Cricket: Dumfries close out West League Season

In the final Saturday of league cricket, the Dumfries sides finished their season with two defeats. In Western Premiership One, Dumfries only reached 124 all out at Prestwick despite 52 by the Your Move Dumfries Player of the Match, Adam Malik, who finished as the side’s top run scorer this summer. Opening partner Alan Davidson scored 31 and the pair reached 75 for no loss. However, spinner Chaudhary then dismantled the Dumfries innings by taking five wickets and the side could only take the total on to 124 all out. That low total proved no obstacle as Prestwick went on to win by nine wickets with only McCutcheon successful in picking up a wicket.

At home in Western Championship One, Nunholm were not able to take their chances against St Ninians as the visitors totaled 260 all out. Trevor Newport took the first two wickets, but Morrison hit 59 and opener Kennedy scored 62. Spinner Harith Hassan bowled well to take 4 wickets for the Your Move Player of the Match Award. A wicket each went to Singh, Sharples and Sithole to bowl the Prestwick side out. After wickets tumbled early it needed the younger batters to enable a respectable Nunholm total. Junior Cory Dawson, on debut, was top scorer with 26, aided by Hassan in a fifty-run eighth wicket partnership, before Nunholm were dismissed for 116. After not managing to piece together enough wins this season these results mean that both Dumfries and Nunholm will be relegated to Premiership Two and Championship Two respectively.

The Dumfries Sunday Development XI remained in second place in the Eden Valley League with a win over Carlisle. Malik reached a ton of runs for the weekend scoring fifty retired as did Max Corbett-Byers. Cory Dawson scored 21 and fellow junior Billy Morgan contributed a further 13 as Dumfries reached 191 for 7.

Then both youngsters made an early impact with the ball. Dawson bowled one opener and Morgan bowled the next two for 16 for 3. Harith Hassan claimed seven wickets over the weekend by taking a further three. MacKenzie Sharples bowled well for his wicket and Lightfoot added another. Morgan returned to take the last wicket, and the James Hallam Player of the Match Award, as Carlisle were all out for 115.

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