Shared from the 3/5/2020 North Shore Times eEdition

Bears bowlers blast through top order

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Tom Comerford in action for Cammeray on the weekend.

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Matt Alexander takes a wicket. Picture: Tony Johnson.

UTS North Sydney returned home to North Sydney Oval in Round 14 to take on Eastern Suburbs in a vital clash.

Prior to play the clubs gathered to congratulate James Aitken on his 300th First Grade career game.

New ball pair James Campbell (1/61) and Matt Alexander (2/49) placed plenty of pressure on the openers, with Campbell striking to have Easts 1/9 early.

First change bowler Olly Knight (1/36) then claimed the dangerous Angus Robson a few overs later, reducing the Dolphins to 2/22.

It didn’t take long for Aitken to get in on the action, claiming the first of his four dismissals in the 21st over. Significantly, Aitkens’ second wicket came from the last ball before lunch, placing the Bears on top at 4/67.

Easts fought back with the middle session being dominated by Tim Armstrong

(69) and Harry Byrnes-Howe

(46). The partnership of 75 runs was broken when Jack James caught Armstrong with a direct hit run-out.

Milestone man Aitken (4/81) returned to clean up the tail and at the end of the day the Bears were 0/8 in reply to the Dolphins’ 284.

In other matches, Cammeray Firsts bowled first and had to toil against Carlingford, before bowling them out for 186, with Kevin Johnson getting four scalps.

Firsts will chase the target this weekend to stay on top of the table.

Seconds wrapped up first innings points after dismissing Chatswood for 97 at Castle Cove Oval and then posting 3/107, courtesy of Jason Stonestreet (52*) and Fahad Mattoo (25). Play continues this weekend with Cammeray pressing for an outright victory to secure second place.

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