Cricket: A Long Final Weekend for Dumfries

15 09 2009

Scottish 20/20 Semi-Final: Chris Bellwood stunned Greenock by taking 6 wickets fro 14, copyreight Cricket Scotland

Scottish 20/20 Semi-Final: Chris Bellwood stunned Greenock by taking 6 wickets for 14, © Cricket Scotland

APD Dumfries failed to do themselves justice in their promotion play-off match against Penicuik on Saturday at Stirling. They lost to the Division one side by seven wickets to miss out on promotion from National League Division 2 and what would have been their highest ever league position.

Dumfries may have found themselves on the wrong side of the conditions batting first on a soft wicket but they had an indifferent start and struggled to 54 for 4 at the half way point. It needed Stuart Corbett-Byers with 36 and Alan Davidson with 26 to put together a fifth wicket fifty partnership and the innings closed on a more hopeful 152 for 7.

Dumfries really needed to bowl and field well and apply early pressure. Unfortunately extras formed much of Penicuik’s initial reply in the absence of regulars Alexander and Patterson. The openers, the pro Ramzan and Scotland U19 player Coleman, survived and with them punishing the loose ball for four on a faster outfield they were not under pressure to look for runs.

Skipper Beveridge trapped Coleman LBW for 30 after an opening stand of 63 and Dumfries needed wickets to stem the run rate. Although Davie Davidson did get Aslam LBW for 39 Penicuik were in the home straight and they concluded a comfortable win by 7 wickets with overs to spare.

On Sunday Chris Bellwood produced the bowling performance of the day at the Murgitroyd Scottish Twenty20 Finals Day in Glasgow taking a remarkable 6 for 14 off 3.4 overs. Underdogs APD Dumfries played Premier League side Greenock in the second semi-final but despite his efforts they still contrived to finish second to the eventual cup winners in the 18 overs a side contest.

After two early wickets by Alan Davidson, Greenock’s Scotland pair of Iqbal and Weeraratna restored the order of things by taking the score to 62 for 2 after 7 overs. But Bellwood came on to stun Greenock. With Beveridge taking two wickets at the other end he took six aided by two lightning stumpings from Corbett-Byers. The last seven wickets fell for just 16 as Greenock slumped to 89 all out. The side couldn’t have expected a better opportunity to get into the final.

In reply Dumfries were on 50 for 2 after 10 overs with Stuart Corbett-Byers out for 23. Forty runs were needed at 5 an over with 8 wickets left and the Greenock supporters were packing their barbecues.

However on 71 for 2 and just over 4 overs left Bellwood was run-out after a misjudged call. Events turn quickly in this form of cricket and Dumfries had not left enough margin for error. Berrington bowled a wicket maiden, four came from the next over and Geary was then bowled looking for a boundary, again by Berrington for 25.

It came down to six to tie and win off the last over which was bowled by Weeraratna. Only the fourth ball brought a single. The next had Beveridge caught and the final delivery which needed to go for six resulted in a tame run-out and a really disappointing end to a long weekend for Dumfries.

Scoreboard: National League Division 1/Division 2 Play-off
APD Dumfries lost to Penicuik by 7 wickets at New Williamsfield, Stirling
APD Dumfries 152-7 (50 overs, S Corbett-Byers 36, A Davidson 26, J Hutton 3-28)
Penicuik 153-3 (33.2 overs, M Ramzan 28, F Coleman 30, A Aslam 39, S Beveridge 8 overs 2 for 37, D Davidson 4 overs 1 for 19)
Dumfries Man of the Match: Stuart Corbett-Byers, sponsored by the Nunholm Card School

Scoreboard: Murgitroyd Twenty20 Semi-Final
Greenock 89 all out (13.4 overs, S Weeraratna 22, C Bellwood 3.4 overs 6 for 14, A Davidson 4 overs 2 for 23, S Beveridge 3 overs 2 for 13)
APD Dumfries 84 for 7 (18 overs, J Geary 25, S Corbett-Byers 23, R Berrington 2 overs 2 for 6)

Dumfries Man of the Match: Chris Bellwood, sponsored by Scott Beveridge Plumbing and Bathrooms

Nunholm’s Final Fling

In Nunholm’s final match of the season the Dumfries Sunday XI proved to be over-hospitable hosts to a Glasgow Accies side who had travelled to Dumfries to take advantage of the September sun.
Not only did they give the Anniesland team first use of the wicket they served up some inviting bowling and dished out 40 extras in a total of 208 for 6. The legendary boy Wallace making a rare guest appearance was the pick of the bowlers achieving the only maiden of the innings.

In reply, thanks to some buffet bowling, and a bid for all-rounder status by Stuart Alexander, the Nunholm crew managed to get to 174 for 7. Looking for positives from the match there was the intriguing comparison between the Strachans – with son Fraser definitely taking the style points with both bat and ball; there was a wicket-keeping debut by young Todd Rafferty – who now understands what Stuart Byers goes through every week and why the “Budgie” style of keeping has its merits; and there was also a senior debut for Bradley Fouche – another youngster from the ranks of the Dumfries junior section.

Scoreboard: Glasgow Accies beat Dumfries by 34 runs, match ball sponsored by Coatbridge Cold Store Construction, John Henderson & Sons Solicitors
Glasgow Accies 208/6 (C Wallace 2-36, S Alexander 1-32, A Kyle 1-19, D Strachan 1-15
Dumfries 174/7 ((T Williams 48, S Alexander 39, D Strachan 21, M Richardson 14)

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