Cricket: Dumfries lose out in 20/20 semi

7 09 2011

Scotland skipper Drummond stumped off Beveridge © Stuart Rousen

APD Dumfries were unable to add a third trophy to this season’s collection in their last match at the Scottish Murgitroyd Twenty20 finals day last Sunday at Poloc. They lost their semi-final match against Premiership winners Carlton after losing their way batting second.

Dumfries bowled first and as the opposition skipper Gilmour said “Carlton struggled with the bat at the start”. The bowlers put the Edinburgh side under pressure by getting their top batsmen early when Chad Breetzke had both Mommsen and English, current and past Scotland players, caught in his first over to put Dumfries on the front foot at six for two wickets.

APD Dumfries Twenty20 Scottish semi-final side © Stuart Rousen

Carlton had to consolidate in the middle overs with Drummond and Gilmour working the singles. Scott Beveridge claimed Gilmour with a caught and bowled and then went on to have Scotland skipper Drummond well stumped by stand-in keeper Davie Davidson for 27 to make it 64 for 4. Then over the final overs Burns was able to dispatch a couple of sixes for the top score of 30 and for Carlton to reach a total of 113 for 9 with the wickets shared around the bowlers. Chris McCutcheon took two in the last four overs and was backed up with two run outs.

It was a good effort in the field by Dumfries but on a slow wicket, with a change of personnel in the batting line-up, and Saltires’ bowlers Drummond and Mommsen to overcome it was still a difficult target. So it proved as the innings never really gained the necessary momentum against some good bowling and fielding with the top three out for 21 and in the seventh over. Alan Davidson was the top scorer but the required substantial innings never appeared as wickets fell regularly. Mommsen took 2 for 6 in his four overs and as in the first innings there were two run outs.

Dumfries finished on just 65 at the close for the loss of seven wickets for what was a comfortable win by the Edinburgh side. Carlton then went on to triumph in the final restricting Clydesdale to a similar low score of 67 which they chased easily.

Dumfries Captain Beveridge said afterwards “we bowled and fielded really well but lacked depth in the batting on the day” and, for leading from the front, he earned the Dumfries Annandale Insurance Man of the Match award.

Murgitroyd Scottish Twenty20 Semi-final
APD Dumfries lost to Carlton by 48 runs at Shawholm
Carlton 113-9 (20 overs) R Burns 30, G Drummond 27,
C McCutcheon 2 overs 2 for 5, C Breetzke 2 for 14, S Beveridge 2 for 30
APD Dumfries 65-7 (20 overs) P Mommsen 2 for 6

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