Cricket: JMS Nunholm pile on the runs

28 04 2010

It was a runs-fest at Nunholm on Saturday as JMS Nunholm claimed the bulk of the points in a winning draw in their Western Union Division 2 opener against Bothwell. Vice skipper Davie Davidson led the way with 95 not out. The side totalled 323 for 4 but were unable to make the necessary breakthroughs for a win as Bothwell fought back with 232 for 3 after 50 overs.

Vice-skipper Davie Davidson on his way to 95 not out


Tom McBride and Hugh Farries opened solidly for Nunholm and found runs with a series of boundaries. However McBride was bowled with the introduction of Din into the attack for 39 after an opening stand of 67.

Jim Patterson maintained the momentum and this pairing had nearly made the century partnership when he was yorked one short of his fifty. Farries was Din’s second victim LBW shortly afterwards for 64. Then Davie Davidson and Graeme Cross came together for the defining partnership of the match.

With fifteen overs to go they started steadily and then peppered the boundary amassing over 110 in the last ten overs. Cross finished on 53 not out and Davidson needed a six off the last ball to register a century but was unable to reproduce a previous six which had threatened the railway line.

In reply Robert McBride yorked Donnelly with the score on 25 for a hopeful start for Nunholm but the remaining batsmen proved difficult to dismiss. Din, Dass and Makwana with 74, who scored a century in the corresponding game last year, batted well and saw the prospect of an outright win recede.

What might have been important chances were not taken in the field as the Dumfries side tried seven bowlers. McBride took a second wicket, but in the last over, and Bothwell reached the 50 overs on 232 for 3.

Match Scoreboard: Western Union Division 2. Match sponsored by Dickie’s Bar
JMS Nunholm (18 pts) drew against Bothwell (8 pts).
JMS Nunholm 323 for 4 [50 overs] D Davidson 95 no, H Farries 64, G Cross 53 no, T Din 2 for 56
Bothwell 232 for 3 [50 overs] K.P. Makwana 74, R McBride 2 for 63, J Patterson 1 for 12.

Carlton under the cosh

On the Sunday Dumfries hosted a friendly against a Carlton XI which was a mixture of talented youth and experience. The visitors batted first and Alan Maskrey struck early with an LBW in his first over. The other opener, Majumdar, after a slow start, was the main run scorer. However the introduction of Scott Beveridge into the attack removed him for 51. Thereafter wickets were shared with Maskrey returning to claim two more. The visitors closed on 148 for 8 after the 40 overs.

Skipper Corbett-Byers and Drew Dawson then made short work of the reply with an opening stand of 120 in just 16 overs. Both scored half centuries. Byers retired, Dawson was not out and the winning total was reached for the loss of one wicket.

Match Scoreboard: Friendly at Nunholm. Match sponsored by H Hollis Engineering
Dumfries beat Carlton XI by 9 wickets.
Carlton XI 148 for 8 [40 overs] A Majumdar 51, A Maskrey 3 for 23, S Beveridge 2 for 18
Dumfries 150 for 1 [20.3 overs] S Corbett-Byers 70 rtd, D Dawson 67no

Weekend Fixtures

This Saturday both Dumfries sides are in league action. APD Dumfries, the first XI, start their National League Division 2 season with an away fixture against Ferguslie. Although Dumfries won their friendly season opener against them, a full strength side, including their professional from India, Mullick, and a different game, is expected against the former Premier League side. The second XI, JMS Nunholm, are at home against Anniesland, the second team of Glasgow Accies.

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