Cricket: Bellwood leads APD Dumfries fightback

28 07 2009
Man of the Match: Chris Bellwood who scored 93 not out for APD Dumfries

Man of the Match: Chris Bellwood who scored 93 not out for APD Dumfries

APD Dumfries moved back into second place in National League Division 2 with a 26 run win against West Lothian at Nunholm on Saturday to keep up promotion hopes.

The Dumfries side owed their victory to a fine 93 not out from Chris Bellwood after he came in with the side in trouble and to the two final wickets he took to end West Lothian’s run chase.

Dumfries opted to bat and as in the previous fixture at West Lothian the top order went cheaply with Van Wyk (C) taking two wickets. At 23 for 3, with the top run scorers for the season Corbett-Byers and Geary already gone, Bellwood came out to join Alan Davidson.

They took the innings past the twenty over mark and to a score of 66 when Davidson fell to another LBW for 22. Skipper Beveridge with 26 stabilised the innings with a partnership that moved the total to 110 when he was caught. With five wickets down and in the 33rd over a reasonable total was looking uncertain.

However the experienced head of Davie Davidson joined Bellwood to define the course of the match. Together they nursed the total along to 134 with ten overs to go and in those closing overs Bellwood took the opportunity to accelerate and display his array of attacking shots.

Davidson (D) was run out for 33 having shared a ninety run partnership and the innings closed on 214 for 6, a much more substantial total than had looked on the cards. A member of the Scotland U19 squad, Bellwood finished just short of a century on 93 not out off 110 balls, his highest score in the National League and the top scorer of the day in the division.

While the Dumfries innings went from ‘ouch’ to good, the West Lothian innings went from good to ‘oops’. They had a target and seemed to be pacing the innings pretty well at 114 for 2 with 20 overs to go and were consistently ahead of the Dumfries totals at the same stages. What is more the two overseas players were at the crease, the Van Wyks of Kruger, their professional who captains in first class cricket in New Zealand, and his nephew Corne.

However a few runs later skipper Beveridge achieved the breakthrough getting Van Wyk (C) out caught for 46. Dumfries had an end to bowl at and with Davie Davidson wheeling away he snared two more wickets including the dangerous Fleming batting at number six for 16.

Nevertheless with 6 overs left, and after 14 had come off the previous over, West Lothian needed 35 with 4 wickets remaining and the professional still batting. It was time once more for the dynamic duo who had performed with the bat. Davidson (D) promptly dismissed two more, and with Beveridge bowled out, Bellwood was brought on for his first over, the 46th of the innings. To the delight of the side he bowled Van Wyk for 60 and got the last man LBW a couple of balls later and Dumfries had won by 26 runs and with 4 overs left. It was a good result after a day when Dumfries were under pressure from the very opening overs of the game.

That win pushed the side back into second place and still chasing promotion. With five games to go the leaders Falkland remain unbeaten and will surely claim top spot. The second placed side will go into a play-off with the second bottom side from Division 1. Corstorphine, now in third place, are also challenging but they lost badly to Falkland whilst Dumfries were winning.

Dumfries play Edinburgh, who are fourth, at home this Saturday, host leaders Falkland two weeks later and finally play Corstorphine in the last game of the season, also at Nunholm. So three games in prospect at Nunholm to decide who goes up.

The Borders final of the Murgitroyd Twenty/20 due to be played last Sunday between APD Dumfries and Gala, at Gala, was postponed for a fortnight due to the weather.

Scoreboard: Scottish National League Division 2. match ball sponsored by Anderson Kilts, Carindale Hotel and Leisure Club
APD Dumfries beat West Lothian by 26 runs at Nunholm
APD Dumfries 214-6 (50, C Bellwood 93*, D Davidson 33, C Van Wyk 2 for 23)
West Lothian 188 all out (45.5 overs, K van Wyk 60, C van Wyk 46, D Davidson 7 overs 4 for 30, C Bellwood 1 overs 2 for 4, S Beveridge 10 overs 2 for 25)
Dumfries Man of the Match: Chris Bellwood.

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