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), dumfriescricketclub@gmail.com, or see www.dumfriescricketclub.co.uk.

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