Cricket: APD Dumfries win through to Division 1 play-off

1 09 2009
Bellwood hits out in his man of the match innings of 93 not out

Bellwood hits out in his man of the match innings of 93 not out

Despite the wettest August on record APD Dumfries did play their league showdown against second placed RH Corstorphine in National League Division 2 at Nunholm. The prize for the winner was the place in the promotion play-off match for Division 1.

Dumfries won convincingly by 87 runs, thanks to a match winning 93 not out from Chris Bellwood. He joined Davie Davidson after an early wicket to put together a partnership of just under a century which ended when Davidson was out for 29. Two more wickets fell rapidly and, at 115 for 4, three wickets had gone for twelve runs with 35 overs already bowled.

Dawson holds on to the winning catch

Dawson holds on to the winning catch

The squeeze was being applied by the spinners Holstein and Mommsen. Already a rain interruption had reduced the match to 48 overs a side and when another came after 40 overs Dumfries were just on 132.

Tea was taken during the rain break and eight overs still remained. Stuart Corbett-Byers hit a crucial run-a-ball 37 including two sixes to produce a more testing total of 190 for 5. Bellwood finished on 93 not out having picked off runs all round the wicket in another classy innings.

Dumfries started well when Alan Davidson took a good caught and bowled in his first over. Then Stuart Alexander applied more pressure when key batsman McClaren was out to fine catch by keeper Corbett-Byers. Alexander continued with his second wicket and Geary took a reaction catch close in off Patterson.

Mommsen joined former Scotland player More with the expectation that this was the partnership to break. And broken it was due a run-out mix up that had Mommsen stranded mid wicket. Corbett-Byers took no chances and ended up removing a stump, “just in case”.

More followed giving Patterson a caught and bowled and the score of 51 for 6 had Dumfries in sight of victory. Hancock scored 37 but Goodin spun out three more wickets and as the spectators held their breath a leading edge by Fleming sent a catch spinning out to Drew Dawson for skipper Beveridge to claim the last wicket of the league campaign. Corstorphine finished on 104 all out, 88 runs short of the rain revised target of 192 for a memorable Dumfries win.

Dumfries now play Penicuik next Saturday in Stirling to decide who plays Division One cricket next season.

Scoreboard: National League Division 2, match ball sponsored by Thornwood Homes, Ian Gracie Specialist Contractors, Parkgate Ltd.
APD Dumfries beat RH Corstorphine by 88 runs at Nunholm (D/L target 192),
APD Dumfries 190-5 (48 overs, C Bellwood 93*, S Corbett-Byers 37, P Mommsen 2 for 25,
RH Corstorphine 104 all out (33.4 overs, P Hancock 37, J Goodin 3 for 21, S Alexander 2 for 22)
Man of the Match: Chris Bellwood, sponsored by Scott Beveridge Plumbing and Bathrooms.

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