The Dumfries first team moved to the top of the West First Division and most sides moved up their respective leagues as the Nunholm club had a winning weekend.
Croma Vigilant Dumfries go top of the League
Renfrew 90 all out lost to Croma Vigilant Dumfries, 91 for 5
Dumfries welcomed Renfrew on Saturday with both teams having a chance to go top of the table and it was a Dumfries win by five wickets that put them as First Division league leaders at the end of the day.
Upon losing the toss Dumfries were asked to take to the field. Dumfries managed to take wickets at regular intervals and had the away side three wickets down in the first three overs with Callum Reynold-Lewis taking his first first team wicket. Wickets continued to fall throughout with all bowlers contributing and the away side closed on 90 all out. McCutcheon, Beveridge and Alan Davidson each took two wickets, Tapiwa Mufudza added another in an extremely parsimonious spell of off-spin, and Thomas McBride was his usual presence in the field with a run out and a catch.
A similar pattern started in the run chase with wickets falling at regular intervals in the face of a good bowling attack. Thomas McBride batted beautifully and it took a special delivery to bowl him for 23. However the home side thankfully steadied the ship from 41 for 5 with a fifty run partnership from Davidson and Mufudza which guided Dumfries to the five wicket win and also to the top of the table.
JB Houston Player of the Match: Alan Davidson for 2 wickets and his 30 undefeated runs.
On Saturday, Dumfries play Kelburne at home on the Club’s Ladies Day at Nunholm.
Croma Vigilant Dumfries won by 5 wickets Renfrew 90 all out (34 overs) Scott Beveridge 2 for 25, Alan Davidson 2 for 16, Chris McCutcheon 2 for 20 Croma Vigilant Dumfries 91 for 5 (21 overs) Alan Davidson 30 not out, Tapiwa Mufudza 17 no, Thomas McBride 23
Early away win for Nunholm
Shawholm 58 all out lost to Nunholm, 60 for 3
Nunholm, Dumfries 2nds, travelled to Glasgow in the Premier Reserve League and came away with maximum points as they showed their class with the ball, bowling out Shawholm for 58, and then knocked off the total for the loss of just 3 wickets.
Shawholm asked Nunholm to bowl first with the matchball sponsored by GM Thomson and what a start it was as Stuart Alexander maintained his great form by getting a ball to nip in and dismiss the opening batsman. Jacob Taylor was also getting movement from the other end and dismissed the other opener LBW before an enforced break due to rain. Nunholm returned after the break in the same form. Alexander picked up two more wickets as did Taylor and Shawholm found themselves 6 down with just 40 runs on the board. A bowling change for Nunholm saw Sam Thornely and James Cox enter the attack and the pressure continued to force the Shawholm batters into errors, and each bowler picked up two wickets apiece to leave Shawholm out for just 58. They say catches win matches and Nunholm took all their chances with Andrew Reed taking three and Sean Thornely two.
Nunholm’s reply got off to a bad start as confusion between the openers Gurupal Singh and Mat Williams left Williams stranded in the middle and easily runout. Jeremy Goodin looked in fine form as he and Singh knocked the ball about and after Goodin hit a few boundaries the nerves began to disappear for Nunholm. Singh chipped the ball to mid wicket and Reed came in to partner Goodin and this partnership took the team to fourteen runs short of the total before Reed also chipped to mid wicket. Goodin guided the ball for another boundary to top score with 22 not out to claim the early victory.
Hole in the Wall Player of the Match: Stuart Alexander .
Nunholm move up to 3rd in the league which is great for the newly promoted side.
Nunholm win by 7 wickets. Shawholm 58 all out (21 overs) Stuart Alexander 3 for 21, Jacob Taylor 3 for 28, James Cox 2 for 3, Sam Thornely 2 for 1 Nunholm 60 for 3 (18.3 overs) Jeremy Goodin 22 not out
Six wins a tense finish for Dumfries
Lanercost 154 for 8 lost to the Dumfries Sunday DevXI, 158 for 9.
It was a close affair at Lanercost as Dumfries’ Sunday Development Team won a tight match with just 1 wicket to spare, to move the team to second in the league.
Dumfries were asked to field first and Sean Thornely was the pick of the opening bowlers as his swing and seam picked up the two openers. A change brought on dib-dob bowler Andrew Reed who kept tight lines and he also picked up two wickets, the first a high catch comfortably taken by Jacob Taylor and the second a one handed diving catch off his own bowling. Lanercost were struggling to score and things got worse for them as Luke McBurnie forced an attacking batsmen to mistime a shot which was caught by James Little. However Allen was then able to add an undefeated fifty for Lanercost. Thornely returned to the attack in the latter overs and he picked up two more wickets leaving Lanercost 154 for 8.
