Alexander’s five wickets rock Edinburgh

17 06 2008

In the Scottish team of the day, Byers - 5 catches, Alexander - 5 wicketsStuart Alexander was definitely the APD Dumfries man of the match in the away National League Division 2 game on Saturday for a five wicket opening burst that destroyed Edinburgh.

Edinburgh opted to bat and couldn’t cope with the accuracy and seam movement from Alexander. Two wickets fell in the opening over of the match. A catch to the keeper got a wicket in his next and it was a sorry scoreboard for Edinburgh at 10 for 3. The 9th over resulted in another wicket for Alexander and in the 10th his new ball partner Alan Maskrey was rewarded for beating the bat several times with yet another catch by keeper Stuart Corbett-Byers.

The top five were gone with just 35 on the board and the opening pair just kept up the pressure. Alexander got his fifth wicket in his penultimate permitted over whereupon Geary came on to bowl aggressively at the tail-enders and claim three wickets in as many overs.

The headlines go to Alexander but another five-for went to ‘Byo’ as he snaffled five catches behind the stumps. Only two batsmen reached double figures.

The Dumfries reply rattled along at five an over as first Chris Bellwood and Jim Patterson and then Geary were intent on batting positively. Bellwood hit 21 and was out caught trying to deposit one into Hibs’ Easter Road ground. Jim Patterson finished on 29 not out, and Geary hit out for 26 not out and the winning runs arrived with over 32 overs left.

Ross Laidlaw 54 v VictoriaMeanwhile the winning run of the seconds, JMS Nunholm, came to a halt with a seven wicket loss to Victoria in Western Union Division 2. Nunholm scored 220 all out with fifties to Graham Cross (60) and Ross Laidlaw (54). However this was a good wicket and that combined with lacklustre bowling resulted in the total being chased down by Victoria for 3 wickets with their opener scoring a century and with overs to spare.

On Sunday, Garrison Nunholm travelled to Langholm with a side that encompassed the generations and it was the Dumfries juniors who claimed the credit. Niall Alexander emulated his father the day before with four wickets and John Dunbar bowled well for one and had the glory of hitting the winning runs. Langholm scored 156 all out with Ben Maxwell batting well for 52. Graham Cross scored runs again in the reply and steered his side home by 5 wickets with an unbeaten 63 not out.

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