Cricket: Byers back in season opener

16 04 2014

Dumfries Cricket Club started their 2014 season with a friendly against Penrith at Nunholm on Saturday. A strong Penrith side, preparing to enter the Northern Premier League, batted first.

Stuart Corbett-Byers reaches his fifty with a boundary

Stuart Corbett-Byers reaches his fifty with a boundary

Opening the bowling Peter Lojszczyk and Pat Druce gave a studied start to the visitor’s innings. However the Penrith Minor County players showed their worth as first opener Bansal reached 73 retired and Atkinson, batting at three, finished on 88 not out.

The match, of necessity, was played on an artificial wicket and the bowlers found little early season assistance.

However Robert McBride took two wickets after being on a hat-trick, as Penrith reached 257 for 3 in 45 overs.

The Stafforce Dumfries side were then four down before they had reached fifty with Carruthers taking three of those wickets.  Stuart Corbett-Byers, returning after injury blighted last season, played in characteristic fashion and hit four sixes before perishing caught on the boundary. His 53 earned the Carlisle Refrigeration Dumfries Man of the Match award and was the only batsman to go on as the side were all out for 139.

On Sunday, Eco-Genics Nunholm beat Penrith 2nds away by three wickets. Alan Davidson and Chris Brockwell took three and two wickets respectively and Chris McBride, with 31, and Hole in the Wha Man of the Match, Campbell Potts hit 48 to successfully chase the home side total of 152 for 7.

On Saturday the side host Gatehouse at home before cup matches start the following weekend.

New players are very welcome for the forthcoming season and the club can be contacted on or 07799 856094 for details, or at training at the Dumfries Sports Club at Nunholm on Tuesday evenings from 6pm or see .

Junior cricket coaching commences there for the summer on Monday the 28th April, 6:15-8, for boys and girls, suitable for ages 8 to S2. For details contact Trefor Williams on 01387 256455, or the club as above.



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