WEST LOSE AT DUMFRIES
By Bob Coats
West struggle with bat after Dumfries post 201.
West made the journey South to Dumfries on a fabulous sunny day for cricket looking to bounce back from last weeks loss at home to Uddingston.
Captain John Blain won the toss and asked Dumfries to bat on a slow but excellent cricket wicket.
West and Gavin Smith struck early trapping Alan Davidson LBW with the score on 6. Dumfries were laboured in their scoring rate mainly due to some disciplined bowling from David McNulty, Smith, Blain and Gurjit Sandhu reaching the drinks break at 17 overs with only 48 runs on the scoreboard.
Blain's entry into the attack saw him trap Dawson for 17 breaking the 2nd wicket 65 run partnership of Dawson and the Dumfries veteran all rounder Pete Druce. Druce himself was removed shortly after also by Blain, bowled for a determined and stubborn 38 runs from 82 balls. West bowlers were beginning to tighten their grip on proceedings with the introduction of spin and Jon Newell into the attack. The pressure told and Blain removed Reivers Captain Scott Beveridge second ball for 0 reducing Dumfries to 90/4.
However a brief a period of counter attacking batting during the 5th and 6th wicket partnerships, both totalling 40 runs swayed momentum back towards the Nunmholm men and took the score to a respective 171/6 to prove the real makings of the Dumfries innings. Stuart Corbett - Byers (26), Chris Bellwood (46) and McBride (16) all doing the damage.
West bowlers stuck to their task well backed up by some excellent fielding in the latter stages of the Dumfries innings. Captain Blain rotated his bowlers but some sensible batting by the tail notably Lojscszyk (16) ensured Dumfries posted a respectable 201ao in the 50th over. The pick of the West bowlers John Blain with 6/49 from his 13overs.
West's reply suffered an immediate blow losing Jatinder Singh bowled second ball to the bowling of young Reivers seamer Niall Alexander. This brought Jon Newell to the crease to join Ed Clarke and both put on an excellent second wicket partnership of 40 inside 9 overs showing some fine strike play namely off the front foot before Newell was caught sharply at slip for 16 attempting to pull the Veteran seamer Pete Druce. The partnership was broken by Druce and it wasn't long before he removed the well set Clarke adjudged LBW for an elegant 19. This seemed to propel Druce into a fine spell of bowling removing Stewart Leggatt (0) Miro Ralston (2) and David McNulty (5). A brief 14 from Blain took the score to 67/6 but both Druce and young seamer Alan Davidson showed little sympathy bowling out 10 man West for 70 in 23 overs. Druce capped an all round man of the match performance returning figures of 5/35 from his 11 overs.
John A.R. Blain