Week 4 Wrap vs UNSW, Sydney, Sutherland and Manly

1st Grade Round 3: UTS North Sydney vs UNSW at David Phillips South Oval

UTS North Sydney 7/375 (J Avendano 161, TL Reynolds 74, TA Jagot 32 JN James 25)

With the forecast suggesting rain it was pleasing to see just light cloud cover overhead as the teams warmed up in preparation for the game. UNSW (officially the away team as we had swapped the venue of the fixture!) called correctly at the toss and had no hesitation in sending us in on a pretty flat wicket with one or two green patches.

Openers Jack James (25) and Brent Atherton (19) got the team off to a flyer, racking up 38 runs from the first 6 overs including 7 fours to all parts of the ground. The momentum was slowed when Brent was dismissed in the 9th with the score on 40. Jack batted on with Justin Avendano to the drinks break, taking the score to 56, but was dismissed just after drinks attempting a sweep shot that was collected head high by the fielder at backward square. Tom Jagot joined Justin and the pair consolidated, doubling the score to 114 by the 43rd over. Tom was looking in great touch and was unlucky to be adjudged lbw on 32.

Justin had toiled hard scoring 35 runs from more than a hundred balls and so he continued to consolidate with new batsman Tim Reynolds. The partnership of 186 runs over 43 overs was to be a match defining one that gave the Bears the ascendency at the back end of the day. Tim and Justin kept the scoreboard ticking with singles interspersed with a few bombs and, interestingly, only one four in their first 26 overs together.

To keep things interesting Justin brought up his fifty with a six off Isherwood from 129 balls and then continued to terrorise the off-spinner, taking advantage of the gusting wind blowing toward the Bonnie Doon golf course, to launch the ball over the trees and onto the fairway several more times. In doing so, up to 30 minutes was lost searching for the pills, with one ball lost – perhaps buried in a bunker. Tim hit his first maximum courtesy of a no ball full toss by one of the spinners that he dispatched onto the AstroTurf soccer pitch, almost taking out one of the female players. At Tea the pair had moved the score to 179 after 62 overs.

After Tea, with the score moving past 200 and around 25 overs remaining, it started to rain sixes as the two set batsman took control of the University attack. Tim whacked opening bowler White over the fence and then a few overs later put Isherwood onto the golf course.

With the opposition unaware of the milestone and the field set deep Avendano got through for a sneaky single to secure his 9th First Grade hundred for the Bears from 202 balls in 263 minutes. There was plenty of man love as the players embraced mid pitch and a generous salute to the crowd by the Captain who had delivered when the team was looking a little shaky.

After dining out on spin, Justin then moved on to the quicks, launching Hayden Mclean over the fence three times in three overs. With the score reaching 300, Reynolds was finally dismissed for a well made 74, compiled from 142 balls, including 3 fours and 4 sixes. Justin continued on his merry way dispatching opening bowler Tom Scoble for six, twice in two overs. He had gone from 100 to 150 in just 27 balls. His measured but entertaining innings came to a close at 161 from 233 balls and included 11 fours and 9 sixes. The middle order were given licence to attack with Aiden Bariol (21), Robbie Aitken, Mac Jenkins (19) and Matt Alexander all scoring at around a run a ball to lift the final score to 7/375, an impressive 195 having been made in the final session.

The bowlers will be looking to do their part next week as the boys strive for their second win.

2nd Grade Round 3: UTS North Sydney vs UNSW at Tunks Park

UTS North Sydney 220 (G Aitken 109, N Whyte 25) v UNSW 0/25

Through the eyes of Max Papworth.

We arrived at Tunks Park for our round 3 clash with UNSW to a less than pleasantlooking day. This was something we weren’t accustomed to with the previous weeks of beautiful sunshine. This grim day started even worse for me when Samoz cancelled our breakfast plans and I had to succumb to a mere bowl of cereal...

Despite this, the square looked picturesque and two side by side pitches put big smiles on all the lads’ faces. Our warm up game of touch was once again as many predicted; a two man onslaught of Papworth and Leary creating space and leading the lads to victory.

It was a 50/50 call on whether to bat or bowl as conditions suited for a day of bowling but the good looking pitch enticed our keen top order like a cream cake to our old mate Barbs. Faced with a difficult decision, GA thought it better off to just lose this toss and leave it up to the visitors.

With UNSW’s decision to bowl, the top order got to hitting some practice balls. I was still in disarray and was wondering why I still hadn’t received an apology from my good mate Sam regarding our breakfast plans? Anyway, Jordan Vilensky and I looked to settle in for a solid first session before I was caught behind. Raymond (18) made a good start before he and Jord (20) (who I must say was looking an absolute treat out there) were both out caught within quick succession. Jake Hardy soon followed and it was 4/46 after 20 overs.

