Cricket: Dumfries lose to Ferguslie

21 04 2016

Stafforce Dumfries played Ferguslie at home on Saturday in their second pre-league friendly fixture and were on the wrong end of the first century of the season at Nunholm Road.

Morning ice on the wicket

Morning ice on the wicket!

Ferguslie batted first and their openers found their feet unlike the Dumfries bowlers. Together openers English and Ahmad set the tone for the encounter by putting on 148 for the first wicket at a healthy scoring rate.

The bowlers were unable to exert the necessary pressure apart from one catch which wasn’t taken. However Connor Jones found a much needed run-out in his first over thanks to the Thomson & Jardine Champagne Moment for Dumfries, Ahmad run out from the deep by Chris Bellwood for 55.

Dumfries had a better last twenty overs. The Anderson Kilts Dumfries Man of the Match Jones took three wickets, including that of the Scotland A batsman Michael English hitting out after an excellent century, and Geary one.  However the total was still a formidable 253 for 5 after the 50 overs.

Dumfries took their score into the thirties without loss but a play-on and then the bowling of spinners Hamza Tahir and then Haroon Tahir resulted in wickets. Andrew Dawson and Geary took the score past the hundred for four wickets but when both were spin victims, Geary for the top score of 36, any hopes of getting near the target disappeared.  Thereafter the innings subsided to 121 all out with Hamza Tahir taking four wickets and Haroon Tahir five for a Ferguslie win.

This weekend Nunholm Road hosts RH Corstorphine on a weekend tour in the last of the pre-league  friendly fixtures with the firsts playing them on Saturday and the 2nds, Nunholm, on Sunday.

Nunholm Junior Cricket: The Club’s summer junior sessions started this week and continue on Mondays (6:15-8pm) at Dumfries Sports Club, Nunholm Road.  These are suitable for beginners, boys and girls, ages P4-S1. The Club very much welcomes newcomers and there is a free first taster session.  All equipment is provided.

The Club can be contacted about these sessions and about Senior, Women’s, and Junior cricket over  the summer by email on dumfriescricketclub@gmail.com, or 07799 856094. See www.dumfriescricketclub.co.uk, or find the Club on social media, Facebook(/dumfriescricketclub), or Twitter(@dumfriescricket).

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