Cricket: Nine wicket win for Stafforce Dumfries

18 08 2014
Top scorer Alan Davidson watchful for Dumfries

Top scorer Alan Davidson watchful for Dumfries

In the Western Premier League on Saturday, Stafforce Dumfries recorded a comprehensive nine wicket win over last season’s title winners Uddingston in their home match at Nunholm.

Uddingston were put in to bat and struggled facing the top wicket taking opening bowling partnership in the league in the form of Pat Druce and Niall Alexander.

Druce in particular found conditions to his liking and struck bowling the Uddingston skipper, Clarke, in his first over.

Alexander removed Rai cheaply lbw and Druce then cut a swathe through the opposition line-up. The dangerous Gul was removed lbw to make it 10 for 3, and then Robert McBride held on to a catch at cover from professional McEwan.

Another Druce lbw made it 48 for 5 and Alan Davidson contributed two wickets, to two good catches by Chris Bellwood at slip and Alexander at point. The Ryedale Remedials Man of the Match Druce completed his five wicket spell with a catch to the keeper and Peter Lojszczyk finished off the innings with the last two wickets for an innings total of just 72.

Drew Dawson set the tone for the reply hitting the first two balls for four and he and Alan Davidson batted positively in the face of an unfavourable forecast until Dawson was bowled by the New Zealand quick McEwan for 20 at 42 for 1.

Davidson and Chris Brockwell coped with some hostile bowling from McEwan and steered Dumfries home in the sixteenth over with Davidson not out with 36 for the loss of the one wicket.

The Dumfries Sunday XI had a losing tussle at Nunholm with a West of Scotland side who scored 188 all out. Thirteen-year-old Matthew Currie was the pick of the bowlers taking 3 for 27 from 7 accurate overs and youngster Fraser Strachan went rewarded with only one wicket for his good seven over spell.

In reply, Cammy Telfer was the leading batsman, scoring a fluent 47. The innings highlight was his sixth wicket 42-run partnership with budding all-rounder Matthew Currie, the Molplant Construction Dumfries Man of the Match. However the Nunholm side could only reach 120 in a good encounter for both sides.

The Murgitroyd Scottish T20 Finals Day in Glasgow on Sunday with Dumfries to play Clydesdale in the semi-final was postponed for a second time due to rain. This Saturday in the Western Premier League Dumfries 1sts play at Renfrew and in the parallel Reserve competition Nunholm play Renfrew 2nd XI at home. For information on cricket at Nunholm, see www.dumfriescricketclub.co.uk .

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