Cricket: Bellwood strikes match-winning century

29 05 2013

Six for Bellwood in his score of 141

Six for Bellwood in his score of 141

APD Dumfries won their Western Premier League match on Saturday with an assured 42 run victory over Renfrew at Nunholm.

That was largely due to a terrific century from Vice-Captain Chris Bellwood who amassed a score of 141, including 24 hit off one over, and who only perished, stumped, in the last over.

Aided by 68 from opener Drew Dawson, and their 169 run third wicket partnership, that led to a Dumfries total of 271 for 4.

In reply Renfrew were always under the pressure of runs. Niall Alexander took two important top order wickets, including that of professional Said for 24, the second wicket to fall.

Alan Davidson was the leading top wicket taker with three as Renfrew reached 229 for 8 and Bellwood contributed a further four catches behind the stumps to seal the Building Tec Man of the Match award.

APD Dumfries’s next league game is against Drumpellier at home on Saturday.

Dumfries 2nds, Eco-Genics Nunholm, lost out by three wickets in a low scoring encounter at Renfrew against Dean Park in the Western Premier Reserve League. Mark Irwin was the Andersons Kilts Nunholm Man of the Match with an aggressive 44 in a total of 127. The Nunholm bowlers made it a struggle with firstly, Jim Patterson taking two wickets, and conceding a mere eight runs, and then Jerry Goodin three before the opposition reached their target with seven wickets down.

On Sunday Dumfries won through to the final of the Murgitroyd Borders 20/20 with wins over Kelso and then St Boswells in the semi-final. At Kelso, Tom McBride and Chris Brockwell put on a century stand in an imposing total of 166. Kelso scored 130 in reply. It was a 63 run win at St Boswells as Dumfries totalled 145 with Campbell Potts the top scorer with 49. Scott Beveridge took nine wickets over the two games for the Dickies Bar Player of the Day.

Dumfries Women on their National League debut

Dumfries Women on their National League debut

Also on Sunday Dumfries Women lost their debut Women’s National League match at George Watsons. The Edinburgh side’s total of 181 for 3 proved too much to chase with Dumfries scoring a creditable 133 for 7 in their 30 overs.

Margaret Miller was the Parkdale Garage Player of the Match for her first fifty and Captain Sue Strachan added a valuable twenty one.

The Club can be contacted for information about Senior, Womens’ and Junior Cricket at Nunholm this summer on 07799 856094 or dumfriescricketclub@gmail.com.

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Tennis: D&G Leagues

28 05 2013

Current champions Dumfries A travelled to joint leaders Stewartry CSC with both teams defending their 100% starts and with home advantage Stewartry used this to claim a 3-1 victory and secure top spot in the league at the halfway stage. In the other match Dumfries B travelled to Moffat to face Beechgrove on a wet and windy evening. Both teams played through the tricky conditions with a 2-2 draw being a fair result in the end.

Points

Played

Matches

Sets

Sets %

1 Stewartry CSC

8

4

14

2

28

7

80.0%

2 Dumfries A

6

4

13

3

26

8

76.5%

3 Dumfries B

2

4

5

11

13

23

36.1%

4 Beechgrove

2

4

4

12

11

25

30.6%

5 Dumfries C

2

4

4

12

9

24

27.3%

In the ladies league only one scheduled match took place with Dumfries A keeping the unbeaten start to the season intact with a 2-2 draw at home to Beechgrove.

Points

Played

Matches

Sets

Sets %

1 Dalbeattie

5

3

8

4

18

9

66.7%

2 Dumfries A

5

4

7

5

17

11

60.7%

3 Beechgrove

2

3

3

5

7

13

35.0%

4 Dumfries B

0

2

2

6

5

14

26.3%

The men’s fixtures for the 29th May have Dumfries B entertaining Stewartry CSC whilst current champions Dumfries A are the away team against Dumfries C.

In the ladies league this week only one match is scheduled for play with Beechgrove hosting the reigning champions Dalbeattie.

Junior Leagues

After a break of several years the D&G Junior leagues made a welcome return with teams from Lochmaben, Dalbeattie, Moffat and Dumfries taking part. In the 16 and under league both Lochmaben and Moffat made winning starts beating Dumfries and Dalbeattie respectfully. In the 14 and under leagues there were wins for Dumfries, 2-1 away to Dalbeattie B and 3-0 at home to Moffat and Dalbeattie C beat Moffat 2-1.

More local tennis news and the updated leagues can be found at www.dumfriessportsclub.co.uk/tennis .





