Both Dumfries CC sides claimed valuable league wins on Saturday. The firsts, APD Dumfries gained a comfortable 8 wicket win at home against Fife side Falkland in National League Division 2. The seconds, JMS Nunholm, registered three wins in a row with a very narrow one run victory at Shawholm in Western Union Division 2.
At Nunholm, Falkland chose to bat and had reached 37 when Geary had Watson caught for 28. Alan Maskrey then entered the attack and took three wickets including the New Zealand professional Lythe to pull the score back to 61 for 4.
The introduction of Beveridge and Patterson immediately claimed wickets in their first overs and Dumfries were well on top. They pair kept claiming wickets and the Falkland innings slumped to 78 for 9. However the tail-enders managed to gain some respectability with the largest stand of the innings adding another 55 runs.
The final score of 133 all out was well below par and after the loss of both openers for 31, Beveridge and Geary steered the side home with 22 overs to spare. Beveridge played the captain’s innings to secure the win and hit 66 not out. Geary backed him up with 37 not out to complete a convincing win.
Away in Glasgow the seconds had a nail biting finish against Poloc 2nds, Shawholm. Batting first Nunholm slipped from 60 for no loss to 106 for 7 after 41 overs. It needed a cameo from James Cox and a classy batting display from Robert McBride to boost the total to somewhere near a defendable total – 153 for 9 from the allotted 50 overs.
Then the home side’s reply veered from definite defeat to easy win. Six wickets down for 64 suggested the former, 152 for 8 with 3 overs left it was surely the latter.
However a wicket-maiden from Chris McCutcheon was followed by the crunch over of the match. Vice-skipper Cox, was the man for the job – 2 dot balls followed by a juicy full-toss was all it took. When the ball hurtled into his left hand for a return catch the players then knew cricket was a funny game but not for the disconsolate young number ten who had done so well to get his team to that position.
In the first round of the Scottish Cup on Sunday it was a mixture of too little and too much experience in the APD Dumfries side that travelled to Heriots and the game was dominated by the class players in their line-up.
Their two Australian recruits, Ritchie and Farrell, scored centuries against a bowling attack that stuck to their task well but left the field facing a total of 287 for 3. In reply a stand between Alan Davidson (36) and Geary (53*) had Dumfries at 111 for 2 after 25 overs but an unlucky deflected run-out at the bowler’s end accounted for Davidson and the innings subsided tamely to 152 all out and cup defeat.