It was a close battle for Universities in first grade this week, but unfortunately they couldn't get over the line. Captain Maddy Darke won the toss and sent Parramatta in, but the innings didn't start well for Universities, with Parramatta's openers putting on a good partnership before Isabelle Arafas was able to break through. Wickets fell fairly regularly, but Parramatta kept hanging on to get through their 50 overs at 9/193. Arafas (3/27) was the pick of the bowlers with Madeline Case (3/48) and Sarah Brine (2/27) and Dharshia Srinivas (1/24) providing good support. Universities' batting innings started well with Darke (61) and Rachel Trenaman (36) forming a strong partnership at the top of the order. Unfortunately once they were out, the rest of the team were unable to carry out the task, falling five runs short of the target in the 49th over.

Rachel Trenaman batting for Universities
A strong partnership from Rachel Trenaman and Maddy Darke unfortunately wasn't enough to get Universities over the line. Photo: Frog Box

Full results
First Grade: Universities (188) lost to Parramatta (9/193) by five runs
Second Grade: Universities (8/107) lost to Parramatta (3/111) by seven wickets
Third Grade: Universities (92) lost to UTS North Sydney (8/182)


After a rained out day one, UNSW came out firing for day two against Randwick-Petersham. The opposition won the toss and batted first and UNSW took full advantage with a quick early wicket that set the tone for the rest of the innings. None of the Randy-Petes could pass 30 runs as UNSW took regular wickets to have them all out in less than 50 overs. It was a true team effort with the ball - UNSW's bowlers shared the wickets around with Chris Tremain (2/38), Declan White (2/41), Tom Scoble (2/41), Hayden McLean (2/20) and Adrian Isherwood (1/29) all getting in on the action. UNSW set out to make short work of the total with the bat - Matt Gilkes (65) set the perfect platform, with Suffan Hassan (36) also a key contributor. They scampered past the total in the 42nd over to take the win and improve their ladder position.

Vibhu-Sadayappan Karthikeyan was instrumental with the ball for second grade
Vibhu-Sadayappan Karthikeyan was instrumental with the ball for second grade. Photo: UNSW Cricket Club

Full results
First Grade: UNSW (7/175) defeated Randwick-Petersham (171) by three wickets
Second Grade: UNSW (165) lost to Randwick-Petersham (257) by 92 runs
Third Grade: UNSW (7/206 dec) defeated Randwick-Petersham (195) by 11 runs
Fourth Grade: UNSW (8/182) defeated Randwick-Petersham (181) by two wickets
Fifth Grade: UNSW (4/112) defeated Randwick-Petersham (106) by six wickets