DG U13s: Battle with the Borders

Dumfries & Galloway under 13 cricketers failed to get their revenge against the Borders in what was the second of their recent encounters. Having received a comprehensive beating in the game at Hawick, the boys were keen to make amends at Langholm, on Sunday but could not quite manage it in a hard-fought encounter.

They got off to a poor start with both openers back in the pavilion with only 10 on the board. However Dean Brotherstone from Dumfries and Langholm’s Gregor Masterton repaired the damage – putting on a fifty partnership. Dean then went on to score the day’s highest total before being out to a superb diving catch, from a shot that had “boundary” written all over it. Some good bowling and further good catching then restricted the D&G team to only 13 runs from the last 5 overs of the allotted 30.

With a total of only 89 to defend the bowling and fielding had to be good and the pressure was on the opening bowlers to give their team a good start. Dominic Little, of Langholm, did just that – with a wicket in each of his first 3 overs – and figures of 3 for 12 from his initial 4 overs. Skipper Niall Alexander backed him up with a couple of his own and the Borders were deep in the mire at 22 for 5.

Alas, despite chances, no more wickets fell. The change bowlers all bowled well and kept things tight but could not get the breakthrough and the Borders’ batters were good enough then to step up a gear and take their team to victory.

Match details:
Dumfries & Galloway U13s 89/5 (Dean Brotherstone 39, Gregor Masterton 11)
Borders U13s 91/5 (Dominic Little 3/21, Niall Alexander 2/13)