Dumfries in response had a mixed start, whilst the runs were always there the wickets kept falling. Opener Mat Williams did offer resistance and he was eventually joined by Reed and the pair put on a 56 run partnership up to drinks and everything looked set fair for an easy victory for Dumfries, but it was to be anything but. Williams went LBW and Reed fell ten runs later with the score at 107 for 6. Callum Reynolds-Lewis came to the crease and with some lusty blows the scoreboard began to tick along, but Lanercost got regular wickets and the score was 144 when the last batsman Rory Thornely walked to the crease as the watching supporters watched nervously. Thornely and Reynolds-Lewis proceeded to run well between the wickets and it was Reynolds-Lewis who eventually smashed the ball to the deep, but straight at a fielder on the boundary. Thankfully, for Dumfries, the ball slipped through his hands and over for a 6 to win the match.
Farries, Kirk and McVean Player of the Match: Callum Reynolds-Lewis for his 31 not out.
Dumfries won by one wicket Lanercost 154 for 8 (36 overs) B Allen 50 retd; Sean Thornely 4 for 25, Andrew Reed 2 for 14 Dumfries Sunday DevXI 158 for 9 (32.3 overs) Callum Reynolds-Lewis 31no, Andrew Reed 28, Mat Williams 26
Capital win for the Women
George Watsons 71 all out lost to Dumfries CC/Galloway CC Women, 72 for 3
Dumfries CC/Galloway CC Women set off in the sunshine on Sunday to travel to Edinburgh and play George Watsons Girls CC in the Women’s Premier League at Corstorphine and were rewarded with a seven wicket win.
The pitch was in beautiful condition, the ground looked great and the team warmed up full of positivity and purpose. Captain Rosy Ryan won the toss and chose to field first. She put on the young strike bowlers Orla Montgomery and Niamh Muir and with some accurate pacy bowling and good energy in the field, the GWC young openers struggled to make headway scoring only 13 off the first 6 overs and losing 3 wickets in the process -all clean bowled. Bowlers Jess McCulloch and Nat Hamblin both had spells, with two maidens apiece, and Jo Williams, Laura Scobie, Rosy Ryan and Amanda Creedon Bass also kept the mantra of line and length, working together with the fielders, to keep the score down. Rosy brought Orla and Niamh back on and they worked their way through a brave young set of GWC batters bowling them all out for 71. Grant was top scorer with 29. Orla took 5 wickets for 11 and Niamh 4 for 11, and all their dismissals were bowled.
Dumfries CC and Galloway CC chased that down in just under 22 overs with the loss of only 3 wickets. Rosy Ryan 21 not out and Jess McCulloch 17 were the pick of the batters and Orla followed her bowling effort with 14 not out for the Ashleigh Building Player of the Match. A fielding special mention goes to Julie McCulloch for her diving stop and a great team and individual effort contributed to victory in a match played in the true spirit of the game. The side go forwards to next week with what will be their first home league game against Edinburgh South CC/ Stewarts Melvilles CC at Nunholm on Sunday 23rd June.
Ashleigh Building Player of the Match: Orla Montgomery
George Watsons 71 all out (29.1 overs) A Grant 29 Orla Montgomery 5 for 11, Niamh Muir 4 for 11, Jess McCulloch 1 for 4 Dumfries CC/Galloway CC 72 for 3 (21.1 overs) E Tait 2 for 14 Jess McCulloch 17, Orla Montgomery 14 not out, Rosy Ryan 21 not out
Thirteens see the Green Light
Dumfries U13s 159 for 4 beat Carlisle Green U13s, 113 for 4
On Friday evening Dumfries Thirteens entertained Carlisle Green in their final match of the second phase in the Cumbria East Premiership. A 26-run victory gave them a record of one win, one loss and one cancelled which will see them retain their division status for the next phase.
Carlisle won the toss and elected to bowl first but Dumfries got off to a steady start with Aiden Goodin and Fergus Cubbon looking comfortable. Both took advantage of any loose bowling and Goodin was unlucky to be bowled by a ball that straightened, albeit on the third bounce. Fergus continued to punish anything wide of off-stump and retired with an excellent 31. Max Corbett-Byers and Niamh Muir then upped the pace with Max retiring on 33 having played shots all round the ground. Matthew McBurnie continued the good work by hitting some lusty blows in a quick-fire 23. Niamh was unfortunately run out late in the innings trying to get every run possible and a special mention should go to Munro Cubbon who was not-out and continues to look comfortable at this level even though he will have another three seasons at this age-group.
Carlisle have some dangerous batters but opening bowler Katy Anderson made sure that the demanding target was unlikely to be achieved and is looking like getting back to her best. This allowed Captain Goodin to give the younger bowlers a chance to shine and this they did; Harith Hassan picked up 2 wickets and Cory Dawson bowled a good couple of excellent overs. The total always seemed to be out of Carlisle’s reach even with the big hitting Keiran Titterington clearing the rope for six on 3 occasions. Alex McMenemy was the notable fielder in a patchy display but only one bye to go with his catch-behind was impressive by Nairn Cubbon and likewise was brother Munro’s direct hit for a run-out.
It was a good all-round performance from an improving young team and the coming U13 fixtures for the next phase are published by the League this week.
