Shared from the 10/3/2019 Mosman Daily eEdition

Alexander the great’s huge haul

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Matt Alexander tore through the Bankstown order on the weekend but the Bears fell short by one

MATT Alexander has achieved the club’s best bowling figures for UTS North Sydney against Bankstown, beating current 2nd Grade captain Glenn Aitken (7/66 in 2005-06). His 7/38 is the best limited overs figures in North Sydney club history.

On a cool but sunny morning, Bankstown won the toss and elected to bat on a dry Bankstown Oval pitch. After a tight start from James Campbell and Will Graham, Alexander was injected into the game snaring the 1st wicket to have Bankstown 1/57 off 14. Alexander claimed two further wickets before destroying the tail, taking four wickets in 10 balls in the 48th and 50th overs.

UTS North Sydney needed 228 runs for victory and the chase started well for the Bears with Max Bryant and Thomas Jagot putting on 66 for the first wicket. Justin Avendano top scored with

60. As the pitch got slower runs dried up and at 4/113, the Bears needed 115 from the final 15 overs. A quickfire 41 run partnership between Campbell and Max Papworth, who debuted for the club as cap no. 667, gave the bears a sniff. In the final over, opening bowlers Campbell and Graham required nine runs for victory. With four needed, the final ball was struck into the deep on the off side, two runs were completed and Graham was run out attempting a third that was never there but would have tied the game. The Bears lose by an agonising 1 run.

In the lower grades, Glenn Aitken (86*) and Broc Hardy

(71) set up victory for second grade after a strong bowling performance at Tunks Park from the spinners Jack James (2/31), Sam Alexander (1/38) and Mac Jenkins (2/40). In fifth grade Aditya Nigul scored an unbeaten 60 chasing Bankstown’s 149.

Next week the Bears take on Hawkesbury.

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