Cricket: APD Dumfries fight to Final finish

11 09 2012

The skipper leads the fight-back

APD Dumfries lost out in a low scoring thriller by three wickets in the Premiership Grand Final in Edinburgh on Saturday for their opponents Watsonians to become Scottish Champions.

The match featured a tremendous fight-back by Dumfries to get into a position to possibly win and an outstanding innings of seventy not out from Scotland bat Ewan Chalmers to stop them.

Dumfries were asked to bat first and had a disastrous start immediately losing a wicket to a run-out and being four for two wickets and then five down for just twenty six. However Stuart Corbett-Byers played a skipper’s innings with a battling 32 as he and Alan Davidson recovered to reach sixty. Then Davie Davidson produced a belligerent 38 not out for the Benfield Dumfries Man of the Match award. His partnership with Pat Druce pushed the total up to 125, with the side all out off the last ball.

Watsonians bowled well keeping the batsmen under pressure and left arm opener Mike Legget did the early damage taking three wickets.

Even with that low total Dumfries managed to have Watsonians in trouble. Druce and Chris McCutcheon also took two early wickets and when Druce then clattered the stumps they were 21 for 3.

However number four and Scotland player Ewan Chalmers was now batting and he moved his side towards the fifty. Spinner Scott Beveridge came on and in his second over Druce took a catch at gully. Two overs later he took a further two wickets including removing former Scotland captain Wright to send shivers through the waiting batsmen.

Now it was 59 for 6 with 67 runs still to get and Dumfries threatening to pull off the most remarkable victory.

In a tense period of the game, Chalmers, with number eight Peter Legget, put together a partnership. The pair went on to add sixty runs with Legget surviving a difficult edged chance behind off Beveridge with over forty needed. His crucial innings of 22 ended lbw to Goodin with five still required.

There was still a Dumfries sting in the tail as Chalmers finally gave a chance and was dropped twice behind in one McCutcheon over with no more runs yet added.

At the end Chalmers was undefeated with a special innings of seventy to get his side home with three wickets left, and was a class apart on the day.

After the game a disappointed Dumfries Captain Corbett-Byers had the consolation of being presented with the Western Premier Trophy with APD Dumfries the League Champions of 2012.

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