APD Dumfries into Scottish 20/20 Semis

23 07 2008

Dumfries celebrate a run-out against SMRH

Dumfries celebrate a run-out against SMRH

At St Boswells on Sunday APD Dumfries won the final of the Murgitroyd Borders 20/20 by a very convincing ten wickets. As a consequence they are one of four teams contesting the semi-finals at the Scottish Final’s day.

St Boswells were put in to bat. They had a steady start but then wickets started to fall. Alexander took four wickets for five runs in his allotted four overs and after a tight display in the field the St Boswells innings closed in the eighteenth over for 56 all out.

The reply started with a four from Scott Beveridge and continued in that fashion. He took most of the strike to rattle up 42 not out in 30 balls. It took just seven overs to complete the win without losing a wicket.

Dumfries get revenge over SMRH
On Saturday APD Dumfries got their revenge for their early season loss by beating SMRH by seven wickets at Nunholm in National Division 2.

This time the influence of their South African professional Motsamai was kept in check when he was bowled by Alexander for just 18 in the SMRH innings.

SMRH fought back with the best partnership of the innings but it was Alexander again that trapped Gamble lbw for 40 to stem the tide at 73 for 3.

A run out precipitated a collapse and the last six wickets fell for just fifteen runs as the innings stalled completely to 119 all out. Patterson and Beveridge shared the wickets between them as the SMRH batsmen struggled.

An early wicket to a lively Motsamai put Dumfries on the back foot but Alan Davidson and Stuart Corbett-Byers batted sensibly and had nursed the score on to 62 when Davidson lost his leg stump. Byers then opened the shoulders and took Dumfries to the win. He reached his fifty, just, and ended on 53 not out.

Meikleriggs do the double over Nunholm

On Sunday a strong Meikleriggs side did the double over Nunholm in Western Union Division 2. The Dumfries side were unable to take wickets to stem the runs and former Dumfries player David Sturgeon fell just five short of a well deserved century. However Preston-Jones got his century in a final total of 304 for 5. In reply Nunholm only edged into respectability scoring 206 for 6 with Graeme Cross reaching a fifty.

Tough Week for the D&G Under-13s

After the D&G Under-15s won the West competition the Under-13s had some hard lessons to learn during their turn. It was a case of could have won, should have won, never going to win and might have won in four defeats with one match cancelled. A young, and small, team kept coming second to some “big good-uns”. Although there were some fine individual performances, including from Thompson, Penrose, Dunbar, Alexander and Little, the bowling, batting and fielding never gelled in the same match. A more experienced, wiser and bigger side should fare better next year.

Summer Cricket Camps

These start next week with a Leisure and Sport 4-day camp (2-3:30, ages 5-12) from Mon 28th July and a 3-day Cricket Scotland camp (10-3:30, ages 8-15) from Tue, 5th August. These are at Nunholm in Dumfries. Information and bookings can be obtained from the David Keswick Centre on 01387-269432.

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