Minor Premiers Sydney University has won the Belvidere Cup after a titanic effort with the bat led by NSW Blues squad member Ryan Carters.
In pursuit of Bankstown's 6-441 declared at Bankstown Memorial Oval, Sydney University was able to bat out the match posting 7-348 from 151 overs and earn a draw, winning the McDonald's NSW Premier Cricket Competition after it finished higher than Bankstown after the preliminary rounds. It was Sydney University's ninth title.
Carters (110 not out) was absolutely immense in his stay at the crease that almost single-handedly helped University to survive.
He spent more than eight hours in the middle, in what was one of the finest McDonald's NSW Premier Cricket Finals innings.
His innings involved a measured approach of strong defence, patient leaving of danger balls and his ability to tick the score along when needed.
Carters has kept his name on the lips of NSW selectors with this innings and has again proven what a valuable commodity he is to the Sydney University line up.
His century was his third of the season but not too many innings will bring the wicket keeper much more satisfaction.
Carters was supported in the lower order first by Tom Rogers (56) and then Tim Ley (31 not out) as the Students defied a resilient Bankstown side.
To their credit, the Bulldogs never gave up in the field and had a chance to secure victory late in the afternoon as it put down a chance of Ley at short leg.
Earlier in the day it had looked a lot more positive with some quick wickets in the morning session putting the Bulldogs on top.
Ashton May (1) and Liam Robertson (0) both fell cheaply to Bankstown captain Jarrad Burke who removed the batters within two overs of one another. With the score perched at 6-185 the students had to dig in, and that's exactly what Carters and Rogers did. They added 97 for the seventh-wicket in a vital partnership that subdued the momentum of the Bulldogs.
However intermittent rain and stout defensive stroke-play frustrated the Bulldogs who ran out of time.
The celebrations rang out in Bankstown with the completion of the 151st over with Carters and Ley mobbed by their jubilant team mates in what will go down as one the most satisfying efforts by a Sydney University side.
Carters was awarded the Benaud Medal as the Player of the Final for his mammoth 536-minute occupation of the crease.
Sydney University has claimed the Belvidere Cup on six occasions since 2002-03.
Sydney won the Albert Cup for the second consecutive season after beating Northern District on first innings.
After posting a huge total of 357 with Tristen McDonald (78) and Ryan Corns (66) laying the foundation, Sydney dismissed Northern District for just 149 with Alex Bloomfield claiming 5-28 from 12.2 overs.
Sydney batted again and were 6-212 when stumps were drawn with Matthew Pasternatsky unbeaten on 102.
Alex Bloomfield was awarded Player of the Match by the umpires.
Northern District batted Mosman out of the match, posting a mammoth 7-464 to claim the Mitchell Cup.
Jason Hayward’s 168 included 17 fours and 5 sixes. He was awarded the player of the match by the umpires.
Sydney claimed the Reid Cup after defeating Gordon at Drummoyne Oval.
Gordon was dismissed for just 113 thanks to Alex Rashleigh, who claimed 8-49 from 17.5 overs. Sydney then accumulated 7-286 with Harry Manenti top scoring with 83 not out.
Alex Rashleigh was awarded the Player of the Final.
Randwick Petersham secured the David Sherwood Cup, beating St George by 187 runs at Hurstville Oval.
Batting first, St George could only make 74 thanks to a fine spell of bowling by Randwick Petersham captain Nigil Singh who claimed 4-19 from 15 overs.
Randwick Petersham made 261 in its first innings with Jack Standing top scoring with 79.
Nigil Singh added 30 runs and was named the Player of the Final by the umpires.
For full scorecards, tables, draws and statistics from the McDonald’s Sydney Grade competition, go to http://www.premier.nsw.cricket.com.au