Tough Week for D&G U13s

It proved to be a difficult four days for the Dumfries & Galloway U13 cricket squad last week. Playing in the Western Area Championships they failed to win a single match of the four actually played.

The week started off brightly enough at Nunholm against Lanarkshire with the D&G team posting a respectable 146 in their 30 overs having been put into bat. Galloway’s Dean Penrose (17) and John Dunbar (22) made useful contributions, but it was Owen Thompson’s stylish 50 which caught the eye. He was well supported by St Michael’s Chris Lumb and by Rachael Howard, and was unlucky to get out to a ball which hardly left the ground. Unfortunately the bowling didn’t quite match the batting and Lanarkshire reached their target with two overs to spare, thanks chiefly to a fine 100no from their opener. 

Tuesday, again at Nunholm, started well with skipper Arran Seymour winning the toss and putting the visiting Clyde Sharks into bat. It looked like a bad decision as opener Daroch smashed a quick 50, but steady bowling resulted in the steady fall of wickets. Indeed, Clyde had amassed just 119 when their last man was out. Owen Thompson (3-14) and Michael Temlett (2-17) were the pick of the bowlers, but all the others stuck to their task well. After the fall of a couple of early wickets, D&G seemed in no trouble as Penrose and Thompson struck the ball to all parts. With the score at 63 for 2 off 16 overs, Penrose was caught just behind square for 31 after middling a pull shot. This triggered a monumental collapse, as some good bowling and some poor shot selection saw the home side subside to 80 all out.

The least said about Wednesday’s game against South Glasgow up at Shawholm the better. Having won the toss and put the opposition in, D&G spent most of a blustery morning chasing the ball around the ground. Ineffective bowling and poor fielding proved a bad mix as the home side reached an impressive 214 for 2 in their 30 overs. Against a good bowling attack D&G then batted poorly. Indeed had it not been for an attacking 13 from tail-ender Niall Alexander, the side would not have even reached their final total of 58.

Thursday saw the arrival of the Glasgow North side to a grey and overcast Nunholm. Winning the toss and again inserting the opposition, Captain Seymour took a good spiralling catch to dismiss opener Galloway. With Dunbar, Alexander and Colin Little from Langholm all bowling well, wickets continued to fall. It was a pity therefore when the rain came and just over half an hour’s play was lost. The umpires then decided that the game be reduced to effectively a 20/20.

Glasgow North hit out at the resumption to reach a total of 107 for 5, however the bowling and particularly the fielding were far better than the previous day. Little (2-15) and Alexander (2-24) were the pick of the bowlers, with Dunbar and Dean Brotherston in particular, distinguishing themselves in the field.

Following a measured start from openers Seymour and Penrose, the innings never really got into the kind of rhythm necessary to chase down the total. A slip by Thompson followed by a direct hit saw him run out at a crucial moment, and despite contributions from Lumb (10) and Dunbar (13), the result was never in doubt.

So with the final game against Ayr cancelled due to the weather, it was played 4 lost 4. Although there were some fine individual performances at certain stages, the bowling, batting and fielding never all gelled in the same match. The result was some hard lessons for the D&G youngsters. However this was a young side with many players still available next season. Hopefully this year’s experience will prove useful in the future. Thanks go to all the parents and helpers who helped out with transport and catering.

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