CRICKET: Defeat For Greenock At Dumfries

13 May, 2024 | Local, Sport

Greenock 107 all out in 31.5 overs…….3 points
Dumfries 108 for 7 in 28.3 overs…….25 points

GREENOCK lost to Dumfries in a tense, low-scoring away match.

Greenock captain Greg McDougall chose to bat first, but with several first team players unavailable, the Greenock batting order took on an unusual appearance. Chirag Pandher, normally a lower order batsman, was elevated to open with Connor Nowlan.

The opening partnership started off reasonably well with Nowlan scoring three boundaries in the first four overs. However, with the second ball of the sixth over Pandher was bowled by Alan Davidson with the score on 18.

Just two overs later, Davidson picked up the wicket of new batsman Angus Tolhurst who edged a good-length delivery to Jacob Van Zyl at first slip. This was a major blow to Greenock as Tolhurst had been the in-form batsman for the Glenpark team with almost 200 runs scored by him in two matches last weekend.

Worse followed for Greenock with Cammy Calder and PJ Bryceland both removed before 12 overs had been completed and with the visitors’ score struggling at 43 for the loss of 4 wickets.

The afternoon deteriorated even further when Nowlan, the only Greenock batsman who seemed able to score runs, was judged leg before wicket (LBW) trying to sweep Calum Reynolds-Lewis in the 15th over. He had scored 37 runs and the score had moved on to 58.

Right-arm slow bowler Reynolds-Lewis then collected a hat-trick in the 17th over. First, he trapped Usman Mansoor LBW, then had Mo Ahmadzai caught at short cover and lastly bowled Greg McDougall. The score was now 58 for 7 wickets.

Sam Sanghera and Vishal Yadav then stemmed the flow of wickets with a much-needed eighth-wicket partnership of 39 runs which took the score to 97 before Yadav was given out LBW to Reynolds-Lewis having contributed 14 runs.

Sanghera used his experience and remained not out at the close of the innings in the 32nd over. He scored 28 runs from 62 balls. Greenock were all out for 107.

Having scored 290 runs against Glasgow Accies on the opening Saturday of the season just last week, Dumfries must have fancied being able to easily score the 108 runs to win the match.

The home side made a steady start with openers Chris Bellwood and Adam Malik putting on 26 runs from the first six overs. Connor Nowlan then had Malik caught by stand-in wicketkeeper Chirag Pandher.

A second Dumfries wicket went down with the last ball of the 10th over when Tolhurst’s slow left-arm bowling deceived Van Zyl and Pandher took his second catch of the innings.

Just two balls later, with the second ball of the 11th over, Nowlan bowled Bellwood for 22 with the score on 41 for 3.

If Dumfries were beginning to get a little anxious, their concerns became greater when two more quick wickets fell with the home team score in the sixties. Dawson was caught by Tolhurst for 7 and then, in the very next over, Maritz was caught by Ahmadzai for 14.

The score was 67 for the loss of five wickets in the 20th over. Still 41 runs needed for the win. Alan Davidson lasted only two overs before being caught by Sam Sanghera off the bowling of Pandher who had changed from wicketkeeper to right-arm slow bowler.

Greenock sensed that one more wicket could lead to the lower order collapsing and a win would be possible.

However, Fergus Bainbridge and Wahid Jabarkhil settled in to make a match-winning partnership before Bainbridge was caught for 28 by Sanghera to give Pandher a second wicket.

It was the wicket Greenock had been searching for but it came too late as only seven more runs were needed to give Dumfries the win. And the win came shortly after in the 29th over without any more alarms for the home side.

Greenock 2nd XI (Glenpark) had a huge win over Stirling County 3rd XI at Glenpark on Saturday.

Batting first the Glenpark XI rattled up 245 for the loss of 7 wickets. Team captain Mo Ahmad top-scored with 54 and was ably supported by numerous others including Inam Khan who was not out 32.

After a long afternoon in the field, Stirling were bowled out for just 39 with Hamidullah Safi the Greenock top bowler with three wickets for three runs.

On Tuesday evening the Glenpark XI travel across to Helensburgh for a Western Cup match.

Greenock Cricket Club is sponsored by Cleaning Supplies 4U

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