Cricket: APD Dumfries do the double over West Lothian

25 08 2010

Josh Geary top scored with 81 for APD Dumfries © Cricket Scotland

In National League Division 2 on Saturday newly crowned champions APD Dumfries won a potentially difficult encounter at West Lothian by 52 runs. In ‘the Josh and Jerry Show’, Josh Geary scored 81 in the Dumfries total of 242 for 7 and Jerry Goodin took four wickets to restrict West Lothian to 190 for 9 at the finish.

Dumfries chose to bat and when Aussies Parkinson and Geary came together at 47 for 2 they proceeded to put together a match winning partnership. They had almost taken the total past two hundred when Parkinson was bowled for 69. However with eighteen balls left a century was just beyond Josh’s reach when McKenna took an unbelievable caught and bowled off a rising drive destined for the boundary. He departed for the day’s top score of 81.

Dumfries finished on a competitive 242 for 7 but they had the significant problem of the league’s top run scorer, professional Van Wyk, plus the fourth top run scorer, overseas amateur Cookson, to overcome.

Again Alan Maskrey set the tone for Dumfries by bowling both openers. With the score at 70, left arm spinner Scott Beveridge took a crucial caught and bowled to dismiss Cookson.

Leg spinner Jerry Goodin struck an equally important blow when he had Van Wyk caught for just 17. The two spinners then reduced the opposition to 120 for 9. However Raven and Heath delivered a tenth wicket unbeaten stand of seventy to take the game right to the end but nevertheless a defeat and Dumfries’s 14th win of the season.

In Western Union Division 2, JMS Nunholm finished their league season with a disappointing seven wicket defeat to Langloan. Langloan successfully chased the home side’s total of 183 in which Andy Reed was the top scorer for the Dumfries side with 59.

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