On Saturday both Dumfries league teams had dramatic final over finishes but both resulted in nail biting defeats despite the McGowan Miller Players of the Match, Chris Brockwell and Max Corbett-Byers.
Your Move Dumfries played at Langside in the West Premier and were put in to bat. They had to battle hard for runs and batsmen made scores but not an innings defining one. Adam Malik, Jesse Smit and Alan Davidson all got into the twenties. Tommy McGrath delivered late runs with 22 not out off 13 balls and Dumfries reached 155 for 8.
Langside reached a similar position to Dumfries at 94 for 5. However, Khan was the difference as he neared fifty. McGrath struck with two late wickets and Langside needed nine off sixteen balls with two wickets left. They reached that target with an over left for a win. In a game of small margins Chris Brockwell took three wickets. McGrath and Alan Davidson took two.
It was similar for Dumfries 2nd XI against Hamilton Crescent. Nunholm reached 222 all out thanks to a ninety-run partnership between Max Corbett-Byers and James Little, with 37. Max top scored with a good 56.
Nunholm got a start with John Woodhouse bowling two and Callum Reynolds-Lewis removing another. Orla Montgomery claimed another wicket and James Cox followed with two more. From 66 for 6 in the sixteenth over then followed a crucial partnership.
Twenty overs later they were 164 for 6 and favourites when Orla Montgomery returned to bowl Ross for 61. However, Richard Cox remained and Anwar provided 32 rapid runs until Ronan Dunbar caught him well in the penultimate over. Eight balls left, six to win and one wicket left, but the visitors held on and won with four balls to spare.
On Sunday, the Dumfries Development XI bowled well to take early Stainton wickets and to restrict them to 144 all out. Sean Thornely took three wickets, Munro Cubbon hit the stumps thrice, two bowled plus a direct hit run out, and fellow juniors Billy Morgan and Jacob Holden each contributed a wicket.
The batting then failed to fire with only Max Corbett-Byers and Adam Malik approaching scores in the twenties. Junior Billy Morgan stuck in from 70 for 6 to reach a final total of 113 all out and with Billy 16 not out.
Dumfries Under-11s provided the weekend win with an all-round performance against Penrith to do their sponsor James Hallam Insurance proud. All bowlers bowled well to keep Penrith to 204 for 8 with Angus Pickstock starring with three wickets plus wickets for Cory Dawson, Sarah Cox, Gregor Martin and Isaac Ishmael. The team reached a good 276 in reply. Isaac hit 16 and Cory contributed 27.
This Saturday, Dumfries play Ferguslie at home in the Premier League. The seconds are away at Helensburgh.
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