Shared from the 11/28/2019 North Shore Times eEdition

Captain’s knock steers Bears to win

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Justin Avendano, UTS North Sydney captain scored a magnificent ton. Picture: Julian Andrews.

A marvellous ton from skipper Justin Avendano saw UTS North Sydney emerge victorious in a highly competitive game against Western Suburbs.

With cloud cover overhead, North Sydney won the toss and sent the Magpies in.

James Campbell opened the attack, after returning from NSW Second XI duties and almost took a stunning caught and bowled off the first ball of the day.

His opening partner, Will Graham (3/43) was the pick of the bowlers, claiming the first wicket LBW with the score on 18.

A 50 run second wicket partnership provided Wests with momentum before Graham took his second wicket.

James Psarakis (61) and Josh Clarke (54) moved the score along to 141 before Psarakis was out caught and bowled to Robbie Aitken.

Campbell chipped in for a wicket and Aitken completed a second caught and bowled, leaving the visitors 6/185.

The Magpies’ tail wagged and they finished 9/236.

The Bears lost Tom Jagot in the first over, but Ben Bryant (42) and Justin Avendano (126) put on a 111 run stand, the hundred coming off 128 balls.

With the pitch starting to hold up there was a mini-collapse as the next three batsmen fell for single figures, leaving the Bears 5/143.

Added to that was the impending rain and a deficit on the Duckworth Lewis equation. New man Lavelle rectified this taking 11 runs from the 40th over.

Avendano was caught on the rope on 62, but in an act of great sportsmanship, the fielder, Psarakis, signalled a six as his foot had touched the rope.

When the rain came Avendano was on 95* and Lavelle 23*. After a short break, the sun tried to peek through for the first time. The equation was 51 off 50 balls. It was Lavelle’s finest knock since joining the team from Lancashire, scoring 42 off 52. Avendano went past 100 and in doing so brought up his 4000th career First Grade run. The Bears passed the opposition score with two overs to spare and now move back into third place on the ladder.

Second Grade, also third, kept their unbeaten run going, chasing down the Magpies’ 217 in the 48th over.

Fifth Grade had a convincing 65 run win while Thirds fell 33 runs short.

The Bears’ Poidevin-Gray side had an emphatic victory with stand out performances by Nuwan Whyte and Jack James.

It is back to two day action next week as the Bears travel to Parramatta.

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