Bright batting woes continue
BRIGHT’S batting woes continued in round five of the Wangaratta and District A reserve cricket season as the Wanderers again fell well short of their 68 overs.
Bright was all out in 52.5 overs after winning the toss and electing to bat against Rutherglen at Barkley Park on Saturday.
Seamus Phillips top scored with 42 while Zander Dalbosco (20), Justin Jenvey (16), Travis Applegarth (14), Darcy Martin (11) and Dylan Bursill (10) all got starts but were unable to go on.
A 53-run third wicket partnership between Phillips and Dalbosco helped Bright recover from 2/14 after the early loss of openers Bursill and Harry Jamieson.
But after tea Bright’s middle and lower orders again dropped quickly as they were bundled out for 130.
Although an improvement from the previous week when the Wanderers was all out for 90 against Yarrawonga Mulwala, co-captain Dylan Bursill said his players still need to work harder at the crease.
“A lot of guys got starts but just didn’t hang around long enough,” he said.
“I think all but one of our dismissals were out caught so a lot of guys got themselves out playing shots they didn’t have to.
“We probably chased balls we should have left alone and instead we need to put some shots away and just be a bit more patient.
“There were a few good partnerships like the one between Seamus and Zander which got us back on track along with some small ones from the tail but we’ve just got to turn those 15-20s into 30-40s.”
Rutherglen will resume at 1/7 after batting 12 overs at the end of the day.
Josh Hoare claimed an early scalp when he had Rutherglen captain Joel Simpson caught, with Philips holding onto a sharp chance at first slip.
Hoare was unlucky to not have both openers with Bennett Thomas dropped off a skied chance.
Bursill said his bowlers will need to apply the same pressure on day two if they are to pull off their second victory.
“We know we’ve got to bowl well,” he said.
“Josh and Seamus bowled pretty good spells to start us off and made the batsmen play at everything.
“We know they’ve got some solid batters but if we get a couple of early wickets anything could happen.
“There’s always a bit in the Rutherglen pitch, some balls pop up like tennis ball bounce so it can be hard to get yourself in.
“If we get the ball in the right areas we will hopefully give ourselves a chance.”
SOLID: Zander Dalbosco scored 20 in Bright’s first innings against Rutherglen on Saturday.