DG U17s learn catches win matches

DG U17s v Ayrshire

DG U17s v Ayrshire

Dumfries and Galloway Under 17s took on Ayrshire, at Nunholm, on Tuesday and (hopefully) learned the lesson and validity of the mantra that “catches win matches” or certainly that dropped catches make competing in a match very difficult when they number double figures!

Batting first the Ayrshire boys amassed 278 for the loss of only 3 wickets. Seam bowlers Chris Edgar and Andrew Forsyth suffered at the hands of some impressive batting but stuck to their task. Langholm’s Andrew Bell was the pick of the bowlers and despite suffering particularly at the “hands” of his fielders returned the admirable figures of 1-34 from his 8 overs. Anthony Hullatt of Galloway spun his repertoire and forced the batters to be very watchful and certainly kept the umpire on his toes with some close LBW shouts and was even more economical – only 32 coming from his spell.

In reply D&G were obviously up against the simple weight of runs but did not feel they were out of it and indeed were not until their captain and possibly talismanic batter, McBride, was out, ironically, to a good running catch. Douglas Brotherstone looked comfortable at this level, scoring his half-century at quicker than a run-a-ball while Adam Elliot continued his progress with the bat and it was nice to see Langholm’s Euan Wilson play himself into some kind of form at the top of the order.

Match Details: DG U17s lost to Ayrshire by 80 runs
Ayrshire Under 17s 278/3 (C Smith 130, C McLaughlin 84)
D&G Under 17s 198 all out (D Brotherstone 50; L Speirs 4-53, R Patterson 2-30)