December Wrap

Men's 1st Grade

Nic Bills

Round 8 – Western Suburbs

After a cracking win against Gordon, round 8 saw us change into our coloured clothing for the first match in a block of 4 one-day games and our first match at North Sydney Oval. The day's first big win came at the toss, surprisingly a win for the skipper in this department, sending Wests into bat on a greenish wicket and a scorching day. Jimmy Campbell started like a house on fire, taking 2 early wickets, but Wests managed to peg themselves back with a few partnerships and some late-order hitting to put a more than competitive 9/288 on the board. Jimmy was the pick of the bowlers with 4/26. Whilst we would have liked to keep Wests to a few fewer runs, it was a serious effort in the field from our lads, with temps getting close to 42 degrees throughout the last 15 overs.

In reply, Tim Reynolds and Harrison Ward got the innings off to a cracking start, with Ward scoring 46 off 44 to help try and break the back of the chase. Tim kept going throughout the innings, playing the anchor role and making his way to his maiden first-grade hundred. It was a remarkable innings, scoring 100 off 125 balls in oppressive conditions. Needing quick runs at the end of the innings, Jimmy Greenslade scored 29 off 19 to help keep us on track with the chase. In a happy twist of fate for us at the end of the game, lightning and thunder struck with 20 balls to go, and Norths needed 31 runs to win. This meant we needed to leave the field and, with time already passed, could not get back on to the field. As we were marginally in front of DLS, we won the game. Credit to Jimmy Moore as well for the best 0* off 4 balls you'll see (had he got out at the end of the game, we would have lost!).

A serious team victory in harsh conditions.

Round 9 – Bankstown

Coming off 2 strong wins in a row, Norths took all the momentum into our match against Bankstown with the highly-anticipated return of veteran bowler Olly Knight back into the squad. Bowling first again (two toss wins in two weeks!), we had Bankstown on the ropes at 5/100 and in a dominant position. Unfortunately, we couldn't go on with the job, missing a few chances and some great batting by the Bankstown middle order; they managed to get to 306 off their 50 overs. A gettable total – especially at home – but we should have finished the job off from where we were mid-way through our bowling innings.

Harrison Ward started the innings where he left off the week before scoring 66 off 69 balls, combining with Mac Jenkins (62 off 75) and putting on an 80-run partnership for the third wicket. Putting us in a great position to win the game. Addy Sherriff and Mac put on another 50-run partnership for the fifth wicket, and with the score at 4/212, we were looking in a strong position going into the last 12 overs. Unfortunately, from there, we just weren't quite good enough, and with some good bowling combined with run rate pressure, we lost 6/9 from only a few overs to end up being bowled out for 219, with 8 overs to play.

A tough loss from the positions we got ourselves into, but plenty to take away from the game moving into the rest of the season.

Round 10 – Sydney University

The final game for 2023 saw us take on Sydney Uni at North Sydney Oval, looking to atone for the loss against Bankstown the week before. Losing the toss and being asked to bowl, Jimmy Campbell again did what he does best, taking an early wicket, with great support from Addy Sherriff taking another 2, to have Uni 3/37 from 10 overs. In a dominant position again, we let a couple of chances slip, and an experienced Uni batting pair put on 130 for the fourth wicket, in good time, to put Uni in front of the game. What was pleasing was how we fought back from a few setbacks, keeping Uni to 9/262 from 50 overs, when it looked like momentum might take them to well past 300. Addy Sherriff was the pick of the bowlers, with career-best figures of 4/43 off his 10 overs.

Our run chase didn't get off to the best start, losing 2 quick wickets, but Justin Avendano and Mac Jenkins helped rebuild the innings, scoring 60 runs. At this stage, we were on track to chase down the score set by Uni at 3/141. A mid-innings collapse of 6/25 again saw us lose our dominance in the match, handing a comfortable victory to the students. It was not what we were hoping for, but seeing more grit shown from our lower order was pleasing to help get the total to 198, stopping Uni from getting a bonus point.

