Cricket: Big weekend ahead for APD Dumfries

9 09 2009
Skipper Scott Beveridge will be looking for more big hits this weekend

Skipper Scott Beveridge will be looking for more big hits this weekend

APD Dumfries are back on the road this weekend for their final scheduled cricket of their season and the biggest two matches.

After last week’s postponement the play-off match for promotion to National Division 1 starts in Stirling at high noon on Saturday against Division 1 side Penicuik.

On Sunday they are in Glasgow, at Shawholm, for the rescheduled Murgitroyd Scottish Twenty20 Cup semi-finals and finals. There they compete as Border Champions with the winners from the West, North and the East; respectively Greenock, Dunfermline and a Corstorphine side out for revenge for their absence in Saturday’s play-off. The winner’s cheque is for one thousand pounds making this richest prize in Scottish cricket. APD Dumfries play their semi-final against Greenock at 1pm.

Youth and experience defy the Nunholm weather

The 2009 season is drawing to a close and the first and second elevens are awaiting the outcomes of play-offs to decide their destinations for 2010 – the APD team with their fate within their own control but the JMS XI awaiting what happens elsewhere.

Meanwhile cricket at a less rarefied level took place at Nunholm at the week-end with mixed teams of the proverbial youth and experience taking on Longtown and Hillhead. 

Young prospect Alexander bowled with pace at the weekend

Young prospect Alexander bowled with pace at the weekend

On Saturday Longtown were the visitors; Dumfries batted first and relied on a couple of lameters to post a total of 168 for 7 in 40 overs – a decent but not, as it turned out, insurmountable target.

Despite, by comparison, a slightly more athletic Dumfries bowling attack, the visitors – thanks to a dropped catch or two, with D Booker and in particular D Steele – eased their way to victory with 5 wickets and 2 overs to spare.

Thirteen-year-old Niall Alexander will feel particularly aggrieved at the result having bowled with pace, movement and control to claim just two wickets for what should perhaps have been a match winning performance but which justified his selection this winter into the Western Cricket Academy.

Richardson hit an impressive forty

Richardson hit an impressive forty

On Sunday at Nunholm Dumfries and Hillhead agreed to fit in a 25 over match before the seemingly inevitable rains reappeared. This time a different blend of youth and experience took the field. Beveridge bludgeoned 54, Geary smote 45, Marcus Richardson scored an impressive 40 and Douglas Brotherstone hit hard as the side hustled to 184.

It was left to effectively the Dumfries Colts attack to restrict the reply and this they did with Chris Edgar and Niall Alexander taking early wickets. They were backed up by Andrew Kyle taking three wickets, Douglas Brotherston one and Owen Thompson enticing two victims to their doom. Bygrave and Boyd resisted with 26 each.

However the score was 71 runs short when the final ball was bowled as a smirr enveloped the ground and the sides congratulated each other on actually playing some cricket.

Scoreboards: Dumfries lost to Longtown by 5 wickets, match ball sponsored by H Hollis Engineering, Dickie’s Bar
Dumfries 168/7 (D Davidson 64, T Williams 50, C Telfer 13, O Thompson 12; N Jackson 2-49 from 10, M Booker 2-19 from 7)
Longtown 169/5 (D Booker 44, D Steele 61, M Jackson 30; N Alexander 2/19 from 8, P Johnstone 1/32 from 8 )

Dumfries beat Hillhead by 71 runs, match ball sponsored by Maxwelltown Playcare, Phones 4u, B B Body Repairs
Dumfries XI 184/4 (25 overs, S Beveridge 54ret, M Richardson 40, J Geary 45, D Brotherston 17no)
Hillhead XI 113/9 (25 overs, R Boyd 26no, D Bygrave 26, A Kyle 3 for 19, O Thomson 2 for 24, D Brotherston 1 for 18, N Alexander 1 for 20)

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