Lockerbie v Coatbridge Coldstorage Colts(Dumfries)
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