Dumfries’s Chris McBride is with the Scotland Men’s team as they commence their World Cup Qualifier Tournament in Zimbabwe with a match against Ireland next Wednesday.
Chris says “The tour is going to be pretty full on. The appeal of playing in a world event, with it being my first ever qualifier, is very exciting”. Twenty-three year-old McBride made his Scotland debut last year and “I dreamt of getting into the national team when I was a young boy and I remember going to watch my brother play for Scotland U19s in Belfast, so that was when I really wanted to get involved. There was a lot of pride for that debut, especially for Dumfries, my home cricket club. I always get great support from them”. Scotland start in a five-team group which includes Sri Lanka.
On Saturday, Your Move Dumfries lost to second placed Ferguslie in the Western Premiership despite the batting effort of the Nith Valley Cleaning Player of the Match Chris Bellwood.
Dumfries batted first and had a solid start before two lbw decisions removed both openers Sithole and Malik (25) for 46 for 2. Dumfries were in a reasonable position at 126 for 3 after 25 overs but the introduction of spin caused problems. Khan proceeded to take five wickets as Dumfries fell to 152 all out despite an excellent 60 from Bellwood. Dumfries had the best possible start with Hobman taking a wicket first ball but Esakhiel hit 52 and although Dumfries took late wickets Ferguslie won by five wickets.
Nunholm had another close finish at Meikleriggs. Max Corbett-Byers hit 87, Callum Reynolds-Lewis 75 and James Cox 42 in a total of 262 for 9. In reply, the key innings was by opener Adam Tahir who hit 101. Meikleriggs were 139 for 6 but the late order managed to complete a close two wicket win. Reynolds-Lewis took three wickets and Woodhouse and Cox two each.
Junior Cory Dawson was the Braidwoods Player of the Match as the Dumfries Sunday XI won at Wigton by 68 runs. Dumfries hit 256 for 5 with three retiral fifties from Malik, Warren and Reynolds-Lewis. U13s players contributed with 18 by Lachlan Osmond and Cory 35. Wigton were 188 all out in response. Cory Dawson, Harith Hassan and Jordan Maritz got two wickets each. Dumfries U13s won at Lanercost by just 4 runs. Dumfries set 114 for 4 with retiral scores of 32 from Isaac Ishmael and Cory Dawson. The Lanercost innings changed with a direct hit run out by Macey Corbett-Byers and Dumfries kept the score to 110 for 7. Isaac took two wickets, Cameron Wilson and William Marchant took one wicket each.
On Sunday, Watsonians Women played a development game at Nunholm against Dumfries and Galloway Women. Club Women’s Awards were presented for last season for Player of the Year Roshini Prince-Navaratnam; Strachan Cup for Most Improved Player to Orla Montgomery; Bowling Award to Niamh Muir and Batting Award to Hannay Rainey.
On Saturday, Dumfries play at West of Scotland in Western Premiership One.