Cricket: APD Dumfries down Ferguslie

28 04 2009

Dumfries CC's Geary in action © CricketEurope

Dumfries CC's Geary in action © CricketEurope

APD Dumfries won convincingly in Sunday’s warm-up against First Division Ferguslie as did JMS Nunholm who also played a friendly at Hawick. The firsts start their National League campaign at Nunholm this Saturday with a Division 2 fixture against Weirs.

The first eleven side beat Ferguslie by 99 runs. The seconds won by a wider margin of 155.

At Nunholm Dumfries opted to bat first but suffered early setbacks against the Ferguslie SNCL opening attack. Davie Davidson and Geary had revived the innings with a fifty partnership when Davidson was out caught for 38. Stuart Corbett-Byers and Geary carried on with another fifty partnership until Geary was bowled for a valuable 42. Then Byers fell LBW for 33 at the same score.

At 129 for 5 off 29 overs prospects had been dented. However the remaining batsmen still contributed sixty more runs before being all out in the 40th and last over for 188.

In reply once Alexander got two wickets in two balls the Ferguslie innings was in trouble. Three more wickets fell at 57 to make it seven down thanks to two wickets in Gooden’s first over. hereafter Dumfries ended up using used nine bowlers to finish the Ferguslie innings at 89.

Nunholm's Campbell Potts hitting out

Nunholm's Campbell Potts hitting out

At Hawick, Nunholm had passed the hundred mark in the 24th over when opener Farries was out for 63 to make it three down. Thereafter Campbell Potts pressed the accelerator hard hitting 8 fours and 3 sixes before he retired on 75, his third fifty in three games. Graeme Cross played the supporting role with 42 out and after the 40 overs the side had totalled 220 for 7.

The Hawick reply floundered with Trevor Newport on a hat-trick at one point and he and Robert McBride reduced them to 15 for 5. Moffat fought back with 34 but Telfer also bowled tightly for 2 wickets, Johnstone claimed two and Kyle one for a final total of 65.

Dumfries League Fixtures start this weekend

APD Dumfries start their National League campaign at Nunholm on Saturday with a Division 2 fixture against Weirs. Last year the Dumfries side registered two wins over Weirs and will be looking to start the season in similar fashion this Saturday. The side will be without opening bowler Maskrey after his shoulder injury but otherwise they should be approaching full strength for the opening encounter. They have an additional incentive with Magners providing a case of cider for each fifty or 5 wickets in this weekend’s league fixtures.

JMS Nunholm travel the other way to Weirs for a Western Union Division 2 match against their second eleven. On Sunday there is a Strathclyde Sunday League match at Ayr.

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