DG U13 League: East beat West

It was with a degree of surprise that fifteen of the Region’s junior cricketers arrived at Nunholm last Sunday to be met with a bright, sunny morning. The two teams, Dumfries East and West, were made up of players from St Michael’s, Gatehouse and Dumfries cricket clubs.

Captain of the West side, Dean Brotherston, won the toss and elected to bat. Unfortunately for him, the East’s opening bowler Freddie Grant-Campbell had obviously been watching Onions during the week. He hit opener Chris Berry’s stumps with a fine delivery with the very first ball of the match.

The next over saw Brotherston out caught by Andrew Geddes at square leg attempting to hit Michael Temlett over the top. Wobbling at 5 for 2, Adam Laurie and Douglas Hubbard then began to repair some of the damage. Thanks to a mixture of wides, byes and some extremely unorthodox batting by Laurie, they moved the score on to 18 before Hubbard was bowled by Grant-Campbell.

Gordon Walker was then in and out quickly, an LBW victim to Grant-Campbell, and Bradley Fouché soon followed, caught trying to hit Connor Bowie. With Laurie out LBW to Chris McBride for 11, and Fraser Strachan bowled by the same player for 4, the first four batsmen out got a second chance.

Captain Brotherston took full advantage, smashing a quick fire 27 including two sixes, before again being caught off the bowling of Temlett. Wickets continued to fall however and the innings closed with a score of 84.

Easts openers Murray Forsyth and Chris Lumb looked in no trouble, and so it was slightly surprising when Lumb was caught behind off the bowling of Fouché.

This brought Andrew Geddes to the wicket, and he and Forsyth accumulated runs sensibly and effectively. Walker, bowling from the railway end, then got one to turn and bowled Forsyth for 5. Bowie and Geddes then continued to push the score along as before, defending when needed and taking the runs when they were there

It was this stand that began to take the match away from Wests. Bowie was eventually out for 7, caught of the bowling of Strachan and he was soon followed by Geddes for a good 14. Todd Rafferty and McBride then saw East home with some fine shots, the required total being reached in the 17th over.

Thanks go to all parents who helped out with umpiring and sorting out the ground after the game, and to the boys themselves who played the game in an excellent spirit.

West – 84 all out
Brotherston 27, Laurie 11
Grant-Campbell 3-17, Temlett 3-11, McBride 3-9, Bowie 1-9

East – 87 for 4
McBride 17no, Geddes 14, Rafferty 13no
Fouché 2-26, Walker 1-18, Strachan 1-26