Jul 29 2011 Dumfries Standard Friday
KINGHOLM entertained Motherwell at the Kingholm Park in a Western Union Championship match last Saturday.
The J Pagan & Son, Funeral Directors-sponsored home side, after some recent good results, were in a confident frame of mind for this fixture.
Unfortunately that feeling only lasted for 25 overs, after which a very competent Motherwell side totally outplayed the home side winning by 115 runs.
The first 25 overs gave no indication of what was to follow with J Pagan Kingholm having the away side on 57 for three.
Opening bowlers Ram Krishna and Tom Holmes bowled tightly on a firm pitch with the odd one keeping low and Motherwell at this stage were struggling.
First change bowlers David Armstrong and Mark Pagan continued in the same vein being very economical.
However, a partnership of 138 runs between two unorthodox batsmen Fawid and Kumar, with both swinging their bats like helicopter blades, took the match out of Kingholm's reach.
Both batsmen, although playing a succession of streaky shots, ran well between the wickets and took advantage of some lax Kingholm ground fielding and catching, with Motherwell scoring 171 runs in the second 25 overs finishing on 228 for six.
Armstrong took two wickets, and Krishna, Pagan, Holmes and Dougie Sloan the other four to fall between them.
Alex Taylor was outstanding in the field with some fine stops and chasing and pocketing a fine diving catch.
Kingholm required a solid start in pursuit of a daunting total, 70 runs more than it should have been, but it wasn't to be, four of the first five batsmen being back in the pavilion scoring one run between them.
Although the bowling was good, it is probably better to draw a veil over their shot selection.
The best partnership of Kingholm's innings was 38 between Armstrong and Sandy McNay with both batsmen showing that it was possible to occupy the crease.
The only other home batsmen to achieve double figures were Holmes and Taylor the home side being all out for 113 in the 42nd over
The Westcott Insurance brokers man of the match went to David Armstrong for a solid all round performance.
Motherwell 228 for 6: R Krishna 10 overs 1-33; T Holmes 10 overs 1-23; D Armstrong 10 overs 2-25; M Pagan 8 overs 1-29; D Sloan 6 overs 1-59; C Bowie 4 overs 0-28; A Cameron 2 overs 0-16
Kingholm 113 all out: (T Holmes 21, S McNay 18, D Armstrong 16, A Taylor 12).