Dumfries Cricket Club had a full weekend of cricket at home at Nunholm with two pre-league friendlies against Ferguslie and Galloway.
On Saturday it was Chris Brockwell who was the Ashleigh Building Player of the Match for Your Move Dumfries with all three wickets as fellow Premier League side Ferguslie eased to a seven wicket win.
Dumfries were not able to capitalise on batting first with top order errors resulting in cheap dismissals. The home side did reach fifty for the loss of three wickets and Adam Malik and Max Corbett-Byers both got starts but were both out for 23. Thereafter the side struggled to maintain an impetus and James Hobman with a not out 16 got the side to a lowly 104 all out.
The stronger side on the day chased successfully despite Dumfries bowling steadily. Openers Gregor Preston-Jones and Omer Hussain got their team past sixty before spinner Brockwell took his three wickets including dismissing both openers with the help of a Fergus Bainbridge stumping and a good Mat Williams catch at long-on.
On Sunday, local side Galloway were the visitors and in an enjoyable friendly the Dumfries 2nd XI side had a more convincing performance with a 53 run win. Again batting first, this time Adam Malik and Max Corbett-Byers got their side past ninety for the loss of one wicket before Malik retired for a run-a-ball fifty. James Little continued the run rate with Corbett-Byers out caught behind off Druce for 26. He nearly reached a fifty in his first innings with 44 and late over cameos from Sean Thornely and Scott Muir and a final over 16 run assault by Tommy McGrath took the total to 235 for 7 off the 40 overs.
This time Dumfries did make early inroads thanks to two wickets from opening bowler Sean Thornely. Pat Druce bolstered the innings with a stylish fifty and late order twenties by Strain and Pagan got Galloway to 182 for 7 but well short of the target. Sean Thornely finished with 3 wickets and Davie Davidson, Gurupal Singh and Tommy McGrath took a wicket each.
Adam Malik was the Ashleigh Building Player of the Match with his rapid opening fifty setting up a challenging first innings total.
This Saturday sees the start of the summer’s league programme with Dumfries hosting Ayr in the West Premier League and the 2nd XI playing at East Renfrewshire in the Second Division.
New players, of any age from 5 upwards, are very welcome to come along to the club’s various sessions and can contact the club on firstname.lastname@example.org or via www.dumfriescricketclub.com.
Your Move Dumfries lost to Ferguslie by 7 wickets
Your Move Dumfries 104 all out (40 overs)
Adam Malik 23, Max Corbett-Byers 23, James Hobman 16no
Ferguslie 108 for 3 (20.2 overs)
G Preston-Jones 36, O Hussain 26, R Henry 21no
Chris Brockwell 7 overs 3 for 37
Dumfries 2nd XI beat Galloway by 53 runs
Dumfries 2nd XI 235 for 7 (40 overs)
Adam Malik 53rtd, James Little 44, Max Corbett-Byers 23
Mark Pagan 2 for 21, Pat Druce 2 for 47, Anthony Hulatt 2 for 52
Galloway 182 for 7 (40 overs)
Pat Druce 50rtd, Mark Pagan 28no, L Strain 23; Sean Thornely 3 for 24