Cricket: Byers Sixes Spree sinks Renfrew

22 07 2009

APD Dumfries notched up another win in their trip to Renfrew on Saturday in National League Division 2. Renfrew were restricted to 164 all out after being put in to bat. That total was reached by Dumfries comfortably with the loss of just four wickets.

APD Dumfries's Josh Geary bowls his effort ball. Copyright Donald MacLeod

APD Dumfries's Josh Geary bowls his effort ball. Copyright Donald MacLeod

Skipper Beveridge won the toss and unusually for the side opted to bowl first on what proved to be a good wicket with bounce.

It was Geary, in the Flintoff role of bowling the bouncers, and Patterson who made the early inroads dismissing numbers 2 and 3 for single figures as the score moved into the forties. However the danger man was the Renfrew professional Said, batting at 1, who was playing comfortably and controlling the innings.

He shared partnerships with Ul-Haq and Shakoor but with the score at 120 for 3 came the innings changing and probably game changing moment when Beveridge ‘struck-out’ Said. A drive to mid-on was stopped by a full length dive by Beveridge and wrong handed flick to the bowler’s end sent Said back to the pavilion run out by a good ten feet for 67.

With eighteen overs left the prospect of well over two hundred to chase changed drastically as Dumfries made inroads into the Renfrew batting line-up.

Renfrew's Said hits out for his 67. Copyright Donald MacLeod

Dumfries look on as Renfrew's Said hits out for his 67. Copyright Donald MacLeod

At that point the leg-spin of Goodin was introduced into attack and Beveridge came back on for a second spell extracting good turn from the wicket. Each snared two victims as the pressure of their spin and diminishing overs told.

The innings had crumbled to 161 for 8 when Jim Patterson came back with three overs to go. Currently the most economical bowler in the league, he took his tally to ten wickets with the last two wickets in four balls for Renfrew to finish 164 all out.

Dumfries's Robert McBride and Jim Patterson celebrate a wicket. Copyright Donald MacLeod

Robert McBride and Jim Patterson celebrate a wicket for Dumfries. Copyright Donald MacLeod

In reply it was the batsmen in form that found the runs.

After an early hiccup with a wicket in the second over and then 33 for 2, Josh Geary joined Stuart Corbett-Byers to dent Renfrew hopes.

Corbett-Byers kept his batting average at over fifty with a punishing 68. He was the only six hitter of the game (five of them), two of which soared straight down the ground and kept on going.

Geary demonstrated why he is amongst the league’s top scorers as he focussed on the win with a mature 36 punctuated with some great shots. When he was out caught Chris Bellwood then came in and showed what he is capable of with a fine 32 not out. He steered his side home to a 6 wicket win with 12 overs left which keeps the team in third place right on the heels of Corstorphine.

Scoreboard: National League Division 2, match ball sponsored by Solway Offset Services

APD Dumfries beat Renfrew by 6 wickets, away at Renfrew
Renfrew 164 all out (47.4 overs, A Said 67, J Patterson 3-24)
APD Dumfries 165-4 (38 overs, S Corbett-Byers 68, J Geary 36, C Bellwood 32*)

Dumfries Man of the Match: Six hitter Stuart Corbett-Byers, sponsored by the Nunholm Card School.

Weekend Fixtures

Dumfries's Jim Patterson celebrates a wicket. Copyright Donald MacLeod

Jim Patterson celebrates a wicket for Dumfries. Copyright Donald MacLeod

APD Dumfries are at home on Saturday to West Lothian in National League Division 2. They will be seeking revenge for the loss in their first encounter when the Dumfries top order failed to fire.

JMS Nunholm play a local derby away at St Michaels in Western Union Division 2 and the Sunday side play away at Hillhead in the Strathclyde Sunday League.

Also on Sunday APD Dumfries play the recently scheduled final of the Murgitroyd Twenty20 Borders Section away at undefeated Border League leaders Gala.

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