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