Rd 3, day 2: Bears overpowered by Manly

The Bears slumped to defeat in all five grades in the second day of the 2-day fixture against Manly-Warringah last Saturday. A third consecutive half-century to opener Ben Bryant in 1st grade, a quick-fire 90 to Josh Joseph and a mature 67 in 5th grade to Green Shield player Charlie Rose were the highlights. Otherwise, the Bears were overpowered by some strong Manly sides and must find some improvement ahead of next week's round against Mosman.

1st Grade (Manly 4/236 (dec) def. North Sydney 233 and 3/109)

Resuming at 7/196, the Bears would have been hoping to make their way towards a strong total with Olly Knight and Ryan van Kemenade at the wicket. Unfortunately, the Bears were only able to add another 37 runs to their overnight tally as they were bundled out for 233. Although James Campbell bowled very well with the new ball, Manly's openers started strongly. Niranjan Naguleswaran put the breaks on with two quick wickets, dismissing both Crosthwaite brothers in quick succession. Another wicket and a run-out had the game finely balanced at 4/119, but Chris Green and Australian Under 19s representative Jack Edwards put the game beyond doubt, as Manly passed the Bears total for the loss of no further wicket.

Manly skipper Chris Green asked North Sydney to bat again, but when Bryant notched another unbeaten half-century, the game was called with the Bears at 3/109.

2nd Grade (North Sydney 212 def. by Manly 8/322)

Manly quickly added 30 to their overnight score and declared up at Bon Andrews, leaving the Bears 322 to chase. Unfortunately early wickets hampered the North Sydney efforts, as we slumped to 5/91. Some fighting efforts from Dave Guthrie, who made 26, were paired with some strong ball-striking from Josh Joseph, who made 90 off only 103 balls. The Bears blushes were spared but ultimately they were all out for 212, 110 runs short of victory.

3rd Grade (Manly 257 def North Sydney 196)

At Graham Reserve, North Sydney were reduced to 10 men as a result of Ray Alexander's dislocation and fracture of his finger at training on Thursday - the whole club wishes him a speedy recovery from what was a nasty injury. In pursuit of 257, the Bears started very positively, making their way to 0/52 off the back of some positive ball striking from Rafay Shirazi. Some wickets fell, but the partnership between captain Ron Alexander and Rafay got the Bears back on track. The big moment passed when Rafay was dismissed for 63 in the over before tea. A wicket not long after tea was followed by a short partnership, but after Ron was dismissed, the tail crumbled and the Bears were 61 runs short.

4th Grade (North Sydney 157 def by Manly 5/161)

Manly required only 127 runs for victory as they returned to Tunks Park, and they were clinical in knocking the runs off for the loss of only 5 wickets, which were shared around. Manly briefly opted to field after passing the North Sydney total, but the game was called not long afterwards. A poor performance from a team that is much stronger than they showed over the two weeks.

5th Grade (Manly 1/267(dec) def North Sydney 176)

The Bears arrived at Mike Pawley Oval to find a wet spot on a menacing part of the wicket and a characteristically quick outfield. Unfortunately the North Sydney bowlers were unable to take advantage, and the Bears found themselves chaing 267 for victory. A positive performance from a young batting lineup followed, with Charlie Rose especially standing up to make 67 in what were very difficult conditions. However when the dust settled, the Bears were still 92 runs short in what was a tough two days. Hopefully they can improve ahead of their clash with mosman.