Cricket: Stafforce Dumfries fightback shocks champions Clydesdale

10 05 2016

In the Western Premier league, Stafforce Dumfries beat last year’s champion side, Clydesdale, by 8 runs in a thrilling finish at the Galloway Industrial Nunholm ground on Saturday.

Chris was Man of the Match for Dumfries

Chris was Man of the Match for Dumfries

Dumfries set a total of 178 thanks to another excellent fifty from the Walker & Sharpe Dumfries Man of the Match, Chris Bellwood, batting at three. He was aided by a bustling innings of 22 from Stuart Corbett-Byers. However reaching a possible total to defend required a ninth wicket partnership of nearly forty from Marcus Richardson and Niall Alexander after spinner Con De Lange tied Dumfries down with three wickets.

In reply Clydesdale were favourites at 113 for 2 and then 141 for 3. However a great catch by Alexander removed Scotland bat Berrington for 32 and then a Dumfries team effort in the field saw the visitors dramatically slump to 170 all out.

The mainstay of the innings, fellow Scotland player De Lange, was the last man out caught at mid-off by Davidson off Josh Geary after a classy innings of 89. Alan Davidson for the second week took a five wicket haul and Chris McCutcheon was instrumental in getting Dumfries back into the game with a tight spell and two further wickets.

Dumfries 2nds, Nunholm, had a tough day in the field in a defeat at last year’s title winners Titwood in the Reserve League. A journey breakdown reduced the side to nine and Titwood took advantage with a huge score of 345 all out. However after a starting blitz the Nunholm bowlers still did well in the second half to take all ten wickets with four to the RS Byers Engineering Nunholm Man of the Match, Trevor Newport. Then Nunholm fell short of the hundred in a lost cause with Ronan Dunbar top scoring with 22.

On Sunday there was another good finish at Nunholm as Dumfries beat Stenhousemuir by 16 runs in the Western Union 40 Over Cup. Dumfries posted a total of 189 for 8 with sixteen year-old Chris McBride, back from playing for the Durham Academy side, easing to a score of 82 for the ETP Electrical Man of the Match award. Brother Tom McBride popped up to race to 28.

Stenhousemuir looked in the hunt with Amir Shazhad batting well but run pressure started to tell and the number three was bowled for 62 by Josh Geary. There were visions of a possible IPL finish but the visitors fell short by 16 runs and eight down. McCutcheon and Geary each took three wickets.

This Saturday, Dumfries play at Prestwick in the Western Premier, and Nunholm play Prestwick 2nds at home. On Sunday, at home, Dumfries play Glenrothes in the Scottish Cup.

Junior Cricket: Junior cricket coaching, for boy and girls of P4-S1 ages, take place on Mondays at 6:15-8pm at Dumfries Sports Club, Nunholm Road, with new starters welcome to attend a free taster session. The Club can be contacted about Senior, Women’s, and Junior cricket 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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