Week 18 Wrap vs Parramatta, St George-Sutherland, Campbelltow-Camden and Randwick-Petersham

1st Grade Round 12: UTS North Sydney vs Parramatta at North Sydney Oval

UTS North Sydney 1/15 (6 overs) vs Parramatta 264 (J Campbell 5/43, J Aitken 2/46, H May 2/51)

Another round and another day 1 that reminded us all that cricket can be a very strange game! No day 1 result or outright prospect this time, but a see-saw of emotions, some more brilliant James Campbell bowling, an opposition fightback in spades and honours even at the end of the day.

Campbell went 3 from 3 at the toss and elected to bowl – a decision that surprised some (including the author), and the Two Blues had the best of the morning session despite a green pitch which offered plenty, several huge lbw shouts, and some fine bowling in particular from both Campbell and Harrison May. May had been presented with his First Grade debut cap that morning, coming into the side to replace his brother, Fletcher, who hadn’t recovered sufficiently after having his wisdom teeth out. Campbell took the sole wicket before lunch, trapping Calvert lbw for 10, which brought together Parramatta’s premier batters, Ryan Hackney and captain Nick Bertus. When a sightscreen issue stopped play four minutes before the scheduled lunch break, the umpires made the pragmatic decision to start the interval after 28.1 overs with Parramatta 1/60.

The second session, especially the passage immediately after lunch, belonged to the Bears, and in particular to Campbell. He removed Hackney lbw with his first ball after the break, and followed up by bowling Bertus in his next over to turn the game on its head. James Aitken, who bowled a typically parsimonious spell either side of lunch, got in on the act with the fourth and fifth wickets in the same over to leave the Two Blues reeling at 5/71. It got better as Campbell took his fourth and fifth in his 15th and 16th overs – 7/80, Campbell 5/26, Aitken 2/8. The sixth wicket deserves particular mention as it came courtesy of a brilliant diving catch from Sheridon Gumbs who was making his debut alongside May.

It took another 6 overs to take the eighth wicket, but the pair added only 9 before Olly Knight got one through the defences in his second spell. But that’s where the fun ended for the Bears, with the ninth wicket pair of Pitt and Evans adding 40 in the nine overs before tea. After the interval, the chances started to come as the tailenders chanced their arm, but three went down (one admittedly a phenomenal effort from Gumbs to get anywhere near the ball!). Evans brought up 50 and then finally fell, with Greenslade snaffling a straightforward catch to give May his first pole at the top grade.

Unfortunately, the partnership of 85 for the ninth wicket was surpassed by the last pair adding 90, as Pitt hit out and his partner, Sullivan, was resolute in defence. When Pitt was eventually out, caught by Tom Jagot off May, the Two Blues had somehow made 264 and had six overs left to bowl before stumps. Mares and Atherton went out to face the music, but a particularly tight final over of the day yielded reward for Pitt (who else?!) who had Mares caught low in the slips off the final ball and the Bears closed 1/15.

Not the day it might have been, but another 250 runs is not an intimidating target on North Sydney Oval. Despite the carnage after tea, Campbell’s incredible performance won’t be forgotten, and he brought up his 300th First Grade wicket as well as his eleventh five-wicket haul just a week after his tenth.

A word too for Sheridon Gumbs, who fielded brilliantly on his debut and unfortunately leaves the Bears to join up with the England Under 19 squad in Brisbane and then returns to the UK to train with the Surrey 1st XI. It was a shame not to see him bat for First Grade, but he scored 340 runs across Second Grade and PGs and impressed us all with his attitude and commitment – we look forward to following his career and hope he returns to the Bears! Sheridon will be replaced by Robbie Aitken in the side next week as we push for a much-needed win

2nd Grade Round 12: UTS North Sydney v Parramatta at Old Kings

UTS North Sydney 7/257 (96 Overs) (G Aitken 78*, M Clark 52, A Cavenor 43) v Parramatta

As the Bears arrived at Old Kings Oval we were pleased to see a good wicket and a beautiful outfield. We won the toss and batted and things started well with Max Clark hitting a number of crisp early boundaries on the way to his 52.

