ALEX Tucker's return to Lake Albert's first grade set up reaped immediate dividends after his swashbuckling opening knock set up a win over St Michael's in Saturday's rain-affected clash at Rawlings Park.
The wicket-keeper batsman, who skippered second grade last season, blasted 42 off 33 balls as the Bulls reached 3-121 off 25 overs in response to St Michaels' 9-188 before rain ended play.
It was enough for Lake Albert to clinch the battle between last season's non-finals teams via the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method.
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Tucker's opening partner Sam Smith also got his season off to a strong start with 33, while no.3 Rhauri MacLeod was unbeaten on 22.
Bulls skipper Isaac Cooper earlier led the way with the ball with 3-22.
Before the match, Cooper said the club was looking for long-time players like Tucker to step up and take more responsibility, and the development of their youngsters, as their main avenues to find improvement this year.
"We've had a bit of turnover with players, we're pretty young this year," he said.
"The juniors who played a little last year will get more chances.
The Bulls have lost the likes of Tom Doig, Lachlan Kendall and Josh Coyte for this season, and a win was just the tonic after they won just four games last summer to finish just below St Michaels on quotient in last place.
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