Cricket: Youth beats Experience in the Homecoming Match

22 04 2009

In weather that was more like the middle of summer than the first match of the season, youth triumphed over experience in Saturday’s Homecoming Match at Nunholm. It was a blast from the past as former players took the field again or watched from the boundary.

A young Dumfries XI batted first and thanks to a fifty from Chris Bellwood and runs from Russell Johnston (44), Alan Davidson (34) and a late order flourish from Tommy McBride (34no) they posted a challenging 219 for 4 from 40 overs.

Dumfries CC 2009 Homecoming Teams

Dumfries CC 2009 Homecoming Teams

Despite a remarkably hard wicket for April the Homecoming XI never got up with the required run rate. From 68 for 4, Davie Davidson with 66 and Campbell Potts with a hard hitting 61 not out took them closer with a century partnership but they finally fell short by 37 runs. Robert McBride was the pick of the bowlers with 2 for 23.

The day, and the subsequent evening barbecue and band in the clubhouse, proved a great start to the 2009 season with plenty of cricket supporters and faces from the past welcomed to the club. That was thanks to Stuart Corbett-Byers’ hard work and organisation but also to Davie Davidson (and Raymond) for producing a hard track and a quick outfield in April and drawing compliments from all quarters on the state of the ground.

Homecoming Match: Chris Bellwood to Davie Davidson

Homecoming Match: Chris Bellwood to Davie Davidson

On Sunday Dumfries played Hillhead as a warm-up to their National League season. Another young Dumfries side came out on top with a 24 run win over the Western Union Division 1 side. Campbell Potts powered to his second fifty of the weekend and runs again came from Russell Johnston (38) and Davie Davidson (27) whilst wickets were shared between Jerry Goodin with three and two each to Drew Dawson and Alan Davidson.

Dumfries batted first and totalled a creditable 190 for 8 in the 40 overs. In reply Hillhead reached a threatening 98 for 1 after 22 overs. However three wickets fell rapidly and the innings then subsided to 166 all out with one over left.

Weekend Fixtures

This Sunday APD Dumfries play SNCL First Division side Ferguslie in a friendly at Nunholm. Ferguslie are expected to travel with a strong side to prepare for next week’s league fixtures. JMS Nunholm play a friendly away at Hawick in an echo of the club’s former time in the Border League.



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