Friday 12 July 2019
Thirteens Beaten but not Bowed
Dumfries Under 13s 102 for 3 v Penrith Under 13s 103 for 1
It was no surprise that Penrith’s visit to Nunholm resulted in victory for a team who are on their way to York as All-Cumbria representatives for the ECB Under 13 Cup.
However, once again, the Dumfries youngsters had much to be pleased with. The opening batters, against good bowling, had a good opening stand with Aiden Goodin retiring and Fergus Cubbon making 24. The total was higher than in the first match and that is 3 times what most teams have made against them!
In the second innings only one wicket was taken but it did take Penrith longer to achieve the target than in the first game so that was also progress. Munro Cubbon was the wicket-taker and figures of 1/2 from 1.3 overs was impressive and deserved.
Dumfries 102 for 3: A Goodin 30not out, F Cubbon 24
Penrith 103 for 1: B Johnstone 31not out, B Ellis 33 not out, M Cubbon 1 for 2
Saturday 13 July 2019
Croma Vigilant Dumfries extend lead at the top of the table
Croma Vigilant Dumfries 149 all out v Weirs 93 all out
On Saturday Dumfries welcomed Weirs in what was the most important fixture of the season where top of the league played second. In a low scoring affair Croma Vigilant Dumfries extended their lead at the top of the table with a 54 run victory.
Captain McCutcheon recent coin toss form continued as he won the toss and elected to bat. Thomas McBride joined form man Adam Malik in the opening slot and the partnership started well but unfortunately with some good fielding and bowling wickets began to fall. Adam Elliot batted well in the middle and a strong finish from Alan Davidson the home side scraped to a below par 149 all out within the 50 overs.
A strong start was needed by Dumfries, but some loose bowling meant the game was drifting away from the home side with Weirs reached 50 for the loss of only one wicket. But Alan Davidson had other plans in mind. Alan took 3 big wickets in one over, turning the balance in favour of Dumfries. Not finished there Daqvidson continued to take wickets and finished his ten overs with man of the match figures and match winning figures of 6 wickets for just 21 runs. Scott Beveridge made sure the game was completed and cleaned up the final 3 batsmen in what ended up being another comfortable win for the league leaders. A long trip this weekend up to Helensburgh and the traveling team will hope to continue this run of form and push towards the title
Croma Vigilant Dumfries (25) : 149 all out in 45.1 overs.
A Davidson 41, A Elliott 27, T McBride 25, M Ali 4 for 21, Far Shah 2 for 20
Claims Team Weirs (1) : 93 all out in 30.4 overs.
S Zia 30, A Davidson 10 overs 6 for 21, S Beveridge 5.4 overs 3 for 16
C McCutcheon 2 overs 1 for 19, T Mufudza 10 overs 0 for 9,
C Reynolds-Lewis 2 overs 0 for 14, D Brooks 1 over 0 for 5
Nunholm travel home with well-earned point from Prestwick
Nunholm 79 all out v Prestwick 80 for 4
With 22 players unavailable it was a great club effort that at 9am Nunholm even had a 12th man, however by 9.30am the team were leaving with 10 but in good spirits. It would be a day for individual goals and experiences with five juniors in the team.
Captain Cox was relieved to be greeted by an umpire at the toss and Andrew Reed was also very relieved when Cox won the toss and elected to bat.
Openers Williams and Cox batted with control and were very watchful early on. Runs started to flow with Cox putting away the bad ball, it was looking like a score of 120 plus was achievable until Cox tried one shot too many and was caught behind for 25 off the bowling of C Turner with the score 29 for 1 after 11 overs. It was a challenging wicket to bat on with some balls ‘popping’ while others kept low. Wickets continued to fall from the other end with no one making double figures, Mat Williams was the constant and continued to dig in and provide some resistance. F Rao’s off spin was the undoing of the juniors, it was an experience which they will learn from. Mat Williams carried his bat finishing up with 19 not out with useful 19 run partnership for the last wicket with Luke McBurnie (4) who was unfortunate to be bowled. Nunholm finished on 79 of 33 overs.
Although it was not a lot of runs it gave the team an opportunity to make it challenging for St Ninans if early wickets fell. With another new opening bowling combination of Cox and Reed it was hoped this would be the case. It was, with Reed striking in his second over getting D Thayne LBW for 2 a ball which hit him on the full with a late swinging delivery. Cox decided to go for the full and straight plan and bowled M Morrison for 12 who was looking to up the run rate. He then struck again getting the useful left hander and fellow captain R Kennedy caught behind by Williams for 13, at this point St Ninans were 29 for 3 and were looking nervous. Unfortunately there were no more wickets to fall until the score was on 71 when Vaughn Staples bowled J Morrison to secure a well earner bonus point for Nunholm. St Ninians continued to attack and were able to knock off the final few runs to gain the victory.
With a positive team talk at the end from Andrew Reed the team left in good spirits with a realisation from the juniors that they can compete in this level which bodes well for the future. Nunholm are at home to Titwood next Saturday and are looking to get back to winning ways.
The Andrew Dawson Horticulture Man of the Match was James Cox
Nunholm (1) : 79 all out in 33 overs.
J Cox 25, M Williams 19
St.Ninians (25) : 80 for 4 in 14.5 overs.
J Cox 2 wkts, A Reed 1 wkt, V Staples 1 wkt
PHOTO: James Cox, Man of the Match
Sunday 14 July 2019
Scotland Eagles swoop to snatch the points at Nunholm
On Sunday, Dumfries Cricket Club hosted the two Cricket Scotland Regional Women’s sides, the Stormers and the Eagles, who continued their regional series with a double-header of two T20 matches. Most of the Scotland Women’s squad were involved and they had the additional incentive of performing for a place in the Scotland World Cup squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup Qualifying tournament in Scotland in late August.
The side from the East, the Eagles, dominated in both games as the Bryce sisters led the way with the bat in both of the twenty overs-a-side matches. Scotland Captain Kathryn Bryce hit 54 not out and took three wickets as a target of 107 for 3 was successfully chased in game one. In game two, Scotland keeper Sarah Bryce hit 94 not out and Kathryn 42 in a big total of 184 for 3. In reply the Stormers responded with 118 for 6 for the second defeat of the day.
That was a debut match for fourteen year-old Orla Montgomery who made her first appearance for the Stormers. She and Galloway’s Jess McCulloch played for Scotland Women under-17s during the week against Durham and they are joined by thirteen year-old Dumfries junior Katy Anderson, for her first selection, in the squad travelling to play two County Championship matches in England next week.