Cricket: APD Dumfries National League 2 Champions

18 08 2010

The APD Dumfries side celebrate by uncorking the champagne after winning the National League 2 title at Weirs

Dumfries Cricket Club secured the biggest league title in the club’s 157 year history at the weekend when they became champions of Scottish National League Division 2.

A win by ten wickets in Saturday’s away fixture saw them deserved champions with two games still to play after having led the league from day one and with a record of won thirteen, lost one.

The emphatic win over opponents Weirs saw the Dumfries attack firing on all cylinders as they bowled out their opponents for just 61 with Alan Maskrey, Chris McCutcheon and Jim Patterson each taking two wickets and Scott Beveridge three. Tom McBride and Andy Parkinson then knocked off the runs without losing a wicket to start the champagne celebrations for the finest achievement in the club’s history.

Now in their fifth season in the National Leagues, after promotion from the Western Union in 2005, the title is a reward for APD Dumfries’s consistent challenge at the top of the table with the side having finished second twice and fourth twice.

Skipper Stuart Corbett-Byers, during the week, had repeatedly described the game to his team as a massive one for the club and he got a massive response from his bowlers after he put Weirs in to bat.

Alan Maskrey set the tone by bowling Barnett second ball and, with the batsmen finding his swing difficult to cope with, he reeled off four maidens which included a second wicket. Chris McCutcheon continued his fine form as he took two wickets in two overs and Weirs were in the mire at 21 for 4.

Murray boosted the score with the top score of 19 but on a good wicket and outfield the bowlers were producing wicket taking deliveries. Josh Geary took a wicket in his first over and Jim Patterson in his third.

Then Scott Beveridge came on to flight his left-arm spinners and deliver the coup de grace with two wickets with his first two balls. Jim Patterson sealed the crushing display in the field by plucking a ‘bullet’ out of the air at midwicket when everyone else was looking towards the boundary. Weirs were bowled out for sixty one.

Tom McBride and Andy Parkinson then made certain of the win with an undefeated opening partnership. They were at their most disconcerted when the score reached fifty five by cheering from the pavilion. That meant the side had secured the two points they needed to win the league. However, Parkinson settled for the ten point victory by hitting a six over long-for for the winning runs. He ended on 20 not out and McBride finished on 31 not out to remain the side’s leading run scorer.

With the match finishing early at 4pm after such a convincing win, and away from Nunholm, it was a slight anti-climax but the side weren’t arguing as they started popping the champagne corks. Club Chairman, Rory Fergusson, said “It is a landmark achievement for the team and for the club. It is also a flagship success for the D&G region within Scottish cricket.”

Under the determined leadership of Captain Stuart Corbett-Byers it has been a team performance with no one individual winning the league and each contributing performances to win games. Despite losing players from the side last season to other clubs, and to the seconds, the places have been ably filled and the Captain’s goal is now to maintain that winning habit in the two remaining games.

Photo: Back L-R: Josh Geary, Chris McCutcheon, Alan Maskrey, Jim Patterson, Jerry Goodin, Drew Dawson, Tom McBride
Front L-R; Andy Parkinson, Stuart Corbett-Byers, Davie Davidson, Scott Beveridge, scorer Adam Lawrie

National League Division 2, match sponsored by Access Mechanical Handling Ltd
APD Dumfries (10) beat Weirs (0) by 10 wickets at Albert Park

Weirs 61 all out (31.2 overs)
S Beveridge 3.2 overs 1 for 3 wkts, J Patterson 6 overs 2 for 14,
A Maskrey 10 overs 2 for 16, C McCutcheon 7 overs 2 for 21, J Geary 5 overs 1 for 7
APD Dumfries 66-0 (15 overs)
T McBride 31no, A Parkinson 20no

Homer Burgess Dumfries Man of the Match: Awarded by the Captain to the team.

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