DG U17s learn catches win matches

DG U17s v Ayrshire

DG U17s v Ayrshire

Dumfries and Galloway Under 17s took on Ayrshire, at Nunholm, on Tuesday and (hopefully) learned the lesson and validity of the mantra that “catches win matches” or certainly that dropped catches make competing in a match very difficult when they number double figures!

Batting first the Ayrshire boys amassed 278 for the loss of only 3 wickets. Seam bowlers Chris Edgar and Andrew Forsyth suffered at the hands of some impressive batting but stuck to their task. Langholm’s Andrew Bell was the pick of the bowlers and despite suffering particularly at the “hands” of his fielders returned the admirable figures of 1-34 from his 8 overs. Anthony Hullatt of Galloway spun his repertoire and forced the batters to be very watchful and certainly kept the umpire on his toes with some close LBW shouts and was even more economical – only 32 coming from his spell.

In reply D&G were obviously up against the simple weight of runs but did not feel they were out of it and indeed were not until their captain and possibly talismanic batter, McBride, was out, ironically, to a good running catch. Douglas Brotherstone looked comfortable at this level, scoring his half-century at quicker than a run-a-ball while Adam Elliot continued his progress with the bat and it was nice to see Langholm’s Euan Wilson play himself into some kind of form at the top of the order.

Match Details: DG U17s lost to Ayrshire by 80 runs
Ayrshire Under 17s 278/3 (C Smith 130, C McLaughlin 84)
D&G Under 17s 198 all out (D Brotherstone 50; L Speirs 4-53, R Patterson 2-30)

DG U13 Cricket: Testing Trial

2009 Dumfries and Galloway U13 Trials

2009 Dumfries and Galloway U13 Trials

The Dumfries & Galloway Junior Cricket Trial took place on Sunday in the form of a “test match”. It was an opportunity to see how the players could cope in the longer format of the game where concentration is even more of an issue. Cope they did – perhaps a little better than some of the adults watching – and the match provided many of the facets of a 4 or 5 day match. The match started in a serene manner -sailing along – bowlers bowling well and challengingly, batters not giving an inch and putting bat to ball in a positive manner and the fielding efficient. Then the match drifted and little progress was made, the match apparently dead in the water. Then suddenly a storm rose and finally the winning post was passed in a breeze.

Gregor Masterton’s team batted first and the match started in fine fashion. In the face of some excellent bowling, fielding and field-placing, the batting looked very good. Chris Lumb carried on his good form and the captain supported him well . The pick of the bowlers was Dominic Little with his left-arm seam.

The match then entered its soporific stage which only hid the fact that there was an attractive innings by Andrew Geddes and a very competent one from Ross Crawford.. The feeling seemed, however, that that the game was going nowhere – it was going to be a boring draw. But then a declaration was made on 89 for one – 25 behind and the ball was thrown into the opposition court.

How things can change – urgency was now evident – brains started whirring – how many overs were needed to bowl them out and win the match? How many runs were needed to stop them winning or force the batters to take too many chances? Despite the opposition captain, Niall Alexander, taking an early wicket it was Masterton’s team (which had become Michael Temlett’s team) who were in control and having to do all the thinking. All 3 outcomes were on the card.

Then suddenly it was all change. Young McBride, bowling spin, took 2 wickets in 2 overs, including that of the imperious Lumb. Alexander brought himself back on and bowled superbly at the stumps and Dominic Little joined in the fun. It was game over – bowled out for 85 and only 111 to defend with 27 overs to get them.

Crawford was not about to allow that kind of opportunity to slip, his fellow opener, Dean Brotherstone, could see the benefit of batting sensibly and their team-mates could only look on in admiration as they won the match at a canter with 8 overs to spare.

Match Details: Victory by NA XI by 10 wickets
Gregor Masterton XI – 114/4 (C Lumb 48, G Masterton 24; D Little 2-21) and 85 all out (D Hubbert 24 no, C Lumb 21; N Alexander 3-16, C McBride 2-6, D Little 2-19)

Niall Alexander XI – 89/1 declared (R Crawford 31 no, A Geddes 22 retired) and 111/0 (D Brotherstone 59no, R Crawford 34 no)

Western Double over GHK & Scottish Universities

Western double: the Senior Western Academy XI have had two victories in three days with a win on Sunday in Brunton Miller Western Union Division One over GHK and at Titwood on Tuesday over Scottish Universities.

The region’s representatives from Galloway in the Western Academy, Fraser Conn and Anthony Hulatt, made their mark in both wins.

Against GHK: “With the score on 83/6, Fraser Conn and Anthony Hulatt, both Galloway team mates, took the score to 150, Hulatt again playing aggressively for 24 before being caught and Conn batted patiently for 39* to see the side home.”

Against Scottish Universities: “The introduction of Paxton stemmed the runs again and Fraser Conn was made to graft for his 22* from 93 balls in 110 minutes. Ayr keeper/batter Neil Smith struck 33 off 17 balls to close out the match in the 32nd over, a knock that included 6 boundaries and a 4 that was run.”

