Cricket: Stafforce Dumfries overcome West of Scotland

24 08 2015

In the Western Premier League on Saturday, Stafforce Recruitment Dumfries claimed a convincing win as they hosted West of Scotland at Nunholm in their last home league game.

An Alan Davidson boundary on his way to 46 for Stafforce Dumfries

An Alan Davidson boundary on his way to 46 for Stafforce Dumfries

The match was interrupted early by rain after just six overs when Dumfries were 12 for no wicket. After the resumption, and with the match now reduced from 50 to 40 overs a side, the Dumfries openers, Drew Dawson and Alan Davidson, upped the pace to pass eighty at the 20 over mark with Davidson in particular going on to hit six boundaries on a now slow outfield. However the West change bowlers bowled effectively, and both openers were dismissed with the score on 83. Davidson was out for 46 and Dawson for 29.

Marcus Richardson, Robert McBride, and Stuart Corbett-Byers then provided useful partnerships with number five Josh Forsyth as the latter went on to accelerate in the closing overs. Over fifty came in the last five overs as Forsyth went aerial over the slow outfield by hitting six sixes. He was run out with two balls left for an Annandale Insurance Man of the Match top score of 76 in just 49 balls.

The total of 208 for 6 was tweaked to 213 to adjust for the interruption and Pat Druce and Alan Davidson made that target more difficult as each took two wickets to have the visitors 38 for 4. McNulty responded with an innings of 43 but Niall Alexander dismissed the last four wickets to fall as West of Scotland were all out for 127 with five overs left.

That Dumfries win meant West of Scotland were relegated on a day when Clydesdale claimed the league title with their victory at Renfrew who also became the other side to drop into the Western Union First Division. Despite the win Stafforce Dumfries remain in fifth place just behind the two sides above them.

Niall Alexander also opened the bowling during the week for the Scottish Reivers in their 50 over match against the Highlanders in Glasgow taking two wickets in a Reivers loss which meant the Pro50 title went to the Highlanders.

In the Western Premier Reserve League, in their away game against Partick, Nunholm were were well beaten by nine wickets. This Saturday, in the final league matches of the season, Stafforce Dumfries are away at newly crowned league winners Clydesdale in the Western Premier League and Nunholm host Titwood, who also sit top, in the league’s Reserve competition.

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