Wan­der­ers look­ing to dig in

Alpine Observer - - Front Page - By JUSTIN JENVEY

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.”

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