APD Dumfries rain on Edinburgh’s parade

20 08 2008

APD Dumfries sank bottom placed Edinburgh on Saturday in their National League Division 2 encounter at Nunholm by seven wickets. The wet August meant a wicket that was dry in places but also wet where the inescapable rain had flowed under the covers. It also meant advantage Dumfries when they won the toss and bowled first.

However it was a run-out from the boundary by McBride that claimed the initial wicket at 16 and then the floodgates opened. Three wickets fell for three runs to the Dumfries double act of “caught Corbett-Byers bowled Alexander”. Beveridge and Maskrey took over and Alan Maskrey duly swept away the middle order with four wickets. Beveridge took the final wicket at 82 in the 28th over with just 19 as the highest score.

The Dumfries innings was boosted by Edinburgh leaking wides in the initial overs. Extras were to become a theme and Tommy McBride with 19 not out and then especially Chris Bellwood kept the runs flowing to claim the win. Unfortunately Bellwood was out stumped when the scores were level for a second top score of 28, just one short of the extras total.

The seconds, JMS Nunholm, came unstuck on the same sticky wicket on Sunday with a 21 run loss to Victoria in Western Union Division 2. Robert McBride and Richard Rennie bowled well for 5 and 3 wickets respectively but a Victoria fifty with a punishing 26 runs from one over proved key in a total of 147 all out.

The Nunholm top order could not respond to the circumstances and only an excellent 7th wicket partnership between McCutcheon, 31, and Rennie, 28, had the side on course for a fighting win. However crucially Rennie was bowled and a painful last wicket run-out left the Dumfries side 21 runs adrift of a valuable win.

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