A brutal way to finish the year, but as a group, there are definite signs of improvement and a few of our younger players. Jimmy Greenslade, Mac Jenkins, Tim Reynolds and Addy Sherriff stood up when we needed them the most through the back half of the year.

Men's 2nd Grade 

Rob Aitken

Round 8 – Western Suburbs

North Sydney Bears clashed with Western Suburbs Magpies in a gripping 2nd-grade one-day cricket encounter. The temperature soared to a staggering 42 degrees as both teams took to the field for a match that would prove to be a true test of skill and resilience.

Having been sent in to bat on an under-prepared wicket, North Sydney faced an early onslaught that saw wickets tumbling. The challenging conditions made batting a daunting task, but amidst the adversity, Rob Aitken emerged as the lone resistance for the Bears. Aitken displayed determination and skill, notching up a commendable 44 runs. However, the rest of the batting lineup struggled to cope with the relentless pressure exerted by the Western Suburbs bowlers. The Bears could only post a modest total of 106 runs, losing wickets regularly.

The North Sydney bowlers showed remarkable consistency in taking wickets at crucial junctures, but Wests inched closer to the target in a seesaw battle. West secured victory with six wickets down. The close margin of the win highlighted the competitiveness of the match and the grit displayed by both teams in the face of challenging playing conditions.

Amidst the challenging conditions, Sam Alexander and Hamish Reynolds emerged as pivotal figures with the ball for North Sydney. Reynolds played a significant role in keeping the Bears in the hunt, securing two crucial wickets. Alexander also claimed two crucial wickets in the Magpies' innings. His skillful bowling put the opposition on the back foot, and had it not been for a couple of near misses, the game's outcome might have swung in favour of the Bears. Alexander's contributions were invaluable, as was his rapport with the grandstand's wild-eyed, boisterous homeless resident. But alas, their much-anticipated meeting was interrupted by a visit from the police.

Despite the North Sydney Bears' commendable efforts, the Western Suburbs Magpies emerged victorious, securing the win six wickets down in a closely contested game. The 42-degree day will be seared into the memory of all players, umpires and spectators.

Round 9 – Bankstown

In this encounter at Bankstown Oval, UTS North Sydney's 2nd-grade team faced a formidable challenge against Bankstown in the Round 9 clash. The day's play unfolded again under the blazing sun, with Bankstown batting first on a slightly tacky pitch. Displaying remarkable skill, they posted a commanding total of 4/273 on the board. Nihal Desai emerged as a standout performer with the ball, claiming 3 wickets for 55 runs in his disciplined 10-over spell. Robert Aitken complemented the effort by keeping a tight line, conceding only 35 runs in his 10 overs.

Despite the bowlers' commendable efforts, North Sydney faced setbacks due to a series of dropped catches, allowing Bankstown to amass a challenging target. The opposition showcased their batting prowess with well-constructed innings, setting a total that loomed large over North Sydney's run chase.

The reply from UTS North Sydney started on a shaky note, losing early wickets across the top order. Amidst the struggle, opener Callum Hill and Hamish Reynolds emerged as the pillars of resistance, contributing with gritty innings of 78 and 51, respectively. Their valiant efforts built a threatening partnership, but the rest of the batting lineup found it challenging to make substantial contributions. Facing a disciplined line and encountering clever variations from the Bankstown bowlers, North Sydney fought hard but succumbed to the pressure.

With the opposition displaying sharp fielding skills and safe catches, North Sydney's innings concluded at 194 in the 46th over. Despite the team's determined effort, Bankstown emerged victorious. The match report reflects the competitive spirit and resilience of UTS North Sydney's 2nd-grade team but highlights areas for improvement as they look ahead to future matches.

