Dumfries win in last over thriller

In the Western Premier League on Saturday, Stafforce Dumfries won their home match against Prestwick in an exciting last over finish.

Prestwick set a first innings score of 172 all out with the Dumfries bowlers doing well to restrict the total after the visitors were 100 for 2. Chris McCutcheon took four important mid-innings wickets whilst Scott Beveridge had two top order dismissals and Josh Geary also took two to finish the innings. Fraser MacDonald top scored for Prestwick with 47.

Dumfries were in similar position in the second innings at 100 for 3 but both Robert McBride for 28 and Josh Geary for 47 were out soon afterwards. Thereafter it was a necessary 48 run seventh wicket partnership between Alan Davidson, with 28, and Connor Jones that kept the target in sight.

However two wickets in the penultimate over left six to win off the last and now with just two wickets left. Nevertheless Ronan Dunbar hit his one delivery for a winning four, with three balls left, to cheers from the Nunholm Ladies Day spectators. The Annandale Insurance Dumfries Man of the Match, Connor Jones, finished on 25 not out after successfully judging the run chase.

In the Western Premier Reserve League a one hundred and seventy run opening partnership for St Ninians, and a Carlyle century, set them up for their win against Nunholm. The Silver Fern Horticultural Nunholm Person of the Match, Trevor Newport, took two wickets in their total of 268 for 6. Then after a good Nunholm start first change bowler Stafford proceeded to take seven wickets in just eight overs as the visitors were all out for sixty eight.

On Sunday in the Murgitroyd Borders T20 Final, Dumfries beat Kelso by 22 runs at St Boswells. Dumfries scored eighty nine for five batting first with runs shared amongst the batsmen. A good bowling and fielding effort then reduced Kelso to 28 for 6 and they were all out for 67 in the penultimate over. Davie Davidson and Trevor Newport each took three wickets; Scott Beveridge took two plus a diving run-out which was assisted by keeper Adam Elliot who also claimed two good stumpings. That win earned Dumfries a place in the Scottish Murgitroyd T20 Semi-final scheduled for the end of the month.

This Saturday, in the Western Premier League, Stafforce Dumfries play away at Kelburne and Dumfries seconds, Nunholm are at home at the Galloway Industrial Nunholm ground against Whitehaugh in the Western Premier Reserve League.

Summer Holiday Cricket Camps are taking place at Dumfries Sports Club at Nunholm on Thursday mornings (9-12:30) throughout the holidays. These are suitable for boys and girls (P4-S2). Costs are £3 (for club members), or £5 a session, with beginners very welcome to come and have some fun with a new sport.

The Club can be contacted about these, and the weekly Monday evening junior sessions, and about Senior, Women’s, and Junior cricket on [email protected], or 07799 856094. See www.dumfriescricketclub.co.uk, or find the Club on social media, Facebook(/dumfriescricketclub), or Twitter(@dumfriescricket).

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Chris McCutcheon took four wickets for Dumfries in the Premier League.

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The Dumfries team that won the Borders T20 Final against Kelso.

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