Dumfries U13s 159 for 4 (20 overs) Max Corbett-Byers 33 retd, Fergus Cubbon 31 retd, Matthew McBurnie 23, Niamh Muir 19, Aiden Goodin 18 Carlisle Green U13s 113 for 4 (20 overs) Harith Hassan 2 for 31, Katy Anderson 1 for 10
Dumfries U11s in final ball finish
Stainton U11s 231 for 7 beat Dumfries U11s, 228 for 8
Dumfries U11s played a close league game at home against Stainton U11s on Sunday but with a win, tie, or a loss possible on the last ball it was the visitors that won in a tense finish.
Stainton batted first and the Dumfries bowlers successfully took wickets with 2 wickets each for Bill Middlemiss, Nairn Cubbon and a wicket each for Macy Byers, Cory Dawson, and Jasmine McCulloch. However it was the extras that were to prove significant with that being top scorer in a score of 231 for 7. Macy was the exception in bowling two maidens. Jacob Holden took a good catch in the deep and keeper Billy Morgan scrambled well to dive for a skied catch.
The Dumfries batting pairs kept the target in range but were knocked back by dismissals deducting five runs from the score and it was one more dismissal than Stainton that ultimately made the difference. Billy Morgan (9) and Nairn Cubbon with 14 were the ‘positive’ batters for the home side. A wicket in the 16th and final over meant it was four to win off the last ball. That wasn’t to be with 228 for 8 but the match provided a learning experience for the team in their debut season.
Dumfries Under 15s Cowed by Carlisle
Carlisle U15s 104 all out beat Dumfries U15s 66 all out
Dumfries Under 15s suffered their first home defeat on Monday with an emphatic 38 run league defeat to Carlisle Under15s at Nunholm.
Carlisle won the toss and elected to bat with a very strong opening pair. Peter Gower, like his namesake, had a good eye and was quick to dispatch loose deliveries from Sean Thornely and James Hobman, who both looked a bit tired after the weekend matches and were wicketless for quite a few runs. Gower retired on 30 and the score was already past 50 for 0 in 6 overs, as Orla Montgomery, also struggled to find line and length. Between them, Sean and Orla hit the stumps 9 times the previous day but it wasn’t until the bowling change of Aiden Gooden that the timbers were finally disturbed. Aidan’s first ball dismissed the other opener as he charged down the wicket and keeper Lewis Fergusson whipped off the bails. Then, as so often happens, one wicket brings two and Orla pulled out a fast yorker which bowled the number 4. A quick bit of fielding from Aiden’s own bowling then ran out the dangerous Sawden for 20 and suddenly the score looked healthier at 78 for 3. A collapse ensued with the remaining batsmen all out for 7,6,2,1,1,1,0 and the not out batsmen finishing on 3. Carlisle reduced to 104 all out after a double wicket maiden by Aiden and Luke McBurnie’s excellent three wickets and a catch off Aiden. James Hobman also took two good catches which showed that the hard work in this area is starting to pay off for the side. A run out off Max Corbett-Byers first ball of the spell sealed the innings. Extras, though, were the second highest score (22) due to the wayward line of the pace bowlers.
Carlisle started much better than Dumfries with pacy line and length, James Little and Fergus Bainbridge struggled to free their arms and after 6 overs the home side only had 15 on the board. This added to the pressure, as did the change bowlers who followed suit with relentless accuracy. It wasn’t long before this was converted into the wickets of Bainbridge, caught for 6 and Max Corbett-Byers, run out for 0 after a hesitant call. Sean Thornely and James Little toiled away but runs were hard to come by until James hit two fours, but tried to repeat this on the third ball and was bowled. That same over, James Hobman was caught and bowled and Dumfries were in real trouble at 20 for 3 after 13 overs. The game was more or less over at this stage as wickets continued to fall in a quick collapse which was only halted by a brave rear-guard partnership of 20 runs between Katy Anderson and Aiden Goodin which occupied four overs. Aiden hit some lovely controlled shots into the gaps and was second top-scorer on 15 before being caught three balls from the end.
Player of the Match: Aiden Goodin for his all round performance. Not bad for the 12th man.
Next home match is Monday 24th v Langholm Under 15s
Carlisle U15s 104 all out (16.1 overs) P Gower 31 retd; Luke McBurnie 3 for 15, Aiden Goodin 3 for 24 Dumfries U15s 66 all out (19.2 overs) P Gower 3 for 16, J Stirling 3 for 14 James Little 19, Aiden Goodin 15 Photos
Croma Vigilant Dumfries – Alan Davidson batted Croma Vigilant Dumfries to a five wicket win
Nunholm – Jacob Taylor took 3 early wickets in a convincing victory for Nunholm
Sunday XI – Callum Reynolds-Lewis hit a six to win a tense Sunday league game for Dumfries
Women – Dumfries CC/Galloway CC Women won their Scottish league match by seven wickets
Dumfries U13s – Opener Fergus Cubbon hit 31 not out for Dumfries U13s
Dumfries U11s – Dumfries U11s enjoyed a last ball finish at Nunholm
Dumfries u15s – Aiden Goodin got wickets and runs for Dumfries U15s