Shared from the 1/30/2020 North Shore Times eEdition

Bears skittle Dragons to take points


THE Bears returned to North Sydney Oval for a vital clash with St George over the weekend.

Norths were strengthened by the return of Captain Justin Avendano, while NSW bowler Trent Copeland was named for the opposition.

It was a special day for club stalwart Robbie Aiken who was named for his 472nd First Grade appearance, equalling the NSW Premier cricket record held by Ken Hall.

Winning the toss, Avendano sent St George in to bat.

James Campbell (4/25) turned in another stellar performance with the ball claiming two early wickets to have St George on the back foot at 2/7.

First change bowler Olly Knight (3/24) had the ball singing in his first spell returning figures of 3/9, with the Dragons 5/38 early.

Things didn’t get much better for St George, ending all out for 120 in 39.1 overs.

A solid partnership between Avendano and Tom Jagot (29) had the Bears at 3/91, before Avendano (89) combined with Tim Reynolds (38) to give the Bears a 59 run lead with 10 overs remaining after declaring at 5/192. The St George openers survived four overs to be 0/20 at the end of play.

The following day, the St George batsman were cautious and fought hard to maintain their wickets, resisting the temptation to go after a second innings win.

The six points has moved North Sydney one win clear of St George with four rounds remaining.

Overall the round was split between the two clubs with St George getting up in second and third grade, North Sydney winning fourth grade and fifth grade recording a tie.

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