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.