Tennis: Dumfries draw Prestwick in the Scottish Cup

23 05 2013

The draw for the knockout stages of this year’s Scottish Cup sees Dumfries men’s team play host to fellow South of Scotland team Prestwick on Saturday 1st June with a 1pm start.

The Ayrshire team beat Stewarton and Ayr LTC to reach the national knock-out stage whilst Dumfries received a bye into the knock-out stage as no other D&G club entered the event.

In the ladies event neighbours Dalbeattie face a long drive to Aberdeen to face Cults.

The first round ties will be played a week on Saturday (1st June) with the finals at Craiglockhart on Sunday 23rd June.

LTA Scottish Cup Draw





Cricket: Dumfries set for first home Premiership tussle

22 05 2013

On Saturday, at Nunholm, APD Dumfries play their first home Western Premier League fixture of the season against Renfrew.

The Renfrew side were promoted last year after winning the Western First Division. The sides have met regularly in previous seasons and the visitors will be looking to experienced professional, Ahmed Said, back for seventh season, and who already has an unbeaten century in the Scottish Cup this season. South African all-rounder Hendrickse, the visitor’s overseas amateur, will also want to make an impact after a rain affected start to the season.

Loz called up for the Reivers

Loz called up for the Reivers

With all last weekend’s games off due to the weather Dumfries will need to shake off the rust with skipper Scott Beveridge aiming to lead from the front and Scotland U19 pace bowler Niall Alexander having successfully shown his abilities in an extended spell in the Scottish Cup match at Heriots, which had to be restricted by the ECB Fast Bowling over limits for young bowlers.

Dumfries’s opening bowler, Peter Lojszczyk, played for the Border Reivers on Wednesday in their LiveSport.co.uk Pro Series win against the Highlanders at Ayr.

The Pro series provides a platform for the introduction of professional cricket at domestic level in Scotland and the future establishment of a first class structure.

Lojszczyk, who joined the Nunholm club at the start of the season, is the latest Scotland cap prospect who qualifies through the recently changed ICC’s parentage rule. Across from the Western Suburbs Club in New South Wales, Australia, he owes his chance to his mother, appropriately from Galashiels in the Borders.

Andy Tennant, performance director at Cricket Scotland, said: “Peter is someone who has just come on to our radar and we are keen to have a look. He would obviously qualify through parentage and hopefully he is someone who can add to our options.”

His Dumfries Captain, Beveridge, noted: “Peter just joined us this season but has already made a big impression. He is 6ft 6in and is a handful for batsmen with the bounce he gets.”

The second eleven, Eco-Genics Nunholm, travel to play Renfrew seconds, Dean Park and on Sunday Dumfries play at Kelso in the Murgitroyd Borders Twenty20 competition. The winners then play at St Boswells in the semi-final the same day. Dumfries has managed to win through to the National Finals each year, but with the exception of last season after a sodden bowl-off loss to Sunday’s opponents – Kelso.

Also on Sunday Dumfries Women have a re-arranged fixture away at George Watsons in the Women’s National League.

Junior Coaching: Monday night junior sessions take place at Dumfries Sports Club, Nunholm, from 6:15-8. These are aimed at juniors aged 8-14 and are open to those wanting to have fun learning a new sport, boys and girls, open to non-members, with a free try for first-timers.

Womens Cricket: The Club’s Womens’ and Secondary Girls training takes place on Fridays from 5 to 7.

For more details contact Trefor Williams on 01387 256455,
or contact the Club on 07799 856094, dumfriescricketclub@gmail.com ,
or see www.twitter.com/dumfriescricket.





Cricket: Nunholm Round-up

16 05 2013

Taking cricket around the schools

Dumfries Cricket Club is in the middle of a programme of coaching in local schools.

Primary Cricket

Primary Cricket

And, this week, pupils at Aimsfield Primary were again under the watchful instruction of ECB Coach Jonathan Osborne.

The programme is aided by grant funding from Cricket Scotland and the D&G Junior Cricket Development Group.

As a result, a number of local primary schools have, and will, over the rest of the summer term, receive free cricket sessions delivered through the Club.

APD Dumfries out to start the League with a win

This coming Saturday is the second round of league games.

Loz receives his Dumfries Cap

Loz receives his Dumfries Cap

APD Dumfries travelling to Stirling in the Western Premier and Eco-Genics Nunholm hosting their Stirling counterparts, Williamfield, at home in the Reserve League.

