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Nunholm v Motherwell 29/7/6

APD Nunholm hosted Motherwell on Saturday and were looking to continue their improved form against the bottom place team. Motherwell won the toss and elected to bat on a hard pitch with enough grass left on it to encourage the seam and spin bowlers in overcast conditions.

APD again struggled to restrict the batsmen in the opening overs of the innings with Motherwell scoring at five runs an over. Mark Anderson struggled to find control and was replaced by Barnes.

Cox was bowling a consistent line at the other end and eventually got his reward in his sixth over by hitting Churam’s stumps with a big off-cutter and the score on 55 for 1.

Young, the other opener, however, was set and was dealing with the slow bowling of Barnes and Williams and it looked like he was on to his way to a fifty until Williams had him bowled in the twenty-fifth over when he tried to cut one too close to the stumps.

‘Tigger’ McCutcheon replaced Barnes at the other end and quickly showed him what real off-spin looked like by striking with his first ball to have Kells caught behind by the ‘Gloves’. Gunner was out next trying to smash a good length ball from Williams’ straight to McCutcheon at mid-wicket – a great reaction catch.

McCutcheon then took another couple of wickets but the drizzle, which had been on for about half-an-hour, then got too heavy and the teams came off for an early tea, with APD hoping it would clear up.

An hour later the just as keen Motherwell players continued their innings only for Johnstone to take command. Firstly the key wicket of Greig, off the bowling of McCutcheon, who was caught at square-leg much to the amazement of the umpire who had ducked out of the way and thinking the ball had whistled to the boundary only for it to be snaffled by the bold Brian with cat like reactions. He then mopped up the tail with 3 for 9 from 5.3 overs for Motherwell to finish on 183 all out after 49 overs.

APD were looking for a good solid start to settle the nerves. However this was not to be. Both openers were out cheaply and Nunholm found themselves on 8 for 2 which quickly became 15 for 3 when McBride was out for a duck.

McCutcheon and Williams put a temporary halt on the wickets with a partnership of 42 but were unable to stay at crease for any great length of time and in the twelfth over APD were 57 for 5. Cox and Johnstone then threatened to develop a partnership but Cox was bowled for 19.

Young Mark Anderson came to the crease with the score on 84 for 6 and the dressing room looking glum with another 100 runs still to be scored on a seaming wicket and only 4 wickets left. However, Anderson quickly found his feet, scoring at more than a run a ball.

Johnstone realising his partner was in form looked to rotate the strike. Jade was despatching the bowling to all parts, knowingly and unknowingly, perhaps riding his luck on occasions but with 8 glorious boundaries in his quick-fire innings, he more than deserved his maiden league fifty.

It looked like the job was done – nerves settled at last – but no – Jade for a reason, known only to himself, decided to charge the medium pace of Greig only to run past the ball and be stumped by a couple of yards. This meant another nervous wait for the team until captain Jack Barnes hit the wining runs.

Johnstone was 39 not out at the end and it was his cool, calm and collected innings on top of his earlier exploits that ensured maximum points for the Dumfries side.

This hard-fought win means that APD Nunholm have climbed out of the second relegation spot for the first time in 8 weeks but are away at Gatehouse next for a tough match which will need better batting, as a team, to come away with anything more than a loss.

Match Summary:

APD Nunholm won by 3 wickets with 16 overs left

Motherwell 183 all out from 49 overs
S Young 48 C McCutcheon 4 for 35 off 10
J Greig 39 P Johnstone 3 for 9 off 5.3

APD Nunholm 184 for 7 of 34 overs
M Anderson 55 G Kells 3 for 58 off 14
P Johnstone 39 not out J Frame 2 for 28 off 5

W J Dunlop Man of the Match: P Johnstone

Match Ball Sponsor: Hole in the Wall

CC Colts v Lockerbie

Lockerbie v Coatbridge Coldstorage Colts(Dumfries)

Midweek League
Sulwath Brewers Plate Final

The much eagerly awaited Dumfries midweek finals (20 overs each side) day had finally come and everyone involved and spectating in the day were treated to some fantastic performances and spirited competitiveness were everyone greatly enjoyed themselves and that’s the way it should be played and remained.

