Cricket: APD Dumfries fall short against Ferguslie

7 07 2010

Stuart Corbett-Byers takes a stumping off Jim Patterson (c) Cameron Munro

APD Dumfries lost their unbeaten record in National League Division 2 at Nunholm on Saturday but remain the league leaders.

They went down to Ferguslie by forty three runs when they lost their way chasing a total of 250 bolstered by one hundred and twenty four from Ferguslie professional Mullick.

Andy Parkinson scored 65, and Tom McBride 37, but the pressure of run rate became too much and they subsided to 207 all out with two overs remaining.

It started well enough with Ferguslie choosing to bat but losing Stafford caught by Johnston off Josh Geary. That made it 12 for one and with Alan Maskrey reeling off three opening maidens the omens were promising.

However the wicket meant the Ferguslie Indian professional Mullick was at the crease and he was well supported by opener Preston-Jones as twenty five overs later they were working past the hundred mark.

Chris McCutcheon bowled a tight spell as did Jim Patterson but it took a stumping off Patterson by Stuart Corbett-Byers to remove Preston-Jones for 41. That put Mullick in partnership with Paramanik, the opposition overseas amateur, and again Dumfries faced a fallow time in the field.

This time the pair put on well over a century partnership with Paramanik contributing a not out 57. Beveridge and Davidson were unable to make the breakthrough but the runs were still held in check. With ten overs to go the score had reached 160 for 2 but the later overs proved productive for the batsmen with Dumfries unable to slow their progress.

Only in the 44th over did the total get past the two hundred but with both quality batsmen in form the bowlers conceded boundaries. Mullick was bowled by Geary for a fine innings of 124 but Paramanik ensured Ferguslie reached a challenging 250 after the fifty overs with only five batsmen needed.

In reply the commentators would have been highlighting the Dumfries scoring graph mirroring the Ferguslie innings. However the post match consensus was that too much had been left to do later in the innings. Again the Dumfries start was promising with Tom McBride and Andy Parkinson batting well to put together an opening partnership. McBride departed lbw to Mullick three short of his fifty to make it 94 for 1. This was after 29 overs when Ferguslie had been 108 for 2.

Dumfries Man of the Match Andy Parkinson cuts for runs (c) Cameron Munro

Beveridge was the next to go for 27 stumped off Paramanik and Parkinson was another Mullick lbw victim for 65 to make Dumfries 178 for 3. However at this point the batting side had only eight overs to go and, although the comparable scores were still similar, they needed to match the late surge in the first innings. The Ferguslie bowlers had other ideas and were keeping things tight.

Even with batsmen who were ‘in’ it would have been very difficult but losing wickets made it even more so as a series of batsmen were obliged to force the pace. Carruthers and Paterson each took three wickets in their final two overs as Dumfries were rapidly all out for 207 with two overs left. Geary was the last batsman to go bowled for 28.

Strangely, with five overs to go Dumfries were still only four runs behind the Ferguslie position with seven wickets in hand. This was a disappointing match for Dumfries when despite conceding minimal extras and and having an opening stand the side never really got to grips with the game. Ferguslie scored twenty too many in the closing overs and Dumfries left themselves twenty too many to get in their run chase.

Match Scoreboard: National League Division2, match sponsored by Monaghan’s Jewellers
APD Dumfries (0) lost to Ferguslie (10) by 43 runs
Ferguslie 250-4 (50 overs)
P Mullick 124, P Paramanik 57, G Preston-Jones 41, J Geary 3-54
APD Dumfries 207 all out (48.1 overs)
A Parkinson 65, T McBride 37, D Paterson 3-34, J Carruthers 3-41
Thornwood Homes Man of the Match: A Parkinson

JMS Nunholm defeat Anniesland by 9 wickets

JMS Nunholm registered three away wins in a row defeating Anniesland by 9 wickets in Western Union Division 2. A good all round bowling performance reduced Anniesland to 111 all out and that was reached comfortably thanks to 68 not out by Andrew Batty.

It was a tale of the ball rather than the bat when Anniesland were put in after the toss. Robert McBride and youngster Niall Alexander set the tone with tight opening overs that troubled the batsmen with two chances behind going down in Alexander’s first over. However he got a reward when he bowled one opener in the twelfth over to neatly make it 12 for 1.

A bowling change meant skipper Alexander senior maintained the pressure bowling in tandem with Douglas Brotherston’s flighted off-breaks. Alexander bowled the next victim and the only batsman who looked likely to break the shackles on the day was Goyal who went on to top score with 25.

Sixteen year old Brotherston wheeled away for an excellent twelve over spell that yielded only seventeen runs and two wickets bowled. Cammie Telfer continued the good day for the bowlers taking his customary wicket in his first over and then took a great reaction catch at gully off McBride. At one point Anniesland were 68 for 6 but they rallied somewhat to post 111 all out with Peter Johnstone spinning his way to three wickets including a final wicket stumping by Reed.

Nunholm then had to make sure there were no mishaps and openers Batty and Farries achieved that with an opening partnership of ninety seven. Andrew Batty punished any loose deliveries to end up with an enterprising sixty eight not out. Farries scored twenty eight and Reed played a cameo not out innings to ensure victory. It was a very comfortable nine wicket win and all the more pleasing for the club with the majority of the side aged under twenty one.

Match Scoreboard: Western Union Division 2, match sponsored by Solway Insulation and Scaffolding Co.
JMS Nunholm (25) beat Anniesland (2) by 9 wickets

Anniesland 111 all out (48 overs)
N Goyal 25, D Brotherstone 12 overs 2 for 17,
C Telfer 5 overs 2 for 25, P Johnstone 6 overs 3 for 19

JMS Nunholm 112 for 1 (30.2 overs)
A Batty 68 no, H Farries 28

Solway Insulation Man of the Match: A Batty

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