Shared from the 11/7/2019 North Shore Times eEdition

Bears bowlers skittle University

UTS North Sydney reduce Sydney Uni to 111 to claim first innings points after losing toss


THE UTS North Sydney Bears put in an impressive display under warm sunny skies at University Oval to eventually claim first innings points against a strong Sydney University line up.

Stand in skipper Tom Jagot lost the toss, and was asked to field.

The Bears bowlers enjoyed the gusty conditions on a pitch that was offering a little bit of sideways movement.

James Campbell and Will Graham kept it tight with the students’ first run coming in the fourth over.

Campbell made the initial breakthrough in the ninth over with a diving catch by keeper George Lavelle.

Graham backed his partner up a few overs later splattering the stumps of the number three and it was 2/14 in the 12th over.

Olly Knight was introduced into the attack in the 15th over and had immediate success removing the inform Hayden Kerr for four.

With Matt Alexander (1/27) bowling from the other end, Campbell returned for his second spell taking two more wickets to finish with 3/26 and the students wobbling at 6/73.

A thirty run partnership developed before Robbie Aitken (1/9) and James Aitken cleaned up the tail.

It was James Aitken’s 250th First Grade game for the Bears and he celebrated in style taking 3/6 from 6.3 overs. Sydney University were all out for 111 in the 51st over.

UTS North Sydney had to negotiate a tricky period before the tea break, losing two early wickets to be 2/26.

Last week’s centurion Ben Bryant made a valuable 35 steering the Bears to 4/66 before being caught by the keeper.

Robbie Aitken played aggressively, hitting a boundary to go to 21 and in doing so became just the third player in First Grade history to take five hundred wickets and score 11,000 runs. Knight played as he always does hitting 35 off 19 balls with three sixes and three fours.

The Bears passed the total, gaining first innings points and, at 7/163, Jagot declared, hoping for a wicket before the close of play. Three overs were bowled at the Uni openers who will resume next week 0/6.

In Second Grade Norths scored 8/316 with Glenn Aitken reaching 93 and Raymond Alexander 71*. Third Grade made 237 and will need to bowl well to win. Uni declared at 7/273 in Fourth Grade, while Patrick Lindsay (5/39) achieved his 12th five-for of his career as Uni reached 203 in Fifth Grade.

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