The first of the two finals was contested between the youth and enthusiasm of the talented Dumfries C.C Colts and the experience, guile and competitiveness of the hard-hitting Lockerbie side that have been a dominant and forceful team in the league for many years.

Captain of Coatbridge Cold Stores Colts, Robert McBride, won the toss over Lockerbie’s skipper Matt Murdoch and had no hesitation in electing to bat on a good Dumfries grass wicket on a fine summers day.

Demonstrating both youth and talent, Robert McBride and young Cameron Telfer walked to the crease to open the batting confident of getting the innings of to a good solid start and they most certainly did not disappoint.

Robert and Cameron got the innings of to a flyer playing a range of flamboyant and textbook shots to both side of the wicket piercing the ball to the boundary on a number of occasions with good running between the wickets and swift rotation of strike.

In no time at all Robert and Cameron brought up their respective retirals in exciting fashion to an extremely warm and deserved applause from the Nunholm support.

Robert in particular brought his innings to close in some style with the first six of his career clearing the leg side rope by some distance to reach the maximum of thirty runs.

Next to the crease was the brutal stroke playing machine of Michael Brown who hit the ball sweetly to all parts of the ground and in doing so endangered cars and onlookers alike bringing up his retiral in great style and in a blink of an eye.

The catalogue of great shots continued through the batting of Lee Dunlop who expressed himself with tremendous confidence punishing good and bad bowling. Unfortunate for Lee after a great knock he fell just one run short of his 25 trying to clear the boundary ropes.

Mid and Lower order batsmen chipped in with valuable contributions from Marcus Richardson, Veteran Trefor Williams, Peter Johnston, Jamie Gillies and Ross Dunlop who all tried to move the score on and fell for very valiant efforts that were well appreciated by everyone.

Coatbridge Coldstore Colts had made an emphatic score posting a very difficult and testing total, racking up their highest score of the season with 144 for 4 after 20 successful overs.

It was crucial for the Dumfries side to get off to a decent start and take wickets regularly throughout the Lockerbie innings if they were going to win the game as Lockerbie definitely had the capability of making a great game of it.

Tight and tidy opening bowling of the youngsters Ross Dunlop and Graeme Beckett prevented Lockerbie from freeing their arms and hitting much needed boundaries.

Ross in particular bowled well making inroads into the Lockerbie order by picking up two well deserved wickets that were contrived through exploiting the wicket and pressuring batsmen into making mistakes.

New batsmen came to the crease as bowling changes were made. The combination of brothers Robert McBride and Thomas McBride were severely punished on a number of occasions as Lockerbie, in serious need of upping the run rate pushed on.

Close chances hear and there were not taken by the Colts resulting in one batsmen reaching a swift and enthralling retiral and others batmen in the middle order, who certainly favoured the leg side, making critical contributions with several scores in the teens.

Robert McBride took one wicket in this period whilst dropping two other difficult chances off his own bowling which if taken could perhaps have put the Colts firmly in control.

Instead an exciting finish unfolded. The high drama included a certain over from Peter Johnstone which was seriously taken apart by one Lockerbie Batsmen who smashed a breathtaking six over the biggest Nunholm boundary to give Lockerbie 18 runs off the over and the precious scent of victory.

However all rounder Michael Brown dispelled the threat bowling excellently under pressure and taking three very important wickets which secured the match for the Colts. This was despite a great Lockerbie effort which brought them very close after a fine and sometimes brutal batting display. Lockerbie finished on 128 for 6 after 20 over.

Overall the Plate Final was a great success,with both teams putting in fantastic performances and playing the game in great spirit. Coatbridge Coldstore Colts claimed victory on the day which was thoroughly deserved and everyone was thrilled with their success.

Thanks to Umpires Bob Davidson and Bill Sturgeon.

C.C Colts Batting: R McBride 30, Cameron Telfer 27, Michael Brown 27, Lee Dunlop 24
C.C Colts Bowling: Ross Dunlop 2-15, Robert McBride 1-20, Michael Brown 3-4.

By Thomas McBride

Sunday XI v Langholm

Youngsters Do Club Proud

With nine of the team aged 16 or under, it was a youthful Dumfries Sunday XI which took to the field against Langholm Cricket Club last Sunday. Inserted into bat on a damp pitch, Dumfries made steady progress to reach 64 for 2 in the 18th over.

