Shared from the 2/27/2020 North Shore Times eEdition

Bears bowlers fight hard but fall short

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UTS North Sydney turned up to Glenn McGrath Oval needing early wickets to defend their sub-par score of 228 against Sutherland from the previous week.

The first breakthrough came in the eight over with the batsman snicking off to Olly Knight with a straight forward catch to George Lavelle behind the stumps to leave Sutherland 2/33.

A partnership developed before Jack James (1/40) claimed the third wicket with the score at 80.

The game remained in the balance with Sutherland reaching 3/101 at lunch.

The game drifted away in the next session as the batsmen rode their luck and Norths were unable to take advantage of their chances. The fourth wicket partnership of 75 runs was finally broken in the 58th over of day by Will Graham who finished with figures of 2/20 with the catch taken on the square leg boundary by Matt Alexander.

A consolation wicket to Olly Knight (2/31) with the ball being caught by James Campbell left ten runs to get for Sutherland with five in the shed.

A couple of overs later the job was done and Norths had missed an opportunity to cement a finals berth.

On a positive note, several results went the Bears’ way as they cling onto sixth spot with two rounds remaining.

The club fared much better in the lower grades with Seconds securing a magnificent outright victory with Harrison May (5/58) claiming 11 wickets for the match.

The team moves into fifth and will play top of the table Eastern Suburbs next week. Third Grade started well but slumped to 7/76, chasing 138 for victory. Jacob Graham played a captain’s knock of 31 not out to guide the team home eight wickets down.

Fifth Grade bowled Sutherland out for 71, securing first innings points.

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