Nunholm, Dumfries 2nds, played through the rain in a match at Whitehaugh affected by the Duckworth Lewis adjustments and were unable to gain the victory their performance deserved as they lost by 2 runs.
Whitehaugh won the toss and elected to bat, asking Nunholm to bowl with the matchball sponsored by Hole in the Wall. The first over saw confusion for Whitehaugh as Cameron Telfer stopped a well hit shot in the covers on which Whitehaugh batsman ran, but a good throw meant that Nunholm had an early breakthrough in running out the opening batsman. It was then Stuart Alexander who once again this season got the away side off to a great start as he ripped through the next 4 batsmen for very few runs; two great deliveries which dislodged the bails; a good catch in slips from Andrew Reed and finally taking his fourth wicket with a sharp caught and bowled. James Cox bowled well with little reward, but did eventually get the wicket his spell deserved. There was a partnership in the middle overs which looked to get Whitehaugh back on track, but Andrew Reed got the dangerous Bryson caught on the boundary for 42 with Jeremy Goodin taking a good catch in the deep. Runs were at a premium and the fielding was good by Nunholm. Eventually the pressure told on the tail and Reed picked up another wicket with Goodin and Telfer picking up the others. Whitehaugh set Nunholm a total of 132 to chase.
There was thunder and lightning in the air and the Nunholm innings was delayed and a Duckworth Lewis adjusted first innings score of 126 was set off 45 overs. Nunholm got off to a great start with Cox and Matt Williams despatching the bad balls, but Cox fell LBW, closely followed by Williams who chipped the ball back to the bowler. Goodin and Reed worked hard to survive on a surface that was doing plenty. This partnership pushed the score along, but Reed BBQ’d Goodin with a bad call and Goodin had to return to the changing rooms. Telfer and Reed began to rebuild and, with the spinners on, began to work the ball around with occasional boundaries. With the score at 90 and all looking good, Telfer misjudged the spinner and was bowled. The run rate was now down to just over 2 an over and whilst batsmen struggled to support Reed for long periods as he reached his 50 the team were creeping to the total. Reed eventually fell for 55 mistiming a shot to mid-off with 20 runs remaining. The tail wagged and it looked like the victory might just still be possible as Alexander crunched a few lofty blows, but unfortunately the last wicket fell at 124, 2 runs short. A good performance for Nunholm, who were promoted to the division, playing an established team in the league. Nunholm welcome league leaders Partick on Saturday for a home fixture.
Purple Heather Therapy Man of the Match: Andrew Reed
Whitehaugh v Nunholm
Whitehaugh (25) : 132 all out in 33.4 overs.
A Bryson 42, S Alexander 4 for 21, A Reed 2 for 9
D/L par score 126 in 45 overs.
Nunholm (9) : 124 all out in 43.5 overs.
A Reed 55, G Milliken 3 for 22, D Campbell 2 for 9
Whitehaugh beat Nunholm by 2 runs (D/L)