Parramatta gives students unfamiliar lesson

PARRAMATTA have done what no-one else has done this season: beaten Sydney University in the Sydney first-grade cricket competition.

They did it at Old Kings Oval on the weekend.

As a bonus, experienced opening bowler Ben Martin did what few have done, dismissed the grade legend and its heaviest runscorer Greg Mail twice cheaply — for five and 0.

But Sydney University have also shown why they are the competition leaders, gaining an outright win after falling behind on the first innings.

The hosts won the toss and batted first and a win looked unlikely when they were dismissed for a modest 170, with Trent Crittenden and Scott Chipperfield propping up the innings with 49 and 43 respectively.

But there was nothing modest about the Parramatta bowling resources as they whipped the Students out for 132, with Chipperfield completing a fine double, taking 5-42, supported by Martin and the evergreen Daniel Jackson, with two wickets apiece.

There was plenty modest about Parramatta's second batting effort, however.

Going for quick runs, they were quickly dispatched for 102 in 35.4, leaving the Students with 141 runs to get.

They got there for the loss of five wickets in 36.3 overs, with opener Nick Larkin unbeaten on 68, including 11 fours.

Parramatta at least got four points and something to brag about but that can't last long.

They are away to the unbeaten Penrith in a two-day game this weekend.

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