It was at this point that Anderson came to the crease. Having survived a stumping whilst still on 6, he went on to hit a quite brutal 52 off just 23 balls.

His innings included a number of monstrous sixes over long on, but this shot was to prove his downfall when he was very well caught by Johnstone going for yet another boundary. The remaining batsmen then played sensibly; the final wicket falling in the last over of the innings with the score at 154.

Opening bowlers Chris Auld and Chris Edgar got to work right away and reduced Langholm to 15 for 4 in the 6th over. They were assisted by fine catches from Fraser Howard and Angus Bristow, and it seemed that an early finish might be on the cards.

Langholm batsman Colin Turk had other ideas. He set about the Dumfries bowling, hitting a number of fine boundaries. He was well supported by Johnstone and before long the score was over 100. Only Cammie Telfer exercised any real control, and he was unlucky when a delivery hit Turk’s stumps without removing a bail.

Though Johnstone was eventually bowled by Telfer, and Anderson took another wicket, with their score at 136 for 6, Langholm were favourites. However, they reckoned without Fraser Howard and Douglas Brotherston.

Dumfries young “spin twins” bowled really well, turning the ball and taking the last 4 wickets for only 10 runs. As a result, Dumfries achieved what had seemed a most unlikely victory by the narrow margin of just 8 runs.

In a close fought, good spirited match, it was an excellent team effort from the Dumfries youngsters, though the contributions of Anderson, Telfer, F. Howard and Brotherston merit special mention.

Dumries CC 154 all out

Anderson 52 Bell 3-38
Telfer 25 Stewart 4-20
Walker 22

Langholm CC 146 all out

Turk 73 Edgar 2-26
Johnstone 14 Brotherston 3-1

West District Under 13 Tournament

The success of the D&G under 13 cricket league earlier in the summer was certainly built on recently when the West District Area Championship was played.

Some hard decisions had to be made but a final squad of 14 players was picked to represent the Dumfries & Galloway region for a series of 4 matches against their counterparts from Clyde (west of Glasgow), Lanarkshire, Ayrshire and Glasgow itself.

It was disappointing that the middle 2 matches – and home ones at that! – were victims of the weather but it could not take away from the victories either side of them. On the Monday the boys travelled to Uddingston and beat Lanarkshire in a close match by 6 runs and on the Thursday they excelled themselves with a devastating 10 wicket victory having bowled out Ayrshire for only 39.

The team-work and camaraderie were magnificent with each member of the team having a job to do and every player excellent in the field with hardly a catch going down. The individual highlights were shared around.

Against Lanarkshire Fraser Conn was the player of the match – he came in at 2 for 2 and firstly steadied the ship before upping the tempo later in his innings for 33 not out in a total of 120. Chris Edgar made sure that the opposition did not get off to a flyer by taking 1 for 3 in his first spell.

Anthony Hulatt took 3 wickets including their big hitter who threatened to take the game away and Andrew Forsyth bowled a wicket-maiden when there were only 8 runs needed to win from the final 2 overs.

In the match against Ayrshire there obviously was not the same scope for as many players to excel but Anthony Hulatt took another couple of wickets and again was the bowler who caught the eye. Kevin Hoskins took 2 wickets without a run coming off the bat and again the catching was exemplary – especially the one by Fraser Howard in the gully.

The player of the series was between Chas Steel and Marcus Richardson. Chas captained the side very maturely and took a handy 2 for 12 from his 6 overs against Lanarkshire and followed this up with the match-winning burst of 4 for 1 in his first 3 overs to demolish the Ayrshire top-order.

Marcus scored an elegant 24 in the first match and followed it up with a clinical and highly accomplished 28 not out in only 32 balls in the second match.

If these players – and the dozens of others, both older and younger – keep working at their games the way they have this summer then the future of our region’s clubs is very bright indeed.

APD Nunholm v Kilmarnock 19/8/06

APD Nunholm kept their hopes of staying in Western Union Division 2 alive, but only just, with a fighting display at home against Kilmarnock on Sunday. Badly needing a victory they were not quite up to the task against a team with title aspirations.

