Cricket: Summer Camp 19/20 July

27 06 2012

Dumfries Cricket Club Summer Camp
at Dumfries Sports Club, Nunholm Road

Thu/Fri, 19/20th July (10-3pm)
Ages 7 to 16. Boys and Girls. Cost £16

Led by ECB Level 3 Coach Marc Brown

Equipment provided, just bring trainers, lunch and suitable clothing for the weather.

Have fun with a new team sport and learn from experienced qualified coaches. Beginners welcome.

Bookings should be made by contacting
or Trefor Williams on 01387 256455.


Cricket: McBride off to Oz & U19 World Cup

27 06 2012

Tom off to U19 World Cup

Tom McBride, of Dumfries Cricket Club, has been named in the Scotland squad heading for the U19 World Cup which takes place in Australia in August.

The side which came through two qualifying stages are drawn in a group with Pakistan, New Zealand and Afghanistan and have warm-up matches against New Zealand and PNG. This week he has been turning out for Scottish Students in Dublin against Irish Universities in the Celtic Student Cricket Series scoring thirty opening in their win in the first match.

The team leave on the 24th July for an intensive period of preparation prior to their first match in the competition against New Zealand on the 12th August on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland.

Also this week Dumfries’s Kirsty Strachan and Rachel Howard have been part of the Scotland Women’s U17s squad playing in the ECB County Championship with fixtures against Leicestershire, Staffordshire and Nottinghamshire. Strachan won her first cap in the side’s 28 run win over Leicestershire U17s on Monday.

On Saturday the top of the table encounter between first and second in the Western Premier League, West of Scotland and APD Dumfries, was a victim of the rain. An encouraging start in the league with four consecutive wins means Dumfries are one bonus point behind West and as Captain Stuart Corbett-Byers noted “In a new league at a higher standard, I would have taken that start back at the beginning of the season”.

That marks the completion of the first half of the league season and a resumption of the Scottish Cup with APD Dumfries playing away at Weirs on Saturday. Dumfries beat Weirs in their first group game and lie second to Watsonians. The group winners progress to the Scottish Cup quarter-finals and the second placed side to the SCU Trophy.

The same rainy fate affected CWE Nunholm, with their home match against Partick in the Reserve league cancelled and they also restart their cup competition with a Western Cup game against Whitehaugh at Benfield Park Nunholm on Saturday. The Dumfries seconds mirror the firsts, second in the league and second in their cup group table.

Holiday junior cricket: The Nunholm club’s Monday junior coaching sessions continue at Dumfries Sports Club over the summer holidays, from 6:15 to 8, with a Summer Camp on Thu/Fri, 19/20 July. These are open to non-members, boys and girls. For more details on junior, senior, and women’s cricket contact Trefor Williams (01387 256455),, or see

Olympic Torch visits Nunholm

23 06 2012

The Olympic Torch visited Dumfries Sports Club yesterday.

Unfortunately the rain put out the flame! Are there any more torch poses from the visit to add to the collection? (send them to

Cricket: Player carries the Olympic Torch

23 06 2012

Rosy carrying the torch through Dumfries

The Olympic Torch relay started from Dumfries on Thursday and one of the torch bearers was Rosy Ryan, a member of the Sports Club, who plays for the Dumfries Cricket Club Women’s team.

She was nominated for, amongst other things, her coaching of girls’ football and her enthusiasm for coaching junior sport. She was also one of the five torch bearers that celebrated the torch volunteers at a ceremony down in London in March.

2012 Torch Volunteers (LOCOG London 2012)

She has brought that same enthusiasm to cricket which she only took up at the end of last summer. Rosy was an inportant member of the side that won the Cricket Scotland Peebles Women’s Indoor Sixes at a first attempt and as a result she was invited to the Scotland age group training sessions over the winter.

She has also demonstrated that enthusiasm for coaching and helped the club by assisting with a cricket taster session at a local primary school Olympics day recently.

So it was runs at Nunholm on Tuesday (24 not out in a win in the Scottish Women’s Cup) and a run up Annan Road with the Olympic Torch on Thursday. And no drops!

Nunholm’s Got Talent – this Saturday

20 06 2012

Sat: 23rd June from 7:30. Talent contest and disco. Tickets £6.

