Shared from the 2/20/2020 North Shore Times eEdition

Late wicket keeps Bears in hunt

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THE UTS North Sydney First Grade side travelled to Caringbah to take on the 15th placed Sutherland at Glenn McGrath Oval.

The day did not start well for the Bears with opening batsman Ben Bryant injured in the warm up.

After losing Bryant, the Bears also lost the toss and were asked to bat first.

A quick reshuffle saw wicket keeper George Lavelle partner Jack James at the top of the order. Lavelle and James batted patiently, facing plenty of balls from Tom Pinson (ACT 2nd XI) and Dan Fallins (NSW) to see the Bears through to lunch at 0/61.

Lavelle fell for 39 after lunch with the score at 86.

James (54) batted on with captain Justin Avendano, with James reaching 50 for the fourth time this season.

Avendano batted positively, hitting three fours before being caught for 15, which triggered a collapse as the Bears lost 4/7.

This brought debutant Ray Alexander to the crease, who came from North Sydney to replace Bryant.

After being dropped on 0, Alexander put together partnerships with Robbie Aiken (18) and Olly Knight

(22) to move the score from 5/113 to 7/183.

With the new ball being taken, Alexander continued the fightback with number 10, James Campbell (13) for another 30 odd run partnership. However, with the score at 228 both were dismissed, with Alexander falling one run shy of a maiden First Grade 50.

The Bears then had six overs at Sutherland prior to close. Several appeals were turned down, but off the final ball of the day Will Graham claimed an LBW to put the Bears back in the hunt with Sutherland 1/9 and requiring a further 220 in 96 overs next week.

In other Premier Grade results, Harrison May returned figures of 6/59 on debut in Seconds as Norths rolled Sutherland for 119 and then scored 266 runs to set up a possible outright next week.

Third Grade is also in a good position, bowling Sutherland out for 137 and reaching 2/30 in reply.

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