Tough Draw Sees Bosells Bow Out

On Sunday, St Boswells travelled to Dumfries for the first round of the Murgitroyd 20/20 competition. With Dumfries a Western Premier League team it was always a David vs Goliath task facing The Villagers, however they got off to a tremendous start with 2 quick wickets, both caught sharply in the cover/point region, Dumfries zero runs for 2 wickets. However, Beveridge and McCutcheon steadied the ship, and in typical 20/20 fashion took the attack back to The Villagers bowlers. Prabhakar eventually caught both of them, going for 55 & 43 respectively, before Bellwood joined the fun notching a quick 34. Disaster struck for the Villagers when their talisman Captain Stephen Broom injured his side whilst bowling, an injury that would prevent him from batting in the reverse innings, but despite this, some accurate bowling from Mathurin slowed the pace at the end to leave Dumfries with 157 for 6 in their 20 overs.

It was a tall order for The Villagers & with the void of Broom in their batting order, their hopes all but faded when 3 quick wickets fell for 16 runs. However, whilst West Indies amateur Cletus Mathurin was at the crease there was still hope and he and Rich Young steadily rebuilt with Mathurin the aggressor. A rare rank long hop that should have been heading for Lockerbie, was mishit high into the air and McCutcheon took the catch to leave Mathurin out for 30, and the visitors on 46-4. What followed was a spirited fight-back by the lower order. All contributed in posting a respectable total of 121 for 8 wickets in their allotted 20 overs. Young just missing out on a half century on 46 Not Out.

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