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
Langholm CC 146 all out
Turk 73 Edgar 2-26
Johnstone 14 Brotherston 3-1