LANGHOLM 2nds were up against Dumfries last Sunday and, with only 10 men, they were defeated by five wickets.
It was a decent performance, with the bat posting 171 off their 36 overs. Dumfries took until the final over to overhaul the Langholm total.
The Langholm skipper won the toss and had no hesitation in batting on the firm track.
Openers Ross Rae and Jaime Ashton-Smith made a decent start, adding 33 before Ross was caught at deep point for 11.
Bailey Donaldson joined Ashton-Smith and the score passed 50 at a decent rate.
Ashton-Smith looked set for a 50 when he was done by Goodin, stumped for 31 with the score now 67 for 2.
Aidan Wilson joined Donaldson and they took the score to 81 before Wilson was bowled by Goodin for 1.
Graham Park was next in and he and Donaldson took the score past 100. Donaldson was forced to retire after making his second 50 for the club. This brought in his brother Hughie to join Park.
They kept the score ticking along and Donaldson showed a stout defence and Park punished the bad ball.
They took the score to 160 after adding about 50 before Park, looking to up the scoring as overs ran out, was bowled for 48.
Ryan Johnstone joined Donaldson and they added 4 before they turned an easy three into a run-out for Donaldson who was out for 9. Ryan was run out for 3 soon after.
Tom Henderson and Jake Park saw out the overs, both making 1 not out and taking Langholm’s total to 171 for 6.
The Dumfries innings began calamitously as Bainbridge was run out off the first ball when keeper Graham Park showed great agility for his age in fielding a Hughie Donaldson throw to hit the stumps.
This proved a false dawn. Malik and Williams took the score to 65 before Rae had Williams caught by Wilson.
Malik and the Dumfries skipper Reynold-Lewis took the score to 89 before Reynold-Lewis was caught to a wonderful Ben Stokes-like catch by Wilson off Ashton-Smith for 10.
Reynold-Lewis would have appreciated this because, during the Langholm innings, he had dropped four easy catches.
Corbett-Byers showed no fear of playing some lovely shots against the more experienced bowlers. His downfall came when Corey Park’s off-spin was introduced and was plump LBW, with the score now 111 for 4.
Malik was soon forced to retire after making 53,but Taylor kept the Dumfries score ticking along, despite an excellent spell from young Corey.
Langholm was given a brief hope when Jake Park took the catch to dismiss Thornley off Wilson, leaving Dumfries needing 8 off two overs.
A Taylor four all but ended Langholm’s chances and their total was overhauled on the first ball of the final over.
The wicket takers for Langholm were Ashton-Smith 1 for 16, Rae 1 for 20, Corey Park 1 for 21 and Wilson 1 for 29.
This was a decent performance by the young side. Seven of the 10 players were 18 or younger and the average age was about 20.