Leary and Naguleswaran also fell cheaply and, at 6/58, we were in some trouble. It was at this point I looked over into to our great leader GA’s mesmerising eyes... He looked determined. He looked angry. And he’d had enough of these bumblebees who thought they could completely decimate our top order and get away with it!! Glenn was looking positive and arrogant, in the best way possible. The bowlers were hitting the deck hard so he decided to bat out of his crease a long way and dare the bowlers to pitch it up. Glenn needed a rock at the other end to get the Bears back in the contest. Enter Nuwan Whyte, who immediately gained the ultimate respect of the playing group by really digging in and supporting Glenn, facing 72 balls for his 25 runs and moving the score to 134.

When Nuwan was dismissed Glenn was searching for some more support from our lower order. Sam ‘the X-Factor’ Alexander entered the game and showed lots of fight facing almost 60 balls to give GA more time to continue spraying the fielders while carting them to all parts. “One on that arm!!!!! that is WEEEAK!!”

Glenn eventually brought up his incredible game saving 100 and everyone supporting were on their feet. Outstanding stuff. His 109 runs came from 189 balls and, when he was finally dismissed in the 81st over, the Bears had 220 on the board and something to bowl at. This meant we were forced to bowl some overs. Unfortunately, we were unable to pick up a wicket despite some hard work from the Big Horse (Harrison May) and Nuwan.

Looking forward to a big Saturday this week.

Poidevin-Gray Shield Round 2: UTS North Sydney v Sutherland at Glenn McGrath Oval

Sutherland 9/172 (B Hardy 3/26, M Jenkins 2/37) def by UTS North Sydney 5/174 (T Reynolds 97*)

Through the eyes of Chris Savage

After a convincing win against Randwick-Petersham in Round 1, the Poidevin-Gray side headed out to Glenn McGrath Oval to face off with another T20 victor in Sutherland. There were some brief thoughts of last year's fixture, where the Bears couldn't reach Sutherland's competitive total of 235, a game in which Mac Jenkins top scored with 69 and gave the team hope in a narrow run chase. However, the team was eager to continue their good form, and with ex-Sutherland skipper Aiden Bariol donning the bear on his chest, we knew we were in good hands. The team was also buoyed by the inclusion of the Hardy brothers, both returning to the U21 side from minor injuries.

After Bariol chose the wrong side of the coin at his once home ground, the Bears gathered together to display yet another quality bowling and fielding display - something that this team has built its success on. The overcast conditions enabled the new white ball to move sharply both in the air and off the wicket. Chris Savage and Fletcher May opened the bowling with Fletcher (0/17 off 5 overs) bowling an incredibly tight opening spell keeping the opening batsmen in between the front and back foot.

At no wicket for 25 after 8 overs, Nuwan Whyte (1/12 off 5 overs) was introduced into the attack to dislodge the dangerous opening batsmen Ethan Deal and Nick Amos. His dot ball pressure, along with tight inner ring fielding, brought the first wicket of the match, a spooned catch from Amos to a running James Leary at mid-on. Fortunately, the wicket struck before Amos could began his assault on the aging ball, a critical wicket that placed more pressure on the Sutherland batsman.

Once the pace trio ran through their spells, Jack James (1/20) and vice-captain Mac Jenkins (2/37) bowled in tandem to suffocate the top order. James started his spell by testing the batters with his stock of variations. With faster balls skidding through, and slower balls tearing off the pitch, Bariol knew that spin was crucial for keeping the run rate low. James and Jenkins bowled only dots and 1s in their opening spells – a credit to their accuracy. In his 7th over Jack took the wicket of Hawkesworth with a nice catch by Fletcher May and Sutho were 2/66 off 24 overs.

Savage (1/28) came back in his second spell to knock over Deal for a conservative 26, with the catch taken by Bariol. Ben Knox (0/31) was given an opportunity, but it was Mac who grabbed the next pole in the 39th over as Sutherland, who were 3/118, looked to accelerate, with a sharp stumping to Bariol. In the 40th over, part-time spinner Broc Hardy (3/26) rolled his arm over. Broc was the seventh bowler used and his inclusion proved very handy as he utilised his finger spin to great effect, causing edges and miscued shots that brought about three wickets. Hardy was so effective that he continued to bowl to the final over in tandem with Jenkins, restricting the Sharks and preventing them from pushing the total above 200. They finished 9/172 off 50 overs.

Although there is still some work to do in the field, there were moments of brilliance, exemplified by Tim Reynolds quick reactions and accurate throw to combine with his captain for an essential run out to take the 9th wicket in the final over, as Sutherland finished with a mediocre 9/172. The team can view their first 50 over bowling innings for the season as a success. Although there are many areas for improvement, the team unified to produce a pleasing performance against a fierce rival.

