Shared from the 3/26/2020 North Shore Times eEdition

Big season cut short by virus


Cammeray Cricket Club’s fifth grade premiership winning side.

UTS North Sydney missed a chance to play in the finals, while Cammeray were named club champs

WITH all cricket cancelled as a result of COVID-19 it is time to reflect on season 2019-20 for the UTS North Sydney Bears.

The David Sherwood Cup was awarded to fifth grade after they finished in first place at the end of 15 rounds.

It has been 45 years since the Bears last won a fifth grade premiership.

Captain Pat Lindsay topped the bowling aggregates for the grade with 43 wickets.

The Poidevin-Gray under-21 team also had a successful season, finishing winners of the Sixers Conference and runners-up to a strong Fairfield Liverpool side in the competition final. Former NSW Academy players Jack James and Jake Hardy provided the backbone of the batting for the team, finishing 5th and 7th on aggregates.

Chris Savage and Jack James were the most successful bowlers for the side with 12 wickets each.

First grade also made finals, finishing in sixth position. Matt Alexander took 40 wickets at 21 to be the most successful in the Belvidere Cup for season 2019-20.

Alexander claimed two five wicket hauls including best figures of 7/38 against Bankstown.

Jack James, in his debut season (576 runs) and captain Justin Avendano (568 runs) led the way with the bat. George Lavelle also deserves recognition for taking seven catches in an innings against Fairfield Liverpool, equalling the club record.

Second grade narrowly missed out on finals. James Aitken, with 33 wickets at 12.5 was the most successful bowler.

Captain Glenn Aitken scored the most runs for the side, finishing fourth on aggregate with 501. Ray Alexander was next best with 454 runs at 50.

Third grade finished mid table. Chris Lloyd, with a top score of 147*, and Jordan Vilensky (who made his maiden grade hundred) finished in the top 10 of the batting aggregates. Fletcher May and Jacob Graham both took 20 wickets. Fourth grade had a tough season, but a highlight was a five wicket haul by under-16 Toby Laybutt.

Meanwhile, Cammeray Cricket Club was successful in winning the NSCA club championship with four of six sides progressing through to Grand Finals, before Coronavirus put an abrupt end to the season.

Fifth grade, having finished first on the ladder, was awarded the premiership.

Fifths’ leading batsman was James Dainton with 336 runs at an average of 84, while the best bowler was Tim Hughes (26 wickets at 11.2). In first grade, Shane Henry was best with bat and ball.

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