Gamblesby v Langholm Cricket Club 1st XI on Sat 04 May 2013 at 2pm
Langholm Cricket Club Won by 6 wickets

Match report Langholm's Eden Valley League campaign got off to a great start with a 6 wicket victory over Gamblesby. Star Man for the Muckletoon was Jack Pool who took seven wickets as Langholm bowled Gamblesby out for 110. After a bit of a wobble at 23 for 3 Langholm recovered to win the game with Graham Park hitting 57 not out.

On arriving at the picturesque Gamblesby ground, Langholm found a damp wicket due to Friday's rain. Skipper Duncan Elliott on winning the toss had no hesitation in giving the home side the first chance to bat on it. Runs proved hard to come by early on from openers Benson and McCormick as Langholm's bowlers Graham Park and Captain Elliott kept a tight line although extracting any life out was difficult. The score had reached 12 when Park made the breakthrough clean bowling McCormick for 3 with the first ball of the eighth over. This brought Kidd to the wicket and he looked a lot more comfortable on the damp track. This seemed to give Benson a boost and the pair began to dispatch the ball to the short boundary. The score had reached 61 in the 18th over when Benson fell to a sharp catch by Chris Stewart off Park's bowling for 31. Jack Pool come on to replace Park and third ball claimed the wicket of Martin clean bowling him for 6,then next over and probably the turning point of the match Jack took the vital wicket of Kidd for 20 with a good return catch. This left Gamblesby on 72 for 4 after 24 overs. The Langholm bowling began to tighten up with Pool and Stevie Johnstone proving difficult to get away, although throughout the innings the fielding was lacklustre with a total of five catches going down. Pool claimed his third victim with the score on 83 when Marston on 8 lobbed a catch to Park who had put the gloves on after his 10 overs. Watson and D.Martin put a stand together off 26 but overs were running out. Pool clean bowled Martin for 15, then had Blenkinsopp LBW for a duck with the score on 109. Elliott had returned to the attack and he had Watson caught by debutant Scott Weir for 14 with the score still on 109. Pool was sensing more victims and he delivered bowling Coleman for 0, then next ball Hogg was caught by Stewart and Gamblesby were all out for 110 losing their last five for 1 run. Jack finished with career best figures of 7 for 18 from 8.5 overs a tremendous effort, also the best bowling by a Langholm player in the Eden Valley League. The other wicket takers were Park 2 for 32, Elliott 1 for 18. In the end a good effort by Langholm but if we had taken our catches Gamblesby would not have reached three figures.

After a lovely tea and a brisk walk Langholm began their innings. It is often the case that a drying wicket has more life in it than a damp one and this seemed to be the case as Langholm found themselves 23 for 3 after 8 overs. First to fall was Euan Wilson clean bowled by Kidd for 3, he might have been hampered by a blow to his wrist whilst fielding, plus seeing your dad in licra is enough to put anyone off. Big Dunc was looking in good form crashing four boundarys, but a straight low one by Kidd saw him fall for 16. The third man to go was Chris Stewart who got a ball that cut back from Watson bowling him for 1. Gamblesby were cock a hoop and sensing Scottish blood. Jason Hall joined Graham Park and with some wary defence from Jason and some selective hitting from the experienced Park the score began to recover. The pair saw off the initial opening burst form Watson and Kidd with the score on 54 after 16 overs. The partnership had reached 51 when Hall gave Watson an easy catch of Benson for 10. This left Langholm still needing 37 to win as Andrew Bell joined Park. These 37 runs did not take long as Park continued to clear the boundary, and Bell joined him with a six and two fours. Park brought up his fifty with a six, then with six needed to win there was only one place a short ball form McCormick was going and he duly dispatched it into the trees for the victory. Park finished not out on 57 hitting 7 fours, 4 sixes and five ones, Bell was undefeated on 16.

All in all it was a win for Langholm but their are areas for vast improvement especially fielding wise as some of it was woeful at times and if are to mount a serious challenge in the league it will have to get better.

Gamblesby Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
2w 4b 5lb 
for 10 wickets
110 (37.0 overs)
A.Benson ct  Stewart Bowled Park 31
D.McCormick b  Park 4
J.Kidd ct  and Bowled Pool 20
J.Martin b  Pool 6
S.Watson ct  Weir Bowled Elliott 14
S,Marston ct  Park Bowled Pool 8
D.Martin b  Pool 15
T. Blenkinsopp lbw  Bowled Pool 0
D.Coleman b  Pool 0
D.Edmondson Not Out  1
R.Hogg ct  Stewart Bowled Pool 0

Langholm Cricket Club 1st XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Duncan Elliott7.0418118.002.57
Graham Park10.0132216.003.20
Steven Johnstone10.042000.002.00
Jack Pool8.511872.572.04
Chris Stewart2.001300.006.50

Langholm Cricket Club 1st XI Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
2nb 4w 2b  
for 4 wickets

(24.2 overs)
Duncan Elliott b  Kidd 16 4
Euan Wilson b  Kidd 3
Chris Stewart b  Watson 1 2
Graham Park Not Out  57 7 4 1
Jason Hall ct  Watson Bowled Benson 10 2
Andrew Bell Not Out  16 2 1
Steven Johnstone  
Jack Pool   1
John Bell  
Neil Fletcher  
Scott Weir   1

Gamblesby Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy