Shared from the 3/19/2020 North Shore Times eEdition

Bears claw their way into finals


James Campbell bowling for the Bears. Picture: David James

UTS North Sydney qualify on results after washout, while Cammeray are NSCA club champions

UTS North Sydney first grade booked their place in the finals despite the weekend’s match being abandoned because of rain.

The Bears faced Blacktown on Saturday and struggled to control the top order who scored freely.

James Campbell, Matt Alexander and Olly Knight all claimed wickets but the Mounties piled on the runs.

Mac Jenkins eventually picked up the fourth wicket to leave the opposition 4/176 before the game turned in the Bears’ favour and Blacktown finished on 231.

Rain stopped play, but with other results going their way, the Bears reached the finals and will play Randwick Petersham.

Second grade had Blacktown 9/213. Their rain reduced target was 110 from 15 overs of which they fell 9 runs short. All other grades were washed out, with fifths finishing top of the ladder.

On Sunday the Poidevin Gray Shield boys played in the final against a very strong Fairfield side.

Fletcher May (1/34) got the boys off to a great start with a wicket in his first over. However, a 139 run partnership placed Fairfield in a strong position. After several rain delays the Fairfield innings came to an end at 4/233 after 46.5 overs.

The Fairfield quicks dominated early and the Bears were eventually out for 219.

Elsewhere Cammeray Cricket Club was announced the winner of the NSCA Club Championship with four of the five teams in semi-finals action making it to the Grand Final.

First grade were 2/54 before rain stopped play on the first day of their semi-final against North Shore. Continuing the next day, Phil Cook (67*) and Shane Henry

(61) helped Cammeray reach 3/169 before North Shore conceded.

First grade play in the Grand Final at the weekend.

A career best 6/13 from Amit Kumar helped second grade trounce Northbridge in their semi-final.

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