Cricket News – Close Clydesdale Loss For Dumfries

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Dumfries had a close loss to Clydesdale in the Premier League at home on Saturday despite a top score from Chris Bellwood as the Icon Sports Player of the Match.

Your Move Dumfries batted first and the innings never quite managed to accelerate enough to reach a par score on a good Nunholm wicket. Chris Bellwood partnered opener Alan Davidson to take the side past a hundred before Davidson was bowled by spinner Bashir for 33. Bellwood was another Bashir victim to a caught and bowled for a run-a-ball 63. The Clydesdale spinners managed to tie things down and also removed Jesse Smit for 23. Van Zyl completed a fifty supported by Adam Malik before the former was caught for 56 for 224 for 5 but now with four overs left. A series of wickets fell, including Malik for 20, as Dumfries tried for runs and ended 249 all out off the last ball.

Chris Brockwell and skipper Chris McCutcheon combined to break the opening partnership at 63 for 2 but a century partnership between Young and Jawad put Clydesdale back on course. However Smit removed Young lbw for 57 and four runs later Brockwell bowled Jawad for 48 and with pressure applied keeper Van Zyl held another off Smit, 176 for 5 with 12 overs to go.

With six an over required things needed to go Dumfries’s way but number seven Mughal had other ideas as he managed to score most of the remaining runs scoring 54 not out and completed the innings with a six for a four wicket Clydesdale win with just over three overs left.

Your Move Dumfries still retained their fourth place in the Premier League and are away at Ferguslie on Saturday.

Your Move Dumfries lost to Clydesdale by 4 wickets (WDCU Premier League)
Your Move Dumfries 249 all out (50 overs)
C Bellwood 63, J Van Zyl 56, A Davidson 33; A Shakoor 3-50
Clydesdale 250 for 6 (46.2 overs)
C Young 57, I Mughal 54no; J Smit 3-46, C Brockwell 2-35, C McCutcheon 1-25

For the Dumfries seconds, Nunholm, it was also a tale of not enough runs. They batted first at Glasgow Accies but their first team bowling attack kept things tight. Opener Andy Reed top scored with 37 and he and Mat Williams reached a high point of 63 for 1 but they were both amongst a cluster of wickets to then fall. Fergus Bainbridge batted well at number six to pass the hundred mark but once he was out the remaining wickets fell for a total of 113 albeit after 42 overs. Nunholm continued to stick to their task in the field as a variety of bowlers were tried to unsuccessfully break an Accies opening partnership as they then completed a convincing ten wicket win.

Nunholm lost to Glasgow Accies by 10 wickets (WDCU Second Division)
Nunholm 113 all out (42 overs) A Reed 37, F Bainbridge 17; N Safi 3-13
Glasgow Accies 114 for 0 (20.4 overs) N Safi 57

All the runs were evidently saved up for the next day as the Dumfries Development XI compiled a massive 301 for 3 off 36 overs in the Sunday league at home against Carlisle. They were teed up by a rapid maiden century by the Icon Sports Player of the Match young batter Max Corbett-Byers.

He took the score to 166 for 1 when he was bowled for 103 attempting another six. Callum Reynolds-Lewis retired on 50, followed by Sean Thornely on 53 as he and Jabarkhil (33) provided a contrast in styles. Malik and Bainbridge then responded to the scoreboard pressure and hit fifteen of the last over to get the score past three hundred. The Dumfries bowling attack then shared wickets as the visitors were bowled out for 122. Fergus Bainbridge took four wickets, James Little two as did the spin of Harith Hassan but two highlights were a great slip catch by Thornely and another stunning diving catch by Jabarkhil.

Dumfries beat Carlisle by 179 runs (Eden Valley Sunday League)
Dumfries Sunday Development XI 301 for 3 (36 overs)
M Corbett-Byers 103, Sean Thornely 53rtd, C Reynolds-Lewis 50rts, W Jabarkhil 33
Carlisle 122 all out (32.3 overs)
F Bainbridge 4-15, J Little 2-21, H Hassan 2-21

Scotland Cricket: Chris McBride became the first Dumfries player to get a senior Scotland Men’s game on home soil when he earned his second cap in an emphatic win over Nepal in Glasgow on Sunday in the ICC World Cup League Two. He took the game’s first catch and claimed his first wicket for Scotland before then sharing an opening stand of forty two in an eight wicket victory. Dumfries players James Hobman and Max Corbett-Byers were also selected for West U17s against the East in their 2-day game this week.

Girls Cricket: The Dumfries Cricket Club summer holiday coaching programme started this week with girls only sessions to encourage girls to follow the current local players into starting the sport. On the field  Orla Montgomery, Niamh Muir and Emma Fordyce, for West U18s Girls, shared one win each with the North in the regional series at Forfar. Muir starred with 53 not out to steer her side to a win with one ball left in game one and added 26 not out in the second T20 match

Disability Cricket: The summer holiday sessions include weekly disability cricket sessions at Nunholm which are also free to attend.

The programme is also aimed at providing children aged 5 to 13 with a great first experience in cricket as part of the “Dumfries & Galloway Amazing Summer” programme. The free sessions available are for Girls Only (ages 7-13), and for mixed 5-8 and 9-13 age groups as well as Disability Cricket sessions. See  www.dumfriescricketclub.com or contact the club on dumfriescricketclub@gmail.com or on social media @dumfriescricket.

Photo: Max Corbett-Byers on his way to a first century

Photo: Dumfries remain fourth in the West Premier League