Winner of last season’s Bankstown Sports Player of the Year Award, Mitch Brown returned the fine figures of 4/44, helping the Bulldogs to a first innings victory over North Sydney.
PLAYER of the year, Mitch Brown produced a classy bowling performance capturing 4/44 off 15 overs as the Bulldogs secured a hard-fought victory over North Sydney at Memorial Oval on Saturday.
Resuming at 0-7, the visitors began solidly before paceman Nathan McAndrew bowled Anjam Oberai for 20 in the Sydney first grade cricket match.
A quick-fire 65-run second wicket partnership between opener Ben Bryant and Norths skipper John Avendano, gave the visitors the ascendency until Avendano miss-hit a delivery from Wallace Marshall, with Kyle Brockley taking a well-judged outfield catch. Bryant was in great form and with all-rounder Rob Aiken, took the Bears' score to 4/200 before Brown had the opener caught behind by Matt Simpson.
With the match evenly poised, young Bulldogs spinner Ben Le Bas, in just his second Premier First Grade match, showed what an exciting prospect he is, dismissing Niranjin Naguleswaran (6) and James Newton (70) in quick succession to have the visitors 5/226 and swing the momentum back in the Bulldogs' favour.
However, the Bears were not going down without a fight and a gutsy 55 not out from Olly Knight, ensured the Bulldogs had to pull out all stops, as the visitors fought their way to 368 off 96.4 overs.
The loss of two of Sydney Premier Cricket's most decorated players in Jarrad Burke and Philip Wells was always going to be leave a huge experience gap, but this group of Bulldog Pups will take a lot of heart from this win.
Young spinners Ben Taylor (1/69 off 19 overs) and Ben Le Bas (2/60 off 22 overs) are both exciting prospects and pace duo Wallace Marshall and Kyle Brockley are learning quickly from mentors Nathan McAndrew and Aaron Bird. With rookie keeper Andrew Deitz breaking a finger in Round one, the Club was able to call on keeper-batsman Matt Simpson who delivered a confident effort behind the stumps.
Brown has done a fantastic job leading this side for the first two rounds and he will hand the reins next round to Michael Stretton, who is returning from a successful stint playing as a professional in Holland.
The Bulldogs next play the strong Penrith outfit in a two-day match at Howell Oval.