Dumfries Cricket Club Weekly Round Up 16/05/23

Dumfries Cricket Club achieved a convincing victory at Stirling in the Western Premiership on Saturday helped by player of the Match bowling performance from James Hobman.

Stirling were put in and the Dumfries opening bowlers, Hobman and Alan Davidson, dominated the match with Hobman claiming the first wicket caught at slip. Davidson hit the stumps twice in two balls and Hobman removed the dangerous Tweedie thanks to a great catch by Tommy McGrath. Scotland U19s pick Hobman bowled his fourth wicket with a beauty and Stirling were reeling at 30 for 6. Chris Brockwell was equally effective, taking two wickets, interleaved with Davidson’s next two wickets for a Stirling final total of 59. Dumfries chased the total, but not without hiccups, for a six-wicket win. Opener Chris Bellwood settled that chase with his score of 30.

Thirteen-year-old Nairn Cubbon starred for Dumfries 2nds taking five wickets as Langloan reached 240 for 8 at Nunholm. After a good start, including a great reaction catch by Jabarkhil at gully, an eighty-run  partnership and a not out century by McDonald put the young Dumfries side under pressure.  Twin brother Munro Cubbon also bowled well taking one wicket and Max Corbett-Byers took two to boundary catches.

Nunholm then batted well in support of a resilient effort from opener Captain Andy Reed. Corbett-Byers helped take the score up towards fifty. Ronan Dunbar hit 31 in a seventy-run partnership which included a sumptuous six to get off the mark. John Woodhouse contributed a fifty run seventh wicket partnership. However, Reed was running out of partners with a century beckoning and perhaps even a win. Harith Hassan stuck with him as Nunholm passed two hundred, and with just four needed for his century Reed was bowled by a good ball for 96. The final Nunholm wicket fell at 216, just 25 runs short.

The Dumfries Sunday XI survived a good Lanercost opening spell to ultimately prosper for an 86-run win. Max Corbett-Byers went for a rapid 31 and a sixty-run partnership between Adam Malik and Harith Hassan, with 26, took Dumfries to 118 for 5. Malik with his 50 retired steered the side up to 167 all out with youngster Bradshaw claiming six wickets for the visitors.

Despite that the Andrew Dawson Horticultural Services Dumfries Player of the Match went to opening bowler Katy Anderson as she took three wickets for just six runs to set Lanercost back at 40 for 5. Cory Dawson took one and Hassan bowled a good spell of leg-spin with one wicket bowled. Callum Reynolds-Lewis spun his way to 3 victims for one run as Lanercost were all out for 81.

Pace bowler Orla Montgomery has achieved a first as one of the first nine female players to be awarded professional Cricket Scotland playing contracts. Dumfries’s Chris McBride is also contracted amongst fourteen Scotland Men’s team players.

To join in with junior, women’s, senior cricket this summer see www.dumfriescricketclub.com.  On Saturday, Your Move Dumfries play at home against Uddingston in Western Premiership One.

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