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.