Apr 27 2012 Dumfries Standard Friday
APD Dumfries overcame Weirs, and the weather, to claim a resounding win in their first Scottish Cup match on Saturday at Benfield Park Nunholm.
The Dumfries side amassed 318 for five wickets in their 50 overs with all the top five making scores. A prolonged rain interruption early in the Weirs reply threatened an abandoned match but the innings was reduced to 27 overs and they finished well short of a revised target, scoring 100 for five.
The Dumfries openers, Scott Beveridge and Chris Bellwood, put together their second one hundred partnership in consecutive games. They had provided a good platform for the innings by the time Beveridge lofted a sweep into the hands of deep square for 56.
Tom McBride came in to contribute some sharp running and at the half way point of 25 overs the side had reached 115 for one. Bellwood fell short of his 50 some 20 runs later trapped lbw for 47.
Josh Geary and McBride then shared a partnership which took the score past 200 with the pair running well to test the fielders. With the innings into the last 10 overs McBride was out caught for 54 attempting another reverse sweep to force the pace.
At that point the score was 218 with eight overs left and the sages in the clubhouse were debating the final total. Joe Clarke joined Geary and both clearly saw the new pink ball well.
The two Australians launched a series of boundaries with Geary landing one six onto the railway line which was probably one of the biggest ever at the club. Clarke had most of the strike and hit four sixes on his way to a 28 ball 60no.
The Eco-genics Man of the Match went to team man Geary who was out bowled off the second last ball for 76 still trying to hit out. The final tally was 318 for five with the batters hitting a hundred in the last eight overs and doubling the score in the last 15.
The last few overs were played in rain and the weather was threatening the prospect of a finish, however, the Weirs innings started on time and Pat Druce, in his debut match, took a wicket in his first over. He bowled a probing spell and when the rain eventually arrived Weirs were 40 for one off 13 overs but with seven more overs needed to make a result.
That did not look likely as the rain bounced off the covers but patience and the work on the ground was rewarded and the sides were back on two hours later with a revised Duckworth/Lewis target of 193 required in 27 overs.
The effect of that saw Mir sky a catch off Beveridge’s first ball and the bowlers applied pressure. Dumfries were able to take five wickets when the reply closed at 100 for five, with Shah on 29no, for a comfortable win.
Dumfries play their second Scottish Cup group game next Saturday also at Nunholm when they face strong Edinburgh side Watsonians with their clutch of past and present Scotland players. Their Scottish Cup game against Penicuik was one of many which was a victim of the weather on Saturday.
On the Sunday Tom McBride played for Western Warriors in the Scottish Regional Series against the North and was at the crease to help get the side over the line for their exciting last ball win.
Match scorecard: Scottish Cup at Benfield Park, Nunholm.
APD Dumfries beat Weirs by 93 runs (D/L).
Match ball sponsored by Eco-genics.
APD Dumfries 318 for 5 (50 overs).
S Beveridge 56, C Bellwood 47, T McBride 54. J Geary 76, J Clarke 60no.
S Shah 10 overs 2 for 53, R Murray 9 overs 2 for 59.
Weirs 100 for 5 (27 overs) [D/L revised Dumfries total of 193].
S Shah 29no, P Druce 6 overs 1 for 6, S Beveridge 5 overs 2 for 18.
Eco-genics Dumfries Man of the Match: J Geary.