Cricket: Dumfries take title verdict to the wire

4 09 2013
Finished third - APD Dumfries side v Uddingston

Finished third – APD Dumfries side v Uddingston, courtesy of Donald MacLeod

In a tense finish on Saturday APD Dumfries lost their last Western Premier League match of the season by just two wickets at Uddingston.

That result meant that Uddingston became league champions ahead of their challengers Clydesdale, and then only on run rate, and claimed this year’s title from holders Dumfries who finished in third spot.

APD Dumfries were put in and made a good start with openers Griffiths and Druce taking the side to 74 without loss. However the introduction of Calum MacLeod, with three wickets, set Dumfries back to 86 for 4, including Griffiths lbw for 41.

Tom McBride and Drew Dawson responded with a fifty partnership, but McBride was out for the top score of 42 with the score just past 150. Then a resilient unbeaten stand between Scott Beveridge, with 38 not out, and Peter Lojszczyk (18no) took Dumfries past two hundred to 209 for 7.

Dumfries had another good start as Uddingston were reduced to 44 for 4, after Chris McCutcheon and then Peter Lojszczyk each took two wickets. However Scotland player Calum MacLeod proved to be the match-winner. He and Reddy, caught off Lojszczyk for 28, recovered to 137 for 5 and when the Homer Burgess Dumfries Man of the Match, McCutcheon, trapped MacLeod lbw at 187 he had scored ninety.

Then the loss of two more wickets meant a nail-biting finish for the locals as they scraped home with two wickets left for the win required to take the Premiership title.

The Eco-Genics Nunholm side v Bothwell

The Eco-Genics Nunholm side v Bothwell

In their last league game in the Western Premier Reserve League, Eco-Genics Nunholm demolished Uddingston 2nds, Bothwell, in a 144 run home win. Nunholm scored 190 with Andy Reed the top scorer with 36, adding to runs from Jerry Goodin, Robert McBride and Todd Rafferty.

Bothwell were then bowled out for just 46. Two run-outs helped but Goodin, the A.C Eggleton Man of the Match, took three wickets and Stuart Alexander and Chris Brockwell took two each. The win meant the Nunholm side finished in fourth place.

On Sunday, Good Man Dumfries won a close friendly at Dalton by just 5 runs. Peter Lojszczyk was the Solway Offset Dumfries Man of the Match for his big-hitting 66 in the Dumfries total of 178.

The season’s last friendlies take place this weekend. For more information about Dumfries Cricket Club, contact 07799 856094 or see www.dumfriescricketclub.co.uk, www.twitter.com/dumfriescricket .

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