Cricket: Captain’s innings by Beveridge

4 08 2009

It took a captain’s innings from Scott Beveridge on Saturday for second placed APD Dumfries to beat fourth placed Edinburgh at Nunholm in National League Division 2.

The match was reduced to 42 overs a side and Dumfries saved their best till first when a disciplined bowling and fielding effort constrained the Edinburgh innings to just 102 all out after 37 overs. Chris McCutcheon and Jim Patterson each took three wickets.

However, in contrast, the wheels fell off when Dumfries batted. Drew Dawson played positively hitting five fours which was the same as hit in the entire first innings. However he was out for 26 to Imran and he then continued to consign Dumfries to 37 for 5 having taken all five wickets with, it seemed, one happening every over.

Fortunately for Dumfries Imran was bowled out but still a sixth wicket went at 57 for 6 off 20 overs there was just one wheel left on the Dumfries wagon. Skipper Beveridge was still there and plainly determined not to capitulate.

It was tense viewing, what with one eye on the required Duckworth-Lewis score should the match be interrupted by rain, and the other on the total as it crept upwards along with the overs. All this took place while play continued through squalls which swept rapidly across the ground and which would have tempted any of the hardy golfers nearby to simply head for the 19th.

Patterson kept his skipper company but it was Beveridge that was doing the scoring hitting three fours in one particularly valuable over. However that remaining wheel was wobbling when Patterson was caught for 1 after a 34 run partnership with 12 runs still needed.

The next batsman, McCutcheon, coped with the expectation and Beveridge provided the runs smacking one off-drive to the boundary to secure a win, just, in the 36th over.

Dumfries have four games to go and remain in second place in the league with promotion to National League Division 1 for the first time still a possibility.

Nunholm have the edge over Cambusdoon (just)

JMS Nunholm just failed to win their league match against Cambusdoon at Nunholm on Sunday, but they did claim the winning draw points in Western Union Division 2.

Batting first a score of 66 for 5 did not look promising but Chris Bellwood with 39 and Douglas Brotherston with 30 rescued the situation and Jack Barnes and Robert McBride pushed the total up to a more hopeful 177 all out with just over one over left.

Cambusdoon kept in the run chase while wickets fell gradually. In the end there was just one wicket left to fall and 8 runs needed when the overs played out for a drawn game. Chris Bellwood took four wickets and Chris McCutcheon three.



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