Dumfries Cricket: Dumfries Move up to Third in Premier

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On Saturday, Your Move Dumfries notched up their third consecutive win in the West Premier with a six wicket win at Kelburne to move up to third spot in the league.

Dumfries were asked to bowl first and managed to keep Kelburne to a total of 177 all out. Skipper Chris McCutcheon was key with figures of ten overs 2 wickets for 7 runs. That was after Kelburne had reached 95 for 1. Then Jesse Smit hit the stumps followed by a Tom McBride run-out.  McCutcheon bowled opener Tarr for 46. Brockwell bowled another and McCutcheon struck again to transform the score to 113 for 6, but Kelburne stuck to task and were all out on the final ball.

Malik and Beveridge were successful with another fifty opening partnership. Tom McBride joined Beveridge to bring the target within range. McBride scored 33 and Scott Beveridge was caught for 77 for 143 for 3. Dumfries comfortably passed the Kelburne total with ten overs left and four wickets down.

Another Dumfries McBride brother, Chris McBride, was named in Scotland men’s squad for the upcoming home Tri-Series against Namibia and Nepal and provides the opportunity to follow the local player in their matches in Glasgow and Ayr.

Dumfries 2nds, Nunholm, also won after a huge score against GHK in the Second Division.  They amassed 337 for 9 as the batting line-up cashed in. The Solway Insulation Player of the Match, Max Corbett-Byers, top scored with 76. Opener Mat Williams scored 53 and Sean Thornely 23. After that the middle order had licence. James Cox hit 41 runs, Jabarkhil 44, and Dunbar and Reynolds-Lewis 25 and 16 respectively.

Buoyed by that total the bowlers took regular wickets and only a last wicket partnership pushed the visitors up to 123 all out for a 213 run win for the Dumfries side. Hyder Hussain took three wickets, as did Cox. Sean Thornely took two and Callum Reynolds-Lewis and Vaughn Staples took one each.

On Sunday the combined Dumfries, Galloway side defeated high fliers Northern Lights in the Women’s Premier League at Perth. Northern Lights opted to bowl first but Niamh Muir and Lorna Jack responded with a fifty opening partnership. Then Muir was lbw for 21 and Jack was stumped for 41. Five runs an over was maintained until Sue Strachan (13) was out off the last ball for 96 for 7.

Facing  the top two league run scorers, Scotland players Glen and McColl the Northern side were favourites. A crucial moment in the match was when Katy Anderson bowled to Megan McColl. McColl hit hard only for Jo Williams to hold on to a great catch at point. Rosy Ryan bowled another and when Jack removed Glenn lbw for 36 the game was in the balance.

Emily Barnard took two wickets for a score of 70 for 5 but the set batters were there for the final over and with ten to win. That was well bowled by Williams for a 3 run victory as Northern Lights finished on 93 for 5. Her final overs bowling and that vital catch earned her the Ashleigh Building Player of the Match.

Dumfries Sports Club was one of the venues across Scotland for the Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay and the opportunity was taken by a queue of youngsters for ‘come and try’ sessions for the Commonwealth Games sports with squash, hockey, running and cricket. The club also provides cricket programmes for girls and boys which start from 5 years upwards and with the addition of a summer holiday programme. Contact the club on dumfriescricketclub@gmail.com.