Cricket: APD slip up but another fifty for Cross

30 06 2009

It was “every run a prisoner” for APD Dumfries in a low scoring encounter at RH Corstorphine in National League Division 2 last Saturday. Unfortunately for the Dumfries side it was their opponents that played the get out of jail free card to claim a 22 run win in a match reduced to 38 overs a side.

The Edinburgh side were asked to bat first in conditions that meant that runs were hard to score. Their opener and professional Mommsen applied himself and reached the highest score of the day, a mere 34. Opening bowler Stuart Alexander bowled a tight spell and when Mommsen was dismissed by Beveridge three wickets were down for 55 off 16 overs. 

A crucial partnership for the 5th wicket added over 40 and it was the latter who was run out at 114 with four overs left. Those added an extra 17 runs while Jerry Goodin snapped up three wickets as Corstorphine finished on 131 for 8.

The story of the Dumfries innings was the loss of wickets at crucial times and several batsmen got into the teens but were unable to play the match winning innings. Geary and Alan Davidson had moved the side to a hopeful 85 for 4 with a much needed forty run partnership. However nearly five runs an over were required at that point and when both were dismissed at that score the pressure was on the remaining batsmen. Instead the remaining four wickets fell adding 24 runs and the side were short by a not so distant 22 runs with four overs still left.

The result meant RH Corstorphine took over second spot from APD Dumfries who now sit fourth. This Saturday they travel to Weirs who are third from bottom in Division 2.

Fifth Cross fifty delivers Nunholm win

JMS Nunholm played their last game of the first half of the league season against bottom placed Motherwell. Both teams were win-less and desperate for maximum points and the Dumfries side’s captain, Chris McCutcheon, was determined that it would be his side to prevail and led from the front with both bat and ball but it was the dogged and determined Graeme Cross who really “did the business”.

Bowling first Nunholm allowed their visitors to get off to a flyer but then steadily pegged them back despite a dearth of wickets. McCutcheon bowled his 15 overs for less than 4 an over and was well supported by Trevor Newport, Douglas Brotherston and Peter Johnstone. Motherwell, despite 36 extras and the equivalent of almost 5 extra overs were kept to 232 runs and on such a good wicket and fast outfield it was very “gettable”.

Nunholm’s batting line-up looked strong on paper but nevertheless such a total requires at least a couple of batters to get a big score and when two wickets fell in the first four overs that was two less to choose from.

It is in such circumstances that the sight of Cross walking to the crease is reassuring – especially on the back of four half-centuries in succession. He duly delivered his fifth and with his captain put on 130 for the third wicket to put his side in a winning position.
But there were still just under 70 runs still to get when McCutcheon decided that it was not the day for a maiden century when caught for 73, and then there were still 20 runs required after another 4 wickets had fallen. It took the cool head of the injured Farries to keep the defiant Cross company and win the match by 3 wickets in the penultimate over, Cross finishing on 71 not out.

Dumfries Breeze Past Ayr

On a muggy, humid day at Nunholm, Dumfries’ winning streak almost came to a sticky end against Ayr on Sunday.

Dumfries’ innings got off to a poor start as some soft early wickets fell, jeopardising the course of the innings. However the momentum began to swing in Dumfries’ favour once Douglas Brotherston came to the crease. He bludgeoned his way to a team, and match best, 47 with the help of two huge sixes, one of which was very close to causing damage in the car park had it not thumped into the sightscreen, before being caught at mid-on.

This and Josh Geary’s impressive 44 were the only real positives of the Dumfries innings but the scorers were kept busy as Dumfries raced to 100 in just under 10 overs but an utter meltdown in the batting saw Dumfries get bowled all out for just 156 runs in less than 30 overs.

Dumfries needed to hope that their effort in the field was better than their batting and they got off to the best start possible with Stephen Temlett picking up a wicket in the very first over. Wickets continued to fall for Dumfries but when the rain and dark, menacing clouds arrived it seemed that the weather may have beaten both teams but they persisted and eventually the game was going in one direction.

After Josh Geary caught Borland off of the bowling of Chris Bellwood (3-15) for 24 the game was nearly won. Douglas Brotherston’s bowling then finished the game as Ayr were all out for 115.

It was not the most convincing win for Dumfries but they sit top of the league and they will be hoping for another 6 points on the 5th of July at home to Kelburne.

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