Collingwood Park captain Brad Bootsma praised his side for their determination when challenged by reigning premiers Mt Barker, as they went on to win their first game of the season on Saturday. Park were two-wicket winners in the most dramatic circumstances at Turf North, claiming a final over victory against the Bulls in round five of the Albany and Districts Cricket Association A-grade competition. In a game that had plenty, Park were set 169 to win and it was tailender Dylan Belward who proved the hero as he blasted his side to victory with three balls to spare. Bootsma, who was vital in victory with two run outs and 47 runs, was proud of the fight his side showed. They batted with only 10 players in the chase but Belward at No.9 and No.10 Ben Grey got their side across the line with a 17-run stand. “We really gritted it out,” Bootsma said. “We only had 10 batters because Jed (Schwarzbach) had to go so there was a bit of pressure at the start. “Dylan played an awesome role at the end there and we wouldn’t have won it without him.” Belward hit two massive sixes, including one into the breeze, in his brilliant 33 not out. It was nervous times for Park who were cruising before the loss of Michael Ferreira caused a collapse. Michael Ferreira and Bootsma shared in a 63-run stand but Park lost 4-21 after Jarrad Gardner removed Ferreira on 39. Bootsma produced a fighting knock and loomed as the man to get his side home before he holed out on the boundary, three runs short of his half century. That left Park at 8-152 and Ben Grey joined Belward at the crease in what was the last pair. Park had only 10 batters after Jed Schwarzbach left at the change of innings, leaving Park’s fate firmly in the hands of No.9 and No.10. Needing only 15 runs to win, Belward and Grey soaked up plenty of pressure to deliver their side a famous win, Belward clipping a ball into the leg side off Miles Davis who was thrown the ball for the first time in the 45th over. Bootsma’s 47 from 76 balls was crucial in the result, while Belward blasted 33 from only 29 balls. “We haven’t been far off in games but we just haven’t gelled as a team,” Bootsma said. “It was nice to get a win … we can only get stronger from here. “It was one of those games we had to win really, to stay in the hunt. “Our two English boys have stepped up and after a few weeks here are fitting in nicely.” Bulls’ opening bowlers Nathan Crudeli and Steven Scott started strongly after a couple of initial blows from Sam Keeling-Wright (15). Scott trapped Keeling-Wright lbw, Crudeli beat Devon Jefferies with a good short ball and then Scott bowled Jarrad Fuller (10) to leave Park in early trouble. The Bulls’ batting innings ended in drama as well, as a 12th player went out to bat for more than an over before players realised that Park had already taken 10 wickets. The scores went back to the fall of the final wicket and Bulls captain Jeremy Wood was left unbeaten on 74 as his side were all out for 168 in the 41st over. Wood combined with Crudeli in a 76-run stand before the latter was run out on 37 by Bootsma. Keeling-Wright returned 2-40, Grey snared the crucial scalp of Neil Ferreira and quick Cameron Jones cleaned up the tail to finish with 3-25.