Bright bat­ting woes con­tinue

Alpine Observer - - Front Page - BY JUSTIN JENVEY jjen­vey@ ne­me­

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.”

PHOTO: Justin Jenvey

SOLID: Zan­der Dal­bosco scored 20 in Bright’s first in­nings against Ruther­glen on Satur­day.

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