Cricket: Grange beat Dumfries in Scottish T20 Semi

21 08 2013

Al top scored for Dumfries © Donald MacLeod

Al top scored for Dumfries © Donald MacLeod

APD Dumfries came up against a powerful batting performance from Eastern Premiership side Grange in the Murgitroyd Scottish Twenty20 Semi-Final in Glasgow on Sunday.

It was a return to playing in coloured kit and with a pink ball as Dumfries were asked to bat first. On a lively morning wicket Dumfries reached 29 for two after the first six overs. Davidson then came in at number four and the Stevenson & McConnel Dumfries Man of the Match provided the top score of the innings. He hit 38 not out at a run a ball as the Dumfries innings contrived to lose wickets whenever some impetus had been gained. The century was brought up with a six and the side finished with a potential par score of 111 for the loss of six wickets.

However Munsey, who has featured for the Scotland Development XI this season, opened along with Scotland all-rounder Goudie and the former proceeded to hit some massive sixes as the Dumfries bowlers were unable to make the breakthroughs or staunch the runs.

Davidson in Twenty20 Finals Day action on Sunday ©Donald MacLeod

Davidson in Twenty20 Finals Day action on Sunday ©Donald MacLeod

Goudie was the only wicket to fall with Chris Bellwood pouching a well struck blow off the bowling of Alan Davidson when fielding in the covers. The match reached its conclusion in horrendous conditions as a heavy shower swept across the ground but Munsey finished on 52 not out off 45 balls, including four sixes and three fours, and Flannigan on 32 not out with the target reached in quick time.

Drumpellier then beat Aberdeenshire in the other semi-final but they lost to the deserved winners Grange in a final with a score-line resembling their game against Dumfries.

Both Dumfries 1st XI and 2nd XI league fixtures were victims of the weather last Saturday. This Saturday APD Dumfries play their last home Western Premier league fixture with the opportunity to overtake their opponents, third placed West of Scotland.

Representative Cricket

Away with Scotland U17s, Dumfries’s Niall Alexander took two wickets as Scotland lost, just, by one wicket in their high-scoring 2-day match at Suffolk last week. The side won their match against Herefordshire U17s in the preceding 2-day match.

Dumfries opening bowler Peter Lojszczyk was selected for the Border Reivers in the Pro Series 3-day fixture against the Highlanders played at Stirling this week.

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