If you have talent and can face the judging panel enter by contacting Carol and Dougie to enter. Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. More entries sought.

If you admit you haven’t got talent come along anyway. Disco starts at 7:30 and will break for the contest when some cricketers with talent (who?!) return from their away game.

Cricket: Cup win for Dumfries Women

20 06 2012

Dumfries CC Womens Team

In their first competitive outing the Dumfries Cricket Club Women’s team registered a win over Galloway in their Scottish Cup match at Nunholm on Tuesday.

Dumfries posted a challenging 139 for 2 in their twenty overs and it was that total that presented a problem with Galloway finishing on 79 for 1.

Dumfries were put in to bat and openers Kirsty Strachan and Rachel Howard set up the win for their side with an eighty run opening partnership. That only came to an end in the 13th over when Howard was bowled for 17 and, one brings two, Strachan was also bowled five short of a first fifty.

Rosy Ryan and Sue Strachan steadied the innings and accelerated in the last couple of overs with Strachan hitting three successive fours. They finished not out on 24 and 32 respectively for a good total of 139 for 2 in the twenty overs.

Hamblin and Maxwell batted well for Galloway but it was the weight of runs that was the problem with the Dumfries side fielding well to stop the runs and bowling effectively. The pair had almost batted right through when Howard hit the top of off stump to bowl Hamblin for 19 in the very last over. Galloway finished on 79 for 1 with Kate Maxwell undefeated on 30 to back up her good bowling in the first innings.

Kirsty Strachan took the Parkdale Garage Dumfries Player of the Match award for putting her side on course with her innings of 45 to make it a good week after she, and Rachel Howard, were both picked for Scotland U17s for their away matches in the ECB Championship next week starting with a match against Leicestershire.

The game was a credit to both sides who are both in the early stages of playing. It was the first such game for the Dumfries side and a first for the club since Dumfriesshire Ladies were recorded playing at Nunholm in the 1890s. Dumfries will play at either Ayr or Glasgow Accies in the semi-final.

The club at Nunholm are keen to introduce more girl and women players to the game, with beginners most welcome. Those interested can contact the club through dumfriescricketclub@gmail com, or contact Trefor Williams (01387 256455) to find out about the weekly coaching sessions for women and girls running throughout the summer.

Scoreboard: Women’s Scottish Cup Quarter-final at Benfield Park Nunholm
Match sponsored by Parkdale Garage
Dumfries Women beat Galloway Ladies by 60 runs
Dumfries Women 139 for 2 (20 overs) K Strachan 45, S Strachan 32no,
R Ryan 24no, R Howard 17, N Hamblin 4 overs 1 for 30
Galloway Ladies 79 for 1 (20 overs)
K Maxwell 30no, N Hamblin 19, R Howard 4 overs 1 for 5
Parkdale Garage Dumfries Player of the Match: K Strachan

Nunholm ‘Big Match’ Challenge

19 06 2012

The Tennis XI

The big cricket match of the weekend took place on Sunday afternoon, after the cricket section played some Twenty20 Cup fixture.

It was then that the might of Dumfries Tennis Club took to the field to see if Dumfries Squash Club could cope with playing outside.

Unfortunately for them they emerged blinking from the clubhouse in the dazzling sunlight and could still see the ball.

Hope of the side

After the hope of the side, Creedon, even after all his decades of experience, and kitted out in his ‘blues’, contrived to hit his own wicket the squash players then got the ball warmed up.

Fourteen year-old Dean Brotherston (the ringer) scored 46 retired and Jim Scriven was punishing on anything on the leg side hitting 30. Michael Goldie opened the bowling attack to good effect taking two wickets in his two overs.

A challenging total of 142 for 8 in 20 overs required a tennis player to play the equivalent of a five set big innings. However top scorer was D Strachan with 17 who then lost the bragging right at home, by being bowled off stump by F Strachan.

It was the Squash XI that nicked a victory, winning by 28 runs after the Tennis XI fell short ending up on 114 for 6.

Thanks to Bevo for organising the game and the post match barbecue. It was good to see the Sports Club so busy on the Sunday afternoon. Revenge for the Tennis in a possible re-match later in the summer was being plotted in the bar afterwards.