But the fact that the game was played at all was a tribute to the ground, ground-staff and players from both sides. Heavy rain early in the morning followed by another hour’s worth late morning meant that the start was delayed until 2 o’clock.

This meant that no overs were lost and that play did not finish until half-past-eight – in light that was a shade on the dark side!

Kilmarnock were inserted with the hope that there would be some early assistance from the wicket which Maskrey, Rennie and Mackenzie might take advantage of and although Maskrey struck in the fifth over to remove Alan Hill, the century maker from the match played at Kilmarnock, further early wickets were not forthcoming – the second wicket not falling until the eighteenth over and the third in the twenty-ninth with the score on 109.

Alan Hill and Baig then freed their arms somewhat and runs started to flow. A big score was on the cards until Hill unwittingly ran his partner out in the (probably) most unfortunate manner possible by Maskrey deftly flicking a powerful straight drive onto the stumps with outside of his boot!!

He followed it up by claiming the wicket of the said Hill – a good come-back by the Dumfries side. The innings was finely balanced at 176 for 5 with 11 overs to go. Unfortunately the late emphasis was on runs rather than wickets and despite a gritty performance in the field and 2 good spells from Mackenzie, Kilmarnock racked up a sizable 230 for 8 in their 50 overs.

The reply from the Nunholm batters was commendable but ultimately not quite good enough. The top order found the excellent Pasha hard to deal with and it was to their credit that he only took 2 wickets.

Unfortunately one of the wickets was that of Rennie who had shown the quality of shot-making that might have set up victory. Cross and Williams put on 83 for the fourth wicket but not at a sufficiently good pace to put much pressure on the Kilmarnock attack and when 3 wickets fell in the space of as many overs there was still work to be done to claim the much needed draw points.

Skipper Barnes, with support from Maskrey and Mackenzie, not only managed comfortably but claimed a further couple of valuable points by reaching 202 for 8 by night-fall – or just after!!

In the end it was another game from which a greater return might have been earned and still means that a win is desperately needed. It will require a good performance against another title aspirant – Victoria – at Nunholm.

Match details:

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Kilmarnock 230 for 8 (18 points); A Maskrey 3 for 60 from 15 overs, C Mackenzie 2 for 34 from 10.
APD Nunholm 202 for 8 (11 points); G Cross 43, T Williams 34, J Barnes 32 not out, R Rennie 26.

Nunholm v Glenpark 13/8/06

APD Nunholm had a massive relegation battle against Glenpark on Sunday with APD needing to produce a good overall performance to help relieve the pressure with only four games left. Glenpark won the toss and put APD Nunholm into bat.

With MacKenzie in the side for the first time since the first 3 matches of the season the top five had a lot of experience to give APD a good and solid start to set a total over 200. Unfortunately the innings did not go to plan with another miss-understanding between Weeks and Cross.

This time it was Weeks that was run out after calling for a quick single. This brought Captain Jack Barnes to the crease but unfortunately he was bowled by Sharma without troubling the scorers.

At this stage APD were 16 for 2 and needed ‘TBT’ Williams and ‘Angel’ Cross to re-build the innings and at one point it looked like it would happen with them developing a partnership until Cross looked to go over the top and was caught.

Williams again looked in prime form and with MacKenzie slowly started a partnership. However at this stage APD Nunholm 53 for 3 after 26 overs which had put Glenpark in control.

When MacKenzie was out, bowled by Singh, the incoming batsmen were under pressure to quickly ‘get their eye in’ and to push up the run rate and when Williams was out for 46 it was only ‘Berty’ McBride who troubled Glenpark with a promising 17 until he was unbelievably ran out by Kyle.

McBride however did previously run out R. Ferguson whose average for the season was cut in half after scoring his fiftieth run for the season. APD Nunholm finished on 144 all out after 45 overs, with questionable running accounting for 4 wickets.

Glenpark typically have a strong batting line up and with only 145 to be scored it would have taken some great bowling performances to put this in jeopardy. ‘HMS’ Cox bowled tightly – only going for 9 runs from first spell of 5 overs but neither he or MacKenzie were able to move the ball off the pitch or in the air to trouble the batsmen.

