Dumfries Cricket: Smit Top Score Not Enough For Dumfries

In the West Premier League, Your Move Dumfries set a total of 195 for 9 in a reduced 45 over game at Uddingston largely thanks to an excellent score of 81 by the DG Project Solutions Player of the Match  Jesse Smit.

He was aided in a 86 run fifth wicket partnership with Drew Dawson, with 30, to take the score up to 162 until Smit was out caught.  Earlier Chris Bellwood scored 23 and Tommy McGrath and James Hobman  boosted the total up to the 195 total.

Opening bowler Hobman got the important wicket of top league run scorer Awais well held by Smit but runs by opener Clarke, before being removed by McCutcheon, and then Ramzan in partnership with Singh steered the home side to a seven win with a handful of overs to spare. Singh top scored with 67 not out. Dumfries are placed sixth before their home fixture with Prestwick on Saturday.

In the West Second Division visitors Langloan posted a commanding total of 236 for 9 against Nunholm bolstered by their top score of 76 from Nathan Allison. The Nunholm bowlers stuck to their task taking regular wickets but needed available chances to be held in the field although the side managed three run outs. Max Corbett-Byers claimed one run out and two catches one of which was Harith Hassan removing  Allison. Woodhouse, Staples, Muir, Hassan all took a wicket and Hyder Hussain persisted for his two. The luck with the weather continued however as the drizzle became a downpour to abandon the match with Nunholm on 11 for 1.

The Sunday Development side had better luck with the weather with another big score by the side of 211 for 3 in 36 overs at Irthing Vale in the Sunday League. Tommy McGrath set the tone with 54 retired with Fergus Bainbridge hitting in 29 in their opening partnership. Max Corbett-Byers was unbeaten on 47 in partnership with James Little (16) and then Adam Malik 25 not out.

Opening bowler Little got plenty of swing to bowl one opener after a useful opening partnership for the home side. The other opener, Spurrell, reached  a retiral fifty as Dumfries opted for spin with Malik taking a caught and bowled in an economical spell, Wahid also took one and Callum Reynolds-Lewis claimed four wickets including the returning Spurrell for 66 as Dumfries ran out winners by 57 runs.

Junior Cricket: Dumfries U13s were defeated in their League Cup Final against Lanercost on Friday which produced quality cricket from both teams. A spirited Dumfries set a total of 93 for 6 with Munro Cubbon top scoring with 30 retired and Nairn Cubbon hitting 23. The opening bowlers struck early with two bowled, one by Munro and one by Cory Dawson. Opener Alban retired after a composed 33 not out and Cory took a great catch off Nairn to revive hopes but Lanercost finished victors as the better team on the night for a six wicket win.

Representative Cricket: Nunholm is hosting the Celtic Cup this week between Scotland and Ireland at under-15 age group level. and the first game produced an exciting last over finish on Tuesday as a Scotland comeback with late wickets resulted in a 13 run win defending their total of 255. The rematch was on Wednesday and the series concludes with two T20 twenty over-a-sides games on Friday starting at 10:30.

Women’s Cricket: Congratulations to local D&G Women’s team players Orla Montgomery and Niamh Muir who have both been selected for Scotland Under-19s as the side competes to take part in the first ever Women’s U19 World Cup next year. A win in their three match series against the Netherlands next week would mean they qualify for the sixteen team tournament in South Africa.

And congratulations also to past Dumfries junior and senior player Niall Alexander who played at Lords on Sunday in an MCC  tournament with his side from MCC Scotland running out a winners in a high standard four team contest at the home of cricket in London.

Summer Holiday Programme: These free sessions 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 [email protected] or on social media @dumfriescricket about these or the Club’s regular evening junior sessions.

Photos: Selected for Scotland U19s; Orla Montgomery and Niamh Muir bowling for D&G Women in the Premier League

Photo: Dumfries U13s celebrate a great catch by Cory Dawson

Photo: Jesse Smit top scored with 81 for Dumfries

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