Shared from the 3/12/2020 North Shore Times eEdition

Bears hang on for thrilling result


Jack James drives the ball. Top left: James Campbell and Matt Alexander walk off. Pictures: David James


NORTH Sydney secured a nailbiting draw against Eastern Suburbs, after a seesawing match under overcast skies on Saturday.

Norths welcomed back Max Papworth, who combined with Jack James for 51 runs before Papworth (22) had his stumps rattled by Henry Thornton.

Captain Justin Avendano came and went before Tom Jagot (37) then combined with James to have the Bears 2/142.

Three quick wickets before tea saw the momentum change and James also departed for 61 after the break.

A few overs later, the Bears had slumped to 7/169, needing 116 runs from 31 overs.

But Olly Knight (55) and James Aitken (18) resisted, combining defence with some power hitting.

Aitken was followed by Matt Alexander (18) and suddenly it was 9/254.

With six overs remaining it was decided to shut up shop and play for the draw. James Campbell did a great job, seeing off a few balls, but it was Alexander who took most of the strike displaying outstanding defence to stave off the threatening attack.

The Bears are now in sixth position, needing a win in the final game of the season to reach the finals.

In other results, Fifth Grade achieved its first outright win of the season, securing first place, after Captain Patrick Lindsey starred with 7/33. Second, Third and Fourth Grade all lost, but it was a good day for 16-year-old Toby Laybutt, who achieved his first ever grade five wicket haul in Fourths, with 5/57.

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