The only luck Nunholm had in the early stages was Glenpark’s opening batmen Brown retiring hurt after a ball from MacKenzie had hit his gloves and then clipped his eye. This only brought Begley to the crease and he quickly found his feet scoring a run a ball.

ADP mixed the bowling up trying various combinations with out luck, MacKenzie came back for his second spell and got the opener, trapped LBW for 41 but this proved to be the only wicket, the Greenock outfit knocking off the 145 required in 33 overs.

This was not the result APD were looking for at the start of the match, collecting only 2 points and it really puts the pressure on for forthcoming games, with the next game at home on Sunday against Kilmarnock.

Match bowl sponsor: Thornwood Homes

Match Summary:

APD Nunholm all out for 144 after 45 overs

T. Williams 46 Singh 2 for 20 off 7
G. Cross 19 Macintosh 2 for 42 off 13
R. McBride 17

Glenpark 145 for 1 after 33 overs

R. Begley 57 not out MacKenzie 1 for 45 off 9
C. Hemsey 41 not out
K. Begley 33

APD Nunholm v Shawholm 22/7/6

On a hot summer’s day at Poloc, APD Nunholm faced Shawholm, on a wicket which looked like it had enough in it for the bowlers. Skipper Barnes won the toss and elected to bowl but the new opening pair of Williams and Cox were unable to make a quick break-through with difficult chances put down and some bad luck.

However Kyle and McCutcheon had better luck, taking wickets in there first overs – Kyle bowling Els with his first ball and McCutcheon getting the dangerous Arshad caught by the knees of ‘Angel’ Cross which meant a hat-trick of catches in consecutive weeks.

With the Shawholm 91 for 2 APD it meant that Nunholm had dragged it back. However these wickets only brought Shawholm’s captain to the crease and he quickly got his eye in with three sixes but then went better by smashing 4 sixes in 8 balls, three in one Williams over.

The captain had to try something different but with Johnstone getting hit for 21 off his first over many thought he had been taken off only, to the team’s amazement, the captain had switched his ends. It was a stroke of genius with him taking 3 wickets in his next 10 deliveries.

Barnes also got in the swing off things by taking 3 wickets, including Ashlove who was clapped prematurely for his hundred only to reach 98. Shawholm finished on 308 all out in the 47th over.

With some young blood at the top of the order Cross needed to bat responsibly which he did in scoring an unyielding 35. However his partners came and went with ‘ducks’ from McCutcheon and Anderson.

This succession of wickets brought old man Williams to the crease and, with many of the younger players thinking of where the closest food outlet was, he began to build an incredible innings with the bad ball dispatched with arrogance as he passed fifty.

At the other end wickets continued to fall, with only Cox supporting well until given out caught behind for 19. This wicket was part of a hat-trick for Khan who bowled both Howard and Kyle for ‘Golden Ducks’ and it looked like Williams would run out of partners for him to reach his phenomenal hundred.

However ‘The Gloves’ Ferguson had other ideas, defending his wicket as if his life depended on it. Although Williams had every confidence in Ferguson he reduced the pressure when he reached his hundred with three cracking fours.

With this milestone passed the golden pair continued their partnership putting on a total of 66 runs to reach 239 after 53 overs and gain the extra 2 losing draw points with Williams finishing on 128 not out.

With all 100 overs bowled in hot conditions it felt like the longest game of many of APD Nunholm young players’ careers. However it was a day well spent with them picking up 14 points and watching a masterful innings from Tricky Tref.

Summary

Shawholm 308 all out (19 points) J Barnes (5.2 overs, 3 for 29), P Johnstone (3 overs, 3 for 29) and A Kyle (8 overs, 2 for 48)

APD Nunholm 239 for 9 (14 points) T Williams 128 Not Out, G Cross 35, J Cox 19, R Ferguson 13 not out.

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Nunholm v’s Cambusdoon

Nunholm v Cambusdoon at Cambusdoon (Ayr)

It was going to be another scorcher of a Saturday as APD Nunholm set off to Ayr for their fourth away game on the trot, a series of fixtures that had taken its toll on the availability of players. With six regulars missing it was always going to be tough to extract revenge for the defeat earlier in the season.

With the halfway stage of the season reached it seemed as though a corner had been turned with APD Nunholm winning their second toss of the season and electing to field.