Round 10 – Sydney Uni

In a decisive clash at University Oval No. 1, UTS North Sydney faced Sydney University in the Round 10 encounter. Opting to bowl after winning the toss on a slightly damp wicket, North Sydney's opening bowlers, Hamish Reynolds and Will Graham, made early breakthroughs, unsettling the Sydney Uni batting order. Despite a resilient partnership, the introduction of spinners proved pivotal. Nihal Desai demonstrated his prowess, claiming four wickets for a mere 30 runs in his 10-over spell, complemented by Rob Aiken with figures of 1/38 in 10 overs, Sam Alexander contributing with 1/51 in his 10, and Hamish Reynolds finishing strong with 3/14 in six overs. Sydney University was eventually dismissed for 190 in their allotted 50 overs.

In response, UTS North Sydney's batting lineup dominated. A brilliant top-order partnership between Ollie Sykes (69 runs) and Dylan Mares (39 runs) laid a solid foundation. Sykes was in particularly destructive form, depositing several balls onto the hill. However, the icing on the cake came from Hamish Reynolds, who blazed through the opposition with a brisk 42 off 28 balls, smashing four sixes against the spinners and targeting the short boundary. Reynolds' aggressive play ensured a comprehensive victory for UTS North Sydney in the 41st over.

The well-executed bowling performance from North Sydney and skillful contributions culminated in a convincing win. This triumph positions UTS North Sydney positively as they navigate the challenges of the second part of the season.

Women's 2nd Grade

Harry Mavros

Round 10 – Sydney

We travel to the sparkling harbour views at Birchgrove, looking for a chance to improve on our previous dismal outing against the all-conquering Sydney team. Sydney bats first but is immediately placed on the back foot when Aurora Mavros traps their opener in front in the first over. We struggle to take further wickets throughout Sydney’s innings, taking only 3 more in the remaining 49 overs of their innings. On the other hand, our bowlers are hard to get away, with Emily Aitken in particular being very miserly, bowling 4 maidens and allowing just 24 runs from her 10 overs. Chasing a reasonable score of 189, we are never in the hunt, being knocked over for 112 in the 36th over. Only Alex Mavros (31 from 56) and Bernie Robson (21 off 21) offer any resistance.

Round 11 – Gordon

A highlight for the season arrives as we host Gordon for a T20 at the home of women’s cricket, the beautiful and historic North Sydney Oval. Bowling first, our bowlers contain the Gordon batters very well, with only their opener’s half-century allowing them to post a par score of 121 off their 20 overs. Unfortunately, our top order finds it hard to score freely against an accurate bowling attack. Despite a smashing 34 from 25 balls from India Keating (including two maximums that sailed over the North Sydney boundary rope), we fall ten runs short of Gordon’s total, with only 4 wickets down. Sadly, we just left it too late on this occasion.

Men's 3rd Grade

John Nevell & Jacob Graham

Round 8 – Western Suburbs

The Bears were up against Wests on a 40-degree day at Bon. A challenging game ahead, in the warm-up, a rule was made that no one was allowed to complain about the heat. After winning the toss and bowling, the Wests opener compiled a well-made 79, punishing anything loose to the boundary before Whitaker trapped him in front. Wests' middle order all contributed, and they finished on 7-288. J Graham, W Graham and Whitaker snared two wickets apiece.

Baran and Sykes started strongly before the latter fell for 11, bringing Nevell to the crease who was out four balls later for one. Jordan Netto and Baran then put on 60, with Netto rotating strike well and Baran particularly ruthless on anything overpitched. Baran reached 50 for the second week in a row before being caught and bowled. Netto (51) and Dylan Johnson' DJ' batted well and ran hard to put on 50. Regular wickets after this meant the Bears were behind the eight ball and eventually bowled out for 194 after 45 overs.

Round 9 – Bankstown

Two clubs steeped in culture and history clashed for round nine in the penultimate round of 2023 – Bears vs Bulldogs.

The air was crisp, and the sun was out as both teams warmed up. The pitch looked like the outfield, but the firmness of the pitch maybe belied the assumed nature of the wicket. Bears win toss. We will have a bowl. Thanks for coming; glad you paid your fees. We will see you next year with the energy, vibe, and promise that 11 Bears took to the field as they pursued every measure of success with the ball that we have been unrelenting with of late.

