Shared from the 12/12/2019 North Shore Times eEdition

King James cracks a ton in win

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Jack James celebrates his ton.

YOUNG gun Jack James scored his maiden First Grade century in the NSW Premier Cricket competition to guide the Bears to a comprehensive win over Parramatta at Old Kings Oval.

Parramatta batted on from the previous week’s score of 9/291, but were quickly bowled out for 296 with Matt Alexander (3/49) taking the final wicket in the third ball of the second over. Alexander continues to lead the Premier Cricket bowling aggregate with James Campbell just a few places below.

Jack James, in his sixth first grade appearance for the club, opened the batting with Ben Bryant for the Bears and set about knocking off the required runs.

Some lovely cover drives from James and a few hit back over the head of the bowler from Bryant, combined with disciplined defence and outstanding running between the wickets got the openers through to lunch at 0/83 off 26 overs.

The fielding team toiled hard to manage the run rate, but rarely beat the bat as the wicket flattened out.

James copped a barrage of short balls after lunch but kept his composure, even taking one on the body.

The openers put on 119 runs before Bryant (43) was given out LBW.

James was joined by skipper Justin Avendano, who got off to a bright start with two fours in his first over. The pair pushed the score along to 1/168 by tea and the equation was 129 runs from 32 overs.

Avendano brought up his fourth half century of the season from 64 balls. In the next over James struck a well timed drive for four to bring up his maiden first grade ton from 207 balls. James and Avendano took the score to 269, a partnership of 150 for the second wicket, with James dismissed for 125.

His innings included 13 fours and a six.

The Bears looked to finish the game quickly and wicket keeper batsman George Lavelle (19 not out) scored the winning runs with Avendano on 95 not out.

Avendano, who has only been dismissed four times in seven innings, now leads the premier cricket batting aggregate with 444 at 111, with James in fifth on 384 runs and Bryant 11th on 354.

In Second Grade, Ray Alexander scored 117 as his side went down.

Third Grade had a draw, but not before big hitting youngster Jordan Vilensky achieved his maiden grade ton with 114.

Fourth Grade took first innings points after declaring at 9/131, while Fifth Grade had a close win bowling Parramatta out for 239 – just 28 runs short of their first innings total of 267.

Next week the Bears take on Fairfield/Liverpool in the final match of the round before the Christmas break.

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