APD Dumfries go down to leaders Stoneywood-Dyce

5 08 2008
West Academy prospect Tommy McBride takes charge

West Academy prospect Tommy McBride takes charge

APD Dumfries lost their National league encounter with leaders Stoneywood-Dyce at Nunholm on Saturday. They lost by four wickets but the result remained in doubt until a decisive 7th wicket partnership eased the Aberdonians home.

Dumfries lost the toss and totalled 192 for 7. A bigger total had looked possible after the openers survived some testing initial overs for a fifty partnership.

Matters changed when Dyce debutant Gelderblom, a South African indoor cricket cap, took three wickets. Alan Davidson went for an imposing 48 and Dumfries were in a tricky position at 89 for 4.

The run rate slowed as Beveridge and Byers retrieved matters. After a fifty partnership the pair looked set for a final push but Beveridge went lbw.

West Academy player, sixteen year old Tommy McBride was then good enough to push the ball around for one and twos but firepower was lost when Byers was bowled for 43. When McBride was sacrificially run out for 27 his efforts had boosted the score by fifty in the closing ten overs.

In reply there was one early wicket but overseas amateur Van Vuuren and opener Ninan progressed steadily. Beveridge got the breakthrough and three wickets fell for just 10 runs and Stoneywood stood at the identical score to Dumfries of 94/4 off 26 overs.

Stander and former Saltire Stuart Coetzer batted well to restore Dyce hopes. However Stander sent a top edge into the stratosphere and was well caught by McBride. Another wicket went immediately and 156 for 6 looked hopeful but Coetzer and Gelderblom were able to make light work of the remaining runs and the win was reached with ten balls left.

Meanwhile the seconds game at Greenock against bottom side Glenpark was cancelled due to rain. This means that this Saturday’s match against second bottom Shawholm takes on even more significance as the Nunholm side have four games to make sure they are not near the relegation spots at the end of the season.

More torrential downpours meant that the Scottish 20/20 Cup semi-final, APD Dumfries versus Carlton, was washed out as well. The 20/20 finals day is rescheduled for Sunday 17th August again at Shawholm.

This week an excellent turnout of thirty youngsters from around the region attended the 3-day Cricket Scotland camp at Nunholm which was led by first class player, New Zealander, Grant Robinson.

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