Now, if one were to imagine such a tussle between an actual bear and a bulldog… well, a grim picture might emerge; however, after a brief onslaught from Fergusson (3-36) and Whyte (1-34), there was a brief fightback from the dogs… a glimmer of an early partnership or two was snuffed out by the middle over bowling partnership of Graham (2-19) and the ever-consistent Gardner (3-16) as Bankstown were left reeling with not a lot left in the sheds.

Whilst the middle order soaked up deliveries without adding much to the score, a counterattacking rearguard offence countered by a crucial wicket to Merlehan (1-29) left the Bulldogs with 138 off only 36 overs as the Bears swept through the tail.

All things looked positive for the Bears chase as Nixon-Tomko [28], Kumar [17], and Sykes [40] started strong, building a foundation for what could have developed into a 7-point win. Hedges [20] through the middle provided an anchor; however, the Bulldogs were tenacious; those pressed-up snouts didn’t look glamorous, but neither did their fight back. But fight back they did. 2 runouts in short succession and a few wickets given away left Norths going from 4-108 to reeling at 8-120. However, the Bears weren’t to be outlasted as Graham and Merlehan (and Sundries) put together the final runs needed to get the Bears the win in the 32nd over. Lots to take away from the win but plenty to improve on.

The Bears roll towards the Xmas break firmly in the top 6.

Round 10 – Sydney Uni

The last round before Christmas was a top-of-the-table clash against Sydney Uni. After losing the toss and being sent in, both openers were caught behind within the first five overs. Max Clark and John Nevell went along nicely before the latter kicked a straight one. Robin Broom arrived at the crease with the scoreboard looking bleak at 4/85. 'Broomy' played with touch and aggression in his debut knock, paddling the leg spinner around the corner and slog-sweeping him over the fence.

Max Clark took it to the seam bowlers, regularly hitting over the infield, including where he walked at the bowler and hit him over his head for six. Broom made 29, and Clark made 51, giving the Bears a chance at a respectable total. Harry' red ink' Gardner then composed a well-made 34 not out, striking the ball hard and running well between the wickets. The bears finished on 180.

Sydney Uni openers were going at threes until Fergus' Ferg' Fergusson got one to take the edge in the eighth over, with Finn Nixon Tomko taking a sharp catch at first slip. The other opener was out lbw to Gardner soon after. Numbers three and four, then put on over 100 to bat the Bears out of the game. Two wickets in an over for Nuwan Whyte with 40 to get presented a glimmer of hope. However, Uni stayed composed to chase the total four down.

Women's 3rd Grade

Alan Gibbons

Round 10 – Manly

Manly were finalists last season and always provide a challenging match for us. We won the toss and chose to bat but were immediately pinned down by some impressive opening bowling. After 7 overs, we only had 18 on the board, but importantly, our openers Cassie Watson and Emily Aitken had done their job seeing off the strong bowling attack. That allowed Bernie Robson in at 3 to play with freedom, notching up a quick 18 off 14 balls, then Adelaide Hicks 33* off 26 balls and Amy Gibbons 19 off 18. Cassie found her groove and accelerated beautifully for her 30* of 38 balls to help us to a competitive 4/128 after 20 overs. Manly played the opposite tactic - aggressive batting upfront saw them get to 52 runs after 7 overs, well ahead of our 18 simultaneously. But a fantastic catch from Chloe Blackwell and an excellent run out by Anu Raj turned the game (as fielding often does), exposing Manly's middle order, which didn't have quite the same firepower as our team. When Bernie Robson stepped up to bowl, Manly came crashing down quickly, Bernie picking up 3/17 off 4 overs plus a catch and a run out to see us victorious by 14 runs.

Round 11 – St George-Sutherland

Fresh off a very satisfying win the previous week, we felt we could beat SGS (last season's champs) for the first time. But doesn't cricket just have a way of bringing you back to reality ...

