Apr 30 2010 Dumfries Standard Friday
IT WAS a runs-fest at Nunholm on Saturday as JMS Nunholm claimed the bulk of the points in a winning draw in their Western Union Division 2 opener against Bothwell.
Vice skipper Davie Davidson led the way with 95 not out.
The side totalled 323 for 4 but were unable to make the necessary breakthroughs for a win as Bothwell fought back with 232 for three after 50 overs.
New skipper Stuart Alexander won the toss and opted to put the opposition into the field and the batting line-up avoided any opening game slip-ups with a succession of batsmen getting runs.
Youth and non-youth, Tom McBride and Hugh Farries, opened solidly for Nunholm and found runs with a series of boundaries.
However McBride was bowled with the introduction of Din into the attack for 39 after an opening stand of 67.
Jim Patterson maintained the momentum and this pairing had nearly made the century partnership when he was yorked one short of his 50.
Farries was Din’s second victim LBW shortly afterwards for 64. A lithe caught and bowled claimed another wicket and Davie Davidson and Graeme Cross came together for the defining partnership of the match.
With 15 overs to go they started steadily and then, after the end of Din’s spell of 15 overs, peppered the boundary amassing over 110 in the last 10 overs. Cross finished on 53 not out and Davidson needed a six off the last ball to register a century. However he was unable to reproduce a previous six which had threatened the railway line and finished on 95 not out.
In reply, Robert McBride yorked Donnelly with the score on 25 for a hopeful start for Nunholm but the remaining batsmen proved difficult to dismiss.
Din (49 rtd), Dass (50no) and Makwana with 74, who scored a century in the corresponding game last year, batted well and saw the prospect of an outright win recede.
What might have been important chances were not taken in the field as the Dumfries side tried seven bowlers in total. McBride took a second wicket, but in the last over, and Bothwell reached the 50 overs on 232 for three.
The course of this match was significantly determined when Bothwell had turned up with just eight players citing a lack of registered players under the league rules introduced this season.
So the Bothwell bowlers stuck to their task well on a thankless day on which to stem runs with one of the largest totals at Nunholm of 323 being reached for the loss of four wickets.
Match scoreboard: Western Union Division 2. Match sponsored by Dickie’s Bar:
JMS Nunholm (18 pts) drew against Bothwell (8 pts).
JMS Nunholm 323 for 4 [50 overs]: D Davidson 95 no, H Farries 64, G Cross 53 no, J Patterson 49, T Din 15 overs 2 for 56
Bothwell 232 for 3 [50 overs]: K.P. Makwana 74, R McBride 11 overs 2 for 63, J Patterson 6 overs 1 for 12.
Dickie’s Bar Man of the Match: D Davidson