Emerging Canberra spinner Mac Wright has started 2016 with a bang, putting his Sydney Thunder tutorial to good use to take 4-71 in an ACT Comets trial match on Sunday.
Wright was the pick of the bowlers as "Team Starr" thumped "Team Piper" in a selection contest for Futures League spots.
Just weeks after working with some of cricket's biggest names, including Michael Hussey, Jacques Kallis and Usman Khawaja, Wright bowled 14 overs as "Team Starr" cruised to a 99-run triumph.
Wright had the chance to work with leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed during his time at the Thunder, and he is trying to implement the tips into his game.
"I was a little rusty at the start but then I felt like I got a bit of a groove and got comfortable after that," Wright said.
"I've been trying a few things I got off Fawad, I've been trying to get a bit more loop because I liked the way he bowled. It's not quite where I want it to be yet, but I'm trying a few of the things I learnt.
"I think these trial matches are a really good chance to test yourself against that next level of cricketers before stepping up to the Futures League."
South Coast star Kerrod White scored a century to kick-start the game at Queanbeyan, combining with Wests-UC star Blake Macdonald for a 178-run partnership.
White smashed 106 off 97 balls, while Macdonald played the support role with 69 from 86 before they were dismissed.
"Team Piper" got off to a solid start as they set about chasing down the massive target of 305, with Henry Hunt (61) and Dean Solway (53) scoring 115 for the opening partnership.
But Wright's bowling helped restrict the chase to 9-206 as Josh Connolly chipped in with 2-27.
The Comets will likely name their team this week for a Futures League clash against Western Australia at Manuka Oval from January 11-14.