Dumfries Cricket: Exciting Derby Win over Galloway

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On Saturday at Gatehouse, Nunholm managed a win at Galloway by just 5 runs in their derby encounter in West Division 2. Nunholm were put in to bat and runs proved hard to come by with opener Callum Reynolds-Lewis and Max Corbett-Byers the top run scorers with 20 and 25 respectively. John Woodhouse added a valuable twelve runs at the end of the innings. Carr took four top order wickets for the Gatehouse side and Bradley finished off the innings with three as Nunholm totalled 117 all out.

After John Woodhouse bowled one opener for a duck, Galloway were looking in a good position with a strong partnership between McGrath and Hulatt. However Hyder Hussain got McGrath caught for 21 and in a crucial over Matt Pickstock had Hulatt caught at long-off for 36 by Alexander and followed up by trapping the dangerous Druce LBW. After that a wicket by James little and a run out made it six down and then Davie Davidson and Stuart Alexander came on to apply their experience. Alexander took the penultimate wicket and Davie Davidson finished with figures of 3 for 9 as the home side were all out for 112 with Nunholm able to move up to 6th spot in Division 2. The Devlin Driving School highlight of the day was the ‘old is gold’ moment with Davie Davidson and Stuart Alexander sharing the ball again in the final overs to take Dumfries 2nd XI to a five run win.

Dumfries had a bad day at the office in their Premier League match with league leaders Prestwick on Saturday. Prestwick batted first and scored a challenging 266 for 6. After an early wicket by Alan Davidson they were set on course with the biggest partnership of the match between Chaudhary and overseas player Van Dyk. They raised the score to 141 for 1 before Chaudhary was caught by keeper Bainbridge off the bowling of Bellwood for 80. Bainbridge held another off the bowling of Brockwell in the 190s and immediately Bellwood had Van Dyk caught in the deep for 65. However the platform had been set and Prestwick hurried to their final total of 266. Dumfries lost a wicket first ball and then found themselves at 37 for 4. The only stand of substance was between Adam Malik (21) and Drew Dawson (22) but after them wickets fell regularly for a total of just 92 with Akbar and Chaudhary taking three wickets each. Prestwick remain as leaders, but level on wins with Ferguslie, with three league rounds to go.

On Sunday the Dumfries Sunday XI posted another large total of 266 for 6 against Irthing Vale as several batsmen were in the runs at Nunholm. An opening stand had Muir scoring 24 and Elliott hit 53 retired. Max Corbett-Byers continued his record as one of the top run scorers in the the league with 51 retired and  then Jabarkhil with 31 and Reddipalli with 50 not out made hay in the closing overs. Kennedy and Pervaz were top scorers with 39 and 40 but the visitors had a big total to chase. Fergus Bainbridge took three wickets and on his senior debut eleven year-old Cory Dawson took two wickets coming on as first change. Two run outs also helped as Irthing Vale finished the 36 overs on 150 for 9.

Scotland Cricket: DG Women’s team players Orla Montgomery and Niamh Muir are away with Scotland U19s for a three match qualification series against Netherlands U19s. The series winners will go the first Women’s U19 T20 World Cup in South Africa next year. Scotland won their first match on Wednesday by 57 runs with both Orla and Niamh playing and the latter taking her first wicket on debut at this age-group. The final T20 game is on Friday.

Chris McBride has been named in the Scotland Men’s senior squad for the four Cricket World Cup League 2 matches against USA and UAE which runs from the 10th-17th August in Aberdeen.

Max Corbett-Byers  and James Hobman have been playing for Western Warriors u17s this week with Max second top scorer on Monday with a score of thirty in Glasgow.

Celtic Cup: At Nunholm, Scotland U15s came out victors in their Celtic Cup week against Ireland U15s. After one win each in the two 50 over matches, Scotland won the two T20 matches on Friday to take the series by 3 wins to 1.

This Friday, the 12th, Scotland are back at Nunholm for a 50 over Cup match between Scotland U18s and Cheshire U18s. The match starts at 11am.

Summer Programme: These free sessions running over the school holidays are aimed at providing a great first experience in cricket as part of the “Dumfries & Galloway Amazing Summer” programme. The sessions available are for Girls Only (ages 7-13), and for mixed 5-8 and 9-13 age groups as well as Disability Cricket sessions. See  www.dumfriescricketclub.com or contact the club on dumfriescricketclub@gmail.com or on social media @dumfriescricket about these or the Club’s regular evening junior sessions.

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