In a game of few highlights, winning the toss was one of them. We chose to bat, and our openers were pinned down again, doing their job in seeing off the excellent bowling, with Cassie Watson making a vital 25 off 28 and Emily Aitken a solid 11 off 22. But unlike last week, our middle order couldn't get on top of the excellent bowling, collapsing from 1/36 to 59. It didn't help that our two top batters this season were both sitting on the sideline nursing freak injuries, but we have depth in the team and could have played better. Our bowling and fielding commitment was very pleasing, with Georgia MacDonald opening with 3-0-4-1 and captain Evy McKay (in her last match before moving to France for a year) bringing home 4-0-22-3. In the end, it was a very comfortable win for SGS.

We look forward to sweet revenge on our home turf in 2024.

Men's 4th Grade

Alex Perry

A tough slate of one-day games awaited the Bears for their run into the Christmas break, facing the top two sides followed by a finals contender. All must win games to ensure a solid position leading into the break.

First up was a trip to Blick Oval to take on first place Wests on an absolute scorcher of a day. Winning the toss and thinking about fatigue later in the day, Perry decided to bat first. A promising start saw Karan flash his way to 29 before the first drinks break, setting the side up for what looked like a big total. However, Wests showed their class and fought back, taking four quick wickets. Broom counterpunched as always with support from Perry and Davis; however, it wasn't enough, the side being rolled for 141 with 7 overs left in their innings. Without enough runs on the board and the heat absolutely scorching, it was tough for the Bears despite Lester picking up an early wicket. The home side chased the total comfortably, and the Bears looked ahead to a matchup with Bankstown the following week.

Batting first again via a coin toss loss, the side looked to rectify their issues with the bat from the previous round. This could have been a better start, being 3/5 after the first few overs. Aiden Thomas and John Nevell mounted a small fight back before both falling, with the score slumping to 5/45. Broom again began the counter punch with handy support from Feilen. The left-right-hand combination was frustrating the fielders and bowlers, Broom taking a toll with some vintage hitting on his way to a swashbuckling 77. The tail also wagged for valuable runs to post a competitive score of 185. Jack Thomas began where he had left off, dismantling the Bankstown top order and taking four early poles. He was aptly supported by Edwards at the other end, who also got an early scalp to have the hosts behind the game. Lester continued the pressure, bowling dot after dot, while Perry removed their number 6 to blow the game wide open. Karan cleaned up the tail with his handy finger spinners, two stumpings to Davis, having the home side bundled out for just 126. A great momentum builder for the side, looking to close out with a win against Sydney Uni in the final game before Christmas.

Dilraj Singh and Liam Weerakoon ensured the momentum was carried through from the previous week, putting on a speedy opening stand to kick the final round off. Singh dealt a few lusty blows early, putting the hosts on the back foot. Jack Feilen and Aiden Thomas continued the momentum through the middle, with some lower-order hitting from Mannix and Perry bumping the Bear's total up to a respectable 241, which seemed roughly around par with the docile wicket and short boundaries.

Uni came out swinging, looking to get ahead of the rate and were going comfortably until Lester ran out the danger man with a brilliant piece of fielding.

The game began to turn towards the Bears, and Merlehan collected some quick wickets to put the students on the back foot. However, a split webbing for Merlehan mid-over meant he had to speed off to hospital, leaving the side short a fielder for about ten overs until a replacement came from second grade. This, coupled with a few dropped chances, meant the game slipped away, one that got away. The students chased the total six down in the 46th over. Sitting 9th on the table, the Bears have to win out to secure a spot in the finals; with the team locked in, there is no reason why they cannot go on a run post-Christmas.

It all kicks off with a matchup against Eastern Suburbs at Trumper Park.

Men's 5th Grade

Round 8: UTS North Sydney 9/182 (50 overs) (R Adabala 44) def by Western Suburbs 6/183 (44.5 overs) (T McKenna 2/29, P Lindsay 2/31) by 4 wickets.

Round 9: UTS North Sydney 2/190 (44.1 overs) (M Lloyd 104*, C Lloyd 51*) def Bankstown 9/189 (50 overs) (S Vohra 4/43, S Chari 3/29) by 8 wickets.

