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.
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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