DG U13s in great finish at Glasgow North

An understrength Dumfries & Galloway under-13 side travelled to Old Anniesland on Sunday for their first match of the season – a 35-over affair against Glasgow North – and came back with their heads high despite losing by 23 runs.

Bowling first the city boys got off to a flyer due to some clean hitting and excellent running between the wickets but the country lads stuck at it; James Cook clean bowled the dangerous McCallum and the other bowlers, backed up by a good effort in the field, managed to hang on.

Then just before drinks Colin Little came back for his second spell – his first over proved expensive but in no way reflected his bowling. D&G at that stage looked like they might be looking at an awfully big total. Colin’s second over however was a wicket-maiden – the opposition captain fell to ball that was just too good for him.

The last 15 overs were then a good battle – Ewing for Glasgow North made fifty but expired, “going for it” and then Colin, in his third spell, and skipper McBride changed the momentum of the match – the final 4 overs going for only 5 runs.

For D&G to win, the top-order would have had to have done it. And they were not far away from doing it. If one went by the way that the opposition had whole team confabs between overs they certainly thought that the case. Ross Crawford timed the ball sweetly and made 28 attractive runs and Chris McBride looked the part with 20.

At drinks – after 20 overs – they were 85 for 2, which was only 7 runs worse off than Glasgow had been at the same stage. But when Colin Little, the batsman, was beaten by a slower ball, the writing was on the wall. The bowling proved too accurate and the late order was not able to support Fraser Strachan enough to push the team over the line. Fraser’s 38 however earned him the player-of-the-match award. He entered the arena in the fifth over and was still there at the end – having played some wonderful shots and having got his side into a possible match-winning position.

Glasgow North 149 for 7 (C McBride 1/12, R Matthews 1/17, C Little 1/20, J Cook 1/32)

Dumfries & Galloway 126 for 7 (F Strachan 38 no, R Crawford 28, C McBride 20)

The full scorecard is available here:
Scorecard: Glasgow North U13s v D&G U13s, 30 May2010

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Summer Cricket for Primary Schools

Chris Stewart D&G Community Cricket Coach

The Dumfries and Galloway Community Cricket Coach, Chris Stewart, is bringing more cricket to more local schools.

During the summer term he has been out and about delivering over seventy cricket sessions at twelve schools in the region; the Primary Schools at Newington, Loreburn, Lockerbie, Caerlaverock, Locharbriggs, Noblehill, Mouswald, Ae, Amisfield, Collin, and Cargenbridge and Langholm Academy.

For most, these visits consisted of a series of sessions and varied between curriculum time, lunchtimes and after-school clubs.

Andy Reed from the Council’s Sport and Leisure Department said “The post of Dumfries and Galloway Community Cricket Coach has had a significant impact in schools across the region. The partnership between Cricket Scotland and Dumfries and Galloway Council has enable the sport to provide sustainable opportunities for children to take part in physical activity a key component to making children within the region healthier.”

The post of local community coach is part-financed by the Scottish Government and the European Community, Dumfries and Galloway Leader 2007-2013 programme and is also supported by Cricket Scotland, Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Leisure and Sport department, and local cricket clubs.

For support and information for schools’ cricket Chris Stewart can be contacted at Chris.Stewart@dumgal.gov.uk .

More information about how to play junior cricket in Dumfries and Galloway can be found at http://www.dgcricket.org.uk.

Langholm Academy go out in the second round

In the second round of the West section of the Scottish Schools Cup Langholm Academy went down to their visitors from Lomond School.

Lomond batted first and finished on 139-3 at the end of the 20 overs. Langholm were not too far away but reached 112-5 in reply to fall short.

Langholm Academy draw Lomond

2010 Langholm Academy Cricket Team

This Thursday, the 13th May, Langholm Academy play Lomond House from Helensborough in the second round of the Scottish Schools Cup on the Castleholm.

The game is scheduled to start at 1pm.

Local boys do good

Western Senior Academy team v Durham Academy

Well done to Galloway’s Anthony Hulatt on his bowling performance for the Western Academy senior team against Durham Academy in their two day game at Swalwell CC in the North East recently. The match was drawn with Durham Academy finishing 35 runs short in the second innings.

Also in the Western Academy senior squad, Fraser Conn recently scored a century for Gatehouse.

Meanwhile Niall Alexander and Chris McBride from Dumfries have been turning out for the Western Junior Academy team and the West U12 side respectively. More details can be found at www.westjuniorcricket.com .

Langholm Academy Cup win over Dumfries High

Cup contenders: Langholm Academy and Dumfries High School

In the first local fixture of its kind Langholm Academy played Dumfries High School, in the first round of the Cricket Scotland Schools Cup at Nunholm last week. This competition is for S1-S3 secondary school pupils.

This was Langholm’s second year in the competition and Dumfries High School’s first and that difference in experience told as they won scoring 136 for 2 off their 20 overs, whilst Dumfries High were all out for 57 in 18.1 overs.

Cup win for Langholm Academy Cricket Team

The next round gives Langholm a home tie against either Airdrie Academy or Lomond House.

For most of the enthusiastic Dumfries High School team this was literally their first match out in the middle and marks a revival of the High School cricket team that used to play locally in a schools league.

The aim is for more such matches against more local school opposition.

Not FitMad enough

Disappointingly, with low numbers signed up, the programme of weekly girls and mums cricket sessions scheduled from Monday 3rd May, as part of the Fit MAD activity club project run by the Dumfries secondary schools, has been cancelled.