Jul 20 2012 Dumfries Standard Friday
ON SATURDAY Brammer UK Limited Kingholm Xl (St Michael's 2nd Xl) travelled to play Hughenden (Hillhead 2nds) in a Western Union Championship match.
After a break of six weeks due to the monsoon season, it was a relief to get a match played, all be it with a couple of rain interruptions.
Skipper for the day, Sandy McNay, lost the toss, the team being put into bat on what appeared to be a bowler-friendly pitch.
Openers Derek Heron and Chris Brockwell batted circumspectly against an innocuous opening opposition bowling attack, more concerned about the vagaries of the pitch than the bowling. The only bowler who constantly caused problems was Hillhead's professional Sachin Chaudry who, by some quirk of the league rules, was available to play in their 2nd Xl but not for their 1st Xl in the Western Cup.
The opening pair put on 73 with some good shot selection before Brockwell was stumped off Chaudry for a bright 35.
There was a second wicket partnership of 59 between Heron and Rhett Bridgens, before Bridgens played too soon and was caught at mid-off for 18.
Chris Foster played some aggressive strokes falling for 15, Ross Crawford was run out, and when Heron was the fifth. Wicket to fall for an invaluable 62, the score was on 171.
In normal circumstances this was a defendable total on a pitch favouring the bowlers, but with the opposition having Chaudry in their ranks, one of the best batsmen in the leagues more runs were required.
This was provided by Mark Pagan who looked in good form, playing some fine shots scoring 30 no. Kingholm finishing 241 for nine in their 50 overs.
Opening bowlers Foster and Brockwell found Chaudry in ominous form, the ball being dispatched to all parts. Brockwell being unfortunate in having Chaudry dropped twice.
Kingholm worked away at the other batsmen, and the introduction of Bridgens to the attack was the catalyst to the fall of Hughenden wickets, his seven-over spell putting a break on the scoring, taking three wickets and only conceding five runs.
With Pagan bowling a good line, taking two wickets, the pressure mounted on Chaudry and the re-introduction of Foster saw the maestro bowled by his former team-mate for a magnificent 100 out of 129 runs scored.
The last four wickets to fall were taken by Dougie Sloan (two), and youngsters Ben Johnston and Ross Crawford with one apiece, Hughenden totalling 153 all out in 37 overs.
The ground fielding was excellent with Johnston, Crawford and Kieran 'mad dog' Moore making some athletic stops and Mattie Moss only conceding two byes behind the stumps.
The Anderson's Outfitters Dumfries man of the match was won by Derek Heron for his fine opening effort.
The club at Kingholm Park is always keen to welcome players – senior, junior, women and girls. There is a midweek team and Saturday and Sunday sides.
Junior practices are every Monday at the Kingholm Park from 6.15pm onwards, and adult practices at the same venue are held Tuesday’s and Thursday’s evenings from 6pm, information about the club can be gleamed from Sandy McNay on 01387 710713 or see www.Saintmichaelsdumfries.com.
At the present time the club is having terrible drainage problems at the Kingholm, and if there is anyone out who there who can find a solution to this problem which could have serious ramifications for the club please contact Sandy McNay.
Brammer UK Limited, Kingholm 265 for five (D Heron 62,C Brockwell 35, M Pagan 30 no, R Bridgens 18, C Foster 15).
Hughenden 153 all out.
Brockwell eight overs 0-39; Foster nine overs 1-58; Bridgens seven overs 3-5; Pagan eight overs 2-38; Sloan two overs 2-4; Crawford two overs 1-5; Johnston one over 1-2.