In an exciting finish Your Move Dumfries lost out at a dusty dry Prestwick by just 4 runs in the Rowan Cup T20 Quarter-Final played last Thursday evening where the CMCA Accounting Player of the Match for Dumfries was Jordan Maritz for his all-round performance.
Home side Prestwick chose to bat first and owed their total of 125 for 6 to two innings of 40 runs from Matthew Van Der Mescht and 39 by Sachin Chaudhary. After a wicket, bowled, by Chris Brockwell in the first over they shared a partnership up to a score of 88 until Vaughn Staples struck in the 13th over trapping Van Der Mescht lbw. Tommy McGrath took the first of his two wickets in the next over. Maritz ran out Chaudhary, going for a second, from the deep in the following over and Dumfries were able to slow Prestwick’s progress in the closing overs.
In the Dumfries innings the scores were always just behind Prestwick’s run tally in the first innings. Alan Davidson was the top scorer with 29 until caught at long-on and newcomer Jordan Maritz added a run-a-ball 23. Nevertheless, with three overs to go Dumfries were forty runs behind on 86 for 6, with Scott Beveridge and Adam Malik newly arrived at the crease, and over 13 runs an over required, and they were nearly equal to the task.
Beveridge hit the first six in the next over and Malik launched another over long-on as they took 21 runs off the over to surge past the hundred. It came down to thirteen runs needed off the last over and then six off two balls after Beveridge was run out for 22 but Prestwick prevailed by four runs in the clinch with Malik not out with 17 runs off 9 balls.
Your Move Dumfries lost to Prestwick by 4 runs (Rowan Cup Quarter-Final) Prestwick 125-6 (20 overs) M Van Der Mescht 40, S Chaudhary 39; C Brockwell 1-18, T McGrath 2-18, V Staples 1-25 Your Move Dumfries 121-7 (20 overs) A Davidson 29, J Maritz 23, S Beveridge 22, A Malik 17no
In the Western Premiership on Saturday, Your Move Dumfries faced different conditions at West of Scotland. Disappointingly overnight rain had resulted in a wet wicket and only a slightly delayed start. The toss was significant for the result and Dumfries were asked to bat first on a pitch of variable bounce and colour. Dumfries were rapidly three wickets down but Malik and Maritz managed to get the total up towards the fifty when Malik was out caught for a gutsy 22. Beveridge joined Maritz to reach the high point of 78 for 4 when Maritz was stumped for the innings top score of 33. After that the spin of Dutia with four wickets did for Dumfries but Brockwell contributed 21 towards the total of 127 and was the final man out going for runs.
Faced with that target and a drying wicket West of Scotland opted to bat aggressively by targeting the boundary. Iqbal was top scorer with 33 not out as the home side accelerated towards the end. Chris Brockwell contributed two wickets towards a Wests score of 3 wickets down for 41 at one stage and
Tommy McGrath and James Hobman each took a wicket each. However, the home side ultimately reached a rain affected target of 120 for the loss of four wickets. Chris Brockwell was the DG Project Solution Player of the Match for Dumfries for his late innings runs and bowling well for his two wickets.
Your Move Dumfries lost to West of Scotland by 6 wickets (Western Premiership One) Your Move Dumfries 127 all out (40.1 overs) J Maritz 33, A Malik 22, C Brockwell 21, S Beveridge 19; C Dutia 4-31 West of Scotland 121-4 (17 overs) (D/L target 120) M Iqbal 33no; J Hobman 1-26, T McGrath 1-20, C Brockwell 2-33 Dumfries U13s were defeated by Carlisle on Friday evening as the home side successfully chased the Dumfries total of 86 for 9. Isaac Ishmael top scored with 31 retired, with 20 from Bill Middlemiss, as the players showed their continuing improvement and development since the start of the summer in a good team performance.
Dumfries U13s lost to Carlisle U13s (Cumbria Junior League) Dumfries U13s 86-9 (20 overs) I Ishmael 31rtd, W Middlemiss 20, L Osmond 10, C Wilson 6 Carlisle U13s 87-1 (17 overs) I Ishmael 1-26
On Saturday, Your Move Dumfries play Prestwick again at home in Western Premiership One. Meanwhile Scotland’s and Chris McBride’s progress in the ICC World Cup Qualifiers which started this week in Zimbabwe can be followed online and in the press.
Newcomers are welcome to participate in junior, women’s, senior cricket during the summer. Dumfries Cricket Club can be contacted on [email protected] or find the club online at www.dumfriescricketclub.com or come along to a training session at Nunholm.
Jordan Maritz hit runs for Dumfries over the weekend fixtures