Read the full match reports here

DG U13 League: Champions decided

Dumfries Injuns won the D&G Junior Cricket League last Sunday with an excellent victory over Langholm/Lockerbie Thunder.

Batting first, the Injuns’ Chris Lumb got his half-century – which had been cruelly denied him the previous week and along with Chris McBride was the mainstay of the innings. Captain Temlett came in near the end and made sure of a fine total. Callum Bell was the pick of the Thunder bowlers, clean bowling both his victims.

The Injuns bowling proved to be just too accurate for the Thunder – Michael Temlett and Aiden Collingwood opened and gave very little away and at the same time made inroads into the batting through the captain. Then Chris McBride and Todd Rafferty followed up with equally impressive stuff – McBride’s leg-spin being especially effective leaking a mere 3 runs from his 4 overs. A feature of the side’s bowling was the lack of wides – only 2 from the 17 overs bowled. Ross Crawford was the only batter who coped and a fine innings it was – coming in at three and almost carrying his bat in making half his side’s total.

Match Details:
Dumfries Injuns 126 for 3 (C Lumb 55, C McBride 36no; C Bell 2-27)
Langholm/Lockerbie Thunder 42 all out (R Crawford 22; M Temlett 4-8)

This Sunday the junior season goes into stage 2 with a trial match played by 2 teams from which the regional team will be selected for warm-up matches against the Borders followed by the West Area Championship in July/August. This “test” match will be played at Nunholm and will start at 10 am and go well into the afternoon and is a chance for anyone to have a look at the region’s future cricketing stars.

Western Junior Academy win at Nunholm

Western Cricket AcademyWestern Academy Junior XI win at Nunholm to record their first win of the season as they defeat Cumbria Under 14 by 58 runs… More

DG U13 League: Langholm Lightning strikes

Langholm Lightning gained revenge on LL Thunder after their early season defeat with a win on the midgie infested Castleholm. The game was played on Wednesday night with a 16/16 format.

LL Thunder won the toss and put Lightning in to bat. They soon lost an early wicket with McCulloch (0) clean bowled by Cook. Goodfellow joined Masterton at the wicket and the score moved along steadily, mainly thanks to some wayward bowling from the Thunder. Goodfellow (1) was run out in the 5th over with score on 18. A good partnership of 20 between Masterton (7) and Fletcher (5) meant that the Lightning were 40/4 after 11 overs and looking to make the most of the last 5 overs. They managed 28 runs with D.Little (5no) and C.Little (4). Langholm Lightning finished on 68/6 off their 16 overs. In the bowling J.Cook had 3-15 from 4 overs and R.Rae 1-21 from 4 overs.

So, LL Thunder needed 69 and to win and they could not have got off to a worse start. After 6 overs they were 16/5, Colin Little picked up two wickets in his first over and there was also a wicket each for D.Little, Stewart and Fletcher. LL Thunder just couldn’t get going and the game looked over when they were reduced to 33/8 from 11 overs. This meant that they needed 36 from 5 overs with Dane Massey and Calum Bell both batting for the second time. They had obviously learned a lot from their first innings and they started to pile on the runs. They had taken the score up to 54/8 after 14 overs. However, when Bell (17) was clean bowled by D.Little the game was over and Massey (13no) was left frustrated. LL Thunder finished on 65/9 off their 16 overs. In the bowling C.Little had 3-17 from 5 overs, D.Little 3-20 from 4 overs and L.Stewart 2-4 from 3 overs.

Another close game with an exciting finish.

DG U13 League: Battle for top spot

The D&G Junior Cricket League entered the second half of its early summer season on Sunday with the 2 sides from the West of the region battling it out for the top-spot. Having played an extra match the score between them was one-apiece and this was the decider. It turned out to be a closely fought match with several note-worthy achievements.

The Dumfries Injuns batted first and the two Chris’s were the stars of the innings – putting on a half-century partnership. Chris McBride fell to a classic leg-break from Gordon ‘Shane’ Walker which brought back memories – to the older generation – of a certain Mike Gatting. Undeterred, Chris Lumb ploughed on towards his personal fifty – only to be denied by the Cowboys best bowler on the day. Needing one run with one ball left he couldn’t quite manage to clear the infield. Fraser Strachan it was who was the deserving bowler.

In reply the Dumfries Cowboys started steadily against some tight bowling from Temlett and Collingwood and the stage was set for their big two of Niall Alexander and Chris Berry to take their side home. Even when young Aiden Collingwood cleaned bowled Alexander the clever money was on the hard-hitting Berry but captain Michael Temlett proved to be the match winner – 4 dot-balls, including a wicket, in the last over of the match was enough to ensure victory and put his side in pole-position for a league title.

Scoreboard: Dumfries Injuns beat Dumfries Cowboys by 7 runs
Dumfries Injuns 113 /4 (Chris Lumb 49, Chris McBride 25, Todd Rafferty 14no; Fraser Strachan 2-14, Gordon Walker 2-31)|
Dumfries Cowboys 106/6 (Niall Alexander 39, Chris Berry 18no, Adam Lawrie 15, Alex Long 11; Michael Temlett 3-16, Todd Rafferty 2-10)


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