Apr 27 2012 Dumfries Standard Friday
LAST Sunday DMPS St Michael's Cricket Club travelled to Scotby for the side’s first warm-up game of the season, coupled with the aim of building long-term links with their Cumbrian neighbours.
In a match where both captains agreed on a format of two innings of 20 overs each to get as many players as much practice as possible, new Saints skipper Chris Brockwell won the first toss of the season and decided to bat.
Brockwell and Heron opened the batting and the partnership got off to a steady start against a very good bowling attack aided by some excellent ground fielding from the home side.
Heron was seeing the ball well whereas Brockwell could not find his timing at the start, when Heron was run out for 18 with an accurate throw from the jubilant Driver. Saints had moved on to 28-1.
Holmes joined his skipper at the crease and it was Brockwell who then took charge hitting a couple of boundaries off opposition skipper Driver before hitting one too many up in the air with Driver gaining revenge and pocketing the catch. Brockwell had made a solid 19.
Holmes was just starting to look dominant before being run out after a mix-up with partner Shah on 8. Some might say it was a translation issue that saw Holmes stranded on the wrong side of the beach on this occasion!
Saints all-rounder Marscheider was next to the crease and looked to play the supporting role to Shah who was starting to look like the aggressor until the latter was bowled, again by Driver for 12.
With the score on 60, the pendulum of power could have swung either way but sensible batting from Marscheider backed up with support and good running from Crawford and Johnston – products of the Saints youth programme – got DMPS Saints up to 101 after the first innings. Marscheider carried his bat for 29 not out.
In Scotby's first innings the two opening batsmen got off to a steady start without getting on top due to good disciplined bowling from Marscheider and Rankine.
Both were unlucky despite their tight lines and quality length, not to take a wicket.
With the score on 44 after eight overs, Brockwell brought himself on and had an immediate impact taking the wicket of Nesbitt for 16.
Foster came on at the other end and picked up a wicket in his second over. The innings was in the balance before another bowling change saw Holmes bowl four overs for 12 runs, taking two wickets to end Scotby's first inning on 95.
The Saints second innings did not get off to good start, losing the wickets of Foster, Johnston and Moss cheaply resulting in a score of 15-3 after six overs.
Brockwell joined Holmes at the crease and to start with Brockwell looked for singles while Holmes looked for boundaries. Holmes unfortunately tried one big shot too many and was caught behind for 12.
Shah came to the crease and immediately increased the run rate with a quick fire 21 which included two huge sixes before being run out with the score on 56 off 14.
Crawford then came to the crease and played a very adventurous shot early in his innings and got bowled for 0.
Marscheider joined his skipper in the middle and with some good running and big shots the two quickly started increasing the run rate. Marscheider was caught for 18 trying to get as big a score for the side as possible and Brockwell retired on 42 not out.
Saints finished their second innings on 115 meaning that Scotby needed 122 to win.
Saints got off to a very good start defending their total with Shah bowling a very good spell what was becoming a very slippery pitch as the rain had started falling heavily, making the ball hard to grip.
Off-spinner Johnston came on to bowl in the extremely tough conditions and Driver took an immediate liking to the youngsters bowling.
Driver retired with a quick fire 43 leaving the score on 82 for 5 after 13 overs.
Some poor ground fielding was not helping the cause and a very good innings by the apparently injured Purdy got Scotby over the line for a two-wicket win with three overs to spare.
DMPS St Michael's Cricket Club would like to thank everyone at Scotby CC for a hard fought but very enjoyable game and also their kind hospitality in The Royal Oak, Scotby following the match.
It is very much hoped that this is the start on an annual pre-season encounter.
The Troqueer Garage Man of the Match award goes to Ross Marscheider for two very good bowling spells and two very mature batting performances.
DMPS St Michaels CC 1 Innings: 101-5 Marscheider 29no, Brockwell 19, Heron 18, VJ 5-0-33-1, Driver 5-0-23-1.
2 Innings: 115-8 Brockwell 42no, Shah 21, Marscheider 18, Nesbitt 4-0-13-2, Rigg 2-0-12-1.
Scotby CC 1 Innings: 95-6 Illage 36, Nesbitt 16, Holmes 4-0-13-2, Brockwell 4-0-12-2, Foster 4-0-20-2.
2 Innings: 122-8 Driver 43no, Purdy 30, Marscheider 2-1-2-1, Shah 4-1-12-1, Holmes 2-0-15-1.