The chase began with our 1st Grade opening pair of James and Reynolds coming to the crease with the possibility of a bonus point in their minds. Both batsmen did well in keeping out the in-swinging Andrew Ritchie and speedster Flynn Parker until James caught a thickish edge to the Sutherland keeper. Bariol came in next, and he was the scalp the Sharks wanted the most. Parker brought a spring into his step when his ex-captain marched to the crease. The extra energy he transferred into his delivery was misplaced into a low full toss, which Bariol took delight in depositing through the covers, with its final destination being the western fence line. The delight was short for Bariol and his Bears, with Ritchie claiming the edge and having the last laugh. The Bears were now 2 down with only 20 on the board. He may not have known it then, but the stage was set for Reynolds to continue his outstanding form from the previous day, and replicate it with the white ball.

Jake and then Broc Hardy also departed early and after 15 overs we had slumped to 4/66, and with dark clouds rolling in, also behind on Duckworth Lewis. James Leary, much to the dismay of the opposition, held firm and combined with Reynolds for a 59 run partnership to steer us out of trouble and open the door for the bonus point once again.

Timbo’s tidy, chanceless innings was composed from start to finish. Although the boundaries were a treat to witness, the most impressive part of his game was his ability to turn dot balls into singles and keep the runs ticking over. Finishing in a flurry with 6-4-4 he scored a magnificent 97* off 96, including 10 fours and 3 sixes. Reynolds certainly deserved a long rest after pushing through multiple runs both on and off the field.

It would be remiss not to mention lower-order maestro Jenkins (22*), who worked with Reynolds to knock off the remainder of the target in style, timing the ball with perfection from his first ball till his last. The team ticked over the Sutherland total with 14 overs to spare, claiming the win, but missing the bonus point.

The PGs side moves to second place in the Sixers Conference whilst still being undefeated on 9 points. Manly-Warringah earnt a bonus-point win against UNSW, positioning them in an outright 1st place. Now the junior Bears face four weeks off until a tough encounter with an in-form St. George side at Bon Andrews.

Brewer Shield Round 1 T20: UTS North Sydney vs Sydney at Bon Andrews

Sydney 4/141 (M Oxenham 2/19, C Thomas 1/16) def UTS North Sydney 6/81 (T Jayakody 33, C Thomas 22)

A very excited team of young Bears arrived at the beautiful Bon Andrews Oval to begin the 2020-21 Brewer Shield season against reigning premiers, the Sydney Tigers. On the day, Sydney's depth and experience proved too much for our young Bears, but all the girls can be proud of their efforts today. Sydney batted first, compiling 4/141. The stand-out bowling performance came from debutant, Mabel Oxenham, with her cleverly flighted leg spin, who captured 2/19 from her 4 overs. She was ably supported by Lucy Warren, Tuvini Jayakody and Tahlia Kapo, who all went for less than 6 runs per over. Grace Keating was tireless in the field and her sister India produced an overhead outfield catch worthy of the North Shore Bombers AFL team. Amy Gibbons was almost faultless behind the stumps conceding only 1 bye, and Lucy Warren led from the front securing a brilliant direct hit run out to take the first wicket for the Bears.

Early in the second innings, Sydney’s star-studded bowling attack proved too much for the girls with the Bears reeling at 5/25. However, a spirited fightback led by Tuvini 33 (52) and Caitlin Thomas 22* (32) lifted the total to 6/81 at the end of our 20 overs. Well done girls, for doing your best against a very good opponent. And of course, congratulations to Lucy Warren who, in her first game as captain, led the side admirably.

Women's 3rd Grade Round 1 T20: UTS North Sydney v Manly at Balgowlah Oval

UTS North Sydney 6/72 (A Gibbons 18, A Dongre 12) def by Manly 7/121 (U Ghadially 2/6, A Dongre 2/9)

The love of cricket was the clear winner today. Eleven UTS North Sydney players batted and eleven bowled today, giving everyone a fantastic introduction to our season in a game where we value everyone "having a go".

Manly batted first, scoring 7/121 in 20 overs and we responded with 6/72. Bowling highlights included Urzana Ghadially (2/6 from 2 overs) taking two wickets in her first cricket match ever; Anushka Dongre with 2/9 from her 4 overs, and a wicket-maiden from Sarah Gibbons (1/0).

Our fielding was very good on a bumpy outfield and we were well-pleased at the change. We came out firing with the bat, with Amy Gibbons and Anushka putting on 0/32 in the first 4 overs. Amy fell for 18 off 20, while Anushka played an anchor role and retired on 12. Hayley Yeomans (10) also reached double figures. Six of our players managed to hit a four today - a real highlight in a team that is very new to cricket. Excellent catches from Tilly Kingsmill and Sarah Gibbons and a great run-out from Anushka capped a great day out. Many thanks to our volunteers who helped make it happen.

Media courtesy of Tony Johnson, David James, Jeff Vilensky, Sarah Berman, Adam Cavenor, Greg Buckley, Malcolm Trees and team captains.