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

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