Wanderers looking to dig in
BRIGHT will go into its opening round cricket clash against Benalla unsure of what to expect as a team and from its opposition.
The Wanderers have moved up from B grade to A reserve for the 2017/ 18 Wangaratta and District Cricket Association season.
As well as a higher standard of competition it will be the first time since returning to the league’s senior ranks in 2014/ 15 that one of the Jamieson twins won’t lead the team’s bowling attack.
Benalla Bushrangers on the other hand will be somewhat of an unknown after Benalla Violet Town folded and the two clubs joined forces.
Bright co- captain Dylan Bursill said despite his team, at times relying heavily on its bowling due to its incontinent batting in recent years, he was confident that could change this season.
“I’m tipping a big year from Seamus Phillips, he’s got the potential to score a lot of runs,” Bursill said.
“Zander Dalbsoco has also been in great from at training and is ready to step up.
“Beside Nick Howden last year it was sort of a one-man show so hopefully we can get more of a spread over the early weeks and build from there.
“Losing a bowler like Ki- eren (Jamieson) it’s probably even more important now that we knuckle down and bat our overs and put big runs on the board.”
Bursill will also be a key man having finished as the team’s second highest run scorer last season behind Howden.
The veteran leader said the side that faces the Bushrangers at Benalla’s Friendlies Oval won’t be daunted by a potential tough matchup.
“They should be fairly strong, we played them two games ago in last year’s B grade semi-final and managed to beat them in a thriller,” Bursill said.
“Obviously we’re going to have a pretty different side but we go in having training well and with a few good hits under our belt.
“Darcy Martin comes in as a bowler and will co-captain with me after playing C grade for much of the past two years.
“He showed in last year’s semi-final that he is capable enough taking five wickets while Harrison Dalbsoco has also been bowling very well in the nets.
“We’ll again be looking to play our young kids to expose them to that level of cricket and hopefully they can improve as the year goes on.
“We’ll work on our fielding during the week and hopefully it all comes together for round one.”