This appeared to be a good decision as both opening bowlers and the first change Kyle performed well keeping a lid on the runs for the first dozen overs before Barnes struck having McCrossan sharply caught at backward point by Howard.

This brought Fallen to the crease; he was clearly salivating at the prospect of helping himself to another hatful of runs to add to his ton in the earlier fixture. The stage was set. Johnstone obliged with a rank long hop, which he struck smartly to the skipper at square leg, and he was back in the hutch for a duck. That’s cricket.

A tidy partnership between the young Cambusdoon pair of Smith and Sharkey took the score towards the hundred mark before Smith succumbed to an outstanding one handed catch by the ‘Angel of Nunholm’ Cross, off the wily Williams with the score on 96 for 3 in the 31st over.

At this stage it looked as though the home side would be restricted to a reasonable total but some strong hitting by Borland and the introduction of Simpson who made fifty not out with some nimble running between the sticks they took the score on to 208 for 4 in the allotted overs. A reasonable performance by all the bowlers backed up for once by a fielding side that hung on to its chances.

With a good pitch it would appear that the first win of the season was their for the taking and it looked as though this may happen when the openers Weeks and Anderson made a great start taking forty of the first ten overs for no loss.

Then the rot started, both openers disappeared within seven balls of each other, Williams and Potts gave the impression that the ship was steadied before the unfathomable Potts decided that 3 fours from four balls was not enough and was bowled trying to hit the next ball for twelve.

Cross lasted one ball, being undone by ‘the bounce’ and the vice skip managed a steady four. It was the all too familiar backs to the wall story in the 30th over with the score on 111 for 5. Now the draw looked difficult and the win had slipped through the fingers, not for the first time this season. Of the top order only Williams provided any real resistance with 32.

An excellent rearguard marshalled by club chairman Roy, who’s seven not out takes him to second in the averages with 29, was only spoilt by the skipper getting too positive too early and being caught at mid-off trying to go over the top in the 38th for a slow 17.

As the game came to a close it looked as though the draw could be reached, then last man Kyle was run out by a direct hit with only 19 balls remaining with the score on 168.

Thanks go to R.F.Angus for the Match Ball and despite the good performance by the team, APD Nunholm only managed 5 points from the day and are in deep trouble at the bottom of division two.

Next week at home to Moorcroft a better performance will be required if APD Nunholm are to climb out of the relegation spots.

Under 11s – weeks 2 & 3

The second week-end of the D&G under 11 league meant a double-header for the Galloway team. Both matches were at the delightful Gatehouse ground but, unfortunately for the young Galloway boys, resulted in 2 defeats.

On the Friday Arran Seymour with a powerful 72 and Andrew Murray were the chief run-getters in a total of 128 and Andrew in partnership with Fraser Strachan was responsible for restricting the top-order and ensuring victory for the Coatbridge Coldstore team.

In Sunday’s game the visitors were the Annandale Insurance side who prevailed by 13 runs in close match. Captain for the day, Finlay Cairns, was top scorer for the Dumfries team with 37 and was well supported by Rachel Howard (19). In reply, Chris Berry added a score of 9, to go with his 6 not out in Friday’s match.

In the final week-end it was Coatbridge Coldstore’s turn for a double-header. Friday evening was the big match and they had to beat their Nunholm colleagues to share the title. They batted first and the in-form Seymour, Rory Dunlop and Owen Thompson were all impressive with the bat, scoring double figures in fine total of 95 for 2.

Owen then opened the bowling and his 4 for 14 pinned the Annandale Insurance team firmly on the ropes. However, this only brought Douglas Hubbert (18 runs) to the crease and ultimately they cruised to a 3 wicket victory with an incredible 6 overs to spare! Niall Alexander with a well-crafted 25 not out was responsible for the sudden end to the match and Coatbridge’s title aspirations.

On the Sunday, holdidays affected the match between Galloway and Coatbridge Coldstore but this should not detract from Owen Thompson’s top score of 39 not out or Aaron Stewart’s impressive 1 for 0 from his 3 overs.

Year 1 of the D&G league was a little disappointing but produced convincing winners in Annandale Insurance. Hopefully there will be more competition for them next season.