Bright in a spin
Wanderers bundled out for just 124 as Murtaza dazzles with five-wicket spell
BRIGHT has succumbed to spin in its round 11 match-up with City Colts at Barr Reserve.
Batting first in favourable conditions the Wanderers were tied down by some tight bowling from the home side and were all out for just 124.
Colts off-spinner Murtaza Khaliq captured figures of 5/15 in a marathon 28.4 over spell.
Bright’s batsmen had no answers to Khaliq’s impeccable line and length as he opened with 11 straight maidens before finishing with 20 for the innings.
Zander Dalbosco anchored Bright’s innings with an unbeaten 37 after coming to the crease in the 10th over following the dismissal of older brother Sam (9).
The younger Dalbosco and opener Harry Jamieson were at the crease for much of the day’s play with the latter making 21.
Bright went to tea at 3/66 following the late dismissals of Jamieson and Seamus Phillips who failed to trouble the scorers.
Travis Applegarth lifted the scoring rate upon the resumption scoring a brisk 19 but after his departure and that of captain Dylan Bursill first ball, the Wanderers were 5/90.
Darcy Martin survived Khaliq’s hat-trick delivery but was out soon after, bowled by Anthony Nansone (1/12) with just one more run added to the score.
Harrison Dalbosco contributed 11 to push the score passed 100 while youngster Cooper Thomason also showed some fight.
Bright lost it’s final three wickets for just two runs with five batsmen out for ducks.
Bursill admitted the day didn’t go to plan.
“We finished with a score well below par, the wicket was pretty good and the ground pretty quick,” he said.
“We got bogged down by some good tight bowling and didn’t look to take enough singles and put the pressure back on them.
“We maybe didn’t get our batting order right either, both Zander and Harry got tied down together.
“They both batted really well and it was good for them to spend a bit of time in the middle but it would have helped to have them bat with guys that could have taken a bit of pressure off them.
“We’ll learn from it and they’ll learn from it and will know for next time to try and take it up to the bowlers a bit more.”
With runs on the board, all be it not as many they would have liked, Bursill said his team is not out of the contest.
“We know one of their good batsmen Scott Clayton is not playing so if we can get a couple of key wickets early who knows what will happen,” he said.
“If they do pass our score hopefully we can at least bowl them out in the 68 overs.”
MIXED RESULTS: Bright youngster Zander Dalbosco pushes one into the off side during his unbeaten knock of 37 while (inset) Seamus Phillips has his stumps rattled by Murtaza Khaliq.