Shared from the 10/10/2019 Mosman Daily eEdition

Bears take first innings in thriller

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UTS North Sydney took first innings honours with a last ball boundary against Hawkesbury on Saturday.

Light drizzle and numerous dark clouds overhead prompted Sydney Sixer and UTS North Sydney captain Justin Avendano to send the opposition in to bat.

The bowlers used the conditions well with Will Graham taking two early scalps to have the Hawks 2/7.

Two early LBWs were turned down before it was third time lucky for James Campbell and Hawkesbury were 3/9 after seven overs.

A strong partnership developed before Matt Alexander removed the dangerous former One Day International batsman Peter Forrest with an outstanding catch by Max Papworth diving to his right.

Alexander also took the final two Hawks wickets to finish with 4/28 and is the leading wicket taker in the competition.

In reply, the Bears fell to 2/7 early before Jack James and Tim Reynolds combined.

With eight needed for victory in day one and all fielders on the fence, James and Reynolds ran ones and twos leaving the scores level with one ball remaining in the day. James played a neat late cut past the keeper for four, giving UTS North Sydney first innings points and the ascendancy leading into day two.

In other grades, seconds are well placed with Hawkesbury 7/180 after 84 overs; thirds are in a strong position at 9/290; fourth grade were rolled for 89; and fifths are well on top.

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