Shared from the 11/21/2019 North Shore Times eEdition

Bears given harsh reality check

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Ben Bryant scored a gallant 59. Picture: Julian Andrews.

A modest batting total meant UTS North Sydney were always behind against Sydney

AFTER losing the toss UTS North Sydney were asked to bat under overcast skies in the second of the one day fixtures this season against Sydney Cricket Club.

Ben Bryant opened the batting with Tom Jagot, reaching 20 before Jagot was bowled. After a short rain delay Sydney Sixer Justin Avendano fell without scoring to former Norths player Nic Bills and the Bears were 2/21. Bryant then combined with Jack James for an important 102 run partnership.

This is the second time these two have combined for a century stand. Bryant scored 59 with eight fours and a six. James, who scored 58 runs, including eight fours, was joined in the middle by fellow teenager Tim Reynolds. Both lads fell the same way taking on the pull shot and North Sydney were 5/142 with 19 overs left.

Robbie Aitken (26*) looked to manage the innings, but Sydney Sixer Ben Manenti claimed three quick wickets to have UTS North Sydney 8/180. The tail contributed with the bat but the team could only manage 215 runs.

There were no heroics in the bowling this week, and although it was a solid all round bowling performance, it was always going to be difficult to defend a moderate total.

Seventeen-year-old Mac Jenkins had a good game in the field in his first game of longer form cricket in the top grade.

He took two catches in the deep and bowled 10 overs, returning figures of 2/38.

Will Graham finished with 1/39 off seven and Jack James 1/12 off four. In the end, a run a ball century by Justin Mosca was the difference between the two teams as Sydney cruised to victory in the 41st over.

UTS North Sydney slip to 6th on the ladder and will need to bounce back against Western Suburbs in another one day fixture next week.

In second grade, the Bears bowled Sydney out for 162. They looked to have blown the game when reduced to 7/77, but an outstanding 56 not out from Ray Alexander, batting at eight, got them the win with one over to spare.

Fourth Grade also bowled Sydney out for 162. Harrison May (3/27) was the pick of the bowlers in this game, claiming three of the first four wickets to have Sydney 3/14 early on. An opening stand of 104 between Jamie Shaw (49) and Chris Spratt

(52) set the team up for victory in the 36th over.

Threes bowled well to put themselves in position to win, but the batting let them down. Fifth Grade also capitulated with the bat to go down to Sydney.

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