Round 10: UTS North Sydney 209 (46.5 overs) (N Batish 66, T McKenna 41, M Lloyd 35) def by Sydney University 7/240 (50 overs) (T McKenna 4/25, R Adabala 3/42) by 31 runs.

Poidevin-Gray Shield

Jamieson Hedges

The Bears returned to Tunks Park for a highly-anticipated round five clash against defending champions, Randwick Petersham.

The match started well with skipper Hedges winning the toss and electing to bowl, which was immediately justified by Fergus Fergusson, who took the opening two wickets, which didn’t trouble the scorers. Reynolds then struck shortly after to put the Bears well on top. Randwick began to gain momentum as the fourth wicket partnership grew before some sharp out-fielding from Fergusson led to a runout. From then onwards, wickets fell at regular intervals whilst the run right was kept night by Desai (1/26) and Gardner (2/33), plus Reynolds and Fergusson picking up one more each to put them at 2/31 and 3/33, respectively. The innings was capped off by a sharp bit of fielding from Moore to bowl out Randwick for a modest 151.

After an early wicket fell, Moore (27) and Allomes (26) built momentum in the chase with a solid partnership. Both played a flurry of shots both past and over fielders despite the lack of boundaries in the thick outfield. Following the dismissals of the top order batsmen, the Bears once again turned to Sherriff, who combined manipulating the field delicately with well-timed front and back food shots to the boundary. Sherriff finished 50 not out, helped by Netto (18*), who guided the Bears home to victory. The team now moves on to play Gordon at North Sydney Oval in the Quarter Final.

Brewer Shield

Mark Williams

Round 10 – Campbelltown-Camden

The Bears woke to the disheartening news from the ground staff that after a night of strong winds and rain, the Bon Andrews pitch had taken on some water after the covers had blown off. On closer inspection, the pitch was deemed playable, and to the relief of all involved, the game got underway with minimal delay.

Campbelltown batted first but were on the back foot early as Georgia MacDonald (3/8 off 5 overs) sent one of the openers packing. That brought together Campbelltown’s two key batters, and the partnership was building nicely until Sam Williams (2/16 off 4 overs) trapped their opener in front and grabbed another wicket a few overs later. While Campbelltown’s captain played a lone hand, her partners fell to some tight Bears bowling, with Marnie Flett (2/7 off 2 overs) picking up her first wickets in Brewers and Georgia MacDonald returning to clean up the tail.

Chasing 110 for victory, Cassie Watson and Sam Kuncham started the run chase solidly, although with Cassie falling in the fifth over, any outcome was possible. However, the support crew shouldn’t have been so nervous as Sam Williams (17* off 45 balls) joined Sam K in the middle, playing the supporting role in an unbeaten 95-run partnership dominated by Sam K.

The Campbelltown bowlers struggled to find the right line to the left-hander, and Sam K took full advantage, smashing 77* off just 65 balls to power the Bears home to victory in just the 20th over. Another decisive win for North Sydney and another valuable two bonus points in the bag, pushing the Bears up into 3rd on the ladder.

Round 11 – Gordon

The round everyone had been waiting for was finally here, as the young Bears got a taste of the big stage with a game at the iconic North Sydney Oval. While Gordon has struggled this season, it was a dangerous game for the Bears, with Gordon possessing some match-winners in the T20 format.

Gordon batted first, but the new ball partnership of Sam Kuncham (1/10 off 4 overs) and Georgia MacDonald (0/16 off 4 overs) kept the run rate below three early on. Cassie Watson caused an excellent run-out from point with the pressure building. Another wicket later, Gordon’s two most threatening batters were at the crease together and duly lifted the run rate to five an over through some big hitting.

A slick stumping by Eki Sidhu off Sharon Julien’s bowling (1/24 off 4 overs) removed one of the threats, and then a great outfield catch at long-on by Aurora Mavros off Sam Williams (2/18 off 4 overs) removed the other. It kept Gordon’s total to 96, requiring the Bears to score at five an over for victory. Aurora Mavros (40 off 42 balls) and Sam Kuncham (40* off 49 balls) started the run chase strongly and consistently found the boundary each over to keep on track with the required run rate.

