Revenge over Dumfries Reserves
By David Hinchliffe
Partick move to top of the table
Partick travelled to Dumfries to face Nunholm in the Premier Reserve League. Nunholm won the reverse fixture at Hamilton Crescent earlier in the season so the Partick boys were out for revenge.
Rob Corner returned from the McCrea West of Scotland side to skipper Partick for the first time this season and started well by winning the toss on a glorious sunny day, electing to bat. The outfield looked quick and the wicket looked good, a run fest was on the cards.
And a run fest it was; Mills hitting the first ball of the match, a good length delivery, over the bowler’s head for four. It was a shot that shocked the traditionalists. Mills and Corner continued to attack onto anything off length or line (or anything for Mills) and put it to the boundary, with balls that beat the infield flying away to the rope. Partick needed at least 250 from here.
The two openers brought up the 100 partnership in just the 12th over, with Mills already into the 70s before Corner had passed 30. Mills continued his fabulous hitting and with no shock to the friendly crowd, brought up an exhilarating hundred with a six into the side screens. He was eventually bowled for 103 trying to go big again with the score on 148.
Whitehaugh clawed the rate back a bit by bringing on spinners and using the tiring pitch to their advantage. The change to slower pace bowling bought them two wickets, but that brought Hussain and then Deshmukh to the crease who supported Corner well. Corner brought up his maiden hundred and continued to hit out as Partick reached 240-3 after just 35 overs.
Once again, Etheridge came in at the end and kept the runs flowing, finishing 31 not out at the end of a monstrous innings of 358-6. Corner was dismissed in the 48th over for 142.
After a lovely tea, Whitehaugh started their reply well but struggled to find the boundary. Hussain swung the ball with much control and was well supported by a fired up Singh from the other end. Once the shine had come off the ball, the wicket was looking tired and the ball carried much less of a threat.
Partick looked to their young gun Robbie Walsh for some inspiration.
The junior's first ball was smashed well by Singh but only to be caught by a diving Coats at cover: A great start for Walsh. Partick continued to rotate and try different fields to break the partnerships with Nunholm never really seeming to attempt to chase down the runs. Corbett-Byers came to the crease with much more intent and hit several boundaries in an entertaining knock, but it was all too late for them.
Credit must go to Williams who, after keeping 50 overs in the sun, batted well for 40 overs before being bowled.
Walsh returned to claim his second wicket, for just 40 runs off his 10 overs. A great day for the 12-year-old. Gardiner, Singh and Hussain all returned at the end and bowled well with Gardiner picking up 3 wickets. Nunholm eventually finished 163 runs short on 195-8.