We lost a couple of quick wickets before John Nevell along with Max got into a nice partnership to keep things ticking. When they were both dismissed in quick succession of each other Adam Cavenor and Glenn Aitken than got to work and put a really Important partnership together for the Bears during the middle overs where they looked in complete control against a couple of good Parramatta spinners. Rob than joined his brother and led by a few lusty blows from glenn on the way to his 78* they steered us to 7-257 at the end of the days play helped by a few much needed. Boundaries to end the day from Hamish Reynolds.

The Bears will be looking to add a few more runs to our total before bowling the Parramatta lineup out to continue our charge towards the finals.

3rd Grade Round 12: UTS North Sydney v Parramatta at Bon Andrews Oval

UTS North Sydney v Parramatta 8/284 (I Merlehan 3/63, P Lindsay 2/79)

3s were back at home at Bon Andrews for a 2 day match vs Parramatta. With the Bears 5th and Parra 4th it was a top of the table clash.

Unfortunately the toss was lost (for the 1st time in some rounds) and Parra elected to bat on a traditional Bon Andrews wicket - rock hard with a green tinge.

Brad Wilson returned from 4th grade and took an early wicket, however Parra settled well advancing the total to 1-107 before Lindsay struck removing the opener caught at mid off. That wicket brought a 3rd, taken by Nuwan Whyte courtesy of a sharp catch in the gully by Ray Alexander and a tea the score was 3-115.

Parramatta batted diligently in the afternoon session with the Bears making them earn every run. After the final drinks break Parramatta lifted the intensity of their play and running between the wickets. All told, Parra finished 8-284 off their 80 overs with wickets shared by Merlehan (3-63 off 14), Lindsay (2-79 off 20), Wilson (1-35 off 16) and Whyte (1-42 off 12).

Women's 3rd Grade Round 15: UTS North Sydney v St George Sutherland at Gannons Park

UTS North Sydney 92 (B Robson 61*) (35 Overs) def by St George Sutherland 5/195 cc (E Aitken 2/20, A d’Chunha 2/37)

This week we took on the top of the table, St-George Sutherland. We got off to a great start in the field, with a few early wickets. Anjali d’Cunha (2/37 off 8) was tidy opening with the ball once again, and Nanthana Bhavan (1/45 off 8) also took a wicket. Evy McKay (0/25 off 6) put pressure on the opposition with some tidy overs, including a maiden. Emily Aitken (2/20 off 8) restricted St-George’s best batters and took two essential wickets. Fielding highlights include a catch, each from Evy McKay, Sarah Gibbons, and Emily Aitken. St-George finished on 5/195 off their 40 overs.

Unfortunately, our batting plan fell apart in the first over, with two wickets falling. Emily Aitken (4) stuck at the crease with Bernie Robson, seeing off the opening bowlers. Amy Gibbons (7) also stuck it out with Bernie, who once again hit the mandatory retirement of 50 runs. Anjali d’Cunha (10) went out with intention, scoring a number of quick singles before Bernie returned to make her total 61* off 68 balls.

We ended on 92 runs off 35 overs. Not our best effort, but there was plenty to take away from the game. We take on Gordon this week for a spot in the finals.

4th Grade Round 12: UTS North Sydney v Parramatta at Merrylands Oval

UTS North Sydney 181 (67.1 Overs) (A Perry 59, D Singh 43, V Kumar 26) v Parramatta 1/25 (14 Overs)

A gorgeous day at the ever glorious Merrylands oval greeted the 4th grade bears on Saturday the 4th of February. The pitch was hard and looked like a good deck to bat on, so Perry had no hesitation to bat first when winnings the toss.

However, a combination of good bowling from the hosts, poor shot selection and decision making, the Bears were on the back foot early at 3/27 after 13 overs. Riseborough, Jennings and Cole all going early in the day.