Making their best impressions of the Australian stars that have graced this ground over the years, they both played some exquisite drives, cuts and pull shots to keep the runs flowing. It was a shame for Aurora to fall to a very sharp caught and bowled chance with victory in sight, handing over to Sam Williams (11* off 9 balls) to finish the run chase with Sam K still unbeaten on 40 in the 17th over. No bonus points this time, but a dangerous game safely navigated that keeps the Bears in 3rd spot on the ladder.

AW Green Shield

Duncan Barber

Round 1 Sunday 17 December – Away to Wests

The season got underway with North Sydney away at Pratten Park. We won the toss and elected to bowl. After a bit of a nervous start from the opening bowlers Luke Austin took the first pole for the Greenies season caught by captain and wicket keeper Jack Mannix.

Change of bowlers and more success with Jack Quinane (JQ) taking the second wicket with Jack Mannix with his second catch of the match. With another change in bowler in 19th over Toby Hannan took his wicket with Jack Mannix taking his third catch of the match.

With a change to the spinners the runs started to dry up for Wests. Lachie Barber took 3 wickets and a run out, and the pressure started to mount on Wests to put Norths in the box seat.

Wests fought back with a big 10th wicket stand and ending up with 178 runs. Norths did wrap up the tail with Luke getting another further 2 wickets and JQ his second, with Jack Mannix taking 4 catches and a run out.

Naman Batish and Liam McCarthy opened the batting for Norths and got the team off to a good start with the first wicket falling at 43. We lost our next couple of wickets cheaply before Naman and Sam Harwood put together a solid partnership of 63 for the 4th wicket stand. Naman continued to bat on and fell for 66. Leaving the final run chase to Jonah Rheinberger and Karan Sharma. They showed good patience waiting for the bad ball and finished on 22 and 23 not out respectively chasing down the runs in the 46th over.

Round 2 – Wednesday 20th December – Away to Bankstown

Lots of anticipation getting to play on Bankstown Oval. Unfortunately it rained and the game was abandoned.

Round 3 – Thursday 21st December – Home to Penrith

After a rain-soaked Wednesday the start of Thursday was not looking great as we turned up to Tunks, but Bernie had got the ground in great shape. The weather delayed the start of play to just after 2pm and the game was restricted to 26 over match. We lost the toss and are asked to bowl.

Luke Austin struck again early in his first over. Then Penrith started batting like it was T20 and started building a score. A double change of bowlers to Lachie Barber and Karan Sharma saw three wickets fall in three overs having Penrith 4 for 61 in 12 over., Lachie taking his third in the 17th over.

Toby Hannan came on for his second over and found himself on a hattrick but no luck with the 3rd ball. Sam Harwood took his first wicket for Greenies and Luke Austin got his second on the last ball of the innings, Penrith building a respectable total of 131.

Openers Naman and Liam got us off to a good start again, both scoring in mid 20s off about 30 balls with Jack Mannix coming in and scoring 26 off 29. We were sitting at 2 for 90 at drinks needing 42 runs off 9 overs. However drinks were a curse with Norths giving up 3 wickets in the next 5 balls putting the Bears under pressure. This left Luke and Karan to rebuild the innings and they took the score to 122 in the 25th over. The game came down to the final over and Norths needed 10 to win. Luke gave us the best chance with 4 off the first ball, but Penrith bowled well with a dot on second, single on 3rd, wicket on 4th and a single on the 5th. Luke again was on strike 4 to win 3 to draw. The ball went to the fielder on the boundary, Norths looked like they were through for 2 runs and turned for the 3rd when the umpire raised his finger for run out, Norths losing by 2 on the last ball.

  1. Media courtesy of Tony Johnson, The Aitken family, Mark Williams, Adam Cavenor, Alise Croft, Myles Hannan and UTS North Sydney members.