Cricket: McBride century takes APD Dumfries top

18 05 2010

Tom McBride scored a century for Dumfries and 50 for the National Academy last week. Copyright Cricket Scotland

APD Dumfries remained the only unbeaten side in National League Division 2 with a four wicket win over Freuchie at Nunholm on Saturday. Eighteen year old opener Tom McBride steered his side to victory with a score of 102 not out chasing the Freuchie total of 214 for 9. Josh Geary provided the necessary support with 56 and also took three wickets as did Jerry Goodin.

Dumfries decided to let Freuchie bat first and when the openers, Birrell (RT) and Birrell (SJ) eased past fifty in the 15th over that decision looked doubtful. However Patterson and Beveridge bowled five overs conceding just one run and then the introduction of the fifth bowler tried, Geary, immediately brought a result with keeper Corbett-Byers taking a catch in his first over to make it 62 for one with the innings nearing the half-way point.

Likewise leg-spinner Jerry Goodin came on at the other end and the pair proceeded to remove the top five. Goodin took three wickets and Geary trapped RT Birrell lbw for 35.

However a fifty run partnership from Rowley and Wallace retrieved Freuchie from 98 for 5 with Wallace hitting two sixes before being bowled by Patterson for 34. D Cowan also shared a stand until Rowley was run out for 34 and then managed the end of the innings scoring 31 in the process. Freuchie ended on 214 for 9 from the fifty overs after scoring nearly one hundred and fifty in the second half of the innings.

The tale of the Dumfries reply was the tale of Tom McBride’s first century for Dumfries. He opened and batted through the innings and ushered his side to victory.

Josh Geary scored 56 and took 3 wickets for APD Dumfries

The significant partnership of the innings was with Geary when he came to join him with the score at 49 for 2. The pair put on over 125 as their policy of looking for runs between the wickets tested the Freuchie fielding.

After thirty overs the side had just passed the hundred mark and with above five an over needed the run-rate had to be kept in check. The next ten overs saw 73 runs scored to reduce it to 40 off ten. However Geary was caught off Gourlay for 56 with the score on 175 and with the bowler also getting Byers lbw for 11 it required McBride to take his side home despite the looming distraction of his first century.

Two further wickets were claimed by Gourlay with just five required to win but that century for McBride came in the 49th over immediately followed by the runs for a four wicket win. The Dumfries side were delighted with Tommy’s ton which was a deserved reward for his hard work over the winter with the National Academy.

This Saturday APD Dumfries are away in National League Division 2 against Edinburgh and JMS Nunholm are at home against Cambusdoon. On Sunday Site Electrical Dumfries play at Nunholm against Renfrew in the Strathclyde Sunday League.

The club welcomes new players, juniors and seniors. For more information on the Monday night junior sessions, midweek, friendly and league cricket at Nunholm see www.dumfriescricketclub.co.uk or contact Trefor Williams on 01387 256455.

Match Scoreboard: National League Division 2, match sponsored by Banner Fabrications
APD Dumfries (10) beat Freuchie (2) by 4 wickets at Nunholm
Freuchie 214-9 (50 overs)
RT Birrell 35, J Geary 9 overs 3 for 49, J Goodin 6 overs 3 for 37
APD Dumfries 217-6 (48.5 overs)
TA McBride 102no, J Geary 56, S Gourlay 10 overs 4 for 26
Carson & Trotter Man of the Match: T McBride

More Homework for JMS Nunholm

In Western Union Division 2 last Saturday JMS Nunholm lost their away match to Glasgow University Staff.

Nunholm put GU Staff in to bat and after an early wicket from Chris McCutcheon, Clarke and Kharwar looked dangerous. Stuart Alexander, on as first change, got Kharwar lbw for a rapid 33. Clarke followed in his next over caught by keeper Graeme Cross to put GU Staff at 78 for 2 after 22 overs. Then the Dumfries side managed to reduce them to 118 for 8. Wickets were shared amongst the bowlers, Cammie Telfer took two wickets in his first over and skipper Alexander had a direct hit run-out.

It looked a good position for Nunholm. However overs were left and they had to dismiss numbers 9 and 10. They didn’t and they couldn’t. Ahmed, in particular, was able to repeatedly find the boundary with a match changing seventy not out. The two final wickets fell in the last over for GU Staff to reach an unexpected 214 all out.

In reply Nunholm lost wickets to catches off loose deliveries and when Farries went for 27 Nunholm were on 58 for 3 after 20 overs. However Davidson and Cross steered Nunholm to 115 for 3 with 17 overs left and all three results were still possible.

Then Nunholm were undone. Cross was bowled by Johnstone trying to push on and his nagging length then undid the middle order as he ended up with four wickets in nine balls. This aided by a run-out and an lbw meant the side collapsed to 128 for 9 in the space of two overs.

The innings survived for five more overs but when the last man was bowled Davidson was stranded on 63 not out as the side only reached 139. With another wicket in the first innings the result could have been reversed but Nunholm had failed to dictate the course of this match.

Match Scoreboard: Western Union Division 2, match sponsored by McGowan Miller Partnership
JMS Nunholm (8 pts) lost to GU Staff (25 pts) by 75 runs away at Garscube

GU Staff 214 all out (49.5 overs)
I Ahmed 70no, S Alexander 9.5 overs 4 for 22,
C Telfer 5 overs 2 for 28, C McCutcheon 12 overs 2 for 48
JMS Nunholm 139 all out (41.2 overs)
D Davidson 63no, H Farries 27, F Johnstone 13 overs 4 for 31
Dumfries Man of the Match: D Davidson

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