After last weekend’s rain affected cancellations Dumfries will be aiming to start off with a win in their defence of their Western Premier title. APD Dumfries also play their first group game in the new CSL40 Cup competition against Stenhousemuir at Nunholm on Sunday.

Border Reiver

On Wednesday Peter Lojszczyk was selected for the Border Reivers in the new LiveSport.co.uk Scottish Pro Series in another, unfortunately, rain curtailed match against the other team, the Highlanders, at Titwood on Wednesday. The Pro series aims to provide the platform for the introduction of professional cricket at domestic level in Scotland and the establishment of a first class structure in future years.

First Scotland Cap

Full Scotland Cap for Kirsty

Full Scotland Cap for Kirsty

The player with the most games played this year at the Club is Kirsty Strachan.

She was formally awarded her Scotland Cap last week when she made her full debut for Scotland Women in their game against Leicestershire and a win over Derbyshire. She becomes the first Nunholm player to achieve a full Scotland Cap.

The Dumfries Women’s side make their debut in the National league on Sunday with a fixture in Edinburgh against George Watsons.

Those interested in trying out a new sport are encouraged to contact the club about Women’s and Girls cricket at Nunholm.

Coaching: Monday night junior sessions for boys and girls take place at Dumfries Sports Club, Nunholm, from 6:15-8. The Club’s Womens’ and Girls training takes place on Fridays from 5 to 7. For more details contact Trefor Williams on 01387 256455, or contact the Club on 07799 856094, dumfriescricketclub@gmail.com , or see www.dumfriescricketclub.co.uk, www.twitter.com/dumfriescricket .





Cricket: Playing Japan

8 05 2013
Smiling for the camera

Smiling for the camera

Last week Dumfries players Scott Beveridge, Davie Davidson, Rosy Ryan and Kirsty Strachan all played against Japan.

This was part of a tour to mark 150 years of the sport in Japan, which was started by a Scot, and to promote their tsunami relief charity, Cricket for Smiles Aid.

Beveridge and Davidson played in a West Select XI win over Japan Men in Glasgow.

Davidson made 21 and then Beveridge 41 not out in the West total of 250 for 8. Beveridge played his part in dismissing the Japan side for 120 by taking 4 wickets for 29.

Ryan and Strachan played for Scotland Women in T20 matches against Japan Women at the same time in Glasgow and Strachan in the Scottish President’s XI match the next day in Stirling.

Strachan also played, in the weekend mini-tour for Scotland Women, against Leicestershire and in a win over Derbyshire in the ECB Counties Competition to be awarded her first full Scotland cap. (Images courtesy of David Potter and Cricket Scotland).





Cricket: APD Dumfries go down to Cup holders

8 05 2013

Robert McBride top scored for Dumfries

Robert McBride top scored for Dumfries

APD Dumfries lost their Scottish Cup group game on Saturday at Cup holders Heriots by three wickets but produced good fight-backs in each innings.

Dumfries lost both openers by 34. Then Farrell took the first of his five wickets. The middle order also succumbed to him and Dumfries, with seven wickets down, had reached 95.

However the Galloway Industrial Man of the Match, Robert McBride, batting at six, delivered the day’s top score.

He and Lojszczyk added over thirty, and with last man, Niall Alexander, added another twenty until McBride was caught for 57, to set a total of 161.

Heriots got off to a sixty run opening partnership and when they reached 106 for 2, with opener Knox nearing fifty, they were well placed.

Dean was Nunholm Man of the Match

Dean was Nunholm Man of the Match

Lojszczyk made a breakthrough and Beveridge trapped Knox lbw.

Nearing 140, three more wickets fell as Goodin took one and Beveridge took two more of his five wickets. However numbers 8 and 9 negotiated the wobble and added the twenty needed.

For Nunholm, in the Western Cup, the youngsters featured with the System Hydraulics Player of the Match, Dean Brotherston, top scoring with 30 and Fraser Strachan taking two wickets, but Irvine chased the Nunholm total of 112 for a six wicket win.

This Saturday Dumfries start the defence of their league title away at Clydesdale in the Western Premiership. Nunholm play Titwood in the Reserve League.

Coaching: Monday night junior sessions for boys and girls take place from 6:15-8. The club’s womens’ training takes place on Fridays from 5 to 7.

Contact Trefor Williams on 01387 256455, or contact the Club on 07799 856094, email dumfriescricketclub@gmail.com , see www.dumfriescricketclub.co.uk, www.twitter/dumfriescricket .