Bright wins sea­son opener

Alpine Observer - - Front Page - By JUSTIN JENVEY

BRIGHT en­joyed a dream re­turn to A re­serve cricket, win­ning its open­ing round clash against Be­nalla Bushrangers on Satur­day.

The Wan­der­ers took a young and in­ex­pe­ri­enced side to Friendlies Re­serve but pro­duced a clin­i­cal per­for­mance in the field be­fore a pa­tient run chase gave the team their first points of the sea­son.

Af­ter win­ning the toss and elect­ing to bowl, Bright dis­missed the home side for 84 and then com­fort­ably reached the tar­get just two wick­ets down be­fore fin­ish­ing on 6/ 123.

Har­ri­son Dal­bosco was close to un­playable claim­ing 3/8 from his six overs, three of which were maid­ens, while co-cap­tain Darcy Martin also picked up three scalps.

Co- cap­tain Dy­lan Bur­sill ( 57) led Bright’s run chase with a ma­ture half cen­tury while an­other young­ster Zan­der Dal­bosco ( 26) pro­vided fan­tas­tic sup­port in the pair’s third wicket stand.

Bur­sill said the vic­tory was set up by his team’s ef­fort in the field.

“To come out and field like we did, throw­ing our bod­ies around and stop­ping al­most ev­ery­thing was fan­tas­tic,” he said.

“Two of our young blokes Harry Jamieson and Zan­der Dal­bosco took a cou­ple of rip­ping div­ing catches to get rid of some of Be­nalla’s bet­ter bats­men and from there it was just a steady fall of wick­ets.”

“Har­ri­son Dal­bosco was sen­sa­tional, to bowl six overs straight and get 3/ 8, with a few of those runs ex­tras was a fan­tas­tic ef­fort by a young guy who hasn’t played a lot of cricket.

Open­ing bowlers Harry Jamieson and Sea­mus Phillips each made early break­throughs but Dal­bosco and Martin ( 3/ 20) claimed the next six wick­ets to have Be­nalla on the ropes at 8/ 64.

Their in­nings was all over with one ball re­main­ing in the 31st over with Cooper Thoma­son and Zan­der Dal­bosco tak­ing the fi­nal two wick­ets.

With the bat Bur­sill praised the per­for­mance of Zan­der Dal­bosco who joined him at the crease af­ter the early dis­missals of Jamieson and Phillips, and the pair re­mained at the crease un­til the win­ning runs were hit.

“It was quite dif­fi­cult with the new ball, the pitch was stay­ing quite low so you re­ally had to get on the front foot and Zan­der knew that,” Bur­sill said.

“He was bril­liant he re­ally worked his way into the in­nings and at the end he hit some beau­ti­ful pull shots and straight drives all the way along the ground for four.

“He re­ally built his in­nings and that’s what we want to see out of our young guys, build­ing their in­nings and not los­ing pa­tience.”

Bright will look to build on their open­ing round win when they takes on City Colts at Bright on Satur­day.

PHOTO: Justin Jenvey

TOP KNOCK: Dy­lan Bur­sill makes his way back to the pavil­ion af­ter lead­ing Bright to an open­ing round win against Be­nalla Bushrangers on Satur­day.

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