Dumfries Cricket Club Openers Take Care Of Langside

On Saturday, Dumfries Cricket Club registered a convincing nine wicket win over Langside to remain in second place in Western Premiership 2.

The visitors opted to bat and the Dumfries pair of James Hobman and Alan Davidson each took a wicket in the opening overs. The introduction of spin brought another wicket in a good spell by Chris Brockwell and Callum Reynolds-Lewis followed up with three further wickets, aided by an acrobatic catch by Fergus Bainbridge at extra cover, to reduce Langside to 112 for 9. However, the final pair added a further forty runs until Chris McCutcheon scurried for the final caught and bowled wicket. Hobman also took three wickets as Langside finished on 159 all out.

Then the Dumfries openers of Chris Bellwood and Adam Malik looked set to overhaul that total on their own with some excellent batting with shots all around the wicket. Malik was first to his fifty and they were closing in on the target when Bellwood was bowled for 74. The DG Projects Solutions Player of the Match, Adam Malik, then took Dumfries to a comfortable win in the 27th over finishing on 61 not out and Chris Brockwell provided support with a quickfire 17 not out.

On Sunday, the Dumfries second team also won by a massive margin of 171 runs at Renfrew 3rds. That was set up by their big first innings total of 256 for 6 off the 40 overs. The top order made their contributions with runs from Jabarkhil, Reed, Cox and 44 from Liam Renou and then from 155 for 6 Scott Beveridge and Danny Armstrong added an unbeaten century partnership. Scores of 64 not out from Beveridge, and 31 not out by Armstrong took Nunholm to their total of 256.

The Nunholm bowlers then made short work of the Renfrew reply led by opening bowler Stuart Alexander, the CMCA Accounting Player of the Match, who took 3 wickets for just three runs and Armstrong claimed a wicket with his second ball. Sultan Kamran spun a web to snare 3 wickets and a good yorker from junior Billy Morgan finished off the innings at 79 all out.

Also on Sunday, Nunholm hosted Scotland Under-18s in their Cup match against Lancashire Under-18s. With a lot of good cricket on display Scotland suffered from not enough runs as their bowlers successfully took wickets but Lancashire readily reached a winning target with 131 for 5.

On Friday, Dumfries U13s had a good game at Lanercost in the league with the match taken to the last over and the last ball. Lanercost put on fifty before the first dismissal and their innings was dominated by a hard-hitting innings of 33 retired, from just 18 balls, by opener Coulthard. From there Dumfries rallied thanks to 3 wickets by Danny Allsop followed by 2 to Lleyton Endredy. A run out and then two wickets, bowled, in his first two balls by Reiff Colchester put the home side on 72 for 8. However, a last wicket partnership of nearly thirty got them to 101 all out in the last over.

Dumfries also managed fifty for the first wicket between Finley Trigg and Jack Ellicott in the face of some rapid bowling. Finley retired on 31 and Jack hit 19. Cory Dawson was dismissed for 10 but Jack Richards helped take the score on to 93 before being caught for 20 in the penultimate over. Then a final over of good line and length bowling kept Dumfries at bay as the side finished short on 97 for 3.

Dumfries Cricket Club Junior sessions take place on Monday and Wednesday evenings for ages 5 upwards. Women’s introductory sessions are also on Mondays with senior training on Tuesdays, Thursday evenings. Newcomers are very welcome. For further information on cricket, junior, senior and women’s, at Nunholm, email [email protected].

Photo: Adam Malik hit 61 not out for Dumfries