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Dennis Bulli ready to improve performance

Published:Tuesday | October 3, 2017 | 12:00 AMMarc Stamp

Western Warriors all-rounder Dennis Bulli, behind an impressive performance for his team in the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) Super League at the weekend against Northern Panthers at the Trelawny Stadium, is confident in staying in the Jamaica team.

Bulli's confidence rose following his performance with ball and bat for the Western Warriors. He made 43 runs in the team's 254 for nine declared against the Panthers. Then, he came back and captured eight for 51 to lead his team to first innings points in the rain-affected two-day game.

"It was a very good performance. I bowled with some control and spun the ball a lot. I got a lot of support from the team, and all in all it was a good one for me over the weekend," Bulli told The Gleaner yesterday.

With regard to his batting performance, Bulli, who was the number nine batsman, came in when the Warriors were in trouble. He partnered with captain Myron Wilson to move the innings past the 200 mark.

"When I went to the crease as the number nine batsman, we did not have many runs on the board. The captain was also at the wicket. I told the captain to build a partnership and capitalise on the bad balls. We put on a useful eighth-wicket partnership which lifted the innings," Bulli explained.

Bulli made his debut for Jamaica in the Regional Four-Day Championships last season and hopes to continue at the first-class level.

"I want to play for Jamaica and do well with ball and bat. I played three first-class matches for Jamaica last year in the Regional Four-Day tournament and my ambition is to continue representing the country," Bulli who is 30 years old and a member of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), said.

 

RIGHT BALANCE TO WIN

 

He also believes that the Western Warriors have the right balance to win the Super League title this season.

"I think we have a well-rounded team in the JCA Super League competition. We have a good team vibe, good energy, players who want to win. And, we are learning from each other every day," he assessed.

"I picked up four wickets in the first two games for a total of 12 wickets. Been a spinner, the aim is to get a lot of wickets. We have 10 games, so I have to aim for at least 40 wickets," Bulli reasoned.

"The Super League is a lot more challenging with better players involved in the competition. I have to spend more time and think how to get out the batsman. I think the competition is a good one," he said about the new format in the Super League.

With regards to the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), Bulli, who is yet to play in the Twenty20 format of the game, is hoping to get his break.

"The CPL is a high-pressure game, so you have to be strong physically and mentally. I am ready for anything right now," Bulli said.

The former Meadowbrook High School and Kensington captain joined the JDF in 2011.