Super Byo Goes Ballistic

20 04 2008

Four, then six, then 4On Saturday, APD Dumfries played a 40 over friendly against Premier League side Ferguslie at JMS Nunholm. The opposition was a mix of first and second XI players and wasn’t strong enough for an efficient Dumfries team.

Ferguslie batted first and yet it was still Dumfries that hit the first boundary of the season since Thomas McBride had a match transfer to Ferguslie. He went on to score a sound 22 and in combination with ex-DCC player David Sturgeon took the score to 48 for 1. Then came the first of the run-outs with Sturgeon run-out from the boundary by Alan Davidson. Stuart Murray, who scored a century in last year’s fixture, rapidly went LBW to Davie Davidson and then some excellent fielding from Alan Davidson, Chris McCutcheon and Stuart Alexander with three direct hits meant three more run-outs and Ferguslie were languishing at 88 for 7. Harper was removed by Jim Patterson for 26 (97 for 8 ) and then the tail wagged. Cameron hit four boundaries to boost the total and finished 39 not out when the overs ran out to leave the score at 139 for 8.

In reply, in his first ‘dig’, Geary hit a four and survived an edge in his first over in Scotland and took the opening partnership to 36, and his score to 21, when he mistimed a leg side shot and scooped up a leading edge catch. The score progressed to 86 for 3 off 20 overs when the fireworks started. Stuart Corbett-Byers defied any early season rustiness by hurtling to 50 in just 23 balls. Included in this were 7 fours and 3 sixes one of which nearly cleared the clubhouse roof. One over which he hit for 23 meant it was all over as a contest. After reaching his 50 via a 4 followed by a 6 he decided to ‘retire’ and tried to hit one into the River Nith. He didn’t. However he is awaiting a lucrative call from the new Indian 20/20 league. It was left to Beveridge and Paterson to ease to a 6 wicket win with over 13 overs left.


Ferguslie 139 for 8 (40 overs)
T McBride 22, D Harper 26, G Cameron 39 not out
S Alexander 5 overs 1 for 10, D Davidson 4 overs 1 for 14,
J Geary 7 overs 1 for 32, Patterson 5 overs 1 for 9. 4 run outs (3 direct hits)

APD Dumfries 140 for 4 in 26.4 overs
J Geary 21, D Davidson 19, S Corbett-Byers 50 in 23 balls

Dumfries Player of the Match: Stuart Corbett-Byers



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