APD Dumfries won at Uddingston on Saturday by one wicket with just two balls to spare to stay top of the Western Premier league with two games left, both at Nunholm.
From 146 for 3 with over 12 overs to go Dumfries did well to restrict Uddingston to 193 all out. Spinners Goodin and Beveridge bowled effectively when the run push was on with Goodin dismissing Scotland’s Calum MacLeod for 52 and each taking two wickets. McCutcheon then took two in one over to end the innings. All the bowlers bowled tidely including Alan Davidson who dismissed prolific professional Priyadarshana cheaply lbw.
The Dumfries openers, Bellwood and Clarke, shared a fifty opening partnership and a number of batsmen got into double figures but were unable to go on to make the big score. 93 for 2 after 22 overs was the high point of the innings but Joe Clarke was then caught for the top score of 39 and when Geary was lbw for 19, Dumfries were in difficulties at 123 for 6 with thirteen overs left.
That was when Pat Druce arrived at the wicket, and with vital backing from Alan Davidson who scored 20, it was down to forty required off the last five overs with four wickets left.
McCutcheon hit ten off four balls and Dumfries needed thirteen off the last over with just one wicket left. That was to be bowled by Priyadarshana. Druce hit two fours and a single off the first three balls. Then Jerry Goodin punched his one ball through the covers for a dramatic winning boundary to reward an all round team effort.
Druce finished with a match winning 38 not out for the Cairndale Hotel Man of the Match award. Dumfries next play Drumpellier at Benfield Park Nunholm on Saturday.
CWE Nunholm also won their home match in the Reserve league against Uddingston 2nds, Bothwell, in the last over.
They won by six wickets chasing a total of 153 for 9. Carlisle Refrigeration Man of the Match Davie Davidson controlled a run chase to top score with 37 not out when seven runs an over were needed off the last seven overs.