Dumfries Downed in Scottish Cup Semi

3 09 2008
Stuart Corbett-Byers square cuts in the semi-final run chase

Stuart Corbett-Byers square cuts in the semi-final run chase

APD Dumfries travelled to Glasgow on Sunday for their third attempt to play the semi-final of the Scottish Murgitroyd 20/20 Cup. However the side fell short in their attempt to get the better of Premier League side Carlton.

Bowling first they encountered a step up in batting nous as Scotland opener Watts and ex-Saltire English showed their experience. They found the singles, turned ones into hard runs twos, and if there was a loose ball they made sure it disappeared to the boundary.

When English was dismissed for 28 the Carlton innings was on track. Watts went on to an excellent 61 which provided scope for the remaining batsmen to force the scoring.

Carlton finished with a challenging 141 for 5. Spinner Scott Beveridge finished with three wickets as Dumfries worked hard to stem the runs.

In reply Beveridge and Corbett-Byers both got into the twenties as drizzle started to fall but a more substantial score was needed for the required run rate.

The drizzle turned to rain and then ultimately a downpour as conditions became farcical for both teams. Wickets fell as Dumfries tried to manufacture a finish in the gloom. However they were 40 runs short with three wickets left when the 20 overs ended. Nevertheless the Dumfries side were able to console themselves with the prize money as winners of the Borders section.

On Saturday JMS Nunholm chased 104 to end their league season with a five wicket win over Anniesland to finish a commendable fifth in Western Union Division 2. Man of the match was youngster Chris Howard who set up the win with four wickets closely followed by Chris McCutcheon who took two and who scored 39 to see his side home.

Also on Saturday a young Garrison Nunholm side travelled to Ferguslie. Geary signed off his season in the northern hemisphere with an undefeated century and Chris Bellwood scored 70 not out as the Dumfries side reached 196 in the forty overs. However an impressive 120 not out from Scotland under 17 player Luthra meant that Ferguslie took the honours by nine wickets.

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