Bright in a spin

Wan­der­ers bun­dled out for just 124 as Mur­taza daz­zles with five-wicket spell

Alpine Observer - - Front Page - By JUSTIN JEN­VEY

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.”

PHO­TOS: Emma Hil­lier

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.

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