Jul 23 2010 by Susan Bryden, Dumfries Standard Friday
IN WESTERN Union Division 2 JMS Nunholm registered four wins in a row to beat Glasgow University Staff by five wickets at home by successfully chasing the GU Staff score of 187 all out.
The win lifts the side to third place in the league.
Stand in Captain Williams put GU Staff in to bat on a damper Nunholm wicket than usual and was vindicated when Cammie Telfer swung in one delivery to bowl Bell behind his legs for the first wicket.
Robert McBride then claimed an important wicket when an impatient Kharwar lofted a pull to mid-on to make it 21 for 2.
Then a century partnership developed between opener Bartlett and Byford and Nunholm were unable to force a breakthough despite switching bowlers and employing the spin of Brotherston and Johnstone.
Until that is golden-arm Telfer came back to claim Bartlett, bowled for 53 in his first over with a tactical long-hop and Brotherston induced a top edge from Ahmed who had effectively won the corresponding away fixture with his batting.
Eighteen-year-old Telfer proved a handful swinging the ball both ways and he ended up with five wickets.
That included the novel experience of being taking off on a hat-trick and one bowled just clipping the off stump and so deceiving the batsmen into trying to take a run.
He brought Nunholm back into the game and with two wickets falling to Brotherston the GU Staff innings veered from 125 for two to 153 for eight. McBride took the last two wickets in two balls, including Byford for 73, for a deserved three wickets for GU Staff to finish on 187 all out, a total which was significantly less than expected at one point.
In the Nunholm reply both Richardson and Batty looked set for big scores but were dismissed for 17 and 24 respectively and, with other wickets falling to Johnstone, Nunholm rather limped to 92 for five after 28 overs and faced the prospect of falling short.
However, in at number four, Russell Johnston was still batting well and he was joined by Robert McBride on what was to prove a day of runs for the McBride brothers. Both batted sensibly to ease the score on towards the target.
Johnston was characteristically strong through the offside and McBride was hitting his boundaries as the pair rapidly closed in on the winning total.
One four from Johnston ended McBride's chances of a fifty and he finished on 43 not out with Johnston undefeated on 63 for a five wicket win with ten overs to spare. It was a good win in the end for Nunholm especially with the younger players demonstrating their capabilities.
Match scoreboard: Western Union Division 2, match sponsored by ADIT
JMS Nunholm beat GU Staff by 5 wickets
GU Staff 187 all out (45 overs)
A Byford 73, P Bartlett 53, C Telfer 12 overs 5 for 40, R McBride 13 overs 3 for 44,
JMS Nunholm 188 for 5 (43.5 overs)
R Johnston 63 no, R McBride 43 no, F Johnstone 9 overs 3 for 30
RA Sneddon Ltd Man of the Match: C Telfer