Aug 20 2010 Dumfries Standard Friday
J PAGAN Kingholm travelled the short distance up the road to play the powerful Hamilton side in the penultimate fixture in Division Three of the Western Union, and despite having only two changes from their last away fixture a fortnight ago, and putting up a spirited performance, lost by six wickets.
Once again the toss was lost and J Pagan Kingholm took first lease of a lively wicket and at 41 for 5, with the loss of Coulter, Marscheider, Moss, Wilson and McNay, an early finish was anticipated.
For once, the batsmen cannot be entirely blamed for the early collapse, credit going to the home team for some magnificent catching and ground fielding.
However, Alex Taylor led a counter attack, batting beautifully and in partnerships with Fallas, Ben Johnston, Raj Shyam and John Woodhouse, a further 126 runs were added with Taylor finishing on 53, his innings including five fours and two sixes.
Although 167 didn’t appear to be enough against a strong batting side, the away team started well with Marscheider proving to be a handful with his pace and lift and Wilson bowling with his usual guile.
At 40 for 3, Wilson snaffling two and Marscheider one wicket and being backed up by aggressive fielding, two fine catches being pocketed, one by Marscheider and the other by Moss, J Pagan Kingholm were in with a distinct shout.
However, work commitments meant that Marscheider had to leave the scene of the action early, and with the pressure being lifted off the Hamilton batsmen, the momentum swung to the home team and despite thrifty bowling by Armstrong and Woodhouse, Hamilton strolled home with overs to spare.
Although well beaten, in the final analysis, the side competed well for parts of the game, not even the threat of playing at Bute next season conjuring up a win.
The Calside Driving School Man of the Match went to Alex Taylor for his stylish knock.
J Pagan Kingholm 167 all out (A Taylor 53, R Marscheider 14, D Fallas 14, J Woodhouse 12)
Hamilton 170 for 4
R Marscheider 8 overs 1-46; K Wilson 12 overs 2-50; D Armstrong 5 overs 1-13; J Woodhouse 3 overs 0-17; R Shyam 4 overs 0-24.