Singh was joined by Perry out in the middle, and the two meticulously began to rebuild the innings. Patience and resistance was the key, stonewalling the Parramatta bowling attack and boring them off their line and length, at one stage playing out 4 straight maidens. The play worked, with runs beginning to flow after the lockdown period. The pair passing a 50 run partnership nearing tea with a combination of smooth boundary hitting and strike rotation.

Singh was unfortunately tightly run out just prior to tea just shy of a half century, at 4/103 at tea, the innings was in the balance, but set up for a big charge after tea, with heavy hitter Broom in the middle.

However, after the break, Broom was bowled, putting a spanner in the plans of the Bears. Kumar came out firing, with intent, lifting the tempo of the innings with Perry, the pair pushing singles and putting away the bad balls. Kumar was looking well set before also getting bowled.

Perry passed his half century as Adabala came and went, and then a moment of madness from the skipper, running himself out trying to pinch an overthrow.

The Bears were then quickly bundled out for 181, MacGill not out at the end.

Early wickets would be the key to victory, the match in the balance, Henry Charles stepped up on return to remove an opener leg before. The hosts ended the day on 1/25, the bears needing 9 wickets next week to secure what would be a well earned, important victory.

5th Grade Round 12: UTS North Sydney v Parramatta at Tunks International Sports Park

UTS North Sydney 76 (48.4 Overs) def by Parramatta 6/77 (29 Overs) (E Omar 3/22)

Summer warms our backs

We do not bat well at all

They pass us six down

Poidevin-Gray Shield Conference Final: UTS North Sydney v Randwick-Petersham at North Sydney Oval

UTS North Sydney 173 (45.4 Overs) (Jenkins 57, Nixon-Tomko 26) def by Randwick-Petersham 3/174 (36.2 Overs)

Brewer Shield Round 15: UTS North Sydney v Campbelltown Camden Tunks International Sports Park

UTS North Sydney 6/220 cc (A Hicks 61, S Julien 55, I Selems 30) def Campbelltown Camden 110 (36.4 Overs) (S Kuncham 3/13, S Julien 2/11, G MacDonald 2/11)

Quite possibly the nicest weather of the season greeted our Brewer girls at an immaculately present Tunks Park. Winning the toss & choosing to bat - skipper Shiloh Julien had bonus points on her mind & the chance to secure outright second on the ladder. The Bears openers Shiloh Julien (55 off 80) & Isabel Selems (30 off 69) showed excellent composure & fine running between wickets to compile a an opening partnership of 98. Sam Kuncham came in at the fall of the first wicket but was out for 0 shortly after due to a fine piece of wicket keeping. Adelaide Hicks (61 off 68) then came to the crease & took the match away from Campbelltown with some powerful hitting which included 8 x 4s & (the shot of the match) a fantastic cover drive six! She was very ably supported by Eva Jens (28 off 59) and their partnership of 86 carried the Bears well past the 200 mark. Sam Williams (5no) & Emily Aitken (3no) then saw the Bears through to the end of the innings with a final score of 6/220.

In response Campbelltown CC struggled with the North Sydney bowlers fine lengths & tight fielding. Our wicket takers were Georgia MacDonald who opened the bowling - taking an impressive 2/11 (5 overs) whilst her opening partner Maddie Winslow 1/11 (5 overs) also bowled very well. Medium pacer Sam Kuncham 3/13 (6.4 overs) proved to be the pick of the Bears bowlers & the ever-dangerous Shiloh Julien picked up 2/11 (7 overs). Isabel Selems then added to her impressive batting performance by taking 1/18 (5 overs).

We narrowly missed the elusive “double bonus” point win with Campbelltown just sneaking past the 50% mark of 109 in the 36th over before being dismissed 10/111. However, in all aspects this was an excellent bonus point win from the UTS Brewer Bears which has lifted the girls to outright second on the competition ladder!

Next week we are back at Bon Andrews to take on Penrith CC in a one-day match.

Media courtesy of Tony Johnson, Malcolm Trees, MTV Photo Sydney, Jeff Williamson, Greg Buckley, Adam Cavenor and UTS North Sydney members.