Cricket: Dumfries edge close win over Gatehouse

11 09 2014

Chris McBride top scored with a fifty for Dumfries

Chris McBride top scored with a fifty for Dumfries

The season is coming to a close too early for Dumfries ’s Sunday XI. Gatehouse were the visitors on a perfect cricket day; the sun shining on an immaculate Nunholm.

Batting first Dumfries had to be careful against tidy bowling but made steady progress with the top order all getting starts but failing to go on. Skipper Irwin then upped the tempo with some good strikes through the off side to reach 35, and when he departed Peter Johnstone, with 33 not out, kept rotating the strike to allow top scorer Chris McBride to make an unfussy fifty and newcomer Jack Austin to show off his brand of batting at the end.

A target of 184 to win in the forty overs was, one felt, dependant on Fraser Conn and Howard Bradley making significant contributions and they did not let their team down. Conn was unluckily bowled off his foot from one going down the leg side for 42 and Bradley made his first mistake when victory was in sight with a top score of 56.

The Dumfries bowling was variable. The old heads of Stuart Alexander and Dave Strachan provided the control but no wickets and the young pretenders came up with the wicket-taking deliveries but also some run-making opportunities.

In the end Dumfries were the winners by 7 runs in a game which could have gone either way.

The Roger Lever Photography Dumfries Man of the Match award went to Dave Strachan; not only for his miserly 7-over spell conceding just 12 runs but for his magnificent slip catch which had the batsman still shaking his head many an over later.

In their Murgitroyd T20 Semi-Final on Saturday at Clydesdale, Dumfries were struck with Twenty20 fever as they lost two batsman run out inside eight balls and then were four down in the fourth over. With the top four gone the innings never recovered to post any sort of target and Clydesdale cruised to a win. Then in the final Clydesdale were unable to chase a challenging target of 177 set by the eventual winners Grange.

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