Shared from the 10/24/2019 North Shore Times eEdition

Whales stumped as Bears take control

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UTS North Sydney dominated the first day of its two day clash against Mosman on Saturday.

The Bears won the toss and elected to bat at Allan Border Oval under sunny skies.

Prior to the drinks break Mosman and NSW bowler Greg West bowled with real pace but the openers weathered the storm.

At lunch the score was 0/88. Jack James was eventually dismissed for 91 just before tea with the score on 193, attempting the late cut one too many times.

Ben Bryant then achieved his maiden ton just after tea.

Tom Jagot (61) joined Justin Avendano (82) in the middle, putting together a 134 run partnership for the third wicket. The pair increased the scoring rate with Avendano smashing three sixes and eight fours and with half an hour of play remaining the score was 3/349.

Tim Reynolds (20* off 18) and Olly Knight (13 off 8) continued where their teammates had left off and at stumps the Bears were five down for 385.

West returned figures of 1/50 from his 20 overs while Luke Shelton picked up 2/110. Harry Dalton got the other two wickets from just 3.3 overs but went for 28 runs. The Bears are in a strong position across the grades. Seconds reduced Mosman to 2/31 after scoring 293, while in thirds, North Sydney finished on 5/301. In fourth grade North Sydney were 8/245 at stumps while in fifths the Bears are 2/42 having bowled out Mosman for 227.

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