhammad Ghumman hit 51 in his first innings for the club.

Milestone Monday

Tom Rogers, fast-bowling spearhead of last season's First Grade premiership side, made his first-class debut for Tasmania against Queensland last weekend.  In a low-scoring game, his first-innings 36 was a vital contribution.  he collected his first wickets in Queensland's first innings, dismissing Mark Steketee and Luke Feldman in taking 2-40.

Joe Kershaw has been selected for his first Futures League match.  He will turn out for ACT/NSW Country in the game against Western Australia in Perth, commencing today.

When he dismissed NSW representative Arjun Nair lbw in the match against Hawkesbury on Saturday,  Ben Joy collected his 100th wicket in First Grade.

Lawrence Neil-Smith's outstanding form against Hawkesbury was rewarded by his best bowling analysis in Second Grade (4-37).  His six wickets in the match (also a career-best in Seconds) made him the club's leading wicket-taker so far this season, with 17.

Ash Cowan's first scoring stroke in Third Grade's extraordinary tie with Hawkesbury took him past 5500 runs for the club.  He is only the 15th player in the club's history to reach that milestone.

Milestone Monday

Milestone Monday

It's Steve Hobson week here on Milestone Monday.  Everyone's favourite folically-challenged South African ripped up the record books out at Owen Earle Oval, with a phenomenal 229 not out against Hawkesbury in Second Grade.  In the process:

  • he posted the highest score ever recorded for Sydney University in Second Grade, passing Adam Theobald's 226 against Northern District in 2011-12 (a match in which Steve scored 226 runs fewer than Adam);
  • he notched up his second double-century for the Club.  Only one other player (Greg Mail, who scored three) has managed more than one double century for the club (although Ed Cowan has a double-hundred and a 199);
  • he now has (with 240 and 229 not out) two of the four highest scores ever made for the club in Grade cricket.  Top spot is shared by Test batsmen Ed Cowan and Johnny Taylor, with 253; five years before the Grade competition commenced, Test all-rounder Tom Garrett hit 274 for the University 1st XI against the Albert Club; and
  • he passed 3000 runs in all grades.  

In First Grade, Nick Larkin hit a dominant 140, his third successive century (after two in the Futures League) and his 11th First Grade hundred.  He joins Eric Barbour on eleven First Grade centuries for University, behind only Greg Mail (32) and Ed Cowan (12).

During his polished 53 against Hawkesbury in First Grade, Damien Mortimer passed 1000 runs for the club.  After the weekend, his tally stands at 1097 runs, all in Firsts, at the impressive average of 57.74.

Tim Ley's first wicket in the T20 match with Parramatta took him to 270 First Grade wickets for University, passing prewar NSW leg-spinner Walter Stack (269) to become the club's fifth-highest wicket-taker in Firsts.

Ben Trevor-Jones hit 68 against his former club, Hawkesbury, the fourth time he has passed fifty in First Grade (including one century).

The match against Central Coast in the Kingsgrove Sports T20 competition on Sunday was the first time University has played Central Coast in a competitive match since the two sides met in the 1973-74 Rothmans Cup Limited Overs knockout tournament.

Devlin Malone's 4-18 against Central Coast was his career-best return in a First Grade T20 match.

Ben Joy waited until his fourth match of the season before he had a chance to bat, and then carved the first delivery he faced in First Grade against Hawkesbury over long-off for six.  The next day, he faced the first ball he faced in the T20 match against Parramatta for six.  It's impossible to prove that this isn't some kind of record.

Charles Litchfield, with 94 against Hawkesbury, passed fifty for the third time in Second Grade (including one century).

On Saturday, Ben Larkin passed both Shane Stanton (5052) and Mark Wilson (5058) to become the 19th highest run-scorer in the club's history.

Also during the Second Grade match at Hawkesbury, Nicky Craze passed 1000 runs for the club in all grades.

Jazz Rinka made his Fifth Grade debut in the match against Hawkesbury and (with 2-38) took his first wickets.

Metropolitan Cup had a tough day at the office against Gordon, but Tim Synnott (4-75) claimed his best bowling figures for the club and Prasan Adikarige (2-31) collected his first wickets.

Finally, two players go into next Saturday on Milestone Watch: Ash Cowan has 5499 runs for the club in all grades, and Ben Joy has 99 First Grade wickets.

Milestone Monday

Milestone Monday

Nick Larkin continues to demolish records in the Futures League.  In last week’s match for ACT/NSW Country against NSW Metropolitan, he hit 189 and 129 not out, his sixth and seventh centuries in the competition.  He passed 1500 runs in the Futures League (he now has 1707 at an average of 81.28) and he completed a remarkable sequence of four successive centuries, following his 210 against ACT and 212 against Victoria for NSW last season.

Damien Mortimer made his Futures League debut for NSW Metropolitan against ACT/NSW Country, and in between chasing balls hit by Nick Larkin, did very well with the bat, hitting 61 and 49.

Ben Joy’s acrobatic, one-handed catch to remove James Psarakis gave Ryan McElduff his first wicket in First Grade against Western Suburbs on Saturday.

When Devlin Malone dismissed Wests opener Isaac Taylor last Saturday, he collected his 200th wicket in Premier Cricket (146 in all grades for Sutherland, and 54 for Sydney University).

During his unbeaten 50 against Western Suburbs in Second Grade on Saturday, Ben Larkin passed 5000 runs for the club in all grades.  He has become the 23rd player to reach that milestone, and later in his innings he passed 1980s stalwarts Keith Pitty (5009) and Geoff Cooper (5015) to climb to 21st on the club’s all-time list of run-scorers.

Steve Hobson hit his ninth century for the club in Second Grade’s match against Western Suburbs.   It was his sixth century in Second Grade, and only Adam Theobald (13) has scored more in that grade for University.

During his outstanding all-round performance against Western Suburbs, Fourth Grade captain AJ Grant took his 50th wicket in Fourths.

Shehan Canagasingham took his first Fourth Grade wickets in the match against Western Suburbs.

In Metropolitan Cup against University of NSW, Jazz Rinka followed his excellent innings last week by capturing his first five-wicket haul for the club (5-40).