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.