APD Dumfries maintained top spot in the Western Premier League in a dramatic finish at Stirling on Saturday.
Chasing a big total of 265, Dumfries got the winning run off the last ball with one wicket left. Captain Stuart Corbett-Byers hit a match winning 72 not out and opener Chris Bellwood contributed another fifty in a successful run chase, just.
Stirling, at 25 overs, were just under a hundred for the loss of three wickets but a 150 partnership between Reddy (74) and Farrar (53) set up a challenging total of 265 for 5. Spinners Beveridge and Bellwood each took two wickets.
Similarly Dumfries were just past a hundred at half-way, for 2 wickets, but at 6 wickets down for 157 and just 12 overs left it required a crucial sixty run partnership between Corbett-Byers and Robert McBride to keep the side in the chase. At the last over the scoreboard showed 13 runs to win. Byers hit two fours, then a leg-bye and a well placed edged four by last-man Goodin off the second last ball saw that target reached.
However the electronic runs countdown had been one short. So the stumps were replaced, celebrations cut short, and for a second time Goodin hit the winning runs taking a single off the last ball with the John Henderson & Sons Dumfries Man of the Match Corbett-Byers undefeated on 72 after one of his best innings for the club.
The result leaves the side just ahead of West of Scotland on run rate with both sides played three, won three. This Saturday in the league Dumfries play away at Ayr.
CWE Nunholm were unable to post a large enough total at Benfield Park Nunholm against Stirling 2nds. Youngster Todd Rafferty top scored for Nunholm with 35 to get his side back into the game from a position of 59 for 5 to end up 177 all out.
Despite being 47 for 4 the visitors reached their target for the loss of just one more wicket. The club’s junior sessions continue to run on Mondays from 6:15-8 at Nunholm, see www.dumfriescricketclub.co.uk.