Shared from the 10/31/2019 North Shore Times eEdition

Bears beaten as Whales wag tail

Nailbiting finish sees Mosman cricketers prevail over UTS North Sydney

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North Sydney batting against Mosman. Picture: Julian Andrews.

UTS North Sydney was pipped at the post by Mosman in a thrilling local derby at Allan Border Oval.

The Bears declared at 5/385, and got off to a good start on day two (Saturday) with two quick wickets to James Campbell leaving Mosman 2/24.

After the fall of the third wicket Nathan Hinton combined with Anthony Adlam to put on a 180 run partnership that placed Mosman in a strong position.

Hinton was dropped on 43 and 56, before shortly after tea the stand was broken by Will Graham. He found Adlam’s edge and George Lavelle took a straightforward catch.

Hinton was finally caught by Oliver Knight at midwicket off James Campbell before Matthew Alexander took the next two wickets.

But the game still had a couple of twists left. At 7/370, Alexander struck again, giving him a five wicket haul for the second time this season.

He now sits at the top of the First Grade bowling aggregate with 19 wickets.

The last man came to the crease with the score at 9/379, and narrowly survived a tight maiden from Campbell with the scores level.

The following over, Jake Turner squeezed one past the third man fielder and the Whales were home, while the Bears were left to rue their mistakes in the field.

UTS North Sydney took the spoils in Second, Third and Fourth Grades, while Mosman won the Fifth Grade clash.

In Fourth Grade, Harrison May returned figures of 6/49 ensuring his side’s first win of the season.

The Bears currently sit in the top six in the Second, Third and Fifth Grade ladders.

Meanwhile, UTS North Sydney emerged victorious by just four runs in the Kingsgrove Sports T20 Cup against reigning champions Sutherland.

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