Shared from the 1/23/2020 North Shore Times eEdition

Bears pipped by Manly in big bash

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UTS North Sydney took a short trip over The Spit to take on local rivals Manly on a soggy Saturday.

Rain delayed play until 3pm, which meant a reduced 28 over per side game.

Manly won the toss and elected to bat, starting solidly before former Tah, Matt Alexander (3/42) claimed the wickets of both openers to have the home side 2/53 from eight overs.

Olly Knight (2/26) took the next two wickets as Manly advanced the score to 4/108 by the end of the 16th over.

Opening bowler Will Graham (2/43) was rewarded in his second spell with two Manly scalps.

A third wicket to Alexander and another to veteran off spinner Robbie Aitken (1/25) reduced Manly to 8/174.

NSW contracted bowler Ryan Hadley put the Bears’ openers under pressure and claimed an early wicket to have North Sydney 2/8 after three overs.

New batsmen Jack James and Tim Reynolds kept the scoreboard ticking, chipping away at the total and then upping the rate with a few boundaries and sixes.

Reynolds cleared the fence on four occasions as the pair pushed the score to 2/129, a partnership of 121 runs from 124 balls.

However, when Reynolds was caught for 74 on the boundary attempting consecutive sixes, it triggered a mini collapse.

Wicket keeper batsman George Lavelle played a nice cameo scoring 26 runs from just 13 deliveries, but it was not enough and the Bears fell four runs short.

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